Giveaway: Ashley English’s Homemade Living Series

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 responses to “Giveaway: Ashley English’s Homemade Living Series”

  1. I’m grateful for my big, beautiful house in the country and the amazing people that fill it. I’m practicing early gratitude for a good buyer for our cute, little city house who will find us soon!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. I’m so grateful for my goats!! And my chickens, for providing us with all the delicious food products they do. I feel like I already know most of the things in this book but I get questions all the time and I’d love to gift them to people who are interested in these specific things. Or keep them all to myself and just lend them out.

  3. I am thankful that my family has a roof over their heads, clothes on their backs, and a huge Thanksgiving feast to enjoy on Thursday!!

  4. I am very thankful for my father’s wonderful recovery from brain surgery!! So glad to be able
    to enjoy thanksgiving with my parents.

  5. I am thankful for my husband who not only loves me, but has put up with my stressed out and cranky self today. How he has not gone running for the hills yet, I have no idea 🙂

  6. I am thankful for my family, my dogs, my cat, and my Chickens! Very blessed to live the country life and would love to learn more about how to do that. These books look like a very good read.

  7. I am thankful for my children and grandchildren …its been a hard road this past year but I see people around me and I’m glad I got custody of my grandbabies ….feel blessed

  8. I am thankful to be alive, to have people in my life who understand and love me no matter what and for the ability to have eyes to be able to read these books when I win them !!! Happy Thanksgiving everyone – enjoy all the love that surrounds you !

  9. Ooooh I love Ashley’s blog!!!!

    I am thankful that I have the skills and the money to practice canning, preserving, knitting, soaping, candle-making and all the other hobbies that keep my family and friends happy and well-taken-care of.

  10. So many things to be grateful for. My sweet husband who is SO supportive of my vision disability, yet doesn’t push in beyond what I need. For my son, whom I wanted so badly and now 20 years later am SO very proud of. For my extended family who love and support me so very much and for my sweet wonderful animals who provide unconditional love all the time. I just couldn’t get any better.

  11. I’m thankful for my family who has given me a lot of support, especially recently as I transition into life as a full time grad student.

  12. I am thankful that my grandmothers are still alive and continue to teach me their old-fashioned way of doing things — makes for a simple life 🙂

  13. I am grateful for my mom for continuing to host Thanksgiving! She makes a wonderful turkey and provides a warm environment where we can share it with friends and family. I’m so glad I don’t (yet) have that responsibility.

  14. I am grateful for Forgiveness; being able to forgive a family member for a long-standing hurt has freed me in unexpected ways and allowed our relationship to blossom.

  15. I’m grateful for all the blessings in my life – my health, my family & living in a place that allows me to do pretty much whatever I dream of!

  16. I’m grateful for all the wonderful local farmers, their gardens and their livestock for filling my table this Thanksgiving and year round – and to their happy animals who have only one bad day in their lives.

  17. We have purchased our first house (finally) and now I am trying to do some “homesteading” for ourselves. I am in the very early stages and would love to learn more.

  18. I’m so thankful for more than I can write here, but first of all to God, who has provided for us and continues to bless us. The books would be a wonderful gift, as I prepare all our food and can/freeze all I can. It’s so good to have real books that you can read anywhere you are. Am hoping we can get chickens next year. Thank you for offering these and Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

  19. I am grateful for everything I own and everyone who is in my life. I have been very blessed with family, health, and happiness! Some of these things are taken for granted and shouldn’t be. I would love to win these wonderful books. Thanks so much for the opportunity.

  20. I am grateful for everything that I have been blessed with in my life. My wonderful husband, my creative and imaginative stepson and our sweet little bun in the oven! We have also recently been blessed with land to cultivate and begin our self sustaining journey. It is still in the ‘clearing to make room for veggies, fruits, bees, etc.’ stage, but we are excited to begin our journey to a healthier, self sustained life.

  21. I’m grateful for the little luxuries I have that so many people in this world will never enjoy- a roof over my head, sleep without fear, running water, food in my belly, and the time to consider homesteading for economic benefit and independence rather than survival.

  22. I am thankful for my family, a job that I love, and I am thankful for all of the helpful tips I have received online for my new found hobby of canning.

  23. I am ever so grateful that my own Modern Family incorporates six children from three marriages, sons-in-law, and grandchildren.

