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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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  • Hung out in a favorite tree today with my favorite little guy.
  • I'm sure gonna miss this view when the leaves are all gone! Forecast calls for snow tomorrow evening, on Halloween night. What the what?!
  • For today's #tbt, I'm sharing an image of the altar @shelterprotectsyou and @sheltercollective built on our property for their wedding here last month. Such a beautiful, memorable day that was, filling our little forested cove with happy juju for weeks. Love watching the scene shift as the foliage changes.
  • Felt a shift in the air today, this afternoon in particular. The veil is getting thin. You feeling it, too?
  • SO much love for @forvillagers and her heavenly homesteading/hearth-tending supply store in West Asheville. Stopped in today for a bag of organic chicken feed and to see what's new in the shop. I'll be teaching a
  • The hills are alive. Looking Glass Rock in the distance, as seen today from the #blueridgeparkway .
  • My favorite part of all of these photo shoots for my upcoming  picnic book has been eating the props! Enjoyed this pumpkin whoopie pie today on an impromptu picnic with @glennbenglish and Huxley on the #blueridgeparkway.
  • What it's all about.
  • Nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina at suuuuunset. ?
  • They won't fess up for certain, but I'm fairly sure the flock finds autumn to be their favorite season, too.
  • To celebrate all the photo shoots that we completed this week (three in 8 days!!!), we took it easy this morning, and whipped up this challah French toast, stacked with my homemade peach lavender butter, Foothills bacon, rosemary candied pecan pieces, and sorghum molasses blended with maple syrup.
  • Thank you, @marissalippert and @thecuriouseye, for being the models at today's
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Happy Friday, friends! And happy national Pi Day, and birthday of Albert Einstein, too. Commencement of the weekend + math + butter-riddled delicacies + the theory of relativity=a glorious intersection of things. Surely, this must bode well for the days ahead! Also, here’s a link to a post I wrote last Pi Day, which includes a recipe for my Frozen Strawberry Pie, because strawberry season is ‘a comin’!

We had seriously odd weather here this week. In the 70′s, sunny, and perfect on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, and then crazy windy (55+ mph wind gusts!) and snowy Wednesday evening/Thursday morning. Oh, spring, you fickle muse. Pick a side already, won’t you?

Our dear friends Jen and Jon, the ones that own the yome housed down in our lower field, are visiting from Decatur. Both school teachers, they’re on spring break this week. Of course, when they finally arrived, all the pleasant weather previously paying us a visit moved out, making way for chilly, windy wildness. Rain, wind, snow-it doesn’t matter when they’re here, though. It feels like we’ve got a neighborhood and I love it!

In other news, here’s a smattering of this and that’s that caught my eye this week:

*Oh, these blankets. Their patterns remind me of Welsh motifs. I’ve got my eye on the rust & white one.

*I read about SHED in the new issue of Modern Farmer. Their wares and classes look fantastic. Yet another reason to get back out to northern California soon for a visit.

*Bay Leaf Poundcake? Totally onboard with that.

*This cover of Nirvana’s Heart Shaped Box is phenomenal.

*Buttermilk Pecan Fudge.

*And some healthy selections to temper all that fudge sugar, via these 25 homemade healthy snack options.

*I received an advance copy of this book the other day. I’m already completely smitten.

*This cold brew irish coffee would be a fun way to get the morning started on St. Patrick’s Day!

*Locals: this “Meet the Vet” event coming up next week promises to be a wonderful means of learning first hand chicken care techniques. The fact that the vet, Dr. Heather Sinclair, is the vet we use, as well as a close personal friend and all around crackerjack lady even further ups the ante!

*Received a package of clothes from Thred Up in the mail this week. Though I’m used to shopping there for Huxley, they added adult clothing a few months ago and what a treat to shop for gently worn, used clothing for myself from the comfort of my own home! With my new book coming up (make that new, new, new book, as I’ve got two coming out before this one!), I knew I’d need to get a few items for photo shoots. Thred Up offers great items at a fraction of what you’d spend for new. What’d I get? Plaid, baby, plaid, naturally. A plaid dress and three plaid tops, all lightweight and lovely for warmer weather. I can’t wait for the days to get toasty so I can wear these clothes!

One other very important bit of news I want to share with you is that I received a complimentary copy of Handmade Gatherings this week. Oh, man. It’s difficult to really convey how I feel about this book. Sure I like it. I wrote it, after all. But it’s so much more than that. This book, it’s personal. Really, really personal. It’s filled with pictures of my friends, my family, my yard, hell, my own plates! All 16 potluck gatherings are introduced with an essay of personal anecdotes and reflections. Perhaps most importantly, Glenn (as always) is laced throughout the book, too. He’s what I refer to as my “man behind the curtain.” We collaborate intensely on everything I do, and this book was perhaps our most intense shared work yet. I’m over the moon about it. Can’t wait to share it with you!

Wherever you go this weekend, whatever you do, and whomever you do it with, may it be grand!

*I post a photo of Huxley in my “What I’m Digging” round-ups because, truly, he’s what his Papa and I dig the most. We stopped by our friend Rob and Karie‘s place on Tuesday afternoon. Huxley found this stone bird bath in their backyard and opted to do a bit of ninja rock & roll on it. Rock on, baby! 

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