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  • Really loving the @hellolaurelhill moon cuff that @glennbenglish got me for Xmas from @studiosheltercollective!
  • Perfect Christmas Eve dinner at home: NC coast wild shrimp stuffed with @sunbursttrout and Maytag blue cheese, and creamed spinach & white wine, followed by a nightcap of eggnog with Elijah Craig bourbon. I am stuffed and happy and ready to bring Santa to life under the tree. Happiest of holidays to you, friends.
  • You guys! It's Christmas Eve AND I just posted my first ever video collaboration with @jenathan and @rorris to small measure! So excited! Come make wassail with me, won't you? Pop over to smallmeasure.com and we'll do it together (you can also use the link in my profile). Happy holidays! *Thanks to @rorris for the screen grab shown above, where, yes, I am most definitely throwing the gang sign for
  • For the solstice, @daniel.rattigan of @frenchbroadchocolates gifted us a beautiful loaf of challah that he baked, which we used for this bacon bread pudding, from our recipe in the mag-book, Bacon, from Hobby Farms. This is a perfect recipe for the holidays!
  • When your father (@glennbenglish) and grandfather have beards, Santa and his white-bearded self bring nothing but grins and cuddles. Huxley is totally down with the man in the red suit (and jingle bell feet!).
  • Attended a love and light-filled Solstice potluck gathering this evening at the home of our dear friends Katherine and Andy. So grateful for the fellowship and community this place offers. As those of us in the northern hemisphere shift into winter, and a return to light-filled days, sincerest wishes from our home to yours for health, happiness, and abundance in the months and new year ahead.
  • 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 (
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What I’m Digging

Happy Friday, friends!

This may come as nothing new to many of you, but it dawned on me yesterday that I’d be much more likely to tend to my garden like a proper organic gardener if I worked on it first thing in the morning, instead of in the early evening, like I’ve been doing. I am so, so, so not a fan of the hottest, most humid days of summer and have been waiting for the sun’s penetrating rays to move across the sky before heading out to work the garden. The thing is, it’s still pretty warm at that time, so, I’ve been toiling the soil but feeling pretty miserable all the while.

Well, enough of all that! Yesterday, after the cats were fed and the coffee was made, Hubs, Huxley and I grabbed fresh chicken feed and our mugs of hot joe (and Huxley, his sippy cup) and made our way to the garden. We worked on tomato trellising and weeding while the tiny Englishman pushed his miniature toy lawnmower around (he’s obsessed with it!) and dug in his sandbox. It was magical. I have no clue why it took me so long to make this realization. So, moving forward, that’s my new m.o. in the garden. In fact, as soon as I’m done here, I’ll be grabbing my coffee, tucking into my gardening clogs, and hitting the soil, in my nightgown, no less!

Here’s a smattering of this’s and that’s that caught my attention this week:

*Enjoying Herriott Grace’s For the Love of Pie series!
*Jen opened a beautifully curated pop-up shop, Cisthene (speaking of Jen, check out her gorgeous new book, too).
*Summer refreshers: watermelon cooler and sparkling sweet tea.
*Loving the photos on this blog (via Local Is Lovely).
*Preserving edible flowers.
*Marisa breaks down sugar’s role in preserving.
*Inspiring images of homes in Denmark’s oldest eco village.
*Wonderful profiles of Rohan Anderson’s hunting and his food philosophies.
*How beautiful is this Tumblr (via Whole Larder Love)?
*J. Morgan Puett is a genius.
*Digging this N.C.-crafted brew.
*Our friend’s hot sauce is seriously awesome.

I’ve got a Small Measures post up today on Design Sponge. I’m chatting all things mustard, my beloved condiment of choice.

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

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