  24. I’m grateful for my health, and the experience last year that showed me what not having health is like. I’m grateful for a funny, silly, wonderful little family!

  25. I am thankful for my wonderful family. I have 2 daughters that are just the best, 4 absolutely wonderful grandchildren and the best husband in the world. I am just a lucky woman. And I really do appreciate them.

  26. I am so very grateful for my husband, who would not hesitate to give his life for me or my children if need be. He’s been the absolute and unwavering rock of our family. I’m grateful that my children grew up to be the decent, hard working people they are today, due in large part because of the things my husband took the time to teach them while they grew. I’m very grateful that they have chosen wonderful spouses who are in it for the long haul. I’m grateful for my amazingly wonderful grandchildren, who are showing me how to see the wonder and beauty in this world through their eyes, thus letting me have a happy childhood, after all!

    I’m grateful that I have everything I need to get by, and then some. We live on a fixed income which isn’t very big, but compared to 2/3 of the world’s people, we are incredibly, unimaginably wealthy. I’m thankful that I live in a place where the neighbors don’t mind if I start raising chickens, and that the flowers and trees in my yard have overgrown the fence. I’m very thankful that I have a little space to grow food for my family that I can call my very own.

    Gosh, I could go on all day about the things I’m glad for, however, if it all disappeared tomorrow I’d still be alright, as long as my family is okay and healthy. That’s the thing I am most grateful for, after all is said and done. As long as my family is okay I am the wealthiest woman alive, and the rest, while I’m grateful to have it, is just gravy!

    I’m also grateful for people who like to share important knowledge through book give-aways! Thinking of starting a bee hive, and could use all the knowledge I can get. Thank you!

  27. Having several friends and family members in stage four cancer, and several more who just kicked stage 1 in the rear, I’m really grateful for every breath.

  28. Thankful for still being “here” after being hit by a bus in london, and thankful that my wife has recovered from her BC diagnosis. Thankful for our children, and that our family is healthy again!

  29. I am thankful that I actually thought ahead this year and have already started cooking for Thursday. Hopefully, this will give me time to spend with my guests rather than frantic in the kitchen!

  30. I am grateful everyday for my amazing husband. Earlier this year he got a new job and gave me the opportunity to leave mine. I have spent every day since enjoying time with him, my friends and family.

  31. I am grateful that I live in a place where nobody cares if I have chickens or a big garden or even if I had a cow. And it’s a pretty place to live, too!

  32. I am grateful that I am employed such that I can feed and shelter myself adequately, which are privileges I tend to overlook really often, especially when I get around to hoping for actual dirt to grow things in rather than just a balcony crammed with pots 😛

  33. I am thankful that my children are at the ages (7 and 9) where they can begin to identify what it means to be grateful for the things that they have. They are beginning to recognize that others may not be as lucky.

  34. This year, I am grateful for a daughter who loves to laugh, a son who loves to serve, a wife who loves to give, and the chance I have to learn form their examples.

  35. I love your site. I work at a grocery store in the Pacific Northwest, a job for which I am so grateful to have. Around canning season I get to talk to folks about what they are canning and I get a chance to talk your site up AND refer folks to our little book section that has your book in it! An attitude of gratitude is my life motto – today I esp grateful for my husband – a dream come true!

  36. I am thankful that my husband is back in the USA after serving a year in Afghanistan. We will not get to see him for a while yet but I am grateful that he is safe and we can talk on the phone in the same time zone.

  37. I am so thankful for my family, our health, and to have a god to have my faith in, may you all have a wonderful thanksgiving

  38. I am thankful for the skills that I have gained in preserving food. I can put good, nutritious things into my kids and myself.

  39. I am grateful I have an awesome landlord has let me keep chickens and is letting me clear space for a garden and hopefully bees! And my awesome family:)

  40. Very thankful for my health this year. Feels as if I’ve been through the wringer physically lately, but I keep reminding myself, it could always be worse.

  41. I am grateful for giving myself more time for self care and friends, and for open minds, local farms, and all my many teachers.

  42. I am so incredibly thankful for friends who treat me like family, and for my family whom, despite being far away, is still a wonderful source of support.

