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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!
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  • 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! We’re on the tail end of some rain and overcast skies here. Yesterday was bananas-a high of 38 degrees F, in April! The daffodils and forsythia didn’t know what to make of it, and neither did I.

My sister, Devan, was visiting this past week. She flew in Saturday evening, just in time for our egg gathering (and to help me fill eggs with candy, prep silk scarves for dyeing, cut flowers for decorating, and so. much. more. Thank you!!!). We took her to the airport for her return flight home to Florida yesterday. It’s always bittersweet whenever my sisters visit. Sweet because their company is so very welcome, yet bitter because I always end up kind of bummed out and sulky for a few days after they leave. Sisters are wonderful creatures to have (at least mine are!); we’d both put on our “fat pants” (aka house pants) come sundown, have a little cocktail each night, play with Huxley, listen to music, catch each other up on family gossip and YouTube silliness, internet surf, take little treks into town, sip our coffee in the morning, and just enjoy the comfort that comes from being around someone you’ve known since before they were born. She’ll be back this summer, so, I’ll bide my time until then.

In other news, I’ve got a bit of writing up elsewhere you might enjoy. My monthly English Lessons column is up over on Verve. I’m chatting about what can be learned from enjoying spring’s ephemeral wild flowers. Also, I’ve started profiling artisans over on Madesmith, an online national resource of makers. My debut profile is of Brooklyn-based ceramicist Clair Catillaz, whose work is simply beautiful.

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

*Been enjoying getting to know Farm Made.
*The Asheville Wild Foods Market opens tomorrow!
*Definitely getting a copy of this.
*Natural pain relievers.
*Use hibiscus for red highlights!
*Great book for those who want to grow but have very limited space.
*I’m working on an entire Sow True Seed (a local company) garden this year. For every order now through Earth Day, the company is giving away a free packet of sunflower seeds!
*This set would so match my kitchen (and my love of enamelware!).
*So pretty.
*I can definitely get behind the idea of healing beers.

I’ll be working on some freelance bits this weekend, along with starting seeds, developing beverage recipes, stopping by the farmer’s market for opening day (and that wild foods market mentioned above!), possibly seeing friends from out of town, and otherwise enjoying life.

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 each Friday because, truly, he’s what his Papa and I dig the most! 

4 Responses to What I’m Digging

  • Julie says:

    I am laughing very hard right now because I just ordered the healing beer book for my husband for father’s day. I saw it at the local brew shop we frequent, and it looks really good. Thanks for a good chuckle.

  • Candice says:

    Thank you for the link to natural pain relievers. I rarely take anything except during a short period in the spring and fall when seasonal allergies kick in and my sinuses give me a fit! If you or your readers have any suggestions for a natural decongestant, I’m all ears. Also, I’m ordering the healing beer book for my husband (a home-brewer), he’ll love it! I always love your What I’m Digging posts, you provide such excellent ideas and links!

  • emily english says:

    Love the quick bit about your sisters…my sister and I have a very similar relationship to what you described above, especially that special comfort that comes from knowing one another since we were born. What a great way to describe it. We don’t live in the same town and goodbyes are always bittersweet, too. Funny enough, her name is Ashley English! Her husband found your books when they were looking for more information on chickens…we all had a great laugh at the serendipity and it no doubt endeared us to your writing immediately. Our family owns multiple books between us and though I’ve never been a blog follower (of anyone) before, I’ve somehow taken to yours. Many thanks for all you share!

  • The Barefoot Crofter says:

    Hooray for Sisters and fat pants! My sister came to visit from Canada last month and we had such a good time. Lots of seed sowing happening here this week – growing food is such an amazing process.
    Love your portrait xx