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  • One of my favorite aspects of autumn is the return of panini-pressed sandwiches. Made this turkey, Jarlsberg, Mojito slaw (cabbage & mint), and quince chutney (with fruits from my mom's quince bush) number today. Best enjoyed on the patio as autumn foliage drifts down from above.
  • So excited for @cbnavl and his lovely book
  • #tbt There is a part of my being that will always want to be where ferries are present. #writedoebay
  • One of the best aspects of all of these picnic photo shoots has been spending time with people I love. I sure do have some wonderful people in my life. Love you, buddies! Shown here: Meg Carswell Reilley (an exquisitely gifted photographer), Alisa Carswell Reilley (an incredibly talent graphic designer), @fernworks (a jewelry designer of abundant creativity), and @killaspro (a coffee connoisseur and all around funny guy).
  • Up on the roof! ?
  • I love what I do. That includes staging a
  • He may be a newly minted 4 year-old, but he still has a round baby nose and says things like
  • Hot dogs for the birthday boy at Montreat Park (from Foothills Meat), as requested.
  • Montreat. Amazing every day of the year, especially today, on Huxley's birthday.
  • On the eve of his 4th birthday, being the wild gnome that he is. My one and only.
  • Out on the patio. Definitely looking, and feeling, like autumn today!
  • One week ago today, Huxley, @glennbenglish, and I boarded a ferry and left our

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Monthly Archives: September 2012

Little Trip To the Big City

Happy weekend, friends! Hubs, Huxley and I hopped on two planes, one taxi, and one train yesterday to head up to N.J./NYC for s short work/vacation jaunt. I’m giving What I’m Digging a little break this week, as, in all honesty, I was too busy writing and cooking and packing and teaching a class and more all week in prep for our trip to really spend much time online. I’ll be back with my discoveries next week, though!

We’re off to a pumpkin patch in just a bit, to munch on apple cider doughnuts, sip hot apple cider, go on a hayride, and wade ankle-deep in pumpkins. I LOVE this kind of thing!

I’ll be back early next week, to give you the scoop on what we’re doing up here. I’ll tell you this much-I’m here on account of these folks and will be attending a very exciting dinner on Monday night here. Details to come!

Oh, before I go, I wanted to let you know I’ve got a Small Measures post up on Design Sponge. I’m chatting about making a apple-stamp table runner. It’s incredibly easy to make and will give your space a whimsical, customize autumnal touch.

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

A Friend In Pie: Jenna Woginrich

Jenna Woginrich is a homesteader’s homesteader. Which is to say, she not only brings home the bacon and fries it up in a pan, it’s entirely likely that she raised the very pig from which said bacon originated. She chops and stacks her firewood, builds fencing for her menagerie of sheep, goats, horses, and chickens, and plays the fiddle. The voice behind the widely read Cold Antler Farm also writes fiction, rides a draft pony, and wrangles border collies. She gets ‘er done, yes she does.

In this woman, whose birthday falls the day before mine, I’ve found a cosmic cousin, a soul sister. Writing, blogging, and making a literal living from her land and its pursuits, Jenna is the very picture of the young, modern farmer you keep hearing so much about lately. Until quite recently, she was a graphic designer with Orvis. This intrepid woman took a mighty leap of faith this past summer (much like I did back in 2008) and walked away from her regular, reliable paycheck to make a go of it as a stay-at-home writer and homesteader.

We’ve forged a wonderful friendship, sending one another homemade gifts (she even made Huxley a tiny knit cap waaaaay back when he was very, very wee from the first fleece of one of her beloved sheep!), giving each other digital pats on the back and “You’ll get through this” encouragement, and offering writer-to-writer/blogger-to-blogger advice and tips.

Jenna generously offered her autumn-based recipe of Harvest Quiche to A Year of Pies. If you like a hearty autumn pie (raising my hand right here!), packed with broccoli, onion, eggs, bacon, and cheese, look no further. This pie was made just for you, by my buddy’s loving hands and her farm’s abundant provisions.

Whether you make her recipe or not, do check out her blog and books. Jenna knows what she’s talking about, and she’s sharing her triumphs and tragedies with profound candor and experience that any fledgling or experienced homesteader can learn from.

*Image from Jon Katz of Bedlam Farm.

