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  • Here's what I did today: hopped in the car, drove about a mile over to Hominy Valley Organic Farm, and got down to strawberry-picking business. I filled a flat for $18 (at $3/pound). If you live in the area and are looking for delicious, organic, U-pick strawberries, come see Farmer Tom Monday-Friday after 2 pm. Tell him I sent ya! Now, on to jam, and Popsicles, and pie, and galette, and pickled strawberries, and more! ??????
  • Pretty much ANY time is a good time for pickles, especially now that I've added @foodinjars delicious Quick Pickled Strawberries to the mix. Sublime!
  • You're in my heart, you're in my soul.
  • A testament to the power of social media: saw @holedoughnuts post an image of their Buttermilk Cardamom Black Pepper donut this morning, ate lunch, and then made the 20 minute drive over to enjoy some in person with @glennbenglish and Huxley!  Completely worth it. So, so good!!!
  • It's not a significant thing, nothing major. Just a walk down the driveway to gather the mail. But when I do it with Huxley, and we stop to say
  • Hominy Creek, doing its spring thang. || View from our mailbox.
  • Attended my first ever handmade/homemade swap yesterday, at a friend's sweet home in Black Mountain. SO much goodness, all thoughtfully and lovingly made. Huxley came with me and ran around with the kiddos while the swap took place. I contributed these little jars of rosemary honey, which @glennbenglish artfully topped with straw-blown watercolorings. Such a great afternoon with like-minded friends and fellow mamas! Thank you so, so much for hosting, Amanda!!!
  • Saturdays are for French toast on the porch with @glennbenglish and Huxley Wild while rain showers wash over the cove. || Used @farmandsparrow's Heritage Corn Bread and @oldworldlevain's Double Raisin & Flax Bread to make cardamom French toast, served alongside butter, maple syrup, and Hominy Valley Organic Farm strawberries, all washed down with hibiscus iced tea (our warm weather cold beverage go-to).
  • A visit today to farmer Tom Kousky of neighboring Hominy Valley Organic Farm yielded: flats of flowers (geraniums, celosia, and marigolds); starts of pickling cukes, zucchini, and yellow squash; 12 basil plants; two bundles of asparagus; a bunch of spinach; a bunch of radishes; two bunches of beets; and two pints of strawberries. The obvious way to celebrate all of this goodness was to blend up some strawberry milkshakes. Happy weekending, everyone!
  • Happy Friday, friends! New
  • This was work today. Sweet, delicious, patio-consumed work. Shrimp & grits, for the win.
  • It's the time, of the season. || Recipe for my

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Monthly Archives: March 2010

Triangles of Bliss


Just whipped up this platter of golden beauties. I was using this recipe from Orangette. The process took about 10 minutes. Tack on about 15 minutes of baking and these triangles of bliss can be yours in under 30 minutes.


One of the things I like most about Molly’s recipe here is just how infinitely customizable it is. Don’t like/have apricots? Substitute berries, or crystallized ginger, or cranberries, or dates, or…Want some crunch? Add some nuts (I tossed in a few Tablespoons of pecans). Make the scones your own, or stick with tradition and make them Molly’s way, with dried apricots. Yum!

D.I.Y. Stress Reducers

My “Small Measures with Ashley” post is up on Design Sponge. Today’s topic covers do-it-yourself, all-natural, homemade stress reducers.


Come Monday, once I’ve submitted the remaining bits of the fourth book in the “Homemade Living” series, “Keeping Bees”, you better believe I’m going to employ all manner of stress reducers. I’m thinking mid-week will be the perfect opportunity to finally redeem that gift certificate for a massage the gentleman who purchased my greenhouse gave me this past December.

Have a lovely weekend! Glenn and I are off to a local government sponsored gardening class tomorrow. We’ll also squeeze in a gander at the annual Artisan Bread festival during our lunch break. Soil, fellow gardening enthusiasts, fresh bread, sunshine-that’s all I need.

*Image from here.

That’s A Wrap!


We finished up the initial round of photos for “Home Dairy” (publication Spring 2011) yesterday. A colossal amount of shots were taken and, boy, are they ever beautiful.


I can say, with absolute certainty (and I know this with full conviction because I’ve researched the “competition”) that no comparable book on home dairy-making will exist once this beauty comes into print. Sumptuous, enticing photographs are just the tip of the iceberg, but they’re arguably the biggest initial draw.

You won’t be disappointed, I promise. You’ll have to rest on your laurels for another year, though! These guys can keep you company in the mean time.

And the Rhubarb Amaretto Chutney goes to…

Sense of Home! Thank you so very much to all who commented. Rhubarb is one of those early hat-nod, homage to spring crops. Seems like we’re all hankering for a bit of the tart stalks. Very soon, friends, very soon!


Only one Small Measure Can-Do giveaway remains before the publication of my book! Look back the first week of April for not only that final pantry provision giveaway, but giveaways for both books, too!

Behind the Fork

From butter to ghee.
Angling for the shot.
Hot potato.
Our homage to Julie Child and her love of butter.
D.I.Y. cheesepress (that’s a wheel of cheddar-made yesterday-nestled inside that cheese mold.


More backstage shots from the photo shoot for “Home Dairy”, book #3 in the “Homemade Living” series. Day number two. One more day and 19 shots left-at least, for this round of photos, that is. We’ll be back at it again next month, then it’s on to images for book #4, “Keeping Bees.”

It’s shaping up to be another beautiful book. I cannot begin to express my continued amazement and gratitude for being paired up with such a talented, cooperative, inspired, and inspiring group of individuals.

I’m just happy to be along for the ride. And, of course, for the chance to eat so much butter.