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  • 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!
  • Good day to be in western NC. View of Mt.  Pisgah from the top of our road.
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Weekend Review

I first considered titling this post “Tuckered Out”, but figured I’d stick with the typical format for weekend review posts come Monday. Thing is, I’m totally tuckered out. T.T.O, ya’ll.

Remember how I mentioned on Friday’s post that Huxley had picked up a bit of stomach flu? Well, he passed it on. I succumbed Saturday and poor Hubs fared the worst of all and  was down for the count all Saturday night, most of yesterday, and a big chunk of today. He’s a total rock star for heading to the feed store for chicken feed and the grocery store for items for Huxley, who is now in the “intestinal distress” stage of the flu.

The photos above are all you want to see from inside of our house this past weekend. Trust me. The fact that I was somehow able to come up with the ideas for, bake, and write about two original pie recipes for a freelance piece I had due yesterday, all while Huxley and Glenn napped for 1 1/2 hours Sunday afternoon, still blows my mind. Necessity is the mother of gettin’ ‘er done, this much I know.

In better news, the San Francisco Chronicle included A Year of Pies in a round-up today of 15 suggestions for food book gifts. Which is some kind of wonderful.

Alright, I’m off to take care of my fellas. Here’s wishing the week ahead brings you and yours (and me and mine!) health, happiness, and a safe home.

5 Responses to Weekend Review

  • Spring says:

    In the immortal words of the south: Bless your hearts! What an ordeal. Hope you’re all back to normal soon! And congrats on the SFC listing!

  • Jill Adams says:

    I feel for you! Last week I almost died! Well, I wanted to die; I had the stomach flu as well. My daughter and sister caught it the week before I did. I’m happy my husband somehow got missed. I hope your family starts feeling better soon!

  • shelli says:

    I just bought your book A Year of Pies for a friend’s bridal shower. It gave me a chance to peek at it and it looks so yummy!! Another friend just bought 2 for her goddaughters. Congratulations! :)

  • kimpeck says:

    i hope you all feel better soon!!! btw, those pies look gorgeous ~ i can’t wait to get my copy, and of course i am giving it as a gift this holiday season! yum!

  • Bette O'Connor says:

    That virus seems to be making the rounds here in Maryland and it is vicious. Hope you all are much better now and not dehydrated. On Monday I took a shift at the hospital and was amazed at the census which included a lot from this intestinal mess. I love my “Pie” book. Our oldest son, David, is finishing up his 5th tour as a Special Ops Green Beret, in Afghanistan. We are going to NC and spend Thanksgiving with his wife and two little ones and I am taking your book with me. We are going to have some pies, girl. Thank you :) Bette