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  • YOU GUYS!!! Our friends @rattiganjael and @daniel.rattigan are rocking the chocolate food scene, yet again. They just moved their fantastic @frenchbroadchocolates to a new larger, even lovelier space, smack dab in the middle of downtown. We stopped in this evening for the soft opening, to see the space and sample offerings both familiar (coconut brownies that dreams are made of!) and new (ice cream! toffee! pretzel caramels!). There's even an entire separate boutique room called
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  • I adore holiday lights. I also really love @thencarboretum. It's no surprise then that I'm giddily looking forward to the
  • That'll do pig, that'll do.
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  • Brunch at Rhubarb-a good idea today, and always. Plancha roasted romaine with @lustymonk vinaigrette, @bentonsbacon, sunny side eggs, and fingerling potatoes. Not seen: a fried apple & cranberry hand pie that made my heart and belly happy. Huxley and @glennbenglish's, too.
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  • The pies @rorris, @jenathan and I helped baking goddess @bakerhands make today will be available for purchase tomorrow at the North Asheville Tailgate Market from 8-1 pm, along with tarts and bread. Trust me, you don't want to miss out. Set your alarm clocks now!
  • When @bakerhands put out a call two days ago asking for a few hours of baking help today, I pounced at the chance to spend some quality time with such a warm, wise lady. When I found out @rorris and @jenathan had offered the same thing, the deal became even sweeter. The four of us gathered at Smoke Signals Bakery in Marshall today to chat, chew, and chop. Three cheers for wonderful people, delicious food, and fostering community. Hip, hip, freaking HOORAY!!! What a stellar day. *I was in charge of apple pie filling prep today. Photo credit to @rorris for capturing my hella serious pie-making game face!!!
  • When your morning looks like this, you know you're off to a good start. Was introduced to the glorious donuts and conviviality at @holedoughnuts today. Mercy! Goodness abounds.
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  • This next pie is a pumpkin-meets-tiramisu hybrid, my
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What I’m Digging

Happy Friday, friends! We had an adventurous week this week. A photo crew from Country Woman magazine came out Wednesday evening and all day yesterday. I’ll be their cover woman in an upcoming issue, which is strange (I don’t think of myself as particularly ‘cover girl’ material), but also really kind of awesome, you know?!

I’ve got a Small Measures post up on Design Sponge today. I’m sharing my recipe for homemade Elderberry & Honey Syrup. It’s our go-to remedy for putting the kibosh on the flu, all season-long. Plus, it’s crazy easy to make and kiddos have no trouble taking their dose, owing to its honey-sweet deliciousness!

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

*Put those leaves to work.
*Homemade fried onion rings-YES!
*Spiced Pear Cardamom Butter.
*The Simple Things is my kind of magazine.
*Stuffed pumpkins-it’s what’s for dinner.
*A go-to chicken noodle soup recipe-with homemade broth!
*Imperfect preservation.
*The new wave of hunting books.
*This quiche looks perfect, seasonal, and easy!

Our dear friends Jen, Jon, and their toddler daughter, Awynn, are coming to visit this weekend. They’re the owners of the yome down in our lower field and will be keeping house down there all weekend-long, as they’re on fall break from the Atlanta-based schools they both teach at (they’re both art teachers at private schools, these creative souls). It’s always a good time when they come, complete with lots of chatting, laughing, baby-hugging, good food-eating, wine-drinking, and overall goodness.

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

  • John says:

    Congrats on the magazine cover!! Is there a career change to supermodel in your future? I would assume not, but it would be pretty funny to strut down the runway of a high falutin’ Paris fashion show holding some homemade preserves as a prop, or being the only supermodel to espouse the benefits of composting. That might be entertaining.

  • Melanie J. says:

    Bum link on The Simple Things, but it was easy enough to find, so you’re forgiven. Man, what great finds this week, thanks! Now can I come over and bury my face in Hux’s flannel? No? little creepy? k, I’ll stop :)

  • EcoGrrl says:

    Yup, the stuffed pumpkin link is up for The Simple Things…now you got me curious! Hells yeah for the pear butter – lovvvvvely!

  • oops! thanks for the head’s up. all fixed now!

  • Stacy says:

    Oh my word, love, you are totally covergirl material!! So happy for you! :) xo

  • Beth says:

    Congratulations on the cover shoot! And thanks for the links. That Pear Cardamom Butter sounds amazing. I can already imagine how delightful my house will smell when I make it!