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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!!!
  • 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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Small Business

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Happy Tuesday, friends! Hope this finds you cozy and warm, wherever you are. We’ve been working steadily, tending to the wood stove, for days. And then I just learned that it’s slated to be 70 (!!!) this Saturday. In January. Will wonders never cease?!

So, I had all of these intentions and plans and schemes to wow you with the bevy of fun we engaged in this weekend. The thing is, I’m notorious for neglecting to take photos. Just ask Glenn. Were it not for him grabbing the camera and going to town, this here blog would have considerably less images. I don’t know. I’m just not one of those people who says “Wait! Let’s stop what we’re doing and photograph it for posterity.” I’m a doer, folks. A doer.

Yes, we had a great weekend, but I have no proof, as we were both too busy living it  to take any pictures! So you’ll just have to believe me when I tell you that we checked out my buddy Rachel’s new place in the Chicken Hill neighborhood of Asheville on Saturday, and then headed over to Jael & Dan‘s for some seriously stellar homemade pho (!). Sunday had us meeting up with Meg & Alisa at the Early Girl for a delicious brunch (plus a take-home slice of peanut butter cake that would make Elvis swivel his pelvis in delight). We had plans for a play date with a friend afterwards, but a sudden runny nose and cough from the tiny Englishman put the kibosh on that.

This week so far, I’ve been busying myself with the manuscript edits for Handmade Gatherings. Hard to believe I’ll have another book out next Spring! AND THEN, sweet friends, another one in Autumn 2014! That’s right, I’ve got another book deal in the works! More details will come in time, but, suffice to say, it’s a serious passion project of mine and you’re going to love it.

In other news, with the new year upon us, I’m considering adding new sponsors to the site. Got a homestead-ish store or product? Make homemade ceramics? Sell cloth diapers? Do/make/sell/endorse anything natural and homemade that you think small measure readers would dig? Let’s chat! You can find pricing information in the link at the bottom of the sponsor column on the left.

Here’s wishing the week ahead is filled with health and happiness for you and yours!

 

4 Responses to Small Business

  • Brooke says:

    Ashley,

    We are just returned from a nice, long vacation with our daughter in Asheville, and are missing her and the city awfully. We had dessert one night at French Broad, brunch on New Year’s Day at Early Girl, several dinners at Walk, one at HomeGrown, one at Zambra, a couple at Universal Joint, the list goes on and on…Alexandria, specifically Old Town, where we live, is a HOT restaurant town, but Asheville is a mecca of its own. It’s a foodie heaven!!!

    I even made it to Small Terrain where, in order to help the local economy (and not Amazon’s bottom line), I bought your new book! Love it. That is SUCH a neat shop.

    We’re toying with the notion of looking into moving down there some day. We like the urban atmosphere of where we live, and the proximity to family here, and love our house, but there is something about that town and the mountains and the people that just calls to me…One day we drove up onto the parkway and parked where the road was barricaded and just started walking. The silence was, as they say, deafening. I only heard two birds, and the sound of icicles dripping of the mountainside. The fact that it took us about 20 minutes to get there from our daughter’s house was so cool. Quite a spot.

  • kimpeck says:

    seriously, your weekends sound so fun!! thank goodness i don’t blog about mine, which would include cleaning, chasing the kids around, dishes, and oh yeah, more cleaning ;)
    BIG congrats on the 2nd book deal for 2014!! can’t wait to see what comes forth from all of your creative energy!

  • Melanie J. says:

    We just drove by Early Girl and wondered about it, thanks for the link! May try to take my mom and sis there this weekend, if the lines aren’t too crazy. Congrats on the newest book deal!