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  • Local friends-whatever your plans are for this evening, change them! Come join me instead at @rhubarbavl for their
  • Great burger and transcendent frites with a charred onion aioli at @kingjamesavl. Great vibe and an exceptional waitstaff, which deftly caught that Huxley was nearing meltdown mode, and saved the day with a lightening fast, perfect grilled cheese. Wonderful seeing Steven Goff and @samlg87!
  • Livin' in an Appalachian paradise. ??(view of Mt. Pisgah, from the top of our road).
  • The finale at last night's Sunday Supper @rhubarbavl was this Chocolate Coffee Tart with Vanilla Orange Marmalade from my book
  • What a surreal experience last night @rhubarbavl, being served your own recipes! Shown here: Chimichurri Deviled Eggs (
  • So much delicious decadence on display yesterday afternoon at my 7th Annual Ladies Cookie Exchange. Thanks to all you lovelies (and your littles!) that made it out! Such a wonderful community of women I'm surrounded by. We three Englishes won't have to bake any more this holiday season! *That's your girl waiting patiently for the sugar frenzy to begin, @littlecoffeebeans !
  • Put this down as a night to remember. Immeasurable gratitude to @rhubarbavl for hosting recipes from all 7 of my books at tonight's Sunday Supper. @glennbenglish couldn't have been more thrilled. Our favorite restaurant in Asheville now feels even more like our dining room away from home.
  • Asheville and vicinity friends, I want to let you in on a secret. @oldworldlevain is a baked goods goddess, a fascinating woman (she bakes AND teaches tango lessons!), and simply a lovely human being. This medley of deliciousness is a mere sampling of the tastiness she had on offer today at her pop-up inside of Wood & Spoon in west Asheville. You can order regularly from her though, and you should. Her goods are creative, imminently flavorful, and clearly lovingly made. Obviously, I am smitten.
  • All kinds of magic percolating up in here.
  • Last night this sweet, tiny elf wanted me to pick him up, and then asked
  • Only a few seats remain for the Sunday Supper @rhubarbavl on the 14th featuring recipes from all 7 of my books. The large dining room is nearly sold out, woohoo!!! Call 828/785-1503 to reserve a spot before they're all gone. I'd love to see you there!
  • So you see, love, actually, is all around us. A pleasant discovery whilst stoking this morning's fire. Happy Friday, friends!
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What I’m Digging

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Happy Friday, friends! A nasty, sneaky sinus something-or-other has wreaked havoc and has me down for the count today. I’ve been feeling just on the verge of getting something the past few days with achy joints, general fatigue, and the like, and then last night it started to hurt when I swallowed. Woke up this morning with full-on nastiness. I’m attacking it with a vengeance, though, with elderberry & honey syrup, ginger/lemon/honey/cayenne tea, grapefruit seed extract, and more. I seldom get sick, and I don’t take it lightly. So, I see a day filled with rest, hot baths, healing essential oils, tea, and cuddles from a little dude (and a big one!).

In other news, I’ve got a Small Measures post up today on Design Sponge. I’m sharing tips for crafting bath and massage oils, perfect for this time of year when those of us in the northern hemisphere begin to look less like our lovely selves and more like Leatherface.

Here’s a smattering of this’s and that’s that caught my attention this week:

*Amazing house in Nairobi.
*This orange loaf calls to me like a siren.
*Now that the craft/guest room is nearly done, I’m thinking we’ll decorate the walls with these, with various specimens gathered from the property.
*Win a copy of Crackers & Dips!
*Picked up this book the other day; excited by its prospects.

I’m hoping all of this clears on out by tomorrow. I’m attending a seed-starting class at Sow True Seed (you should come, if you’re in the area-it’s free, and bound to be informative!) in the morning, and then going to a 4 year-old’s birthday party in the afternoon. Head cold, sinus infection, or whatever it is, consider yourself given fair warning.

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. 

10 Responses to What I’m Digging

  • Melanie J. says:

    Feel better, sweetie! And that class is already full :( I put my name on the waiting list, so I am hoping they see the need for a 2nd class. So my stalker butt won’t be there tomorrow, you’re safe ;)

  • Shanda says:

    That house in Nairobi is amazing!

  • Kat says:

    Come visit in Oregon–I’ll take you lot swimming in Oneonta Gorge!

  • Georgette A. Howington says:

    Your son is an angelic cherub of a boy; those pink cheeks, sparkling eyes and smile are the pinnacle of happiness. The postings today are interesting. I especially like the book on Home Brewing. Recently I am interested in making soy yogurts. Don’t know if that is considered “brewing” however…in any event, I enjoyed seeing your postings as always! How do you find so many new and interesting things? Such a smart young woman. Thank you.

  • kimpeck says:

    feel better soon…happy to hear that you are taking care of yourself so well!!
    and have fun tomorrow at Sow True Seed – i LOVE them
    i always look forward to friday & your post!!

  • amanda (sweetpotatoclaire) says:

    hope you’re on the up and up. sinus infections are the worst, but it sounds like you’re on the way to knocking it out. that house in nairobi is AMAZING! really, the picture of the living room with the soft curved walls and that reading nook and fireplace had me swooning! and the warthog? oh my. I was gifted home brewing supplies for christmas and plan to put them to use soon~ fun stuff.