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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! I hope that a little love shined into your life this week, whether you were the one doing the shining or someone else brought the light.

I had a very inspiring lunch yesterday (at new Asheville eatery WALK-sweet potato tots! So! Good!) with a friend planning to open a homesteading supply store in the area. I can’t begin to tell you how happy that makes me, as it can be challenging when I’m hoping to make cheese or needing to add supers to my beehives only to discover I’m short on cultures or that I can’t make the hour trip out to the nearest apiary supplier’s place. As she gets closer to opening her store, I’ll provide plenty of pertinent information.

 Here’s a round-up of informative, inspirational, and intriguing this’s and that’s I stumbled upon this week:
*Miranda’s blog if full of great projects for both the Bigs and Littles in your life.
*Two sisters, one in the country, the other in the city.
*This show looks right up my alley.
*Look at these canyon photos!
*The purples of winter.
*Marisa details why adjusting for altitude matters.
*I need this magazine.
*Red brussels sprouts! Who knew? (via Camille).
*Essential oils, everywhere!

It looks like it’s going to be a gorgeous day here. Huxley and I are headed out in an hour to play with a friend and her 14 month-old daughter in town. Friends and babies-YES!

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

10 Responses to What I’m Digging

  • betsy says:

    I can't wait to have a homestead supply shop in the area. That's a perfect idea!

    The Walk is just stone's throw from my studio and I have to agree, the sweet potato tots are delightful. The Super Mac and sauteed kale are also going on my regular lunch rotation.

  • Anna says:

    We have a great urban homesteading store here in St Paul, it is so nice to be able to get the things I need/love to admire very near by. I'm glad you'll have one nearby, too!

  • Dixie says:

    Your “What I'm Digging” posts are another reason to love Fridays! I always look forward to them. Thanks for sharing these great links. Going to have to try the red brussel sprouts!

  • Jessie says:

    I just know I'm going to waste (spend?) countless hours watching that web series – just like when I found The Perennial Plate! And I can't wait to try The Walk the next time I'm in town (which is never far off)!

  • Megan says:

    Great news about your friends homesteading store. I love the idea!

    I'm opening an Urban Farming pop-up shop this Spring which I'm pretty excited about. With profit margins of farm and garden stuff being so low and commercial leases being so insane here in NYC, we're sticking to seasonal pop-ups for now.

    Not to bomb your comments with self promotion, but here's the link to our facebook!

    Hayseed's Big City Farm Supply: https://www.facebook.com/HayseedsFarmSupply

  • Michele says:

    Little Huxley is looking SO GROWN these days.

    (smile)

  • El Gaucho says:

    Sweet potato tots?!?!? Well this just sounds fantastic, we might have to experiment with that this weekend.

  • How wonderful to have the homestead supply nearby! Also congratulations on the new project, Taproot.

  • I love these “what I'm Digging” posts–always some good nugget of info there! Thanks, Ashley!

  • Thanks for all of the fun links:) I went to visit the harvest kitchen sisters..how fun! ~ B