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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! 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!