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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! It’s downright frosty here in the cove this morning, as in bust-out-the-ice-scraper-on-the-car’s-windows cold, definitely-going-to-need- two-cup-of-extra-hot-coffee cold. We all slept in until 9:27 a.m., when the phone rang, which is a rare thing indeed. I suppose we innately knew there was nothing pleasant out there needing our immediate attention and that flannel sheets, heavy comforters, wool socks, flannel p.j.’s, and body heat were much more appealing!

I’ve got a Small Measures post up today over on Design Sponge. I’m sharing my tip for making homemade herbal sachets, just the thing to naturally spruce and scent up all of those out-of-sight, tucked-away drawers, chests, and closets in your place while keeping pests away.

Also, my cover story for Verve is finally online. You can read my 2013 Food Trends piece here, and my regular English Lessons column here.

In other news, here’s a smattering of this’s and that’s that caught my attention this week:

*The cove really needs this. Well, I do, that is.
*Gorgeous ceramics (via Alyson).
*Recycle that tree!
*My grandmother bought these *small measure* boots for Huxley (50% off through today!).
*Been listening to this on repeat (PERFECT for chilly winter nights!).
*Nursing a serious crush on this beer.
*Feeling the siren song of these slippers.
*Just ordered a pair of these (in “Pine”) for my Wellies so that on frigid mornings (like this one!) feeding the chickens might be a bit more pleasant.
*These are most assuredly in my (and my loved ones’) future.

I’m off to stoke the fire in the wood stove, work on manuscript edits for Handmade Gatherings (my book due from Roost in Spring 2014), and, yes, sip more hot coffee.

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

*I always post a photo of Huxley here on Friday because, truly, he’s what his Papa and I dig the most! Here he is in deep thought, his buddy Aquinnah by his side. 

 

11 Responses to What I’m Digging

  • erin says:

    A hot tub! Yes!

    Just a question – do you substitute vegetable shortening in recipes (I noticed it in the buckeye recipe you linked)? If so, what do you use? Would homemade lard be acceptable or would that be too strong a taste? Alright, I guess it’s more than one question… ;)

    • i do, indeed. i use spectrum’s organic palm oil-based shortening. it’s sustainably, ethically sourced. i think lard, as you mentioned, might present too strong of a taste for something sweet like this. i’ve never used it, though, in confectionary, so you could certainly experiment!

    • Jess says:

      Hi, Erin. (Ashley, I hope you don’t mind if I chime in here.) Like Ashley, I use the Spectrum shortening. I agree that lard probably wouldn’t work here, but you might try substituting a teaspoon of corn syrup if the Spectrum is hard to find. The point of the shortening or corn syrup is to add gloss to the chocolate and keep it from “blooming.” It’s purely an aesthetic thing, so you can skip it if you want.

  • Nicole says:

    Those wellie warmers sound so cozy and I love those boots for Huxley. Cute!

  • felicia nutter says:

    Those slippers are on my feet RIGHT NOW. They were last year’s Christmas present. I suggest you grab yourself a pair, they’ve kept my feet (which run cold) toasty warm, and *bonus*, they do just fine in the washer after one is naughty and runs outside in them for a bit.

  • jen says:

    I love basically everything you posted today.
    1 – I am in sore need of new slippers and these would be perfect.
    2- I have had my eye on some wellies for a while and love the idea of the warmer inserts.
    3- I have been trying to convince the husband that we *NEED* a hot tub in our side yard. Perhaps I can convince him to build one. :)
    4- Those boots for Huxley are just adorable. I actually wouldn’t mind a pair in my size, love the little ruler detail.
    5- The tree we cut down the weekend after Thanksgiving is still so green and moist! I hate the thought of just tossing it, so I love the idea of setting it up somewhere in our yard as a bird feeder and/or habitat for some animals.
    6- The copy of Verve with you on the cover is sitting on our living room table – loved the article!
    Happy Friday!

  • Carlin says:

    The Wellie Warmers are fantastic. I’ve had a pair for over a year now, and haven’t needed my snow boots since! I highly recommend them.

  • Bee Girl says:

    Oohhh…thanks for the link to those Wellie Warmers! Just ordered a pair for each of us :-) Happy weekend!

  • mandi@herbanhomestead says:

    Thanks for the tip on the boot liners- I snagged a pair too! $10? Free Shipping? Yes please! It’s funny- I was just out doing morning chores and my feet were freezing in my boots- these will surely suffice! Also- the tree idea- we did that last year! We dehydrated apples and oranges, and did the the standard peanut butter and bird seed pine cones, and “decorated” our new year tree! So much fun!

  • Megan says:

    Those LL Bean fleece wellie warmers are great! They will keep your feet nice and toasty. I’ve worn them when it is -15 celcius (I’m not sure the US conversion of that – I’m up in cold western Canada) and they’ve kept my tootsies warm.

  • Jess says:

    Hi, Ashley. So glad those buckeyes caught your eye. Thanks for linking to them here. Hope your week’s off to a great start.