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  • 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.
  • 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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What I’m Digging

Happy Friday, friends! My little guy is watching Emmett Otter’s Jug Band Christmas (he can’t get enough of those little river puppets, and dances around in happy circles when they sing “Barbecue”!), I’m sipping coffee laced with fresh nutmeg, the wood stove is exactly the right temperature, and the day promises to be a nice one. Great way to go into the weekend, I’d say!

I’ve got a Small Measures post up over on Design Sponge. This week I’m sharing my recipe for Homemade Irish Cream. If you become tipsy after making a batch, you’re welcome.

My English Lessons column for December is up on Verve, as well. I’m chatting about the lessons I learned one Christmas in my early teens about the satisfaction that can be gained from keeping the holidays simple.

Oh, and pssssssst!!! All five books I’ve written with Lark are currently 50%, as part of a huge craft book sale on Barnes & Noble!

Here’s a smattering of this’s and that’s that grabbed my attention this week:

*The time of hot mulled wine has arrived.
*Easy, seasonal, and adorable.
*20 edible gift ideas. YUM!
*Completely in love with Sunray and his world.
*Camille’s beautiful wreath-making party.
*Sticky cranberry gingerbread, oh yeah.
*Tomato cage holiday tree=total genius (via Simple Mom).
*Hoping to make one of these for solstice.
*Getting this for Huxley for winter (and eventually all of Sibylle’s books).

Mom and I are headed out to Charlotte this weekend with Huxley (Glenn will be holding down the fort in our absence, sweet man that he is). My brother, his wife, and their son moved into a new home there back in July and we’re excited to go check it out and let the cousins play (the boys are 3 1/2 months apart and love to go crazy together!).

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

*Each Friday, I post a photo of Huxley here, since, naturally, he’s what his Papa and I dig the most. 

8 Responses to What I’m Digging

  • Bonnie@WhatAboutPie says:

    Ok, I just love Emmet Otter’s Jug band Christmas! I remember watching that so long ago when I was a child. I guess it would have been like in the very early 80′s. I watched it on HBO. It’s so interesting how so many people I know have fond memories of that movie. My children have never seen it. I am going to have to make sure they watch it. By the way, awesome deal on your books!!! I love your books! I don’t have all of them, but maybe one day!

  • Melanie J. says:

    Emmet Otter! You made me melt once again…I can hear that special in the photo! I have half those songs on my iPod :) Also, love the sound of your Irish cream recipe, can’t wait to try it out! And thanks for the heads up on B&N…Home Dairy is on its way, my holiday pressie to me!
    P.S. We’re moving to Weaverville on Boxing Day! Hope to meet you at a class or something soon :)

  • jen says:

    i LOVE the wreath making party. This is the party solution to living in a neighborhood where I am surrounded by folks that don’t eat gluten or sugar. I’m stealing it for next year so look for your invitation. :)
    Are you going to make your Buche de Noel pine flavored? It looks gorgeous – though I feel Jon would be more impressed with finding a log that could burn for the 12 days of Christmas!
    i WISH i could make your recipe for Irish Cream. It sounds insanely good. Putting it on my list for next year (along with that cocktail you served at the cookie exchange that everyone raved about. Is that recipe in your new book?).
    Finally, i enjoyed your Verve article. I had a similar epiphany several years ago and started making or buying handcrafted gifts. They are the most fun for me to give others and I think truly embrace the holiday season.
    Have a great weekend in Charlotte!

  • Elaine says:

    I really love your “what I’m digging” such inspiration! I had to laugh when I saw that Sunray was from Washington (probably somewhere close to me) because that is just the way we roll here and I love it! His house reminds me of a place we came very close to moving into. Today I went out and put up three of those trees on my porch using my tomato cages! It just needed something else and i didn’t quite know what it was until I saw that! SO, Thanks for the inspiration:) Also, can’t wait to try your Irish Cream. I love Irish Cream, but you pretty much have to take out a loan nowadays to buy alcohol in our state since they the liquor stores became privately owned a few years ago, of course I’ll still have to buy the whiskey, but this looks like a good reason to splurge! Have a great weekend!!!

  • Kristy Adams says:

    Always look forward to your What I’m Digging posts. I’m always looking for grea childrens books and easy crafts. Thanks for the inspiration! Blessings

  • Lois says:

    What a sweet story about your friend and how you were introduced to a simpler Christmas.

  • Bette says:

    Your Irish Cream recipe is just great. I LOVE your blog.

  • Aimee @ Simple Bites says:

    Thanks so much for the shout out on my edible gifts! Packaging up more as I speak. =)