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  • Felt a shift in the air today, this afternoon in particular. The veil is getting thin. You feeling it, too?
  • SO much love for @forvillagers and her heavenly homesteading/hearth-tending supply store in West Asheville. Stopped in today for a bag of organic chicken feed and to see what's new in the shop. I'll be teaching a
  • The hills are alive. Looking Glass Rock in the distance, as seen today from the #blueridgeparkway .
  • My favorite part of all of these photo shoots for my upcoming  picnic book has been eating the props! Enjoyed this pumpkin whoopie pie today on an impromptu picnic with @glennbenglish and Huxley on the #blueridgeparkway.
  • What it's all about.
  • Nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina at suuuuunset. ?
  • They won't fess up for certain, but I'm fairly sure the flock finds autumn to be their favorite season, too.
  • To celebrate all the photo shoots that we completed this week (three in 8 days!!!), we took it easy this morning, and whipped up this challah French toast, stacked with my homemade peach lavender butter, Foothills bacon, rosemary candied pecan pieces, and sorghum molasses blended with maple syrup.
  • Thank you, @marissalippert and @thecuriouseye, for being the models at today's
  • Pretty lovely setting for a picnic photo shoot today, and glorious weather, to boot! #wwllt
  • Hosted a, like, totally radical birthday party yesterday for our TMNT-loving little dude. There was a dojo for sparring, a breakdancing area (with a playlist of Huxley's favorite jams to dance to), a DIY ooze-making station (made with water, Borax, clear craft glue, and green food coloring), a candy-filled turtle piñata (whacked with Donatello's bo staff, naturally), homemade pizza (made by @glennbenglish, AKA Sensei Splinter), gifts, and a
  • One of my favorite aspects of autumn is the return of panini-pressed sandwiches. Made this turkey, Jarlsberg, Mojito slaw (cabbage & mint), and quince chutney (with fruits from my mom's quince bush) number today. Best enjoyed on the patio as autumn foliage drifts down from above.

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Monthly Archives: January 2011

Eco Winter Reads


Happy Friday, everyone! My “Small Measures with Ashley” post is up over at Design Sponge. This week I’m weighing in with a list of titles for suggested ecologically-minded winter reads. Many of them I’ve read, while others are on my list. All of them are chock full of fantastically inspiring information and ideas. And all of them will help temper (hopefully) winter angst and cabin fever!


May your weekend be grand, wherever it takes you. It’s supposed to be over 50 degrees F here tomorrow, which, compared to the temperatures we’ve been shivering through, will feel like an absolute heat wave. I’ve no doubt there will be folks out in town in shorts. People really like to milk the warmer winter days around here…

Be well, ya’ll!

*Thanks to Grace at Design Sponge for creating the amazing collages above with images via B&N.

Everything Is Amazing

So, this is what I’ve been thinking about lately, and talking about with Hubs. Comedian Louis K. encapsulates the sentiments we’ve been ruminating over perfectly-that everything is amazing and yet, no one is happy.

Watching the Edwardian & Victorian Farm videos is what really started bringing it home for me. If I want to go somewhere, I hop in my car and, a bit of time later, I’m there, with minimal expenditure of physical labor. Ditto for washing my dishes, or my clothes, or, heck, even my car if I so choose. My food is kept perpetually chilled, or frozen. Hot, luxurious water pours (cleanly!) from my bathtub spigot! I have indoor plumbing! There are strawberries available, for the taking, at my local grocer. In January.

Certainly, not everyone on Earth has access to such modern technologies. And, as I mentioned in the Edwardian & Victorian farm post, while these technologies bring their own host of other issues to contend with, they certainly offer a standard of living (not to mention type of life) never known in the history of humankind. And that, friends, is amazing.

I, for one, am quite happy.

*Apologies for the shoddy quality of the video. That’s the only form the internet seems to have it in…

Baby Love

Huxley had his first baby play date yesterday. He and Ms. Trumie Rose Roberts became fast friends, similarly grunting like goats, passing gas, overeating, and being generally adorable. The parents, meanwhile, feasted on a hearty brunch, swilled a good bit of coffee, and loafed away the afternoon, chatting about all things baby and beyond.


It was time well spent, that’s for certain.

Warmth From Within

My “Small Measures with Ashley” post is up over on Design Sponge. Today’s topic discusses two means of warming up from within-mustard baths and ginger & honey tea. I’m feeling a tickle in my throat this morning myself, so I’m about to fire up the kettle for a big ‘ole pot of healing tea. Hopefully it’s just some overnight sinus stuff (our house gets cold, drafty, and dry, even with the humidifier running) and will mosey along asap.


Two other friends of mine recently became moms themselves, one of which has invited us over for brunch tomorrow (I’m hoping to see the other soon-her little boy is named “Dutch”, how cute it that???). I’ve also joined a local momma-baby group, which has been an absolute godsend for this stay-at-home-writer/mom.

I’ve been feeling more and more comfortable trekking out with Huxley (who is now a whopping 11 pounds, 3 ounces as of Wednesday; he turns 3 months today, so, he’s still just a little guy, but he’s catching up!). He seems to really like it, as well. Yesterday we snuggled him into the Ergo and walked the length of our one-mile dirt road. Half-way there he was fast asleep!

If the weather permits, my mom (Huxley’s “Gigi”) will resume her Sunday visits. The snow and cold weather have prevented her from visiting since Christmas Eve. A massage therapist buddy of mine might pay us a home visit then to work on my crinkled, crumpled body, which twists into a multitude of positions overnight whilst nursing Huxley (we co-sleep, which makes sleeping SO much easier).

Be well, friends!

They’re Here!

That’s my kitchen table, and those are my advance copies of my two newest books.


I can’t share more now but, suffice to say, you’re gonna love ‘em. Big time.

Coming your way March 1st.