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QUENCH

 

HANDMADE GATHERINGS

 

A YEAR OF PIES!

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: HOME DAIRY

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING BEES

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: CANNING & PRESERVING

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING CHICKENS


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Weekend Review

A feast of feasts//Pre-meal eats, including a Beet & Winter Squash Soup with fixins//Cousin love//Pop Pop and his boys//Grove Park Inn bliss//Going, going gone//Sisters & littles//Mighty stone fireplace

 

Happy Monday, friends! I hope your holiday weekend, if you celebrated one, was grand. Ours certainly was! Huxley’s fever broke just in time for us to make an epic feast. We showed our gratitude for all we have to be so very thankful for with family and friends (including a game of Cranium that had my stepmother acting as Kramer from Seinfeld, my sister sculpting a toothbrush out of clay, and me humming Aerosmith’s Sweet Emotion-good times, friends, very good times).

Friday found us 1 1/2 hours north, at a lovely pick & cut Christmas tree farm (the first time I’ve ever done it! Have you?). Saturday we snuggled in couches with a corner sunset view, hot chocolate in hand (spiked for the adults, nice and clean for the littles).

I love having family come to visit, but it always goes so very fast. Having family pop over for a mug of my homemade chai or for a dinner of leftovers or a lunch in Asheville thrills me to the gills. We don’t live near each other, so our time together is something I treasure immensely.

This week begins my homestretch on Handmade Gatherings. The manuscript is due Saturday. Saturday! I’m very close to the finish line, but there are still bits left to pen. I can’t wait to share this book with you. It might just be my favorite project to date.

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

2 Responses to Weekend Review

  • Stacy says:

    So excited for your new book! I made two more pies from your pie book this weekend! I’m fast becoming a pie maven!! :) xo

  • kimpeck says:

    what a great weekend you had!! aren’t ‘cut your own’ trees the best? we are off to walpole, NH this weekend to get ours…now just waiting for the snow to make it feel a little more holiday-like. Of course, i probably just jinxed it seeing as we are in New England…now we will probably get dumped with snow! :) kim