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HOMEMADE LIVING: HOME DAIRY

 

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HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING CHICKENS


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  • Spicy pork dumplings from @ganshanstation, I love you. While everything I've tried here has been seriously stellar, @procain's dumpling situation is worth the visit alone. So, so good!
  • Here's what I did today: hopped in the car, drove about a mile over to Hominy Valley Organic Farm, and got down to strawberry-picking business. I filled a flat for $18 (at $3/pound). If you live in the area and are looking for delicious, organic, U-pick strawberries, come see Farmer Tom Monday-Friday after 2 pm. Tell him I sent ya! Now, on to jam, and Popsicles, and pie, and galette, and pickled strawberries, and more! ??????
  • Pretty much ANY time is a good time for pickles, especially now that I've added @foodinjars delicious Quick Pickled Strawberries to the mix. Sublime!
  • You're in my heart, you're in my soul.
  • A testament to the power of social media: saw @holedoughnuts post an image of their Buttermilk Cardamom Black Pepper donut this morning, ate lunch, and then made the 20 minute drive over to enjoy some in person with @glennbenglish and Huxley!  Completely worth it. So, so good!!!
  • It's not a significant thing, nothing major. Just a walk down the driveway to gather the mail. But when I do it with Huxley, and we stop to say
  • Hominy Creek, doing its spring thang. || View from our mailbox.
  • Attended my first ever handmade/homemade swap yesterday, at a friend's sweet home in Black Mountain. SO much goodness, all thoughtfully and lovingly made. Huxley came with me and ran around with the kiddos while the swap took place. I contributed these little jars of rosemary honey, which @glennbenglish artfully topped with straw-blown watercolorings. Such a great afternoon with like-minded friends and fellow mamas! Thank you so, so much for hosting, Amanda!!!
  • Saturdays are for French toast on the porch with @glennbenglish and Huxley Wild while rain showers wash over the cove. || Used @farmandsparrow's Heritage Corn Bread and @oldworldlevain's Double Raisin & Flax Bread to make cardamom French toast, served alongside butter, maple syrup, and Hominy Valley Organic Farm strawberries, all washed down with hibiscus iced tea (our warm weather cold beverage go-to).
  • A visit today to farmer Tom Kousky of neighboring Hominy Valley Organic Farm yielded: flats of flowers (geraniums, celosia, and marigolds); starts of pickling cukes, zucchini, and yellow squash; 12 basil plants; two bundles of asparagus; a bunch of spinach; a bunch of radishes; two bunches of beets; and two pints of strawberries. The obvious way to celebrate all of this goodness was to blend up some strawberry milkshakes. Happy weekending, everyone!
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  • This was work today. Sweet, delicious, patio-consumed work. Shrimp & grits, for the win.
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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.