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  • Clowning around. || Huxley tried out Tiny Tots Circus Playtime at Toy Boat Art Collective today and really enjoyed it!
  • Chatting about existentialism, and contradicting ourselves, and winter over on small measure today. || Into the woods behind our house.
  • Players gonna play. Huxley and his buddy Bay, doing their little guy thing today at the perennially lovely @thencarboretum.
  • The garden got blanketed with what I'm hoping was winter's last gasp this past week. I'm ready for those snow-covered strawberry beds in the foreground to start putting out juicy fruits, for Huxley to dig in his sandbox again, for cocktails at sunset on the pergola, and for conversing with soil and seeds once more. Spring is coming. Really started to feel it this weekend.
  • Scotch eggs of supreme deliciousness can be had on the regular at @kingjamesavl. @glennbenglish and I savored these beauties today alongside dirty rice fritters, gumbo with poutine, and @sunbursttrout smoked trout dip, all wonderful. There was also a pint of Appalachian Brewery porter that I have to have more of. Oh, and old school White Stripes on rotation. Great food, great atmosphere.
  • Confession: until last night, I had never had honest to goodness snow cream. @glennbenglish whipped up a tasty batch with vanilla and nutmeg, and we enjoyed it alongside @oldworldlevain's heavenly frangipane tartlettes with fresh cranberries, orange peel, and cinnamon. Snow-pretty AND tasty.
  • Scattered, smothered, and covered. Snowy day in the cove!
  • We three Englishes do so very much love snow. Forecast to receive between 3-6 inches tonight! @glennbenglish captured Huxley and I taking in the view on his way back to the house after locking up the chickens.
  • Woke up to overnight snowfall, always a treat. Then heard from my neighbor Lynn, a licensed massage & bodywork therapist, that the snow was preventing her from getting in to her clients in town and, as a result, she had an opening in her schedule and could give me a massage. Whenever she travels, I pet-sit her cat Sophie, and in exchange she trades me a massage. Not only is she a seriously stellar masseuse, she also is an aromatherapist, a Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner (a kind of Japanese acupressure technique), and is certified in neuromuscular therapy. So when I get a massage from her, I receive this healing trifecta involving scent, body, and spirit. Plus, in all honesty, I feel like this woman is actually imbuing my body with love when she works on me. I left her house feeling light and bright, and nourished. She has offices in Asheville and Johnson City, TN (the home massages are reserved for family and neighbors!). If you're looking for a rich, wonderful, deeply healing massage, please consider Lynn. You can find her information at www.lynnbernatsky.com. || I passed our bamboo grove and its tiny creek on my walk over to Lynn and Steve's; it somehow spoke to me of good things in store.
  • Woke up to this view. Some kind of wonderful!
  • Spotted Quench in the wild today.Always a thrill to see my books out in the big world, and rubbing elbows with friends @thejoyofcooking, no less!
  • Good day to be in western NC. View of Mt.  Pisgah from the top of our road.
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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.