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  • I had the most profoundly memorable experience today. The cookbook club at Haywood County Library (the county adjacent to mine) hosted me, and by hosted, I mean 12 ladies selected recipes from my book
  • What better way to clear out a case of the Mondays than a giveaway?! See that lovely locally-made wooden bag dryer there on my wall? Want to win one of your own (you do, trust me)? Pop on over to small measure to enter. Link is in my profile.
  • This guy right here? While he might be growing bigger every day, the truth is that becoming a mother has helped me to grow. To be more present. To be more patient. To be more empathic. As I tell all my soon-to-be-mama friends, parenthood is the toughest work you'll ever do, with by far the biggest payoff. The lovin', and the learning, are so, so good. Happy Monday, friends.
  • Today was a good day. This view, from the top of our road, certainly helped make it so.
  • I think the 48-hour flu I've been fighting has finally succumbed to my assault of grapefruit seed extract, osha root, propolis, elderberry syrup, Oscillococinum, apple cider vinegar, rose hips, hibiscus, ginger/lemon/honey/cayenne tea, and neti pot with goldenseal tincture. I don't take getting sick sitting down. And now, a winter storm, possibly. Bring it, I say. Happy weekending, friends!!!
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  • I've been waiting, for a book like this, to come into my life. Whoa. Picked this up a few weeks ago at @screendoorasheville as a New Year's gift to @glennbenglish. Just started reading it myself and it couldn't possibly be more of what I need to see, right now. Completely on point, wholly attuned to what I'm presently sensing and curious about and inspired by, and infinitely humbling.
  • Warm enough today to play soccer down in our lower field, do a bit of weeding in the garden, and push a nearly-too-big 4 year-old in his
  • New year, new moons, new calendars. Right on, right on.
  • @shelterprotectsyou has been posting images of the wedding she and @sheltercollective had here in September all week. They built this altar for the ceremony, and it's still here, just past the house, on the way to the chicken coop. We pass it every day. Some days, I casually note its beauty and the way it feels like an outdoor church here in our forested cove. Other days I barely register it as I scurry about, doing this and that around the property. Today, though, in the stark, grey, drizzly setting, it was quietly regal. Happy to have had her visuals prompt me to stop, look, and listen to this physical testament to love.
  • The chickens told me they much prefer the rain this week to last week's frigid weather, thank you very much. I couldn't agree more.
  • These potatoes @tableasheville changed my culinary life. They called them hash browns, but they were unlike any I'd had before. Par-baked perhaps, smashed into halves I'm guessing, and then roasted and maybe finished with a quick fry in the skillet and scattered with large sea salt granules? Whatever the method, the result was a creamy, yellow center and a crispy, salty exterior. Quite possibly the best hash browns I've ever had.
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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.