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HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING BEES

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: CANNING & PRESERVING

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING CHICKENS


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  • What better way to clear out a case of the Mondays than a giveaway?! See that lovely locally-made wooden bag dryer there on my wall? Want to win one of your own (you do, trust me)? Pop on over to small measure to enter. Link is in my profile.
  • This guy right here? While he might be growing bigger every day, the truth is that becoming a mother has helped me to grow. To be more present. To be more patient. To be more empathic. As I tell all my soon-to-be-mama friends, parenthood is the toughest work you'll ever do, with by far the biggest payoff. The lovin', and the learning, are so, so good. Happy Monday, friends.
  • Today was a good day. This view, from the top of our road, certainly helped make it so.
  • I think the 48-hour flu I've been fighting has finally succumbed to my assault of grapefruit seed extract, osha root, propolis, elderberry syrup, Oscillococinum, apple cider vinegar, rose hips, hibiscus, ginger/lemon/honey/cayenne tea, and neti pot with goldenseal tincture. I don't take getting sick sitting down. And now, a winter storm, possibly. Bring it, I say. Happy weekending, friends!!!
  • This guy.
  • I've been waiting, for a book like this, to come into my life. Whoa. Picked this up a few weeks ago at @screendoorasheville as a New Year's gift to @glennbenglish. Just started reading it myself and it couldn't possibly be more of what I need to see, right now. Completely on point, wholly attuned to what I'm presently sensing and curious about and inspired by, and infinitely humbling.
  • Warm enough today to play soccer down in our lower field, do a bit of weeding in the garden, and push a nearly-too-big 4 year-old in his
  • New year, new moons, new calendars. Right on, right on.
  • @shelterprotectsyou has been posting images of the wedding she and @sheltercollective had here in September all week. They built this altar for the ceremony, and it's still here, just past the house, on the way to the chicken coop. We pass it every day. Some days, I casually note its beauty and the way it feels like an outdoor church here in our forested cove. Other days I barely register it as I scurry about, doing this and that around the property. Today, though, in the stark, grey, drizzly setting, it was quietly regal. Happy to have had her visuals prompt me to stop, look, and listen to this physical testament to love.
  • The chickens told me they much prefer the rain this week to last week's frigid weather, thank you very much. I couldn't agree more.
  • These potatoes @tableasheville changed my culinary life. They called them hash browns, but they were unlike any I'd had before. Par-baked perhaps, smashed into halves I'm guessing, and then roasted and maybe finished with a quick fry in the skillet and scattered with large sea salt granules? Whatever the method, the result was a creamy, yellow center and a crispy, salty exterior. Quite possibly the best hash browns I've ever had.
  • This caramelized cinnamon citrus
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Water Stewardship

My “Small Measures with Ashley” post is up over at Design Sponge. This week, in recognition of World Water Day (which occurred this past Monday, March 22nd), I discuss water conservation, preservation, and overall stewardship. There are several links to documentary films in the post. I highly encourage you to check them out. “Acid Test” can be viewed in its entirety, as can “The Story of Bottled Water“, which “Flow” can be picked up at your local video store or added to your home delivery queue.


I’m so excited about the gardening class I begin tomorrow. My friends Beth and Christopher debut the first of a four-part, four month-long organic gardening workshop at their Swannanoa, NC outpost, Red Wing Farm. Tomorrow morning, after filming a few quick promotional videos with my best gal pal and editrix-extraordinnaire Nicole, I’ll be meeting up with these amazing ladies and then heading for brunch at Posana. From there, Alisa and I will go get our dirt on, learning all about tomorrow’s introductory topic, “Starting from Seed.” The course will cover everything from making your own soil starting mix to germination, direct sowing, beginning seeds indoors, heirloom preservation, seed-saving, and becoming a seed steward. Should be incredible, and the weather appears to agree, with forecasts indicating a day full of sunshine and upper-50 degree temps.

Have a great weekend! And don’t forget, the 2-hour premiere of Jamie’s Food Revolution is at 8 p.m. ET tonight!
*Image from here.

2 Responses to Water Stewardship

  • I agree, bottled water is pretty much a thing of the past for me, but that picture is beautiful.

    Received the chutney and it is delicious, thank you. Wrote my review of your book today as well. Now I am anxious for your next book!

    Have fun at the gardening class, we made gardening plans today and bought a few seeds, but will have to wait for May before the real planting begins. The woes of living up north.

    -Brenda

  • thank you for your kind review, brenda. truly appreciated!