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  • Great burger and transcendent frites with a charred onion aioli at @kingjamesavl. Great vibe and an exceptional waitstaff, which deftly caught that Huxley was nearing meltdown mode, and saved the day with a lightening fast, perfect grilled cheese. Wonderful seeing Steven Goff and @samlg87!
  • Livin' in an Appalachian paradise. ??(view of Mt. Pisgah, from the top of our road).
  • The finale at last night's Sunday Supper @rhubarbavl was this Chocolate Coffee Tart with Vanilla Orange Marmalade from my book
  • What a surreal experience last night @rhubarbavl, being served your own recipes! Shown here: Chimichurri Deviled Eggs (
  • So much delicious decadence on display yesterday afternoon at my 7th Annual Ladies Cookie Exchange. Thanks to all you lovelies (and your littles!) that made it out! Such a wonderful community of women I'm surrounded by. We three Englishes won't have to bake any more this holiday season! *That's your girl waiting patiently for the sugar frenzy to begin, @littlecoffeebeans !
  • Put this down as a night to remember. Immeasurable gratitude to @rhubarbavl for hosting recipes from all 7 of my books at tonight's Sunday Supper. @glennbenglish couldn't have been more thrilled. Our favorite restaurant in Asheville now feels even more like our dining room away from home.
  • Asheville and vicinity friends, I want to let you in on a secret. @oldworldlevain is a baked goods goddess, a fascinating woman (she bakes AND teaches tango lessons!), and simply a lovely human being. This medley of deliciousness is a mere sampling of the tastiness she had on offer today at her pop-up inside of Wood & Spoon in west Asheville. You can order regularly from her though, and you should. Her goods are creative, imminently flavorful, and clearly lovingly made. Obviously, I am smitten.
  • All kinds of magic percolating up in here.
  • Last night this sweet, tiny elf wanted me to pick him up, and then asked
  • Only a few seats remain for the Sunday Supper @rhubarbavl on the 14th featuring recipes from all 7 of my books. The large dining room is nearly sold out, woohoo!!! Call 828/785-1503 to reserve a spot before they're all gone. I'd love to see you there!
  • So you see, love, actually, is all around us. A pleasant discovery whilst stoking this morning's fire. Happy Friday, friends!
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Everything Is Amazing

So, this is what I’ve been thinking about lately, and talking about with Hubs. Comedian Louis K. encapsulates the sentiments we’ve been ruminating over perfectly-that everything is amazing and yet, no one is happy.

Watching the Edwardian & Victorian Farm videos is what really started bringing it home for me. If I want to go somewhere, I hop in my car and, a bit of time later, I’m there, with minimal expenditure of physical labor. Ditto for washing my dishes, or my clothes, or, heck, even my car if I so choose. My food is kept perpetually chilled, or frozen. Hot, luxurious water pours (cleanly!) from my bathtub spigot! I have indoor plumbing! There are strawberries available, for the taking, at my local grocer. In January.

Certainly, not everyone on Earth has access to such modern technologies. And, as I mentioned in the Edwardian & Victorian farm post, while these technologies bring their own host of other issues to contend with, they certainly offer a standard of living (not to mention type of life) never known in the history of humankind. And that, friends, is amazing.

I, for one, am quite happy.

*Apologies for the shoddy quality of the video. That’s the only form the internet seems to have it in…

9 Responses to Everything Is Amazing

  • Ray says:

    “then when you ran out of money, you be like well, we just can't do any things now” that! exactly that!!

  • Lacy says:

    OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Exactly what I needed. I just lost my job and was laminating about how unemployment is a tad lower than my actual salary…..WTH! This is all so true & I need to remember how lucky I am. Thanks Ashley!

  • jen says:

    I never thought I would say that Louis CK gave me motivation, but it's true. :)
    We do live in incredible times. In our family, we're looking to step back to simpler things – forge stronger community with neighbors, be grateful for the awesome times we live in.
    Though, I admit I would be the person that complained about my phone taking too long, ha ha.

  • jenny miller says:

    Thanks for the laughs, Ashley. That was AMAZING :) So funny and true.

  • Heather says:

    Absolutely Ray- ha ha~ I was thinking the same thing! That's always been our financial philosophy around here. We're old school that way I guess.

  • Laurie says:

    Saw Everything's Amazing a week or two ago. So true. I'm so glad to know about the edwardian/victorian farming videos. We just finished the Colonial House series. Thank you!

  • Tracy says:

    That was so hilarious – because it is sooo true! We have become such spoiled people, and feel like we have a “right” to all things, all the time. Thanks for posting this – made me laugh out loud, and brightened my morning.

  • Sharon says:

    My husband calls life on our homestead “Back to basics with an emphasis on technology!”

    We loved the Victorian Farm Series and have almost finished the Edwardian series too.

  • hilary says:

    this made my day. “Lesson learned don't get trapped in the dark circles in your life” Learn not to so spoiled for everything you need to achieve must be exerted with effort. Thanks for posting!