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  • I had the most profoundly memorable experience today. The cookbook club at Haywood County Library (the county adjacent to mine) hosted me, and by hosted, I mean 12 ladies selected recipes from my book
  • What better way to clear out a case of the Mondays than a giveaway?! See that lovely locally-made wooden bag dryer there on my wall? Want to win one of your own (you do, trust me)? Pop on over to small measure to enter. Link is in my profile.
  • This guy right here? While he might be growing bigger every day, the truth is that becoming a mother has helped me to grow. To be more present. To be more patient. To be more empathic. As I tell all my soon-to-be-mama friends, parenthood is the toughest work you'll ever do, with by far the biggest payoff. The lovin', and the learning, are so, so good. Happy Monday, friends.
  • 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.
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AAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!! It’s here! Spring is officially here! I think I heard the forest surrounding our house audibly sigh this morning. Maybe. I certainly know we three Englishes are most welcome for the change of seasons. Although I adore my wood stove, I have to say, the romance was fading fast these past few weeks….

I’m off to pick Huxley up from Starseed. Thursdays are “soup day” and he brought parsnips to contribute to the pot this morning (he kept calling them ” ‘Snips, ‘snips!!!”). They’re having a little spring equinox celebration there today. I am beyond grateful to have found this little gem of a place! The fact that it is located on the mountain ridge directly behind our property makes it all that much more magical in my eyes.

Happy, happy spring to you, wherever you are, with much love from our home to yours.

6 Responses to Spring!

  • Terry Lillie says:

    Spring has arrived in Iowa too!! Sunny day, green poking through the soil, cats lounging outdoors……..ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!! I agree about the romance of a wood stove and winter, it is OVER! :) Spring Blessings to you and your family.

  • Michelle says:

    Spring, 3 feet of snow on the ground, but still so happy it is spring! Ah, life in northern Wisconsin! Love it though.

  • rae says:

    the snips were a delightful contribution! quite the little avid chopper you have there! :)

  • Molly says:

    Spring equinox, certainly, spring flower, yes. Hope the weather complies, too.
    Are those ramps coming up?

  • KC says:

    Snow drops and wild strawberries! I’m very happy for you. I feel the same way when the first summer monsoon storm rolls around! We wait more or less all of April, may and June for rain.