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  • Good people, it is 73 degrees today! I've opened almost all of the windows in the house and am spotting daffodils triumphantly ready to unfurl all over the knob our house sits on. @glennbenglish served this reuben with @chopshopbutchers pork pastrami, homemade Russian dressing, Swiss cheese, and sauerkraut for lunch as a strong breeze swept thru the house and shook things up. YESSSSSS!
  • Clowning around. || Huxley tried out Tiny Tots Circus Playtime at Toy Boat Art Collective today and really enjoyed it!
  • Chatting about existentialism, and contradicting ourselves, and winter over on small measure today. || Into the woods behind our house.
  • Players gonna play. Huxley and his buddy Bay, doing their little guy thing today at the perennially lovely @thencarboretum.
  • The garden got blanketed with what I'm hoping was winter's last gasp this past week. I'm ready for those snow-covered strawberry beds in the foreground to start putting out juicy fruits, for Huxley to dig in his sandbox again, for cocktails at sunset on the pergola, and for conversing with soil and seeds once more. Spring is coming. Really started to feel it this weekend.
  • 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.
  • 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!
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Weekend Review


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Happy Monday, friends. It’s a wet one here in the cove, as was yesterday. I love the comfort of rainy days, and all of the cuddling and snuggling and warm beverage-sipping and fireside-playing and cookie-making (I use India Tree natural food coloring for creating icing colors for sugar cookies) that they bring. With all the sadness that this past weekend presented, keeping things quiet and low-key and love-filled was exactly what felt in order over the weekend, and that’s just what we did.

Glenn is busy at the stove as I type this, whisking chocolate bits and milk and sugar into what promises to be another exquisite cup of hot chocolate (Huxley’s snack-time request today). Huxley has every book and wooden puzzle and block and toy spread out in his play area in the kitchen (or so it would seem to his perpetually-cleaning up mama!). There are sprigs of rosemary resting on the counter, destined for sachets, and beeswax and essential oils waiting, too, destined to become salve. The scents and sights our kitchen currently offers warms me to the bone.

The hot chocolate has me thinking about the post I did a few years back on the topic on Design Sponge. Looking back over some projects I’ve posted there, I saw that several of them are perfectly suited to gifting, crafting, and decorating this time of year and I wanted to share them here with you today:

*Hot chocolate gift basket.

*Bath salts, face mask & honey scrub.

*Chocolate peanut butter cups.

*All-natural holiday potpourri.

*Calendar gift bags.

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

 

 

4 Responses to Weekend Review

  • Aimee (EcoGrrl) says:

    Love the calendar gift bags – now, if only I didn’t mark up my calendars until they’re way too fugly to use!! Passed along to my more crafty friends though :)

  • lindsey says:

    I like to whisk in a little cornstarch to thicken hot chocolate up.

  • jen says:

    I use a letterpress desk calendar to keep track of each month’s days on our fridge and then at the end of the month, I turn the card over and write highlights – things we did, restaurants we ate at, concerts we attended, vacations, etc. At the end of the year, I have 12 months of happenings with very little effort and it’s a way to reuse them.
    I also buy a PaperSource wall calendar every year for my office. They have great artwork and on the backs of every month, have dotted lines for cutting out to reuse – pillow boxes, notecards, postcards, bookmarks, gift tags, etc. It’s one of my favorite things about that calendar.

    Love the idea of the hot chocolate gift basket. I’m definitely gifting those to co-workers next year along with an Asheville-made mug.

  • kimpeck says:

    chocolate pb cups…here i come!! yum!