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  • Good people, it is 73 degrees today! I've opened almost all of the windows in the house and am spotting daffodils triumphantly ready to unfurl all over the knob our house sits on. @glennbenglish served this reuben with @chopshopbutchers pork pastrami, homemade Russian dressing, Swiss cheese, and sauerkraut for lunch as a strong breeze swept thru the house and shook things up. YESSSSSS!
  • 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!

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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.