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  • 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! ??????
  • Pretty much ANY time is a good time for pickles, especially now that I've added @foodinjars delicious Quick Pickled Strawberries to the mix. Sublime!
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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!!!
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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).
  • 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!
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  • This was work today. Sweet, delicious, patio-consumed work. Shrimp & grits, for the win.
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Weekend Review

Happy Monday, friends! Hope you had a great weekend. Ours was filled with, well, food, mostly!

We held another gathering for the new book. This one had both a farmer’s market and kiddo emphasis, so there was a good deal of seasonally appropriate winter squash-, swiss chard-, and apple-eating happening. The littles also got their craft on, getting almost as much paint on their projects as on their fingers and clothes!

Hubs whipped up that scrumptious sandwich above. It was packed to the gills with braunschweiger (scratch-made from local meats by the Chop Shop), homemade apple-fennel slaw, my bread &  butter pickles, and raw gouda. A nice little autumn meal, washed down with hard cider.

And my little peanut sauce and I can’t stop eating pretzels and taking pictures of ourselves in photo booth. Love that wild guy, so, so much!

We’re also listening to this, this, and this, on repeat. I’m a repeat song-listening offender. It can’t be helped.

Hope your week ahead is a good one!

4 Responses to Weekend Review

  • Dena says:

    Oh, I remember when I heard the Lumineers a few months ago, I got chills! One band that’s getting a lot of play in our house (especially during breakfast & baking time) is Shovels and Rope, a downhome band from Charleston, S.C. You might like them :-)

  • Nerissa says:

    I love to listen to the same song on repeat, too. This is something I rarely own up to because I thought I was the only one! Dolly Parton’s ‘Wild flowers’ was almost a breaking point with my spouse. After my inital infatuation and thus repeated listening he refused to listen to it for weeks! But if the song was perfect for one listen why not seven? Thank you for validating this for me. Next time he complains I’ll tell him ‘Ashley English does it and so can I!’ and then I’ll probably find a different song. Maybe the Lumineers.

  • camille t says:

    Is that a pot full of delicious soup? What kind? Your lovely photos have inspired me to make so many delicious meals and i thank you for that!

    • camille-indeed it is! it’s a roasted butternut squash soup. the recipe will be in my new book, “handmade gatherings.” you’re going to love it! i’m so glad you enjoy the recipes i post here. that means the world to hear!