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HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING CHICKENS


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  • Good people, it is 73 degrees today! I've opened almost all of the windows in the house and am spotting daffodils triumphantly ready to unfurl all over the knob our house sits on. @glennbenglish served this reuben with @chopshopbutchers pork pastrami, homemade Russian dressing, Swiss cheese, and sauerkraut for lunch as a strong breeze swept thru the house and shook things up. YESSSSSS!
  • Clowning around. || Huxley tried out Tiny Tots Circus Playtime at Toy Boat Art Collective today and really enjoyed it!
  • Chatting about existentialism, and contradicting ourselves, and winter over on small measure today. || Into the woods behind our house.
  • Players gonna play. Huxley and his buddy Bay, doing their little guy thing today at the perennially lovely @thencarboretum.
  • 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!
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Small Business

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Happy Tuesday, friends! Hope this finds you cozy and warm, wherever you are. We’ve been working steadily, tending to the wood stove, for days. And then I just learned that it’s slated to be 70 (!!!) this Saturday. In January. Will wonders never cease?!

So, I had all of these intentions and plans and schemes to wow you with the bevy of fun we engaged in this weekend. The thing is, I’m notorious for neglecting to take photos. Just ask Glenn. Were it not for him grabbing the camera and going to town, this here blog would have considerably less images. I don’t know. I’m just not one of those people who says “Wait! Let’s stop what we’re doing and photograph it for posterity.” I’m a doer, folks. A doer.

Yes, we had a great weekend, but I have no proof, as we were both too busy living it  to take any pictures! So you’ll just have to believe me when I tell you that we checked out my buddy Rachel’s new place in the Chicken Hill neighborhood of Asheville on Saturday, and then headed over to Jael & Dan‘s for some seriously stellar homemade pho (!). Sunday had us meeting up with Meg & Alisa at the Early Girl for a delicious brunch (plus a take-home slice of peanut butter cake that would make Elvis swivel his pelvis in delight). We had plans for a play date with a friend afterwards, but a sudden runny nose and cough from the tiny Englishman put the kibosh on that.

This week so far, I’ve been busying myself with the manuscript edits for Handmade Gatherings. Hard to believe I’ll have another book out next Spring! AND THEN, sweet friends, another one in Autumn 2014! That’s right, I’ve got another book deal in the works! More details will come in time, but, suffice to say, it’s a serious passion project of mine and you’re going to love it.

In other news, with the new year upon us, I’m considering adding new sponsors to the site. Got a homestead-ish store or product? Make homemade ceramics? Sell cloth diapers? Do/make/sell/endorse anything natural and homemade that you think small measure readers would dig? Let’s chat! You can find pricing information in the link at the bottom of the sponsor column on the left.

Here’s wishing the week ahead is filled with health and happiness for you and yours!

 

4 Responses to Small Business

  • Brooke says:

    Ashley,

    We are just returned from a nice, long vacation with our daughter in Asheville, and are missing her and the city awfully. We had dessert one night at French Broad, brunch on New Year’s Day at Early Girl, several dinners at Walk, one at HomeGrown, one at Zambra, a couple at Universal Joint, the list goes on and on…Alexandria, specifically Old Town, where we live, is a HOT restaurant town, but Asheville is a mecca of its own. It’s a foodie heaven!!!

    I even made it to Small Terrain where, in order to help the local economy (and not Amazon’s bottom line), I bought your new book! Love it. That is SUCH a neat shop.

    We’re toying with the notion of looking into moving down there some day. We like the urban atmosphere of where we live, and the proximity to family here, and love our house, but there is something about that town and the mountains and the people that just calls to me…One day we drove up onto the parkway and parked where the road was barricaded and just started walking. The silence was, as they say, deafening. I only heard two birds, and the sound of icicles dripping of the mountainside. The fact that it took us about 20 minutes to get there from our daughter’s house was so cool. Quite a spot.

  • kimpeck says:

    seriously, your weekends sound so fun!! thank goodness i don’t blog about mine, which would include cleaning, chasing the kids around, dishes, and oh yeah, more cleaning ;)
    BIG congrats on the 2nd book deal for 2014!! can’t wait to see what comes forth from all of your creative energy!

  • Melanie J. says:

    We just drove by Early Girl and wondered about it, thanks for the link! May try to take my mom and sis there this weekend, if the lines aren’t too crazy. Congrats on the newest book deal!