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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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  • Scattered, smothered, and covered. Snowy day in the cove!
  • We three Englishes do so very much love snow. Forecast to receive between 3-6 inches tonight! @glennbenglish captured Huxley and I taking in the view on his way back to the house after locking up the chickens.
  • Woke up to overnight snowfall, always a treat. Then heard from my neighbor Lynn, a licensed massage & bodywork therapist, that the snow was preventing her from getting in to her clients in town and, as a result, she had an opening in her schedule and could give me a massage. Whenever she travels, I pet-sit her cat Sophie, and in exchange she trades me a massage. Not only is she a seriously stellar masseuse, she also is an aromatherapist, a Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner (a kind of Japanese acupressure technique), and is certified in neuromuscular therapy. So when I get a massage from her, I receive this healing trifecta involving scent, body, and spirit. Plus, in all honesty, I feel like this woman is actually imbuing my body with love when she works on me. I left her house feeling light and bright, and nourished. She has offices in Asheville and Johnson City, TN (the home massages are reserved for family and neighbors!). If you're looking for a rich, wonderful, deeply healing massage, please consider Lynn. You can find her information at www.lynnbernatsky.com. || I passed our bamboo grove and its tiny creek on my walk over to Lynn and Steve's; it somehow spoke to me of good things in store.
  • Woke up to this view. Some kind of wonderful!
  • Spotted Quench in the wild today.Always a thrill to see my books out in the big world, and rubbing elbows with friends @thejoyofcooking, no less!
  • Good day to be in western NC. View of Mt.  Pisgah from the top of our road.
  • You will not pass! || Our shorty with his soul sister Raeglan, adventuring in our woods two days ago. @thebriere4
  • Batman Begins. You ought to hear his 4 year-old take on Batman's gravelly, husky whisper.
  • Post meal, pre-hike to the frozen
  • Yesterday marked the very last photo shoot for my upcoming picnic book. 20 picnics, showcasing all 4 seasons, DONE! Snow, the necessary
  • The cold never bothered me anyway ? Love exploring our woods in the winter.
  • Suckin' on icicles, out in the deep freeze. ??? Our fella sure does love his cold weather nature walks!
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What I’m Digging


Happy Friday, friends! I’ve got a mug of hot coffee in one hand and slice of homemade pumpkin bread with butter in the other, so, clearly, things are off to a great start today!

I’m on the homestretch of my December 1st deadline for the new book (Handmade Gatherings). The past 6 months have seriously flown by. In that time, I’ve hosted 9 gatherings, written about 16, and enjoyed every second of it. I’ve just got some opening bits of the book to pen before I submit the entire beast, so I’ve been working studiously to churn it out in advance of our friends Jen & Jon’s visit this weekend (they own the yome down in the smaller of our two “lower fields”), as well as a heap of family and friends coming to visit next Wednesday-Sunday. I better get crackin’!

I’ve got a Small Measures post up on Design Sponge. I’m sharing my incredible easy recipe for homemade room spritzer. I grew up in a house heavy on the aerosol sprays. My version is considerably easier on the planet, and, in my estimation, waaaaaay better smelling.

In other news, here’s a smattering of this’s and that’s that caught my attention this week:
*Joel Allen and his Hemloft (and overall philosophy) are SO up my alley.
*Loving Karie’s blog.
*Bath cookies.
*The “Family Apothecary” issue of Action Pack looks amazing.
*This would make a great writer’s cabin.
*Plaid Friday sounds like a nice alternative, doesn’t it?
*Local, affordable nut, fruit & medicinal trees and shrubs!
*Marisa’s cranberry solutions.

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

3 Responses to What I’m Digging

  • Hollie says:

    WOW! The Hemloft and Joel Allen are both amazing. Thank you for sharing the Family Apothecary issue, it was just what I was looking for to start making our holiday gifts.

  • kimpeck says:

    i love your friday column – it’s great to get so many fabulous links all at once :)
    and your new book sounds wonderful!!!
    happy friday to you!
    btw, i am making your elderberry syrup today…we love that stuff, and i am so happy to be able to make my own!

  • Jen says:

    I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your Friday finds. I check em all out, and feel really inspired after I do. They’re a good combination of interesting reads/video’s, or even just a picture. They are all pretty much new to me, which I also enjoy. Thank you for taking the time to compile such a list . Much appreciated. :)