A Year of Picnics


The Essential Book of Homesteading















  • Home Thank you house on the knob for the solacehellip
  • It is our choices that show what we truly arehellip
  • We are in high gazpacho season friends The core ingredientshellip
  • The formula for a happy 6 year old in latehellip
  • You know those creatures like snakes who hibernate in coolerhellip
  • Good people of Instagram it is nationalsmoresday! You got yourhellip
  • When life hands you cherries and buttermilk put em inhellip
  • I dont need the fact that its nationalicecreamsandwichday to motivatehellip
  • I have never been a summer fan Maybe I wouldhellip
  • They call it the Land of Sky here for goodhellip
  • My buddy and me I love this photo adrioli snappedhellip
  • Do you believe in miracles? Im genuinely curious If youdhellip
my sponsors
budha hill natural toysImagine Childhood
Imagine ChildhoodBlissful Belly
Sponsorship Information
blog archive
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008

So, Tell Me What You Want

As I write this, it is snowing sideways. The snowflakes are actually coming down horizontally. The Raising Chickens book is almost complete and I’m getting geared up to begin writing about Canning & Preserving. At present,  I am flanked by 4 of my 5 cats. The wood stove is ablaze and these cats know a good thing when they feel it. I was wondering this morning, when all 5 cats were surrounding me, why it is that, when people go crazy in their homes, there is often an unusually large number of cats to be found in the vicinity. Why don’t people loose touch with reality whilst in the company of numerous dogs, or rabbits, or parakeets? Why cats? Well, I have 5 and though the sanity level in my home can be questionable at times, I feel as though my bearings are on fairly tight. But I digress….

The intention of this post is to conduct an unofficial poll. I’m looking ahead to the next two books in the series, and it was suggested by my editor’s boss that I poll my readership, as well as the readers of several other blogs, to determine what book topics people are most interested in reading about. So far, potential future topics include, but are in no way limited to:

-organic gardening/edible landscaping
-cordials, elixirs, and bitters
-salting, smoking, drying, and cellaring
-herbal products for baby, bath, pets, and home
-growing your own flowers

So, what strikes you as most intriguing? What seems most timely? What is missing? Those of you who might read blog this regularly (or sporadically!) and have not yet commented (or “de-lurked” as it is known in blog-speak), please feel free to do so. In fact, feel free to poll your own readers, if you are yourself a blogger. Thanks in advance for your feedback!

14 Responses to So, Tell Me What You Want

  • Anonymous says:

    i would be interested in frugal living and prolonging the season’s bounties… like with preserving and fermenting. simple frugal homemaking/foody things that an apartment dweller (with access to a good farmers market) could do..

  • They loose their minds flanked by four goats though

  • moonshine…or maybe that should be my book.

  • 17 beats. says:

    i’d like to see:

    -cordials, elixirs, and bitters
    -herbal products for baby, bath, pets, and home

    but of course… i am just one reader.

  • Rachel says:

    -bee-keeping for sure
    -love the edible garden, but i'm imagining edible flowers and maybe even edible “weeds”
    -how about homebrewing? or is that illegal?
    -functional/medicinal eating (like fermenting, bitters, diet alterations, tonics etc)
    -homemade herbal stuff, like baths, facial stuff, etc. & stuff for us sensitive skinned folks!

  • Bailey says:

    I like them all and will read anything you write…But,thinking in terms of what I could possibly use (if I had time), I like 1. herbal products 2. edible landscaping 3. cordials, etc 4. cheese 5. slating, smoking, etc.
    If you want to do homebrewing (as Rachel suggested), Frank could really help you out. (and no it is not illegal unless you sell it!)

  • nicole says:

    beekeeping + bread making + edible herbs & flowers

  • astroblastro says:

    Well, they ALL sound so good.

    -cordials, elixirs, and bitters

    I’d buy Rachel’s book on “functional/medicinal eating (like fermenting, bitters, diet alterations, tonics etc)”

    Kombucha anyone?

  • Milkweed says:

    Beekeeping because of the urgent ecological and food systems need for bees; salting, smoking, drying, and cellaring because there aren’t good current/modern comprehensive resources and because of the inherently green (foodprint, powerdown) aspects are my 2 faves.

  • Katrina says:

    it all sounds good. my faves are cheese-making and beekeeping. anything “urban farming” related also piques my interest…ways to bring the farm life to your 500sqft apartment. :-)

  • kristy krivitsky says:

    bee-keeping and cheese-making

  • Hi! I found your blog through “BlogAsheville” and Wednesday’s post introducing new bloggers. I really like your site … you have such an interesting variety of posts.

    I think any of your subjects would be interesting. I’m particularly interested in “green” living so … anything on environment and saving the earth would definitely get my attention.

    Take Care!

    Small Footprints

  • Bonner says:

    I’d have to say bee-keeping (Fred’s said since I met him he’d like to get into it), and herbal products for baby, bath and pets. There are likely more books on the market about the latter, but I have a feeling you could add a very unique, user-friendly, and refreshingly Ashley-esque perspective to the niche.

  • Kevin says:

    We are making the dive into bees next year. So, I would put that one up there. My wife is French. So, I have to vote for cheese. And, I have taught myself how to make some mean charcuterie. So, I would also vote for meat curing.