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  • The view off the kitchen, out onto our patio, of the fire ring and the canary yellow-hued leaves of the ginkgo beyond. We wait for that tree to turn color and gently drop its leaves all year. A sudden, early frost last October caused all of the leaves to drop overnight, while still green. This year, we got the golden ticket. Proof positive that some things truly are worth the wait. Happy All Souls Eve!
  • Do you like baking? Do you like FREE things? Well then get your spatula over to small measure for an AMAZING giveaway of baking bliss! Link is in my profile.
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  • Hung out in a favorite tree today with my favorite little guy.
  • I'm sure gonna miss this view when the leaves are all gone! Forecast calls for snow tomorrow evening, on Halloween night. What the what?!
  • For today's #tbt, I'm sharing an image of the altar @shelterprotectsyou and @sheltercollective built on our property for their wedding here last month. Such a beautiful, memorable day that was, filling our little forested cove with happy juju for weeks. Love watching the scene shift as the foliage changes.
  • 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.
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Monthly Archives: October 2012

Weekend Review

People! What a weekend! It was epic-visually, culinarily, and, most importantly, celebrationally. Our little guy is now officially a 2 year-old. He entered with a bang on 10/21/10 at 10:20 p.m. and has been going strong ever since. We adore having him in our lives and am thrilled to be his parents.

We welcomed friends and family for a pumpkin-centered gathering for the occasion and enjoyed food, crafts, and collectively created decor. There was pumpkin ale and hot cider (with rum, whiskey, or apple brandy for the older set, whole cloves and cinnamon sticks for the littles). There was a glorious bonfire. There was a train set from Pop Pop and a scooting tractor from Gigi. There was goodness all around.

An impromptu excursion up on the Blue Ridge Parkway to check out the peaking foliage was in order, as well. The sharp contrast between the cerulean blue sky and mustard, gold, sienna, crimson, and green leaves was a glorious sight to behold.

Hope the week ahead brings nothing but happiness for you and yours!

What I’m Digging

Happy Friday, friends! We became new parents this week, of the feline kind! This summer, three of our (quite geriatric) cats crossed over the rainbow bridge (or, as we told Huxley, “went to the forest”, which is accurate, as that’s where they’re buried). The one that remained, Kali, was seeming a bit despondent, so it seemed that getting her some furry company was in order.

We went to the Kitten Madness event ($3 per kitten, which includes spaying/neutering and micro-chipping) last Friday at the Asheville Humane Society and promptly fell in love these sweet-faced buddies. We’ve christened them Harold (the tabby) and Maude (the tortoiseshell). They’re litter mates and it made sense to give 4 month-old kittens someone to play with other than an 18 year-old, crotchety (though sweet!) cat. They’re rascal-y and wily and goofy and so, so puuuuuuuuuurfect (it had to be said)! Best of all, they were “buy-one-get-one” so, for $3, we went for it. Huxley’s 2nd birthday is Sunday, so this is our gift to him (and, really, to ourselves, too). Ain’t no love like baby kitty love!

In other news, here’s a smattering of this’s and that’s that caught my attention this week:

*Seasoning cast iron pans with beeswax.
*I’ve yet to meet a pot pie I don’t like.
*DIY Halloween decor.
*This Iceland diary seals the deal-we. must. go (via Camille).
*Fabulous gift idea for new parents.
*Vote for the dinner party.
*This blog makes me want to turn our lower field into a market garden.
*Someday, I’ll make it to Petersham Nurseries. And I’ll be very, very happy.
*Brown Sugar Roasted Fig Oatmeal

I’ll be busy all weekend long, prepping for the big party we’re throwing our little guy on Sunday. We’re dovetailing it with a pumpkin-themed event for the new book, and the weather, scenery, and eats promise to make it an occasion to remember.

Hubs is off to the annual Asheville Scrabble Club Tournament (think BIG WIN vibes for him!), and since he’ll be gone for the better part of Saturday and a good chunk of Sunday, my mom and grandmother are graciously coming over to spend all day tomorrow and Sunday with me and Huxley. They’re even spending the night, which, for my 86 year-old Nanny, is a big, big deal. I plan to make it worth their while, with a pizza & pajama party tomorrow evening and a yummy breakfast on Sunday (I’m thinking homemade biscuits and country ham).

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

Views & Shoes

I’m not prone to hyperbolic statements. Never have been. It’s just not my style. That said, I’m about to make one. Here it is: I really don’t think I could ever live somewhere that doesn’t offer seasonal changes.

