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  • 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!
  • 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.
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Blood, Sweat and Years

The new year holds some exciting writing projects in store for me. I’ll have a column in a debut quarterly magazine that is, for now, top secret. I can’t even begin to tell you how pumped I am about it. Sorry to be so mysterious, but, trust me, it’ll be worth the wait. Look for more details this spring…

I’m also penning a monthly column, titled “English Lessons” (trust me, I’m aware of just how cheeky it is; I didn’t come up with it, but I’m not opposed to it either…) in Western N.C.-based Verve magazine. My first column is up today and details my very personal return to eating meat. Each column will discuss some hurdle, issue, or personal challenge I’ve faced, and how I dealt with it. I’m not suggesting everyone do as I do; I’m just putting out there what happened to me. I don’t believe in one-size-fits-all solutions. I’m just chatting about mine.

I hope you enjoy this new writing venture!

14 Responses to Blood, Sweat and Years

  • Stacy says:

    Awesome! Congrats on the new projects! And I love the picture! :) Happy New Year! xo

  • Jen says:

    I look forward to reading them!

  • Kathleen says:

    Congrats on the new projects! My mother-in-law gave me your “Home Dairy” book for Christmas and I am very excited to tackle some of the recipes. I already make our yogurt and have always wanted to try my hand at cheese-making. The book is so beautifully photographed and down-to-earth. :)

  • Erin says:

    Great article – and congrats on the new writing projects!

  • elaine says:

    COngrates on your new projects Ashley. What a great article. I look forward to reading more:))Happy New Year!!!

  • Very much looking forward to the new magazine! If you're writing for it, I have a feeling it'll be right up my alley… Congrats & Happy New Year!

  • Congrats on the new projects – I'm really looking forward to seeing the results in the new year. It sounds like you're off to a flying start – I hope it's a great one for you!

  • Bee Girl says:

    Happy 2012! Congratulations on your new projects! I look forward to reading them and hearing more about them as they arise :-) CHEERS!

  • Sarah says:

    Congrats on the new projects – looks like 2012 is going to be a great year!!

    Sarah from The House That Ag Built

  • Miss Minty says:

    I'm looking forward to hearing more about the quarterly gig. And any news about whether you'll return to Design Sponge for the Small Measures column?

  • mandi says:

    Oh! What fun new adventures!

    I really appreciated your article on meat eating. I have slowly worked my way back to eating meat as well after nearly starving my pituitary gland. I didn't know any better! I mean, how could someone juicing carrots every day be malnourished??? But I was, severely. Anyway, thanks for a great article.

  • Mamawolf says:

    Congratulations on all of your new projects! I'm sure that 2012 will be a very exciting and fulfilling year for you. I enjoyed reading your piece on your return to meat. I am nearly a lifelong vegetarian (been veggi since I was twelve), but am currently eating meat due to extreme anemia in my third pregnancy. I am well below acceptable iron levels for our planned homebirth and it just keeps dropping. So… little bits of red meat hidden in other foods it is for the time being. I doubt it will be an eating habit that I stick with post birth, but I still really appreciated reading your article and your personal point of view. Thank you for sharing!
    I wish you and yours all the very best in this exciting upcoming year!!!

  • Michele says:

    can't wait to see what this year brings ashley!!!

    happy new year!

  • I just read our article. I recently switched from a vegetarian to meat eater. It happened the same way. After 14 years I started craving meat and I listened. I ony eat wild game or organic, grass fed, free range, but I love it. I felt it was the right thing to do for my brain and I was right! Thanks for the article.