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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! ??????
  • 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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My Green Resolution

I’ve got a guest post up on Apartment Therapy‘s Re-Nest. Come find me over there as I discuss “My Green Resolution” for 2011.


*Image from the always fabulous Lynne Harty.

7 Responses to My Green Resolution

  • Anonymous says:

    Dear Ashley,
    Come to think of it, this might be part of my resolution: Instead of anonymously taking advantage of your creativity, your ideas and your way of life as you share it on your blog – which is what I do for quite some time now – I'd like to take the opportunity and thank you for providing this great source of inspiration. Your blog is a place I go to regularly: somehow it always makes me happy and helps me keep my faith in humanity (this sounds a bit pathetic, but I don't know how else to put it :-) Thank you!
    Eva
    PS: Sorry – I'm from Munich, Germany, and my English is so very far from perfect. But I just had to thank you today :-)

  • EcoGrrl says:

    I love how you put this. If you have time, would love to hear more in your future blogs about more of the specific things you're doing as a mom to be green and how much the waste is increasing and what you're doing – seems like there's always a new mom who could use your wisdom :) congratulations again on your new beautiful life and happy 2011!!

  • Darla says:

    Isn't it amazing how parenting changes your thoughts about EVERYTHING!? I was already pretty eco conscious but once I had my daughter I learned about cloth diapers, made my own wipes, started participating in baby clothes swaps (looking for all natural materials) and really took a very hard look at how I was eating and what I was putting on my body….Its amazing how deep the rabbit hole goes but in the end you are leading by example and I think that will go a long long way…People always think I'm nuts for spending the “extra” money on organic, actually all natural materials this that and the other thing. But I look at it as an investment on many levels. Our health, our future….its these “little” things that make a big difference…The hardest thing I find though, is how to let other people know this is the way you choose to live and its not that you don't appreciate the 100% polyester hat and glove set, the Dora the explorer t-shirts or the toxin laden plastic baby doll, but that you are trying to avoid these things… I still have no answer and maybe never will, but thats one of the hardest parts of choosing to live this way…But it is most certainly worth it!

  • What a lucky boy to have such a conscious Mama!
    Can't wait to read about all of your discoveries.

  • jen says:

    I've been lurking for a while, but wanted to say I love your Green Resolution! We're moving to the Asheville area next year, I'm so looking forward to being around like-minded people!

  • Eva-Thank you, so very much. Your comments warmed my heart in the deepest way.

    Aimee-Yes, I plan to detail those sorts of things as much as possible. I'd LOVE to do a book in my “Homemade Living” series on the topic, actually…

    Darla-EXACTLY!

    Floret-Thank you for your kind words.

    Jen-Welcome! Give me a shout out when you get here. I'd love to meet up!

  • Anna says:

    I'm not a mom yet, but I hope it be in the next few years… I am definitely interested in learning more about being green with babies. When the time comes, I will certainly head down the greenest path possible, but I'm always interested in learning more. Thanks for all of you information and inspiration