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  • Alan Muskat, master forager, sharing his vast wild world wisdom at yesterday's foraging class here.
  • The gleaners. || Yesterday, our land served as the location for a foraging class led by wild foods expert Alan Muskat. So many edibles here, constantly changing with the seasons.
  • Asheville area folks: Come on over to @forvillagers at 7 pm tonight to hear @gardenbetty talk about her new book,
  • When dinner is served al fresco on the patio, at sunset, in a watermelon bowl, then my heart smiles. || Egg noodles, NC shrimp and pea shoot-arugula-basil pesto topped with nasturtium leaves, sage flowers, and chive blossoms. Nearly summertime and the living is easy.
  • When your afternoon involves chilling inside the Asheville Salt Cave with 7 of your nearest and dearest and your collective 4 kiddos, and your night involves celebrating one of their birthday's with a fajita feast and @glennbenglish's phenomenal spring sangria (with watermelon and strawberries and honeysuckle blooms that I picked), then you know that today has been an extraordinarily good day.
  • 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.
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What I’m Digging

Happy Friday, friends! We became new parents this week, of the feline kind! This summer, three of our (quite geriatric) cats crossed over the rainbow bridge (or, as we told Huxley, “went to the forest”, which is accurate, as that’s where they’re buried). The one that remained, Kali, was seeming a bit despondent, so it seemed that getting her some furry company was in order.

We went to the Kitten Madness event ($3 per kitten, which includes spaying/neutering and micro-chipping) last Friday at the Asheville Humane Society and promptly fell in love these sweet-faced buddies. We’ve christened them Harold (the tabby) and Maude (the tortoiseshell). They’re litter mates and it made sense to give 4 month-old kittens someone to play with other than an 18 year-old, crotchety (though sweet!) cat. They’re rascal-y and wily and goofy and so, so puuuuuuuuuurfect (it had to be said)! Best of all, they were “buy-one-get-one” so, for $3, we went for it. Huxley’s 2nd birthday is Sunday, so this is our gift to him (and, really, to ourselves, too). Ain’t no love like baby kitty love!

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

*Seasoning cast iron pans with beeswax.
*I’ve yet to meet a pot pie I don’t like.
*DIY Halloween decor.
*This Iceland diary seals the deal-we. must. go (via Camille).
*Fabulous gift idea for new parents.
*Vote for the dinner party.
*This blog makes me want to turn our lower field into a market garden.
*Someday, I’ll make it to Petersham Nurseries. And I’ll be very, very happy.
*Brown Sugar Roasted Fig Oatmeal

I’ll be busy all weekend long, prepping for the big party we’re throwing our little guy on Sunday. We’re dovetailing it with a pumpkin-themed event for the new book, and the weather, scenery, and eats promise to make it an occasion to remember.

Hubs is off to the annual Asheville Scrabble Club Tournament (think BIG WIN vibes for him!), and since he’ll be gone for the better part of Saturday and a good chunk of Sunday, my mom and grandmother are graciously coming over to spend all day tomorrow and Sunday with me and Huxley. They’re even spending the night, which, for my 86 year-old Nanny, is a big, big deal. I plan to make it worth their while, with a pizza & pajama party tomorrow evening and a yummy breakfast on Sunday (I’m thinking homemade biscuits and country ham).

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

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