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Quench! Huxley! So many good things!!!

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Ah, friends! I disappeared from this space for a little bit, didn’t I? In the last few weeks, I: turned in my picnic book manuscript, taught a class at Doe Bay on Orcas Island and participated in the workshops of others, held two book events (one on Orcas and one in Seattle), wrangled a toddler cross-country in tandem with Glenn, returned to photo shoots on the picnic book (17 down, 3 to go, including one tomorrow, one Sunday, and the last one once there’s snow on the ground!), and found myself more inspired than I’ve been in some time. I haven’t been here, but I’ve been regularly posting on Instagram, so you can see where I’ve been and what I’ve seen and what I’ve been up to in the column here on the lower left side. Feeling good, folks. Feeling good.

A bigger, longer, more intimate post is forthcoming, but I wanted to stop in quickly to tell you that two big things are happening today. Firstly, my sweet boy turned 4. I can hardly believe it’s been four years since this wild child came into our lives. Without question, my life is better because of him. Secondly, Quench officially publishes today. So, a book and baby birthday, all in one day. What more could I possibly hope for? Double rainbows, all the way across the sky? I shouldn’t ask for so much.

We’ve already had chocolate pancakes and assembled two Lego projects (So. Many. Tiny. Parts!), and, per his request, we’re now heading out to play at Montreat park, eat hot dogs, and enjoy a homemade lemon bundt cake. Today is just for the three of us. Saturday will be the big party, with a TMNT theme because, well, we’re the kinds of parents that are in it to win it. Plus, ninjas + turtles + zen koans and ancient wisdom interspersed throughout=total awesome.

Hoping the upcoming week for you and yours is equally wonderful.


10 Responses to Quench! Huxley! So many good things!!!

  • Barbara says:

    I was fortunate to win an advance copy of ‘Quench’ from you and GoodReads. It is a superb collection of anything drinkable for any season or occasion, along with delightful photos and a practical format. Congratulations–and with that comes my recommendation to all readers to get your hands on a copy! Great Christmas gift for someone you love, or yourself!

  • Clara A. says:

    I am so excited for Quench!

    Dear Ashley, I love your blog. I found it, I believe, from a drink recipe on Design Sponge.
    Happy Autumn!


  • I also won an advance copy of “Quench” and am thrilled to have it! Now that the temps are moving towards the 30s in Appalachia, it would be a good time to make one of your warm beverages! Thank you for sharing all the creative ideas with your readers!

  • Spring says:

    Congratulations! Two incredible accomplishments to celebrate in one day. Enjoy!

  • Happy Birthday, Huxley! And Happy Quench Day, Ashley! :)

  • Lydia says:

    I’ve missed you here, but I pulled out my much loved copy of Home Dairy and made some cheese (and saag paneer!) to console me in your absence.

  • Amanda says:

    Happy Birthday to you sweet little guy. It was nice meeting you at the park the other day! Can’t wait to check out your blog, it looks wonderful so far!!

  • Emily says:

    I’m a cataloger at a library in Massachusetts and I was so pleased to add your book to our collection last week! I must say, I’m a little obsessed with it. Keep up the incredible work!

  • Ann says:

    Congrats on your book’s publication. I always enjoy your posts. Good to see you back!