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  • YOU GUYS!!! Our friends @rattiganjael and @daniel.rattigan are rocking the chocolate food scene, yet again. They just moved their fantastic @frenchbroadchocolates to a new larger, even lovelier space, smack dab in the middle of downtown. We stopped in this evening for the soft opening, to see the space and sample offerings both familiar (coconut brownies that dreams are made of!) and new (ice cream! toffee! pretzel caramels!). There's even an entire separate boutique room called
  • Loving this screen capture of our Huxley Wild. It's from a video our friend Ian made, using
  • I adore holiday lights. I also really love @thencarboretum. It's no surprise then that I'm giddily looking forward to the
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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
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What I’m Digging


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Happy weekend, friends! Apologies for the break in “regular programming” here yesterday. There was some sort of damage to a major cable that cut off phone and internet service in our area for most of the day. Thankfully, the sun was shining, and we capitalized on it, in advance of today’s serious drop in temperature (and forecast for a small snowfall, oh, please, please!). Glenn grabbed a shovel and cut a trench into the creek beside our house, opening up a clogged up area. Huxley and I *helped*, moving around rocks to create a waterfall and just generally getting muddy. Now, from our porch, you can hear the gently rushing creek. Glorious!

After that, we headed into town, to experience Huxley’s first ever live music show, courtesy of Yo Gabba Gabba. It also happened to be the first live show Glenn and I have had a chance to go to since becoming parents, so we were equally pumped. To say it was wild would be a massive understatement. Toddler and babies everywhere! Flashing lights! Booming bass beats! Dancing! Costumes! Confetti! Bubble machines! During intermission, there were messages on the screen promoting locally grown food, recycling, and waste prevention. Far, far surpassed my hopes for a children’s show.

Huxley vacillated between being completely enthralled and ready to get out of dodge, pronto (“I’m all done! I want to go to my car!”, he yelled a few times). In the final analysis, later, at dinner, he assured us he’d had fun. Sometimes, when I’m really excited about something, and in a large crowd, I get this feeling like I’m going to cry. That always happens at parades (even when I’m watching the Macy’s parade on t.v.!), and it definitely happened when we walked into the auditorium yesterday. I think I’m just sort of picking up on everyone’s excitement and get overwhelmed. So much fun.

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

*Sally Fallon has a new book for babies and children!
*A hot, soaking bath sounds perfect today, and these bath salts would be the ideal accompaniment.
*Heard about Bernd on Soulemama this week, and am now determined to get this book.
*Speaking of books, I’ve got to get this natural party book for the tiny Englishman.
*A year with one square-mete of old growth Tennessee forest.
*Nature is my Valentine.
*Karen’s homemade beef broth.
*Rose water.
*Gorgeous cover of a Nick Drake song.
*Donuts! In Asheville! Yes! Please!

As I’ve written this, the promised snow has begun to pummel down. YAY! Now, if it will only stick…..Our weekend plans include lots of indoor activities, like organizing (I’m looking at you, office/craft room/guest room), cooking, cuddling, and resting.

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

 

8 Responses to What I’m Digging

  • Melanie J. says:

    Hey sweetie! Was wondering about you folks yesterday, glad to hear it was just internet issues. Enjoy the snow, I’m wondering if we’ll get more than flurries here.

  • felicia n says:

    Thanks for the link, I think just about everything Lisa Hannigan does is gorgeous.

  • jen says:

    Love that Asheville might be getting a few more sweet & simple desert options downtown – I feel it’s one of the things missing after a dinner out if you want dessert somewhere else. There is a place at the Outer Banks called Duck Donuts and they are AMAZING. I’ve said for years I’d love for something like that here in town – looks like I’ll be getting my wish!

    The Nick Drake covers are wonderful, thanks for sharing the link.

  • Melanie says:

    Cool! Thanks for the tip on “life everlasting”. sounds like a really interesting read!

  • Beth says:

    I love Bernd Heinrich’s books. His autobiography, The Snoring Bird, is a fascinating read. I have also used this video about him to inspire my biology students: http://www.jancannonfilms.com/berndheinrichfilm.htm
    Enjoy!

  • Heather says:

    We took our kiddo to see Yo Gabba Gabba when they came to Philly a few weeks ago. I’m not sure who loved the show more…me and hubs or our son!

  • Marcy says:

    The link for donuts in Asheville isn’t working! I’m dying to know where we can get good donuts!

  • Georgette A. Howington says:

    Hi! I have a habit of hitting the send button twice thus my postings are showing up twice. AUGH. Perhaps this time I can avoid that. So sorry about that. The books you mention here are amazing. I put both on my wish-list to give my husband! “Life Everlasting; the Animal Way of Death,” by Bernd Heinrich, appears fascinating and timely. More humans are beginning to understand that animals do communicate, have feelings, make decisions, etc. We may not fully realize how they do this but to undermine their abilities is being naive and certainly adds to the misconceptions that we have the right to manipulate them and the environment without paying consequences. “The Forest Unseen, ” by David Haskell is also a breakthrough topic and in subtle ways about a small footprint that is a microcosm of a larger picture. Thank you for sharing!