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HOMEMADE LIVING: HOME DAIRY

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING BEES

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: CANNING & PRESERVING

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING CHICKENS


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  • Hope you all have had a wonderful Thanksgiving. @glennbenglish, Huxley, and I enjoyed an epic potluck feast at home this afternoon with friends and family. So much abundance, today and in the past year. Feeling much gratitude to be able to spend my days doing what I love, with those I love! Big hugs and kisses to you all!!!
  • YOU GUYS!!! Our friends @rattiganjael and @daniel.rattigan are rocking the chocolate food scene, yet again. They just moved their fantastic @frenchbroadchocolates to a new larger, even lovelier space, smack dab in the middle of downtown. We stopped in this evening for the soft opening, to see the space and sample offerings both familiar (coconut brownies that dreams are made of!) and new (ice cream! toffee! pretzel caramels!). There's even an entire separate boutique room called
  • Loving this screen capture of our Huxley Wild. It's from a video our friend Ian made, using
  • I adore holiday lights. I also really love @thencarboretum. It's no surprise then that I'm giddily looking forward to the
  • That'll do pig, that'll do.
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  • Brunch at Rhubarb-a good idea today, and always. Plancha roasted romaine with @lustymonk vinaigrette, @bentonsbacon, sunny side eggs, and fingerling potatoes. Not seen: a fried apple & cranberry hand pie that made my heart and belly happy. Huxley and @glennbenglish's, too.
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  • The pies @rorris, @jenathan and I helped baking goddess @bakerhands make today will be available for purchase tomorrow at the North Asheville Tailgate Market from 8-1 pm, along with tarts and bread. Trust me, you don't want to miss out. Set your alarm clocks now!
  • When @bakerhands put out a call two days ago asking for a few hours of baking help today, I pounced at the chance to spend some quality time with such a warm, wise lady. When I found out @rorris and @jenathan had offered the same thing, the deal became even sweeter. The four of us gathered at Smoke Signals Bakery in Marshall today to chat, chew, and chop. Three cheers for wonderful people, delicious food, and fostering community. Hip, hip, freaking HOORAY!!! What a stellar day. *I was in charge of apple pie filling prep today. Photo credit to @rorris for capturing my hella serious pie-making game face!!!
  • When your morning looks like this, you know you're off to a good start. Was introduced to the glorious donuts and conviviality at @holedoughnuts today. Mercy! Goodness abounds.
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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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