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Homemade Living Giveaway (+Apple Butter!)

Happy Monday, everyone! Hope your weekend was packed full of your favorite things. Mine included working on the forward to a book I’m penning for another author, getting all the home birth supplies packed and ready (our home visit with the midwives is this Wednesday!), eating homemade cardamom (totally my favorite spice) & orange french toast, talking out loud to Nugget a good deal (I tell him about how his Papa and I are getting all geared up for him and how he can keep cooking in there a bit longer, no rush), and curling up on the couch with Hubs and some delicious chicken pot pie. All in all, a weekend well spent.

Today, my publisher is offering a generous giveaway of two signed copies of the first two books in my “Homemade Living” series, along with a jar of the Cardamom Apple Butter I’ve been talking about around here lately. I invite you to drop by the site (which is a great read in its own right) and leave a comment by October 11th for a chance to win.

7 Responses to Homemade Living Giveaway (+Apple Butter!)

  • Kay S. says:

    I hope Nugget keeps cooking along! I also hope you are enjoying this season in my ancestral stomping grounds. Winning the books would be great- I saw a copy of the jam book and made the delightful peach-lavender butter. Heaven!

  • Anonymous says:

    I took your wonderful books out of the library a while back, but it would be so helpful to have my very own copies! Keep cooking, Nugget!

    Kate in NY

  • shari says:

    loved the interview, ashley.

  • shari says:

    loved the interview, ashley.

  • Julie says:

    Oooh, I've been wanting to get your books forever! It would be amazing to win them – we sign escrow on our first house in two weeks so all our extraneous spending has been on hold. Well, and will be until we can update our energy guzzling heating system and replace the water heater with a more efficient one too…

  • Anonymous says:

    Just saw your book featured in Edible Seattle which led me to this blog. I am really interested in keeping my own chickens and would love more information on it. Thanks! Jess

  • absolut says:

    I realize Im late for the giveaway…but must say that Im totally inspired by your DIY books, and can't wait to get ahold of them.