Giveaway: Ashley English’s Homemade Living Series

November 26, 2013(updated on October 3, 2018)

Homemade Living with Ashley English

I am sure that most of you are knee-deep in Thanksgiving lists and travel coordination this week, so I’m going to keep this giveaway post short and sweet. Thanks to Ashley English and the kind folks at Lark Crafts, I have one set of Ashley’s Homemade Living books to give away. This series includes Canning & Preserving, Home Dairy, Keeping Bees, Keeping Chickens.

These books are the perfect resource for those folks who want to delve deeper into an array of homestead-y arts. If you’re limited by space (like me) and can only dream about having property enough for a flock of chickens or a personal beehive, they also make excellent aspirational reading.

Homemade Living with Ashley English

Because Thanksgiving is nearly upon us, let’s focus on gratitude in the comments. I’ll go first. This year, I am exceedingly grateful for my family. I am deeply grateful for the amount of love in my life. And I am outrageously grateful for all of you who take the time to read these blog posts and make my recipes. Giant thanks to you all.

And now, in more organized fashion, the giveaway instructions.

  1. Leave a comment on this post and share something for which you are grateful.
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm east coast time on Saturday, November 30, 2013. Winner will be chosen at random and will be posted to the blog on Sunday.
  3. Giveaway is open to US residents (apologies to my more far-flung readers).
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left via the comment form on the blog at the bottom of this post. I do not accept submissions via email.
Disclosure: The nice people at Lark Crafts are providing the books for this giveaway. My opinions remain my own and I received no compensation for this post. It’s here because I like Ashley and her work. 

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499 thoughts on "Giveaway: Ashley English’s Homemade Living Series"

  • I am grateful for a job that allows me some wiggle room to spend time with family on the holidays before having to go to work.

  • Great giveaway – would love to pass the ‘bee’ book along to my mother who has always dreamed of having bees! 🙂 I am grateful for getting to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with amazing friends! 🙂


  • I am thankful for so much but particularly that I have clean drinkable water, food in the fridge & pantry and that no bombs are dropping on my neighbrhood. Many in this world have none of these and I have all of th3m.

  • I’m thankful to have moved into a new house this year that has room for chickens! These books would be a great inspiration and resource for our planning!

  • I love Ashley’s books! It would be nice to have the set. I am thankful for my beautiful new house and new job that supports me. I am thankful for my family and my puppies.

  • My dad has been losing his vision over about 6 months now. We of course immediately jumped to “tumor” and “aneurysm” and “stroke”. So far, the doctors aren’t seeing any of that, though there are a few more tests to run in that area. We had thanksgiving dinner at his place a week or so ago. My husband and my dad got to talking. By the end of dinner, we were pretty sure we know what’s going on with him now. We think my dad’s got myasthenia gravis, which my husband has had since his late teens. It’s not a barrel of monkeys of fun, but it’s totally treatable and totally manageable. And there’s a super-simple test they do to conclusively diagnose it (instead of a diagnosis by “well, it’s not *that*, and it doesn’t seem to be *that*”). My dad’s still got a while before he can see his next doctor, and we definitely want to absolutely rule out tumors and aneurysms and strokes. But now he can ask specifically for this test and hopefully push it along a little. I’m grateful my husband is aware of and responsible enough to take care of himself with this disease. I’m grateful my husband and my dad get along well enough to have conversations like this. I’m grateful that there are survivable options, given my dad’s collection of symptoms. I’m grateful that my dad has decent enough health insurance in his retirement to get this checked out.

  • I am grateful that my entire family is happy, healthy and able to celebrate Thanksgiving, no matter where we all live.

  • I am most thankful for my family. I’m also thankful that although I have to work two jobs and a lot of hours to make ends meet, I really enjoy both of them.

  • I’m grateful for a new job with smart people, and an 8-year-old daughter who _wants_ to be an amateur apiarist!

  • I am grateful to live in a country where there is opportunity, that there are kind people out in the world, that I have wonderful friends, and that both my family and my in-laws are supportive and loving.

