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What I’m Digging

Happy Friday, friends! As I type this, the profoundly loud, but immensely welcome, sound of  drill cutting a hole into the side of our house is filling the air. A range hood that we purchased nearly a year ago (!!!) and are only just now getting around to having installed is getting duct work put through the attic. Those of you that know me personally know just how very excited this is. No more exposed wires coming out of the wall over the range, woohoo!

In other quieter, less jarring news, here’s a smattering of this and that’s that caught my attention recently:

*Nearly every post in Stony Soil Vermont reads like poetry. Brett is my kind of writer, no doubt about it.

*Sarah’s Strawberry and Honeysuckle Crush looks outta sight!

*Fantastic tips from Ashley on Meal Train Etiquette.

*I picked up some items from Melissa’s studio on Sunday for Glenn’s birthday on Monday. And then he went to her studio on Tuesday and picked up some items for our 8-year anniversary that day (the material for 8 years of marriage is pottery). It all feels very The Gift of the Magi!

*My friend Faryn told me about Field Day, dresses made out of upcycled vintage sheets. I love that they’re both environmentally friendly and adorable, not to mention have pockets (dress pockets are my JAM!).

*If you’d like to travel without leaving the comfort of home, go check out my friend Nicole’s Instagram feed. She and her friend Marley spent a week in Istanbul before heading to Barcelona a few days ago. Get ready to sigh in dreamy delight.

Alright, cutting out early to check on the range hood’s progress. Then we’re off to Marshall, NC, for the 4th annual Mermaids in Marshall parade. We went last year and had so much fun. Plus, I get to dress Huxley up as a pirate, always a good thing. We’re actually heading back out to Marshall again tomorrow, for our friend Tara’s monthly wood-fired pizza night at her bakery, Smoke Signals. Think picnic blankets, toted in coolers full of beer and wine, and kiddos running around all while the aroma of smoke and fire and yeast and cheese waft through the air. So, so good.

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 Glenn and I dig the most. This photo is from a recent visit to Hole Donuts, one of his favorite destinations. And it’s highly appropriate that I’d post it today, considering that it’s National Donut Day! 

2 Responses to What I’m Digging

  • Barbara says:

    Ashley–Thanks for your recent recommendation to visit Crêperie & Cafe in Weaverville NC! While in Asheville NC (from Waycross GA) for a wedding over the weekend, we drove to the charming li’l town and enjoyed brunch–with Russell as our Barista–featuring the scrumptious Good Earth and Veggie Delight crêpes. Wonderful coffee and tea–even the citrus-infused H20 was refreshingly unique. We mentioned your blog, and owners were delighted that you had sent us their way. Definitely a must-visit while in the area!

  • Rose Cole says:

    I haven’t had time to look at your blog in while so I am very glad I slowed down in order to get caught up! Thank you so much for bringing Creperie and Café to my attention! I live in nearby Sylva and will try to get to Weaverville real soon.
    I also want to thank you for the Strawberry Pie recipe. I have put up a ton of strawberries and I will definitely try the pie.