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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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  • 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
  • The cold never bothered me anyway ? Love exploring our woods in the winter.
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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