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HOMEMADE LIVING: HOME DAIRY

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING BEES

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: CANNING & PRESERVING

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING CHICKENS


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  • Totally a long underwear, trains in front of the wood stove kind of evening. Stay warm out there, friends! Low of 15 here tonight, BRR!!!!
  • Very fun to find this spread in the @womansworkco catalogue that arrived with yesterday's mail. Thank to so very much, Dorian, for all of your support. I ADORE my @womansworkco gloves. Friends, if you're shopping for durable, beautiful gloves made in the U.S., look no further. I wear my @womansworkco gloves out to the chicken coop every morning and can't recommend them enough! Also, there's a giveaway of three autographed copies of my book
  • Romanesco as meditative object. These served as the gorgeous centerpiece on our table at last night's @rhubarbavl 1-year anniversary dinner. Stunning.
  • Still thinking about last noght's sensational @rhubarbavl 1-year anniversary dinner. We adore the restaurant and chef John Fleer's elegant yet approachable southern Appalachian cuisine. Last night's Sunday Supper featured @bentonsbacon, @cruzefarmgirl, and Jolley Farm. It was a meal I won't soon forget, especially on account of these @sunbursttrout filets wrapped in @bentonsbacon served atop brown butter braised Savoy cabbage (that cabbage changed my life, no joke!). Job well done, @rhubarbavl!
  • At long last, Huxley finally found a dancing partner last night downtown in Asheville.
  • Perfect Saturday for this transcendent hot chocolate, made from scratch with @frenchbroadchocolates bars, sweetened with handcrafted sorghum syrup, and garnished with a dollop of homemade apple butter, graham cracker chards, slivered almonds, apple slices, cinnamon, and fresh ground nutmeg. Bring it, cold weather!
  • Had fun chatting about beverages from
  • It's hot toddy time! Tonight's incarnation includes: Douglas fir needle tea from @juniperridge, @defiantwhisky (cheers to NC-created booze!), honey from our bees, lemon peel and juice, and freshly grated nutmeg. Stay warm, friends, and happy weekend!
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  • Frosty November morning (it's 28 degrees outside) + blazing wood stove=truce between cats and dogs.
  • From the moment we began working together 5 years, @designsponge has been an ardent supporter of all of my books. Today she shared some love for
  • Brunch with good friends,  @shelterprotectsyou, @sheltercollective, @jenathan, and @rorris : Beer-braised cabbage and turnip greens with dried currants and mint leaves, crispy grilled toast rounds (thanks for the bread, Rich and Jen!), local sausage patties cut into moon shapes, applewood smoked bacon, smoked olive oil roasted sweet potato disks with finely crumbled bacon, and a pear frittata. Oh, and maple lattes courtesy of @shelterprotectsyou. Tuesday brunch is my new favorite thing!
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Blood, Sweat and Years

The new year holds some exciting writing projects in store for me. I’ll have a column in a debut quarterly magazine that is, for now, top secret. I can’t even begin to tell you how pumped I am about it. Sorry to be so mysterious, but, trust me, it’ll be worth the wait. Look for more details this spring…

I’m also penning a monthly column, titled “English Lessons” (trust me, I’m aware of just how cheeky it is; I didn’t come up with it, but I’m not opposed to it either…) in Western N.C.-based Verve magazine. My first column is up today and details my very personal return to eating meat. Each column will discuss some hurdle, issue, or personal challenge I’ve faced, and how I dealt with it. I’m not suggesting everyone do as I do; I’m just putting out there what happened to me. I don’t believe in one-size-fits-all solutions. I’m just chatting about mine.

I hope you enjoy this new writing venture!

14 Responses to Blood, Sweat and Years

  • Stacy says:

    Awesome! Congrats on the new projects! And I love the picture! :) Happy New Year! xo

  • Jen says:

    I look forward to reading them!

  • Kathleen says:

    Congrats on the new projects! My mother-in-law gave me your “Home Dairy” book for Christmas and I am very excited to tackle some of the recipes. I already make our yogurt and have always wanted to try my hand at cheese-making. The book is so beautifully photographed and down-to-earth. :)

  • Erin says:

    Great article – and congrats on the new writing projects!

  • elaine says:

    COngrates on your new projects Ashley. What a great article. I look forward to reading more:))Happy New Year!!!

  • Very much looking forward to the new magazine! If you're writing for it, I have a feeling it'll be right up my alley… Congrats & Happy New Year!

  • Congrats on the new projects – I'm really looking forward to seeing the results in the new year. It sounds like you're off to a flying start – I hope it's a great one for you!

  • Bee Girl says:

    Happy 2012! Congratulations on your new projects! I look forward to reading them and hearing more about them as they arise :-) CHEERS!

  • Sarah says:

    Congrats on the new projects – looks like 2012 is going to be a great year!!

    Sarah from The House That Ag Built

  • Miss Minty says:

    I'm looking forward to hearing more about the quarterly gig. And any news about whether you'll return to Design Sponge for the Small Measures column?

  • mandi says:

    Oh! What fun new adventures!

    I really appreciated your article on meat eating. I have slowly worked my way back to eating meat as well after nearly starving my pituitary gland. I didn't know any better! I mean, how could someone juicing carrots every day be malnourished??? But I was, severely. Anyway, thanks for a great article.

  • Mamawolf says:

    Congratulations on all of your new projects! I'm sure that 2012 will be a very exciting and fulfilling year for you. I enjoyed reading your piece on your return to meat. I am nearly a lifelong vegetarian (been veggi since I was twelve), but am currently eating meat due to extreme anemia in my third pregnancy. I am well below acceptable iron levels for our planned homebirth and it just keeps dropping. So… little bits of red meat hidden in other foods it is for the time being. I doubt it will be an eating habit that I stick with post birth, but I still really appreciated reading your article and your personal point of view. Thank you for sharing!
    I wish you and yours all the very best in this exciting upcoming year!!!

  • Michele says:

    can't wait to see what this year brings ashley!!!

    happy new year!

  • I just read our article. I recently switched from a vegetarian to meat eater. It happened the same way. After 14 years I started craving meat and I listened. I ony eat wild game or organic, grass fed, free range, but I love it. I felt it was the right thing to do for my brain and I was right! Thanks for the article.