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  • Clowning around. || Huxley tried out Tiny Tots Circus Playtime at Toy Boat Art Collective today and really enjoyed it!
  • Chatting about existentialism, and contradicting ourselves, and winter over on small measure today. || Into the woods behind our house.
  • Players gonna play. Huxley and his buddy Bay, doing their little guy thing today at the perennially lovely @thencarboretum.
  • 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.

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drinks

What You Want Now (aka Eggnog Hot Chocolate)

There are some days that just call for hot chocolate at noon. The baby is fussy (I know, he’s 2, but he’s still our baby!), a work deadline is nearing, and there’s a slight, but not offending, chill in the air. You’ve had a late breakfast (omelets from the Ladies with garden pesto dollops and torn pieces of maplewood smoked bacon on top) and you’re not ready for a full lunch. Today, clearly, was such a day.

Glenn, in his infinite genius, wondered what it would taste like to use eggnog in the hot chocolate. What it takes like, friends, is glorious wonderment in a mug. Infinitesimal deliciousness. Fist bump excellentness. You get the jist. It’s wonderful. It’s delicious. It’s what you want to have in your mug, in your house, right now.

This is a thick, rich, decadent beverage. Keep that in mind when determining portions. It’ll generously serve 4, and give 6-8 a nice shot of chocolate splendor.

 

Eggnog Hot Chocolate
Makes: 4 generous servings
The Goods:

-3 cups eggnog
-1 cup whole milk
-3 ounce dark chocolate bar, chopped fine
-2 Tablespoons dark cocoa powder
-2 Tablespoons sugar
-Freshly grated nutmeg, to your liking
-A pinch of salt if desired

The Deal:
1) Heat the eggnog and milk on medium-low heat until the mixture starts to simmer.
2) Whisk in the rest of the ingredients.
3) Continue to whisk frequently for about 5-8 minutes, until the ingredients are fully incorporated.
4) Let it cool a little bit before serving (it will thicken a bit as it cools).

 

Recent Acquistions: Moonshine

Thanks to an out-of-nowhere bout of seasonal allergies, I’ve intermittently lost my ability to taste. If I blow my nose really hard it returns, but, honestly, who wants to be eating and blowing their nose simultaneously? The two activities were never meant to merge.

In the meantime, I’m eyeballing this jar of locally made Junior Johnson’s Midnight Moon, recently gifted to us by a friend (thanks, Steve!). Tempting though it may be to nip on a brew that similarly possesses no flavor, I think I’ll wait out my temporary olfactory conundrum until I can make up a proper drink with something fruity and herbaceous added to the ‘shine.

What’s your favorite way of kicking back some white lightening? I’m a newbie in this arena!