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  • 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

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Happy Friday, friends! As I type, the sky is becoming increasingly dark and ominous, with threats of ice and sleet in the forecast. It’s a good day for staying in, sipping coffee (the adults) and hot tea (the tiny Englishman), making a pear gingersnap crisp (photos to come), working on manuscript edits, and otherwise remaining safe from the ravages of the day.

Yesterday, we 3 Englishes got hair cuts from the photographer-by-day, hair-cutting-goddess-by-request Meg. We all needed some sprucing up (I joke, sort of, that we tend to go a bit ‘feral’ out here), and nothing beats hanging out in your friend’s living room and chatting as they cut your hair and keep you laughing.

I’ve got a Small Measures post up today on Design Sponge. I’m sharing recipes for several homemade cleaning products, including an olive oil-based furniture polish and an insanely easy, and cheap, abrasive cleaner (think Soft Scrub au natural).

Also, National Pie Day happened this Wednesday (yes, there is such a thing, thankfully!). You can read my thoughts on all things pie and get hold of the recipe for my Mushroom & Chèvre Galette here.

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

*Homemade flavored butters are where it’s at.
*My friend Debra is amazingly connected to her honeybees.
*Can’t stop listening to this.
*Or this.
*Karen’s DIY Tooth Polish
*Shetland ponies in Shetland sweaters!
*Our buddy Dave is opening an all-local pizza joint.
*Just discovered the books of Pip & Posy; we’re all seriously smitten, Huxley especially.
*Got a sneak peek at this book, photographed by my girl Jen, styled by my man Chris, and illustrated by my homeslice Kristina. Looks great.
*My newest blog crush.

If the weather doesn’t cloak us in ice, I’m planning to take this Fermented Beverages class at Small Terrain tomorrow. There’s also talk of a bit of quality time with my mom and grandmother on Sunday, as well as a little chat with my buddy Ian (we have a very fun idea up our sleeves!).

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! 

 

4 Responses to What I’m Digging

  • Adrienne says:

    I look forward to this list, always great stuff! I now have two more great blogs to scroll through and coloring pages from Pip and Posy.
    Thank you for the tips!
    Oh- and thank you for your lovely books. I gave Pies to my sister for her birthday in november, so beautiful, and I have Canning/Preserving for myself after a summer of tons of garden veg and nothing to do with it! This summer I will be prepared.

  • Melanie J. says:

    What a ragamuffin! All he needs is a hobo satchel tied to a stick ;)
    Your timing is unintentionally terrific, as usual…I was looking for an earth-friendly furniture polish, now that we’re being so diligent about actually keeping the new place clean. That class looks wonderful too! If I didn’t have family in town again….alas, I’m at least glad that Small Terrain is offering stuff like that. I look forward to catching a class soon! Have a great weekend, Ash!

  • Mari says:

    The abrasive scrub is fantastic! I made a batch and have since been scrubbing like there’s no tomorrow, just for the sheer delight of seeing surfaces get sparkly (and of smelling the peppermint of the castile soap)… Thanks a lot!

  • tamera says:

    Oh my goodness! Thank you for the link! I’ve been loving the natural cleaner series over at Design Sponge!