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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! Oh, the wind in this cove last night. THE. WIND! I honestly thought, what with all the creaking and shrieking and moving and shaking going on outside that we might have a tree come down. Or the roof blown off. Or the power go out. And yet, thankfully, none of those things happened. We did, though, get a tiny, whispery, taunting dust of snow. It’s the first real snow Huxley has ever seen. He seemed to dig it, yelling every time he saw a bit from one of the windows in the house “Snow Mama. Two snows!” (he says “two” of anything whenever he wants to indicate more than “one”-hilarious, and yet, brilliant!).

For those of you interested in such things, today is the Celtic first day of Spring, or Imbolc. On this day, ancient Celts would celebrate the imminent return of spring. In the Irish climate, the early indications of spring’s arrival appear in February. On Imbolc, the Celts paid homage to Brigid, a goddess revered for her gifts of poetry, healing, and metal-smithing. The fiery Brigid invoked the notions of fire and rebirth.

On these dark days of winter, so cold and frosty, it’s important to generate heat, both literally and figuratively. I’ll be gathering with several lovely ladies tomorrow, to photograph an event for my book Handmade Gatherings (due Spring 2014, Roost Books). It’s entitled “Heartwarming”, and will include such warming activities as hot fires, candlelight, blankets, warming comfort foods, hot libations, crafting heat-generating body care products and, last but not least, dancing. Because, truly, what gets the heart pumping more than some good old booty shaking?

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

*How gorgeous does Aran’s trip to Sitka look? Sigh.
*Jessie & Melanie render their own lard.
*Thinking of starting a blog? Victoria’s got some great advice.
*Exquisitely gorgeous.
*The story behind Bee Man candles.
*With foraging season approaching, I’m on the hunt for a great pack basket.
*Winter citrus!!!
*I’d like one of these.
*And while I’m pining for things, I’ll take one of these, too.
*Fentinman’s Rose Lemonade is one of the most exquisitely delicious things I have ever tasted. Get you some.
*These ladies show you how to make your own tinctures!

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! 

 

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