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  • Today was a good day. This view, from the top of our road, certainly helped make it so.
  • I think the 48-hour flu I've been fighting has finally succumbed to my assault of grapefruit seed extract, osha root, propolis, elderberry syrup, Oscillococinum, apple cider vinegar, rose hips, hibiscus, ginger/lemon/honey/cayenne tea, and neti pot with goldenseal tincture. I don't take getting sick sitting down. And now, a winter storm, possibly. Bring it, I say. Happy weekending, friends!!!
  • This guy.
  • I've been waiting, for a book like this, to come into my life. Whoa. Picked this up a few weeks ago at @screendoorasheville as a New Year's gift to @glennbenglish. Just started reading it myself and it couldn't possibly be more of what I need to see, right now. Completely on point, wholly attuned to what I'm presently sensing and curious about and inspired by, and infinitely humbling.
  • Warm enough today to play soccer down in our lower field, do a bit of weeding in the garden, and push a nearly-too-big 4 year-old in his
  • New year, new moons, new calendars. Right on, right on.
  • @shelterprotectsyou has been posting images of the wedding she and @sheltercollective had here in September all week. They built this altar for the ceremony, and it's still here, just past the house, on the way to the chicken coop. We pass it every day. Some days, I casually note its beauty and the way it feels like an outdoor church here in our forested cove. Other days I barely register it as I scurry about, doing this and that around the property. Today, though, in the stark, grey, drizzly setting, it was quietly regal. Happy to have had her visuals prompt me to stop, look, and listen to this physical testament to love.
  • The chickens told me they much prefer the rain this week to last week's frigid weather, thank you very much. I couldn't agree more.
  • These potatoes @tableasheville changed my culinary life. They called them hash browns, but they were unlike any I'd had before. Par-baked perhaps, smashed into halves I'm guessing, and then roasted and maybe finished with a quick fry in the skillet and scattered with large sea salt granules? Whatever the method, the result was a creamy, yellow center and a crispy, salty exterior. Quite possibly the best hash browns I've ever had.
  • This caramelized cinnamon citrus
  • I went on a kid-free date today with @glennbenglish! And we talked about grown up things, without interruption from a 4 year-old (except for when Glenn was talking about something important and I interrupted to tell him a man had just walked by with two hooks for hands, because, hooks for hands)!! And we went to @tableasheville and it was completely delicious!!! So many !!!! Brunch date might just be my new favorite thing.
  • If you need me over the next few days, I'll be here. Cold weather coming, friends, bundle up out there!!!
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Spring Has Sprung

IMG_0501IMG_0396IMG_0205IMG_0260IMG_0158IMG_0510IMG_0173IMG_0432IMG_0531IMG_0440IMG_0203IMG_0409IMG_0388IMG_0283IMG_0347IMG_0477IMG_0195IMG_0415IMG_0338IMG_0270IMG_0578IMG_0592IMG_0584IMG_0602IMG_0608Here are a few of my (randomly ordered, non-rhyming things):

*Silk dyed eggs.
*Little friends on Easter egg hunts.
*Eggy dish spreads.
*Mamas in plaid, with giggling girls and mountain vistas.
*Toddler Easter baskets (with elf figurines!).
*Long-haired, checkered plaid boys enjoying candy.
*Lemon & Dill Deviled Eggs.
*M.C.-ing (as in “Mistress of Ceremony-ing) toddler egg roll games (redunkulous!!!).
*Hip mamas in fine threads.
*Little ones, rolling eggs with spoons.
*Egg nigiri.
*Little fellas.
*Strawberry & Lemon Curd Pavolva.
*Friends & their kiddos.
*Plates of eggy goodness.
*Naturally-dyed eggs.
*Goat cheese made into tiny “eggs” atop beets and pickles.
*Contemplative toddlers.
*Mischievously grinning little boys (more! checkered! plaid!).
*Caramelized Onion & Bacon Egg Salad.
*Double corn corn bread (gluten-free, to boot!).
*Brunch with friends and family.
*Slow-cooked scrambled eggs and fried apples.
*Noon walks in the woods.
*Not just one, but two black snakes, side-by-side, a clear indication that spring (and mating season!) is officially here.

I love my friends, I really do. Not only do they show up for all of the hair-brained, wild-eyed ideas I throw, they show up, you know? Dressed in their finest springtime clothes, equipped with their most splendid egg-tastic (oh yes I did) dishes, and ready to get their egg craft (dyeing with silk) and egg decor (nests, feathers, eggs, you name it) on, my crew brought the awesome yesterday. And how.

This gathering, entitled “The Good Egg” (one for my book Handmade Gatherings, due Spring 2014) proved one of the most beloved parties I’ve ever thrown. Maybe it was because it really said “Hey! Everyone! Spring is so totally, officially here!” Perhaps it owed to my finding myself, for the first time in my life, orchestrating the Easter egg hunts, and egg rolls, and egg tosses for the children gathered, instead of participating in them. Or maybe it was all that love, and goodness, and, oh, possibility on offer from the many joyful, exuberant (sugar-fueled) children in attendance. Whatever it was, it was infectious, and delicious, and I’ll take it!

Here’s hoping the week ahead is filled with health, happiness, and harmony, for you and yours.

8 Responses to Spring Has Sprung

  • Megan says:

    Wow. The eggs. The food. The land. The friends and family. Amazing.

  • Tonya says:

    What a great idea!

  • sally says:

    This is such a gorgeous gathering. I’m inspired with all the egg-full goodness. Is that lemon meringue pie with strawberries on top? Love, love, love the goat cheese and beet salad, the decor, the dresses, and it IS truly spring when you see the first snake.

  • Paula M @oliviacanela.com says:

    Oh my goodness, that pavlova!

  • Mindy says:

    I stumbled across your blog by accident and I realized I’d read your book about Chickens! I enjoyed the book and I’ve so enjoyed your blog. I grew up in Western North Carolina and now I’m living in Charlotte with a tiny backyard and a whole lot of homesteading dreams. I’m glad I’ve found your blog, it is a pure delight.

  • The Barefoot Crofter says:

    Oh wow – what a fantastic gathering. Food, family, friends – perfect. I can feel the joy from here xx

  • Jane G. says:

    Your long dining room table is so inviting for sharing neighborhood holiday meals! Beautiful Easter spread.

  • mandi@herbanhomestead says:

    Yeah- I was going to say, those are some stylish mamas! Looks like a wonderfully, fun and full day.