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  • 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!
  • Good day to be in western NC. View of Mt.  Pisgah from the top of our road.
  • You will not pass! || Our shorty with his soul sister Raeglan, adventuring in our woods two days ago. @thebriere4
  • Batman Begins. You ought to hear his 4 year-old take on Batman's gravelly, husky whisper.
  • Post meal, pre-hike to the frozen
  • Yesterday marked the very last photo shoot for my upcoming picnic book. 20 picnics, showcasing all 4 seasons, DONE! Snow, the necessary

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Monthly Archives: July 2012

Around & About

Hi friends. Hope you had a great weekend!

Our ice cream social on Saturday was such a blast. Huxley totally overate and was a sugar maniac, which was pretty fun to watch. The crash, however, didn’t come as quickly as I thought it would. Our Wild child powered through right up until his bedtime. He’s got stamina, this much is true!

Here are a few images I snapped today from things I’m appreciating around and about the house. May they bring you as much happiness as they have me!

 Tiny baby/Porch improvements/Stonecrop for the pollinators/New boots for the Wildman/Ripening blackberries/An entry of Rubeckias/ Lemon verbena/Potatoes are ready/The mimosa tree is crazy fragrant and beautiful/Fig trees look promising/New lettuce starts.

What I’m Digging

Happy Friday, friends! We had the most amazing thunderstorm last night. As I snuggled in with Huxley to go to bed, all I could hear was the soft rumble of thunder in the distance and a serenade of raindrops. My favorite way to drift off….

Here’s a smattering of this’s and that’s that caught my attention this week:

*Absolutely stunning blend of music, dance and passion.

*Great granola tips.

*Cordwood hits the mainstream.

*I adore Alys Fowler and her lavender shortbread in rainy England.

*Love this glimpse into Hannah’s studio (check out her newest pieces, too; they look like cicada wings!).

*Peaches, peaches and more peaches!

We’re throwing an ice cream social here tomorrow. It’s part of the new book and I’m so excited to spend today making toppings, sauces and, of course, the main attraction, ice cream (I’m thinking Blackberry Mint). Also, Stacy‘s in town from Seattle and is making a trip out to the cove today to say “Howdy!”

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

*For any of you new to the site, each Friday I post a photo of Huxley, ‘cuz he’s what I dig the most!

Jam On It!

Hi friends. I’ve got a guest post over up on The Art of Doing Stuff today. Karen is taking a much needed break, and tapped a few of her fellow blogging buddies to post in her absence. Karen’s blog is amazing, full of projects and ideas that are readily accessible and implementable. Plus, she’s funny, and I love me some funny.

I’m sharing the recipe for my Blueberry & Raspberry Jam with Allspice and Rum. The jam-slathered toast in the image above was downed in about 45 seconds flat. Fortunately, I was alone when this happened, so my dignity, and manners, can remain intact.

Enjoy!

Come Into My World

Hi friends! I’m super excited to share a tour of our home with you today. Gabrielle Blair, the force behind the hugely popular blog Design Mom, invited me to participate in her Living With Kids series. You can view images from the tour, along with answers to questions she posed to me over here.

All of the images were taken by Rene Treece Roberts of Luxe House Photographic. Along with being a stellar photographer (if you’re planning a wedding in Asheville, or know someone who is, Rene is your girl), she’s a dear friend, a fantastic mama, and an all-around righteous lady.

And thanks to Gabrielle for including me in her series. What an honor, from a woman I seriously admire.

*The title of this post is a nod to Regina Spektor, a riot of talent if there ever was one.

Welcome Home!

Welcome to the new site, friends! Woo hoo! It’s official-small measure is now a dot com! HUGE rivers of gratitude go to Alisa Carswell of Lucky Design 7 for the new look. If you’re looking for a website wizard, look no further.

I want to direct your attention briefly to the lovely sponsors that have embarked on this redesign with me. If you scroll down the left-hand side, you’ll see an assortment of talented individuals and their respective businesses. Do check them out. They’re a fantastic lot, whose products and services I absolutely recommend. I’ll offer reviews of their products and giveaways in the future. You’re in a for a treat.

So, what do you think? If you run into any logistical snafus as you navigate the new site, or have any recommendations or feedback, please let me know. I want you to enjoy this space just as much as I do.

Welcome aboard!

*Image from Luxe House Photographic, taken chez English about 3-4 weeks ago.