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  • This tuna-mack (mackerel!) casserole puts a divine spin on the tired old classic. It took every ounce of willpower not to go back for thirds! It was egg noodles cooked with tuna and mackerel in a white sauce with eggs from our hens, flavored with tarragon, black pepper, cornichons, then mixed with bread crumbs and aged cheddar, and topped with both as well. Before it was served, it was topped with kalamata olives, capers, sour pickles, and cilantro. So good!
  • Sometimes being Huxley's mom means dressing up as Wonder Woman (to his tiny Batman) while feeding the wood stove, locking up the chickens, and helping @glennbenglish make dinner. Because, #mom.
  • I'll admit that it's pretty, but we three Englishes (and our feathered friends!) are SO very ready to be done with snow and frost and chill.
  • It's always a good day when @joythebaker stops by. Thanks for sharing food stories, sipping tea, strolling the property, and playing with our Wild child. Safe travels on your southern road trip, and beyond!!!
  • Was weeding the patio and looked up to find this little gnome picking daffodils.
  • Follow the red brick road? Indeed I did.
  • The best part of @fernworks and @killaspro traveling to Southeast Asia in January? The Thai food cooking kick they've been on since their return. Still thinking about these crazy delicious wings @fernworks made last night (using the recipe from @pokpokpdx). Thanks for having us over, buddies!
  • Back at home but missing this sight, from #selbygardens.
  • Family, gardens, and sea creatures are what characterized our time in Florida. I could stare at these exquisite jellyfish all day.
  • Nothing could be finer than to be back in North Carolina. Missed these mountains something fierce!
  • A late winter trip to Florida was exactly what we three Englishes needed, but we are glad to be headed back home to greet the spring in the magical mountains of western North Carolina.
  • Something wicked this way comes. At the Magic Kingdom. First time here as a parent. At Huxley's request, went on the Haunted Mansion ride first. Let the good times roll!
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What I’m Digging

Happy Friday, friends! Today in the cove, the sun is a little bit brighter, the sky is a little bit bluer, the coffee tastes a little bit stronger, and the wool sweater I’m wearing feels a wee bit warmer. What accounts for all this heightened sensory stimulation is a little thing called turning in my book manuscript. That’s right. I hunkered down, come household-wide stomach flu, a family death, a crapped-out computer, a feverish baby, and a house full of friends and family last week, and took care of business. I even managed to turn it in two days early! Woo hoo!!!

Sending out all those Word document attachments (19 of them-whew!) to my stellar editor at Roost yesterday afternoon felt like gazing out over a mountain top. HUGE rivers of gratitude to that sweet, compassionate, got-my-back-after-only-meeting-me-once woman that is Amanda Soule for hooking me up with Jennifer Urban-Brown, who has made this process a gift in and of itself. With Glenn’s tireless help (that man deserves a plaque, a ribbon, a trophy, AND a marching band), the book left my laptop and sailed its way through the wiley wireless web and into Jenn’s computer. YES!

Of course, there’s plenty more to be done. Copyediting, and revisions, and more photography, but the big belly of the beast has been safely slain (or, rubbed into submission, is probably closer to the truth!). Aaaaaaah. Feels good, friends! Feels really, really good.

Here’s a smattering of this’s and that’s that caught my attention this week:

*The importance of urban farming.

*DIY vanilla, peppermint, and almond extracts.

*Great list of independent artists & designers for holiday shopping.

*No such thing as too much cornbread.

*I have two of these, but I could use more.

*Locals-great winter classes coming up at Small Terrain and Dry Goods Shop!

*These side-of-the-cup cookie cutters are sheer genius.

*Chocolate-covered coconut snowballs.

*Given the massive swath of forest he lives in, I think Huxley needs this.

*Kelli’s blog is full of something for everyone.

I’m hosting my 5th annual Ladies Cookie Exchange this weekend. The fun twist this time is two-fold: we’ll be having it at the home of my rock-star friend and Handmade Gatherings photographer, Jen Altman (she’s got a much bigger home than I do, and it’s nice to change up the photo backgrounds from time-to-time); and, this event is actually going to be included in the book! So, there’ll be lots of lovely ladies, and libations, and things to nibble on, and music (Jen is always, always, always playing music in her house and I, in turn, am always learning of some new amazing band-cool by proxy, I’ll take it!), and crafts, and shared decorations, and all kinds of seasonal goodness. Let the holiday rumpus begin!

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

 

6 Responses to What I’m Digging

  • Melanie J. says:

    Congratulations on the manuscript! I know that feeling on a smaller scale, and look forward to when I can turn in my own complete manuscript someday. Have a wonderful weekend; you’ve certainly earned it! :)

  • LOVE the inspiration on Kelli’s website as to what she’s doing in her community. Holla!

  • Kelli says:

    Congrats to you on the manuscript! What an incredible feeling. Thanks for sharing my blog and for the urban farming article. Urban agriculture is quite prominent here in Chicago (and my grad research focus). It’s so inspiring to see that folks are feeding entire communities with a wee bit of land!

  • jen says:

    Congrats on finishing such a huge project! I am testing two recipes today to bring to your cookie exchange. Can’t wait to see what others bring, though I am sure my waistline will insist on moderation. :)

  • Tracey says:

    Ashley,
    I just wanted to let you know I ordered a copy of A Year of Pies to give to my Mother in-law, I have since sat down with a cup of coffee and flipped through the pages and now will be ordering copies for all the girls on my gift giving list along with one for myself. I have been baking for many years and also collecting cookbooks since I was about 7, yours is wonderful and one I will use often. Thank you and have a great weekend.

  • Congrats on getting the manuscript turned in!