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HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING CHICKENS


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  • Attended a love and light-filled Solstice potluck gathering this evening at the home of our dear friends Katherine and Andy. So grateful for the fellowship and community this place offers. As those of us in the northern hemisphere shift into winter, and a return to light-filled days, sincerest wishes from our home to yours for health, happiness, and abundance in the months and new year ahead.
  • A winter's day, in a deep and dark December. Enjoyed a walk down our driveway earlier to gather holiday cards and gifts from the mail with my little fella. Happy almost solstice, friends.
  • Local friends-whatever your plans are for this evening, change them! Come join me instead at @rhubarbavl for their
  • Great burger and transcendent frites with a charred onion aioli at @kingjamesavl. Great vibe and an exceptional waitstaff, which deftly caught that Huxley was nearing meltdown mode, and saved the day with a lightening fast, perfect grilled cheese. Wonderful seeing Steven Goff and @samlg87!
  • Livin' in an Appalachian paradise. ??(view of Mt. Pisgah, from the top of our road).
  • The finale at last night's Sunday Supper @rhubarbavl was this Chocolate Coffee Tart with Vanilla Orange Marmalade from my book
  • What a surreal experience last night @rhubarbavl, being served your own recipes! Shown here: Chimichurri Deviled Eggs (
  • So much delicious decadence on display yesterday afternoon at my 7th Annual Ladies Cookie Exchange. Thanks to all you lovelies (and your littles!) that made it out! Such a wonderful community of women I'm surrounded by. We three Englishes won't have to bake any more this holiday season! *That's your girl waiting patiently for the sugar frenzy to begin, @littlecoffeebeans !
  • Put this down as a night to remember. Immeasurable gratitude to @rhubarbavl for hosting recipes from all 7 of my books at tonight's Sunday Supper. @glennbenglish couldn't have been more thrilled. Our favorite restaurant in Asheville now feels even more like our dining room away from home.
  • Asheville and vicinity friends, I want to let you in on a secret. @oldworldlevain is a baked goods goddess, a fascinating woman (she bakes AND teaches tango lessons!), and simply a lovely human being. This medley of deliciousness is a mere sampling of the tastiness she had on offer today at her pop-up inside of Wood & Spoon in west Asheville. You can order regularly from her though, and you should. Her goods are creative, imminently flavorful, and clearly lovingly made. Obviously, I am smitten.
  • All kinds of magic percolating up in here.
  • Last night this sweet, tiny elf wanted me to pick him up, and then asked
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Spring Has Sprung

IMG_0501IMG_0396IMG_0205IMG_0260IMG_0158IMG_0510IMG_0173IMG_0432IMG_0531IMG_0440IMG_0203IMG_0409IMG_0388IMG_0283IMG_0347IMG_0477IMG_0195IMG_0415IMG_0338IMG_0270IMG_0578IMG_0592IMG_0584IMG_0602IMG_0608Here are a few of my (randomly ordered, non-rhyming things):

*Silk dyed eggs.
*Little friends on Easter egg hunts.
*Eggy dish spreads.
*Mamas in plaid, with giggling girls and mountain vistas.
*Toddler Easter baskets (with elf figurines!).
*Long-haired, checkered plaid boys enjoying candy.
*Lemon & Dill Deviled Eggs.
*M.C.-ing (as in “Mistress of Ceremony-ing) toddler egg roll games (redunkulous!!!).
*Hip mamas in fine threads.
*Little ones, rolling eggs with spoons.
*Egg nigiri.
*Little fellas.
*Strawberry & Lemon Curd Pavolva.
*Friends & their kiddos.
*Plates of eggy goodness.
*Naturally-dyed eggs.
*Goat cheese made into tiny “eggs” atop beets and pickles.
*Contemplative toddlers.
*Mischievously grinning little boys (more! checkered! plaid!).
*Caramelized Onion & Bacon Egg Salad.
*Double corn corn bread (gluten-free, to boot!).
*Brunch with friends and family.
*Slow-cooked scrambled eggs and fried apples.
*Noon walks in the woods.
*Not just one, but two black snakes, side-by-side, a clear indication that spring (and mating season!) is officially here.

I love my friends, I really do. Not only do they show up for all of the hair-brained, wild-eyed ideas I throw, they show up, you know? Dressed in their finest springtime clothes, equipped with their most splendid egg-tastic (oh yes I did) dishes, and ready to get their egg craft (dyeing with silk) and egg decor (nests, feathers, eggs, you name it) on, my crew brought the awesome yesterday. And how.

This gathering, entitled “The Good Egg” (one for my book Handmade Gatherings, due Spring 2014) proved one of the most beloved parties I’ve ever thrown. Maybe it was because it really said “Hey! Everyone! Spring is so totally, officially here!” Perhaps it owed to my finding myself, for the first time in my life, orchestrating the Easter egg hunts, and egg rolls, and egg tosses for the children gathered, instead of participating in them. Or maybe it was all that love, and goodness, and, oh, possibility on offer from the many joyful, exuberant (sugar-fueled) children in attendance. Whatever it was, it was infectious, and delicious, and I’ll take it!

Here’s hoping the week ahead is filled with health, happiness, and harmony, for you and yours.

8 Responses to Spring Has Sprung

  • Megan says:

    Wow. The eggs. The food. The land. The friends and family. Amazing.

  • Tonya says:

    What a great idea!

  • sally says:

    This is such a gorgeous gathering. I’m inspired with all the egg-full goodness. Is that lemon meringue pie with strawberries on top? Love, love, love the goat cheese and beet salad, the decor, the dresses, and it IS truly spring when you see the first snake.

  • Paula M @oliviacanela.com says:

    Oh my goodness, that pavlova!

  • Mindy says:

    I stumbled across your blog by accident and I realized I’d read your book about Chickens! I enjoyed the book and I’ve so enjoyed your blog. I grew up in Western North Carolina and now I’m living in Charlotte with a tiny backyard and a whole lot of homesteading dreams. I’m glad I’ve found your blog, it is a pure delight.

  • The Barefoot Crofter says:

    Oh wow – what a fantastic gathering. Food, family, friends – perfect. I can feel the joy from here xx

  • Jane G. says:

    Your long dining room table is so inviting for sharing neighborhood holiday meals! Beautiful Easter spread.

  • mandi@herbanhomestead says:

    Yeah- I was going to say, those are some stylish mamas! Looks like a wonderfully, fun and full day.