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Homemade Living Series (+ Giveaway!!!)

When I was up in NYC last Tuesday, our first meeting of the day was with Library Journal. This publication, geared toward’s the nation’s libraries (who have, historically, been large supporters of my books-thank you!), is housed in the same building as WNYC, New York’s public radio station. As we waited to get clearance to head upstairs to our meeting (that’s a thing now, post-9/11; you have to get audible clearance from whomever you’re meeting with before you can get sent up), I watched people come and go on their way to work. It suddenly occurred to me that I haven’t really gone into work in 5 years.

I left my job at an Asheville doctor’s office in June 2008. From that point on, barring a few months of my pregnancy that I helped out my friend Jodi at her lovely cake shop, I’ve been working from home. Mostly in p.j.’s, typically with a mug of coffee that moves from hot to tepid as the “work day” progresses. Working from home, while it sounds cozy (and it is!), has its fair share of challenges. It can be terribly difficult to focus if Huxley is home (and, unless Glenn has taken him out, either on the property or in town, he usually is home). It can be quite hard to overlook housework or yard work that needs to be done. It can also be challenging to simply create my own initiative. Over the years, though, I’ve gotten better at overcoming all of these challenges, especially when I look at the body of work I’ve developed since early summer 5 years ago.

With five books out, and two more coming in 2014 (and, hopefully, another soon thereafter), I’m finally beginning to truly feel like I can call myself an “author.” It still feels weird to say that. Author. Sounds so formal, official, and I often think of myself as anything but formal, and definitely not official. I’m pretty goofy in real life, and, as I write this, am laying on a blanket on the kitchen floor with Huxley, watching a cartoon (we’re both sick!), feeling very much more like a youthful adult than an official title of any sort. That said, I’ve reached a place where I feel really, really good about the work I’ve done, and that I’m currently doing. I’ve always (always, always, always) had a hard time giving myself praise or accolades. It’s always made me feel smug or braggerty or vain to do so. I think, though, that I need to say to myself, from time to time (and occasionally in Ryan Gosling’s voice) “Hey girl, you’re doing alright. You’ve got this.”

SO! What an introduction. Can you tell I’m fighting a sinus infection (Huxley, too) and being a bit rambley as a result? What all of this leads up to is this: I’m giving away one set of the entire Homemade Living series! I’m immensely proud of this set of books, from the content all the way down to the images, graphics, and even covers. Canning & Preserving, Keeping Chickens, Home Dairy, and Keeping Bees will all go to one lucky small measure reader, signed by me, and mailed to you via the publisher of those books, Lark Crafts. YES! Whether you’ve always wanted these books but haven’t yet purchased any, or know someone that would love the set, or several recipients to distribute the set amongst, now’s the chance!

I’ll run the giveaway for one week, concluding Thursday, November 14th, midnight EST. The giveaway, per my publisher’s request, is open to U.S. residents only (sorry international buddies!). To enter, simply leave a comment below. You can tell me why you’d like to win, or just that you’d like to win. I’ll randomly select one winner next week. In your comment, do be sure to leave a means of contacting you should you be the winner, via either a link back to your blog or website, or by leaving your email in your comment.

Here’s to 5 years of jammie-clad, coffee-sipping, keyboard-clicking! May the next 5 be just as grand!

340 Responses to Homemade Living Series (+ Giveaway!!!)

  • Dana says:

    Ashley, I would love to win because I’m a desperate nomadic woman living far far away that would like to live 100% homemade.

    • Tracey says:

      Ms. English, I sure would love to get these books off my amazon wish list an onto my coffee table!

    • Dana says:

      Oh, by the way, the best way to reach me is just to write it. I don’t want to leave my e-mail address open for all…..

  • Sarah M says:

    Yeah! Two new books (or three!), that is so exciting. I actually own (and love) the whole series *except* the canning one. If I win, I’m totally keeping that, but I have a number of ideas to pass on the others as wonderful Christmas gifts. :) I have the Handmade Gatherings on my amazon wishlist. I’m looking forward to it coming out, too, soon.
    Sarah M

  • Carla says:

    Hi Ashley,
    I have only been getting your emails for a month or so and have so enjoyed them! From the pics to the down-home vibe. I would love to win copies of all of your books! I absolutely LOVE books in general, especially those that center around my homesteading interests, but yours are not only practical but so, so lovely to look at!! I just want them on one of my bookshelves just to admire!! I’ll read them, of course, but will enjoy them just sitting there all gorgeous-looking too!
    Thanks for the give-away and the opportunity to have all 4 at one time!
    And congrats on 5 successful years at home!

  • Courtney says:

    I would love to own the other 3 of the 4 (I already have Home Dairy!). Canning a current passion and I think beekeeping will be the next!

  • Angie says:

    Oooh! What an awesome giveaway! My fingers and toes are crossed! : )

  • Jen says:

    What a wonderful giveaway! I already have and love the canning volume, so I would pass that one on to a friend. How generous of Lark to offer this. Hope you and Huxley feel better soon.

  • Jade says:

    Pick me! Pick me!

  • Katie Frey says:

    What an awesome giveaway! I own your Keeping Chickens book and it has been a wonderful aid in starting our own backyard flock! I would love to win the others!! I’ve just started reading your blog a few months ago after finding you via Soulemama. I love reading about all your NC fun since we live just down the road in Greenville, SC!


  • I keep renting them from the library because i’m not really ready to give them back yet :) It has inspired me to dig around in my grandma’s garage for canning supplies and to know how truly easy it is to make cultured foods! I love it. Simple, easy, resourceful, and ethical it is to fill our home with it! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Amanda says:

    Please pick me randomness gods! Your books are beautiful, by the way.

  • Oh I would be so excited to win! I’ve always admired your collection! Thanks for the chance!

  • Anke says:

    I already own your book on keeping chickens (my favorite!) and would love to add the others to my library. I enjoy canning very much and would really like to learn more about home dairy and bee keeping.

  • Kelly says:

    Yay, thanks for the giveaway! I’m going to start beekeeping this year, chickens after that!

  • have the Home dairy but have been eyeing the rest 😉
    lavigne photography (at) yahoo (.) com

  • Katie says:

    Congrats on all the published books. I’m a fellow UNCA grad and I love your chicken book. Looking forward to reading the rest!

  • hullo, fellow Ashley! I own the canning and the dairy, but I’d LOVE to win the bees and the chickens, as I’ve started a home flock and would love to know how to get my own apiary going!
    That being said–I’d say if YOU can’t call yourself an author, I don’t know who could! :) who cares where you “work”–I say as long as the bank’s not knocking on your door do what you want, haha!

  • Alyssa says:

    I have been eyeing up these books for months now. What a great giveaway! You should definitely call yourself an “author.” That’s probably an understatement too :)

  • kim krieg says:

    Would love to own these volumes of your work! Have begun my own “homemade living” journey and love the practicality of your writing. Thanks for this giveaway opportunity!

  • Crystal says:

    I’d LOVE to win this set!! I’m currently building a chicken coop and the Hubs and I have seriously been thinking bees! It’s our goal to teach our two boys that we can eat cleaner and live healthier lives when we help create our own food! It’s a journey that we are just starting!
    Thanks for the chance to when and congrats on five years of working from home!

