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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.
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  • 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!
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  • 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.
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  • 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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Weekend Review

Happy Monday, friends! Hope your weekend was a good one. Ours was a sugar, butter, glitter, and decoupage glue-filled one.

The 5th annual Ladies Cookie Exchange was a hit. Sixteen women showed up to Jen’s house with treats to tempt, tantalize, and titillate (say that 5 times fast!). Here’s a listing of the crew’s offerings:

Jen: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Jenny: Molasses Spice Cookies
Jen: Chocolate Toffee Cookies
Jael: Mini Snickers (with homemade nougat & caramel!)
Jessie: Pecan Sandies
Cat: Pumpkin Snickerdoodles
Britt: Chocolate Kiss Peanut Butter Cookies
Jessica G.: Sour Cream Raisin Sugar Cookies
Jessica D.: Peanut Butter-filled Chocolate Cookies
Lizzie: Chocolate-Covered Mint Chocolate Creme-Filled Cookie Balls
Leslie: Almond Macarons
Katrina: Belgium Wafer Cookies
Nicole: Chai-Iced Pumpkin Cookies
Melanie: Russian Tea Cakes
Lisa: Rosemary Olive Biscuit Cookies
Me: Rosemary & Orange Shortbread, Crystallized Ginger & Black Pepper Spice Cookies, and Chocolate Crinkles

Glenn, Huxley, and I have our work cut out for us this week. I mentioned yesterday at the gathering that I really feel like the entire month of December is sort of open season on sweets. Breakfast, lunch, snack, evening treat-this month, I’m fine with a bit of sweetness punctuating the entire day. That’s what toothbrushes and dental floss are for anyways, right? Right!

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

*Top and middle images are courtesy of the lovely Nicole

 

 

7 Responses to Weekend Review

  • jen says:

    Had a blast! We’ve been nibbling on cookies since I got home yesterday. So many great ones to choose from!

    One small correction – my website changed, it’s now http://www.jenfromtheblock.com – no blogspot. :)

    Thanks for inviting me!

  • John says:

    What a lovely cookie spread, that looks fantastic. I’m actually quite jealous and more than a little hungry. It would have probably been one of the highlights of my life to be turned loose on that cookie buffet with nothing more a jug of milk and a hearty sweet tooth.

  • Sarah says:

    Yummy! I’m also jealous.
    It was a nice surprise to find you and your family at the consignment store last week. Huxley gave you away :)

  • kimpeck says:

    oh my!! that last photo is how i picture heaven to be! :) yum, yum, yum.
    and thank you for the awesome links on “what I’m Digging’ – so much great info!
    happy week to you!

  • That table of cookies looks divine! How many were eaten vs. made it into the tins?
    Brilliant idea with each lady bringing a particular variety and I’m assuming everyone was able to mix and match for their own tins? Very very clever.

  • Nicole says:

    Wow, those cookies look pretty all displayed on the table together! Nothing better than a weekend of glitter and cookies :)

  • la marmotte says:

    waouh !!!!!! I want to test !
    ;-)