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  • 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!
  • 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
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Weekend Review

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It’s Christmas Eve, friends! We’re typically pretty low-key when it comes to the holidays, but, I gotta say. Having a little one in the mix makes things so very exciting this time of year. The cookie-baking, the present-wrapping, the gift-selecting, the holiday-decorating, the tree-hunting, the hot-ch0colate-making, the “did it snow overnight?”-guessing, the eggnog-drinking, the holiday book-reading-all of it is just riddled with fun and joy in a way neither Glenn nor I have experienced in years. Clearly, you don’t need kiddos to enjoy the holiday season, but, for us, we’re having a blast thanks to one Huxley Wild!

We started discussing what our Christmas Eve traditions will be, now that we’re parents. We’re thinking of something like this: looking at Christmas lights once the sun goes down (maybe…the jury is still out on this one), having a special meal (I can’t get the idea of Chinese food out of my head…), and letting Huxley open his stocking (the only one currently hanging on the mantle-note to self, I really must learn how to knit…).

Glenn is humming carols, Huxley is in the kitchen reading books about snow in his play nook, and I’m sipping hot coffee, enjoying the grey from the rain outside, and feeling so very grateful for all I have.

Here’s wishing you health, happiness, and much, much love this holiday season!!!

*Oh! I almost forgot! I’ve got a Small Measures post up on Design Sponge today, the last for 2012. It’s a recipe for making your own sleep salve. And trust me, you want to make it. Sweet dreams, and happy holidays! 

7 Responses to Weekend Review

  • Gini says:

    Merry Christmas, Englishes! Wishing you hot toddies and cozy socks, joyful hearts, and a sweet toddler’s laugh tonight and tomorrow!

    And well, every day, but you get my drift. :D

  • Yvonne says:

    I’m a quiet reader of your blog for nearly 1 1/2 year now and always enjoy my “visit”. Merry christmas from Austria and all the best wishes to you and your loved ones,
    Yvonne

  • Rebecca Hill says:

    My family always had fish quiche on Christmas Eve, however my family did eat Chinese food on Christmas day. We’d have potstickers, steamed buns, and then Szechuan Chicken with Walnuts. This Christmas, as our first Christmas as newlyweds, we had pizza Christmas Eve, and then potstickers and waffles (his family’s tradition) for breakfast.

  • kimpeck says:

    happy happy, merry merry! i agree, little ones around make the holidays fabulous :)
    btw, i made the peppermint patties for the holiday – they were a HIT!!! so so yummy!

  • Alicia says:

    I love the pictures of your home. The decorations are beautiful. Happy Holidays to you and yours!!!

  • k a t says:

    I hope you learn to knit in the New Year. I think it would suit you, it’s a great way to be productive in small moments and easy to pick up and put down. I’m sure you’ve seen ravelry.com, there are some amazing patterns for little ones there. Best of luck!

  • Joeby says:

    Do you recommend a book about essential oils? I am new to it, and want to do some studying for the new year.
    Thanks! Love your blog and books!