Giveaway: Homemade Living with Ashley English

September 2, 2011(updated on October 3, 2018)

Homemade Living with Ashley English

Ashley English is one of the hardest working women in the homemade movement that I know. In the last two years, she had published a series of four books (having only managed to write one in the same period of time, I am entirely gobsmacked by this accomplishment) with another one in the works. She also maintains her blog and contributes to Design*Sponge. And did I mention that she also had a baby during that same period. Truly, she is a marvel.

Homemade Living with Ashley English

More than a month ago now, Ashley sent me an email to ask if I’d be interested in giving away a collection of her four Homemade Living books, Canning & Preserving, Keeping Chickens, Home Dairy and Keeping Bees. Delighted (and more than a little starstruck), I said yes because I think her books are great.

I’ve used recipes from both Canning & Preserving and Home Dairy to really good result. The writing is appealing and approachable and the recipes just work.  And while I don’t have the ability to keep either chickens or bees, I must confess to occasionally flipping through those books. Aspirational reading, if you will.

Homemade Living with Ashley English

Now, to the giveaway. Here are the details…

  1. To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on this post and share which book you’re most excited about.
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm eastern time on Wednesday, September 7, 2011.
  3. Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only (apologies to my more far-flung readers).
  4. One entry/comment per person, please.

Disclosure: Ashley’s publisher sent me copies of three of these books (I already owned the canning & preserving book having bought it when it first came out) and are provided the set of four for the giveaway. However, despite the books and my unconcealed admiration for Ashley and her homemade living empire, my opinions are still all my own.

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1,291 thoughts on "Giveaway: Homemade Living with Ashley English"

  • Hard to pick just one, but I’d say the canning book is the most exciting to me. All of them address topics I am interested in though!

  • I have to say being new to the canning world and loving it, I would be most excited about the Canning and Preserving book. Home Dairy also looks very interesting!

  • My canning buddy would like me to have a copy of the Canning and Preserving book, so that she can have hers back.

  • I would love to get those books, I need to educated myself! <3 I'm new to all this, just got chickens plan on get goats soon and I'm interested in bees now!

  • As an amateur beekeeper I’m most excited about the bee one. I have read a few beekeeping books and am somewhat connected to the local community but still feel like I’ve got a lot to learn. I just read the home dairy book and think her straightforward tone would really be just what i need.

  • The canning book looks awesome, but I already have one I use that I really like, so I’d love to experiment with some recipes from the dairy book!

  • I love love to have the canning book as I have recently started making preserves…I would also love the chicken book because I wish I could raise chickens, alas, in a city that is not going to happen anytime soon.

  • I have Ashley’s chicken keeping book, and I really do love it. It’s a beautiful book with very useful info. The best of both worlds! I’ve been wanting the Dairy book since reading the chicken keeping book, so that’s the one I’m most excited about potentially winning. Thanks for this great giveaway!

  • My urban space is slowly being converted into the next best thing to actually living in the country, so I would love to read your chicken book.

  • I would LOVE the canning & preserving book because I’m very new to canning & have used your website a lot! I recently made your tomato jam you were blogged about and love it! Thank you!!

  • Oh, I would love any of these books. I’m still a bit far away from chickens and beekeeping, and I’ve done some canning, so I am most excited for the dairy book. Thanks!

  • I would be most interested in the canning and preserving book. However, they are all interesting to me. I unfortunately (and against my will) am not able to keep chickens….

  • I would be happy with either Canning & Preserving or Keeping Bees – I would love how to learn to do both! (Just made my first batch of prickly pear jelly on Labor Day)

  • I’m in my second year of canning and I originally started because of Food in Jars! I told my husband that as soon as we’re able to have a bit more room, the kids and I are going to keep chickens. How exciting that she has a book just for that! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  • Oh how I wish I could use the Bees, Chickens and Dairy books, but alas, I am in too urban an area. Bummer. But, I made pickles this year! So, I am always looking for new things to try in the preserving/canning. Ashley’s book looks very interesting and fun to me. I would love to add her book to the Ball one I have and start a collection.
    I LOVE your website. Mwah.

  • I would be most interested in the chicken book, but since I, as well as you cannot have chickens on my property, I would love the canning and book. They all look interesting and informative!

  • What a great giveaway! I just discovered your site and I am in LOVE!! I would be most interested in the canning/preserving book. I taught myself to can peaches and applesauce many years ago. In one my many moves, my water bath canner was lost. I finally was able to replace it this week and I’m so excited to start canning again! I feel like I’ve been reunited with an old friend! πŸ™‚

  • I have been reading Canning & Preserviung (from the library)…having my own copy would be a great resource to have! Although I am tempted to try recipes from Home Dairy!!!