  • ashley says:

    i’d love them. i keep giving them as gifts but have never purchased them for myself!

  • Alanna Donley says:

    Hi!!!! I love your posts and I enjoy see a snippet of your world through Instagram. I home school my four children and your books would be a welcomed treasure!! We have layer hens and my children have been asking about bees. Fingers crossed!!! Alanna Donley

  • Jessica says:

    Hello Ashley! Congrats on all your success. I enjoyed working with you at the Kids Corner Market at Asheville City Market and have enjoyed following your blog. Occasionally I see your books in major bookstores and think ‘I know her!!!’ ! Would love to have a set for myself.

    Jess Luna

  • Sho says:

    I would love to read all of them. Especially Keeping the Bees. Love the nature.
    Thank you for this great opportunity!

  • Melanie J. says:

    Oh good, it’s not just me. I acquired new fleece-lined slippers last week and my work-from-home uniform has been those with yoga pants ever since (and a sweater or mock turtle of course, cuz it’s so deliciously FALL here, and we’re freaks who keep our windows open). Feel like a slouch, but dang, they’re comfy!

    I would love this set! Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Stephanie says:

    I have been thinking about backyard chickens and perhaps some bees. These books would be great to boost my confidence!

  • Birch says:

    I was given your book on chickens as a xmas present, I read and enjoyed it! This fall a friend of mine who lives in Tanzania said she would like to have chickens but new nothing about them. I immediately recommended your book and gave it to her. Your enabling people all over the world :)
    Thank you!

  • Angela says:

    I’d love this set! I already have canning and preserving, so I’d pass that one along to my mom, who is always calling me with food preservation questions. Thanks!

  • Lucie says:

    These books seem awesome! My parents recently got some chickens and I’ve always wanted to can (but scared because I’m afraid I won’t do it right) and also considered keeping bees… :)

  • Fantastic giveaway. I’m a full-time working mom of a two-year-old, and I have dreams of following a new career path out of my home one day as well. Not that my job is not fulfilling, but I’d love more time to work in my garden, cook, write and be my own boss…

  • jennifer waldrop says:

    oh yesssss how yummy…..all four are these my loves.

  • Shelly says:

    I just recently came across your books and blog when looking for info on making dairy products. I lost my job some months back and I’m having a really hard time finding a new one. I’m looking for ways to simplify my life and cut costs. I really like knowing what’s in my food and I’d love to learn to can stuff too. Thanks! :-)

  • Eleanor says:

    I’ve been wanting the canning and preserving book to keep my beekeeping and chicken books company!

  • Karri says:

    What a wonderful giveaway! I would love to have your books in my library!

  • yalisha case says:

    Great giveaway for these lovely books! I’ve admired them for some time and would love to have the set!

  • Erin says:

    Have been drooling over your titles since discovering your blog! Two books would go to my friend who keeps chickens and bees . . . and two would be well-loved in my house.

  • That was a great post ~ I love reading about others working from home, their challenges, the beauty of it all. Even with adorable little boys about foot. :). So sorry you aren’t feeling well. I hope it clears soon! And thank you for the chance in this super awesome giveaway!

  • Nikki says:

    I have been wanting your books for some time now and would love a chance to win them! I am very inspired by your blog and the work you do. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Penelope says:

    I LOVE your pie book and would be thrilled to win this set! Hoping!!

  • alys jorns says:

    as a mom of a 2.5 yr old and newly started vintage design business, I am always looking for ways to simplify our lives and move more and more towards a homesteading way of living. I would be über delighted to receive your books and would share with my friends & neighbors who are a part of our beautiful community in asheville. thanks….and way to go, Ashley!!

    alys jorns

  • Ashlee Ollmann says:

    These would be so helpful. Win or lose they will likely be in my home soon.

  • Lacey says:

    I love reading about the daily flow of life down south! (I’m in upstate NY!) Your little man is adorable, and you always make your readers feel comfortably at home with you :) Congrats on 5 years living your dreams! I have bees, chickens, and goats myself, and would love to add your books of wisdom to my shelf! Please tell me you will be coming out with a cook book soon?!? You’re Instagram pictures constantly make me drool and say to my hubby, “She has got to come out with a book of these recipes!!” Thank you for the giveaway!!

  • Sara says:

    I would love this! I have the beekeeping book, but would enjoy the others (and know of a couple of people who would be interested in the bee book)!

  • It would be such a blessing to win such a lovely prize! With these books I would continue to educate myself on the things I will need to know to become a more self sufficient home maker and mother as I strive to provide my twin toddlers (and future children) with the love filled nutrition and artistry that is canning, bee keeping, chicken keeping, and home dairy product production. Thank you for the opportunity. :)

  • Carolyn says:

    What a wonderful giveaway! I’m just starting to get into all of these subjects, so would live to add them to my library!

  • Melissa says:

    Oh, please let me win! I’ve been eyeing all of these for quite a while now. *crossing-fingers* *tightly*

  • Grace says:

    A beautiful set. Well done! They’ll be handy around our homestead.


  • Amy says:

    I would love to win your books! I often pull them from the shelves of Powell’s (I live in Portland, Oregon) and dream of owning them all some day. They so so beautiful and full of amazing information. Thanks for such an awesome giveaway!

  • Christine says:

    I’d love to win! Your books are beautiful. I’d love to have a set at home for referencing! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  • Amber M. says:

    I would LOVE to win your books! I am constantly reading and trying to become more educated on self-sufficiency and I know your books would help!

  • Eliza Twist says:

    As far as I’m concerned, you’re living the dream. Thanks for keeping us in the loop and keep up the good work!

  • Yael says:

    Wow! What an incredible giveaway–thank you! I have been coveting these books for awhile and would love a chance to win!

  • Alicia says:

    I had these books, but I lent them to someone, who then let another borrow them. Now said person cannot find them. So I would like to win a set for reference. I love these books!!!

  • Samantha W says:

    I would love to win this set so I could finally own my own and stop borrowing them from the library. :)

    Skurviee at gmail dot com

  • Kelly M says:

    I own your pie and dairy book. I love them both. I have checked out your bee book from the library and LOVE it. It’s waiting for me on the holdshelf AGAIN as we speak. I’m finally going to start keeping bees ☺ I love the style of your books and all the great information in them. Can’t wait to read your new ones. If I am lucky enough to win these books I will gift a reader from my blog the dairy book. Hope you and Huxley feel better soon.

  • Ouida Lampert says:

    Wow. Of COURSE I would like to win. Thank you for the chance to try!

  • Guenevere Seastrom says:

    Ooo! I especially love the books about chickens and canning. Two topics at the top of my research bucket list. And Bees! Sending all those bees some big love right now. Would love to have the knowledge to care for a hive. I’m excited to find this blog. I look forward to more!

  • Kristy says:

    I’ve just recently come across your site (through Design*Sponge…I think) and have really enjoyed perusing your archives (for some reason that sounded really naughty to me after I typed it – haha, sorry!). I’m very curious about your books, as I grew up on a large farm, but have since become a bit of a city girl and find myself yearning for my country roots.
    I’m also going through a sinus infection, so I (literally) feel your pain and hope you both get better soon!

  • Katie says:

    I miss my Asheville home and your writing always makes me feel more connected to the place I love. I’d love to win these books to learn all these skills!

