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  • 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.
  • Post meal, pre-hike to the frozen
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What I’m Digging

Happy Friday, friends! I’ve been busy, busy, busy all week, working on various freelance projects. Soon as they’re up and running, I’ll share them with you. So many balls in the air at one time! It’s good, though. I’m an ants-in-the-pants-gotta-keep-moving sort of gal, so staying busy suits me just fine.

Here’s a smattering of this’s and that’s that caught my eye this week:
*This new magazine for families is beautiful (via Gabrielle).
*Cake, cake, and mo’ cake (via Jen).
*DIY on NPR (via A.J.)
*Nettle foraging from two bloggers I love.
*Eco eggs (& eco grass, too)!  
*Oh, Ireland, you green temptress (via Summer)
*Food & music.
*Locals, an archery workshop!
*Love the styling, color palette and videos of this online magazine.
*Finally, cool ties for menfolk!

Also, I’ve got a post up on Design Sponge today, all about eating edible wild flowers. We’ve gone crazy eating from our yard this past week. SO fun!

 Hubs and I are tag-teaming viewing The Hunger Games today. He’s at the show now and I’ll catch a showing later today. Super pumped. Have you seen it? What’s your take on the adaptation to the big screen?

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


11 Responses to What I’m Digging

  • Oh my, Dark Rye could be a serious time sink for me. Thanks for sharing!

  • Dixie says:

    Once again, great links. Thank you.

  • Kristy Lynn says:

    Hey sister!

    i've awarded you the versatile blogger award! You can claim it from my blog (no pressure though)… XO!

  • amanda says:

    My hubby and I read the books together a few weeks ago and saw the movie on Sunday~ Obviously, a lot was left out…… gotta say, reading the books, I didn't feel too much like I was reading books for teenagers, but watching the movie, I definitely felt like I was watching a movie for teens. There just wasn't the depth of characters I had hoped for so it bordered on hokey quite often. Not terrible, though. Have fun!

  • mandi says:

    Those cakes! Trouble for sure! I am trying that lemon lavender cake tomorrow. I can hardly stand the wait!

  • Gorgeous use of violets on your cake…I've never eaten them before but imagine them as tasty and fragrant as lavender?

  • jen says:

    as for the hunger games, the comment i have heard from a lot of people is that the biggest missing factor is katniss's inner dialogue. that's so much of the book and it just can't come across in film. so it's more an action movie adaptation.

  • Molly says:

    To me, the movie is very much like the book, which (again, to me) was too sad, hopeless, and violent. Book(s) and movie were both entertaining but very disturbing with little to redeem them (besides, maybe, Peeta's character). I guess they are just not my taste–though they certainly seem to be for everyone else! Hope you enjoyed it.

  • Kim says:

    Hunger Games was an awesome book, movie was okay. Too many details were left out which was understandable. A few meaningful details changed. Not what I was hoping for. I could see this an a weekly TV series then the whole story could be told.

    I have ate a few violets!

  • Love all the links. Thanks! Brooke

  • ashley says:

    Kristy Lynn-Aww, shucks! That's so kind of you!!! Truly appreciated!!!