  • I already raise chickens and terrified of bees. We make our own soap and now I want to get into canning. So I would like the Canning and Perserving Book. Thank you!

  • At this time of living in an apartment, I would most use the “Canning & Preserving” book, but would be sharing the other 3 with my sister, who lives in a very rural area of MO…

  • what *GREAT* books. the one on Keeping Chickens may just be the book i need to convince my husband to let me get some.

  • I am very excited about this giveaway and am most interested in reading the ‘Home Dairy’ book, since that is what we will be doing in the next year. Thanks for the opportunity!

  • I have been canning and preserving for more than 50 years (yes, 50+ years!). However, I’ve just convinced my DH to build a chicken coop and yard for chickens. He’s not too convinced and I so want the Chicken Project to succeed. I’m eager to read Ashley’s book on keeping chickens.

  • I’m most excited about the preserving book. I have this vision of myself as a hip, urban, yet practical and crafty, homemaker. The more I can read to help with actually making this vision a reality, the better. πŸ™‚

  • I would love the home dairy book! I made my first batch of mozzarella at home last week, and can’t wait to try new things, but I need help!

  • Right now I am most excited about the “Canning and Preserving” book as I am brand new to it, and am excited to get my hands on some great recipes! I think they all look pretty interesting though and could even make for some great coffee table books that I could just pick up and go through at any given time.

  • I’m looking forward to Canning & Preserving. I recently decided to try my hand at canning, so I’m trying to read as much as possible before I try my first batch! I plan to start with garlic dill pickles, and if that goes well, who knows where it’ll lead?

  • I just recently took up canning and would LOVE to have the Canning book. Truly all the books sound interesting though.

  • I’m crazy interested in Keeping Bees. We have a grove of heirloom apple trees on our property and each fall I mush up bags and bags of apple sauce to freeze and give away to friends. The apples are incredibly sweet, but are horribly misshaped. I hear that bees in the neighborhood will help grow perfectly round apples. At least that the buzz . . .

  • I’m eyeballing the dairy one personally. I’m a cheese freak! The canning book looks great but I would love to move beyond canning into cheese making and such.

  • I have never commented on a blog before but I really enjoy reading about canning and preserving because we do not have any classes in my area and everything I’ve learned is from books.

  • I am very much interested in keeping chickens, so that is the one I’m most interested in. All of these are topics I’ve been researching. My husband is on board for chickens but not so much the bees. I’m still working to convince him that it would be lovely. I just started canning this year, so any information on that would also be very valuable to me. This is a great collection!!! Fingers crossed!

  • I’m most interested in the Canning and Preserving book because that’s what I enjoy doing. I am curious about the bee keeping book because I have friends that.

  • WOW! I am so excited at the idea of having all of these books! I am getting fresh goat and cow milk from a friends farm and really want to start making my own butter, sour cream, everything but don’t even know where to begin. I really want my daughter to only be eating/drinking raw milk. I also just began canning (with the help of reading your blog) and am very excited about all the new recipes I can try.

  • I would adore any/all of these books, but the one most relevant is the canning/preserving book. (For now!) I have big dreams.

  • I’m most excited about the Keeping Bees book. With the declining worldwide population of Bee’s, I think it’s importatn for everyone who has a garden to foster the care of bees. Both Honey and Non honey producing

  • Keeping chickens!! I want to know all the basics on keeping chickens. As a new canner I am also very interested in the canning book.

  • Hi, thanks for the opportunity! Since I have to choose, the Keeping Chickens book excites me the most right now. I want my family to be more self-sufficient, and would love to put in a coop.

  • Thank you for introducing me to this series! I am most excited about the preserving book and am curious to read the one on keeping chickens.

  • My husband and I are rehabbing our first house into a small urban homestead. This morning I plotted with my neighbor about the location of our future chicken coop and which way my salvaged old chicken coop windows will face. Later this afternoon I’m canning some lemon basil jelly…desperately trying to keep the basil jungle at bay in my front yard. As I write this, I am suddenly reminded that keeping bees should be at the top of my list for next year, so I can’t wait to have a copy of Keeping Bees to get the plans rolling. As for tonight? I suppose I’ll struggle of into slumber day dreaming about how I can find a way to buy the adjacent vacant property, tear down the house, and extend our property so maybe just maybe I can have a goat or two. Homemade goat cheese should really be added to my cheese making repertoire. Which reminds me maybe tomorrow will be a mozzarella day.

