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  • 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).
  • 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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What I’m Digging

Happy Friday, friends! I’ve been busy, busy, busy all week, working on various freelance projects. Soon as they’re up and running, I’ll share them with you. So many balls in the air at one time! It’s good, though. I’m an ants-in-the-pants-gotta-keep-moving sort of gal, so staying busy suits me just fine.

Here’s a smattering of this’s and that’s that caught my eye this week:
*This new magazine for families is beautiful (via Gabrielle).
*Cake, cake, and mo’ cake (via Jen).
*DIY on NPR (via A.J.)
*Nettle foraging from two bloggers I love.
*Eco eggs (& eco grass, too)!  
*Oh, Ireland, you green temptress (via Summer)
*Food & music.
*Locals, an archery workshop!
*Love the styling, color palette and videos of this online magazine.
*Finally, cool ties for menfolk!

Also, I’ve got a post up on Design Sponge today, all about eating edible wild flowers. We’ve gone crazy eating from our yard this past week. SO fun!

 Hubs and I are tag-teaming viewing The Hunger Games today. He’s at the show now and I’ll catch a showing later today. Super pumped. Have you seen it? What’s your take on the adaptation to the big screen?

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


11 Responses to What I’m Digging

  • Oh my, Dark Rye could be a serious time sink for me. Thanks for sharing!

  • Dixie says:

    Once again, great links. Thank you.

  • Kristy Lynn says:

    Hey sister!

    i've awarded you the versatile blogger award! You can claim it from my blog (no pressure though)… XO!

  • amanda says:

    My hubby and I read the books together a few weeks ago and saw the movie on Sunday~ Obviously, a lot was left out…… gotta say, reading the books, I didn't feel too much like I was reading books for teenagers, but watching the movie, I definitely felt like I was watching a movie for teens. There just wasn't the depth of characters I had hoped for so it bordered on hokey quite often. Not terrible, though. Have fun!

  • mandi says:

    Those cakes! Trouble for sure! I am trying that lemon lavender cake tomorrow. I can hardly stand the wait!

  • Gorgeous use of violets on your cake…I've never eaten them before but imagine them as tasty and fragrant as lavender?

  • jen says:

    as for the hunger games, the comment i have heard from a lot of people is that the biggest missing factor is katniss's inner dialogue. that's so much of the book and it just can't come across in film. so it's more an action movie adaptation.

  • Molly says:

    To me, the movie is very much like the book, which (again, to me) was too sad, hopeless, and violent. Book(s) and movie were both entertaining but very disturbing with little to redeem them (besides, maybe, Peeta's character). I guess they are just not my taste–though they certainly seem to be for everyone else! Hope you enjoyed it.

  • Kim says:

    Hunger Games was an awesome book, movie was okay. Too many details were left out which was understandable. A few meaningful details changed. Not what I was hoping for. I could see this an a weekly TV series then the whole story could be told.

    I have ate a few violets!

  • Love all the links. Thanks! Brooke

  • ashley says:

    Kristy Lynn-Aww, shucks! That's so kind of you!!! Truly appreciated!!!