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What I’m Digging


Happy Friday, friends! Let me first say that I truly had no intention whatsoever of disappearing around here for over three weeks. We make our plans, and then life intervenes, right? I had all kinds of grand blogging plans and then some curve balls ensued, and loads of good ole’ living, and, well, I’m back now, and that’s what matters, yes? YES!

In lieu of my regular web-based round out of this and thats that caught my attention during the week, I thought I’m make today’s What I’m Digging considerably more personal. Here’s what’s making me happy lately:

*I journeyed around the sun again, officially, July 11th. So far 37 looks rather nice.

*I travelled to Cancun and had an incredible time, complete with the viewing of large iguanas and ruins at Tulum, poolside and in-pool pina colada sipping, and the delights of Xel-Ha, a large, gorgeous natural lagoon/aquarium.

*I returned home with a sinus infection and a hefty dose of Montezuma’s Revenge for all three of us, and managed to wrangle both bouts of illness, for the next ten days, without having to employ antibiotics. Whew.

*I’ve been enjoying fresh, local peaches in shameless abundance, and have rendered them into Peach & Lavender Butter during two area canning classes I taught this past week, as well as into a whopper of a peach & blackberry crumble today (bound for my family in Charlotte tomorrow).

*I received the page proofs for Handmade Gatherings. Folks, it’s a stunner. So, so very proud of this book (which publishes April 8th, 2014).

*Yesterday I submitted the manuscript for my beverage book. Two books coming out with Roost Books in 2014, friends! Feels so, so good to have that in to my editor. Now, for edits, revisions, copyedits, and photos!!!

*I’ve been able to enjoy the company of our dear friends Jen, Jon, and Awynn, who live in Decatur, Georgia and own the yome in the field down the hill from our house. They’ve been here for the past few weeks, and just left to return home on Wednesday, sniff, sniff. Having them around makes it feel like we’ve got a bonafide neighborhood.

*I had my fourth ladies night out since becoming a mama! I journeyed with three beloved mama friends to Ben’s Tune Up for sake sangrias (dangerously delicious!), nibbles, and lots and lots of giggles. So very restorative, those mama jams!

*We had the exquisite pleasure of hosting Kevin West of Saving the Season for lunch here on Wednesday. Glenn made an incredible meal, Kevin shared how he came from a background at fashion glossies and segued into writing a gorgeous book on food preservation, and we plied him with all kinds of information about the best places to live in the area, after he mentioned an interest in possibly relocating from L.A.. All in all, a wonderful afternoon.

*I’ve been noticing the subtlest shift in the air of a move towards autumn. I know it’s only August 2nd, but I’m itching to get closer to my favorite season and I can just feel it in my bones that I won’t have too much longer before cardigans come out and scarves get wrapped around necks.

Alright, buddies. I’ve missed you. Here’s hoping your summer so far has been nothing short of sublime!

*I post an image of Huxley here each Friday because, truly, he’s what his Papa and I dig the most. Here he is doing what he does best, “mowing” the yard. We wager to guess that, come time he can actually, safely mow the grass, he’ll hate the activity. C’est la vie, no?! 


12 Responses to What I’m Digging

  • Michelle says:

    Welcome back! You were missed….glad you are feeling better.

  • Jo says:

    So good to have you back Ashley, I really missed your posts and beautiful pictures.

  • Melanie J. says:

    Welcome back! Missed you! Trying my hand at peach jam and cobbler this weekend. Still wows me how terrific the local food sitch is here in WNC :)

  • michele (maryland) says:

    Welcome back, missed you. And yes, I smell Fall as well!

  • Paula M says:

    So glad to have you back! I really missed your posts!

  • Misti says:

    Happy belated Birthday! We share the same wonderful day for celebration, albeit with four years difference. Still, it is always nice to run into a fellow 7/11er. :)

  • Ellen D says:

    Welcome back Ashley! I love reading your blog. I hope you had a wonderful birthday! I can’t wait for those books!!

  • Janet says:

    Looking forward to your books!
    Fall is my favorite season as well and I am thinking of August as my transition month as I feel that I am noticing some light and air changes too!

  • pat says:

    o yeah , i was starting to get a little worried….

  • Congratulations on submitting your beverage book! :)

    …and talk of Autumn is officially forbidden 😉 I can’t believe it but I’ve had several customers asking me about Christmas already.

  • Hi! newbie reading your blog, I saw your link on another blog I like from a fellow Oregonian, “Waywardspeak”, and I like it! I can’t believe how much you have been doing! Peach lavender butter sounds extraordinary! I am going to do some digging into that recipe! Have a good one! Sarah

  • Lindsay F says:

    Oh isn’t Xel-Ha gorgeous?! My hubs and I went there while in Cancun on our Honeymoon (almost 10 years ago!). It’s the only time I’ve ever snorkeled and I got funny triangle shaped sunburns on my calves 😉

    Glad you’re back, your “What I’m Digging” posts are one of my favorite ways to kick off my end-of-week rituals. Best wishes with all your manuscripts and books and teaching expeditions coming up.

    Cheers to autumn scarves around the way!