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HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING CHICKENS


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  • Attended a love and light-filled Solstice potluck gathering this evening at the home of our dear friends Katherine and Andy. So grateful for the fellowship and community this place offers. As those of us in the northern hemisphere shift into winter, and a return to light-filled days, sincerest wishes from our home to yours for health, happiness, and abundance in the months and new year ahead.
  • 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
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What I’m Digging

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Happy Friday, friends! We’re on the tail end of some rain and overcast skies here. Yesterday was bananas-a high of 38 degrees F, in April! The daffodils and forsythia didn’t know what to make of it, and neither did I.

My sister, Devan, was visiting this past week. She flew in Saturday evening, just in time for our egg gathering (and to help me fill eggs with candy, prep silk scarves for dyeing, cut flowers for decorating, and so. much. more. Thank you!!!). We took her to the airport for her return flight home to Florida yesterday. It’s always bittersweet whenever my sisters visit. Sweet because their company is so very welcome, yet bitter because I always end up kind of bummed out and sulky for a few days after they leave. Sisters are wonderful creatures to have (at least mine are!); we’d both put on our “fat pants” (aka house pants) come sundown, have a little cocktail each night, play with Huxley, listen to music, catch each other up on family gossip and YouTube silliness, internet surf, take little treks into town, sip our coffee in the morning, and just enjoy the comfort that comes from being around someone you’ve known since before they were born. She’ll be back this summer, so, I’ll bide my time until then.

In other news, I’ve got a bit of writing up elsewhere you might enjoy. My monthly English Lessons column is up over on Verve. I’m chatting about what can be learned from enjoying spring’s ephemeral wild flowers. Also, I’ve started profiling artisans over on Madesmith, an online national resource of makers. My debut profile is of Brooklyn-based ceramicist Clair Catillaz, whose work is simply beautiful.

Where’s a smattering of this and that’s that caught my attention this week:

*Been enjoying getting to know Farm Made.
*The Asheville Wild Foods Market opens tomorrow!
*Definitely getting a copy of this.
*Natural pain relievers.
*Use hibiscus for red highlights!
*Great book for those who want to grow but have very limited space.
*I’m working on an entire Sow True Seed (a local company) garden this year. For every order now through Earth Day, the company is giving away a free packet of sunflower seeds!
*This set would so match my kitchen (and my love of enamelware!).
*So pretty.
*I can definitely get behind the idea of healing beers.

I’ll be working on some freelance bits this weekend, along with starting seeds, developing beverage recipes, stopping by the farmer’s market for opening day (and that wild foods market mentioned above!), possibly seeing friends from out of town, and otherwise enjoying life.

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 each Friday because, truly, he’s what his Papa and I dig the most! 

4 Responses to What I’m Digging

  • Julie says:

    I am laughing very hard right now because I just ordered the healing beer book for my husband for father’s day. I saw it at the local brew shop we frequent, and it looks really good. Thanks for a good chuckle.

  • Candice says:

    Thank you for the link to natural pain relievers. I rarely take anything except during a short period in the spring and fall when seasonal allergies kick in and my sinuses give me a fit! If you or your readers have any suggestions for a natural decongestant, I’m all ears. Also, I’m ordering the healing beer book for my husband (a home-brewer), he’ll love it! I always love your What I’m Digging posts, you provide such excellent ideas and links!

  • emily english says:

    Love the quick bit about your sisters…my sister and I have a very similar relationship to what you described above, especially that special comfort that comes from knowing one another since we were born. What a great way to describe it. We don’t live in the same town and goodbyes are always bittersweet, too. Funny enough, her name is Ashley English! Her husband found your books when they were looking for more information on chickens…we all had a great laugh at the serendipity and it no doubt endeared us to your writing immediately. Our family owns multiple books between us and though I’ve never been a blog follower (of anyone) before, I’ve somehow taken to yours. Many thanks for all you share!

  • The Barefoot Crofter says:

    Hooray for Sisters and fat pants! My sister came to visit from Canada last month and we had such a good time. Lots of seed sowing happening here this week – growing food is such an amazing process.
    Love your portrait xx