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  • These Brussels sprouts, our first course @pinewoodtr, with their spectacular dipping sauce, were the stuff of crispy, salty, cruciferous dreams. Totally set the tone for the rest of the meal. So, so good.
  • Passed this scene on our driveway earlier this morning as we headed to Decatur, GA for the weekend. Going to miss the cove, but am stoked to enjoy a bit of city living. Happy weekend, friends!
  • Mountain morning ridge line fog is, to me, the best fog. Taken from our entryway porch.
  • Last Thursday, our perennially kind and generous friend Jessica Smith asked if she could stop by with a gift for us. This stunning succulent planter (in a vintage enamel pot) was what she showed up with. Turns out she's starting a new business called DIRT FLIRTS with her friend Diana. As they describe it:
  • Since this past Friday evening, @glennbenglish, Huxley and I have had the exquisite pleasure of hosting @tea_austen in our home. There has been much laughter, much eating, and much sharing of our hearts, minds, and deepest selves. As she drove away just a bit ago, it didn't feel like we were saying goodbye, but instead, see you again, hopefully sooner than later. Thank you for being such delightful company, @tea_austen, and for loving our little guy so fully (and getting a TMNT education in the process ?!). || Image is from this past Sunday, when we took Tara up to #blackbalsam for a hike and a picnic.
  • Jump in, you know these arms can fill you up.
  • Excited to try out this tasting kit @driftawaycoffee sent me. The idea is that you brew each of the four bags they provide, divided into categories of FRUITY, CLASSIC, BALANCED, and BOLD, taking notes for each one on a postcard entitled
  • It's true: in the presence of chicken and waffles, my southern drawl becomes more evident. It cannot be helped. Still thinking about this platter of awesome from last night's Sunday Supper @rhubarbavl, honoring talented friend Ronni Lundy and the release of her newest book,
  • I try to see the forest AND the trees.
  • Sunday, perfect Sunday. @glennbenglish, Huxley, and I had a wonderful day picnicking on Black Balsam with @tea_austen
  • It's a good day in western NC. Happy weekend, friends!
  • Happy #nationalsiblingsday to my two favorite homies! Love you Devan (left) and @theomadams (middle)!!! Photo from November 2012 at the Grove Park Inn here in Asheville, NC. || Not pictured, our two brothers. Love you too, Jimmy and Walker!
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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.