  • Stephanie Jones says:

    Just recently learned about you Ashley and love your instagram pics! I want to make this winter an enjoyable one vs holing up in the dark evenings so your books would be inspiration for learning new things.

  • Stacie says:

    Oh! I would love to win these! They are so pretty and then I don’t have to check them out of the library anymore! Thank you!

  • Jordan Boys says:

    I would love to win these books as a Christmas gift for my mother! :). Thanks for doing a great giveaway!

  • Jennifer W says:

    I would love to win and expand my homemade living knowledge.

  • Ashley, I would love to win because I want to be like you when I grow up 😉

    All kidding aside, you rock, and I would love to own your books :-)

  • Stephanie R says:

    I would be over the moon if I won this giveaway!

  • Madelyne says:

    I frequently talk to my Mum about you as though we are great friends. “Oh Mum, Ashley English is trying out a new recipe,” or “Mum, look at this picture.” You don’t know me, but you are a huge inspiration to me in my someday endeavors of being a mum, self-sufficient/modern day homemaker, and an author. “Mum! Mum! Mum! Ashley is giving away a set of her books! (queue squealing)” Even if I don’t win, I just wanted you know you encourage me. Happy 5 Years of doing what you wanted and what you love and to many more!!!!!!

  • Erika says:

    I would love to win all four of your books!

  • Kat Latham says:

    Love your books!!

  • connie says:

    My husband and I just recently purchased our dream hobby farm and your instructionally books would be great help! Chickens and turkeys are coming in the spring, need all the help I can get! Enjoy your blog, very inspiring.

  • Jenny says:

    I was thinking the other day that I needed an urban farm library now that we have chickens, ducks, sheep and a huge garden! This would be an awesome start!

  • Teruska says:

    While I did purchase all of these for my Library, and LOVE the canning book that I bought for me, I would like to share these with others.

  • Dixie J says:

    I own a couple, but would love the entire set. I would give the duplicates to a friend who is just learning about these wonderful skills. And Ashley… are definitely an author!

  • Jane says:

    Would love to win a set of your books, enjoy your blog!

  • Jennifer says:

    I’d love to win a set of the Homemade Living series!

  • Heidi says:

    I’d love to be chosen!

  • Kelly says:

    Awesome! This would make my day/month/year!

  • Amber Leonard says:

    This would be a wonderful addition to our family of books. we borrowed your canning book from the library last year and I must say it was wonderful. Every recipe I made was a winner. Thank you for being so generous and thank you for some wonderful inspirational reading.

    The Leonard Family

  • Karen Wiebe says:

    Would love to win these books! My son wants to keep bees, and I need canning, or alchemy as my friend calls it, inspiration. And, yes, please! to chickens!

  • Trina-Lea says:

    I love all four of these lovely books and have borrowed them all on regular rotation from my local library. It would be great to have the series on a permanent basis alongside my copy of “A Year Of Pies”.
    Between your blog and your books you have a way of making everything you write about seem accessible and attainable. Because of your down to earth, no nonsense approach I have tried making and creating things I would have never attempted had it not been for your step by step instructions…that are usually accompanied with photographs that leave me either drooling or sighing with pleasure.
    Thank you for all that you do Ashley…I look forward to next year with the release of not one…but two new books…bravo!

  • Robin says:

    I’d like to win because the books look cool and I have chickens and preserve and am looking at hosting bees… Dairy is a stretch but you never know…

  • KJ says:

    Lovely! I would love to have the matched set.

  • Melissa says:

    Choose me, please! I already have your dairy and chicken books but know just who I could pass them on to! Thanks for the chance. Melissa

  • GL says:

    As someone who is very interested in homesteading but not quite there yet, I’d love to have this series!

  • Sandra Bartel says:

    I have keeping chickens and love it. I would so love to have the rest. At “middle” age I am finally doing what I want, living on a farm.

  • Angela says:

    Yay for new books! I would love to own these. We just moved to the home I grew up in due to both my parents passing…we finally have a few acres of land and would like to turn this legacy into a homestead for future generations! Thanks for the opportunity.

  • Cindy says:

    Thanks for the nod to public libraries – I do love them so!! My local library has two of your books, which I have borrowed several times. (Keeping Chickens and Canning) I’ve been asking them to purchase the other two – I think your books should be shared in the community, and I would love to own a set to share with friends. Thanks, Ashley.

  • Anna says:

    Congratulations! I think it is amazing to feel like you have reached the point where you can call yourself and believe that you are an author. It is always amazing to be able to live your creative dreams.

  • Tina says:

    What an awesome giveaway!

  • Christina Murrey says:

    I think I found you’re blog last spring thanks to one of our mutual friends. Jen Knox perhaps? It warms my heart every week. You are and inspiration and I hope that over time I can create a similar kind of lifestyle, close to the mountains. For now, Texas will have to do. Thank you for putting your energy and light out there.

  • Emily N. says:

    I would love to win this giveaway! I enjoy canning and would like to try cheesemaking soon.

    I’m a librarian and listen to WNYC every day, so it was fun to see you mention both of those things in one paragraph:)

  • Jenn B says:

    I borrowed Keeping Chickens from the library and loved it! Would just love to own it and the rest of the series. It would be a great addition to my little homesteading library. Great, great work Ashley!!

  • Michelle says:

    Love your blog (our boys are a month apart and it was fun reading during along with your pregnancy!) would love to have these books!


  • Heidi says:

    These look awesome! I’d love to own them! Thanks so much for the give-away.

  • kassi says:

    these have been on my wishlist too long!

  • Kat K. says:

    I’d love to win these!

    katkraklio @

  • Nicole says:

    What a beautiful story! As a stay at home mom trying to whittle out somewhat of a work life on the side, your story is inspiring. While I don’t get to read your blog too often because my computer time is limited, I LOVE your Instagram pictures and glimpses into your lovely life. I’ve checked your keeping bees book out from the library – what a fantastic read! Thanks for sharing your talents.

  • Amber says:

    I own one if your books, keeping chickens but I would love to own the others! Thanks for the chance to win. Keep up the good work!!

  • Linda says:

    It’s my goal to one day give up going to work as well and working from home. I’ve only read your chicken book, and would love to have the entire set.

    Thank you for sharing!

  • Rhonda says:

    Would be so cool to win your books. Have been trying to become a producer rather than jut consumer for awhile now. Thanks!

  • Ashley, your books are lovely and I have checked them out from various libraries on several occasions. I’d love to win a set, but if I don’t I’ll probably buy them soon. Congratulations on these and for being an inspiration to us all!

  • Jules says:

    Wow what a wonderful giveaway! Have always admired the books from afar and now that we have a (small, suburban) homestead, it’s about time!

  • Michelle says:

    I always get these from the library so owning them would be awesome!

  • Danielle G says:

    Oh pick me! For once, I would love to win one of these darn giveaways – especially this one!

  • Kendra says:

    I would love, love, love to own this set of books. We recently built a fence around our property in the hopes of getting a few chickens of our own. I have grand aspirations of having an ruban homestead and chickens are my second step (my veggie garden being the first).

