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  • Asheville area folks: Come on over to @forvillagers at 7 pm tonight to hear @gardenbetty talk about her new book,
  • When dinner is served al fresco on the patio, at sunset, in a watermelon bowl, then my heart smiles. || Egg noodles, NC shrimp and pea shoot-arugula-basil pesto topped with nasturtium leaves, sage flowers, and chive blossoms. Nearly summertime and the living is easy.
  • When your afternoon involves chilling inside the Asheville Salt Cave with 7 of your nearest and dearest and your collective 4 kiddos, and your night involves celebrating one of their birthday's with a fajita feast and @glennbenglish's phenomenal spring sangria (with watermelon and strawberries and honeysuckle blooms that I picked), then you know that today has been an extraordinarily good day.
  • Spicy pork dumplings from @ganshanstation, I love you. While everything I've tried here has been seriously stellar, @procain's dumpling situation is worth the visit alone. So, so good!
  • 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!!!
  • 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).
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Weekend Review

Happy Monday, friends! Hope you had a great weekend. Ours was full of things like sunlight peeking over the mountain ridge behind the house (after the rain, it’s just gorgeous), caramelized apple upside-down cake, mums & pumpkins galore, mulled wine with friends, roasted chicken with apples and rosemary, toddlers in swings hung from trees (the swings, not the kiddos), hard cider, the smell of leaf piles burning in the distance, giggling children, and so much more goodness.

Fall color is definitely popping on the hills here. In a week, it’ll be insane, no doubt. All just in time for our tiny Englishman’s birthday this coming Sunday. Two years. TWO! YEARS! The time really does fly just as quickly as everyone tells you it will. Seems like just the other day I was holding this tiny, wiggling thing, looking very much like a plucked chicken, and now he’s pointing to pictures of tomatillo salsa on the cover of a preserving cookbook in the kitchen and (astutely) saying “spicy!”

I’ll be busy all week baking (3 types of cookies today alone!), cooking, and writing all week, for the new book, for Huxley’s “The Great Pumpkin” themed party on Sunday, and more.

Whatever happens this week, try to work in a bit of apple cider (fresh or hard), something pumpkin-y, and a walk amongst the leaves, if you can. This is my most beloved time of year, when color abounds in every direction, the temperature dictates sweaters in the evening and warm socks in the morning, and hot coffee tastes its best.

Hope the week ahead brings nothing but happiness for you and yours!

*The last image above is one Hubs took, behind the scenes of the Country Woman shoot. I got my hair did, ya’ll, in about 4 different styles. Hair rollers, curling irons, and all. Fancy! Last time I did pretty much anything, at all, with my hair was 5 years ago, on my wedding day. I’m about as low maintenance as it gets, in terms of my look, so warming up to hair and make-up for the shoot was a big, big step for me. I decided to just embrace it, though, and enjoy the experience for what it was.

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