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  • A winter's day, in a deep and dark December. Enjoyed a walk down our driveway earlier to gather holiday cards and gifts from the mail with my little fella. Happy almost solstice, friends.
  • 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!
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What I’m Digging

Hi friends! Happy Friday!

I’m experimenting with a new weekly feature here on small measure. All week long, a good chunk of my work time is spent online, reading blogs, discovering new websites, and getting inspired by images found there. I thought it might be fun to gather up some of my findings and corral them into a weekly round-up here, entitled “What I’m Digging.”

Here’s what left me hungry, contemplative, motivated and excited this week!:
*Peanut Butter & homemade muesli cookies on Elaine’s blog
*This solstice book
*Photos of her train trip to the Scottish Highlands on Hannah’s blog  (I did this exact same ride in August ’06; proof can be found here)
*Enjoying this New Belgium Snow Day Winter Ale
*Fresh figs & caramelized onions! Garden Betty’s pizza
*This should go in my crock! Homemade sauerkraut
*These mushroom ornaments need to be on our holiday tree
*A great piece on some of the challenges facing young farmers
*Sorghum caramels!!!
*These children’s booties (thanks to Amanda for the link!) would keep our little dude warm

Also, as of 11-11-11 (thanks ever-so-easy-to-remember date, buddy!), Huxley is now walking. And, although he looks like a zombie while doing so (with his tiny arms outstretched for balance), and although there are many spills and falls en route, he’s doing a great job. And he’s keeping me busier than ever!

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

8 Responses to What I’m Digging

  • Michele says:

    Yay for walking!!!!!

    I'm so proud. (smile)

  • Grace says:

    Thanks a lot, Ashley. I went to look at that Winter Solstice book and ended up doing a big retail therapy shop! Lol. I needed it after my day at work today. Also, I got the book used for 38 cents. How could I say no to that?

    I suspect Santa is bringing me a crock, so I will get my sauerkraut on after the holidays.

    Go Huxley! Mom and Dad are in trouble now!

  • Kate says:

    Snow Day is SOOOOOOOO GOOD!!!!

  • EcoGrrl says:

    love the suggestions – and this time last year i too was on a train ride to the scottish highlands – during the storm of the century with 3' of snow covering everything – trippy to see it snow-free :)

  • Bee Girl says:

    Congrats on the first steps, Huxley (and Momma)!!! My daughter started walking on Christmas day (1995), so I love easy-to-remember dates, as well :-)

  • amanda says:

    those swedish moccasins really are the best! need to get some more for my girl who insists on pulling off her socks ;-)

  • elisa says:

    oh yes, now it will be very busy!! such a delight. my first started walking in the middle of a wedding reception, perfect for the greatest amount of attention! x

  • Thanks for the links – those cookies look great! Just the thing for a quiet evening at home.