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QUENCH

 

HANDMADE GATHERINGS

 

A YEAR OF PIES!

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: HOME DAIRY

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING BEES

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: CANNING & PRESERVING

 

HOMEMADE LIVING: KEEPING CHICKENS


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  • Discussing the bigger, more important things in life (or, quite possibly, Batman and his prowess) today on our hike and picnic. Being Huxley's mom is my favorite thing to do, of all the things I do.
  • After a picnic lunch and hike in the forests around our home, Huxley and I kissed @glennbenglish goodbye and wished him good luck as he set out on a hunt for the ever elusive morel. He texted to say the magic mushrooms weren't showing themselves, but that he did make it up to the mountain bald that rests on the ridge line behind our property. Love his panoramic video!
  • Hello, gorgeous fog. Happy Monday, friends!
  • Smoked sea salt chocolate chip cookies, because rainy Sundays were meant for baking cookies with my home slice.
  • Nothing you could say could tear me away from my guy. || Playing in the park, from yesterday in Decatur.
  • Rain + birdsong + spring green. On repeat. The city is fun to visit, but home in the cove is where my heart sings.
  • 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.
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What I’m Digging

Happy Friday, friends! Historically, Huxley has always been a late sleeper (I know, I know, poor me!). During our trip this past weekend, though, either the full moon shining in our room, or travel excitement, or, well, I don’t know what, but something had him waking up around 6-6:30 a.m. every day. Now that we’re home, I’ve found that it’s me that’s the early riser. I’ve always been a morning person, rolling right out of bed shiny-eyed, happy, and raring to go (again, poor me), but this new wake-up time is better than ever. I kiss my little guy’s head, quietly climb out of bed, put the kettle on for coffee, get myself a bowl of yogurt and honey, and settle in at the laptop before I hear the inevitable pitter patter of little feet getting out of the bed and running in to mama.

In other news, here’s a smattering of this’s and that’s that intrigued and inspired me this week:

*It’s the season of leaf printing.
*Synesthetic Decorating is absolutely fascinating!
*This cat has his priorities right.
*Honeycomb pumpkins.
*Had a hazelnut gelato ice cream sandwich here that, on it’s own, made the trip totally worth it.
*Make 5 simple soaps.
*An apple a day really works!
*Met Gustav in Brooklyn; great guy, gorgeous jewelry.
*Corks as fire starters-who knew?
*A new book, and a special cake (fig & polenta, oh yes!).

We’re off in just over an hour to Sky Top, my beloved orchard. I’m hosting another event for the new book, Handmade Gatherings. Apples. Babies. Cider. Hay rides. Mountain vistas. Goats. Donuts. So. Much. Goodness!

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

*I confess to dressing my “pumpkin” to match the patch, because that’s just how I do, ya’ll.

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