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  • I had the most profoundly memorable experience today. The cookbook club at Haywood County Library (the county adjacent to mine) hosted me, and by hosted, I mean 12 ladies selected recipes from my book
  • What better way to clear out a case of the Mondays than a giveaway?! See that lovely locally-made wooden bag dryer there on my wall? Want to win one of your own (you do, trust me)? Pop on over to small measure to enter. Link is in my profile.
  • This guy right here? While he might be growing bigger every day, the truth is that becoming a mother has helped me to grow. To be more present. To be more patient. To be more empathic. As I tell all my soon-to-be-mama friends, parenthood is the toughest work you'll ever do, with by far the biggest payoff. The lovin', and the learning, are so, so good. Happy Monday, friends.
  • Today was a good day. This view, from the top of our road, certainly helped make it so.
  • 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.
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What I’m Digging

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Happy Friday, friends! Here’s wishing all of you in the northeast safe travels, journeys, or simply trips across the street as you head into what looks to be a wicked bad (can I say that, if I’m not from there?) nor’easter. Looks like it’ll be in the 50′s around here, with sunshine in the forecast for tomorrow. I see another hike in the forest in my very near future!

Any of you regular readers know that Glenn is my man behind the curtain. We discuss and deliberate and decide everything together. To read more about what makes us tick, and thrive, as a couple, check out my February post in Verve.

I’ve also got a Small Measures post up today on Design Sponge. I’m sharing Nicole‘s heavenly recipe for “Love” tea, alongside a recipe for Lavender Truffles. Treat yo’self!

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

*A farm-to-table dinner that takes over downtown!
*How to stack firewood, à la Moonrise Kingdom.
*Great information on naturally healing children’s teeth.
*Considering I have 10 potted plants in the bathroom alone, I totally concur.
*10 uses for lemons in the home.
*I love a tree planter.
*Marisa’s time-honored tips for making marmalade.
*Oh, the pretty. I do so love the pretty.
*Need a cure? Head to the kitchen!
*Two of my favorite flavors, in tiny cake form (p.s. it’s gluten-free!).

Along with that forest stroll, I’m thinking of making some curd or marmalade (or maybe I’ll go wild and make both!) from the box of gorgeous, just-picked citrus my ever-generous in-laws sent us from Florida. My friend R. Brooke Priddy of Ship to Shore, who made my (red!) wedding dress back in 2007, is having a grand-opening in her new location tomorrow that promises to be lots of fun, too.

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

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

8 Responses to What I’m Digging

  • Paula M @oliviacanela.com says:

    Wow, the list is particularly awesome this week! Thank you for this Friday treat :)

  • sarah r lavigne says:

    thanks for the tooth health article VERY helpful!!!!

  • Dixie J says:

    We just spent two wonderful weeks in Asheville and had to drive back to Northern Michigan yesterday. We left 60 degrees and sunshine and ended up in a blizzard. Fourteen hours in a truck is not fun on those roads. Thankful for four wheel drive. Yesterday I was outside tending to the mint plants and today I’m shoveling snow. Can’t wait to get back to Asheville!

  • jen says:

    Love your Verve article this month! It’s how Jon and I try to model our own relationship – picking battles, letting the little things go, and more than anything else showing love, respect, compassion and understanding for your partner. It’s truly amazing what you can accomplish with a partner in life that both supports, encourages and helps you desire to be better and succeed in any endeavor. Glad you found that in Glenn!
    I also particularly love the link to the farm-to-table dinner in Jonesboro! Can you imagine how awesome it would be to do something similar in downtown Asheville? Maybe on Wall Street or in the middle of Pack Square Park? Make it happen, Ashley! ;)
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  • Anne-Marie says:

    Thank you for consistently being the blog that leads me to all things lovely, interesting and yummy on the web. You rock!

  • Marisa says:

    Thanks for including my marmalade post in your list of links! I’m always delighted when you dig something I’ve written!

  • Bette OConnor says:

    Ashley, I could never tell you enough how much I look forward to your blog on Fridays. Have a great weekend.