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  • When your afternoon involves chilling inside the Asheville Salt Cave with 7 of your nearest and dearest and your collective 4 kiddos, and your night involves celebrating one of their birthday's with a fajita feast and @glennbenglish's phenomenal spring sangria (with watermelon and strawberries and honeysuckle blooms that I picked), then you know that today has been an extraordinarily good day.
  • Spicy pork dumplings from @ganshanstation, I love you. While everything I've tried here has been seriously stellar, @procain's dumpling situation is worth the visit alone. So, so good!
  • 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!
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  • 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!
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All In the Family

WOW! What a weekend, friends! We three Englishes partook in the following socializing over these past few days: a forested, mountain-top (up on Cold Mountain, as in THE Cold Mountain) wedding with a creek-side, potluck reception on Saturday; a going-away party (with lemonade) to two lovely ladies who, as I type, are packing their moving van and setting their compasses west, towards Denver (I’ll miss you so much, Schmegsy & Lele!!!!); and hosted an impromptu brunch for, oh, 12 (!!!) close friends, our combined 5 children (and 1 on the way in August!), and 4 dogs out here yesterday. Whew! And I loved every single minute of it!


Our meal yesterday proved a source of inspiration for me. Not just because of its profound and abiding deliciousness, but because it was inherently collaborative. Everyone brought something, and then Hubs cooked the hot dishes while others worked on beverages and fruit prep. Here’s what we feasted on for our ‘Memorable Memorial Meal‘:

*White corn grits with melted cheddar & feta sprinkles
*N.C. shrimp sauteed in green tomato relish, green chilies and Proseco
*Proseco shrimp gravy
*Scrambled eggs with Herbs de Provence & grain mustard
*Mixed salad greens with homemade blue cheese dressing
*Fresh pineapple with lemon verbena
*Cantaloupe slices with fresh mint
*Georgia Peaches & Creme pie with a pecan streusel topping
*A medley of danishes
*Grapefruit & Orange juice, lemonade & sparkling wine
*Fair-trade, shade-grown organic coffee

There was lots of groaning in gustatory delight, sweating under a not-even-yet-summer-but-already-scorching sun, witnessing of doggie hijinks and wee one antics, and participating in hearty laughter and storytelling and general revelry.

I’m back at work on my next book today, while simultaneously prepping for Hubs’ 44th journey around the sun tomorrow! Thursday witnesses our 4-year anniversary. What an amazing week it will be!

Oh, and stay tuned for more giveaways. I’ve picked up a slew of new, gorgeous books recently and they’ll be yours for the taking in the upcoming weeks!

*The photo of we three Englishes was taken at the above-mentioned wedding in front of the Pigeon River. I’ve been pining to wear this vintage-inspired (but new!) dress ever since I purchased it whilst prego. My hat belonged to my grandfather, one of two straw-brimmed hats of his I wear all summer long. Huxley was sporting his first ever blazer and being a general attention hog, while Hubs was looking so fly, per usual.

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