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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!