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HOMEMADE LIVING: CANNING & PRESERVING

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING CHICKENS


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  • The garden got blanketed with what I'm hoping was winter's last gasp this past week. I'm ready for those snow-covered strawberry beds in the foreground to start putting out juicy fruits, for Huxley to dig in his sandbox again, for cocktails at sunset on the pergola, and for conversing with soil and seeds once more. Spring is coming. Really started to feel it this weekend.
  • 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.
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Pies In My Skies

Happy Wednesday, friends! Today I’m ridiculously, overwhelmingly, and every other superlative ending in -ly excited to share with you a little teaser from my new book, A Year of Pies. I’ve worked with photographer Lynne Harty on all five of my books with Lark Crafts. Doesn’t she do an incredible job?

It officially publishes next week, on August 7th. Many of you sweet people that pre-ordered copies (you. people. are. the. best!) have already written, expressing your pleasure with it. Which, really, is what all of my books are about. They’re for you. They’re for me, of course, but, ultimately, they’re for everyone else to enjoy, to learn from, to have fun with, and to make the days of our dear lives better. I know that sounds lofty and grandiose but, well, it’s true! Everything I do, I do so that others can enrich their lives.

The books have garnered some national press already, too. You can check out a bit of buzz here:

Boston Globe

Wall St. Journal

Also, two lovely blogs are hosting giveaways of the book. Find them here:

Food In Jars

Craft Gossip

Thank you so very much for your support, everyone. Look for recipes, giveaways, and profiles of the bloggers that generously offered up guest recipes over the next few weeks! Let’s all get our pie on!!!

16 Responses to Pies In My Skies

  • Nicole says:

    As both your editor and friend I am so proud of all of the hours and full bellies that went into creating this book. It was an absolute sincere joy every step of the way, and I am thrilled that the world can finally get their hands on this truly creative and stunning book. Much love and respect! Go Team Pie!

  • Deborah Dunn says:

    As a friend first and fellow author second, I congratulate you on your success! I’ve watched you grow through the years and so proud of all you are accomplishing. There is more in the sky for you than pies, darlin’ but this is a wonderful new book for sure. Let me know if you want to share blog posts. I love to support other authors, especially those as special as you.
    Love, Deborah

  • Diana says:

    I am one of those lucky people who has already ordered and received (!) my copy of A Year of Pies via Amazon! I can’t say enough about how much I love the artsy layout and all the amazing & mouthwatering photos! I haven’t tried any of the recipies yet cause I’m so darn excited to flip through and enjoy the book. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it. ;-)

    Thanks so much for sharing another cool book with the world, Ashley.

  • Chris Bryant says:

    Congrats! Your stylist here is just now losing his pie weight from those delicious and rewarding shoots! I love love LOVE the results.

  • Betty Minnes says:

    The pictures look amazing!

  • Marilla says:

    I received your book yesterday and think it is a wonderful book. The recipes look fantastic, the mouthwatering photographs make me want to try the recipes, and the helpful techniques and tools section assures my success when making the recipes. Thank you for such a lovely book.

  • Christina says:

    Congratulations! It looks beautiful and delicious. I am looking forward to this so much.

  • Van says:

    These photos made me so hungry suddenly! Cant wait to read this one.

  • Oh goodness, my mouth was already watering just looking at those photos! Congratulations and I’m looking forward to your book release :D

    xo,
    Kristina

  • Stephanie says:

    Feeling so lucky to have “discovered” your pie book. Instantly purchased one for my pie-loving-friend’s upcoming bday. Wanted the pages of her gift to remain crisp and unopened looking…but I just couldn’t help myself. I started by just peeking half-way into the book, not fully opening the pages…but with my oooos and ahhhhs, I succumbed to the temptation of your unusual, creative recipes and beautiful picutres which lured me into opening the pages *all the way*, creasing them even! So I’ve ordered a second book from amazon…as I will be keeping the first copy for me!

  • Barb says:

    I ordered your pie book for a prize at our upcoming pie contest; the timing is perfect. I cannot wait to see it. Congratulations, Pie Queen!!!

  • Karen says:

    I just ordered this book off your blog. Is this the next edition coming out on the 7th? Either way, I’m excited to gift it to a friend who LOVES pies who just happens to be goting through a very rough patch right now. I think this will cheer her up a little bit. I think making the pies may cheer her up a lot more.

  • Apseed says:

    Congratulations! I love your books and how you write them. It’s like a constant conversation with you. You are a very inspiring person!

  • Mel Bachmann says:

    Excuse me while I wipe the DROOL off my keyboard…

  • KC says:

    I’m so scared of making pies. I’ll most definitely have to get your book. I wanted to every picture! Congratulations!

  • This book looks delicious.