  • As I hear of friends getting diagnosed with cancer, I am above all grateful for my health. And if I can help it along by eating well most of the time, growing some food in the garden and doing some canning, even better. We’ve gotten into making a feta-like cheese, and one day there might be chickens in the yard.
    Happy Thanksgiving to all!

  • I’m thankful that I got to spend the day with my extended family for the first time in 3 years. Thank you for a lovely giveaway.

  • I am grateful for having my newlywed husband in my life. We got married less than two weeks ago, and I feel so lucky and thankful to have him and to spend Thanksgiving together.

    Happy Thanksgiving, Marisa!

  • It’s a hard year to be grateful, but I’m trying. I’m grateful for the 5 days I had with my son, and extremely grateful for friends and family that have been loving and constant tethers in a storm of overwhelming-at-times grief. And for my husband who has been my rock while he also mourns the loss of our baby boy.

  • In law enforcement, I see people and families in some of their worst moments in their lives, especially during the holidays. I am thankful most for the husband who is my rock when I come home and need to feel the emotions of the day because I had to be the rock for a grieving stranger. My husband, who lowers my blood pressure and helps me find my inner peace. My husband, who is kind, gentle, and soft spoken.

  • I’m thankful for good health, an amazingly loving husband, and my 4 beautiful children… And a ton of other things!!!!!!

  • I am thankful that my husband is still here. He has leukemia and he was very sick last year. This year, he is doing much better.

  • I’m grateful for my family and friends. November has been a very difficult month for my boyfriend and me, and the support from our loved ones really helped us keep going.

  • I’m grateful for my family around me and reliving the tastes of summer berry picking with things we’ve canned returning for holiday eating and giving.

  • My family, who not only take me in for Thanksgiving, but are ready and willing at the last minute to have me arrive a day early (which is a big imposition).

  • Especially grateful for family this year – lots of ups and downs but we’ve been so, so there for each other. Happy Thanksgiving!

  • I am greatful for all the love I have in my life and for being able to enjoy simple pleasures, like my cat purring on my ankle right now.

  • I am so thankful for my husband, our new home, and how incredibly lucky we are to be in a better financial situation then we were this time last year.

  • I’m thankful for my amazing kids, beautiful wife, and the opportunity to play banjo with such superlative musicians. And good food, great wine, my emotional, physical, intellectual and spiritual self.

  • I am super thankful for the Lord and His love. I am thankful for family, friends, and my felines who all encourage and love me!

  • I am grateful for many things, but right now I am most grateful for my sister without whom I would never have been able to prepare for the 30 person Thanksgiving gathering of my in-laws!

  • I am grateful for my husband’s enthusiasm for my homemade meals, whether they are thrown together experiments or well thought out feasts.

  • I am grateful for my best friend jack-of-all-trades husband of 33 years and our 2 wonderful adult children. I have a warm house, plenty of food in the larder, and a life that is incredibly satisfying. We try to grow, hunt, brew, ferment, dry and can almost all our food.

  • I am beyond grateful I was able to care for my mom the past three years before she lost her battle with cancer. I am grateful we laughed through it all and she was home, in her own bed and smiled to the end.

  • I am grateful for my 2 wonderful daughters and my wonderful husband as well as our family back east and our friends that are like family where we live. Each and everyone holds a special place in my heart and has an impact on who I am.

  • I am thankful for the ability to be thankful. So many people go through life without even realizing what they have. I am blessed to have been raised with feelings of gratitude and happiness with the precious present.

  • I’m thankful for a quiet and sedate Thanksgiving this year, and a minimal amount of drama, and a lot of amazing food that everyone came together and brought for the occasion.

  • I am so glad AND thankful that I have a wonderful family and we can enjoy life and living simple. We make due on very little but enjoy every moment together!

  • I’m thankful that the deer that jumped out in front of my husband’s car didn’t cause him any serious injury, and was able to be used to fill our freezer.

  • I am thankful that God has given me a wonderful family and faithful friends and blesses me every minute of every day and he has made me aware of his presence in my life. These books look wonderful and can’t wait to read them and gain wisdom from them

  • I’m grateful for my husband, my brain, my good health and our new home and all the new memories we’re making here.

  • Never argue at the dinner table, for the one who is not hungry always gets the best of the argument.

    Richard Whately