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  • Discussing the bigger, more important things in life (or, quite possibly, Batman and his prowess) today on our hike and picnic. Being Huxley's mom is my favorite thing to do, of all the things I do.
  • After a picnic lunch and hike in the forests around our home, Huxley and I kissed @glennbenglish goodbye and wished him good luck as he set out on a hunt for the ever elusive morel. He texted to say the magic mushrooms weren't showing themselves, but that he did make it up to the mountain bald that rests on the ridge line behind our property. Love his panoramic video!
  • Hello, gorgeous fog. Happy Monday, friends!
  • Smoked sea salt chocolate chip cookies, because rainy Sundays were meant for baking cookies with my home slice.
  • Nothing you could say could tear me away from my guy. || Playing in the park, from yesterday in Decatur.
  • Rain + birdsong + spring green. On repeat. The city is fun to visit, but home in the cove is where my heart sings.
  • These Brussels sprouts, our first course @pinewoodtr, with their spectacular dipping sauce, were the stuff of crispy, salty, cruciferous dreams. Totally set the tone for the rest of the meal. So, so good.
  • Passed this scene on our driveway earlier this morning as we headed to Decatur, GA for the weekend. Going to miss the cove, but am stoked to enjoy a bit of city living. Happy weekend, friends!
  • Mountain morning ridge line fog is, to me, the best fog. Taken from our entryway porch.
  • Last Thursday, our perennially kind and generous friend Jessica Smith asked if she could stop by with a gift for us. This stunning succulent planter (in a vintage enamel pot) was what she showed up with. Turns out she's starting a new business called DIRT FLIRTS with her friend Diana. As they describe it:
  • Since this past Friday evening, @glennbenglish, Huxley and I have had the exquisite pleasure of hosting @tea_austen in our home. There has been much laughter, much eating, and much sharing of our hearts, minds, and deepest selves. As she drove away just a bit ago, it didn't feel like we were saying goodbye, but instead, see you again, hopefully sooner than later. Thank you for being such delightful company, @tea_austen, and for loving our little guy so fully (and getting a TMNT education in the process ?!). || Image is from this past Sunday, when we took Tara up to #blackbalsam for a hike and a picnic.
  • Jump in, you know these arms can fill you up.
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Weekend Eats

Happy Monday, friends. It’s chilly here today. The first fire of the season is currently blazing in the wood stove. Huxley and I are fighting off some seasonal allergy or cold, with ample doses of elderberry & honey syrup, ginger tea, and essential oil-infused hot baths. Staying toasty is the order of the day.

This weekend’s eats were amazing. We kicked things off with an apple potluck at Sky Top Orchard on Friday. There were glorious offerings on display, including Faryn & Eli’s curried pumpkin apple soup, Jenny’s apple and berry galette, Dan & Jessica’s arugula & apple salad, Janis’s apple oat crisp, and Tiffany’s cream cheese plate with crackers and dried apples. So, so tasty.

Hubs greeted Saturday morning with a local sweet potato, sausage, apple, and turnip green hash which he topped with eggs from our flock. Later, after my canning class (in which I made enough spiced apple cider for the 9 class attendees, the store’s proprietress extraordinaire Natalie, and 6 extra 1/2-pints for my own holiday gifting), our friends Rich and Jen came over for homemade burgers and fries.

Rich is a self-taught bread-making whiz, and brought along his signature sweet potato buns for the burgers, which were nothing short of fabulous. They also festooned us with homemade lemon applesauce, pumpkin ale, hard cider, seasonal ale, pickled jalapenos, and local Muscadine grapes. So happy to have these new-to-us friends in our lives, and not simply because of their incredible generosity! We took the leftover rolls the next morning and made them into fried egg sandwiches, served alongside warm fried apples. The best.

Sunday my little fella and I stayed in our p.j.’s, snuggled, and worked towards feeling better.

May the week ahead be wonderful for you and yours!

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