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Worth Noting

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

worth-notingI’m saying goodbye to an old favorite today–Friday Favorites, in fact.

Let’s face it: I’m not the most regular at blogging. So, posting my favorite things every Friday was a little more than the pea-sized organizational part of my brain could handle.

But, I’m excited about starting a new series called: Worth Noting. (Ahem, notice the title is not Worth NOTHING…that would be a very different series.) Each month, I’ll pass along to you the things that are Worth Noting in my world.








Here’s what’s been Worth Noting lately:

Worth Eating // This Chocolate Nutella Cake. I made it for Abby’s 12th birthday. It’s the best homemade cake I’ve ever made and I’ve been making them for birthday parties for 13 years now. You must try it.

Worth Reading // Lila by Marilynne Robinson. You have to be prepared to do some *pushing through* whenever you read her books (think: Charles Dickens), and Lila is no exception. But it’s worth it. There are gems everywhere, like this one:

“But Lila had seen plenty of times how a bird will hatch or a calf will be born, and pretty soon they know things they couldn’t be taught, they’re up on their legs, all scratching or suckling, and their eyes are all bright with it. The world is so fine. That’s when children can play with them because their eyes are bright, too, and they’re finding out how clever they are. Then pretty soon, the critters are just critters, livestock. And the children are just folks trying to get by.”

Breaks my heart every time.

fall, apple, candy-apple




Worth Listening // The Oh Hellos. Check them out here on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert. You won’t be disappointed.

Worth Quoting //  Accepting Grace in Life’s Worst Moments by Alison Hodgson. The complicated spiritual journey of a family after their house burns down.

 “Time and maturity had taught me the only thing I can do is open my arms to lay down my shame and keep them open to receive forgiveness.”

Worth Playing // Water Wow by Melissa + Doug. Oh my word, these are so fun. Jonathan loves them, and he definitely isn’t into coloring.  They are mess-free and the perfect on-the-go toy for long car rides.




Worth Instagramming // @nothingisordinary_

If you’re on IG, you should follow them (you can follow me, too, @onneutralgrnd).

The moderators curate really great photos for carefully crafted photography grids based on a particular #hashtag for the day.  Last week, they were letting their regular users create their own grids with any photo tagged #nothingisordinary for a chance to be featured as Moderator of the Day. They didn’t pick any of my grids, but I had a blast doing it.





What’s been Worth Noting where you are? I’d love to know about it. Let me know in the comments below.

Have a good week.



Friday Favorites

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Happy Friday, everyone!

Friday is usually everyone’s favorite day of the week. It’s mine, too, although it’s in a tight race with Sunday.  Duane is off on Fridays which is one of the reasons I like it so much.  On a day when when we should probably be getting a ton of house projects done, you can usually find us traipsing around the city instead.  So, in honor of Friday fun and my husband who loves taxonomy (the art of list making-don’t worry, he had to tell me what it meant, too), I’m starting a Friday Favorites series. Each Friday, I’ll post a list of my favorite things starting today.

A couple of Fridays ago we went to the Local Joint in Fairview for breakfast. So I thought I’d start out the series with some of our favorite spots in Asheville for Friday feasting.


1. Local Joint. In the little town of Fairview. Apple cinnamon pancakes. ‘Nuff said. And it’s just a really cute place, too.




Local Joint door



2. Moes BBQ– Let the BBQ wars begin! This might possibly be the best pork bbq I’ve EVER had. And I’ve had A LOT of bbq. It’s quite possible you’ll run into me there TODAY.

3. White Duck Taco– I can’t say enough about this place. Most frequented place on the list. It’s cheap AND it’s good. My favorite taco is the Bangkok Shrimp taco.

4. Wicked Weed– Not a big surprise for anyone who lives in Asheville. Best beer in town. Try the Zealot IPA. It’s my favorite. The food is almost as good as the beer. Which means it’s outstanding.

5. OverEasy- A great little (and I mean little) breakfast place downtown. Worth the wait in line. Bring a travel mug to sip on while you wait.

For the size of Asheville, it’s got an incredible amount of really good restaurants. Enjoy your Friday and Bon Apetit!