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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.
  • Post meal, pre-hike to the frozen
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Seasonal Pancakes


Oh, man. Where does the time go? My “Small Measures with Ashley” post is up over on Design Sponge. This week I’m offering suggestions for seasonal foods to go with pancakes, beginning with my “Strawberry, Rhubarb & Orange Maple Compote.” And, just so you know, this stuff is great on top of more than just pancakes. Pair it with some yogurt, or put it on some pound cake, or snuggle it in with some vanilla ice cream. Tastes just like spring should taste.

It’s official. Huxley has caught his first cough. We’re hoping that’s all it is. A cough. And that it stays that way. But the coughing makes for a restless baby at night, which makes for a sleepless Mama at night, given that we bed-share. It’s so sad to see the poor fella cough! His cough also makes him a wee bit needy. As such, I’ve barely been able to put him down today, because although there are play yards and nice swings and bouncy chairs on hand, it’s in Mama’s arms he most wants to be.
We went to the annual Asheville Herb Festival yesterday, one of the highlights of my year. It’s amazing to see all of that growth and life and green vitality everywhere. And the happiness it brings is pervasive. Everywhere you turn are smiling faces (well, even more so when you’ve got a little dude on hand).
Huxley has taken to what I call “singing” lately, talking in a very high-pitched sing-song voice, which is what he was doing when I snapped the photo above. It’s adorable. We often sing along, duet-style. He sang for a good bit at the festival, until he got squirmy and insisted on being held. We used the stroller instead to carry our haul!
If Huxley (and I) feel up to it tomorrow, we’re going to check out this festival tomorrow, which promises to be a good time. Otherwise, I’ve got loads of writing to do, planting to do, tending to about a million things to do. The weather looks glorious, though, so whether in town or chez English, I’m happy.
Wherever you go, whatever you do, may it be grand!

4 Responses to Seasonal Pancakes

  • amanda says:

    Oh, I know those 'up-all-night-babe-can't-blow-their-nose-or-stop-coughing' nights are ROUGH. My little lady had her first go round with a cold a couple months back and I very clearly remember those nights spent holding her so she could sleep and getting very little myself. Of course, as a cosleeping mom, I'm always bordering on the lines of sleep deprivation, but it's a choice we make, right?

    LOVE the herb festival, though sadly not making it this year~ I look forward to trying out some berries on my pancakes, though! Thanks for the inspiration~

  • jen says:

    I'm sad we're not going to be in town for Big Love. My brother is playing (Kovacs & the Polar Bear) – hope you get a chance to check them out!

    Huxley is looking mighty cute and grown up these days :)

    Happy Sunday

  • April says:

    New to your blog through blogs I've read for years (Soule Mama and Design Sponge)-don't know how I missed it since I live in Asheville, too. :) Such a small, small world…

  • Angela says:

    Hey Ashley! A friend of mine loves using an Ellaroo baby sling to get work done around the house…maybe that's something you could use, so Huxley could be close to you while he's not feeling well…and you still have your hands free to make yummy pancakes!