  43. I love Ashley’s books! I am grateful for food to eat, a roof to live under, and a wonderful human being as well as two furry children to share this wonderful ride called life with. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    ps : I am also thankful for butternut squash, which is my favorite veggie 😉

  44. I am grateful for this beautiful world in which we live, for the songs of the birds and the roaring sound of the ocean. I am so thankful for the happiness I have experienced in my lifetime. I am indeed a blessed individual!

  45. I’m grateful that my family and I, despite a year of colds and stomach viruses, are in pretty good health. Not everyone is going into the new year so lucky.

  46. I am thankful for my son. My world was full of darkness. I lived a life in the shadows of pain, suffering, and anger… My son is my light. He’s perfect and beautiful and amazing. I’m thankful for him.

  47. This Thanksgiving I am so thankful for my husband. He is the nicest, kindest person I know. He is always thinking of ways to make me happy. He even helps me make applesauce! We canned 21 quarts a few weeks ago. I would love to get these books! Thank you for your blog. Happy Thanksgiving!

  48. Always thankful for my family and dear friends, our good health and happiness. Also very thankful when I win free things on the internet. Happy Thanksgiving!

  49. I am thankful for my job. I teach kids who have emotional and/or behavioral disabilities. Most people can’t see my students past their behaviors. They write them off. I get to see them for who they are, and see them light up. Most people miss out on the incredible people these young men and women are. But I get to see it every day.

  50. I’m so grateful for my partner. He is truly wonderful and supporting. I’m happy we live in the city where his father’s family is from so we can spend quality time with his grandmother before it’s too late. I’m grateful for the freedom and creativity canning has given me – it’s been a tranformative learning experience. I’m grateful that as each season passes, my partner and I are becoming more and more environmentally conscious, and we’re getting closer to our goal of living off the land.

  51. I am thankful for another year – the good and the bad. I am especially thankful for the small clan we have created. Love begets love. Each new generation amazes the last. The new learns from the old. And life goes on.

  52. I am thankful for my beautiful family and for everyone that has helped me grow and learn since having my daughter almost 2 years ago.

  53. I’m grateful for close and supportive family, and their varied skill sets. I’m buying a house in the near future… a fixer upper on my budget, and I know they won’t allow it to be a fixer upper for long… 🙂

  54. I am grateful for the love and support of friends, for the opportunity to live and grow, and for all of the wonderful advice, tips, and encouragement for healthy living on the internet.

  55. I am grateful for Thanksgiving and the chance to be grateful together. I am grateful for my soul that sometimes overrides the head and will and chooses the best route to grow and learn.

  56. So thankful for my boyfriend! While I’ve been making a career transition this past year he has been so supportive, both emotionally and financially. He makes my life a little bit easier every day!

  57. I’m grateful that someone told me I should consider being a teacher, because I’m currently a student teacher, and it’s the best!

  58. I’m thankful for the ting of lids sealing. I’m thankful for the smell of bubbling soup. I’m thankful for rain on the tin roof and not too many drip-drips on the floor. I’m thankful for my dad, who shot the turkey, for mom who spins a thread for her pecan pie instead of using corn syrup, for my husband who actually knows how to carve a bird. I’m thankful for my tiny urchin, who is gluing turkey hats for 11 people to wear around the table. I’m thankful for the vegetarian friend who gets to eat everything except the turkey, and also thankful because the celiac friend isn’t coming this year, because vegetarian AND gluten free nearly drove me to the bottle by breakfast last year.

  59. I’m grateful my husband and two little boys, and for this new home, and the land that it sits upon, that we can turn into our family homestead. I’ve had these books on my amazon wish-list for a while now – I’m especially excited about “Keeping Chickens,’ as we’re planning to start keeping chickens next spring.

  60. i am so grateful for my partner, who has cleared off several shelves to allow me to have both a jam cupboard and a pickle cupboard!

  61. I am grateful for a great husband and my very thoughtful and loving daughter. Very grateful that God has given me this life to live

  62. I am thankful for new family members: addition of a great niece, Avery, and nephew, Austin and upcoming nephew in Feb. Nothing is better than sharing holidays with kids and teaching them about what they mean to our family!

