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  • YOU GUYS!!! Our friends @rattiganjael and @daniel.rattigan are rocking the chocolate food scene, yet again. They just moved their fantastic @frenchbroadchocolates to a new larger, even lovelier space, smack dab in the middle of downtown. We stopped in this evening for the soft opening, to see the space and sample offerings both familiar (coconut brownies that dreams are made of!) and new (ice cream! toffee! pretzel caramels!). There's even an entire separate boutique room called
  • Loving this screen capture of our Huxley Wild. It's from a video our friend Ian made, using
  • I adore holiday lights. I also really love @thencarboretum. It's no surprise then that I'm giddily looking forward to the
  • That'll do pig, that'll do.
  • This is his
  • Brunch at Rhubarb-a good idea today, and always. Plancha roasted romaine with @lustymonk vinaigrette, @bentonsbacon, sunny side eggs, and fingerling potatoes. Not seen: a fried apple & cranberry hand pie that made my heart and belly happy. Huxley and @glennbenglish's, too.
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  • The pies @rorris, @jenathan and I helped baking goddess @bakerhands make today will be available for purchase tomorrow at the North Asheville Tailgate Market from 8-1 pm, along with tarts and bread. Trust me, you don't want to miss out. Set your alarm clocks now!
  • When @bakerhands put out a call two days ago asking for a few hours of baking help today, I pounced at the chance to spend some quality time with such a warm, wise lady. When I found out @rorris and @jenathan had offered the same thing, the deal became even sweeter. The four of us gathered at Smoke Signals Bakery in Marshall today to chat, chew, and chop. Three cheers for wonderful people, delicious food, and fostering community. Hip, hip, freaking HOORAY!!! What a stellar day. *I was in charge of apple pie filling prep today. Photo credit to @rorris for capturing my hella serious pie-making game face!!!
  • When your morning looks like this, you know you're off to a good start. Was introduced to the glorious donuts and conviviality at @holedoughnuts today. Mercy! Goodness abounds.
  • Finally, I bring you this
  • This next pie is a pumpkin-meets-tiramisu hybrid, my
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My Green Resolution

I’ve got a guest post up on Apartment Therapy‘s Re-Nest. Come find me over there as I discuss “My Green Resolution” for 2011.


*Image from the always fabulous Lynne Harty.

7 Responses to My Green Resolution

  • Anonymous says:

    Dear Ashley,
    Come to think of it, this might be part of my resolution: Instead of anonymously taking advantage of your creativity, your ideas and your way of life as you share it on your blog – which is what I do for quite some time now – I'd like to take the opportunity and thank you for providing this great source of inspiration. Your blog is a place I go to regularly: somehow it always makes me happy and helps me keep my faith in humanity (this sounds a bit pathetic, but I don't know how else to put it :-) Thank you!
    Eva
    PS: Sorry – I'm from Munich, Germany, and my English is so very far from perfect. But I just had to thank you today :-)

  • EcoGrrl says:

    I love how you put this. If you have time, would love to hear more in your future blogs about more of the specific things you're doing as a mom to be green and how much the waste is increasing and what you're doing – seems like there's always a new mom who could use your wisdom :) congratulations again on your new beautiful life and happy 2011!!

  • Darla says:

    Isn't it amazing how parenting changes your thoughts about EVERYTHING!? I was already pretty eco conscious but once I had my daughter I learned about cloth diapers, made my own wipes, started participating in baby clothes swaps (looking for all natural materials) and really took a very hard look at how I was eating and what I was putting on my body….Its amazing how deep the rabbit hole goes but in the end you are leading by example and I think that will go a long long way…People always think I'm nuts for spending the “extra” money on organic, actually all natural materials this that and the other thing. But I look at it as an investment on many levels. Our health, our future….its these “little” things that make a big difference…The hardest thing I find though, is how to let other people know this is the way you choose to live and its not that you don't appreciate the 100% polyester hat and glove set, the Dora the explorer t-shirts or the toxin laden plastic baby doll, but that you are trying to avoid these things… I still have no answer and maybe never will, but thats one of the hardest parts of choosing to live this way…But it is most certainly worth it!

  • What a lucky boy to have such a conscious Mama!
    Can't wait to read about all of your discoveries.

  • jen says:

    I've been lurking for a while, but wanted to say I love your Green Resolution! We're moving to the Asheville area next year, I'm so looking forward to being around like-minded people!

  • Eva-Thank you, so very much. Your comments warmed my heart in the deepest way.

    Aimee-Yes, I plan to detail those sorts of things as much as possible. I'd LOVE to do a book in my “Homemade Living” series on the topic, actually…

    Darla-EXACTLY!

    Floret-Thank you for your kind words.

    Jen-Welcome! Give me a shout out when you get here. I'd love to meet up!

  • Anna says:

    I'm not a mom yet, but I hope it be in the next few years… I am definitely interested in learning more about being green with babies. When the time comes, I will certainly head down the greenest path possible, but I'm always interested in learning more. Thanks for all of you information and inspiration