  • Kym says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! I’m ready to try my hand at cheese making, and I’d love to read up on it. :)

  • oooooooohhhh! I’d LOVE to win these, Ashley! I’ve gotten them all out from the library a few times, but none have made it into my own collection yet, though certainly not from lack of want.

  • Grace says:

    I’ve had my eye one each of these books at one time or another (& have been grateful for access to the library’s copies) and would love to own them all!

  • Kat says:

    So awesome! Congrats on 5 years of great work! There’s a role for all of us in this lovely life. Your books are inspirational-thanks for this offer.

  • Kacy says:

    I would love to win! Might finally nudge me into getting chickens.

  • Csroline Dugan says:

    Hi, I just discovered you today after reading about you via Katy. You and your passion are like a breath of fresh air as I am only recently learning about living a simpler and more wholesome life. Thank you for what you do.

  • Heather Juno says:

    I wanna win! I wanna win! Seriously though, we’ve been thinking about an urban flock of chickens AND I’m very curious about keeping bees. I’m Bee-Curious!

  • Jmbh says:

    Gave the set to a friend for Christmas but would love one for myself!

  • Allison Dorlig says:

    I love your pictures, Ashley, and your love for western N.C.! I grew up going to my grandmother’s home in Stecoah Valley, and your lifestyle and homestead remind me of such good things. I would love to honor my grannie’s memory by doing more things like canning, and your books would be the perfect resource! For this California girl, winning would sure bring me some sweet connections to home! Thank you so much for sharing your lovely life with us!

  • Joanne T. says:

    Pick me! Pick me!

  • Sharon D. says:

    Thank you so much for the opportunity Ashley and congratulations!!! All of these books would be such a blessing to win, they are all topics that I am interested in giving a try and learning as much possible as I can about them. I love to can but am always interested in trying new recipes. I am thoroughly enjoying your Year of Pies book :)

  • Kassandra Hinds says:

    This would be a perfect gift to share with my family. Your ‘Keeping Chickens’ inspired just that, three years ago. My next endeavor includes goats….here’s to hoping it’s my lucky day. *CHEERS*

  • Megan says:

    Would love to give this set to my sister as our set is much-loved and much-used here at home.

  • Diana Kohnke says:

    I would love to win these great books for my daughter. She, her husband (kids), and his parents are about to embark on an adventure of “hobby farming” together. These books would be a wonderful source of inspiration and information for them.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win. And congrats on finding your path!
    Diana in Sioux Falls

  • Angela K says:

    Been thinking about buying a couple of these. Would be awesome to win them though.

  • Kris says:

    Yum! I love these books! I’ve checked them out of the library many times and would love to win them. Congrats on all your dedication and success at writing. Be proud to call yourself an author! We certainly do!

  • MaryEl says:

    What a lovely opportunity and such a special treasure to own these books! I love your pie book and really enjoy reading your posts. I started my hand @ canning a little over a year ago thanks to you!

  • Meaghan says:

    Feel better, and you definitely SHOULD be proud of all that work!
    I would love to someday own ALL of your books!

  • Giselle Feuillet-Tunis says:

    I want to win because while e-books are convenient, physical books don’t need power for me to read them, just a light source.

  • Nikki Stadler says:

    Ashley, I’ve been reading your blog forever. For the past 8 years my husband and I lived in NYC and, while your blog, lifestyle and books inspired me, I never thought I would be able to keep bees/ chickens/ etc.. HOWEVER we just relocated to Atl and I think our time is now! anyway, congrats on the upcoming books and fingers crossed!

  • Shelly says:

    I’d love to win this set! What a great giveaway!

  • Monique says:

    What wonderful books! I would love to win this set.

  • Kelsie says:

    I have your pie book and love it! Your pie crust is now the only one I use. I would love to own all of your books!!

  • Deborah says:

    YOU, my dear, are an awesome gift. You are so creative, crafty, knowledgeable, down-to-earth and real. Don’t every underestimate your gifts–or feel like you’re bragging. Just as you are a blessing to so many people, acknowledging your expertise and contentment in what you do is your way of blessing yourself.

    I’d love to be selected to get your set of books! Keep up the good writing work! (If you ever need a taste tester, I’m available for a FREE!)

  • Deborah says:

    OOPS!! (Don’t EVER underestimate!)

  • KC says:

    I want your beekeeping and chicken book very badly! though of course all of them would be nice! :)

  • KC says:

    I want your beekeeping and chicken book very badly! Though of course all of them would be nice! :) You’ve created such a wealth of information for newbies. It’s awesome.

  • Kaitlin says:

    I’d love to win! These have been on my wishlist for some time now :)

  • Alicia says:

    I would love then. We use your chicken book all the time

  • Brooke says:

    2013 has been a year of many changes and challenges. As a proud military spouse and mother of two, I am currently making the transition to domestic diva. My husband recently deployed, and we felt it more important for me to stay home with the children. I have enjoyed reading your blog and find tons of inspiration. I would love to receive your collection of books to complete my transition from working woman to domestic diva!

  • Kat says:

    OOOHHHH!!!!! pick me! pick me!

  • Sarah says:

    Canning and chickens and dairy and bees..OH MY!!

  • Andrea Aldana says:

    I’m a city girl that was dropped into a gorgeous place with a total population about the size of my high school. I find myself struggling with the blessings and responsibilities of being surrounded by SPACE! And woods! And green! So now I garden, I compost, I cook (and work) but I need help learning. I’d get a ton of support out of your books.

  • Meg says:

    yes……you rock
    – thanks for sharing the goodness and inspiration you create-
    I hope I am the lucky one

  • Lynn says:

    What a great giveaway ! Would love to win. If not will try & find at my local library.

  • Barbara Bretherick says:

    Recent retirees, my husband & I are novice SE GA homesteaders who try something new every day–Brussels-sprout planting, fence-building, compost-making, brick-salvaging, found-item-resourcing–we cannot imagine a life more peaceful, more plentiful, more satisfying! Ashley’s blog is invaluable for tips, inspiration, entertainment. I am certain her books would provide guidance and the same exceptional reading and photography we enjoy online!

  • Gina Foresta says:

    Would love to all four of these! You’re an inspiration Ashley.

  • Rosie says:

    I’m a homesteading, market gardening, farm mama always looking for more inspiration and books to put on my shelf. These would be a lovely addition. We have cows, chickens, bees, and come August lots of canning!

  • I have the book about Chickens and it is so well put together that I actually believe I can raise chickens when the time comes! I would dearly love the other books. I have them all on my wish list and I am eager to start to make my own cheeses and yogurt, and to learn how to raise bees. With the holidays upcoming, I’d love some preserving ideas that might double as gifts. Thanks for offering!!!

  • Stephanie says:

    I would love to win!!!! Love all the work you share and feel lucky to live in the same beautiful mountain town :) cheers!

  • Brett Whitt says:

    Love to win your books. They are great!

  • Mindy says:

    I’ve checked your books out from my Library a million times. I’d love to have my own copies and let those poor librarians have a rest!

  • beth says:

    I would love to win these books and then I give them straightaway to my daughter, who lives in the country. She would really enjoy them and I’m sure find them immensely helpful. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Sarah says:

    I am such a fan of your blog and you! I would love to win these to give to my sister who has been renovating a farm in Germany and dreams of bees and chickens.

