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  • Our buddies @fernworks and @killaspro, bringing their weirdo finest to Halloween!
  • The view off the kitchen, out onto our patio, of the fire ring and the canary yellow-hued leaves of the ginkgo beyond. We wait for that tree to turn color and gently drop its leaves all year. A sudden, early frost last October caused all of the leaves to drop overnight, while still green. This year, we got the golden ticket. Proof positive that some things truly are worth the wait. Happy All Souls Eve!
  • Do you like baking? Do you like FREE things? Well then get your spatula over to small measure for an AMAZING giveaway of baking bliss! Link is in my profile.
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  • Hung out in a favorite tree today with my favorite little guy.
  • I'm sure gonna miss this view when the leaves are all gone! Forecast calls for snow tomorrow evening, on Halloween night. What the what?!
  • For today's #tbt, I'm sharing an image of the altar @shelterprotectsyou and @sheltercollective built on our property for their wedding here last month. Such a beautiful, memorable day that was, filling our little forested cove with happy juju for weeks. Love watching the scene shift as the foliage changes.
  • Felt a shift in the air today, this afternoon in particular. The veil is getting thin. You feeling it, too?
  • SO much love for @forvillagers and her heavenly homesteading/hearth-tending supply store in West Asheville. Stopped in today for a bag of organic chicken feed and to see what's new in the shop. I'll be teaching a
  • The hills are alive. Looking Glass Rock in the distance, as seen today from the #blueridgeparkway .
  • My favorite part of all of these photo shoots for my upcoming  picnic book has been eating the props! Enjoyed this pumpkin whoopie pie today on an impromptu picnic with @glennbenglish and Huxley on the #blueridgeparkway.
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What I’m Digging

What I’m Digging

Huxley ramp 2
Happy Friday, friends! I just realized that I always seem to start off this round-up with a bit of weather chat. So, let’s do it again! Crazy week here in the cove. Snow squalls out of nowhere on Tuesday night, black ice on the roads on Wednesday, sunny and hella windy here yesterday, and warm(ish) and rainy(esque) here today. Oh, spring. You just don’t know what to do with yourself, eh (which, apropos of nothing, makes me think of one of my favorite White Stripes songs)?

Weird weather, and then Huxley got a freak, very short-lived stomach bug out of nowhere around 4 a.m. yesterday morning. Poor fella. Five hours later, he was good as gold. Kids and stomach issues I’m quickly learning are quite common. He gets plenty of beneficial bacteria in his diet, but still, every so often, he’ll succumb to some something or other. He always rebounds super fast, but it’s torture witnessing it while it’s happening.

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

*Hanging swings. Around a fire pit. The best idea ever.

*If you’ve been nurturing seedlings, it’ll soon be time to harden them off. Garden Betty schools you on how to do it. 

*Love these garden stone markers/I.D.’s for the garden. The project is for kids, but could be done by adults just as easily. Simple, affordable, attractive. My kind of craft.

*15 household uses for honey. Sweet.

*Honey-sweetened lemon tart of dreams, right here.

*Creativity is invaluable. It’s not just for artists. It’s for everyone, everywhere, all the time. Physicists to athletes to graphic designers. We’re all just looking for solutions to life’s challenges. Love this essay from Marcie on why you should work on fortifying your own creative reserves every day.

*Rosemary & Strawberry muffins might be the best muffin pairing I’ve ever heard of.

*Hello, lovely apron.

*Dagmar’s Kitchen is a stunningly beautiful blog.

*This cello cover of Rhianna’s We Found Love is invigorating, to say the least. Broken strings! Audience clapping! Head banging! Foot stomping! LOVE IT!!!

I put some peas and beets in the garden this week, before the snow fell. Hoping this weekend might offer a chance or two to get in carrots and some lettuces and some brassicas, too. I’m ready to have dirt under my fingernails again, aren’t 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! Our little guy is already riding his balance bike on ramps. Such a daredevil, that wild one!!! 

What I’m Digging

Happy Friday, friends!

This may come as nothing new to many of you, but it dawned on me yesterday that I’d be much more likely to tend to my garden like a proper organic gardener if I worked on it first thing in the morning, instead of in the early evening, like I’ve been doing. I am so, so, so not a fan of the hottest, most humid days of summer and have been waiting for the sun’s penetrating rays to move across the sky before heading out to work the garden. The thing is, it’s still pretty warm at that time, so, I’ve been toiling the soil but feeling pretty miserable all the while.

Well, enough of all that! Yesterday, after the cats were fed and the coffee was made, Hubs, Huxley and I grabbed fresh chicken feed and our mugs of hot joe (and Huxley, his sippy cup) and made our way to the garden. We worked on tomato trellising and weeding while the tiny Englishman pushed his miniature toy lawnmower around (he’s obsessed with it!) and dug in his sandbox. It was magical. I have no clue why it took me so long to make this realization. So, moving forward, that’s my new m.o. in the garden. In fact, as soon as I’m done here, I’ll be grabbing my coffee, tucking into my gardening clogs, and hitting the soil, in my nightgown, no less!

Here’s a smattering of this’s and that’s that caught my attention this week:

*Enjoying Herriott Grace’s For the Love of Pie series!
*Jen opened a beautifully curated pop-up shop, Cisthene (speaking of Jen, check out her gorgeous new book, too).
*Summer refreshers: watermelon cooler and sparkling sweet tea.
*Loving the photos on this blog (via Local Is Lovely).
*Preserving edible flowers.
*Marisa breaks down sugar’s role in preserving.
*Inspiring images of homes in Denmark’s oldest eco village.
*Wonderful profiles of Rohan Anderson’s hunting and his food philosophies.
*How beautiful is this Tumblr (via Whole Larder Love)?
*J. Morgan Puett is a genius.
*Digging this N.C.-crafted brew.
*Our friend’s hot sauce is seriously awesome.

I’ve got a Small Measures post up today on Design Sponge. I’m chatting all things mustard, my beloved condiment of choice.

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