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HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING BEES

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: CANNING & PRESERVING

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING CHICKENS


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  • When dinner is served al fresco on the patio, at sunset, in a watermelon bowl, then my heart smiles. || Egg noodles, NC shrimp and pea shoot-arugula-basil pesto topped with nasturtium leaves, sage flowers, and chive blossoms. Nearly summertime and the living is easy.
  • When your afternoon involves chilling inside the Asheville Salt Cave with 7 of your nearest and dearest and your collective 4 kiddos, and your night involves celebrating one of their birthday's with a fajita feast and @glennbenglish's phenomenal spring sangria (with watermelon and strawberries and honeysuckle blooms that I picked), then you know that today has been an extraordinarily good day.
  • Spicy pork dumplings from @ganshanstation, I love you. While everything I've tried here has been seriously stellar, @procain's dumpling situation is worth the visit alone. So, so good!
  • Here's what I did today: hopped in the car, drove about a mile over to Hominy Valley Organic Farm, and got down to strawberry-picking business. I filled a flat for $18 (at $3/pound). If you live in the area and are looking for delicious, organic, U-pick strawberries, come see Farmer Tom Monday-Friday after 2 pm. Tell him I sent ya! Now, on to jam, and Popsicles, and pie, and galette, and pickled strawberries, and more! ??????
  • Pretty much ANY time is a good time for pickles, especially now that I've added @foodinjars delicious Quick Pickled Strawberries to the mix. Sublime!
  • You're in my heart, you're in my soul.
  • A testament to the power of social media: saw @holedoughnuts post an image of their Buttermilk Cardamom Black Pepper donut this morning, ate lunch, and then made the 20 minute drive over to enjoy some in person with @glennbenglish and Huxley!  Completely worth it. So, so good!!!
  • It's not a significant thing, nothing major. Just a walk down the driveway to gather the mail. But when I do it with Huxley, and we stop to say
  • Hominy Creek, doing its spring thang. || View from our mailbox.
  • Attended my first ever handmade/homemade swap yesterday, at a friend's sweet home in Black Mountain. SO much goodness, all thoughtfully and lovingly made. Huxley came with me and ran around with the kiddos while the swap took place. I contributed these little jars of rosemary honey, which @glennbenglish artfully topped with straw-blown watercolorings. Such a great afternoon with like-minded friends and fellow mamas! Thank you so, so much for hosting, Amanda!!!
  • Saturdays are for French toast on the porch with @glennbenglish and Huxley Wild while rain showers wash over the cove. || Used @farmandsparrow's Heritage Corn Bread and @oldworldlevain's Double Raisin & Flax Bread to make cardamom French toast, served alongside butter, maple syrup, and Hominy Valley Organic Farm strawberries, all washed down with hibiscus iced tea (our warm weather cold beverage go-to).
  • A visit today to farmer Tom Kousky of neighboring Hominy Valley Organic Farm yielded: flats of flowers (geraniums, celosia, and marigolds); starts of pickling cukes, zucchini, and yellow squash; 12 basil plants; two bundles of asparagus; a bunch of spinach; a bunch of radishes; two bunches of beets; and two pints of strawberries. The obvious way to celebrate all of this goodness was to blend up some strawberry milkshakes. Happy weekending, everyone!
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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.