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  • 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!
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  • 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).
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What I’m Digging

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Happy Friday, friends! Hope all is well in your worlds today. We’re on the mend, it appears, after a short bought of stomach flu for the little guy. He seems just fine and dandy today, though, thankfully.

I’ve got a Small Measures post up on Design Sponge today. I’m chatting about making colored twine for decorating packages. Why would you DIY your twine, instead of purchasing it in a store or online? For several reasons-you can create a vast range of colors and color combinations at home that would cost a mint to buy, and crafting your own creates a personalized effect with character that you’d never be able to make with mechanically-created colored twine.

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

*Sarah’s wreaths are serious knockouts.
*Locals-home milk delivery, in glass bottles to boot!
*Nicole’s genius winter pie idea-Kabocha squash.
*Real life hobbit houses.
*YES magazine is fantastic this month (and every month, really).
*Wouldn’t it be fun to make honeycomb-patterned biscuits or cookies?

*This permaculture design course in Belize looks incredible (and it’s run by an old friend of Glenn’s!).

I’m looking forward to a potluck and garland-making get-together at my friend Jess‘s house tomorrow afternoon (and she’s got a hot tub, to boot!). After that, we’re headed to my Mom’s place, for an overnight trip to Grandma’s (or “Gigi’s”, in our case), complete with a cookie-baking session slated for Sunday morning.

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, because, truly, he’s what his Papa and I dig the most. He’s sitting in front of our wood stove’s hearth gate here. This post  from last December goes into a bit more detail about the gate. It’s worked like a charm since Glenn made it, and keeps this Mama from having extreme heart palpitations every time Huxley plays near the stove.

5 Responses to What I’m Digging

  • Katie says:

    I look forward to your Friday posts. So many new links to explore and they’re all always wonderful finds to add to my reading list. And your little guy is growing like a weed!

  • Nicole says:

    Your weekends sounds like the perfect holiday weekend :) Huxley looks cute in his thermals and I love the colored twine idea. SO creative. Thanks for the link love!

  • jen says:

    LOVE that you’ve linked to Farm to Home milk! What a great service, reminds me of being a kid – we got milk in glass bottles delivered to our door. Even better, it was raw milk (yum!). I’ll have to try out their service.

    The charlie brown christmas trees are so sweet. Simplicity is beautiful! But if you’re going to go all out – wow, those wreaths!!

    Happy Friday!

  • Melanie J. says:

    Farm to Home delivers to 28787!!! Girl, you just made my day!

  • Heidi says:

    I love MapleView milk although I am surprised they are going to deliver to Asheville area. Not really all that local. If you are ever in Chapel Hill, an ice cream cone at their store on the farm is a must! My favorite flavors are tarheel crunch and teaberry. It really makes me wonder how far my milk travels. Hmmmm. I’m really wanting that milk cow :).