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HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING BEES

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: CANNING & PRESERVING

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING CHICKENS


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  • Loving this screen capture of our Huxley Wild. It's from a video our friend Ian made, using
  • I adore holiday lights. I also really love @thencarboretum. It's no surprise then that I'm giddily looking forward to the
  • That'll do pig, that'll do.
  • This is his
  • Brunch at Rhubarb-a good idea today, and always. Plancha roasted romaine with @lustymonk vinaigrette, @bentonsbacon, sunny side eggs, and fingerling potatoes. Not seen: a fried apple & cranberry hand pie that made my heart and belly happy. Huxley and @glennbenglish's, too.
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  • The pies @rorris, @jenathan and I helped baking goddess @bakerhands make today will be available for purchase tomorrow at the North Asheville Tailgate Market from 8-1 pm, along with tarts and bread. Trust me, you don't want to miss out. Set your alarm clocks now!
  • When @bakerhands put out a call two days ago asking for a few hours of baking help today, I pounced at the chance to spend some quality time with such a warm, wise lady. When I found out @rorris and @jenathan had offered the same thing, the deal became even sweeter. The four of us gathered at Smoke Signals Bakery in Marshall today to chat, chew, and chop. Three cheers for wonderful people, delicious food, and fostering community. Hip, hip, freaking HOORAY!!! What a stellar day. *I was in charge of apple pie filling prep today. Photo credit to @rorris for capturing my hella serious pie-making game face!!!
  • When your morning looks like this, you know you're off to a good start. Was introduced to the glorious donuts and conviviality at @holedoughnuts today. Mercy! Goodness abounds.
  • Finally, I bring you this
  • This next pie is a pumpkin-meets-tiramisu hybrid, my
  • Up next in pie recipes with a Thanksgiving vibe from my book

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Monthly Archives: January 2011

Eco Winter Reads


Happy Friday, everyone! My “Small Measures with Ashley” post is up over at Design Sponge. This week I’m weighing in with a list of titles for suggested ecologically-minded winter reads. Many of them I’ve read, while others are on my list. All of them are chock full of fantastically inspiring information and ideas. And all of them will help temper (hopefully) winter angst and cabin fever!


May your weekend be grand, wherever it takes you. It’s supposed to be over 50 degrees F here tomorrow, which, compared to the temperatures we’ve been shivering through, will feel like an absolute heat wave. I’ve no doubt there will be folks out in town in shorts. People really like to milk the warmer winter days around here…

Be well, ya’ll!

*Thanks to Grace at Design Sponge for creating the amazing collages above with images via B&N.

Everything Is Amazing

So, this is what I’ve been thinking about lately, and talking about with Hubs. Comedian Louis K. encapsulates the sentiments we’ve been ruminating over perfectly-that everything is amazing and yet, no one is happy.

Watching the Edwardian & Victorian Farm videos is what really started bringing it home for me. If I want to go somewhere, I hop in my car and, a bit of time later, I’m there, with minimal expenditure of physical labor. Ditto for washing my dishes, or my clothes, or, heck, even my car if I so choose. My food is kept perpetually chilled, or frozen. Hot, luxurious water pours (cleanly!) from my bathtub spigot! I have indoor plumbing! There are strawberries available, for the taking, at my local grocer. In January.

Certainly, not everyone on Earth has access to such modern technologies. And, as I mentioned in the Edwardian & Victorian farm post, while these technologies bring their own host of other issues to contend with, they certainly offer a standard of living (not to mention type of life) never known in the history of humankind. And that, friends, is amazing.

I, for one, am quite happy.

*Apologies for the shoddy quality of the video. That’s the only form the internet seems to have it in…

Baby Love

Huxley had his first baby play date yesterday. He and Ms. Trumie Rose Roberts became fast friends, similarly grunting like goats, passing gas, overeating, and being generally adorable. The parents, meanwhile, feasted on a hearty brunch, swilled a good bit of coffee, and loafed away the afternoon, chatting about all things baby and beyond.


It was time well spent, that’s for certain.

Warmth From Within

My “Small Measures with Ashley” post is up over on Design Sponge. Today’s topic discusses two means of warming up from within-mustard baths and ginger & honey tea. I’m feeling a tickle in my throat this morning myself, so I’m about to fire up the kettle for a big ‘ole pot of healing tea. Hopefully it’s just some overnight sinus stuff (our house gets cold, drafty, and dry, even with the humidifier running) and will mosey along asap.


Two other friends of mine recently became moms themselves, one of which has invited us over for brunch tomorrow (I’m hoping to see the other soon-her little boy is named “Dutch”, how cute it that???). I’ve also joined a local momma-baby group, which has been an absolute godsend for this stay-at-home-writer/mom.

I’ve been feeling more and more comfortable trekking out with Huxley (who is now a whopping 11 pounds, 3 ounces as of Wednesday; he turns 3 months today, so, he’s still just a little guy, but he’s catching up!). He seems to really like it, as well. Yesterday we snuggled him into the Ergo and walked the length of our one-mile dirt road. Half-way there he was fast asleep!

If the weather permits, my mom (Huxley’s “Gigi”) will resume her Sunday visits. The snow and cold weather have prevented her from visiting since Christmas Eve. A massage therapist buddy of mine might pay us a home visit then to work on my crinkled, crumpled body, which twists into a multitude of positions overnight whilst nursing Huxley (we co-sleep, which makes sleeping SO much easier).

Be well, friends!

They’re Here!

That’s my kitchen table, and those are my advance copies of my two newest books.


I can’t share more now but, suffice to say, you’re gonna love ‘em. Big time.

Coming your way March 1st.