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What I’m Digging

Happy Friday, friends! I promise I didn’t mean to disappear again. There are plans, and then there’s life, and sometimes you just have to let go of plans and live. I’ve been swimming in work on the two new books, with editing and photo shoots and beverage making to prep for said photo shoots and so. much. more. It’s all good, all this busyness, it’s just a lot, all at once.

In other news, the video the folks at Dark Rye made of me last August is up for award at the Chicago Food Film Festival! The event is produced in partnership with the James Beard Foundation. How cool is that?!


Also, here’s a smattering of this and that’s that caught my attention this week:

*Adorable mushroom round up (thanks to Nicole for sending this along)!

*My cousin’s textile business Izy & Oly and our friends chocolate business French Broad Chocolates are both up for Martha Stewart’s American Made awards! Congrats, guys!

*Make jerky in your oven!

*Travel the world and get cooking lessons in folk’s homes. Amazing (thanks Faryn for the tip)!

*Allan Savory’s Ted Talk is definitely worth giving a listen to.

*Homemade strawberry-boysenberry fruit leather!

*DIY fruit fly traps.

*Homemade yogurt turning out wonky? Here’s some trouble-shooting tips!

*Interesting history of solar panels at the White House.

*The peach is the crisp? Brilliant!


Hope you have a great weekend. I’m off for my second forest class tomorrow, with plans to work in the garden and on my beverage book manuscript edits on Sunday. Next week I’ve got two more photo shoots planned, along with the third forest class. More important than those things, though, is my grandmother’s 88th birthday tomorrow! Happy, happy day, Nanny! I love you so, so very much!

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 Pap and I dig the most. He is VERY fond of hats, and he was working his dapper look on the playground this past Wednesday, until he got too sweaty chasing after older boys (his favorite thing!) and handed the hat to me as he ran by. 

10 Responses to What I’m Digging

  • Paula M says:

    So many amazing things happening in your life what an inspiration! Also, kombucha is a great fruit fly trapper. Just a bit in a dish, cover with plastic wrap and make a little whole for the fly to get in. It works very well. And totally unrelated, I am looking for a good herbal medicine book. I want to make a herb garden next spring and would love a mix of culinary and medicinal herbs. Any suggestions? Have a wonderful weekend!

  • Audrey says:

    Oh Ashley, thank you so very much for sharing Allan Savory’s TED talk. I cried at the end. Because it’s so rare to read or watch anything (pertaining to environmental news) that is really, truly hopeful. I felt overwhelmed. I am so thankful for people like Allan who are looking for solutions that work with nature. Also, I enjoyed your video and wish you luck in the Chicago awards! Hope you have a lovely weekend!

  • Melanie J. says:

    Isn’t that fruit fly trap idea the greatest!? I started doing it a couple of weeks ago and it’s all but cleared the little pests from our place. Now if only it worked on the spiders……

    In the same vein as the kombucha, I discovered that they love sourdough starter when I was first starting my sponge and had it out on the counter, only covered in cheesecloth. The good news being that they’re easy to pick out and the sponge was no worse for the wear.

  • Mary Beth says:

    I love the video Ashley! So sweet to see you, your family, your place and your teachings in motion. :) Have a great weekend!

  • Your son is a dapper dandy for sure! (from one of my favorite kid books “Dandelion”) that’s great that he loves hats, not my boys. It has to be freezing and then they complain about the itchy wool. I know wool is itchy, but I love the natural fibers.
    I always love your list of cool things, I’m looking forward to going through them Good luck getting all done, it can be exhausting when everything happens at once! My boys start back to school; yay! and ): at the same time. but, what can one do, time keeps moving. Sarah

  • I received your book for my bridal shower and I am in love!!! I am supposed to be “being good” before my wedding but your pies are way too enticing! I made the chicken pot pie tonight. Mouthwateringly good.

    I can’t wait to try the oven jerky above! Such a good list and your son is just too cute! I love the hat!

  • Georgette says:

    I just watched the video! It is sooooo inspiring. And I love your motto. Thanks again, Ashley and please, thank your husband from me for all his help. I can tell he does a lot to support your efforts. My husband is my best friend. It makes such a difference. Blessings.