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  • 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!
  • So you see, love, actually, is all around us. A pleasant discovery whilst stoking this morning's fire. Happy Friday, friends!
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What I’m Digging

Happy Friday, friends! My little guy is watching Emmett Otter’s Jug Band Christmas (he can’t get enough of those little river puppets, and dances around in happy circles when they sing “Barbecue”!), I’m sipping coffee laced with fresh nutmeg, the wood stove is exactly the right temperature, and the day promises to be a nice one. Great way to go into the weekend, I’d say!

I’ve got a Small Measures post up over on Design Sponge. This week I’m sharing my recipe for Homemade Irish Cream. If you become tipsy after making a batch, you’re welcome.

My English Lessons column for December is up on Verve, as well. I’m chatting about the lessons I learned one Christmas in my early teens about the satisfaction that can be gained from keeping the holidays simple.

Oh, and pssssssst!!! All five books I’ve written with Lark are currently 50%, as part of a huge craft book sale on Barnes & Noble!

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

*The time of hot mulled wine has arrived.
*Easy, seasonal, and adorable.
*20 edible gift ideas. YUM!
*Completely in love with Sunray and his world.
*Camille’s beautiful wreath-making party.
*Sticky cranberry gingerbread, oh yeah.
*Tomato cage holiday tree=total genius (via Simple Mom).
*Hoping to make one of these for solstice.
*Getting this for Huxley for winter (and eventually all of Sibylle’s books).

Mom and I are headed out to Charlotte this weekend with Huxley (Glenn will be holding down the fort in our absence, sweet man that he is). My brother, his wife, and their son moved into a new home there back in July and we’re excited to go check it out and let the cousins play (the boys are 3 1/2 months apart and love to go crazy together!).

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

*Each Friday, I post a photo of Huxley here, since, naturally, he’s what his Papa and I dig the most. 

8 Responses to What I’m Digging

  • Bonnie@WhatAboutPie says:

    Ok, I just love Emmet Otter’s Jug band Christmas! I remember watching that so long ago when I was a child. I guess it would have been like in the very early 80′s. I watched it on HBO. It’s so interesting how so many people I know have fond memories of that movie. My children have never seen it. I am going to have to make sure they watch it. By the way, awesome deal on your books!!! I love your books! I don’t have all of them, but maybe one day!

  • Melanie J. says:

    Emmet Otter! You made me melt once again…I can hear that special in the photo! I have half those songs on my iPod :) Also, love the sound of your Irish cream recipe, can’t wait to try it out! And thanks for the heads up on B&N…Home Dairy is on its way, my holiday pressie to me!
    P.S. We’re moving to Weaverville on Boxing Day! Hope to meet you at a class or something soon :)

  • jen says:

    i LOVE the wreath making party. This is the party solution to living in a neighborhood where I am surrounded by folks that don’t eat gluten or sugar. I’m stealing it for next year so look for your invitation. :)
    Are you going to make your Buche de Noel pine flavored? It looks gorgeous – though I feel Jon would be more impressed with finding a log that could burn for the 12 days of Christmas!
    i WISH i could make your recipe for Irish Cream. It sounds insanely good. Putting it on my list for next year (along with that cocktail you served at the cookie exchange that everyone raved about. Is that recipe in your new book?).
    Finally, i enjoyed your Verve article. I had a similar epiphany several years ago and started making or buying handcrafted gifts. They are the most fun for me to give others and I think truly embrace the holiday season.
    Have a great weekend in Charlotte!

  • Elaine says:

    I really love your “what I’m digging” such inspiration! I had to laugh when I saw that Sunray was from Washington (probably somewhere close to me) because that is just the way we roll here and I love it! His house reminds me of a place we came very close to moving into. Today I went out and put up three of those trees on my porch using my tomato cages! It just needed something else and i didn’t quite know what it was until I saw that! SO, Thanks for the inspiration:) Also, can’t wait to try your Irish Cream. I love Irish Cream, but you pretty much have to take out a loan nowadays to buy alcohol in our state since they the liquor stores became privately owned a few years ago, of course I’ll still have to buy the whiskey, but this looks like a good reason to splurge! Have a great weekend!!!

  • Kristy Adams says:

    Always look forward to your What I’m Digging posts. I’m always looking for grea childrens books and easy crafts. Thanks for the inspiration! Blessings

  • Lois says:

    What a sweet story about your friend and how you were introduced to a simpler Christmas.

  • Bette says:

    Your Irish Cream recipe is just great. I LOVE your blog.

  • Aimee @ Simple Bites says:

    Thanks so much for the shout out on my edible gifts! Packaging up more as I speak. =)