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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!
  • 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!
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What I’m Digging

What I’m Digging

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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!