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  • 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
  • Yesterday marked the very last photo shoot for my upcoming picnic book. 20 picnics, showcasing all 4 seasons, DONE! Snow, the necessary

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Skin Food (+ Giveaway!!!)

As far as beauty regimens go, mine is decidedly low-key. It goes something like this: take a shower, dry off, put pure coconut oil on my face and body. And that, friends, is it. I put lip balm on at night before going to bed, and always wear some natural lip gloss when I go out, but, otherwise, aside from the occasional face mask or body/foot scrub, this lady keeps it simple.

Lately, however, with the turn in weather and attendant drop in humidity, I’ve noticed that the coconut oil that keeps my face supple and smooth during the warmer months hasn’t been quite getting the job done. I’ve needed something more emollient and hydrating, but I wasn’t sure what. Until last week, that is, when my buddy Christa hooked me up with the perfect remedy.

Skin Food, created by Skin Fare, is a blend of certified organic coconut oil, palm fruit oil, beeswax, castor oil, palmrosa, rosemary, and helichrysum. Those 7 simple ingredients combine into a rich, thick salve that can be spread on your face, hands, feet, body-anywhere that you need it, really.

I’m seriously loving it. It’s got all the goodness my straight-up coconut oil offered, bolstered by the humectant properties of the castor oil and the emollient nature of the beeswax. It doesn’t leave my skin greasy, either, the one downside to pure coconut oil. Plus, it smells amazing! There is truly nothing I don’t like about Skin Food. The coolest part might even be that it’s made just down the road from me, right here in Candler!

And for you, you lucky small measure readers, there’s a treat, too! Christa graciously gifted me with some Skin Food to sample, as well as to share with one reader. That tube pictured above is your ticket to supple, happy skin. So, let’s have a giveaway, shall we (it’s been awhile, hasn’t it?)?!

To enter, just tell me a bit about how you care for your skin when the mercury dips. I’d also love to hear any tips on caring for children’s skin. Huxley is still crazy smooth, and I’d love to keep it that way. I’ll give him a bit of Skin Food if he seems to chaff.

The giveaway will run for one week, ending next Thursday, September 27th, at midnight EST. In your comment, please, please be sure to leave a means of contacting you, should you be the winner, via with a link back to your website/blog or by listing your email address. If you’re not comfortable leaving a public email, just send me a private message at ashleyadamsenglish(at)gmail(dot)com.

Here’s to cooler weather, seasonal shifts, and smooth, happy skin!