The riot of color that is autumn is such a part of my reality, such a core component of my lived experiences and expectations that taking it away would be as shocking a blow to what I’m come to expect in this life as the sun not rising every morning.

And it’s not just the color of autumn that I love, although I do like the pretty. I very much like the pretty. More so, it’s the silent reminder of the ephemeral nature of things. Everything changes. Difficult situations change. Stress changes. What seems insurmountable now, it too, changes.

Leaves changing color and floating either gently to the ground, or tumbling down on big bursts of wind like they are now as I sit outside trying to type without being blown over give silent yet sturdy “this too shall pass” reminders. I like that. I need that, really, to keep me moving forward. That’s the curious thing about noticeable seasonal changes like fall foliage, winter snowstorms, spring buds, or summer rain storms-they simultaneously enthrall and captivate and hold you right here, right now, while intimating, silently, that it’s all gonna change, before you know it.

I’m also quite smitten with my new shoes. These days, it takes a hearty list of criteria-meeting for me to purchase a new pair of shoes. They must be sturdy, yet comfortable. Functional yet fashionable. I take my shoe purchases seriously, you see. These new Clarks made the cut. I broke them in during our trip up north and they’ve been nothing but wonderful ever since.

Shoes and views. There you have it.

Weekend Review

Happy Monday, friends! Hope you had a great weekend. Ours was full of things like sunlight peeking over the mountain ridge behind the house (after the rain, it’s just gorgeous), caramelized apple upside-down cake, mums & pumpkins galore, mulled wine with friends, roasted chicken with apples and rosemary, toddlers in swings hung from trees (the swings, not the kiddos), hard cider, the smell of leaf piles burning in the distance, giggling children, and so much more goodness.

Fall color is definitely popping on the hills here. In a week, it’ll be insane, no doubt. All just in time for our tiny Englishman’s birthday this coming Sunday. Two years. TWO! YEARS! The time really does fly just as quickly as everyone tells you it will. Seems like just the other day I was holding this tiny, wiggling thing, looking very much like a plucked chicken, and now he’s pointing to pictures of tomatillo salsa on the cover of a preserving cookbook in the kitchen and (astutely) saying “spicy!”

I’ll be busy all week baking (3 types of cookies today alone!), cooking, and writing all week, for the new book, for Huxley’s “The Great Pumpkin” themed party on Sunday, and more.

Whatever happens this week, try to work in a bit of apple cider (fresh or hard), something pumpkin-y, and a walk amongst the leaves, if you can. This is my most beloved time of year, when color abounds in every direction, the temperature dictates sweaters in the evening and warm socks in the morning, and hot coffee tastes its best.

Hope the week ahead brings nothing but happiness for you and yours!

*The last image above is one Hubs took, behind the scenes of the Country Woman shoot. I got my hair did, ya’ll, in about 4 different styles. Hair rollers, curling irons, and all. Fancy! Last time I did pretty much anything, at all, with my hair was 5 years ago, on my wedding day. I’m about as low maintenance as it gets, in terms of my look, so warming up to hair and make-up for the shoot was a big, big step for me. I decided to just embrace it, though, and enjoy the experience for what it was.

What I’m Digging

Happy Friday, friends! We had an adventurous week this week. A photo crew from Country Woman magazine came out Wednesday evening and all day yesterday. I’ll be their cover woman in an upcoming issue, which is strange (I don’t think of myself as particularly ‘cover girl’ material), but also really kind of awesome, you know?!

I’ve got a Small Measures post up on Design Sponge today. I’m sharing my recipe for homemade Elderberry & Honey Syrup. It’s our go-to remedy for putting the kibosh on the flu, all season-long. Plus, it’s crazy easy to make and kiddos have no trouble taking their dose, owing to its honey-sweet deliciousness!

In other news, here’s a smattering of this’s and that’s that caught my attention this week:

*Put those leaves to work.
*Homemade fried onion rings-YES!
*Spiced Pear Cardamom Butter.
*The Simple Things is my kind of magazine.
*Stuffed pumpkins-it’s what’s for dinner.
*A go-to chicken noodle soup recipe-with homemade broth!
*Imperfect preservation.
*The new wave of hunting books.
*This quiche looks perfect, seasonal, and easy!

Our dear friends Jen, Jon, and their toddler daughter, Awynn, are coming to visit this weekend. They’re the owners of the yome down in our lower field and will be keeping house down there all weekend-long, as they’re on fall break from the Atlanta-based schools they both teach at (they’re both art teachers at private schools, these creative souls). It’s always a good time when they come, complete with lots of chatting, laughing, baby-hugging, good food-eating, wine-drinking, and overall goodness.

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