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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 I’m Digging

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Happy Friday, friends! It’s a wet day here in the cove. When I pulled back the curtains this morning, Huxley saw that it had rained overnight, then turned to me and sang “Baby, it’s raining outside.” Don’t ever doubt that your children are acutely aware of what is happening around them, be it vintage holiday carols played for a month straight, swear words, or frantic parental exclamations (after Huxley’s accident in June, he said “OH GOD!” for months whenever he found himself in a precarious position).

This warm respite has taken me by a welcome surprise. Yesterday and the day before I worked on manuscript edits outside on our covered porch, which is crazy, and awesome. Crazy awesome. Then I worked in the garden yesterday and was thrilled beyond words to see many, many buzzing beauties coming and going from both of our hives. The bees are alive and well. Yay!

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

*A tree for the birds.
*Pots de creme + cardamom? Please, and thank you!
*Kate’s 2012 music round-up is great.
*Grow a prairie in your front yard!
*Easy DIY root cellar.
*Thinking of pre-ordering this book.
*Food & Wine comes to Asheville.
*I’ve long been a Martha fan.
*Molly keeps it real (I was flagged for post partum depression after Huxley was born and really appreciate her candor).

I’m excited to head over to the home of some dear friends for dinner tonight (their daughter, Aquinnah Wren, is the red-headed cutie that shows up here periodically). Tomorrow promises to reach around 70 degrees, so, after swinging by the Winter Market and then dropping off styrofoam and alkaline batteries at the Hard To Recycle event, we’re thinking of having a winter picnic (YES!) by the bass pond at Biltmore.

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! 

 

7 Responses to What I’m Digging

  • Hazel says:

    Love the chocolate pot recipe! I’ve bought some pomegranates to make this ice cream http://www.nigella.com/recipes/view/no-churn-pomegranate-ice-cream-30 (the seville orange version of it is one of my all time favourite ice creams!) but I’m thinking I might use them for this recipe now…

    My Rainbow group (British equivalent of Daisy Scouts) are going to be making bird feeders next week, so I’ve book marked the loo roll bird feeder idea. I’ve tried it on slices of bread before, but it rips too easily when you try to hang it up- this looks like a great substitute.

  • Kendra says:

    It’s such an interesting idea, to have not only our backyards filled with fruit and vegetable gardens, but our front yards too. It will definitely require a change in thinking but how wonderful would that be. Love your What I’m Diggin every Friday. Just wanted to let you know I’ve been digging your A Year of Pies, the Key Lime was fantastic.

  • Barbara says:

    I love your A Year of Pies:Seasonal our of Home Baked Pies. A new acquisitoion at my local library. I am interested in trying several recipes. My daughter is in a culinary class in HS and the pie crust recipe is very similar and very delicious! Thank you!

  • Leanne T says:

    Hi Ashley,
    I just love your blog, I have been following your blog for a while now, and decided it was time to leave a little comment. I adore your pictures of Huxley, he is just too cute for words. My 2 babies are in college now, they grow up way too fast! I live in Southern California, in the small town of Ojai. It is an art and music community as well as lots of agriculture. So a lot of people here have a “green” way of thinking, much like yourself, which I so much appreciate. I love to garden, cook and can and all things homemade, that is why I love your blog so much. Even though we are on opposite coasts I still feel a connection to your neck of the woods. My mother-in-law is from Ashville, from the Walnut Creek hollar. I can’t wait to share the article from Food and Wine with her. Many Thanks, Leanne