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Weekend Review

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Happy Monday, friends! And Happy New Year’s Eve! I’m one of those ultra cautious folks that doesn’t like to be out on the roads this one particular evening of the year, so, after the tiny Englishman goes to sleep, I intend to park my rear on the couch beside my sweet spouse, sip something bubbly, and (hopefully) ring in the new year at midnight (if I can keep my peepers open that late; such an old lady I am-and talking like Yoda, it would appear…).

This weekend was pretty chill. I’m working on my next piece for Taproot, so much of Saturday was spent creating, testing, and photographing recipes for that. Yesterday I was able to spend some quality time with much-loved, not-seen-nearly-enough friends. Love those cozy, comfortable meet ups with my nearest and dearest.

Otherwise, here’s what happened, visually:

*Broke in Glenn’s panini grill, a holiday gift from yours truly. He whipped up reubens with a side of homemade pickles and hard cider. Best. Gift. Ever.
*Happened across mention, and a photo, of my “Keeping Chickens” book in the January issue of Better Homes & Gardens. I’ll take a surprise like that any day!
*Along with my usual monthly column in Verve, this month I was fortunate enough to be asked to pen the cover story. Then they went and made me the cover girl! (Locals can pick up a copy on newsstands now; for everyone else, my English Lessons piece and the food trends story aren’t up online yet-soon as they are, I’ll be sure to let you know).
*Exchanged some gifties yesterday with Nicole. Can’t wait to try them all out, including a homemade “Love” tea blend, a kaolin bergamot bath soak, and an infused vanilla, cardamom & cinnamon honey. YES!

Here’s wishing you a wonderful New Year. On the first day of 2012, Glenn and I woke up and spotted, from our bed, a double rainbow down in our lower field. We took this to be a rather auspicious omen. Don’t know that we’ll get to see that again, but, no matter. I’m convinced 2013 is going to be grand.

Also, New Year’s Day is the day of my very first date with my sweet man, back in 2007.  From that fateful dinner date, I walked into a life filled with love, creativity, and true partnership, and I make it a point to remember how blessed I am to have found such a P.I.C. (partner-in-crime for the uninitiated) each and every day.

Small measure family, may 2013 be your best year yet!!!

10 Responses to Weekend Review

  • Kaitlin Jenkins says:

    Love it! Have a great New Years! I’m with ya, not sure if I’m going to make it to midnight, but hanging out with hubby all evening is great none the less

  • Melanie J. says:

    Snatched up that copy of Verve while perusing the Habitat ReStore and was delighted to see that cover shot! Congrats and Happy New Year! P.S. Seriously loving it here!

  • aubree says:

    i saw that in BHG too–how fun! happy new year!

  • Heather W. says:

    Such huge congratulations on your cover story and “cover girl” status! I can’t wait to read the article. I’m also glad to see the mention in BH&G. I love your book!
    Happy New Year to you and yours.

  • jen says:

    I saw that in BHG and wondered if you knew already – glad it was a happy surprise! :)

    We’re going out tonight to a show at Jack of the Wood. I don’t know how I’ll stay awake but I figured it’s my last New Year’s Eve without having to find a sitter, so I better take advantage! Ten years ago today, Jon and I had our first date – hiking, lunch and then celebrating New Years, where he requested a kiss and I offered my cheek. He still reminds me of that every year. :)

    Happy New Years to you!

  • Hazel says:

    Congratulations on having the cover of Verve ‘covered’, as it were! I look forward to reading it when it’s online.

    Wishing you a very Happy New Year!

  • Katie says:

    What a beautiful cover photo! Congrats on the feature. Happy New Years from TN.

  • mandi@herbanhomestead says:

    Ooh! Look at you, cover girl! So fun! Also, tell that PIC of yours to send a reuben my way. Happy New Year to your family!

  • Lauren says:

    I purchased every one of your books for my husband for Christmas. I called him during his lunch break and asked what he was doing. His response, “walking on the track while reading about bees!” Here’s to another year with a terrific P.I.C!

  • kate says:

    Such a cute photo of you, Ashley!