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What I’m Digging

Happy Friday, friends! Hope you’ve had a great week. The weather here has been absolutely sublime. I’ve gotten pretty much everything planted in the garden, aside from a pumpkin and winter squash patch that’ll be going in this weekend. A riot of wild roses bloomed this week and standing outside these days is like being bathed in perfume-rich air. It’s a great time to be in the mountains of western North Carolina, that’s for certain.

I’ve got some fun news to share: I’m a guest blogger on HGTV Gardens! Check out my first post, on building wild pollinator houses here. It’s the first of a 5-part series on Gardening With Kids. I’m delighted beyond measure to be partnered up with the fine folks at HGTV.

In other news, here’s a smattering of this and that’s that caught my attention this week:
*Now’s the time for eating edible flowers (here, too).
*This is hilarious (and, if I’m not careful, how I sometimes find myself beginning to feel!).
*VW Van adventure!
*Definitely will be making Amanda’s popcorn.
*Gorgeous photos and delicious sounding jam.
*So much beauty here.
*Purchased one of these (in “truffle”) a few weeks back. I swear it makes our coffee more tasty (and nicer to look at!).
*These came in the mail yesterday for Huxley. He declared them his “favorite boots ever!”
*This little lady and her friends have become quite popular chez English as of late.
*Thinking a jar of this is in order, now that long, sunny days are upon us.

We’ve got quite a fun weekend ahead. My sweet Glenn has a birthday tomorrow, and our 6th anniversary is Sunday (he’ll never forget our wedding date, as he turned 40 the day before he got married!). We’re actually going to a wedding of some dear friends tomorrow, so we opted to celebrate Glenn’s big day this evening. Around 5 p.m., our home will be filled with friends, their children, and a mess of Southern foods. We’ve currently got a pork shoulder roasting (for pulled pork!), some cabbage & kale slaw is about to be made, and both (!!!) of the chocolate and peanut butter cakes (because you should never have to choose between favorites on your birthday, especially if you’re a Gemini!) I baked yesterday are about to get frosted. We’ll toast with homemade Peach Bourbon Iced tea (the recipe is in Handmade Gatherings), get a fire roaring in the fire ring, and celebrate the wonderful man I have the exquisite pleasure of sharing each and every day with.

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

*I post a photo of Huxley and I here each Friday because, truly, he’s what his Papa and I dig the most. Glenn snapped some sleepy photos of us this morning, cozied up together like peas in a pod. 


7 Responses to What I’m Digging

  • Heather W. says:

    How very timely your french press link was!! I just broke my Bodum glass insert in my beloved press and am refusing to buy another. I’ve just learned of the Le Creuset and am curious how you like yours?

  • Abby says:

    Glenn and I share a birthday! Sweet! My hubby, my 13-mo. old son and I are going to a Pick and Gather festival at a local organic farm. We’ll be u-picking cherries and blueberries, which sounds like a perfect 33rd B-day to me!

  • bette says:

    Congratulations on HGTV. I am looking forward to it. Have a great weekend.

  • Andrea says:

    Sunday is 6th anniversary for hubby and me!!

  • tigress says:

    this photo is gorgeous! hope you and yours are doing well chicky! :)

  • KC says:

    Great list! That jam is really intriguing to me!

  • Deborah Lambeth says:

    I love the way you write! Your comment about jam reminded me of when my sister and I made watermelon marmalade. It is really good and tastes like a very mild orange/lemon marmalade because of the citrus that is added to the watermelon. Congrats on all accounts–your anniversary, birthday celebrations and being recognized by HGTV to be a writer! How cool is that? Love the pics ya’ll keep posting of your little farmer guy–he is so adorable!