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Top Ten

I’ve never been much of one to toot my own horn. In fact, I somewhat abhor it, to use the most extreme superlative I can think of. I’m much more a fan of humility, and always admire and gravitate towards that quality in others. Hubs is the Jedi Knight of humility, as are many of my closest friends and family members.

That said, I was pleased as punch when I came across the above “Top Ten” recognition yesterday. Whilst finally going through a backlog of mail during one of my and Huxley’s 12 daily nursing/pumping sessions (dudeman can DRINK!), I opened the packet to Homestyle Books, one of two books-buying clubs to which I belong (the other, based around cookbooks, is The Good Cook-deep, steep discounts abound here, folks). Lo and behold, within the pages of their catalogue, I recognized a familiar cover.

Thank you, Homestyle Books, for giving a shout out to “Keeping Chickens.” I adore the book, the whole series in fact (and not just because I wrote it-remember, humility runs in my veins-but because of the exemplary work of the entire creative team I was blessed to work with). Now that we’re in between books (“Home Dairy” and “Keeping Bees” debut March 2011), I have to admit to missing working with the team, as well as writing and researching some “Homemade Living” topic on a daily basis.

Hopefully there will be more topics in the series and I’ll be back to work, and elbow-rubbing with my Lark buddies, before too long. On that note, what “Homemade Living” topics would you like to see in future books? We’re toying with “Beverages” and “Kitchen Gardens” right now. I’ve got loads of other ideas in store, but I’d love to hear your suggestions, so, bring ’em!

11 Responses to Top Ten

  • Amanda says:

    Congrats! That's awesome and well-deserved news! I can't wait for “Home Diary” and “Keeping Bees” to come out! xo

  • Megan says:

    I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to see something garden related from you.

    Something related to baking as well would be great!

  • tigress says:

    i love the 'kitchen gardens' idea. and i was just thinking…what a lovely wedding or housewarming gift this whole series could be for friends and family members of like-mind. :)

  • Denise says:

    Herbs…just herbs, growing and using them in recipes would be good.

  • melanie says:

    I love the herbs idea, would also love to read about backyard fruit trees/vines/bushes!

  • The Beast says:

    I really like the Kitchen Gardens idea– I've been thinking about installing a little window box in my kitchen window for herbs. We have teeny tiny space for living out in farm country (and, irritatingly, front and back yards totally shaded). I also love the Beverages idea because I've been trying to narrow down what kinds of drinks– sun teas, iced teas, simple syrups– I should have in the fridge at all times, and it's a bit overwhelming.

    Oooh, also– fermenting!

  • Anonymous says:

    Love the herb idea. Mostly, how to grow them, dry them and use them. Whether it be foods, tincture or soaps/shampoos etc.
    much love- greyson

  • Anonymous says:

    I would also love to see a book about fruit trees and bushes.

  • stephanie says:

    kitchen gardens is a fabulous idea! i would love to read more about how to maintain a container garden, especially in urban environments. what about cheesemaking?

  • Would love a book on herb gardens, kitchen gardens could include a section on them or it could be a whole book. Congrats!


  • Elle Ross says:

    I, too love the kitchen/herb garden idea..