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HOMEMADE LIVING: HOME DAIRY

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING BEES

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: CANNING & PRESERVING

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING CHICKENS


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  • A winter's day, in a deep and dark December. Enjoyed a walk down our driveway earlier to gather holiday cards and gifts from the mail with my little fella. Happy almost solstice, friends.
  • Local friends-whatever your plans are for this evening, change them! Come join me instead at @rhubarbavl for their
  • Great burger and transcendent frites with a charred onion aioli at @kingjamesavl. Great vibe and an exceptional waitstaff, which deftly caught that Huxley was nearing meltdown mode, and saved the day with a lightening fast, perfect grilled cheese. Wonderful seeing Steven Goff and @samlg87!
  • Livin' in an Appalachian paradise. ??(view of Mt. Pisgah, from the top of our road).
  • The finale at last night's Sunday Supper @rhubarbavl was this Chocolate Coffee Tart with Vanilla Orange Marmalade from my book
  • What a surreal experience last night @rhubarbavl, being served your own recipes! Shown here: Chimichurri Deviled Eggs (
  • So much delicious decadence on display yesterday afternoon at my 7th Annual Ladies Cookie Exchange. Thanks to all you lovelies (and your littles!) that made it out! Such a wonderful community of women I'm surrounded by. We three Englishes won't have to bake any more this holiday season! *That's your girl waiting patiently for the sugar frenzy to begin, @littlecoffeebeans !
  • Put this down as a night to remember. Immeasurable gratitude to @rhubarbavl for hosting recipes from all 7 of my books at tonight's Sunday Supper. @glennbenglish couldn't have been more thrilled. Our favorite restaurant in Asheville now feels even more like our dining room away from home.
  • Asheville and vicinity friends, I want to let you in on a secret. @oldworldlevain is a baked goods goddess, a fascinating woman (she bakes AND teaches tango lessons!), and simply a lovely human being. This medley of deliciousness is a mere sampling of the tastiness she had on offer today at her pop-up inside of Wood & Spoon in west Asheville. You can order regularly from her though, and you should. Her goods are creative, imminently flavorful, and clearly lovingly made. Obviously, I am smitten.
  • All kinds of magic percolating up in here.
  • Last night this sweet, tiny elf wanted me to pick him up, and then asked
  • Only a few seats remain for the Sunday Supper @rhubarbavl on the 14th featuring recipes from all 7 of my books. The large dining room is nearly sold out, woohoo!!! Call 828/785-1503 to reserve a spot before they're all gone. I'd love to see you there!
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What I’m Digging

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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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