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  • I think the 48-hour flu I've been fighting has finally succumbed to my assault of grapefruit seed extract, osha root, propolis, elderberry syrup, Oscillococinum, apple cider vinegar, rose hips, hibiscus, ginger/lemon/honey/cayenne tea, and neti pot with goldenseal tincture. I don't take getting sick sitting down. And now, a winter storm, possibly. Bring it, I say. Happy weekending, friends!!!
  • This guy.
  • I've been waiting, for a book like this, to come into my life. Whoa. Picked this up a few weeks ago at @screendoorasheville as a New Year's gift to @glennbenglish. Just started reading it myself and it couldn't possibly be more of what I need to see, right now. Completely on point, wholly attuned to what I'm presently sensing and curious about and inspired by, and infinitely humbling.
  • Warm enough today to play soccer down in our lower field, do a bit of weeding in the garden, and push a nearly-too-big 4 year-old in his
  • New year, new moons, new calendars. Right on, right on.
  • @shelterprotectsyou has been posting images of the wedding she and @sheltercollective had here in September all week. They built this altar for the ceremony, and it's still here, just past the house, on the way to the chicken coop. We pass it every day. Some days, I casually note its beauty and the way it feels like an outdoor church here in our forested cove. Other days I barely register it as I scurry about, doing this and that around the property. Today, though, in the stark, grey, drizzly setting, it was quietly regal. Happy to have had her visuals prompt me to stop, look, and listen to this physical testament to love.
  • The chickens told me they much prefer the rain this week to last week's frigid weather, thank you very much. I couldn't agree more.
  • These potatoes @tableasheville changed my culinary life. They called them hash browns, but they were unlike any I'd had before. Par-baked perhaps, smashed into halves I'm guessing, and then roasted and maybe finished with a quick fry in the skillet and scattered with large sea salt granules? Whatever the method, the result was a creamy, yellow center and a crispy, salty exterior. Quite possibly the best hash browns I've ever had.
  • This caramelized cinnamon citrus
  • I went on a kid-free date today with @glennbenglish! And we talked about grown up things, without interruption from a 4 year-old (except for when Glenn was talking about something important and I interrupted to tell him a man had just walked by with two hooks for hands, because, hooks for hands)!! And we went to @tableasheville and it was completely delicious!!! So many !!!! Brunch date might just be my new favorite thing.
  • If you need me over the next few days, I'll be here. Cold weather coming, friends, bundle up out there!!!
  • Had such a great time chatting with Celine MacKay of @puregreenmag the other day. We discussed homesteading and writing and how I got to where I  am now and so very much more. Hop on over to @puregreenmag for the link to the interview, and if you aren't already doing so, follow them for gorgeous photos and tempting recipes and beyond!
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What I’m Digging

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Happy Friday, friends! As I type, the sky is becoming increasingly dark and ominous, with threats of ice and sleet in the forecast. It’s a good day for staying in, sipping coffee (the adults) and hot tea (the tiny Englishman), making a pear gingersnap crisp (photos to come), working on manuscript edits, and otherwise remaining safe from the ravages of the day.

Yesterday, we 3 Englishes got hair cuts from the photographer-by-day, hair-cutting-goddess-by-request Meg. We all needed some sprucing up (I joke, sort of, that we tend to go a bit ‘feral’ out here), and nothing beats hanging out in your friend’s living room and chatting as they cut your hair and keep you laughing.

I’ve got a Small Measures post up today on Design Sponge. I’m sharing recipes for several homemade cleaning products, including an olive oil-based furniture polish and an insanely easy, and cheap, abrasive cleaner (think Soft Scrub au natural).

Also, National Pie Day happened this Wednesday (yes, there is such a thing, thankfully!). You can read my thoughts on all things pie and get hold of the recipe for my Mushroom & Chèvre Galette here.

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

*Homemade flavored butters are where it’s at.
*My friend Debra is amazingly connected to her honeybees.
*Can’t stop listening to this.
*Or this.
*Karen’s DIY Tooth Polish
*Shetland ponies in Shetland sweaters!
*Our buddy Dave is opening an all-local pizza joint.
*Just discovered the books of Pip & Posy; we’re all seriously smitten, Huxley especially.
*Got a sneak peek at this book, photographed by my girl Jen, styled by my man Chris, and illustrated by my homeslice Kristina. Looks great.
*My newest blog crush.

If the weather doesn’t cloak us in ice, I’m planning to take this Fermented Beverages class at Small Terrain tomorrow. There’s also talk of a bit of quality time with my mom and grandmother on Sunday, as well as a little chat with my buddy Ian (we have a very fun idea up our sleeves!).

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

I always post a photo of Huxley here on Friday, because, truly, he’s what his Papa and I dig the most! 

 

4 Responses to What I’m Digging

  • Adrienne says:

    I look forward to this list, always great stuff! I now have two more great blogs to scroll through and coloring pages from Pip and Posy.
    Thank you for the tips!
    Oh- and thank you for your lovely books. I gave Pies to my sister for her birthday in november, so beautiful, and I have Canning/Preserving for myself after a summer of tons of garden veg and nothing to do with it! This summer I will be prepared.

  • Melanie J. says:

    What a ragamuffin! All he needs is a hobo satchel tied to a stick ;)
    Your timing is unintentionally terrific, as usual…I was looking for an earth-friendly furniture polish, now that we’re being so diligent about actually keeping the new place clean. That class looks wonderful too! If I didn’t have family in town again….alas, I’m at least glad that Small Terrain is offering stuff like that. I look forward to catching a class soon! Have a great weekend, Ash!

  • Mari says:

    The abrasive scrub is fantastic! I made a batch and have since been scrubbing like there’s no tomorrow, just for the sheer delight of seeing surfaces get sparkly (and of smelling the peppermint of the castile soap)… Thanks a lot!

  • tamera says:

    Oh my goodness! Thank you for the link! I’ve been loving the natural cleaner series over at Design Sponge!