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  • A winter's day, in a deep and dark December. Enjoyed a walk down our driveway earlier to gather holiday cards and gifts from the mail with my little fella. Happy almost solstice, friends.
  • Local friends-whatever your plans are for this evening, change them! Come join me instead at @rhubarbavl for their
  • Great burger and transcendent frites with a charred onion aioli at @kingjamesavl. Great vibe and an exceptional waitstaff, which deftly caught that Huxley was nearing meltdown mode, and saved the day with a lightening fast, perfect grilled cheese. Wonderful seeing Steven Goff and @samlg87!
  • Livin' in an Appalachian paradise. ??(view of Mt. Pisgah, from the top of our road).
  • The finale at last night's Sunday Supper @rhubarbavl was this Chocolate Coffee Tart with Vanilla Orange Marmalade from my book
  • What a surreal experience last night @rhubarbavl, being served your own recipes! Shown here: Chimichurri Deviled Eggs (
  • So much delicious decadence on display yesterday afternoon at my 7th Annual Ladies Cookie Exchange. Thanks to all you lovelies (and your littles!) that made it out! Such a wonderful community of women I'm surrounded by. We three Englishes won't have to bake any more this holiday season! *That's your girl waiting patiently for the sugar frenzy to begin, @littlecoffeebeans !
  • Put this down as a night to remember. Immeasurable gratitude to @rhubarbavl for hosting recipes from all 7 of my books at tonight's Sunday Supper. @glennbenglish couldn't have been more thrilled. Our favorite restaurant in Asheville now feels even more like our dining room away from home.
  • Asheville and vicinity friends, I want to let you in on a secret. @oldworldlevain is a baked goods goddess, a fascinating woman (she bakes AND teaches tango lessons!), and simply a lovely human being. This medley of deliciousness is a mere sampling of the tastiness she had on offer today at her pop-up inside of Wood & Spoon in west Asheville. You can order regularly from her though, and you should. Her goods are creative, imminently flavorful, and clearly lovingly made. Obviously, I am smitten.
  • All kinds of magic percolating up in here.
  • Last night this sweet, tiny elf wanted me to pick him up, and then asked
  • Only a few seats remain for the Sunday Supper @rhubarbavl on the 14th featuring recipes from all 7 of my books. The large dining room is nearly sold out, woohoo!!! Call 828/785-1503 to reserve a spot before they're all gone. I'd love to see you there!
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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 !
    ;-)