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  • That'll do pig, that'll do.
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  • Brunch at Rhubarb-a good idea today, and always. Plancha roasted romaine with @lustymonk vinaigrette, @bentonsbacon, sunny side eggs, and fingerling potatoes. Not seen: a fried apple & cranberry hand pie that made my heart and belly happy. Huxley and @glennbenglish's, too.
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  • The pies @rorris, @jenathan and I helped baking goddess @bakerhands make today will be available for purchase tomorrow at the North Asheville Tailgate Market from 8-1 pm, along with tarts and bread. Trust me, you don't want to miss out. Set your alarm clocks now!
  • When @bakerhands put out a call two days ago asking for a few hours of baking help today, I pounced at the chance to spend some quality time with such a warm, wise lady. When I found out @rorris and @jenathan had offered the same thing, the deal became even sweeter. The four of us gathered at Smoke Signals Bakery in Marshall today to chat, chew, and chop. Three cheers for wonderful people, delicious food, and fostering community. Hip, hip, freaking HOORAY!!! What a stellar day. *I was in charge of apple pie filling prep today. Photo credit to @rorris for capturing my hella serious pie-making game face!!!
  • When your morning looks like this, you know you're off to a good start. Was introduced to the glorious donuts and conviviality at @holedoughnuts today. Mercy! Goodness abounds.
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  • This next pie is a pumpkin-meets-tiramisu hybrid, my
  • Up next in pie recipes with a Thanksgiving vibe from my book
  • Trying to decide what desserts to make for Thanksgiving (we're hosting a big potluck,
  • Totally a long underwear, trains in front of the wood stove kind of evening. Stay warm out there, friends! Low of 15 here tonight, BRR!!!!
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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.