  • Whoa! That’s a lot of comments. But I still want those books! I’m most interested in the canning book, but also think the beekeeping edition would be a nice introduction to something I’d like to know more about.

  • I’m most excited about the bee book–my wife is gaga for bees and I’d love to know more about keeping them! We have dreams of chickens and goats for milking, too, though, and of course I can, so the whole fleet would be amazing.

  • I am new to canning and have a secret desire to raise chickens!! If life afforded me I am sure I would have my own small farm!

  • I am most interested in Keeping Bees. I would also love the canning book and I would love the keeping chickens–but my husband has vetoed it… I would love the books.

  • I would love the dairy book, and would give the chicken book to my gfriend. She is getting her chicks delivered tomorrow!!

  • Seriously excited about ALL the books! I am a pastry chef and am very interested in the locovore movement. This year my family is doing a CSA share in addition to keeping our own backyard chickens. I have recently gotten into canning and preserving and LOVE creating my own recipes. Would LOVE to have the books.

  • It’s a toss up between the canning and preserving book and the home dairy book. I think any of those books would likely inspire me to start new projects though!

  • All the books look awesome!
    I would love the Canning & Preserving Book. I am learning to can more items, other than just plain vegetables. I would love some new recipes to try.

  • Ooh, I know I’d use the canning book, but I think I’m most excited about the book on chickens. Word is, the zoning in my neighborhood may be changing soon to allow chickens!

  • I am just new to canning. I am looking for all the help and suggestions I can get. We also own 4 chickens. I need help with them too. Who knew Chickens could be so fickle. I need to know why mine are. Your blog is great I would love to try some of these recipes. Where do you get all the produce to can. Is it mostly purchased or do you grow it. I’m not sure if purchasing fruit and veggie’s to can is economical. I can totally see it being worth it if I have grown the food myself.

  • I dream of becoming a homesteader and the chicken and bee books would be an awesome addition to my growing collection of planning to live the dream books.

  • Gahh!! So many blogs I follow site Ashley’s books and it’s hard to say which I would be most excited to pour over- I think the canning book for now and the bees and chickens for some day soon when I am done with residency, out of the city, and hopefully living on the land somewhere. Thanks for the give away!!

  • I am most excited about the “Home Dairy” book. I’ve never tried to make my own cheese or yogurt, but I fantasize about it! I need to take the plunge…

  • Canning and Perserving for sure. I love her website and yours. Thanks for keeping up the hard work so we can all be inspired

  • ooooo, great give-away! most excited about backyard chickens as we have plans in the works for this! already have home dairy and love love love it. thanks for the great offer!

  • I think that the book that most intrigues me is the one about keeping bees. We bought forty acres of ranch land this year and plan to move, build, and live off the grid in the next five years. There will be plenty of room for bees!

  • i’m sure i’d pore over them all with a fine-toothed comb time and time again, however my hubby and i are curious about keeping bees–that would be the one he’d be most excited about! me? love to see what other dairy peeps are up to.

  • They all sound interesting, but maybe the beekeeping book. My sister and niece are interested in both beekeeping, and raising chickens in an urban setting.

  • All of these books look thoroughly appealing to me, but the one at the top of my list would have to be Canning & Preserving, with the Dairy book taking a close second πŸ™‚

  • I’m interested in the canning book as I have only canned once with a friend, but would love to know how so I can build a more comprehensive pantry and create fun food gifts as well.

  • My canning references(Ball blue book and Bernardin canning book) are from my mother (25 years ago) so I like reading newer publications. Your blog is so fun for me! So the book in this set that I would use first would be canning and preserving. Keeping chickens and bees rates up there too…hoping to get a small farm in the next few years!

  • I REALLY want to have chickens someday… but for the present time I’m most excited about the canning & preserving book! Thanks for the great giveaway! πŸ™‚

  • I just started making jams and jellies, I had thought about it before, but it wasn’t until I started making baby food from the farmers market produce for my son that i actually tried to make anything. I’m really interested in the canning and preserving book. I think I’d like to go beyond baby food inspired jams.

  • How wonderful they look beautiful! The chicken book is the one I am most excited about as we are in the process of building our own chicken coop.

  • This is a truly great giveaway, I hope I win! I’m most excited about the canning and preserving book, although all look incredibly useful!

  • I just got her Home Dairy book from the library! The recipe look fabulous, but I haven’t had a chance to make anything yet. I would LOVE to have the set!