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HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING BEES

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: CANNING & PRESERVING

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING CHICKENS


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  • What better way to clear out a case of the Mondays than a giveaway?! See that lovely locally-made wooden bag dryer there on my wall? Want to win one of your own (you do, trust me)? Pop on over to small measure to enter. Link is in my profile.
  • This guy right here? While he might be growing bigger every day, the truth is that becoming a mother has helped me to grow. To be more present. To be more patient. To be more empathic. As I tell all my soon-to-be-mama friends, parenthood is the toughest work you'll ever do, with by far the biggest payoff. The lovin', and the learning, are so, so good. Happy Monday, friends.
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  • I've been waiting, for a book like this, to come into my life. Whoa. Picked this up a few weeks ago at @screendoorasheville as a New Year's gift to @glennbenglish. Just started reading it myself and it couldn't possibly be more of what I need to see, right now. Completely on point, wholly attuned to what I'm presently sensing and curious about and inspired by, and infinitely humbling.
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  • @shelterprotectsyou has been posting images of the wedding she and @sheltercollective had here in September all week. They built this altar for the ceremony, and it's still here, just past the house, on the way to the chicken coop. We pass it every day. Some days, I casually note its beauty and the way it feels like an outdoor church here in our forested cove. Other days I barely register it as I scurry about, doing this and that around the property. Today, though, in the stark, grey, drizzly setting, it was quietly regal. Happy to have had her visuals prompt me to stop, look, and listen to this physical testament to love.
  • The chickens told me they much prefer the rain this week to last week's frigid weather, thank you very much. I couldn't agree more.
  • These potatoes @tableasheville changed my culinary life. They called them hash browns, but they were unlike any I'd had before. Par-baked perhaps, smashed into halves I'm guessing, and then roasted and maybe finished with a quick fry in the skillet and scattered with large sea salt granules? Whatever the method, the result was a creamy, yellow center and a crispy, salty exterior. Quite possibly the best hash browns I've ever had.
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Monthly Archives: June 2012

Green & Black’s (+ Giveaway!!!)

I have long maintained a love affair with chocolate. The darker, the better. If it’s caramel-filled, I’m in heaven. If there are dried fruits involved, I’m swooning. I’ll take it hot in a mug, snuggled into a s’more, or even just straight up. When it comes to chocolate, I’m often equal opportunity consumer.

Which is why I was so excited when one of my most beloved chocolate purveyors, Green & Black’s, contacted me recently. Well known in the UK, but less so here in the States, Green & Black’s is attempting to spread the word about what they do and, wisely, looking to bloggers as a means of doing so. I’ve actually been a huge Green & Black’s fan for years and am thrilled to be able to discuss them here with you today. 

Not only is the company’s chocolate exquisitely tasty, it’s also organically grown. As one of the most heavily sprayed crops in the world, it’s so pleasing to learn of a business that understands, applauds, and employs organic cacao production methods. Green and Black’s chocolate is also certified Fair Trade. This means that the farmers, their families, and all of the individuals involved in growing, harvesting and processing the chocolate are provided a fair, living wage, enabling them to thrive in their personal lives and aid their communities in the process.

While flavor of any food is a large motivation for whether or not I’ll choose to eat it, growing methods and labor practices of the companies behind them are just as significant in my decision-making process. Green & Black’s hits all the right notes for me, from delicious, to sustainable, to ethical.  I promote these practices at home and whenever I write about chocolate, including in the Ingredients section in my new book. The more these methods are employed, the more we collectively benefit.

Owing to all of that, I’m super pumped to offer a giveaway of Green & Black’s products today! The company has generously offered 3 (!!!) small measure readers a gift package including their Ultimate Recipe Book and Classic Collection, pictured above. That’s some good stuff there, folks!

All you need to do to enter the giveaway is tell me your favorite ways of eating chocolate (or, if you can’t choose, one of your favorite!). I mentioned several of mine above, but I’ll also add partnered with peanut butter to my roster. What about you?

I’ll run the giveaway through next Wednesday, June 27th, ending at midnight EST. PLEASE leave a means of contacting you in your reply, either by linking back to your blog/website (which will need somewhere on there telling me how to contact you), or by leaving your email address with your comment (if you’d like to keep your email private, just make a comment with your name and then send me your email at: ashleyadamsenglish(at)gmail(dot)com).

