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  • When dinner is served al fresco on the patio, at sunset, in a watermelon bowl, then my heart smiles. || Egg noodles, NC shrimp and pea shoot-arugula-basil pesto topped with nasturtium leaves, sage flowers, and chive blossoms. Nearly summertime and the living is easy.
  • 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! ??????
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  • 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).
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Happy Hallow-Green!

As I write this, the cove back here is filled with fog and mist. Both of the large maples have finally gone yellow and their riot of color is littering the porch, little sheets of gold falling softly down, down, down. The mood outside fits the bill, given that it’s Halloween weekend! Come check out my “Small Measures with Ashley” post this week on Design Sponge where I talk about putting the ‘Eco’ in Ectoplasm and offer tips for greening up Halloween. 


Do you have any spooktacular plans? We’re probably going to just lay low. My glasses are still in the ICU, on life support. Hopefully I’ll get them back safe and sound soon, but I’m pretty much crippled for distance-viewing without them. I’m busy working on the cheese chapter of the “Home Dairy” book, too, with a fridge groaning under the weight of multiple gallons of milk, untold cartons of cream, and completed items like ricotta and cottage cheese (on today’s agenda-mascarpone and paneer!). A quiet weekend at home is what’s in order for this vision-impaired, deadline-approaching lass. I live vicariously through the outings of others, though, so do tell what you’ve got in store!

*Image from here

3 Responses to Happy Hallow-Green!

  • EcoGrrl says:

    We are celebrating dios de los muertos here…as part of Last Thursday in my neighborhood, we enjoyed the art and music of the area and honored those recently lost in a procession. For me it's more meaningful than commercial versions of Halloween with plastic costumes and candy (not that I don't adore seeing a little one in a puppy costume!). I'll be posting pix on my blog :)

  • tigress says:

    those pumpkins are great! do you know what variety the blue ones are? they're gorgeous!!

  • Tigress-it's hard to know for certain, as Tiny Farms didn't specifically indicate the variety, but from the looks of it, it's either Jarrahdale, Jubilee, or Jamboree.