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  • To celebrate all the photo shoots that we completed this week (three in 8 days!!!), we took it easy this morning, and whipped up this challah French toast, stacked with my homemade peach lavender butter, Foothills bacon, rosemary candied pecan pieces, and sorghum molasses blended with maple syrup.
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What I’m Digging

Happy Friday, friends! We were a house under siege this week, chez English. Some sort of weird and sudden stomach bug hit us hard Wednesday evening. Yesterday saw lots of moaning, groaning, belly-holding, and general lying about in bed, waiting for the discomfort to end. Today is much better, thanks to peppermint tea, Oscillococinum, Reed’s ginger brew and good old Alka-Seltzer. These rough tummy romps make me so thankful for all of the other days that are without stomach assault. 
Here’s a smattering of this’s and that’s that piqued my interest this week:
 *I would really love to make it to the Heritage Harvest Festival this September (bonus: Joel Salatin!). 
*These winter salads all look divine.
*This essay on How We Eat is eye-opening, and inspiring.
*Meg Paska, who is profiled in Keeping Bees, is in this gorgeous video.
*Yes to more cottage industry foods!
*Make your own kombucha scoby.
*The Debutante Hunters stirred all kinds of emotions in me (thanks to Angela for clueing me in!).
*Every cookie I’ve baked from this book has turned out wonderful.
*Huxley has been requesting this song on repeat all week.
*Asheville finally has its own downtown food truck lot, including Suzi’s incredible eats!
We’re off on Sunday to the Organic Grower’s School. Hubs and I plan to tag-team minding the tiny Englishman while each other attends classes. I’m going to Advanced Beekeeping and Preserving your Harvest with Lacto-Fermentation while he’ll be checking out Real Life Forest Gardening & Farming and Effortless Edibles in the Landscape. SO excited!
Wherever you go this weekend, whatever you do, whomever you do it with, may it be grand!

6 Responses to What I’m Digging

  • SouthernGirl says:

    I used the same tutorial for making your own kombucha scoby and IT WORKED! I couldn't believe it. I'm now on my second batch of homemade kombucha and am loving it!

  • Anonymous says:

    I really appreciate that you linked the book to Indiebound and not Amazon! :)

  • Dixie says:

    Once again, great links. Thank you for sharing! My husband and I will be hearing Joel Salatin speak in April and then again at the Mother Earth News Fair in Pennsylvania in September. Can' t wait.

  • Alison says:

    If you get to the festival at Monticello, seek out Tom Burford. He is a national treasure when it comes to apples–anyone who loves hard cider needs to know him. He's a lovely man and a wealth of information especially about heirloom varieties and southern apples. Personality-wise he's the polar opposite of Salatin (Burford is quiet and humble) so he'd be easy to miss.

  • Apseed says:

    I like your posts, it's so inspiring!

  • Marlo says:

    Oh, I am so excited about the Heritage Harvest Festival. I'm already planning a trip down to C-Ville. Can't wait!