Author: Susan

Pottery with a modern theme in a traditional style

Quilts, Feral Pigs and the Blue Ridge Mountains

Filed under: Autumn, Blue Ridge Mountains, Carolina Bed and Breakfast, Outside Asheville, Things to Do

It was a perfect Fall day as we pulled out of the Carolina Bed & Breakfast in Asheville, NC heading towards Leicester and the Sandy Mush Valley nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains.  The warm sun shone down from a cerulean blue sky while the brisk breeze kept the day October cool.  We were taking… Read more »

The Sausage Roll

Filed under: recipes

Well, my parents are nearing the end of their long hike. The daily updates have been wonderful, mostly recaps on the weather, how they have honed their bog-traversing skills – and lots and lots of talk about food and what they have been eating. When you hike 16 miles in a day, you get to… Read more »

Front shot of the Sierra Nevada Brewery in Asheville NC showing copper kettles through the windows

Beer, Food and Asheville: The Sierra Nevada Brewery hits a Home Run

Filed under: Carolina Bed and Breakfast, Restaurants, Things to Do

Asheville, it’s a beer city, it’s a foodie town, it’s a music town, it’s a mountain town.  Our city is so many things! And just when we thought we had it all figured out, someone comes along and surprises us.  After hearing great reviews from our guests, last week James and I took a drive… Read more »

Two Completely Nuts Bars on a Blue-rimmed Plate

Completely Nuts Bar: A Recipe for

Filed under: Carolina Bed and Breakfast, recipes

Last week I heard a recipe contest being held by  asking people to create a snack using at least four of their products.  Since it gave me a chance to take a break from working on my cookbook, (Our Family Table: Lessons and Recipes from a Life Abroad, due out October 2016) I thought… Read more »

Summer Fruits Made Elegant

Making the Most of Summer Fruits

Filed under: Carolina Bed and Breakfast, recipes

One of the fun things about eating seasonally is enjoying the abundance of fruit in the summer.  Yesterday James and I were able to choose between cherries, cantaloupe, watermelon, honeydew, blackberries, raspberries and peaches for lunch.   Operating our Bed & Breakfast in Asheville NC means more food than most in our refrigerator. Of course, your… Read more »

The view from the top of Cold Mountain, NC

Picnic On Top of Cold Mountain

Filed under: Blue Ridge Mountains, Carolina Bed and Breakfast, Fourth of July, Hiking, Nature, Outside Asheville, Things to Do

James and I are getting ready for another big hike, this time across the width of the UK.  It’s a long hike, 190 miles, and will take us almost three weeks to complete so we have begun training in earnest.  Of course it’s not really fair to call it “training” when it is so much… Read more »