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  • 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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Happiness Is A Plate of French Toast

Happiness is a spouse who cooks up a batch of his inter-galactically renown french toast (and that’s not at all hyperbolic, it’s just that good)without solicitation. Super happiness is then achieved when he covers it in freshly made blueberry maple syrup. Over-the-top happiness is experienced when he makes it the morning that you are feeling haggard, and run-down, and congested after tending to a teething baby overnight and sharing his seasonal allergy-related (I think) cough.

Thanks, Hubs. Huxley and I much approve.

*Hubs would like me to share his “secret” tip for making French toast with ease: Forget about soaking the bread slices in a large Pyrex or similar rectangular dish. Use a cookie sheet (with edges) instead, which makes it easier to fit all of the slices in one batch and provides more space for turning them as they soak. There you go!

9 Responses to Happiness Is A Plate of French Toast

  • nancy says:

    Yum! And what kind of bread does he use?

  • nancy-yes! i totally should have mentioned that! we typically use challah. this particular french toast was flavored with cardamom, too, one of my most beloved spices. SO good!

  • Erin says:

    Blueberry maple syrup?! How have I not tried this before?

    Love that picture of Huxley! Hope you two are feeling better soon.

  • Meg says:

    That plate and messy faced baby just made me swoon. What a husband! I read the interview you did with Amanda at http://www.vintagesavoirfaire.com/ and was so inspired by the love you and your husband share. I'm about to get hitched and yours is a relationship that warms my heart.

  • Meesh says:

    Mmmmm I am forwarding this to my loverman who is also an unsolicited french toast maker of note. He might have to step up his game a little bit tho… cardamon and blueberry syrup… yes!

  • alexa says:

    Hey, that IS a nice tip! Incidentally, that is also very nice wake up breakfast after a rough night. Props team English!

  • Bee Girl says:

    Sounds delicious and like just what you needed! Nice! Great tip, too. So obvious and yet completely overlooked! Who knew!?

  • PQ says:

    so stealing the cookie sheet tip thanks! (and I wish i could steal that french toast, too. drooling…)

  • Stefka says:

    What great convergence, Ashley! I've been experimenting with french toast recently, and have been obsessed with the cardamom – blueberry – maple syrup combination for the last month. (I may have even made it for breakfast this morning…) Heavenly, right?

    A couple of weeks ago I celebrated my birthday with a breakfast of cardamom blueberry french toast and cardamom-enhanced coffee, and then later on with a cardamom birthday cake (with a mocha cream layer and ginger frosting- yum!). If I have a threshold for cardamom, I haven't reached it yet…