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  • Felt a shift in the air today, this afternoon in particular. The veil is getting thin. You feeling it, too?
  • SO much love for @forvillagers and her heavenly homesteading/hearth-tending supply store in West Asheville. Stopped in today for a bag of organic chicken feed and to see what's new in the shop. I'll be teaching a
  • The hills are alive. Looking Glass Rock in the distance, as seen today from the #blueridgeparkway .
  • My favorite part of all of these photo shoots for my upcoming  picnic book has been eating the props! Enjoyed this pumpkin whoopie pie today on an impromptu picnic with @glennbenglish and Huxley on the #blueridgeparkway.
  • What it's all about.
  • Nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina at suuuuunset. ?
  • They won't fess up for certain, but I'm fairly sure the flock finds autumn to be their favorite season, too.
  • To celebrate all the photo shoots that we completed this week (three in 8 days!!!), we took it easy this morning, and whipped up this challah French toast, stacked with my homemade peach lavender butter, Foothills bacon, rosemary candied pecan pieces, and sorghum molasses blended with maple syrup.
  • Thank you, @marissalippert and @thecuriouseye, for being the models at today's
  • Pretty lovely setting for a picnic photo shoot today, and glorious weather, to boot! #wwllt
  • Hosted a, like, totally radical birthday party yesterday for our TMNT-loving little dude. There was a dojo for sparring, a breakdancing area (with a playlist of Huxley's favorite jams to dance to), a DIY ooze-making station (made with water, Borax, clear craft glue, and green food coloring), a candy-filled turtle piñata (whacked with Donatello's bo staff, naturally), homemade pizza (made by @glennbenglish, AKA Sensei Splinter), gifts, and a
  • One of my favorite aspects of autumn is the return of panini-pressed sandwiches. Made this turkey, Jarlsberg, Mojito slaw (cabbage & mint), and quince chutney (with fruits from my mom's quince bush) number today. Best enjoyed on the patio as autumn foliage drifts down from above.

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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!