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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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  • Scotch eggs of supreme deliciousness can be had on the regular at @kingjamesavl. @glennbenglish and I savored these beauties today alongside dirty rice fritters, gumbo with poutine, and @sunbursttrout smoked trout dip, all wonderful. There was also a pint of Appalachian Brewery porter that I have to have more of. Oh, and old school White Stripes on rotation. Great food, great atmosphere.
  • Confession: until last night, I had never had honest to goodness snow cream. @glennbenglish whipped up a tasty batch with vanilla and nutmeg, and we enjoyed it alongside @oldworldlevain's heavenly frangipane tartlettes with fresh cranberries, orange peel, and cinnamon. Snow-pretty AND tasty.
  • Scattered, smothered, and covered. Snowy day in the cove!
  • We three Englishes do so very much love snow. Forecast to receive between 3-6 inches tonight! @glennbenglish captured Huxley and I taking in the view on his way back to the house after locking up the chickens.
  • Woke up to overnight snowfall, always a treat. Then heard from my neighbor Lynn, a licensed massage & bodywork therapist, that the snow was preventing her from getting in to her clients in town and, as a result, she had an opening in her schedule and could give me a massage. Whenever she travels, I pet-sit her cat Sophie, and in exchange she trades me a massage. Not only is she a seriously stellar masseuse, she also is an aromatherapist, a Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner (a kind of Japanese acupressure technique), and is certified in neuromuscular therapy. So when I get a massage from her, I receive this healing trifecta involving scent, body, and spirit. Plus, in all honesty, I feel like this woman is actually imbuing my body with love when she works on me. I left her house feeling light and bright, and nourished. She has offices in Asheville and Johnson City, TN (the home massages are reserved for family and neighbors!). If you're looking for a rich, wonderful, deeply healing massage, please consider Lynn. You can find her information at www.lynnbernatsky.com. || I passed our bamboo grove and its tiny creek on my walk over to Lynn and Steve's; it somehow spoke to me of good things in store.
  • Woke up to this view. Some kind of wonderful!
  • Spotted Quench in the wild today.Always a thrill to see my books out in the big world, and rubbing elbows with friends @thejoyofcooking, no less!
  • Good day to be in western NC. View of Mt.  Pisgah from the top of our road.
  • You will not pass! || Our shorty with his soul sister Raeglan, adventuring in our woods two days ago. @thebriere4
  • Batman Begins. You ought to hear his 4 year-old take on Batman's gravelly, husky whisper.
  • Post meal, pre-hike to the frozen
  • Yesterday marked the very last photo shoot for my upcoming picnic book. 20 picnics, showcasing all 4 seasons, DONE! Snow, the necessary
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Handmade Gatherings Book Trailer

Someone recently asked me which of the books I’ve authored is my favorite. My reply was that having to choose one would be like choosing a favorite child, they’re all so dear to me (although, truth be told, maybe my Dad actually does favor one of the 5 of us, but, the thing is, I think that’s a truth he can keep “in the vault”, knowwhatImean?). Each book took considerable time and effort and sweat equity and time deferred from other projects and tasks and endeavors and are all, simply put, personal. But then, along came book number 6,  Handmade Gatherings…..

To date, this book marks the most personal project I’ve undertaken. Its pages are filled with my friends, my family, my home, my plates, cups, spoons, linens-my life, really. Glenn and I worked on it tirelessly, tossing ideas for recipes, crafts, and activities off of each other late into the night and over our morning cups of coffee. My mom and our dear friend Denise alternated taking care of Huxley while we shopped for ingredients, developed and tweaked recipes, and staged and executed the photo shoots.

The book officially publishes three weeks from today, on April 8th. My imminently talented friend Ian Urquhart put together the book trailer shown here. This is only a snippet of all he captured, but my hope is that it’s enough to give you a sense of, and a glimpse into, just how fun and inspiring these potlucks were. I don’t have a staff of helpers or assistants. It’s just me and Glenn, cooking in our kitchen, shopping for pumpkin carving tools, foraging for wild edibles in our yard, and otherwise doing whatever it took to make the 16 gatherings featured in the book happen. Like I said, it’s personal, and I feel immeasurably grateful to have been given the opportunity to nurture this seed of an idea to fruition. Huge, heartfelt rivers of gratitude are flowing in the direction of all who worked to bring this book to life. You’re the most mackenest!

13 Responses to Handmade Gatherings Book Trailer

  • KC says:

    Oh what fun! I love this new idea of book trailers. :)

  • Jen says:

    So excited! When I hosted our annual Pi(e) Day Party on Friday, I was telling friends that my recipes came from your pie book and then we launched right into the Handmade Gatherings book coming out next month. My husband was joking that our pie party turned into an Ashley English fan club gathering. :) We’re big fans of potlucks, so I think it’s going to get a LOT of use. Can’t wait! And Ian’s book trailer is beautiful!!

  • Paula M says:

    Looks awesome! The trailer is amazing! Congrats!

  • Eliza Twist says:

    Wow, that looks really wonderful! What with all this business-owning work that we do, we have precious little time for parties. This book would be a perfect way to jumpstart a new routine of quality fun with friends that doesn’t leave us busted. You’ve got my hopes up, thanks!

  • Georgette says:

    Congratulations, Ashley! I am having a potluck in two weeks and wish I had your book!!!

  • Stephanie says:

    Yay! This looks amazing Ashley and I can’t wait to get a copy of your new book! Just shared the trailer on Facebook :) xoxo

  • Joyce says:

    You are one talented lady ! And I do believe you cornered the market with this book. I love it! Congratulations on your latest baby.

  • Libby says:

    I am so excited! Do you know who is carrying your book in Canada?

    • Thanks, Libby! I don’t know, honestly. It’ll be distributed by Random House, but I”m unsure about where it will be physically sold. Pre-orders are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indie Bound, and other small, independent book sellers now, though!

  • Nancy says:

    I have had my copy of Homemade Gatherings on pre-order with amazon for months!!! Thanks for sharing your home and family with us.

  • Dawn says:

    Love the idea of book trailers and this one is just intoxicating. Your gatherings look so full of fun, creativity and, most importantly, love. I’m inspired just by watching the trailer that I can’t even imagine what reading the whole book will do:) I also can’t help but express love for the vintage record player in the first shot and your buffalo plaid jacket. LOVE!! Wishing you all the success in the world with this new book.

  • Kate says:

    How wonderful! Very inspiring! Congratulations!

  • Dana says:

    Love it!!! Can’t wait to get a copy!