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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!
  • You're in my heart, you're in my soul.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • It's the time, of the season. || Recipe for my
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What I’m Digging

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Happy Friday, friends! We’re moving into a weekend of temps that feel positively balmy given the weather we’ve been experiencing. The forecast calls for 56 degrees tomorrow and 58 tomorrow. That’s single pair of wool socks weather, friends! To say I’m excited about this fact doesn’t really do justice to how I feel. I. Am. Pumped!

In other non-frosty extremities news, my February column for Verve is up. Here I’m chatting about my change of heart, dietarily speaking, that happened several years ago. I also want to give a shout out to my girl Robin Plemmons. She has a feature in the magazine this month, and her story is one worth hearing.

Otherwise, here’s a smattering of this and that’s that caught my attention this week:

*Ever wanted to make your own apple cider vinegar (I have)? Here’s how!

*Speaking of vinegar, here are some great ideas for using it around the house.

*This dome house is gorgeous, cost only $200 to construct, and is sited in a forest. I’m thinking it would serve as a perfect playhouse for Huxley (or home office for me!).

*Totally making this maple & dijon pot roast.

*This round-up of the best foodie films is pretty spot on.

*Joy’s DIY vapor rub will fix whatever ails you (stuffed-up sinuses wise).

*Tiny house, you sure are pretty!

*Our oven got hooked up yesterday (!!!) and now I seriously want to break it in. I’m thinking cake is the best thing for an inaugural bake. This one, or this one. Or both, because, you know, new! oven!

*Homemade citrus salt, y’all! Get you some!

*I have a bit of a girl crush on Lorde. I do so love a kooky lady. Did you see her Grammy performance (truth: I love awards shows-all of them. Don’t judge)? She killed it. Plus, she had on, you know, all of her clothes! I like a woman that can belt out serious tunes without feeling the need to strip down. Adele, anyone? Annie Lennox? Stevie Nicks? Barbara Streisand? Exactly.

Local friends, here’s a little tip for you: Fletcher Village Bakery is completely amazing. It’s out past the airport, off of Hendersonville Rd.. We were out that way today, picking up upholstery fabric at Foam & Fabric (new couch, with new cushions, scored from a Habitat for Humanity find), and saw it across the parking lot. We popped in (I had a serious hankering for a cookie) and left with so many goodies. All natural, from scratch baking. Can’t be beat. Do pay them a visit if you find yourself out that way. You won’t be disappointed.

Wherever you go this weekend, whatever you do, and whomever you do it with, may it be grand!

*I post a photo of Huxley in my What I’m Digging round-ups because, truly, he’s what his Papa and I dig the most. The tree shown above is found in the woods around our house, and has a stream coming out of its roots. Glenn took Huxley for a hike up to it on Wednesday while I stayed home and worked. Huxley was bummed that I wasn’t along for the trek, until they got to the tree and found that “faeries” had left “magic” icicles for them to enjoy! That perked him up straight away! 

9 Responses to What I’m Digging

  • Maria says:

    I have a bit of a Lorde crush, too! But, what was the deal with the black fingers? It looked like she had really bad frost bite :-)

  • I love me some Flat Rock Village Bakery- I believe they are affiliated. good stuff. best peanut butter cookie I ever ate.

  • aimee says:

    He is adorable, and that crunchy snow underfoot.
    I read Joys home made vicks tutorial and thought i’d have to make some ready for our winter.
    My hubby is coveting one of these .. one day!

  • Tawnya says:

    I love her, she is on my pandora. Yes, she is kooky, and I had not watched this, thanks.. sharing this! Yes, I always enjoy a lady that respects herself.

  • ieva says:

    Thank you for sharing your Verve article….I too, have recently read Sally Fallon’s Nourishing Traditions and am starting a life eating plan using her guidelines.

  • Jen says:

    i made that pot roast this week — it’s amazing!

  • Ann says:

    We do the whole foods eating here also. Love that my kids prefer real food and anything and known themselves enough to say ” boy I really want a salad”. The homemade Vicks is in my list to make. It even helps with the allergy stuff noses. Lorded I am digging also. I am so glad she was dressed . Stevie Nicks seven wonders has been in my head all week!!!!

  • Carl says:

    Hello Ashley. I am a new bee keeper – 10 hives and growing. Got your great book. Very informative. Want to start my own nucs next year but har to find good, easy to follow instructions. Any help would be greatly appreciated n

  • Robin says:

    Loved your article on following your heart when it comes to food. I tend to whole grain vegetarian organic fuel and yet still get constant pressure to do Paleo this or Gluten free that. And yet my body seems to do a lot less yo yoing then the extremists around me. Moderation anyone?