A month or so from now- give or take a few days- my book, A Homemade Year: The Blessings of Cooking, Crafting and Coming Together will be arriving in bookstores and on door steps.
This is still amazing to me. Beyond amazing.
Mostly I cannot wait for you to all see Judea's photographs.
They are the most fun and this book would not be the gift that it is without them.
The entire book was shot by her and styled by both of us. Everything you will see in the book was made by myself, Sweet Man, Jeanetta, Jemimah or my mother (the latter three helping me with the sewing) and the kids. Every meal we shot we ate, every person you will see I love. There are no models, no fake loaves of bread, no show homes. When we weren't shooting at my house, we went "on location" in the backyards, around kitchen tables, and on the screened porches of friends and family.
To say that this book- from the stories to the crafts to the recipes and the parties- is the result of love, tears dedicated hard work, and countless hours of smiling and waiting and helping from everyone around me would be just scratching the surface of the truth.
I cannot wait to share A Homemade Year with the world, because I cannot wait to show the world what love looks like from where I sit. Humbling, giving, generous, amazing, love.