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HOMEMADE LIVING: HOME DAIRY

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING BEES

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: CANNING & PRESERVING

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING CHICKENS


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  • Felt a shift in the air today, this afternoon in particular. The veil is getting thin. You feeling it, too?
  • SO much love for @forvillagers and her heavenly homesteading/hearth-tending supply store in West Asheville. Stopped in today for a bag of organic chicken feed and to see what's new in the shop. I'll be teaching a
  • The hills are alive. Looking Glass Rock in the distance, as seen today from the #blueridgeparkway .
  • My favorite part of all of these photo shoots for my upcoming  picnic book has been eating the props! Enjoyed this pumpkin whoopie pie today on an impromptu picnic with @glennbenglish and Huxley on the #blueridgeparkway.
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  • They won't fess up for certain, but I'm fairly sure the flock finds autumn to be their favorite season, too.
  • To celebrate all the photo shoots that we completed this week (three in 8 days!!!), we took it easy this morning, and whipped up this challah French toast, stacked with my homemade peach lavender butter, Foothills bacon, rosemary candied pecan pieces, and sorghum molasses blended with maple syrup.
  • Thank you, @marissalippert and @thecuriouseye, for being the models at today's
  • Pretty lovely setting for a picnic photo shoot today, and glorious weather, to boot! #wwllt
  • Hosted a, like, totally radical birthday party yesterday for our TMNT-loving little dude. There was a dojo for sparring, a breakdancing area (with a playlist of Huxley's favorite jams to dance to), a DIY ooze-making station (made with water, Borax, clear craft glue, and green food coloring), a candy-filled turtle piñata (whacked with Donatello's bo staff, naturally), homemade pizza (made by @glennbenglish, AKA Sensei Splinter), gifts, and a
  • One of my favorite aspects of autumn is the return of panini-pressed sandwiches. Made this turkey, Jarlsberg, Mojito slaw (cabbage & mint), and quince chutney (with fruits from my mom's quince bush) number today. Best enjoyed on the patio as autumn foliage drifts down from above.
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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!