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HOMEMADE LIVING: HOME DAIRY

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING BEES

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: CANNING & PRESERVING

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING CHICKENS


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  • YOU GUYS!!! Our friends @rattiganjael and @daniel.rattigan are rocking the chocolate food scene, yet again. They just moved their fantastic @frenchbroadchocolates to a new larger, even lovelier space, smack dab in the middle of downtown. We stopped in this evening for the soft opening, to see the space and sample offerings both familiar (coconut brownies that dreams are made of!) and new (ice cream! toffee! pretzel caramels!). There's even an entire separate boutique room called
  • Loving this screen capture of our Huxley Wild. It's from a video our friend Ian made, using
  • I adore holiday lights. I also really love @thencarboretum. It's no surprise then that I'm giddily looking forward to the
  • That'll do pig, that'll do.
  • This is his
  • Brunch at Rhubarb-a good idea today, and always. Plancha roasted romaine with @lustymonk vinaigrette, @bentonsbacon, sunny side eggs, and fingerling potatoes. Not seen: a fried apple & cranberry hand pie that made my heart and belly happy. Huxley and @glennbenglish's, too.
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  • The pies @rorris, @jenathan and I helped baking goddess @bakerhands make today will be available for purchase tomorrow at the North Asheville Tailgate Market from 8-1 pm, along with tarts and bread. Trust me, you don't want to miss out. Set your alarm clocks now!
  • When @bakerhands put out a call two days ago asking for a few hours of baking help today, I pounced at the chance to spend some quality time with such a warm, wise lady. When I found out @rorris and @jenathan had offered the same thing, the deal became even sweeter. The four of us gathered at Smoke Signals Bakery in Marshall today to chat, chew, and chop. Three cheers for wonderful people, delicious food, and fostering community. Hip, hip, freaking HOORAY!!! What a stellar day. *I was in charge of apple pie filling prep today. Photo credit to @rorris for capturing my hella serious pie-making game face!!!
  • When your morning looks like this, you know you're off to a good start. Was introduced to the glorious donuts and conviviality at @holedoughnuts today. Mercy! Goodness abounds.
  • Finally, I bring you this
  • This next pie is a pumpkin-meets-tiramisu hybrid, my
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What I’m Digging

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Happy Friday, friends! As I type, the sky is becoming increasingly dark and ominous, with threats of ice and sleet in the forecast. It’s a good day for staying in, sipping coffee (the adults) and hot tea (the tiny Englishman), making a pear gingersnap crisp (photos to come), working on manuscript edits, and otherwise remaining safe from the ravages of the day.

Yesterday, we 3 Englishes got hair cuts from the photographer-by-day, hair-cutting-goddess-by-request Meg. We all needed some sprucing up (I joke, sort of, that we tend to go a bit ‘feral’ out here), and nothing beats hanging out in your friend’s living room and chatting as they cut your hair and keep you laughing.

I’ve got a Small Measures post up today on Design Sponge. I’m sharing recipes for several homemade cleaning products, including an olive oil-based furniture polish and an insanely easy, and cheap, abrasive cleaner (think Soft Scrub au natural).

Also, National Pie Day happened this Wednesday (yes, there is such a thing, thankfully!). You can read my thoughts on all things pie and get hold of the recipe for my Mushroom & Chèvre Galette here.

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

*Homemade flavored butters are where it’s at.
*My friend Debra is amazingly connected to her honeybees.
*Can’t stop listening to this.
*Or this.
*Karen’s DIY Tooth Polish
*Shetland ponies in Shetland sweaters!
*Our buddy Dave is opening an all-local pizza joint.
*Just discovered the books of Pip & Posy; we’re all seriously smitten, Huxley especially.
*Got a sneak peek at this book, photographed by my girl Jen, styled by my man Chris, and illustrated by my homeslice Kristina. Looks great.
*My newest blog crush.

If the weather doesn’t cloak us in ice, I’m planning to take this Fermented Beverages class at Small Terrain tomorrow. There’s also talk of a bit of quality time with my mom and grandmother on Sunday, as well as a little chat with my buddy Ian (we have a very fun idea up our sleeves!).

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! 

 

4 Responses to What I’m Digging

  • Adrienne says:

    I look forward to this list, always great stuff! I now have two more great blogs to scroll through and coloring pages from Pip and Posy.
    Thank you for the tips!
    Oh- and thank you for your lovely books. I gave Pies to my sister for her birthday in november, so beautiful, and I have Canning/Preserving for myself after a summer of tons of garden veg and nothing to do with it! This summer I will be prepared.

  • Melanie J. says:

    What a ragamuffin! All he needs is a hobo satchel tied to a stick ;)
    Your timing is unintentionally terrific, as usual…I was looking for an earth-friendly furniture polish, now that we’re being so diligent about actually keeping the new place clean. That class looks wonderful too! If I didn’t have family in town again….alas, I’m at least glad that Small Terrain is offering stuff like that. I look forward to catching a class soon! Have a great weekend, Ash!

  • Mari says:

    The abrasive scrub is fantastic! I made a batch and have since been scrubbing like there’s no tomorrow, just for the sheer delight of seeing surfaces get sparkly (and of smelling the peppermint of the castile soap)… Thanks a lot!

  • tamera says:

    Oh my goodness! Thank you for the link! I’ve been loving the natural cleaner series over at Design Sponge!