  63. I have a lot to be thankful for this year. Being surrounded by knowledgeable, earth-friendly people has proven to help me tremendously this year. I canned more this year than ever before and I intend to pass out home-made items for Christmas presents. I wish that I had grown up knowing the art of canning your own food, but I will just have to grow old perfecting my skill. Happy Thanksgiving all and I hope that you all enjoy at least one of your own canned items for this meal! 🙂

  64. I am grateful for my job cooking in a nursing home. Not only do I get to cook for others, which I love, but I love the residents too.

  65. I’m grateful for the adventure I get to have with my husband as we settle in to a new life in the northwest. I’m grateful for the friends we left behind and the new friends we’ll make here. And I’m grateful to be close enough to have my family join us for thanksgiving.

  66. I am thankful for my husband and his endless help and support. I am also so thankful we found our own property where we are able to garden and hopefully one day soon have chickens, bees and cattle.

  67. I am grateful for many of the people and things you all mention…but above all for the breath of life to enjoy it all! God bless and happy turkey to you all!

  68. Among many other things, I’m thankful for seven old rat terriers who have agreed to share their life and love with me each and every day. When life is spinning off in all directions, they (with seven different, unknown stories) are forever by and on my side.

  69. Of course my family–four kids, their spouses and our 11 grandchildren. As I prepare to host them all at Thanksgiving, I’ve particularly been grateful for my Mom’s dining room table. It’s what I chose after she died. We shared many happy family meals around that table and I want to continue that in my own home.

  70. I am grateful for the opportunity to celebrate Thanksgivakah with my multi devotional family. We will be combining Christian traditions with Jewish traditions for a truly unique holiday.

  71. What Am I Grateful for? Wow what a loaded question with a myriad of responses from my spouse, to my sons, to my sister, to my job through the hard times which sustained myself and my family, to my health, my friends…but you see…it is all my, my, my,,, all about me…

    What I am grateful for is the ultimate sacrifice every mother, father, husband, wife, brother, sister has given so that we can remain free. Free to choose our path, free to vote, free to complain, simply…free

    It is in our very own constitution: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

    May God (or whomever higher being is yours) give these families peace during this holiday season, and may someone wrap their arms around them and hold the up and simply say “thank you.”

  72. I am grateful for my 2 wonderful cats, having time to enjoy creative tasks, and for all the improvements that have come into my life in the past year.

    Thank you Marisa.

  73. I am ever so grateful for a kind and understanding husband. The holidays can bring out the crazy with the extended families, and he handles it all with grace and is so good to me when I am at my most frustrated!

  74. I am grateful that my family and friends are willing to taste test my kitchen creations, no matter how bizarre they think they are.

  75. I am thankful for my family & for freedom. We bought a farm & are learning as we go. Its hard but wonderful at the same time. I love to garden & love animals.

  76. I am thankful for my family & for freedom. We bought a farm & are learning as we go. It is hard but satisfying. I love gardening & animals.

  77. They look like wonderful books and what a great addition these would be to add to anyone’s library.
    Thank you for this opportunity.
    Most thankful for having Christ into my life; family and friends and last but not least; even tho I don’t have a blog myself, I’m thankful for all the bloggers out there.

  78. I’m so grateful for my health. If it weren’t for good health, I wouldn’t be able to enjoy my family, our world, or this adventure called life in quite the same way. Happy Thanksgiving!

  79. I am grateful for life!
    My beautiful daughters, family, wonderful friends and soul sisters. With them I can endure anything.

  80. I’m thankful that pursuing things like chickens and dairy can be a luxury for me, however much enjoyed, rather than an extreme necessity.

  81. So much to be grateful for, but for this post, I’d like to share my gratitude for Ashley and her Keeping Chickens book. About a year ago, we made a coop and purchased four baby chicks and it has been an amazing experience for the whole family. It wouldn’t have happened without reading her book.

  82. I am thankful for my great family and friends. I am also thankful for wonderful blogs :0)
    I have looked at these books on her site before and thought about buying them. It would be exciting to win them!!
    Happy Thanksgiving

  83. I’m thankful for a wonderful family that I learn to appreciate more each year that I get older. And thankful for the simplicity of life.

  84. I am grateful for family as they are always there no matter what to comfort, laugh with and help you when you need it most.

