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  • Local friends-whatever your plans are for this evening, change them! Come join me instead at @rhubarbavl for their
  • Great burger and transcendent frites with a charred onion aioli at @kingjamesavl. Great vibe and an exceptional waitstaff, which deftly caught that Huxley was nearing meltdown mode, and saved the day with a lightening fast, perfect grilled cheese. Wonderful seeing Steven Goff and @samlg87!
  • Livin' in an Appalachian paradise. ??(view of Mt. Pisgah, from the top of our road).
  • The finale at last night's Sunday Supper @rhubarbavl was this Chocolate Coffee Tart with Vanilla Orange Marmalade from my book
  • What a surreal experience last night @rhubarbavl, being served your own recipes! Shown here: Chimichurri Deviled Eggs (
  • So much delicious decadence on display yesterday afternoon at my 7th Annual Ladies Cookie Exchange. Thanks to all you lovelies (and your littles!) that made it out! Such a wonderful community of women I'm surrounded by. We three Englishes won't have to bake any more this holiday season! *That's your girl waiting patiently for the sugar frenzy to begin, @littlecoffeebeans !
  • Put this down as a night to remember. Immeasurable gratitude to @rhubarbavl for hosting recipes from all 7 of my books at tonight's Sunday Supper. @glennbenglish couldn't have been more thrilled. Our favorite restaurant in Asheville now feels even more like our dining room away from home.
  • Asheville and vicinity friends, I want to let you in on a secret. @oldworldlevain is a baked goods goddess, a fascinating woman (she bakes AND teaches tango lessons!), and simply a lovely human being. This medley of deliciousness is a mere sampling of the tastiness she had on offer today at her pop-up inside of Wood & Spoon in west Asheville. You can order regularly from her though, and you should. Her goods are creative, imminently flavorful, and clearly lovingly made. Obviously, I am smitten.
  • All kinds of magic percolating up in here.
  • Last night this sweet, tiny elf wanted me to pick him up, and then asked
  • Only a few seats remain for the Sunday Supper @rhubarbavl on the 14th featuring recipes from all 7 of my books. The large dining room is nearly sold out, woohoo!!! Call 828/785-1503 to reserve a spot before they're all gone. I'd love to see you there!
  • So you see, love, actually, is all around us. A pleasant discovery whilst stoking this morning's fire. Happy Friday, friends!

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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.