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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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  • What better way to clear out a case of the Mondays than a giveaway?! See that lovely locally-made wooden bag dryer there on my wall? Want to win one of your own (you do, trust me)? Pop on over to small measure to enter. Link is in my profile.
  • This guy right here? While he might be growing bigger every day, the truth is that becoming a mother has helped me to grow. To be more present. To be more patient. To be more empathic. As I tell all my soon-to-be-mama friends, parenthood is the toughest work you'll ever do, with by far the biggest payoff. The lovin', and the learning, are so, so good. Happy Monday, friends.
  • Today was a good day. This view, from the top of our road, certainly helped make it so.
  • I think the 48-hour flu I've been fighting has finally succumbed to my assault of grapefruit seed extract, osha root, propolis, elderberry syrup, Oscillococinum, apple cider vinegar, rose hips, hibiscus, ginger/lemon/honey/cayenne tea, and neti pot with goldenseal tincture. I don't take getting sick sitting down. And now, a winter storm, possibly. Bring it, I say. Happy weekending, friends!!!
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  • I've been waiting, for a book like this, to come into my life. Whoa. Picked this up a few weeks ago at @screendoorasheville as a New Year's gift to @glennbenglish. Just started reading it myself and it couldn't possibly be more of what I need to see, right now. Completely on point, wholly attuned to what I'm presently sensing and curious about and inspired by, and infinitely humbling.
  • Warm enough today to play soccer down in our lower field, do a bit of weeding in the garden, and push a nearly-too-big 4 year-old in his
  • New year, new moons, new calendars. Right on, right on.
  • @shelterprotectsyou has been posting images of the wedding she and @sheltercollective had here in September all week. They built this altar for the ceremony, and it's still here, just past the house, on the way to the chicken coop. We pass it every day. Some days, I casually note its beauty and the way it feels like an outdoor church here in our forested cove. Other days I barely register it as I scurry about, doing this and that around the property. Today, though, in the stark, grey, drizzly setting, it was quietly regal. Happy to have had her visuals prompt me to stop, look, and listen to this physical testament to love.
  • The chickens told me they much prefer the rain this week to last week's frigid weather, thank you very much. I couldn't agree more.
  • These potatoes @tableasheville changed my culinary life. They called them hash browns, but they were unlike any I'd had before. Par-baked perhaps, smashed into halves I'm guessing, and then roasted and maybe finished with a quick fry in the skillet and scattered with large sea salt granules? Whatever the method, the result was a creamy, yellow center and a crispy, salty exterior. Quite possibly the best hash browns I've ever had.
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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. :)