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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! ??????
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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).
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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.