Weekend Review

Happy Monday, friends! Hope you had a good weekend. Ours was full of all of this goodness:

*Grilled cheese, 3 ways
*Mountaintop farm vistas
*Fresh eggs
*Apple trees
*Red okra
*Baby chicks
*Pepper farms
*Smoking peppers
*Future farmers of America
*Honey extracting with friends
*Autumn frittatas on the patio
*A wood-fired mountain-side pizza party

It was unquestionably the most idyllic welcome to autumn I could have ever imagined or possibly hoped for. And a great way of relaxing in preparation for our pending trip this weekend-NYC, we 3 Englishes are coming your way!

Here’s wishing you a wonderful week ahead!

*Little images from me; big ones from Nicole.

What I’m Digging

Happy Friday, friends! It’s a glorious day here, after some seriously insane rainfall this past Tuesday. Note to self: pick up a real raincoat, not just a stylish, hip one! I’m headed out to the garden in a bit to pull out the last tomato plants (hello green tomato chutney!) and plant a mess of greens, brassicas, and other goodness. Love, love, love having a fall garden!

I’ve got a Small Measures post up on Design Sponge today, and it’s a tasty one. I’m chatting about my love of autumnal grilled cheese sandwiches, loaded with fresh apples, pears, and figs. YES!

For more apple love, check out my post on this month’s Mrs. Wages newsletter. If you need a prompt, here are 4 words to light a fire beneath you: Salted Caramel Apple Pie. See you later!

In other news, here’s a smattering of this’s and that’s that intrigued me this week:
*Deb’s roasted apple spice sheet cake.
*Bea’s Nana.
*Woodgrain tea cups (via Grace).
*Making the case for good food.
*Aran’s book trailer is perfection (oh, that kitchen-be still my heart!).
*6 food preservation methods.
*Mason jar lid tarts=genius!
*The “wait it out” method; it’s what we do with Huxley.
*Dark Rye’s profile of Meg Paska has my “Beekeeping 101” tips.
*My friend Natalie’s shop is almost open!!!

I’m so excited to head out to the annual Farm Tour tomorrow. We’ll be piling in the Outback with some dear friends to view farms, have a picnic lunch somewhere, and enjoy the autumnal equinox.

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

Skin Food (+ Giveaway!!!)

As far as beauty regimens go, mine is decidedly low-key. It goes something like this: take a shower, dry off, put pure coconut oil on my face and body. And that, friends, is it. I put lip balm on at night before going to bed, and always wear some natural lip gloss when I go out, but, otherwise, aside from the occasional face mask or body/foot scrub, this lady keeps it simple.

Lately, however, with the turn in weather and attendant drop in humidity, I’ve noticed that the coconut oil that keeps my face supple and smooth during the warmer months hasn’t been quite getting the job done. I’ve needed something more emollient and hydrating, but I wasn’t sure what. Until last week, that is, when my buddy Christa hooked me up with the perfect remedy.

Skin Food, created by Skin Fare, is a blend of certified organic coconut oil, palm fruit oil, beeswax, castor oil, palmrosa, rosemary, and helichrysum. Those 7 simple ingredients combine into a rich, thick salve that can be spread on your face, hands, feet, body-anywhere that you need it, really.

I’m seriously loving it. It’s got all the goodness my straight-up coconut oil offered, bolstered by the humectant properties of the castor oil and the emollient nature of the beeswax. It doesn’t leave my skin greasy, either, the one downside to pure coconut oil. Plus, it smells amazing! There is truly nothing I don’t like about Skin Food. The coolest part might even be that it’s made just down the road from me, right here in Candler!

And for you, you lucky small measure readers, there’s a treat, too! Christa graciously gifted me with some Skin Food to sample, as well as to share with one reader. That tube pictured above is your ticket to supple, happy skin. So, let’s have a giveaway, shall we (it’s been awhile, hasn’t it?)?!

To enter, just tell me a bit about how you care for your skin when the mercury dips. I’d also love to hear any tips on caring for children’s skin. Huxley is still crazy smooth, and I’d love to keep it that way. I’ll give him a bit of Skin Food if he seems to chaff.

The giveaway will run for one week, ending next Thursday, September 27th, at midnight EST. In your comment, please, please be sure to leave a means of contacting you, should you be the winner, via with a link back to your website/blog or by listing your email address. If you’re not comfortable leaving a public email, just send me a private message at ashleyadamsenglish(at)gmail(dot)com.

Here’s to cooler weather, seasonal shifts, and smooth, happy skin!