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QUENCH

 

HANDMADE GATHERINGS

 

A YEAR OF PIES!

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: HOME DAIRY

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING BEES

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: CANNING & PRESERVING

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING CHICKENS


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  • 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
  • Only a few seats remain for the Sunday Supper @rhubarbavl on the 14th featuring recipes from all 7 of my books. The large dining room is nearly sold out, woohoo!!! Call 828/785-1503 to reserve a spot before they're all gone. I'd love to see you there!
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Happy Friday, friends! Historically, Huxley has always been a late sleeper (I know, I know, poor me!). During our trip this past weekend, though, either the full moon shining in our room, or travel excitement, or, well, I don’t know what, but something had him waking up around 6-6:30 a.m. every day. Now that we’re home, I’ve found that it’s me that’s the early riser. I’ve always been a morning person, rolling right out of bed shiny-eyed, happy, and raring to go (again, poor me), but this new wake-up time is better than ever. I kiss my little guy’s head, quietly climb out of bed, put the kettle on for coffee, get myself a bowl of yogurt and honey, and settle in at the laptop before I hear the inevitable pitter patter of little feet getting out of the bed and running in to mama.

In other news, here’s a smattering of this’s and that’s that intrigued and inspired me this week:

*It’s the season of leaf printing.
*Synesthetic Decorating is absolutely fascinating!
*This cat has his priorities right.
*Honeycomb pumpkins.
*Had a hazelnut gelato ice cream sandwich here that, on it’s own, made the trip totally worth it.
*Make 5 simple soaps.
*An apple a day really works!
*Met Gustav in Brooklyn; great guy, gorgeous jewelry.
*Corks as fire starters-who knew?
*A new book, and a special cake (fig & polenta, oh yes!).

We’re off in just over an hour to Sky Top, my beloved orchard. I’m hosting another event for the new book, Handmade Gatherings. Apples. Babies. Cider. Hay rides. Mountain vistas. Goats. Donuts. So. Much. Goodness!

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

*I confess to dressing my “pumpkin” to match the patch, because that’s just how I do, ya’ll.

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