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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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  • Nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina at suuuuunset. ?
  • 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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Orange & Vanilla Marmalade

Hi everyone! My “Small Measures with Ashley” post is up over on Design Sponge. This week I provided my recipe for Orange & Vanilla Marmalade. It’s some seriously good stuff and is a fabulous means of using up all of the heavenly winter citrus fruits in season right now. What you might not be able to see in the photo above are all the flecks of real vanilla bean peppered throughout the marmalade. Those tiny beans take this topping from “tasty” to “sublime” in an instant. I’d highly recommend incorporating it into your breakfast, brunch, snacks, or night-time nibbles this weekend.


Fly & Dexter (our German Shepherd and Black Lab) head to the vet for their annual check-ups tomorrow. I’m hoping to make some progress on my newest book over the weekend, while eagerly awaiting the official publication of my third (“Home Dairy“) and fourth (“Keeping Bees“) this coming Tuesday. Oh, and for those of you with SiriusXM satellite radio, I’ll be on Everyday Food on Martha Stewart Radio that afternoon (more details to come, soon as I get them!).

So, lots of tea-sipping, recipe testing, baby cuddling, dog-petting, husband-appreciating and more to happen around chez English this weekend. Wherever you are, whatever you end up doing, here’s wishing you and yours a fabulous weekend!

7 Responses to Orange & Vanilla Marmalade

  • Leigh says:

    What an amazing sounding combination. And very cool wooden butter knife. Where did you get these beautiful utensils?

  • Apseed says:

    Thank you, Ashley! Have a wonderful weekend too!

  • Denise says:

    Since I have all of your books even the most recent ones I was wondering what's up next? And when is the new book coming out…not trying to rush you or anything ;)

  • hi denise!

    well, that's a good question! the book i'm currently working on isn't part of my “homemade living” series of books. it's food-related, though (more details to come…). as for more in the HL series, that remains to be seen. we're waiting to gauge the reaction to the two new ones (that officially publish tuesday) before making decisions on future titles (of which i have many, many, many waiting in the wings).

    the manuscript i'm currently working on is due august 1st, then we'll work on photography, etc.. that book will be in print fall 2012. any future HL titles would come sometime after that.

    thanks for inquiring. and so glad to hear you have the entire series. that's so fantastic. i truly appreciate the support.

  • leigh-we found them locally, at a store in downtown asheville i just love: http://nestorganics.com/

  • Ohhhhh, the Orange & Vanilla Marmalade sounds heavenly! Hope the pups' checkup went well. And I hope you are having a wonderful weekend. Our weather is warming…. not much longer until our honey bees arrive :) I'm even starting some pepper seeds in the greenhouse tomorrow. We've warmed up a bit early this year. Thank heavens!

  • Laura. says:

    hi ashley! i just wanted to pop over from d*s and say thanks for your feedback about canning vs. freezing the marmalade. i might need to look into some canning equipment (hee! i did, just this week, order myself my own damn kitchenaid mixer after getting some money back from taxes and i feel like i'm officially over the edge domestically. so canning equip. no longer seems like much of a stretch!). blah blah blah.