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HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING BEES

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: CANNING & PRESERVING

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING CHICKENS


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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!