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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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  • 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!
  • You're in my heart, you're in my soul.
  • 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!
  • Happy Friday, friends! New
  • This was work today. Sweet, delicious, patio-consumed work. Shrimp & grits, for the win.
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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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