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DIY Popsicles & Newsworthy Bits

Happy weekend, all! My “Small Measures with Ashley” post is up over on Design Sponge. This week I chat about making your own popsicles and provide three scrumptious recipe variations for cooling down in flavorful bliss.

In other news, you can now view two videos I made at home with my editor in early spring. These were made exclusively for Barnes & Noble. The video for making “Herbed Pickled Asparagus” (aka “Can It”) can be viewed here (scroll about midway down-the video is on the right), while the video discussing some housing issues for chickens can be viewed here (similarly located mid-way down the page, on the right-hand side).

Finally, I was contacted several months ago from, of all publications, Diabetes Forecast Magazine. They wanted to run a late spring/early summer piece on home canning and presented a series of questions to me. You can now read the completed article here, where I troubleshoot and illuminate (along with Marisa of Food In Jars) some of the foundational issues surrounding canning at home.

I’ll be heading out soon for a field day sponsored by the truly fantastic and always educational Buncombe County Beekeepers Chapter. I’ll be meeting up with a photographer sent by my publisher. He and I will try to capture some images for my upcoming book on “Keeping Bees” (Lark Books, Spring 2011) for those activities you can’t really photograph on demand, such as making splits, re-queening, hiving a swarm, and more. Then it’s into my own hives and garden I’ll go later this afternoon, followed by back-to-back days at the Cake Shop Sunday and Monday.

Have a great weekend! Following an emergency (and really, really painful) tooth extraction this week (when you’re preggers, the only pain medication you can take to manage the throbbing and aching caused by an extraction is wimpy ‘ole Tylenol-boo!), I’m ready for some fun!

*On a side note, my publisher has recently set up a visually impressive and highly creative blog. I invite you to take a gander at it here.

*Image from here.