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HOMEMADE LIVING: HOME DAIRY

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING BEES

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: CANNING & PRESERVING

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING CHICKENS


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  • I think the 48-hour flu I've been fighting has finally succumbed to my assault of grapefruit seed extract, osha root, propolis, elderberry syrup, Oscillococinum, apple cider vinegar, rose hips, hibiscus, ginger/lemon/honey/cayenne tea, and neti pot with goldenseal tincture. I don't take getting sick sitting down. And now, a winter storm, possibly. Bring it, I say. Happy weekending, friends!!!
  • This guy.
  • 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.
  • Warm enough today to play soccer down in our lower field, do a bit of weeding in the garden, and push a nearly-too-big 4 year-old in his
  • New year, new moons, new calendars. Right on, right on.
  • @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.
  • This caramelized cinnamon citrus
  • I went on a kid-free date today with @glennbenglish! And we talked about grown up things, without interruption from a 4 year-old (except for when Glenn was talking about something important and I interrupted to tell him a man had just walked by with two hooks for hands, because, hooks for hands)!! And we went to @tableasheville and it was completely delicious!!! So many !!!! Brunch date might just be my new favorite thing.
  • If you need me over the next few days, I'll be here. Cold weather coming, friends, bundle up out there!!!
  • Had such a great time chatting with Celine MacKay of @puregreenmag the other day. We discussed homesteading and writing and how I got to where I  am now and so very much more. Hop on over to @puregreenmag for the link to the interview, and if you aren't already doing so, follow them for gorgeous photos and tempting recipes and beyond!
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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.