  • Shaunna says:

    As we continue to search for our country home, I would love to have these books on my shelf as a resource. I have had a few of them from the library, and they are just beautiful. Can’t wait to see your new books when they are available!
    Also wanted to tell you I made your Spatchcocked Rosemary Chicken from Taproot the other day, and it was just heavenly! Thanks for all you do!

  • Sarah B says:

    I want I want!

  • KarlaJ says:

    You go girl! Be proud of your accomplishments and the fact that you are happy and comfortable. I eye these books every time I log onto your blog. What a treasure it would be to have all four for inspiration. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Sarah J says:

    Congratulations on 5 years! I would love to win this collection!

  • Melia says:

    I would love to win these books! I have had them on my wishlist forever but haven’t bought them yet. I love reading your blog, I love how you look at life!

  • Jackie says:

    I would love to be able to give these to my three daughters who are all working towards being self-sustaining. They are all eager to learn the skills it takes to accomplish this particular lifestyle and I believe your books would be a great resource. Thanks!

  • Laura says:

    I was introduced to your Homemade Living Series while working in a public library. I constantly check them out and renew them until I have to return them to be enjoyed by others. I LOVE your books! The content, the design…I would love to have a set of my own! (They’re also on my Christmas list). I’ve been canning for some time and love learning about different recipes and methods. I have a small flock of chickens, which I hope to expand upon. My very talented fiance recently built a top bar beehive for my birthday and I’m looking forward to getting into beekeeping in the spring. Your Homemade Living Series would be put to great use and refered to often in my household.

  • Mandy says:

    Love your blog and your keeping chickens book. You have helped make becoming self sustained seem doable. I am excited for your new books. :) Would love the whole set (on my wish list). Thank you for being an inspiration to maintain the simple pleasures if life. :)

  • Rachael says:

    I’ve checked your books out of the library (go libraries!) but would LOVE to own them!

  • Rebecca says:

    I’d love to win! I really enjoy your site. It encourages me to slow down and take in my surroundings.

  • Karla says:

    I enjoy reading your blog and would love to have a set of your books!

  • Littlepennycress says:

    LOVE your pie book, so i bet I would love these too!! ooh!

  • Congratulations on such a wonderful collection of knowledge. I have A Year of Pies and made the best pie crust of my life from that one. Can’t imagine all of the awesomeness I might create with the entire set!!!!

  • amybee says:

    Thank you for the offer. I’d like to try canning and would appreciate such a guide.

  • a/k/a Nadine says:

    I would LOVE to win these. I don’t have any of them (yet).

  • Róisín says:

    I used to own the entire set and then I moved across the country. Naïvely, I mailed two large, beautiful boxes of books to my new address. They never showed up and I got what was essentially a “Dear John” letter from USPS. Tragic to say the least!

  • Amy Ferris says:

    Your writing is so inspiring. My daughter and I have been creating pies from your Year of Pies book and have loved everyone we have tried so far (some have been made a few times!). This is a great giveway and I would love to give these books to my daughter for Christmas. Thank you for offering such wonderful books and blog!

  • megan says:

    I’ve read all your books, but only from the library. I would love to own the collection!! Thank you for the chance to win!

  • Amy Ferris says:

    Your writing is so inspiring. My daughter and I have been creating pies from your Year of Pies book and have loved every pie we have tried so far (some have been made a few times!). This is a great giveway and I would love to give these books to my daughter for Christmas. Thank you for offering such wonderful books and blog!

  • Winning your books would be such a prize! I’ve begun a lifestyle shift within this past year (removing processed foods, expanding our garden, canned for the first time!) and I have a 5-year-plan to add bees and chickens to our backyard and just becoming more self-sustainable. Each of those books would help with my goals. And the dairy book is not something I’d considered before, but what a great idea! Thanks for the chance to win. :)

  • Patty says:

    I would love to win your books! I read about you in the Country Woman magazine and have been a fan ever since.

  • Julie says:

    I’ve checked all your books out from the library, but would love to have a permanent set sitting on my shelves. Thanks!

  • Kim McCallie says:

    I would love to have the series. I have the canning book but am interested in the others to complete my collection. I’m so looking forward to your 2014 releases. I’ve had “Handmade Gatherings” on my Amazon wish list since you first wrote about it here. Can’t wait to hear about your other future releases.

  • Melissa McEvoy says:

    Purchased Keeping Chickens on Amazon, never having seen your blog. Now I check in daily. Would love to complete the set! Thanks for the giveaway!!

  • Tina Cavaluzzi says:

    Yeah!! You are an author!! I am a reader!! A perfect match. We are makers, doers, creaters, keepers, providers, etc etc… Keep on keepin on!

  • christi says:

    I really love reading your blog and would love to have a set of your books.

  • ann says:

    Congrats on all 2014 has coming! I am moving from NYC back the midwest and hoping to pick up some new skills…your books would be perfect!!

  • Elisa says:

    I have been dreaming of the day when I could purchase this set of books from you!! They look like a lot of practical fun for growing a homestead.

  • Lauren Everett says:

    What a treasure. I do not own any yet but would be so happy to win! My husband would be thrilled with the canning book. I am trying to get him on board for chickens and bees..this might do it!

  • Shelly says:

    Ohhh…I would love to add these to my library!

  • lis says:

    id LOVE to win! i have the canning book & year of pies … but now is the season of my life to think about both bees and chickens. thanks for the chance! and pat yourself on the back because just this morning as i was mustering up some courage to follow my heart and true life-long dream job and WRITE i was thinking of inspiring NC women doing their writing thing, and I thought of you. though we have never met, you came to my mind as an inspiration. congrats on all that you have authored and will continue too!

  • JamieK says:

    what a wonderful give-away! I could benefit from each and every one of these books! Would love, love, love to learn about bee keeping and raising chickens.

  • Jessica says:

    I have your pie book, would love this collection!

  • Mariellen says:

    Your lifestyle and blog are such an escape and inspiration for me. I couldn’t live a more opposite lifestyle than yours but I love to open your blog/read your chicken book and daydream. You never know where life will take you, maybe I’ll be lying on my own kitchen floor someday living a similar lifestyle ( a girl can dream right:) Thank you for what you do.

  • Tina A says:

    I would love to win the book set because I love books and these books would make an awesome addition to my home reference library! Thanks for the opportunity!

  • jule says:

    what a great giveaway…..i covet your books. i love them! then my mother borrows them and i never see them again…

  • Amber says:

    I would love to win because I’ve checked your books out from the library (and love them) but haven’t had the opportunity to actually purchase them!

  • These would be so lovely to win! I borrow them from the library fairly often and it would be so nice to have my own set :)

  • Megan says:

    I’ve checked a few books from your series out of my local library, it would be fabulous to own them and peruse them at my leisure!!!

  • Sally says:

    Hi there! I’ve been such a fan of this site for a long time and greatly looking forward to the day when I’m out of an apartment and able to keep chickens and bees. I have you canning and preserving book and absolutely love it – would love to have the whole set!

  • Michelle Davis says:

    I would like to win these beautiful looking books because I am striving to become more self-sustaining.

  • Doug says:

    I’m keeping bees, keeping chickens, started canning this year and would love to learn about home dairy.

