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  • My friends write books, too! New post up over on small measure about four cookbooks recently published by friends of mine (tap the screen for tags of authors, photographers, and affiliates). These are mighty tasty reads, friends!!!
  • What you call pancakes, I call research and development. Work today included creating, and then inhaling with abandon, these Buttermilk Cornmeal Pancakes (served alongside sorghum-maple syrup). #wwllt #pancakes #f52grams #food52grams #southernfood #comfortfood
  • #tbt to what might possibly be my favorite photo of Huxley ever. This was from 1 1/2 years ago, when @glennbenglish posed our little honey bear (then 3 years old) with a bit of honey from our hives.
  • The fact that this vista can be accessed simply by walking out our back door, heading into the woods surrounding our home, and heading to the top of a mountain range is something I don't take for granted. The underlying reason for all of the work I do is to inspire myself and others to better steward this verdant planet. That's my drive, my cause, my mission, my mantra.
  • The long and winding road, that leads to my door. || So much green and blue in the cove today!
  • There was a time I used to say we should rename our property
  • Our house, in the middle of the woods.
  • The fried bologna sandwich, elevated. This version, which @glennbenglish and I made for yesterday's picnic, had fried beef bologna, Mahon cheese, pickled okra, and a homemade/home-foraged ramp aioli on grilled sourdough. There was also pixie dust (Kidding! Maybe....?).
  • Our sweet boy officially turned 4 1/2 today, so we've been celebrating that milestone in ways both large and small all day. Life is so, so much more splendid with this little elf in it! || Image from yesterday's hike and picnic up to what we've dubbed the
  • Discussing the bigger, more important things in life (or, quite possibly, Batman and his prowess) today on our hike and picnic. Being Huxley's mom is my favorite thing to do, of all the things I do.
  • After a picnic lunch and hike in the forests around our home, Huxley and I kissed @glennbenglish goodbye and wished him good luck as he set out on a hunt for the ever elusive morel. He texted to say the magic mushrooms weren't showing themselves, but that he did make it up to the mountain bald that rests on the ridge line behind our property. Love his panoramic video!
  • Hello, gorgeous fog. Happy Monday, friends!
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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.