  85. My Gratitude list is so enormous I could not list even a small part here. Today I am thankful for the bounty of gifts that nature has given, and the honor of being able to preserve those delights and have them in my larder.
    I have had 60 years of life that has brought me joy and tears. I am so happy to see that the home arts have not died out, and is being fostered by folks such as you and Ms. English. My mother taught me to sew, my Mother in Law taught me to can, freeze and dehydrate. I am still learning, as my interest in this blog proves!
    Hats of to you, Marisa, for fostering this!

  86. I’m grateful for having two jobs that pay me enough to get by on. I may not always love them but I know I’m luckier than a lot of people

  87. I’m thankful for God, my family and our home! My husband and I consider ourselves homesteaders, so these books would be a wonderful addition to our reference library :).

  88. Thankful for our happy and healthy family. And the wonderful Thanksgiving dinner my step-mom prepares and host on Thanksgiving Day. 🙂

  89. I am thankful for the lessons in hard work taught to me by my parents. For I am not afraid to spend hours gardening, canning, freezing and dehydrating food that is grown under my watchful eye.

  90. I have so darn much to be thankful for. But in this case, I’ll just say I’m thankful that I learned that sauerkraut is so easy to make at home.

  91. Besides the usual family and friends stuff, I’m thankful to have a husband who supports my desire to grow and preserve food, and raise chickens. He’s willing (even happy) to live with less spending and less stuff than his co-workers in order to make our dreams happen.

  92. I’m grateful for the many blessings in my life. I have a loving family, a nice home, a good job and more than enough to provide for my children. I am also grateful that I have learned how to feed my family nutritious food that I can make myself and Marissa has been a big part of my learning, so thank you Marissa – I am grateful for you!

  93. I thankful my dream of living the country life is finally in reach. We’ve bought a small farm, but now, we going to need a lot of help learning how to raise the chickens, goats and pigs of our dreams. Ashley’s books seem a step in the right direction. I would love to win. Thanks for the opportunity

  94. I am thankful for my friends. My family suffered a minor tragedy recently and I was really touched by the support they provided.

  95. It goes without saying that I am thankful for the love of my husband, children and close-knit family. But I am also grateful for Google, white wine and chocolate.

  96. I try to lead a grateful life, conscious of all the good that enters it. And, there is a bounty of good in it. I appreciate the people in my life most of all, I appreciate having a job that I enjoy and make a difference in, I am grateful for my health and that of my loved ones, I love my pets. I am grateful for the where-with-all to enjoy a comfortable home, good food and entertainment. There are thousands of smaller gratitudes that make up those big ones.

  97. I am thankful for God who gave his only son so we could be free! I am also thankful for my amazing husband and two beautiful children…

  98. I’m very grateful for my adult children who have demonstrated time and time again their patience, understanding, persistence and generosity. They are more the person that I could have ever been and I thank the universe every day for bestowing them in my life.

  99. I am grateful for my loving and wonderful family, and that I get to have a meal with all of them together using my newly renovated kitchen! Truly blessed.

  100. I am grateful for a great many things, but today, I am grateful that my post-partum fog is lifting as my 14 month old is weened and mostly sleeping at night. It is incredible what a difference it makes in my energy and my mood to be rested and to keep all my calories.

  101. I’m grateful for family…and especially for the fact that my three-month-old gets to meet his great-great-grandmother this Thanksgiving!

  102. Since I moved back to my hometown a little over a year ago, I’ve been thankful to have this time to spend with my family and just exist in the same space together.

  103. I am thankful for life, breath, and health. Also for family and a warm home and enough to eat. Thinking of those in the Philippines who have lost so much, and those with no home, family, or who are struggling with illness. Life is a gift and God is good! Thanksgiving indeed:o)

  104. This year, as always, I am most grateful for our wonderful neighbors. They keep a close eye on us and provide whatever assistance we need. In exchange, we get to be an extra set of grandparents for their children, something for which I am also grateful.

    We get to have chickens and dogs and cats! No bees, but perhaps this book would inspire us to get some?

  105. I’m thankful that my SIL’s family is moving back to southern California. (They only lasted 7 months in Maine and none of them Winter months!)

  106. This year, being fraught with emotional turbulence from all ends of the spectrum, I am most thankful for a loving and supportive man who has served as my rock throughout every thrilling up and every soul wrenching down. Mostly, I am thankful that he is so committed that he was kind enough to ask me to marry him last week in the US Virgin Islands. The way that I feel, I think we may need a new term for thankful.