  • ellis says:

    I would love to have this giveaway! We have a tiny homestead in the city and I’m always hungry for new information and ways to do things. I love your blog but have not yet gotten your books, so this would be amazing!

  • Michelle P says:

    Over this past summer I have stopped working and now am striving to have our lifestyle be more self-sufficient and I believe your books would help me along that path. I also really enjoy your blog and would look forward to reading more. Thank you.


  • Danae says:

    I would love the chance to win these books. We are entering this farming world and all of this knowledge would come in so handy. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • I would love to win these books! I have checked a few out from h library but I would love o own copies.

  • ChristyMN says:

    Would love these, for myself or for my sis in law for Christmas!

  • chandra says:

    Fantastic! I can always learn more about how to make at home.

  • Cat says:

    Congratulations on your discovery of self praise! It’s a tough thing to take notice of one’s self and accomplishments. Many kudos to you…and many thanks for the chance to win your beauteous book series!

  • Diane says:

    My husband and I just moved to a small farm this year. We are loving growing our own food and raising chickens for the eggs but still have a lot to learn.

  • Hannah says:

    I’ve checked out these books from our local library, and would love the opportunity to own them! Congrats on your continued success as an author.

  • kristi says:

    Would love these books!

  • Jen says:

    I’d love to win and share these with friends!

  • Jessica says:

    These books would help with all of the new adventures my boyfriend and I are ready to tackle at our new home! Bees and Chicken are next on the list!

  • Christa Hamilton says:

    Hi Ashley!

    Of COURSE I want to win your fabulous books. For one, I’m really proud of you and what you’ve created. I’m proud to be a friend and you continue to inspire me with your style & ideas.
    Yay! Here’s to a lifetime of awesome creativity and discovery!!!

    • Christa Hamilton says:

      P.S. Even if I don’t win, I will have these gorgeous books of my kitchen bookshelf! I love their spines :)

  • Kristin says:

    I have been meaning to check out your books for some time — I find your work so inspiring!

  • alicia epperly says:

    I would love to win this collection of books. The library simply wont let me keep them as long as I would like to. Thank you.

  • Mari says:

    I have and used Canning and Preserving all the time, but would love to own all four. Beekeeping is next for me!

  • Brigitte says:

    Hi. I would like to enter for the books. Thanks for the positive comments about libraries, as I am a librarian. My husband and I are about to make a big move from NJ suburbs to central Pennsylvania countryside. I think I could put your books to good use in our semi-retirement. I find the happy social tone of your blog very inspiring and could use the books for inspiration and motivation.

  • Peggy says:

    Love to win! Thanks, Peggy

  • T. says:

    I would love to read your “Canning and Preserving” book! I already own and love “Keeping Chickens”!

  • Joyce says:

    First, you have 5 books published and you’re just NOW feeling like an author? We women never give ourselves enough credit. Your books are AWESOME! pat yourself on the back right now! tee hee. Well, that said I would LOVE to win them. Thanks for having this giveaway. Hope you both feel better soon.

  • Leigh says:

    I would love to win your books! Thanks for the chance.

  • Beth says:

    Congrats because you are a great author! I love your pie book and would love a copy of this set!

    Bethjohnson99 at msn dot com

  • Justin says:

    A couple of these books have been on my Christmas list for quite some time. I’ve been wanting to start with backyard chickens but haven’t had the nerve, knowledge, or money. I suspect your book would help me with the first two. :-)

  • Kelly Kleven says:

    While I am abnormally afraid of bees, I have a handsome new red chicken coop waiting for spring chickens, and as all good Wisconsin folks do, my family consumes more dairy than the average american should. I also adore homemade pickles, but have never attempted them myself. The books would be loved and well used. :)

  • Amber says:

    I would love to have these books!

  • Kerry says:

    You are a wonderful writer and photographer. I always enjoy seeing what you are up to. I have Keeping Chickens and would love to have ’em all! Thanks!

  • Lena says:

    This would be such a great addition to our library. I read only Home Dairy and used many of your awesome recipes, but these( recipes) are scattered on post its in my recipe collection box….fingers crossed!

  • Joan says:

    It would be great to win these books, especially since we are looking at raising chickens again. I love this site.

  • Erin says:

    Fun! I already have your Bees and Chickens books but I would LOVE to complete the set. No doubt I could gift the duplicates. I also happen to have your pie book and I think they are all great!

  • Sharon Hladky says:

    when it comes to books, I just love them, no matter if they are old or new, for they have a story to tell. To be able to hold a book, feel the pages as you turn. The places they take you, and the adventures you get to go on. Then there are the books that are a wealth of knowledge. With notes written in the corners :) To me there is something about a books that brings me great pleasure and joy!

  • Emme says:

    I want to weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeen!

    Thanks for the chance!

  • Dana says:

    I would love love love to win the set of books!!! I had my first harvest this summer and made sauce from scrath. Such a wonderful feeling!!!!

  • Patty says:

    Have the chicken book………would love the rest :)
    Thanks for a great giveaway!

  • Kadi says:

    Oh, boy! What a freaking FANTASTIC giveaway. I’ve been eyeing your books for what feels like the longest time…. I think I would go into a happy coma followed by a “MAKE ALL THE THINGS!!” episode! You were one of the first blogs I stumbled upon when I approached the art of beekeeping, and I promptly fell in love with everything else. So… whether I get lucky or not – thank you for the inspiration!

  • Sidney Maxwell says:

    Hello Ashley! I am 14 years old and I love your newsletter! You have inspired my to obtain my own backyard chickens even though I live in the middle of Phoenix! I would love to win your books because you have a unique gift for words that makes explaining even the hardest things, sound easy! I hope your new book publications turn out well and please, never stop writing! (Please tell Huxley he is ADORABLE as well :)

  • Jeannie says:

    What a treat this would be to win!

  • tracy says:

    We are on year three of our own little homestead. We have rabbits, a single duck, Guinea pigs, and goats and would eventually like to get a calve (we also have a menagerie of dogs + cats..) we garden and tread simply on the earth…I love your blogs, and love your books. I’d love love to win! It would just make my day

  • Leia says:

    I love these books! I do not own them but have checked them out from our local library numerous times. I have recommended your books to many of my friends and bought them for my mom (just not for me!). Would love to win them!!

  • Mary says:

    What a great giveaway! I would love to win the set of books!

  • Nora says:

    I love those books.

  • says:

    I’d. Love a set of these books. Im most interested in trying out backyard chickens!!! Email is

    Thanks, melissa

  • susan says:

    congratulations on all of your books, can’t wait to see what is coming next!

  • Lee says:

    I love your books and would love to own the entire set. We recently bought our own home and have dreams about keeping chickens!

  • Lisa Sawyer says:

    Yay! These would be a great addition to my collection!

  • Heidi says:

    Your books are lovely! I would Love to win!!
    Thank you!

  • Maggie says:

    Your books have been on my wishlist for ages!
    I’d love to win!

  • Jackie O says:

    My husband is a freelance writer and artist who works exclusively out of the house, so I know all about the challenges it can present. I have several your books on my Christmas wish list this year, but how nice would it be to cross all but one (Homemade Gatherings) off of it!

    Hope you and Huxley feel better soon – I just got over the same thing last week!

  • leah says:

    I would so love to win these! We just moved to my parents’ farm and have big plans for bees, gardens and more.

