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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! Got anything fun planned for the weekend? We were slated to head to Charlotte with my mom and grandmother to visit my brother and his family, but his nearly 9-month old son, Gray, might have a bit of a stomach bug, so the jury is still out on whether we’re going or not. Either way, I’m looking forward to a wintery weekend. I feel my absolute best when there’s a chill in the air, and tomorrow’s forecast high of 32 suits me fine, whether we stay or go.

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

*10 fantastic winter activities (they’re suggestions for kids, but I know a load of grownups would find many a thrill in this list!).

*Oh, what fun to be a cat with this climbing set up!

*I love eccentrics, and niche concepts, and stories of human triumph, so this story about Giulietta Carrelli and her coffee and toast (and coconut and grapefruit juice) joint “Trouble” in San Francisco warmed my heart on multiple levels.

*Citrus season is upon us! Think ambrosia is cloyingly sweet, full of ingredients of dubious quality, and not something you’d ever consider enjoying? Think again! David Tanis will set you straight.

*Argyll Forest Park, I love you (via Imagine Childhood).

*These photos taken by a Russian mother of her two sons and their animals are breathtaking, and make me really, really wish I knew so much more about photography.

*Great tutorial for brewing your own kombucha (this is Part 1; be on the lookout for Part 2, which will cover creating flavored kombuchas!).

*My blanket crush this week.

*Fans of small batch preserving, Marisa McClellan’s new book Preserving By the Pint is available for pre-order, and it looks wonderful!

*Picked up a pair of these socks in “Loden” two weeks ago and they’ve been amazingly successful at keeping my feet warm (the listing says “Men’s” socks, but on the package, it lists the equivalent in women’s sizes).

This has been a busy week of play dates for Huxley. Tuesday he played at a friend’s house for three hours while I worked on the new book, tossing ideas off of Glenn over coffee at a bookstore (real! grownup! talk! without! chasing! a! wiggly! toddler!). We were worried he might have a bit of separation anxiety, as he’s almost never with anyone other than Glenn or myself. However, as we pulled up in the driveway, he said “You can go now,” followed by “Bye Mama, bye Dada.” Think he was ready? Oh, yeah. Totally ready for some independent play time. Yesterday, he went to my buddy Maria‘s house for a four & 1/2 hour play date with her kiddos while Glenn and I had an incredible adventure (I’ll be sharing it with you in detail next week!). He was a total champ!

It’s a strange, funny thing, parental intuition. Much like just kind of waking up and one day knowing I was ready to introduce solid foods, or fully wean him, or transition him into his own bed, or, now, introduce away-from-home (without us) play dates/childcare, it’s turned out he’s always been right there, right on board, just as ready as I to take the next step, transition to a new way of doing things. It’s so easy to loose sight of what’s right for us and our child. I’m not saying we should scorn advice or suggestion. To the contrary (I’m kind of offering advice of my own here, anyway, right?). Instead, I’m giving praise to the power of developing your own relationship with your child, or spouse, or partner, or pet, or whatever living creatures you’re in regular contact with, and trust that the paths you two choose to pursue, whenever you should choose to do so, are best for you.

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

*I post a photo of Huxley in my What I’m Digging round-ups because, truly, he’s what his Papa and I dig the most! This little adventurer is a serious force to be reckoned with on his balance bike. 

8 Responses to What I’m Digging

  • Jen says:

    what a lovely way to talk about parenting. i’m with ya!

    happy friday!

  • Bec says:

    I really enjoy reading these posts of yours. I can find out about cool stuff I would otherwise never know about! However, this week I had actually already read the Toast story (amazing, raw, touching) and seen the photos of the kids & animals (magical, very talented)! So I feel slightly cool now. Just slightly!

  • Kristin says:

    This: “Instead, I’m giving praise to the power of developing your own relationship with your child, or spouse, or partner, or pet, or whatever living creatures you’re in regular contact with, and trust that the paths you two choose to pursue, whenever you should choose to do so, are best for you.” was so nicely put, Ashley.

    Discount Shoes on Brevard Road has some thick wool socks by Wig Wam that are super. I can’t believe I lived without wool socks for so long–one of those simple things that makes life wonderful.

  • Joyce says:

    Hi. I love all your links. I make Kombucha too.

  • Anna says:

    It is usually very interesting to me to hear other perspectives and approaches to parenting as I do my best to find my own way. As I slowly navigate my way through staying home with my son and continuing to do my own creative work (hoping that both will flourish) I would love to hear more of your thoughts/ideas on how you combine both.