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  • 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).
  • 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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  • This was work today. Sweet, delicious, patio-consumed work. Shrimp & grits, for the win.
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What I’m Digging

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Happy Friday, friends! A nasty, sneaky sinus something-or-other has wreaked havoc and has me down for the count today. I’ve been feeling just on the verge of getting something the past few days with achy joints, general fatigue, and the like, and then last night it started to hurt when I swallowed. Woke up this morning with full-on nastiness. I’m attacking it with a vengeance, though, with elderberry & honey syrup, ginger/lemon/honey/cayenne tea, grapefruit seed extract, and more. I seldom get sick, and I don’t take it lightly. So, I see a day filled with rest, hot baths, healing essential oils, tea, and cuddles from a little dude (and a big one!).

In other news, I’ve got a Small Measures post up today on Design Sponge. I’m sharing tips for crafting bath and massage oils, perfect for this time of year when those of us in the northern hemisphere begin to look less like our lovely selves and more like Leatherface.

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

*Amazing house in Nairobi.
*This orange loaf calls to me like a siren.
*Now that the craft/guest room is nearly done, I’m thinking we’ll decorate the walls with these, with various specimens gathered from the property.
*Win a copy of Crackers & Dips!
*Picked up this book the other day; excited by its prospects.

I’m hoping all of this clears on out by tomorrow. I’m attending a seed-starting class at Sow True Seed (you should come, if you’re in the area-it’s free, and bound to be informative!) in the morning, and then going to a 4 year-old’s birthday party in the afternoon. Head cold, sinus infection, or whatever it is, consider yourself given fair warning.

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

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

10 Responses to What I’m Digging

  • Melanie J. says:

    Feel better, sweetie! And that class is already full :( I put my name on the waiting list, so I am hoping they see the need for a 2nd class. So my stalker butt won’t be there tomorrow, you’re safe ;)

  • Shanda says:

    That house in Nairobi is amazing!

  • Kat says:

    Come visit in Oregon–I’ll take you lot swimming in Oneonta Gorge!

  • Georgette A. Howington says:

    Your son is an angelic cherub of a boy; those pink cheeks, sparkling eyes and smile are the pinnacle of happiness. The postings today are interesting. I especially like the book on Home Brewing. Recently I am interested in making soy yogurts. Don’t know if that is considered “brewing” however…in any event, I enjoyed seeing your postings as always! How do you find so many new and interesting things? Such a smart young woman. Thank you.

  • kimpeck says:

    feel better soon…happy to hear that you are taking care of yourself so well!!
    and have fun tomorrow at Sow True Seed – i LOVE them
    i always look forward to friday & your post!!

  • amanda (sweetpotatoclaire) says:

    hope you’re on the up and up. sinus infections are the worst, but it sounds like you’re on the way to knocking it out. that house in nairobi is AMAZING! really, the picture of the living room with the soft curved walls and that reading nook and fireplace had me swooning! and the warthog? oh my. I was gifted home brewing supplies for christmas and plan to put them to use soon~ fun stuff.