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  • Local friends-whatever your plans are for this evening, change them! Come join me instead at @rhubarbavl for their
  • Great burger and transcendent frites with a charred onion aioli at @kingjamesavl. Great vibe and an exceptional waitstaff, which deftly caught that Huxley was nearing meltdown mode, and saved the day with a lightening fast, perfect grilled cheese. Wonderful seeing Steven Goff and @samlg87!
  • Livin' in an Appalachian paradise. ??(view of Mt. Pisgah, from the top of our road).
  • The finale at last night's Sunday Supper @rhubarbavl was this Chocolate Coffee Tart with Vanilla Orange Marmalade from my book
  • What a surreal experience last night @rhubarbavl, being served your own recipes! Shown here: Chimichurri Deviled Eggs (
  • So much delicious decadence on display yesterday afternoon at my 7th Annual Ladies Cookie Exchange. Thanks to all you lovelies (and your littles!) that made it out! Such a wonderful community of women I'm surrounded by. We three Englishes won't have to bake any more this holiday season! *That's your girl waiting patiently for the sugar frenzy to begin, @littlecoffeebeans !
  • Put this down as a night to remember. Immeasurable gratitude to @rhubarbavl for hosting recipes from all 7 of my books at tonight's Sunday Supper. @glennbenglish couldn't have been more thrilled. Our favorite restaurant in Asheville now feels even more like our dining room away from home.
  • Asheville and vicinity friends, I want to let you in on a secret. @oldworldlevain is a baked goods goddess, a fascinating woman (she bakes AND teaches tango lessons!), and simply a lovely human being. This medley of deliciousness is a mere sampling of the tastiness she had on offer today at her pop-up inside of Wood & Spoon in west Asheville. You can order regularly from her though, and you should. Her goods are creative, imminently flavorful, and clearly lovingly made. Obviously, I am smitten.
  • All kinds of magic percolating up in here.
  • Last night this sweet, tiny elf wanted me to pick him up, and then asked
  • Only a few seats remain for the Sunday Supper @rhubarbavl on the 14th featuring recipes from all 7 of my books. The large dining room is nearly sold out, woohoo!!! Call 828/785-1503 to reserve a spot before they're all gone. I'd love to see you there!
  • So you see, love, actually, is all around us. A pleasant discovery whilst stoking this morning's fire. Happy Friday, friends!
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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