  • Julie C says:

    We would love to win these books. Our library would be even more grateful if we won these books for we always have them checked out. If we had our own others would have the opportunity to read them too!! We are working our way through the dairy book right now. Loving it!

  • Theresa Freeman says:

    Need the Keeping Bees and Home Dairy next. Made some yummy Ginger Pear butter with your help and expertise in the canning book. I’m looking forward to the latest book as well. Want them all!!!!!

  • ThulaMama says:

    We are searching for the perfect piece of land to make our move from an apartment in Los Angeles, to a homestead on the East Coast!

    I’m devouring much info as I can, these books would be invaluable!!!

    Have a wonderful day.


  • Jan says:

    Working on being more self-sufficient, and these books have so much information in them. Thanks so much!!

  • Ooh! Ooh! Pick me! Pick me! haha

  • Sally Knudsen says:

    Love your pie book and your weekly blogs. Your links are always helpful and great to browse. Love where you live and your independent spirit.

  • Mim says:

    What a lovely gift! I have borrowed your delightful books from our public library. It would be a treat to win a set of my own.

  • Wesley Davis says:

    Have the chickens book, would love to have the rest of them.

  • Leanna says:

    I have the chicken keeping and canning books, so I would pass them to my sister, but I’d keep bees and milk for me! :)

  • I have wanted this series for sometime, but as an aspiring Nursing student with a family to raise, I just have not been able to justify purchasing them so far. Thanks for the giveaway and you can reach me at my e-mail or through my blog

  • Elizabeth says:

    I’ve been reading your blog for ages and have two of your books and given them as gifts. I really enjoy everything you’ve done!

  • Alexandria says:

    Ashley. I found you through Taproot and have slowly noticed my daily habits include checking your site for your adventures and tales of mountain life. I have recently relocated to a big city (Chicago from Colorado) living with the family (great Pops and Stepmom) and have somehow found homesteading flowing through my fingertips even amongst the steel and glass that make up this urban environment. I live vicariously in the outdoors through some of your Instagram pictures but live fully in my home where I have embarked on my own homesteading adventure. Until I can move into my own home I will continue to practice and learn self-sufficiency as much as I can. Your books would help pass along a plethora of information that I know I will bring to my own table with family and friends one day.

    Thanks for reading.

  • Lorena says:

    I’d love these! Thank you.

  • Lilly says:

    I would just adore to have these! They have been on my Amazon wishlist for quite a while.

  • Amber says:

    Congratulations on all your accomplishments, and keep up the good work! Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

  • Gail Adams says:

    These books would be a perfect gift for several of my friends, so if I am lucky enough to win I would need to choose. That will be a difficult task. I have all 4 books and they seem to always be on loan

  • Lisa says:

    I’ve so enjoyed reading your books. Would love to own the set!

  • Dawn says:

    Oh, I would love to win this collection of your books. I have bees and chickens and can as much as possible from our garden but have yet to dip my toe into home dairying beyond some homemade ricotta a few years ago. Would love to continue the learning process through reading your books. Thank you, Ashley!

  • Crystal says:

    My 7 year old daughter has her heart set on having chickens so I really need to know what’s involved!

  • Jennifer says:

    I’ve borrowed the Home Diary and Keeping Bees books from the library and just loved the practical and easy nature of the books. They are easy to learn from. Thank you for writing them and sharing your knowledge.

  • Missy says:

    We will be moving to our own homestead next year and these would be lovely references for our new adventure!

  • Hi Ashley.
    I want your books so I can share with my sisters the wonderful life that we have here in Candler !
    You da bomb !

    your C-town neighbor,

  • marie Roush says:

    Wow, what an awesome prize. I do canning, cheesemaking(kinda) canning, and would love to get into beekeeping

  • Samantha Sevenau says:

    Yay! Thank you for this :)

  • Emelie says:

    What a great giveaway! Hope I win!

  • Robyn says:

    I would love this set. We do all of theses activities and I am always tring to educate myself even more!

  • rebecca says:

    I would love to own this set! Great giveaway!

  • Bethani says:

    I would totally love to win these!! Seriously considering chickens!! Soon I hope!! Thanks for the opportunity to win these!!

  • Robert Oppito says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! Great books to own.

  • Erika B says:

    Would love to win to learn more about these topics!

  • Liz K says:

    I would love to win! I have given some of your books as gifts but need them for myself!

  • Brenda Nicholson says:

    I would LOVE to win these books! They are all subjects close to my heart, that I hope someday to be able to do! <3

  • Amanda Chappell says:

    I would love to win this contest! Homesteading is a dream of mine, what a better way to get started.

  • CDL says:

    These look great!


  • Deborah Allen says:

    I would love to win!!!! I already have Keeping Chickens, but I could always give that one away as a gift!

  • Jaime says:

    we’d love to win a set of these beautiful collectable books. we heard about you through madesmith and are exciting to participate in your contest. we think these would make the perfect gift for my in-laws who we will visit for the holidays next month. thanks for considering us!

  • jessica says:

    Awesome! jessicafarwell(at)gmail(dot)com

  • Jamie Crain says:

    I would love to win your books because I have been reading your blog for a while now and I think my family could benefit from all the information contained in each of your books. Thank you.

  • Tia Bednar says:

    I would love your set of lovely books! I adore that you wrote them and would love to apply them to my new home. Now that I have some land, I would be able to use your wisdom and guidance in starting a few home living projects.

  • Spring says:

    Congratulations on “owning” your author status! I have worked my way through many recipes in the canning book and have begun experimenting with home dairy-making, so would love to explore that book. Also, may I suggest that based on the color scheme on the book spines you really need one more that is orange with a blue highlight at the top to finish off the pattern :-)

  • Karen Pedevillano says:

    I have always wanted to read your books. We just started keeping chickens and I would like to keep bees in the future. Love the pics of your son.

  • Jennifer says:

    I cant tell you how many times I’ve taken your canning book out of the library!! I’d love to own the set, and they’d come in handy over the next few years as we start our homestead! Thank you so much for your generosity!

  • Gamat Gold says:

    Great contest. Good luck everyone..

  • Mandy says:

    Winning a whole set of this series would be just awesome! You do good stuff (fun blog, cool books, cute kiddo), and you SHOULD be proud! Congrats on 5 years!

  • Charisse says:

    I would love to mark these babies off my wish list!! How exciting!!

  • Katie L says:

    I would love to win because this is what I’m striving for! Homemade Living! My husband and I are saving up so we can have a good amount of property in the county where we can grow our food, raise animals, and just live an awesome life. I would be incredibly excited to win these!

  • Tonya says:

    I await with anticipation your new books!

  • Kristin says:

    I own your Home Dairy book, but would love to own the entire set. Can’t wait to hear about your new books coming out next year.

  • Megan M says:

    I would love to win these because I have always wanted them and they would be an amazing source of inspiration in my life!

  • Jenessa says:

    I recently finished reading Home Dairy and found it very inspiring. I would love to have the entire set.

  • Karen says:

    Love them!

  • Dena says:

    Well, of course I would like to win! My family comes from Wisconsin and not a single one of us knows how to make our own cheese or yogurt. I’d be the first!

