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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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What I’m Digging

Happy Friday, friends! I hope that a little love shined into your life this week, whether you were the one doing the shining or someone else brought the light.

I had a very inspiring lunch yesterday (at new Asheville eatery WALK-sweet potato tots! So! Good!) with a friend planning to open a homesteading supply store in the area. I can’t begin to tell you how happy that makes me, as it can be challenging when I’m hoping to make cheese or needing to add supers to my beehives only to discover I’m short on cultures or that I can’t make the hour trip out to the nearest apiary supplier’s place. As she gets closer to opening her store, I’ll provide plenty of pertinent information.

 Here’s a round-up of informative, inspirational, and intriguing this’s and that’s I stumbled upon this week:
*Miranda’s blog if full of great projects for both the Bigs and Littles in your life.
*Two sisters, one in the country, the other in the city.
*This show looks right up my alley.
*Look at these canyon photos!
*The purples of winter.
*Marisa details why adjusting for altitude matters.
*I need this magazine.
*Red brussels sprouts! Who knew? (via Camille).
*Essential oils, everywhere!

It looks like it’s going to be a gorgeous day here. Huxley and I are headed out in an hour to play with a friend and her 14 month-old daughter in town. Friends and babies-YES!

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

10 Responses to What I’m Digging

  • betsy says:

    I can't wait to have a homestead supply shop in the area. That's a perfect idea!

    The Walk is just stone's throw from my studio and I have to agree, the sweet potato tots are delightful. The Super Mac and sauteed kale are also going on my regular lunch rotation.

  • Anna says:

    We have a great urban homesteading store here in St Paul, it is so nice to be able to get the things I need/love to admire very near by. I'm glad you'll have one nearby, too!

  • Dixie says:

    Your “What I'm Digging” posts are another reason to love Fridays! I always look forward to them. Thanks for sharing these great links. Going to have to try the red brussel sprouts!

  • Jessie says:

    I just know I'm going to waste (spend?) countless hours watching that web series – just like when I found The Perennial Plate! And I can't wait to try The Walk the next time I'm in town (which is never far off)!

  • Megan says:

    Great news about your friends homesteading store. I love the idea!

    I'm opening an Urban Farming pop-up shop this Spring which I'm pretty excited about. With profit margins of farm and garden stuff being so low and commercial leases being so insane here in NYC, we're sticking to seasonal pop-ups for now.

    Not to bomb your comments with self promotion, but here's the link to our facebook!

    Hayseed's Big City Farm Supply: https://www.facebook.com/HayseedsFarmSupply

  • Michele says:

    Little Huxley is looking SO GROWN these days.

    (smile)

  • El Gaucho says:

    Sweet potato tots?!?!? Well this just sounds fantastic, we might have to experiment with that this weekend.

  • How wonderful to have the homestead supply nearby! Also congratulations on the new project, Taproot.

  • I love these “what I'm Digging” posts–always some good nugget of info there! Thanks, Ashley!

  • Thanks for all of the fun links:) I went to visit the harvest kitchen sisters..how fun! ~ B