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Monthly Archives: April 2011

Seasonal Pancakes


Oh, man. Where does the time go? My “Small Measures with Ashley” post is up over on Design Sponge. This week I’m offering suggestions for seasonal foods to go with pancakes, beginning with my “Strawberry, Rhubarb & Orange Maple Compote.” And, just so you know, this stuff is great on top of more than just pancakes. Pair it with some yogurt, or put it on some pound cake, or snuggle it in with some vanilla ice cream. Tastes just like spring should taste.

It’s official. Huxley has caught his first cough. We’re hoping that’s all it is. A cough. And that it stays that way. But the coughing makes for a restless baby at night, which makes for a sleepless Mama at night, given that we bed-share. It’s so sad to see the poor fella cough! His cough also makes him a wee bit needy. As such, I’ve barely been able to put him down today, because although there are play yards and nice swings and bouncy chairs on hand, it’s in Mama’s arms he most wants to be.
We went to the annual Asheville Herb Festival yesterday, one of the highlights of my year. It’s amazing to see all of that growth and life and green vitality everywhere. And the happiness it brings is pervasive. Everywhere you turn are smiling faces (well, even more so when you’ve got a little dude on hand).
Huxley has taken to what I call “singing” lately, talking in a very high-pitched sing-song voice, which is what he was doing when I snapped the photo above. It’s adorable. We often sing along, duet-style. He sang for a good bit at the festival, until he got squirmy and insisted on being held. We used the stroller instead to carry our haul!
If Huxley (and I) feel up to it tomorrow, we’re going to check out this festival tomorrow, which promises to be a good time. Otherwise, I’ve got loads of writing to do, planting to do, tending to about a million things to do. The weather looks glorious, though, so whether in town or chez English, I’m happy.
Wherever you go, whatever you do, may it be grand!

Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking (+Giveaway!!!)

I’m the sort of gal that gets excited about reorganizing my pantry, takes pleasure in making a bed the right way (and I’m rather specific about this; I used to manage a B&B, mind you…), and wholeheartedly enjoys doing the laundry (even the bits of ironing, infrequent though they may be). I love anything related to the home, from cooking to cleaning to entertaining and decorating and beyond. If it’s domestically-inclined, chances are I’m a fan.


And so, it stands to reason that I would become friends with Kate Payne, at first digitally and later, in person. Author of the just-released Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking (and blog of the same title), she loves the domestic sphere as equally as I, and wrote a book as a testament to her devotion. From clever ideas for thrifty decorating to details on how to build a proper compost pile, with etiquette tidbits like which side of the plate the fork goes on included for good measure, Kate’s penned the perfect guide for becoming the hostess (or HOST!) with the most-ess (even though it’s titled the hip “girl’s” guide, in the introduction she invites readers of all genders along for the ride).

Kate will be coming through the Asheville area in late May. I’ll be hosting a potluck book launch for her chez English on the 22nd, and then later that afternoon, she’ll be giving a talk at Malaprops. You can find information about the event here. I highly encourage you to go hear her speak. I can attest personally to her infectious enthusiasm, consummate graciousness, and all around cool-lady-ness.

And, because she is so grand, Kate and her publisher are kindly giving away a copy of The Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking to one small measure reader! To enter, all you need to do is leave some comment about homemaking. It can be anything-that you loathe washing dishes, that you’ve arranged your book collection by spine color, that you built a bed that hangs from the ceiling. Anything. Just tell me a little something about you and the place where you hang your hat. I’m an inherently curious individual as it is, so I’d love to learn a bit more about you!

The contest will run through Monday May 2nd, midnight EST. Good luck!

And the Winner of “Tart & Sweet” Is…

Sarah, #4! Thank you immensely to all who commented (237 in total!!!). You are an inspired, and inspiring, group of folks packed with “can do” gumption!


I’m off to teach my third “Backyard Chickens” class at AB-Tech in a few hours. Believe it or not, this marks only the 4th time I’ll have been away from Huxley for more than, gosh, probably 10 minutes since his birth (the other three times for for my prior chicken classes and one WNC Beekeepers Association meeting). I just love being with him! He’ll be in expert hands, though, with loving Hubs to keep him entertained and cozy.

Oh, and check back tomorrow. There’s another giveaway brewing! This giveaway train won’t stop!!!

Tiny Treehugger

Turns out I was closer to 3-4, according to Mom. But, here’s the proof!

Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day, everyone! My “Small Measures with Ashley” post is up on Design Sponge. In recognition of the holiday, I’ve listed 25 of my favorite ways of enjoying the splendor of our planet.


We’ve been humming along chez English, planting new blueberry bushes and blackberry canes, watching the peas tendril up the trellis, putting up hanging baskets with strawberry plants, messing around with lemon verbena in baking, noshing on Georgia strawberries, listening to the glorious sound of rain falling, eating outdoor brunch with friends, and generally enjoying all that the season offers.

We’re having friends over for dinner tomorrow evening, and then I plan to get busy in the yard and garden on Sunday while my mom hangs with Huxley.

Wherever you go, whatever you do this weekend, may it be grand!

*Image courtesy of Rene Treece Photography.
**My friend Meredith made Huxley the little Viking hat. Isn’t it amazing???