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  • Clowning around. || Huxley tried out Tiny Tots Circus Playtime at Toy Boat Art Collective today and really enjoyed it!
  • Chatting about existentialism, and contradicting ourselves, and winter over on small measure today. || Into the woods behind our house.
  • Players gonna play. Huxley and his buddy Bay, doing their little guy thing today at the perennially lovely @thencarboretum.
  • The garden got blanketed with what I'm hoping was winter's last gasp this past week. I'm ready for those snow-covered strawberry beds in the foreground to start putting out juicy fruits, for Huxley to dig in his sandbox again, for cocktails at sunset on the pergola, and for conversing with soil and seeds once more. Spring is coming. Really started to feel it this weekend.
  • Scotch eggs of supreme deliciousness can be had on the regular at @kingjamesavl. @glennbenglish and I savored these beauties today alongside dirty rice fritters, gumbo with poutine, and @sunbursttrout smoked trout dip, all wonderful. There was also a pint of Appalachian Brewery porter that I have to have more of. Oh, and old school White Stripes on rotation. Great food, great atmosphere.
  • Confession: until last night, I had never had honest to goodness snow cream. @glennbenglish whipped up a tasty batch with vanilla and nutmeg, and we enjoyed it alongside @oldworldlevain's heavenly frangipane tartlettes with fresh cranberries, orange peel, and cinnamon. Snow-pretty AND tasty.
  • Scattered, smothered, and covered. Snowy day in the cove!
  • We three Englishes do so very much love snow. Forecast to receive between 3-6 inches tonight! @glennbenglish captured Huxley and I taking in the view on his way back to the house after locking up the chickens.
  • Woke up to overnight snowfall, always a treat. Then heard from my neighbor Lynn, a licensed massage & bodywork therapist, that the snow was preventing her from getting in to her clients in town and, as a result, she had an opening in her schedule and could give me a massage. Whenever she travels, I pet-sit her cat Sophie, and in exchange she trades me a massage. Not only is she a seriously stellar masseuse, she also is an aromatherapist, a Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner (a kind of Japanese acupressure technique), and is certified in neuromuscular therapy. So when I get a massage from her, I receive this healing trifecta involving scent, body, and spirit. Plus, in all honesty, I feel like this woman is actually imbuing my body with love when she works on me. I left her house feeling light and bright, and nourished. She has offices in Asheville and Johnson City, TN (the home massages are reserved for family and neighbors!). If you're looking for a rich, wonderful, deeply healing massage, please consider Lynn. You can find her information at www.lynnbernatsky.com. || I passed our bamboo grove and its tiny creek on my walk over to Lynn and Steve's; it somehow spoke to me of good things in store.
  • Woke up to this view. Some kind of wonderful!
  • Spotted Quench in the wild today.Always a thrill to see my books out in the big world, and rubbing elbows with friends @thejoyofcooking, no less!
  • Good day to be in western NC. View of Mt.  Pisgah from the top of our road.

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Monthly Archives: October 2009

Staycation, All I Ever Wanted

Local travel, aka the “staycation,”  dovetails nicely with both the resurgent interest in eating close to home and ’09 recession budgets. Come check out my post on this week’s “Small Measures with Ashley” over at Design Sponge where I chat about the pleasures that can be found close to home. 

May your weekend be awash in all of your favorite things. Mine will include good times spent with the oldest of my two younger sisters, Devan, and a motley crew of apple-victual-bearing friends tomorrow night (for our “Sweet & Savory Apple Potluck”). Photos and apple creation descriptions forthcoming!

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The Best Part

Without question my favorite season, autumn offers up countless offerings of seasonal delights. Here are a few of my top pics. Hot mugs of tea. 
Butternut squash tucked into anything and everything. 
Working beside the wood stove. 
Pomegranates. 


What are your autumnal pleasures?

Why Buy the Cow?

Home delivery of milk is making a comeback. Admittedly, in some communities, it never left. In many, however, regular appearances by the milk man ended long ago. Why have milk (and cheese and sometimes even ice cream!) delivered? Ideal Bite posts some compelling reasons, detailed below:


-Never make a trip to the grocery store just because you forgot must-haves like milk or cheese again. Some even 
offer ice cream.
-Milk deliverers reuse their bottles, which are often made of glass (Americans chuck out 470,000 tons of milk cartons each year); few people recycle them. 
-You’ll support local farms, and avoid the transport energy associated with national brands shipped from 
who-knows-where. 
-An abundance of calcium-dairy’s a great source of it. And organic milk has none of the hormone rBGH. 

In many cases, you don’t even need to be home to receive your delivery. Suppliers provide an insulated cooler and pack your dairy deliciousness inside. Interested? Check out this state-by-state directory to see if home milk delivery is available where you live. You can also check local.com and insert “dairy farm” in the search engine. For those farms, you’ll need to call and see if home delivery is available. If not, you might be able to get a delivery service going if you can wrangle up enough other interested folks. Why buy the cow when you can get the milk brought to your doorstep? 

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And the Apple Butter Goes To…

The lucky recipient of this month’s Small Measure Can-Do Contest is Mommy of Three of Picnics in the Park and Lilly and the Brothers. Thank you SO VERY MUCH to everyone who commented. In the four months since I began this giveaway, October’s response was the largest by far. I welcome each and every one of you to small measure. If you were in front of me, I’d give you a tight hug, and, quite possibly, squeeze your cheeks in gratitude. 

Come back next month for another chance to win. November’s giveaway is decidedly appropriate, given the month-Cranberry, Rosemary & Juniper Sauce. Even if you’re not a U.S. Thanksgiving participant, you’ll want this stuff. It’s delicious! More to come….

Fashion Forward

I almost forgot to mention my Design Sponge “small measures with ashley” post from this past Friday. Come check it out, where I discuss the trend towards greener fashion options and how to incorporate them into your closets! 


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