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HOMEMADE LIVING: HOME DAIRY

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING BEES

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: CANNING & PRESERVING

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING CHICKENS


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  • These Brussels sprouts, our first course @pinewoodtr, with their spectacular dipping sauce, were the stuff of crispy, salty, cruciferous dreams. Totally set the tone for the rest of the meal. So, so good.
  • Passed this scene on our driveway earlier this morning as we headed to Decatur, GA for the weekend. Going to miss the cove, but am stoked to enjoy a bit of city living. Happy weekend, friends!
  • Mountain morning ridge line fog is, to me, the best fog. Taken from our entryway porch.
  • Last Thursday, our perennially kind and generous friend Jessica Smith asked if she could stop by with a gift for us. This stunning succulent planter (in a vintage enamel pot) was what she showed up with. Turns out she's starting a new business called DIRT FLIRTS with her friend Diana. As they describe it:
  • Since this past Friday evening, @glennbenglish, Huxley and I have had the exquisite pleasure of hosting @tea_austen in our home. There has been much laughter, much eating, and much sharing of our hearts, minds, and deepest selves. As she drove away just a bit ago, it didn't feel like we were saying goodbye, but instead, see you again, hopefully sooner than later. Thank you for being such delightful company, @tea_austen, and for loving our little guy so fully (and getting a TMNT education in the process ?!). || Image is from this past Sunday, when we took Tara up to #blackbalsam for a hike and a picnic.
  • Jump in, you know these arms can fill you up.
  • Excited to try out this tasting kit @driftawaycoffee sent me. The idea is that you brew each of the four bags they provide, divided into categories of FRUITY, CLASSIC, BALANCED, and BOLD, taking notes for each one on a postcard entitled
  • It's true: in the presence of chicken and waffles, my southern drawl becomes more evident. It cannot be helped. Still thinking about this platter of awesome from last night's Sunday Supper @rhubarbavl, honoring talented friend Ronni Lundy and the release of her newest book,
  • I try to see the forest AND the trees.
  • Sunday, perfect Sunday. @glennbenglish, Huxley, and I had a wonderful day picnicking on Black Balsam with @tea_austen
  • It's a good day in western NC. Happy weekend, friends!
  • Happy #nationalsiblingsday to my two favorite homies! Love you Devan (left) and @theomadams (middle)!!! Photo from November 2012 at the Grove Park Inn here in Asheville, NC. || Not pictured, our two brothers. Love you too, Jimmy and Walker!
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What I’m Digging

Happy Friday, friends! It’s a glorious day here, after some seriously insane rainfall this past Tuesday. Note to self: pick up a real raincoat, not just a stylish, hip one! I’m headed out to the garden in a bit to pull out the last tomato plants (hello green tomato chutney!) and plant a mess of greens, brassicas, and other goodness. Love, love, love having a fall garden!

I’ve got a Small Measures post up on Design Sponge today, and it’s a tasty one. I’m chatting about my love of autumnal grilled cheese sandwiches, loaded with fresh apples, pears, and figs. YES!

For more apple love, check out my post on this month’s Mrs. Wages newsletter. If you need a prompt, here are 4 words to light a fire beneath you: Salted Caramel Apple Pie. See you later!

In other news, here’s a smattering of this’s and that’s that intrigued me this week:
*Deb’s roasted apple spice sheet cake.
*Bea’s Nana.
*Woodgrain tea cups (via Grace).
*Making the case for good food.
*Aran’s book trailer is perfection (oh, that kitchen-be still my heart!).
*6 food preservation methods.
*Mason jar lid tarts=genius!
*The “wait it out” method; it’s what we do with Huxley.
*Dark Rye’s profile of Meg Paska has my “Beekeeping 101” tips.
*My friend Natalie’s shop is almost open!!!

I’m so excited to head out to the annual Farm Tour tomorrow. We’ll be piling in the Outback with some dear friends to view farms, have a picnic lunch somewhere, and enjoy the autumnal equinox.

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

10 Responses to What I’m Digging

  • Courtney says:

    Hey, Ashley! My name is Courtney and I just wanted to stop by and say how much I enjoy your blog – especially the “What I’m Digging” series! I’ve found some great homemaking ideas from reading it!

    Thanks and keep ‘em coming :)

  • Thanks for linking to the “wait it out” article. I had to smile and nod through a lot of advice with my first daughter and it all turned out just fine. ;-). Doing the same with my second as we speak.

  • looking forward to our first farm tour tomorrow! every year it passes by and we don’t make it for whatever reason, but this year we are in. Any recommendations? Think we’re gonna hot up Madison County Saturday and Yancey County on Sunday~

  • Ladybug says:

    We also did the wait it out method, nothing else felt right for us even though our daughter barely slept for almost a year and a half. Even now (at 20 months) I love watching her drift off to sleep happy, content and safe beside me.

  • Lisa says:

    Love your blog Ashley, and your pie book! I bought one for my daughter too……Aran’s book trailer is gorgeous, and I’m with you~ love her kitchen, her entire house actually! Can’t wait to try the jar lid tarts. That is so cute! Thanks. :)

  • Kathleen says:

    I made your Island Spice Apple Pie today with my two sons (we just used apples because that’s what we had on hand) and it was EXCELLENT. Yum. I’m hoping to make your Spiced Apple Butter this week. Thanks for the great recipes!

  • Amanda says:

    i love your blog, as a mom and an organic wine farmer in the south of france, our lives are more the same then different (strangely enough) and i love reading your blog for inspiration.
    thanks

  • I think this is my favorite list thus far! Those tiny pies! And lots of good stuff to think about too. Thanks for sharing!

  • Jen says:

    That’s the first time I’ve ever seen a book trailer! The kitchen belongs to the woman behind la porte rouge (http://laporterouge.blogspot.com/2012/09/behind-scenes-new-friend-and-film.html) and it was great to see this woman’s house in something other than still pictures. The beauty of that place is amazing. Thanks for sharing!