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HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING CHICKENS


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  • 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!
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  • 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!!!
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  • 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.
  • It's the time, of the season. || Recipe for my
  • Ah, multiflora rose. Making the cove smell absolutely AMAZING right now, but an invasive, still. Every rose has its thorns, yes?
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Conscious Shopping


I’m totally digging this website I came across while doing research for my forthcoming Design Sponge “Fifteen Eco Finds Under $100″ gift guide (look for it next week!). Based in Boulder, Colorado, Econscious Market scours the internet looking for the most environment-friendly and socially-responsible products. Upon purchase, Econscious allows you, the shopper, to donate 10% of your total purchase to the Non-profit organization of your choice. The above graphic gives a sample of your cost, the amount that would go to the non-profit, and then a drop-down list of numerous organizations to select from.


You get a responsibly made item and a worthwhile organization gets a little cha-ching in the process. How cool is that? Perfect for holiday gift-giving with a conscience! That’s a small measure I can definitely get behind!

*Images from here and here.

3 Responses to Conscious Shopping

  • Heather says:

    I love this Ashley! Mind if I do a little write up for the locals and link to your Design*Sponge article when it's finished?

  • by all means, heather! pretty nifty, innit?

  • Jen says:

    Uncommon Goods is a little like that–every purchase donates a buck to an org of the buyer's choice (from a list) at checkout; their stuff is all sourced from either sustainable places, handmade purveyors, or small manufactures. I like sites that make this kind of shopping so much easier!