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  • Good people, it is 73 degrees today! I've opened almost all of the windows in the house and am spotting daffodils triumphantly ready to unfurl all over the knob our house sits on. @glennbenglish served this reuben with @chopshopbutchers pork pastrami, homemade Russian dressing, Swiss cheese, and sauerkraut for lunch as a strong breeze swept thru the house and shook things up. YESSSSSS!
  • 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!
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What I’m Digging

Happy Friday, friends! We were a house under siege this week, chez English. Some sort of weird and sudden stomach bug hit us hard Wednesday evening. Yesterday saw lots of moaning, groaning, belly-holding, and general lying about in bed, waiting for the discomfort to end. Today is much better, thanks to peppermint tea, Oscillococinum, Reed’s ginger brew and good old Alka-Seltzer. These rough tummy romps make me so thankful for all of the other days that are without stomach assault. 
Here’s a smattering of this’s and that’s that piqued my interest this week:
 *I would really love to make it to the Heritage Harvest Festival this September (bonus: Joel Salatin!). 
*These winter salads all look divine.
*This essay on How We Eat is eye-opening, and inspiring.
*Meg Paska, who is profiled in Keeping Bees, is in this gorgeous video.
*Yes to more cottage industry foods!
*Make your own kombucha scoby.
*The Debutante Hunters stirred all kinds of emotions in me (thanks to Angela for clueing me in!).
*Every cookie I’ve baked from this book has turned out wonderful.
*Huxley has been requesting this song on repeat all week.
*Asheville finally has its own downtown food truck lot, including Suzi’s incredible eats!
We’re off on Sunday to the Organic Grower’s School. Hubs and I plan to tag-team minding the tiny Englishman while each other attends classes. I’m going to Advanced Beekeeping and Preserving your Harvest with Lacto-Fermentation while he’ll be checking out Real Life Forest Gardening & Farming and Effortless Edibles in the Landscape. SO excited!
Wherever you go this weekend, whatever you do, whomever you do it with, may it be grand!

6 Responses to What I’m Digging

  • SouthernGirl says:

    I used the same tutorial for making your own kombucha scoby and IT WORKED! I couldn't believe it. I'm now on my second batch of homemade kombucha and am loving it!

  • Anonymous says:

    I really appreciate that you linked the book to Indiebound and not Amazon! :)

  • Dixie says:

    Once again, great links. Thank you for sharing! My husband and I will be hearing Joel Salatin speak in April and then again at the Mother Earth News Fair in Pennsylvania in September. Can' t wait.

  • Alison says:

    If you get to the festival at Monticello, seek out Tom Burford. He is a national treasure when it comes to apples–anyone who loves hard cider needs to know him. He's a lovely man and a wealth of information especially about heirloom varieties and southern apples. Personality-wise he's the polar opposite of Salatin (Burford is quiet and humble) so he'd be easy to miss.

  • Apseed says:

    I like your posts, it's so inspiring!

  • Marlo says:

    Oh, I am so excited about the Heritage Harvest Festival. I'm already planning a trip down to C-Ville. Can't wait!