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  • I had the most profoundly memorable experience today. The cookbook club at Haywood County Library (the county adjacent to mine) hosted me, and by hosted, I mean 12 ladies selected recipes from my book
  • What better way to clear out a case of the Mondays than a giveaway?! See that lovely locally-made wooden bag dryer there on my wall? Want to win one of your own (you do, trust me)? Pop on over to small measure to enter. Link is in my profile.
  • This guy right here? While he might be growing bigger every day, the truth is that becoming a mother has helped me to grow. To be more present. To be more patient. To be more empathic. As I tell all my soon-to-be-mama friends, parenthood is the toughest work you'll ever do, with by far the biggest payoff. The lovin', and the learning, are so, so good. Happy Monday, friends.
  • Today was a good day. This view, from the top of our road, certainly helped make it so.
  • I think the 48-hour flu I've been fighting has finally succumbed to my assault of grapefruit seed extract, osha root, propolis, elderberry syrup, Oscillococinum, apple cider vinegar, rose hips, hibiscus, ginger/lemon/honey/cayenne tea, and neti pot with goldenseal tincture. I don't take getting sick sitting down. And now, a winter storm, possibly. Bring it, I say. Happy weekending, friends!!!
  • This guy.
  • I've been waiting, for a book like this, to come into my life. Whoa. Picked this up a few weeks ago at @screendoorasheville as a New Year's gift to @glennbenglish. Just started reading it myself and it couldn't possibly be more of what I need to see, right now. Completely on point, wholly attuned to what I'm presently sensing and curious about and inspired by, and infinitely humbling.
  • Warm enough today to play soccer down in our lower field, do a bit of weeding in the garden, and push a nearly-too-big 4 year-old in his
  • New year, new moons, new calendars. Right on, right on.
  • @shelterprotectsyou has been posting images of the wedding she and @sheltercollective had here in September all week. They built this altar for the ceremony, and it's still here, just past the house, on the way to the chicken coop. We pass it every day. Some days, I casually note its beauty and the way it feels like an outdoor church here in our forested cove. Other days I barely register it as I scurry about, doing this and that around the property. Today, though, in the stark, grey, drizzly setting, it was quietly regal. Happy to have had her visuals prompt me to stop, look, and listen to this physical testament to love.
  • The chickens told me they much prefer the rain this week to last week's frigid weather, thank you very much. I couldn't agree more.
  • These potatoes @tableasheville changed my culinary life. They called them hash browns, but they were unlike any I'd had before. Par-baked perhaps, smashed into halves I'm guessing, and then roasted and maybe finished with a quick fry in the skillet and scattered with large sea salt granules? Whatever the method, the result was a creamy, yellow center and a crispy, salty exterior. Quite possibly the best hash browns I've ever had.

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Monthly Archives: May 2010

Every Day





Every day should begin with hot air balloons cresting the ridge next to my house. They should then progress into strawberry cake walks for noble causes, transition into birthday parties for one year olds (lucky enough to have such talented and crafty mommas), and culminate with impromptu thai food dinner parties lovingly cooked by splendid husbands (like my G.) for eight friends and their collective 4 children. That’s how my Saturday went and it was magnificent.


Yup. It’s decided. Every day should proceed accordingly.

Green Toys for Tots

Hi everyone! My Small Measures with Ashley” post is up on Design Sponge. This week’s topic discusses “green” or environmentally friendly toys for children. You can read the entire bit here.


With Nugget on the way, I’ve begun thinking about toys. Well, toys, cloth diapers, onesies, car seats, bassinets, and co-sleepers, not to mention a changing table, how the cats will handle the crying, whether or not the dogs will trample Nugget, what we’ll name him, if we’ll ever sleep again, and so. much. more. I am TOTALLY open to any and all suggestions for green-minded items for tots. If you’re got ‘em, bring ‘em. I’m all ears.

Happy Memorial Day! I’m sending big love and snuggly hugs to my younger brother who’s out at sea for 9 long months with the Navy! I like to think of him as being simply “On A Boat.” Love you, Walkie!

*Image from here.

A Little Slice of Provence





I mentioned last weekend that I’d be heading out to the 3rd class in the 4-part series on organic gardening I’m taking at Red Wing Farm. What a delight it is to visit Beth and Christopher’s place. I always feel like I’ve been transported to the south of France, where most meals are taken outdoors, trees sway languidly in gentle breezes, everything grows in such lush abundance that it’s almost scandalous, and wildlife abounds.


Idyllic hardly even begins to capture the essence of the place. It’s transportive. Otherworldly. Bucolic beyond belief. In short, I love it and I adore Beth and Christopher and will gladly find any and every excuse to traipse through their gardens, gaze at their yurt/dome (known as a “yome”), sit aside their former-horse-barn-converted-into-a-home, and learn how it is that they’ve cultivated their sage and seasoned gardening prowess. I’d encourage you to do the same, should you find yourself in this corner of the world.

*To see more from our visit to Red Wing, take a peek here.

**Sorry for the brief interlude in posts. We got some potentially scary news from test results on “nugget” last week. I’ve been mentally pre-occupied like you wouldn’t believe. A trip to Charlotte this past Tuesday for a round of additional tests confirmed yesterday that nugget is healthy and growing up splendidly. It also informed us that our squirmer is a boy! Bring the ruckus, little man! We’re ready to rumble!

Eating In

Happy Friday, everyone! My “Small Measures with Ashley” post is up on Design Sponge. Today’s topic discusses the ecological impact made possible through the seemingly radical concept (nowadays) of eating in.


May your weekend be magical. I’ll be heading out shortly to bake cakes at work. We’re in the thick of wedding season with a heap of towering deliciousness to work through. Tomorrow I’ll hop over to my friend’s farm for the third installment in their organic gardening class. Sunday it’s back to work, although, enjoying the aromas of cupcakes and layer cakes whilst chatting with friends old and new and pouring hot coffee hardly seems befitting of the term “work.”

Wishing you the best of everything!

*Image from here.

Creature Comforts


Five furry friends keeping me company on a dark and rainy Friday morning. The wet dogs are, thankfully, drying off upstairs. Not a bad start.