• 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 (
  • 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
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What I’m Digging

Happy Friday, friends! We’ve started transitioning the garden to fall plantings this week, harvesting potatoes, spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers (oh, the never-ending flow of cucumbers!), peppers, and more and putting in broccoli, cabbage, and collards. The winter squashes all have small fruits on them and the pumpkins are full of blooms.

Historically, I’ve had challenges fighting cabbage worms on my brassicas and squash vine borers on my squashes. I’m giving them some Bt and am considering picking up some floating row cover for the brassicas. If any of you fine, garden-seasoned readers have tips for combating these sneaky, sneaky garden pests, I’d love to hear about them! I surrounded the collards and broccoli with chives, too, and there are marigolds near both plantings, as I’ve heard they’re both good deterrents to these interloping munchers.

Otherwise, here’s a smattering of this’s and that’s that caught my attention this week:

*Shipping containers make for great portable hotels.
*DIY leaf print shirts for the littles.
*Remembering the importance of beauty in design.
*This Provence wedding is SO beautiful!
*Peach shortcake.
*Honey really does do it all.
*Loving this (new to me) blog (her forthcoming book, Making An Impression, looks amazing!).
*Tips for fall & winter garden planning.
*Oh, off-grid cabin on an island on the Maine coast, someday, I’ll have a place like you (to be nearer to my girl, Amanda!).
*Loving Bookhou’s wares and blog and magazine, oh my!

Any readers living in the Hendersonville area, I’ll be making my way to your stomping grounds tomorrow. From 9:30-11:30, you can catch me doing a water bath canning demonstration at the Henderson County Tailgate Market.

Later in the day, we 3 Englishes will be making our way out to Barbara Swell‘s place, for her annual pie contest. I still haven’t decided which of my pies I’ll be entering in the competition, but I’m a crust judge. I’ve never entered a food contest, nor served as judge for one, so I’m super pumped. Plus, PIE!!!

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

*That jam-smeared face of pure joy comes courtesy of the jar of Blackberry Rose Jam gifted to us by Jen. If you have access to blackberries and would like to be similarly full of berry bliss (only perhaps less messy, maybe?), check out her Summer Jams post, turn on your stove, and make yourself a batch.

8 Responses to What I’m Digging

  • Elisabeth says:

    great list of links! I love the Bookhou zip bags. thanks for posting.

  • Aly says:

    Bummed that I am going to miss the demo at the market tomorrow! I am trying my hand at canning, for the FIRST time, today. We are headed to Skytop Orchard for our annual apple picking tradition. I’ll be in your neck of the woods, which is why I’m disappointed to miss out. Can’t believe it is time for autumn already; cheers to pumpkins. Love your blog.

  • Maria says:

    I LOVE honey! It’s the first thing I think of for wound healing. In fact, I’m using it right now for a wound my cat has at the base of her tail. It’s healing great, with no signs of infection!

  • Dixie J says:

    Food grade DE (diamateous earth) sprinkled on the cabbage will take care of those worms. There is a type that is used in swimming pool filters so make sure you get the food grade. We also give it to the chickens, pigs, cows and horses for worming and it gets rid of mites too.

  • David Jones says:

    The key with the floating row cover is to have the row built and in place prior to planting. See if there are straight forward alternate controls you can put in place (sacrificial crops, et al) at this same time or slightly before you plant your coles. The challenge with row covers is more int the handling and planning than anything. Overuse of BT in some areas have lead to BT resistant pests so it is best combined with many other things.

    Just my $0.02

  • jen says:

    we have some friends going to that pie contest tomorrow (Jack & Theta of Jack’s Nut Butters), sounds divine! Maybe next year for us. :)

  • Katie says:

    I wish I could say that I found something that really works when it comes to getting rid of cabbage worms, but I can’t. I’ve tried everything. I didn’t like using row covers. It was a pain trying to foliar feed the plants. I was surprised to open up the curtains one morning and see a flock of house finches eating the worms and picking the eggs off of our broccoli. Also, wasps eat cabbage worms. After seeing that, I let the birds have a couple of nests around the house and I don’t knock down wasp nests.
    I just go out every morning and squish worms, as best I could; then soak the broccoli in salt water.

    As far as squash bugs, I try and plant early. When I see the bugs, I pull the plants and throw them away and replant seeds in another garden.

  • Is this a possible application for guineas? I understand they forage for insects and generally leave foliage alone. I’ve also heard these yard sentinels can be a bit loud, a good choice for more rural than urban farms.