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What I’m Digging

Happy Friday, friends! Hubs, Huxley and I just walked back up to the house after some morning time out in the garden, sipping on coffee (o.j. for the tiny Englishman), noshing on Rhubarb, Vanilla Bean & Lemon Hazelnut Bread (a recipe I created yesterday for my new book), planting spinach, watering pea shoots and pumpkins, and feeding the caterpillars that were themselves feeding on the eggplant to the chickens.

Hey, speaking of rhubarb, pop on over to USA Weekend, if you’re so inclined, and check out my recipe for Lattice-Top Rhubarb, Lemon & Vanilla Pie (a combination I clearly love!).

I’m really loving these crisp late summer mornings, harbingers of the cooler autumn days on the horizon. Historically, I’ve never been a hot month-loving lady, even though I was myself a summer baby (July 11th). When I can roll out of bed, put on a flannel shirt, slide into some slippers, and not have to immediately turn on all the fans in the house, I’m a happy lady.

Here’s a smattering of this’s and that’s that caught my attention this week:
*11 foods you can stop buying & start making.
*Hank shares his recipe for elderberry wine.
*Georgia’s tips on getting started in hunting.
*Moss graffiti!
*Learning to eat like Julia Child.
*Must watch “Toast” (also, Peach Creme Fraiche Pancakes with Buttermilk Syrup-YES!!!).
*55 ways to use up tomatoes!
*Love this flower wall.
*Raw honey and all its uses.
*Soon as Huxley’s a bit older, we’re going here (I’ve LONG wanted to get to the Atlantic Provinces).

I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s Asheville Wine & Food Festival Grand Tasting event. If you’re attending, please do stop by my booth and say howdy.

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

 

7 Responses to What I’m Digging

  • Katie says:

    Your new bread recipe sounds divine! Can’t wait till the book comes out. Today I am making more fig jam using the recipe from your canning and preserving book. Yum!

  • Rhonda says:

    U will love the Atlantic Provinces..I was born and raised there..no longer live there but have alot of family spread throughout the Atlantic provinces…always in my heart.Presently i reside in Mexico and i feel the reminder of the maritimes(Atlantic Provinces) living in Mexico………so go and take it all in..I think u will love what its all about.

    In Artistic Solidarity;
    Rhonda

  • Apseed says:

    Adore your “digging” posts! Every friday is like a little holiday full of endless inspiration!
    Have a lovely weekend!

  • Rose says:

    Love your blog! Wanted to tell you I watched Toast a month ago and loved it!

  • Sherrie says:

    Ashley English! You must, must, must come and visit! I’m at the opposite end of NS, and it’s just as beautiful. There’s no place like it!

  • Lauren Roach says:

    Love, love, LOVE your blog Ashley! My husband is from Cape Breton and we are there now, soaking up the last few moments of summer with our wee lad right now. He’s 19 monthes and loves the ocean. If you’re ever so inclined, give me a shout; we spend a lot of time in the East and can certainly point you in the right direction!

  • Paula M says:

    Cape Breton is lovely but take some extra time to explore the province next door: Newfoundland and Labrador. I came here 10 years ago from Portugal to do my PhD and I’m still here (now with a local husband and a little baby boy). It is beautiful! If you come to St. John’s I’ll take you on a tour while discussing the challenges of gardening in this rugged and cold place.