weekly wrap up + homemade living book giveaway!


For me, one of the happiest moments I get to experience is celebrating something one of our amazing D*S team members has done outside of the site. And today I get to celebrate a pair of beautiful new books from Small Measures writer, Ashley English. Last April, Ashley published the first two installments of her series, Homemade Living, and today she’s publishing the next two installments: Home Dairy and Keeping Bees (both 2011 Lark Books).

Ashley is my go-to queen for all things “homesteading,” so I was thrilled to see her tackle two more topics that so many people are considering trying at home. In Keeping Bees, Ashley examines the history of bees, their relationship with humans and everything you need to know about keeping them. From purchasing and feeding bees to building homes for them, Ashley has the process covered from top to bottom. In addition, she’s sharing ten delicious honey recipes.


In Home Dairy, Ashley delves into the history of creameries and helps you get started with everything you’ll need for setting up a home dairy. Starter cultures, rennet, bacteria and molds — they’re all covered and expertly explained in a way that even a homesteading novice like me can understand. And my favorite part? Forty tasty dairy recipes and plans to make your own DIY cheese press. If you’ve ever wanted to tackle a home dairy (making your own cheese, yogurt, butter and more), this book will be your new go-to.

To celebrate Ashley’s new books we’re doing a giveaway! On Monday, March 7th, we’ll be giving away five copies of each book, along with five bottles of locally bottled North Carolina honey with each of the five Keeping Bees books. If you’re interested in taking home a free copy of Ashley’s fantastic new books, all you need to do is:

Leave a comment in the post below explaining why you’d like to win one of these new books (you’re welcome to enter for both books in the same comment).

All comments must be received by Monday, March 7th at 10am EST. Please see the rest of the giveaway details after the jump below. A big congrats to Ashley on her new books, and a thank you to everyone at Lark Books for donating these copies and the fresh honey! xo, grace *All photos by Lynne Harty

UPDATE: The book winners will be announced on Wednesday!

Below is a summary of this week’s highlights:

CLICK HERE for more images from Ashley’s new books after the jump!

ADDITIONAL GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

  • All comments for the contest must be received by 10am EST on Monday, March 7th. All comments received after 10am EST will not be considered for the giveaway.
  • Please only leave one comment per person (we will be checking IPs).
  • If you do not answer the question asked above in the description, your comment will not count toward the giveaway (for example “Me!” or “I want it!” does not count as an answer).
  • You must leave a valid email address (which will not be published) with your comment so we can contact you if you win.



Images from Keeping Bees by Ashley English



Images from Home Dairy by Ashley English

  1. Claudia says:

    I would love to win the bees book. I learned a little about bees in college- I was part of the Biology Club and we managed to set up an apiary my senior year, but it was running right after I graduated. I love honey in my tea- I have a lot of sore throats and this usually helps.

  2. Allison says:

    I already have her first two so I need the full set!

  3. Theresa says:

    Must. Have.
    This would be a great win. If I’m not that lucky I will definitely be shopping for them.

  4. I would *love* to win both/either of the books because I am a HORRIBLE cook and would love to be able to cook something real for my husband and toddler!!

  5. Rachel says:

    Oh please pick me! I would LOVE a copy of the Home Dairy — especially because my little family desperately needs to start saving more money and also because I’m keenly aware of our probiotic intake. The fresher the dairy, the more probiotics! We’re moving back to China soon which means no cheese unless I make it myself!

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