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Weekend Review

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Happy Monday, friends! It’s raining here right now, again. People are starting to joke that they’re beginning to mold. Some are only halfway joking, I think….

But all that rain makes for thriving temperate rainforests like ours. It’s also super conducive to editing manuscripts while sipping on Earl Grey tea and nibbling shortbread in a hoodie. There might also have been some very, very, very early planning/hoping/scheming/dreaming of a West Coast Handmade Gatherings book tour/family vacation next spring. Trains, planes, automobiles-I’ll take it all. I love road trippin’ and can’t wait to introduce Huxley to the Pacific, and sea lions, and redwood forests, and the Golden Gate Bridge, and Voodoo Donuts (for that matter, I can’t wait to introduce myself to Voodoo Donuts!) and Delancey and Pike Place Market and the San Juan Islands and Port Townsend. One way, or another, it’s going to happen. As God as my witness, we will head west (cue me in a Civil War era hoop dress instead of a hoodie doing my best Scarlett O’Hara)!!!!

Hope you all had a grand weekend. We sure did. There were waterfalls, and turtles, and Indian food, and shadows, and horses, and mushrooms, and Rudbeckia, and forest frogs, and sassafras trees, and more mushrooms involved. So. Much. Goodness. I’m feeling rather exploratory lately-creatively, culinarily, ecologically, geographically. Everything we did this weekend really helped to foster that sense of exploration, and for that, I am so very grateful. Speaking of grateful, mad props to Glenn, who both watched Huxley all day Saturday while I galavanted about in the forest and today, while I edited my beverage book. Rock star Papa, that man, I tell you!

Here’s hoping the week ahead is filled with love, health, and happiness, from me and mine to you and yours.

14 Responses to Weekend Review

  • Hey! Interesting that it has been raining there, ( I had to check where you are, never been to that area of the country!) here in western OR it has been so dry. I spend half the day dragging my sprinkler around- only on the veggie gardens, don’t worry all the grass is dry, brittle and yellow.
    Great pics, love the food picture, made me so hungry! Love the gaint “horned” shadow picture, or slender goddess with arms raised?
    I have farmers market on the weekends which was a little slow due to back to school I suppose. But that means this week I can do some slightly different crafts- sewing linen scarfs, and hopefully getting that cedar soap my husband has been wanting, he is tired of lemon I guess (how could on ever be tire3d of lemon?). take care, Sarah

  • oops spelling error…gient? giant? there we go

  • KC says:

    It sounds so good and so full! Oh those pakoras look awesome. Where is the castle I might ask?

    • It’s the Biltmore Estate, here in Asheville. It’s the largest privately owned open-to-the-public home in the U.S.. We have annual passes, so we go all the time, to the gardens, lake, pond, lagoons, barnyard, forests-we love going!

  • Dana says:

    Don’t forget to visit us in Southern California! On the other hand I love a road trip up the coast…. 😉

  • Ashley says:

    yes yes yes come to portland.
    I have a small house filled with 4 year old twins and an 8 year old boy otherwise I would say STAY with us. Although I bet that is one of those odd things about being a famous blogger, I know you, but you do not really know me. We are a normal two mom family, both naturopaths and acupuncturist who have followed your blog for a few years now since learning about it on amanda soule’s blog.
    I am happy to help you find good place to eat in PDX, places to stay and things to do. some houses just went up for rent in the hawthorne district called
    http://historichawthornerentals.com/
    they are awesome from what I hear. There is always of course the Kennedy School with their soaking pools. and the best doughnuts around (not at kitchy as voodoo but WAYYY yummier) are
    http://www.bluestardonuts.com/
    they are amazing.
    thank you for all your wonderful writing, it is always a bright spot in my day.
    Blessings!

  • Melanie says:

    Reading this post makes me even more excited about our upcoming trip to the San Juan Islands. The hubs just discovered Port Townsend online last night, looks like we will need to try to fit it into our trip as well :) if all goes well, the rest of my little family will fall in love with the Pacific Northwest like I am (and it sounds like you too as well) and we will get to relocate up there! Fingerscrossed!!

  • Ted S says:

    When you go to the San Juans, be sure to come to Orcas Island! It is a great place to visit and my wife and I would love to treat you at our favorite coffee/community gathering spot!

  • Madeline says:

    The trip across to victoria is also lovely!

  • Stacey says:

    Voodoo Donuts is excellent, but if you’re going to visit Portland in the future, I would also recommend Salt & Straw. They have the weirdest, most amazing flavors of ice cream – the Sea Salt with Caramel Ribbons is my favorite. My husband and I visit them at least once a week :)

    • Ashley says:

      yes Salt and Straw is amazing. Oh the flavors they have. I agree, the Sea Salt with Caramel Ribbons is amazing. They just opened up a new one down the street from us and we are not struggling to not go once a week as well! :)

  • k a t says:

    I hope you will make it to Seattle. Delancey is my neighborhood pizza spot! The Fat Hen across the street is also delicious for brunch. Slate Coffee is just down the street and is getting a lot of buzz. Of course elsewhere in Seattle is Sitka & Spruce, Revel, Paseos, Dots Deli, etc! I’m sure you won’t just eat, but it’s a good place to start!

    The kidlet might like the Olympic Sculpture Park, Museum of Flight, Kids Musuem at Seattle Center, etc.

    I’ll keep an eye out for the dates you’ll be in the NW. Yay!

  • Oh your going to love the Northwest! It’s the most beautiful place on earth in the summer! Maybe I will get to meet you on your tour! Woot! Woot!