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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.
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What I’m Digging

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Happy Friday, friends! It’s a wet day here in the cove. When I pulled back the curtains this morning, Huxley saw that it had rained overnight, then turned to me and sang “Baby, it’s raining outside.” Don’t ever doubt that your children are acutely aware of what is happening around them, be it vintage holiday carols played for a month straight, swear words, or frantic parental exclamations (after Huxley’s accident in June, he said “OH GOD!” for months whenever he found himself in a precarious position).

This warm respite has taken me by a welcome surprise. Yesterday and the day before I worked on manuscript edits outside on our covered porch, which is crazy, and awesome. Crazy awesome. Then I worked in the garden yesterday and was thrilled beyond words to see many, many buzzing beauties coming and going from both of our hives. The bees are alive and well. Yay!

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

*A tree for the birds.
*Pots de creme + cardamom? Please, and thank you!
*Kate’s 2012 music round-up is great.
*Grow a prairie in your front yard!
*Easy DIY root cellar.
*Thinking of pre-ordering this book.
*Food & Wine comes to Asheville.
*I’ve long been a Martha fan.
*Molly keeps it real (I was flagged for post partum depression after Huxley was born and really appreciate her candor).

I’m excited to head over to the home of some dear friends for dinner tonight (their daughter, Aquinnah Wren, is the red-headed cutie that shows up here periodically). Tomorrow promises to reach around 70 degrees, so, after swinging by the Winter Market and then dropping off styrofoam and alkaline batteries at the Hard To Recycle event, we’re thinking of having a winter picnic (YES!) by the bass pond at Biltmore.

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

*I always post a photo of Huxley here on Friday because, truly, he’s what his Papa and I dig the most! 

 

7 Responses to What I’m Digging

  • Hazel says:

    Love the chocolate pot recipe! I’ve bought some pomegranates to make this ice cream http://www.nigella.com/recipes/view/no-churn-pomegranate-ice-cream-30 (the seville orange version of it is one of my all time favourite ice creams!) but I’m thinking I might use them for this recipe now…

    My Rainbow group (British equivalent of Daisy Scouts) are going to be making bird feeders next week, so I’ve book marked the loo roll bird feeder idea. I’ve tried it on slices of bread before, but it rips too easily when you try to hang it up- this looks like a great substitute.

  • Kendra says:

    It’s such an interesting idea, to have not only our backyards filled with fruit and vegetable gardens, but our front yards too. It will definitely require a change in thinking but how wonderful would that be. Love your What I’m Diggin every Friday. Just wanted to let you know I’ve been digging your A Year of Pies, the Key Lime was fantastic.

  • Barbara says:

    I love your A Year of Pies:Seasonal our of Home Baked Pies. A new acquisitoion at my local library. I am interested in trying several recipes. My daughter is in a culinary class in HS and the pie crust recipe is very similar and very delicious! Thank you!

  • Leanne T says:

    Hi Ashley,
    I just love your blog, I have been following your blog for a while now, and decided it was time to leave a little comment. I adore your pictures of Huxley, he is just too cute for words. My 2 babies are in college now, they grow up way too fast! I live in Southern California, in the small town of Ojai. It is an art and music community as well as lots of agriculture. So a lot of people here have a “green” way of thinking, much like yourself, which I so much appreciate. I love to garden, cook and can and all things homemade, that is why I love your blog so much. Even though we are on opposite coasts I still feel a connection to your neck of the woods. My mother-in-law is from Ashville, from the Walnut Creek hollar. I can’t wait to share the article from Food and Wine with her. Many Thanks, Leanne