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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!
  • Happy Friday, friends! New
  • This was work today. Sweet, delicious, patio-consumed work. Shrimp & grits, for the win.
  • It's the time, of the season. || Recipe for my
  • Ah, multiflora rose. Making the cove smell absolutely AMAZING right now, but an invasive, still. Every rose has its thorns, yes?
  • Like crepes? Like outdoor dining? Like your goods gluten-free? Then I've got you covered. Review of the delicious and adorable @creperieandcafe in Weaverville, NC over on small measure today! Link is in my profile.

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Skin Food (+ Giveaway!!!)

As far as beauty regimens go, mine is decidedly low-key. It goes something like this: take a shower, dry off, put pure coconut oil on my face and body. And that, friends, is it. I put lip balm on at night before going to bed, and always wear some natural lip gloss when I go out, but, otherwise, aside from the occasional face mask or body/foot scrub, this lady keeps it simple.

Lately, however, with the turn in weather and attendant drop in humidity, I’ve noticed that the coconut oil that keeps my face supple and smooth during the warmer months hasn’t been quite getting the job done. I’ve needed something more emollient and hydrating, but I wasn’t sure what. Until last week, that is, when my buddy Christa hooked me up with the perfect remedy.

Skin Food, created by Skin Fare, is a blend of certified organic coconut oil, palm fruit oil, beeswax, castor oil, palmrosa, rosemary, and helichrysum. Those 7 simple ingredients combine into a rich, thick salve that can be spread on your face, hands, feet, body-anywhere that you need it, really.

I’m seriously loving it. It’s got all the goodness my straight-up coconut oil offered, bolstered by the humectant properties of the castor oil and the emollient nature of the beeswax. It doesn’t leave my skin greasy, either, the one downside to pure coconut oil. Plus, it smells amazing! There is truly nothing I don’t like about Skin Food. The coolest part might even be that it’s made just down the road from me, right here in Candler!

And for you, you lucky small measure readers, there’s a treat, too! Christa graciously gifted me with some Skin Food to sample, as well as to share with one reader. That tube pictured above is your ticket to supple, happy skin. So, let’s have a giveaway, shall we (it’s been awhile, hasn’t it?)?!

To enter, just tell me a bit about how you care for your skin when the mercury dips. I’d also love to hear any tips on caring for children’s skin. Huxley is still crazy smooth, and I’d love to keep it that way. I’ll give him a bit of Skin Food if he seems to chaff.

The giveaway will run for one week, ending next Thursday, September 27th, at midnight EST. In your comment, please, please be sure to leave a means of contacting you, should you be the winner, via with a link back to your website/blog or by listing your email address. If you’re not comfortable leaving a public email, just send me a private message at ashleyadamsenglish(at)gmail(dot)com.

Here’s to cooler weather, seasonal shifts, and smooth, happy skin!