Even if you don’t win, do check out Green & Black’s. They’re a wonderful company with an even better mission. Now, if you’ll pardon me, I’ve got a bar of Peanut & Sea Salt (I! KNOW!) that needs nibbling….

*Please note the following disclosure, provided by Green & Black’s: Kraft Foods is providing the prizes for this program at no cost to me. This program is not administered or sponsored by Kraft Foods or its affiliates, but solely by Small Measure.

Recent Acquisitions

This past winter, Hubs and I set out to get our crafty on. While mine never quite materialized as I’d hoped (turns out I’m not a learn-in-a-group-setting type of knitter; I really just need someone to sit beside me, regularly, and tell me what I’m doing wrong), Hubs’ certainly did.

Shown above are several of his creations. Oh, the shapes! The colors! The glazes! I just love these little “pinching bowls” he made, as he calls them. His intention in creating them, it turns out, is for me to use in photos, here on small measure and for other writing I do. He’s one of the keepers, this man of mine!

For Father’s Day, I purchased him an intermediate ceramics studio lab, beginning mid-July. I can’t wait to see what he comes up with next. I’m starting to think there’s really nothing he can’t do!

What I’m Digging

Happy Friday, friends! Huxley’s follow-up visit yesterday revealed that his wound is healing up swimmingly. The doctor said that, in time, it should heal over completely, permitted we keep it out of sunlight for the next 6 months. So, it’ll be a summer of hats, sunscreen and bandages for the tiny Englishman!

Here’s a smattering of this’s and that’s that caught my attention this week:
*I love a good shortbread and this one promises to deliver.  
*Get high-on dirt!
*Locally grown (from heirloom, non-GMO corn!) & distilled moonshine.
*The 7 habits of highly happy people sound good to me!
*Ten backyard camp out activities for the littles.
*Organic management for 10 common garden pests.
*It’s campfire cooking time!
*Canning tricks and tips for doing your jars up nice and proper.
*Smokra!!!
*Alys Fowler epitomizes my particular variety of garden fashion (plus, she knows tons about how best to toil the soil-via Bell and Star).

We’ve got a fun weekend planned. Our beloved friends Jen, Jon and their daughter Awynn (aka “Sweet P” or just “P”) are in town. They bought a yome and are putting it up this weekend down in the smaller of our two lower fields. It’s their little “yome away from home”, as they live in Atlanta where they both teach art at private schools.

Sunday, for Father’s Day, we’re making our annual pilgrimage to Mountain Farm’s Lavender Festival. I LOVE that event, with its stunning mountain-top and waterfall views, baby goats, lavender-infused foods, and general pervasive fragrant goodness. To all you fathers out there, here’s wishing you a wonderful day, filled with love, from your nearest and dearest. Thank you for all you do.

Wherever you go this weekend, whatever you do, and whomever you do it with, may it be grand!

Garden Tour

It’s seriously go time in the garden, friends. I recently mentioned that Hubs was whipping up a deck and pergola for us to enjoy out there. And, boy, did he ever! Never one to make something just so-so, or expected, or conventional, he fashioned a pergola to beat them all, full of whimsy and nuance and, well, “him.”

We held our first photo shoot for the new book out there. Broke it in, so to speak. It’s festooned with lovely hanging flower baskets right now. In time, though, we intend to grow food on it. Grapes, most likely. Muscadines and Scuppernogs (both native to the area), specifically.

I just adore it. Being out there, with a cold, frosty beer on a warm summer evening, or in the morning with a cup of hot coffee in hand and my lap top in front of me as the little guy plays next to me in the sandbox-not much beats it.

In the video below, Hubs himself walks you through a tour of our garden. Enjoy it (and his low, handsome voice; ’twas one of the first things that attracted me to him!)!!! 

Pies & Life & Babies

Thank you so much for all of your kind words and assurances over our Wild child. Were it not for the bandages placed front and center on his wee forehead, you’d think nothing had even happened. He’s a trooper, that one. We follow up with a facial surgeon on Thursday. Fingers and toes crossed that those bandages, once removed, reveal nothing except a nice, healing wound.

I’ve got a few posts up other places that I thought you might enjoy reading. You can find me chatting about pie-making and country-living on Verve. There are also two seasonal pie recipes for your pleasure up over at Mrs. Wages.

Hope your Tuesday is going swimmingly!


*Image by Naomi Johnson.