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  • Confession: until last night, I had never had honest to goodness snow cream. @glennbenglish whipped up a tasty batch with vanilla and nutmeg, and we enjoyed it alongside @oldworldlevain's heavenly frangipane tartlettes with fresh cranberries, orange peel, and cinnamon. Snow-pretty AND tasty.
  • Scattered, smothered, and covered. Snowy day in the cove!
  • We three Englishes do so very much love snow. Forecast to receive between 3-6 inches tonight! @glennbenglish captured Huxley and I taking in the view on his way back to the house after locking up the chickens.
  • Woke up to overnight snowfall, always a treat. Then heard from my neighbor Lynn, a licensed massage & bodywork therapist, that the snow was preventing her from getting in to her clients in town and, as a result, she had an opening in her schedule and could give me a massage. Whenever she travels, I pet-sit her cat Sophie, and in exchange she trades me a massage. Not only is she a seriously stellar masseuse, she also is an aromatherapist, a Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner (a kind of Japanese acupressure technique), and is certified in neuromuscular therapy. So when I get a massage from her, I receive this healing trifecta involving scent, body, and spirit. Plus, in all honesty, I feel like this woman is actually imbuing my body with love when she works on me. I left her house feeling light and bright, and nourished. She has offices in Asheville and Johnson City, TN (the home massages are reserved for family and neighbors!). If you're looking for a rich, wonderful, deeply healing massage, please consider Lynn. You can find her information at www.lynnbernatsky.com. || I passed our bamboo grove and its tiny creek on my walk over to Lynn and Steve's; it somehow spoke to me of good things in store.
  • Woke up to this view. Some kind of wonderful!
  • Spotted Quench in the wild today.Always a thrill to see my books out in the big world, and rubbing elbows with friends @thejoyofcooking, no less!
  • Good day to be in western NC. View of Mt.  Pisgah from the top of our road.
  • You will not pass! || Our shorty with his soul sister Raeglan, adventuring in our woods two days ago. @thebriere4
  • Batman Begins. You ought to hear his 4 year-old take on Batman's gravelly, husky whisper.
  • Post meal, pre-hike to the frozen
  • Yesterday marked the very last photo shoot for my upcoming picnic book. 20 picnics, showcasing all 4 seasons, DONE! Snow, the necessary
  • The cold never bothered me anyway ? Love exploring our woods in the winter.
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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.