  • Troy DeGroff says:

    After nearly three years away from Asheville in the ATL, I miss that part of the spirit of Asheville that you represent…I’d love to win to have a piece of that spirit here to continue to guide me. Take care.

  • Tina says:

    What a lovely gift! Grateful for your generosity and insight.

  • Melody says:

    I read the Chickens book (got it from the library) and would love to read the others, too. Owning the whole set would be a treat! Thank you.

  • Tricia says:

    All your books are lovely! Would be a wonderful addition to our family library.

  • Ashley says:

    What a generous giveaway! I would love to win these books, as I am interested in getting both chickens and bees. Thank you for a chance to win, and congratulations on all your accomplishments!

  • Julie says:

    Yay! I’d love to win, because my overdue fees at the library are getting out of control because of these books! :)

  • Jennifer H says:

    I have continually checked your books out at our library! It would be awesome to actually own them!!! Thanks :)

  • Hikergurl says:

    I would love to win. I am interested in canning, chicken rearing, honey making and dairy consuming. I would love to own the series of your homesteading books!!!
    hippycas at


    I’m digging the choice and lifestyle and would love to have your books…by winning 😉 or if not ;(, by buying. Either way…I will enjoy them. Thank you for the opportunity!

  • Chris B. says:

    So I was in Joanne’s the other day (the national craft chain), and on an endcap was a bunch of cookbooks. I was looking at them, laughing at the Downton Abbey cookbook (do people really want to eat like that?) and then I laid eyes on A Year of Pies by our Ms. Ashley English. And can I tell you, after reading your blog regularly for a while now, I felt proud! Maybe your books have been in national bookstores, etc., but not being much of a shopper, I hadn’t been out and seen it anywhere before, and seeing it there just made me feel glad for you! Anticipating more wonderful reads.

  • Amanda Boyette says:

    What a wonderful giveaway! I would love to be the winner of such a lovely set!

    amanda dot boyette @

  • Harper Leich says:

    Congratulations on 5 years! I’d love to start with the beekeeping book, and work through the entire series!

  • Alice J says:

    My family is moving into co-housing in 2015 and we are hoping to have chickens, bees and big gardens. Your books would be very helpful in reaching these goals.

  • Liz says:

    I borrowed Home Dairy from the library and loved it! It would be great to win this set of books! lahey.liz (at) gmail . com

  • Cara Dube says:

    I would love to win as I am so interesting in canning and bees!!! I do not have the space for chicken or dairy, or the time. But I find them so fascinating!

  • Melissa says:

    Hi, we live in Idaho & the city ordinance is allowing us to have chickens & bees! So I’d like to have Ashley’s books to get going on both of these adventures. Also to make the most of our garden in winter would be nice, I’m originally from florida so canning is new for me. Your life, home & family are beautiful! Cheers, Melissa

  • Erin Saari says:

    Would love to win these!

  • Kathy says:

    Hi – I just discovered you through a link on Jenna’s Cold Antler Farm site. Yay! The books look terrific and I’d love to be entered in the giveaway. I’m currently renting a cottage on an organic farm in central New Jersey, hoping to convince my landlord that chickens, sheep and equines are in my future. Looking forward to reading your blog!

  • Kendall says:

    What a great giveaway. Thank you!

  • I would love to win! Keeping chickens if one of my goals in life. Some day!

    I found your site through Joy the Baker – it’s swell and I’m glad to have found you. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Karie says:

    I just love your blog! Your books are on my wish list!!! thehouseofbledsoe (at) gmail (dot) com

  • Bees. Buzzzz. Heaven.

  • SeattleDee says:

    What a tempting and terrific giveaway. I found you through JoytheBaker and consider that a gift in itself.

  • Andi says:

    I’m constantly checking these books out at the library, would love to own them!

  • sarah says:

    i would love love love to own your books! yay self gift to mommy!

  • Julia says:

    I would love to read your books! I’ve seen them on Amazon but my student budget won’t let me purchase them. I have wanted to have chickens ever since I was a little kid so I’m particularly excited about that one.

  • I want to win because you are awesome and I lie your philosophy!

  • Johanna says:

    I would LOVE any of these books because I secretly just want to be a stay-at-home woman. (No kids, just domestic delights.) I can see it now, a backyard full of chickens and bee hives, a garden that claims the envy of ALL the neighbors and a pie cooling on the window sill. *bliss*

  • Annette says:

    I’ve been interested in learning to can, so I’d really like to win this.

  • Rain says:

    In all the years I’ve read your blog, I’ve never commented. Actually, I’ve never commented on any blog, so this makes me feel a bit greedy that I’m going to post my first comment not for a chance at a give away. But I would really like to have your books. I have a copy of the dairy book (thanks for the mozzarella, by the way!) so I know I will enjoy and use the others. Thank you for the chance, and thank you for all the words and photos I have so enjoyed. You are good at this.

  • cora says:

    I just discovered your website today! I’m already in love. I was planning on getting my husband the beekeeping book for Christmas so this would be great.

    shoracarp at sbcglobal dot net

  • Signe says:

    These would be so helpful in my life right now! Cheers!

  • Jenna says:

    I’ve only just discovered your blog, but I’ve been interested in your books for years! I never bought any of them for myself because I was a college student living in situations that would not have allowed me to pursue any of the wonderful things you write and teach us about. Thank you for offering a giveaway!

  • Ginger says:

    I just found your website thanks to joy the baker. I’m digging this! Especially excited about the canning book since I just started canning earlier this year. Awesome!

  • carey says:

    Chicken, bees, dairy, preserving… love it all!

  • Allison says:

    I recently stumbled across your blog and have enjoyed reading your posts. Congratulations on your books! I would love to own them.

  • Rachel says:

    Ashley, this is perfect! My dad is retiring after about 45 years as a mechanic and he’s hoping to get into beekeeping and buying a few chickens. I’ve been encouraging him and offering to help but we’re both pretty clueless on the subjects!

  • Jacey says:

    We just sold our house and we’re moving out of the city. We haven’t found our next home yet but we hope to find a place where we can homestead. These books would provide great inspiration for us while we search!

  • Abby Ytzen-Handel says:

    Good Morning from a chilly litte coastal New England Town! Thanks for offering this GREAT give away. My husband and I are hard at work to pay off our student loans and save up to buy a little homestead somewhere. Currently I volunteer at a farm and I am a canning fanatic! Just this month I started working at a farm that has chickens and dariy goats, so excited! I would love to win your books because I think they would be an incredible resource for my family as we prepare to be homesteaders. Thanks for keeping this blog, really enjoy reading it!

  • Kate says:

    I just found your blog and I’m in love and I’d love to be the winner of your books!

  • Karen says:

    Started reading your blog bc of Joy (the baker!) and am falling in love. Would love to win these beautiful books to continue with this love affair. :)

  • Kara C says:

    Wow! Your books look inspiring and simple. Also, some of the best advice I’ve ever received was “you never need a reason to bake a pie!”

  • Sara Larsen says:

    Would like to win this for my son and daughter in-law who live in Henderson , N.C.
    I think they would enjoy the books.

  • Kelly says:

    I have read and loved your chicken and canning books, and can’t wait to learn about bees! I think that may be our next adventure.

  • Jamie says:

    Oh how I love your work!!