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QUENCH

 

HANDMADE GATHERINGS

 

A YEAR OF PIES!

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: HOME DAIRY

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING BEES

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: CANNING & PRESERVING

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING CHICKENS


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  • Totally a long underwear, trains in front of the wood stove kind of evening. Stay warm out there, friends! Low of 15 here tonight, BRR!!!!
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  • Romanesco as meditative object. These served as the gorgeous centerpiece on our table at last night's @rhubarbavl 1-year anniversary dinner. Stunning.
  • Still thinking about last noght's sensational @rhubarbavl 1-year anniversary dinner. We adore the restaurant and chef John Fleer's elegant yet approachable southern Appalachian cuisine. Last night's Sunday Supper featured @bentonsbacon, @cruzefarmgirl, and Jolley Farm. It was a meal I won't soon forget, especially on account of these @sunbursttrout filets wrapped in @bentonsbacon served atop brown butter braised Savoy cabbage (that cabbage changed my life, no joke!). Job well done, @rhubarbavl!
  • At long last, Huxley finally found a dancing partner last night downtown in Asheville.
  • Perfect Saturday for this transcendent hot chocolate, made from scratch with @frenchbroadchocolates bars, sweetened with handcrafted sorghum syrup, and garnished with a dollop of homemade apple butter, graham cracker chards, slivered almonds, apple slices, cinnamon, and fresh ground nutmeg. Bring it, cold weather!
  • Had fun chatting about beverages from
  • It's hot toddy time! Tonight's incarnation includes: Douglas fir needle tea from @juniperridge, @defiantwhisky (cheers to NC-created booze!), honey from our bees, lemon peel and juice, and freshly grated nutmeg. Stay warm, friends, and happy weekend!
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  • Frosty November morning (it's 28 degrees outside) + blazing wood stove=truce between cats and dogs.
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  • Brunch with good friends,  @shelterprotectsyou, @sheltercollective, @jenathan, and @rorris : Beer-braised cabbage and turnip greens with dried currants and mint leaves, crispy grilled toast rounds (thanks for the bread, Rich and Jen!), local sausage patties cut into moon shapes, applewood smoked bacon, smoked olive oil roasted sweet potato disks with finely crumbled bacon, and a pear frittata. Oh, and maple lattes courtesy of @shelterprotectsyou. Tuesday brunch is my new favorite thing!
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Weekend Review

A feast of feasts//Pre-meal eats, including a Beet & Winter Squash Soup with fixins//Cousin love//Pop Pop and his boys//Grove Park Inn bliss//Going, going gone//Sisters & littles//Mighty stone fireplace

 

Happy Monday, friends! I hope your holiday weekend, if you celebrated one, was grand. Ours certainly was! Huxley’s fever broke just in time for us to make an epic feast. We showed our gratitude for all we have to be so very thankful for with family and friends (including a game of Cranium that had my stepmother acting as Kramer from Seinfeld, my sister sculpting a toothbrush out of clay, and me humming Aerosmith’s Sweet Emotion-good times, friends, very good times).

Friday found us 1 1/2 hours north, at a lovely pick & cut Christmas tree farm (the first time I’ve ever done it! Have you?). Saturday we snuggled in couches with a corner sunset view, hot chocolate in hand (spiked for the adults, nice and clean for the littles).

I love having family come to visit, but it always goes so very fast. Having family pop over for a mug of my homemade chai or for a dinner of leftovers or a lunch in Asheville thrills me to the gills. We don’t live near each other, so our time together is something I treasure immensely.

This week begins my homestretch on Handmade Gatherings. The manuscript is due Saturday. Saturday! I’m very close to the finish line, but there are still bits left to pen. I can’t wait to share this book with you. It might just be my favorite project to date.

Here’s hoping the week ahead is filled with health and happiness for you and yours!

2 Responses to Weekend Review

  • Stacy says:

    So excited for your new book! I made two more pies from your pie book this weekend! I’m fast becoming a pie maven!! :) xo

  • kimpeck says:

    what a great weekend you had!! aren’t ‘cut your own’ trees the best? we are off to walpole, NH this weekend to get ours…now just waiting for the snow to make it feel a little more holiday-like. Of course, i probably just jinxed it seeing as we are in New England…now we will probably get dumped with snow! :) kim