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What I’m Digging

Happy Friday, friends! What are you doing this weekend? Hubs and I are going on our third date (!!!) since becoming parents. My mom is coming over later this afternoon to play with Huxley while we get all fancied up and head over to a complimentary media-only Ocktoberfest tasting menu dinner at the Red Stag Grill. I’m so excited. Expect a full recount of the event early next week.

In other news, here’s a smattering of this’s and that’s that caught my attention this week:

*This place is pure magic (via Amy).
*Loving ‘the xx.’
*Been tucking into Luisa’s new book every night. SO good.
*N.C. residents, here’s help for ravaged squashes and pumpkins (Sigh. I really, really love pumpkins and want to be able to grow them naturally).
*10 multipurpose ingredients for a homemade household.
*Infused basil oil.
*Sowing the chicken salad bar.
*Super excited about Cloud Atlas (the Wachowski’s are back!).
*Just discovered The Lumineers (thanks to Amanda).
*Sweet Paul shares my love of plaid.

Need some more pie inspiration? Check out my tips for Blue Ribbon pies, plus recipes, over at my pie blog on Mrs. Wages.

Also, my English Lessons post for Verve is up this month. I’m chatting about how the places we live inform the people we become.

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

8 Responses to What I’m Digging

  • Lisa Coffee says:

    Hmm, squash bugs. No bueno! Here in CO, we grew about 30 butternuts this year but next summer will be our first growing season up in those NC hills. I suspect we best spend our winter reading about pests and doing research with our friends at Arbico Organics so we can come out ahead. We’ll be gaining two months on our growing season, but also a whole new world of bugs.

  • EcoGrrl says:

    I *love* the Lumineers! Heard that song a while back and couldn’t get enough- great album as well! (did I say album…? haha) happy weekend!

  • Heather W. says:

    I didn’t even make it through the entire list before I had to stop and comment. Thank you for the info on the squash vine borers. I can’t tell you how many plants we’ve lost the past couple of years to these troublemakers. I have been so disappointed by our shabby squash and zucchini harvests, so it is nice to know there is hope!

    Now, on to finish the list. (Love your Friday list!)

  • I just read your post on Verve and it hit so close to home. My best friend and I were just looking through old photos and talking the other night about how different we are now, settled in as mothers and work-from-home artists in the rural outskirts of the city than those days in our 20′s of needing to live and be social in the center of everything every day. And while I barely recognize that person I was, it was important to becoming who I am today – and I wouldn’t trade either one! Loved your post! Have a fabulous weekend!

  • Melanie J. says:

    Thank you Amanda and Ashley! Digging the Lumineers :)

  • Christy says:

    Just ordered “Keeping Chickens.” Very excited! We are in the process of building our coop!

  • Ick, as a new gardener, I just gave up on squash this year and ripped all of my plants out. No fun. But pumpkin, mmmm…I’d fight for some pumpkin. = )

  • Gloria says:

    Ah…..The Lumineers. My new favorite band, Big Parade is such a good song. You might like a band called Of Monsters and Men.