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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! What are you doing this weekend? Hubs and I are going on our third date (!!!) since becoming parents. My mom is coming over later this afternoon to play with Huxley while we get all fancied up and head over to a complimentary media-only Ocktoberfest tasting menu dinner at the Red Stag Grill. I’m so excited. Expect a full recount of the event early next week.

In other news, here’s a smattering of this’s and that’s that caught my attention this week:

*This place is pure magic (via Amy).
*Loving ‘the xx.’
*Been tucking into Luisa’s new book every night. SO good.
*N.C. residents, here’s help for ravaged squashes and pumpkins (Sigh. I really, really love pumpkins and want to be able to grow them naturally).
*10 multipurpose ingredients for a homemade household.
*Infused basil oil.
*Sowing the chicken salad bar.
*Super excited about Cloud Atlas (the Wachowski’s are back!).
*Just discovered The Lumineers (thanks to Amanda).
*Sweet Paul shares my love of plaid.

Need some more pie inspiration? Check out my tips for Blue Ribbon pies, plus recipes, over at my pie blog on Mrs. Wages.

Also, my English Lessons post for Verve is up this month. I’m chatting about how the places we live inform the people we become.

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

8 Responses to What I’m Digging

  • Lisa Coffee says:

    Hmm, squash bugs. No bueno! Here in CO, we grew about 30 butternuts this year but next summer will be our first growing season up in those NC hills. I suspect we best spend our winter reading about pests and doing research with our friends at Arbico Organics so we can come out ahead. We’ll be gaining two months on our growing season, but also a whole new world of bugs.

  • EcoGrrl says:

    I *love* the Lumineers! Heard that song a while back and couldn’t get enough- great album as well! (did I say album…? haha) happy weekend!

  • Heather W. says:

    I didn’t even make it through the entire list before I had to stop and comment. Thank you for the info on the squash vine borers. I can’t tell you how many plants we’ve lost the past couple of years to these troublemakers. I have been so disappointed by our shabby squash and zucchini harvests, so it is nice to know there is hope!

    Now, on to finish the list. (Love your Friday list!)

  • I just read your post on Verve and it hit so close to home. My best friend and I were just looking through old photos and talking the other night about how different we are now, settled in as mothers and work-from-home artists in the rural outskirts of the city than those days in our 20′s of needing to live and be social in the center of everything every day. And while I barely recognize that person I was, it was important to becoming who I am today – and I wouldn’t trade either one! Loved your post! Have a fabulous weekend!

  • Melanie J. says:

    Thank you Amanda and Ashley! Digging the Lumineers :)

  • Christy says:

    Just ordered “Keeping Chickens.” Very excited! We are in the process of building our coop!

  • Ick, as a new gardener, I just gave up on squash this year and ripped all of my plants out. No fun. But pumpkin, mmmm…I’d fight for some pumpkin. = )

  • Gloria says:

    Ah…..The Lumineers. My new favorite band, Big Parade is such a good song. You might like a band called Of Monsters and Men.