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  • These Brussels sprouts, our first course @pinewoodtr, with their spectacular dipping sauce, were the stuff of crispy, salty, cruciferous dreams. Totally set the tone for the rest of the meal. So, so good.
  • Passed this scene on our driveway earlier this morning as we headed to Decatur, GA for the weekend. Going to miss the cove, but am stoked to enjoy a bit of city living. Happy weekend, friends!
  • Mountain morning ridge line fog is, to me, the best fog. Taken from our entryway porch.
  • Last Thursday, our perennially kind and generous friend Jessica Smith asked if she could stop by with a gift for us. This stunning succulent planter (in a vintage enamel pot) was what she showed up with. Turns out she's starting a new business called DIRT FLIRTS with her friend Diana. As they describe it:
  • Since this past Friday evening, @glennbenglish, Huxley and I have had the exquisite pleasure of hosting @tea_austen in our home. There has been much laughter, much eating, and much sharing of our hearts, minds, and deepest selves. As she drove away just a bit ago, it didn't feel like we were saying goodbye, but instead, see you again, hopefully sooner than later. Thank you for being such delightful company, @tea_austen, and for loving our little guy so fully (and getting a TMNT education in the process ?!). || Image is from this past Sunday, when we took Tara up to #blackbalsam for a hike and a picnic.
  • Jump in, you know these arms can fill you up.
  • Excited to try out this tasting kit @driftawaycoffee sent me. The idea is that you brew each of the four bags they provide, divided into categories of FRUITY, CLASSIC, BALANCED, and BOLD, taking notes for each one on a postcard entitled
  • It's true: in the presence of chicken and waffles, my southern drawl becomes more evident. It cannot be helped. Still thinking about this platter of awesome from last night's Sunday Supper @rhubarbavl, honoring talented friend Ronni Lundy and the release of her newest book,
  • I try to see the forest AND the trees.
  • Sunday, perfect Sunday. @glennbenglish, Huxley, and I had a wonderful day picnicking on Black Balsam with @tea_austen
  • It's a good day in western NC. Happy weekend, friends!
  • Happy #nationalsiblingsday to my two favorite homies! Love you Devan (left) and @theomadams (middle)!!! Photo from November 2012 at the Grove Park Inn here in Asheville, NC. || Not pictured, our two brothers. Love you too, Jimmy and Walker!
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Can-a-rama!

My small measure column today over at Design Sponge is all about canning-questions, concerns, parties. Come find me there…and feel free to share your canning triumphs and travails here! 

6 Responses to Can-a-rama!

  • Holly says:

    I'm so glad I discovered your blog through d*s! I live in North Carolina as well, and really enjoy reading your stories. We're military, and relatively new to the area, so I always love discovering new things to do in the area. Your piece on the Asheville Farmer's Market was wonderfully intriguing! I might just have to make the 4 hour drive one of these weekends. Thanks for sharing!

  • K Dilley says:

    I love your blog — I just saw your post at d*s and thought I'd pop on over. Congratulations! You've got me really intrigued about NC, so many amazing folks I know from SF are moving there right now!

  • Anonymous says:

    Well once again your column was excellent. I love all the info and it is such easy reading. It might be SMALL MEASURES but it is LARGE in giving great directions and information. It is so inspiring ! It makes you want to run out and buy all you need to start canning!!! Love,MOM

  • Hallie says:

    hi ashley,
    i am really digging your D*S posts.
    i am now(along with my fellow) feeling especially inspired to step into the world of canning. i am definitely on a tight budget, but would like some suggestions for basic supplies. i know that you listed them in your article, but are some brands better than others? also what about buying an all inclusive kit? there are so many out there that it's a touch overwhelming. i now have visions of ball jars filled with ruby red roasted beets dancing in my head. thanks!!!

  • Hi Hallie! I'm particularly fond of any sort of jar that has a metal/platinum lid. Less granny, more modern, to this nit-picky aesthetite. So, along those lines, I like Ball jars in squat, square shapes (found at my local Target) and also small Ball jars with quilted glass (found at Lowe's!). Leifhiet jars come in a very cool shape and also have the platinum finish lids.
    Amazon.com has a great website full of canning supplies on the cheap. Those starter kits can actually be quite helpful, as you consolidate shipping (if buying online) and get everything you need all at once.
    Got get yer beat on!

  • Anonymous says:

    Canning is always something I have thought of trying. Your blog is great encouragement.