When I grow up I want to be a full time homesteader and raise chickens, make my own mozzarella and enter my tomatoes into some kind of state fair. I dream of gardening, canning and baking my way through the day and then settling down in the evening curled up next to my husband and dogs. Basically I want the life of Ashley English.
Ashley is the author behind the Small Measure Blog and her series of books Homemade Living. I became smitten with Ashley when I was gifted her first book, Canning & Preserving. There has always been a part of me that yearned to know more about becoming more homesteader-esque; I like to call them my grandma-isms. It started with learning how to garden, then preserving jam, a failed attempt at knitting and with the help of Ashley I’m moving on to keeping chickens, rescuing bees and making cheese.
Ashley’s books are a joy to read because they are full of really wonderful and educational information – not to mention delicious recipes. In her latest book, Keeping Bees, she profiles other beekeepers, discusses conservation, the science behind their busy day and so much more. Between Ashley’s book and seeing Vanishing of the Bees I am ready to become an urban beekeeper! Now all I need is a little space…
Lucky for you Ashley and her wonderful publisher, Lark were kind enough to send me a copy of Keeping Bees and Home Dairy to give away to my wonderful readers. Post a comment below before August 18 and you could win her books!