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  • 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
  • Batman Begins. You ought to hear his 4 year-old take on Batman's gravelly, husky whisper.
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What I’m Digging

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Happy Friday, friends! We’re moving into a weekend of temps that feel positively balmy given the weather we’ve been experiencing. The forecast calls for 56 degrees tomorrow and 58 tomorrow. That’s single pair of wool socks weather, friends! To say I’m excited about this fact doesn’t really do justice to how I feel. I. Am. Pumped!

In other non-frosty extremities news, my February column for Verve is up. Here I’m chatting about my change of heart, dietarily speaking, that happened several years ago. I also want to give a shout out to my girl Robin Plemmons. She has a feature in the magazine this month, and her story is one worth hearing.

Otherwise, here’s a smattering of this and that’s that caught my attention this week:

*Ever wanted to make your own apple cider vinegar (I have)? Here’s how!

*Speaking of vinegar, here are some great ideas for using it around the house.

*This dome house is gorgeous, cost only $200 to construct, and is sited in a forest. I’m thinking it would serve as a perfect playhouse for Huxley (or home office for me!).

*Totally making this maple & dijon pot roast.

*This round-up of the best foodie films is pretty spot on.

*Joy’s DIY vapor rub will fix whatever ails you (stuffed-up sinuses wise).

*Tiny house, you sure are pretty!

*Our oven got hooked up yesterday (!!!) and now I seriously want to break it in. I’m thinking cake is the best thing for an inaugural bake. This one, or this one. Or both, because, you know, new! oven!

*Homemade citrus salt, y’all! Get you some!

*I have a bit of a girl crush on Lorde. I do so love a kooky lady. Did you see her Grammy performance (truth: I love awards shows-all of them. Don’t judge)? She killed it. Plus, she had on, you know, all of her clothes! I like a woman that can belt out serious tunes without feeling the need to strip down. Adele, anyone? Annie Lennox? Stevie Nicks? Barbara Streisand? Exactly.

Local friends, here’s a little tip for you: Fletcher Village Bakery is completely amazing. It’s out past the airport, off of Hendersonville Rd.. We were out that way today, picking up upholstery fabric at Foam & Fabric (new couch, with new cushions, scored from a Habitat for Humanity find), and saw it across the parking lot. We popped in (I had a serious hankering for a cookie) and left with so many goodies. All natural, from scratch baking. Can’t be beat. Do pay them a visit if you find yourself out that way. You won’t be disappointed.

Wherever you go this weekend, whatever you do, and whomever you do it with, may it be grand!

*I post a photo of Huxley in my What I’m Digging round-ups because, truly, he’s what his Papa and I dig the most. The tree shown above is found in the woods around our house, and has a stream coming out of its roots. Glenn took Huxley for a hike up to it on Wednesday while I stayed home and worked. Huxley was bummed that I wasn’t along for the trek, until they got to the tree and found that “faeries” had left “magic” icicles for them to enjoy! That perked him up straight away! 

9 Responses to What I’m Digging

  • Maria says:

    I have a bit of a Lorde crush, too! But, what was the deal with the black fingers? It looked like she had really bad frost bite :-)

  • I love me some Flat Rock Village Bakery- I believe they are affiliated. good stuff. best peanut butter cookie I ever ate.

  • aimee says:

    He is adorable, and that crunchy snow underfoot.
    I read Joys home made vicks tutorial and thought i’d have to make some ready for our winter.
    My hubby is coveting one of these .. one day!

  • Tawnya says:

    I love her, she is on my pandora. Yes, she is kooky, and I had not watched this, thanks.. sharing this! Yes, I always enjoy a lady that respects herself.

  • ieva says:

    Thank you for sharing your Verve article….I too, have recently read Sally Fallon’s Nourishing Traditions and am starting a life eating plan using her guidelines.

  • Jen says:

    i made that pot roast this week — it’s amazing!

  • Ann says:

    We do the whole foods eating here also. Love that my kids prefer real food and anything and known themselves enough to say ” boy I really want a salad”. The homemade Vicks is in my list to make. It even helps with the allergy stuff noses. Lorded I am digging also. I am so glad she was dressed . Stevie Nicks seven wonders has been in my head all week!!!!

  • Carl says:

    Hello Ashley. I am a new bee keeper – 10 hives and growing. Got your great book. Very informative. Want to start my own nucs next year but har to find good, easy to follow instructions. Any help would be greatly appreciated n

  • Robin says:

    Loved your article on following your heart when it comes to food. I tend to whole grain vegetarian organic fuel and yet still get constant pressure to do Paleo this or Gluten free that. And yet my body seems to do a lot less yo yoing then the extremists around me. Moderation anyone?