  107. I’m thankful for my husband of fifty years and that our daughter and her family will be here to share Thanksgiving with us.

  108. I am thankful this year that my brother is healthy. He went through a health scare earlier this year and is still working through some of the medical stuff but he will be ok. The doctor have cleared him of the scary stuff. For his health I am the most thankful.

  109. I’m grateful to be living in a home where I have a little front yard where I can watch the birds peck around. And that I get to share it with my husband. Also, coffee!

  110. I am thankful for my sister and her baby who had a big health scare earlier this year but are both with us for this thanksgiving!!

  111. I’m thankful for my cat Lance, who is just one big, soft ball of purring snuggles! (and doesn’t pee on the rug or stink like the dog, whom I guess I’m also thankful for.)

  112. I am grateful for all of the abundance in my life. Blessed with much love, family, food, heat (it’s been chilly, yes?!), home, clothes, books, and opportunities.

  113. I am grateful for a bountiful crop from our organic garden this year. I was able to can and freeze lots of produce. Thanks so much for all of your recipes and tips. I am blessed to have found your blog.

  114. I am thankful for family and friends, near and far, and especially for the fact that my daughter lives close enough to come home for the holidays. Love, love, love.

  115. I’m thankful for the life that I have: amazing friends, so much laughter, a job that I enjoy with smart and invested coworkers, a partner that loves me deeply, the freedom and space to do crafts and projects galore, and a dear trouble making cat.

  116. I am so thankful that my family is happy and healthy. This is my son’s first Thanksgiving and I’m so grateful to have my precious boy in our lives!

  117. I am thankful for my children. I am also thankful for my small flock of chickens – I have had chickens for a year now. I am also thankful for the canning help I have received this year – I am new and have just been canning for the past 2 years. Thankful for the opportunity to live a more homestead lifestyle in the last few years.

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

  118. I am thankful for the privilege of enough time and resources to allow me to can, preserve, pickle, and bake to my heart’s delight, and to produce my own vegetables and eggs (with the help of my lovely chickens)

  119. I am thankful for a loving and caring family as well as friends. I am thankful for waking up each day and able to enjoy such wonderful beauty all around me!

  120. I am so thankful for both mine and my husbands family. We had a crazy whirlwind year and it was so much better because of the support and love we got from everyone.

  121. I am most thankful for the love of family and friends. What has been poured out over the years has come back, pressed down, shaken together, and overflowing in good measure!

  122. I am grateful for so many things in my life! I am blessed with two kids and three grandkids–two of which will help Grandma pick fruit. : ) I am blessed with a great job. I wish I had more time to do the things I want to do but grateful for the time I do have.

  123. I am thankful for my husband who puts up with me and that I will be retiring in 3 years and 6 months after my 5th daughter goes to college so I can live in the mountains and learn to make my own food.

  124. These books look like a lovely collections…I have them wishlisted on
    I am grateful for and love having my boyfriend and my furry babies (our 3 cats) this Thanksgiving, living with me in my new house! 🙂

  125. As a federal employee, I am thankful I survived the year without any financial catastrophe’s as Congress has booby trapped the playing field for folks like me. That being said, I am also thankful I started canning when I did this year, or no one would be getting a thing from me for Xmas. Am pairing up my many jars with chips and cheeses, sausages, hot cocoa and on and on and I have had a lot of fun doing all this too.

  126. The fact that I have enough space for chickens, and bee’s ( tho the box is not populated yet), and a large enough garden to feed my family.

  127. This year I am thankful for the health of my family, the health of my marriage, and the relative stability of our finances. We feel so blessed every day.
    Thank you for the giveaway, and happy holidays!

  128. I’m grateful for all the wonderful recipes out there on the web! It’s so delightful to see what’s cookin’ around the blog world and to try new things with such ease.

  129. 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.

  130. 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! 🙂


  132. 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.

  133. 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!

  134. 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.

  135. 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.

  136. 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.

  137. 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.

  138. 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!

  139. 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.

  140. 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!

  141. 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.

  142. 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.

  143. 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.

  144. 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).

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

  146. 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.

  147. 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.

  148. 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.

  149. 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!

  150. 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!

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

  152. 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.

  153. 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.

  154. 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.

  155. 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.

  156. 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.

  157. 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!

  158. 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.

  159. 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

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