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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!!!
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  • 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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Happiness Is A Plate of French Toast

Happiness is a spouse who cooks up a batch of his inter-galactically renown french toast (and that’s not at all hyperbolic, it’s just that good)without solicitation. Super happiness is then achieved when he covers it in freshly made blueberry maple syrup. Over-the-top happiness is experienced when he makes it the morning that you are feeling haggard, and run-down, and congested after tending to a teething baby overnight and sharing his seasonal allergy-related (I think) cough.

Thanks, Hubs. Huxley and I much approve.

*Hubs would like me to share his “secret” tip for making French toast with ease: Forget about soaking the bread slices in a large Pyrex or similar rectangular dish. Use a cookie sheet (with edges) instead, which makes it easier to fit all of the slices in one batch and provides more space for turning them as they soak. There you go!

9 Responses to Happiness Is A Plate of French Toast

  • nancy says:

    Yum! And what kind of bread does he use?

  • nancy-yes! i totally should have mentioned that! we typically use challah. this particular french toast was flavored with cardamom, too, one of my most beloved spices. SO good!

  • Erin says:

    Blueberry maple syrup?! How have I not tried this before?

    Love that picture of Huxley! Hope you two are feeling better soon.

  • Meg says:

    That plate and messy faced baby just made me swoon. What a husband! I read the interview you did with Amanda at http://www.vintagesavoirfaire.com/ and was so inspired by the love you and your husband share. I'm about to get hitched and yours is a relationship that warms my heart.

  • Meesh says:

    Mmmmm I am forwarding this to my loverman who is also an unsolicited french toast maker of note. He might have to step up his game a little bit tho… cardamon and blueberry syrup… yes!

  • alexa says:

    Hey, that IS a nice tip! Incidentally, that is also very nice wake up breakfast after a rough night. Props team English!

  • Bee Girl says:

    Sounds delicious and like just what you needed! Nice! Great tip, too. So obvious and yet completely overlooked! Who knew!?

  • PQ says:

    so stealing the cookie sheet tip thanks! (and I wish i could steal that french toast, too. drooling…)

  • Stefka says:

    What great convergence, Ashley! I've been experimenting with french toast recently, and have been obsessed with the cardamom – blueberry – maple syrup combination for the last month. (I may have even made it for breakfast this morning…) Heavenly, right?

    A couple of weeks ago I celebrated my birthday with a breakfast of cardamom blueberry french toast and cardamom-enhanced coffee, and then later on with a cardamom birthday cake (with a mocha cream layer and ginger frosting- yum!). If I have a threshold for cardamom, I haven't reached it yet…