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QUENCH

 

HANDMADE GATHERINGS

 

A YEAR OF PIES!

 

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!!!
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  • 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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Giving the Gift Of Homemade


Come the holidays, you won’t find me braving mall traffic to find the perfect gift. No, my holiday prep happens  much closer to home-in fact, it happens at home.

For the past few years, most of what Hubs and I give during the holiday season comes out of our kitchen or from our property. Jams, fruit butters, honey, curds, marmalade, candy, sweet breads, cookies, pickles and more are the gift-giving order of the day, chez English.

And now’s a great time to hone your own handmade, homemade gifts. Lark Books, via Barnes & Noble, is having a huge 50% off sale on a wonderful selection of craft and how-to books. My Canning & Preserving book is included in the sale, and can be yours for under $10!

I adore homemade gifts, both in the giving and the receiving thereof. If you do too, or if you know someone else that does, be sure to check out the sale. There’s a slew of really good reads in there, destined to become lovely items for you and yours!

 

4 Responses to Giving the Gift Of Homemade

  • indio says:

    I’ve made your pizza sauce recipe from the book and totally agree, the recipes are delicious. None of my friends and family do any canning. If only they did, I would definitely give your book as a gift.

  • Gini says:

    The year this book came out, a girlfriend gave it to me for my birthday. I’ve been slinging homemade gifts on the regular ever since, using recipes from your book and others I’ve procured since then. I totally love it, as do the recipients of my gifts. Thanks for being the catalyst for my homemade habit, Ashley! Your beautiful life and joyful attitude are such a constant inspiration!

  • kimpeck says:

    very exciting!!! i am heading over there right now…it’s not too early to give myself a christmas gift, right? ;)

  • Natalie says:

    One of my favorite books, right there. I’m with on homemade gifts! Thanks for inspiring, Ashley!