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What I’m Digging

Happy Friday, friends, and Happy Solstice, too! Last night, before turning in, I pulled out a hooded sweatshirt and put it on the floor beside the bed (let me pause for one minute and give a shout out to hoodies; love ’em!). I anticipated needing it the minute I awoke, and that guess was spot on. When I checked the thermostat on our front porch around 7:45 a.m. this morning, it read 58 degrees. YES! The fact that it is late June, the very first day of summer, in fact, and I can roll out of bed (after sleeping under a down comforter!) and put on a hoodie makes me exceptionally happy. I don’t fare too well in hot weather-loose my mojo. But a crisp, cool, summer mountain morning? Oh, yeah. That I’ll take, and flourish in.

I’ve got a 5-part “Gardening With Kids” series happening over on HGTV Gardens blog. My first post was on creating Wild Pollinator Houses with your children, and my latest post is on creating a custom gardening tote for the kiddos in your life. I had the pleasure of meeting up with my editor at HGTV Gardens, Felicia Feaster, and her 12 year-old son, Addison, downtown for lunch yesterday. I feel honored to be abel to work with an educational powerhouse like HGTV Gardens and I’ve got Felicia to thank for that!

ALSO, do take a moment to watch this video on the Taproot Gathering at Squam. I’ll be teaching two classes there, one on pickling & jamming (it’s a thing) and one on creating homemade dairy products. From recent chats with Amanda and Elizabeth (the force behind the Squam Art Workshops), this event promises to be one to be long remembered.

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

*Apricot Tart!

*Crushing on Gather Journal.

*Picnic salad season.

*I’ve had hurricane lamps on the brain lately. How gorgeous are these from Garrett Wade?!

*Bits of loveliness from local designer Joti Marra Ramsey.

*Great products, outstanding branding, and Port Townsend, Washington beauty? I’m sold.

*Sigur Ros is coming to Asheville and we got tickets! Woot! First adult music show since becoming a parent!!!

*Just discovered Melissa Weiss, a local ceramicist. So. Much. Beauty.

*Local cider is here in Asheville, created by my longtime buddy Trevor Baker (we met in college, 18 years ago!) and his crew.

We’re busy prepping pies for Barbara Swell’s annual Retro Pie Contest tomorrow. We went last year, and sampled over 100 pies. Holy pie hole! We also hit up Jack Young Greenhouses again yesterday. They’re still going strong with their annual 50% off sale, and will be for the next few weeks, so head on over there and show them some love (and tell them I sent you!).

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. Here he is enjoying a tractor last Friday at the Biltmore Estate (we have annual passes), one of his most abiding pleasures in life. 

8 Responses to What I’m Digging

  • Melanie J. says:

    You, Amanda, AND Ben Hewitt all in one place? Man, I wish I could give myself the gift of Taproot Squam! Alas, any dough squirreling these days is for the Mother Earth News Fair in PA the weekend after that. And completely agree with you about the temps lately…it still shocks me that I can wear my hair down, go outside, and not lose 5 pounds of water weight. We are very spoiled here :)

  • jen says:

    I want to think that this wonderful weather is Mother Nature’s gift to my pregnancy. The two hot days we’ve had this year left me a miserable, grumpy and water-retaining mess! I’m so happy to be back to the cool evenings and mornings with just enough warmth in the middle of the day to take a dip in the pool.
    I cannot believe it’s already been a year since Barbara’s last pie contest! I feel like that just happened. My, how time flies.
    The Seven Swans jewelry is beautiful and Melissa’s pottery is just the thing I’ve been looking forward to collecting piece by piece. Good thing I have both an anniversary and a birthday coming up soon…
    And thanks for the link to Jack Young’s! Now that our house is finished we can do the fun stuff – landscaping!!
    Happy 1st day of summer to you & your sweet family!

  • Meg says:

    I am going! Looking forward to meeting you in September!

  • Greyson says:

    Local Cider! Yahoo! And the taproot event sounds amazing!

  • Annie says:

    I knew right away where that tractor was and my son yelled out, “Biltmore Estate!” It’s his favorite place at his favorite place, that tractor.

    I think it’s the curse of the South. We love the weather, but always pine for those crisp mornings. When they get here, we pine for the warm spring mornings. Go figure. Myself, I have too much northern blood, so I do way better in the cool of the morning.

  • joanna says:

    OH – the Taproot retreat looks simply divine, I must find a way to go! And that photo of Huxley = perfect!

  • Hollie says:

    I love these lists so much, they are always so full of so much goodness and beauty.

  • jessica says:

    OOH my goodness, Melissa Weiss makes ceramic colanders and strainers?! I’m totally in love with the white one! And I wish I had one of her beautiful mugs in my hand right now. Wonderful work!