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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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What I’m Digging

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Happy Friday, friends! Hope all is well in your worlds today. We’re on the mend, it appears, after a short bought of stomach flu for the little guy. He seems just fine and dandy today, though, thankfully.

I’ve got a Small Measures post up on Design Sponge today. I’m chatting about making colored twine for decorating packages. Why would you DIY your twine, instead of purchasing it in a store or online? For several reasons-you can create a vast range of colors and color combinations at home that would cost a mint to buy, and crafting your own creates a personalized effect with character that you’d never be able to make with mechanically-created colored twine.

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

*Sarah’s wreaths are serious knockouts.
*Locals-home milk delivery, in glass bottles to boot!
*Nicole’s genius winter pie idea-Kabocha squash.
*Real life hobbit houses.
*YES magazine is fantastic this month (and every month, really).
*Wouldn’t it be fun to make honeycomb-patterned biscuits or cookies?

*This permaculture design course in Belize looks incredible (and it’s run by an old friend of Glenn’s!).

I’m looking forward to a potluck and garland-making get-together at my friend Jess‘s house tomorrow afternoon (and she’s got a hot tub, to boot!). After that, we’re headed to my Mom’s place, for an overnight trip to Grandma’s (or “Gigi’s”, in our case), complete with a cookie-baking session slated for Sunday morning.

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, because, truly, he’s what his Papa and I dig the most. He’s sitting in front of our wood stove’s hearth gate here. This post  from last December goes into a bit more detail about the gate. It’s worked like a charm since Glenn made it, and keeps this Mama from having extreme heart palpitations every time Huxley plays near the stove.

5 Responses to What I’m Digging

  • Katie says:

    I look forward to your Friday posts. So many new links to explore and they’re all always wonderful finds to add to my reading list. And your little guy is growing like a weed!

  • Nicole says:

    Your weekends sounds like the perfect holiday weekend :) Huxley looks cute in his thermals and I love the colored twine idea. SO creative. Thanks for the link love!

  • jen says:

    LOVE that you’ve linked to Farm to Home milk! What a great service, reminds me of being a kid – we got milk in glass bottles delivered to our door. Even better, it was raw milk (yum!). I’ll have to try out their service.

    The charlie brown christmas trees are so sweet. Simplicity is beautiful! But if you’re going to go all out – wow, those wreaths!!

    Happy Friday!

  • Melanie J. says:

    Farm to Home delivers to 28787!!! Girl, you just made my day!

  • Heidi says:

    I love MapleView milk although I am surprised they are going to deliver to Asheville area. Not really all that local. If you are ever in Chapel Hill, an ice cream cone at their store on the farm is a must! My favorite flavors are tarheel crunch and teaberry. It really makes me wonder how far my milk travels. Hmmmm. I’m really wanting that milk cow :).