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  • 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!
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  • 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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  • This was work today. Sweet, delicious, patio-consumed work. Shrimp & grits, for the win.
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What I’m Digging

Hi friends! Happy Friday!

I’m experimenting with a new weekly feature here on small measure. All week long, a good chunk of my work time is spent online, reading blogs, discovering new websites, and getting inspired by images found there. I thought it might be fun to gather up some of my findings and corral them into a weekly round-up here, entitled “What I’m Digging.”

Here’s what left me hungry, contemplative, motivated and excited this week!:
*Peanut Butter & homemade muesli cookies on Elaine’s blog
*This solstice book
*Photos of her train trip to the Scottish Highlands on Hannah’s blog  (I did this exact same ride in August ’06; proof can be found here)
*Enjoying this New Belgium Snow Day Winter Ale
*Fresh figs & caramelized onions! Garden Betty’s pizza
*This should go in my crock! Homemade sauerkraut
*These mushroom ornaments need to be on our holiday tree
*A great piece on some of the challenges facing young farmers
*Sorghum caramels!!!
*These children’s booties (thanks to Amanda for the link!) would keep our little dude warm

Also, as of 11-11-11 (thanks ever-so-easy-to-remember date, buddy!), Huxley is now walking. And, although he looks like a zombie while doing so (with his tiny arms outstretched for balance), and although there are many spills and falls en route, he’s doing a great job. And he’s keeping me busier than ever!

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

8 Responses to What I’m Digging

  • Michele says:

    Yay for walking!!!!!

    I'm so proud. (smile)

  • Grace says:

    Thanks a lot, Ashley. I went to look at that Winter Solstice book and ended up doing a big retail therapy shop! Lol. I needed it after my day at work today. Also, I got the book used for 38 cents. How could I say no to that?

    I suspect Santa is bringing me a crock, so I will get my sauerkraut on after the holidays.

    Go Huxley! Mom and Dad are in trouble now!

  • Kate says:

    Snow Day is SOOOOOOOO GOOD!!!!

  • EcoGrrl says:

    love the suggestions – and this time last year i too was on a train ride to the scottish highlands – during the storm of the century with 3' of snow covering everything – trippy to see it snow-free :)

  • Bee Girl says:

    Congrats on the first steps, Huxley (and Momma)!!! My daughter started walking on Christmas day (1995), so I love easy-to-remember dates, as well :-)

  • amanda says:

    those swedish moccasins really are the best! need to get some more for my girl who insists on pulling off her socks ;-)

  • elisa says:

    oh yes, now it will be very busy!! such a delight. my first started walking in the middle of a wedding reception, perfect for the greatest amount of attention! x

  • Thanks for the links – those cookies look great! Just the thing for a quiet evening at home.