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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!
  • 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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What I’m Digging

Happy Friday, friends! And happy summer, too. The season of sun, and sandals, and sweat, and soil is officially upon us. Oh. Yes.

I just got off the phone with my younger sister, Theo. She, along with my other sister, Devan, will be coming to visit usfor a week in early July. I shared with her my intentions for engaging in three definitively “summer” activities during their visit: a trip to the beach (and kiddie waterpark!!!) at Lake Lure, a berry-picking expedition somewhere in the area, and a hike on the Blue Ridge Parkway (Black Balsam is a perennial favorite). Summertime, and the living is easy, indeed!

Here’s a smattering of this’s and that’s that caught my attention this week:
*Truly appreciate Tamar’s approach to the topic of life and death and livestock
*Popsicle round-up, woo hoo!!!
*Show pollinators some love. Here, too.
*I scream, you scream, we all scream for an ice cream & a waffle maker!
*30 ways to get the littles outside this season.
*Bush girls never give up.
*Cardamom Berry Smash? Yes please!
*Rose petal granola.
*Loving Kate‘s “Summer On the Road” mix.
*50 ways to keep your change.
*Homemade maraschino cherries, oh my!

I’ll be catching up on some writing this weekend. I hope to head to a farmer’s market tomorrow, too. I’ve had a hankering for Dave’s flaky, buttery pastries for awhile and it’s high time that aching was satisfied.

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

5 Responses to What I’m Digging

  • SouthernGirl says:

    I love your Friday posts and always find something new and interesting!

    Your July plans sound awesome. I've got a lotta love for Lake Lure and adore the Blue Ridge Parkway. I've even got a map from one of the Visitor Centers I'm getting ready to hang up in our home. It is always a treat to head up to the NC mountains from upstate SC.

  • I've got a tiny tiny cherry tree in my front yard, maybe in a few years I'll be making my own maraschino cherries too!!

  • oklyous says:

    Have you watched, a bbc-documentary(I think) called: Bees, butterflies and blooms.
    Its about pollination(don't know if it is spelled correctly).
    I found it really interesting.

  • spike says:

    You can find some good berry pickin' near us at the Zimmerman's Berry Farm. It is located off the beaten path between Marshall and Hot Springs, NC. There is also a great swimming hole on the Big Laurel River (parking lot is right by the turn off 25/70 going to Hot Springs) you could enjoy. Might be a fun day trip to consider. I take my son Jasper to that swimming hole all of the time and he is just a shade younger than Huxley.
    Enjoy your visit. I love spending time with my sister.

  • Ashley, I didn't know you until you linked to my post about life and death and livestock. But now I know you, and am the better for it.

    I'm doing so many of the things you're doing, only not nearly so well. Your garden, your books, and your family are lovely, and you give good advice to boot.

    Nice to meet you.