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  • I had the most profoundly memorable experience today. The cookbook club at Haywood County Library (the county adjacent to mine) hosted me, and by hosted, I mean 12 ladies selected recipes from my book
  • What better way to clear out a case of the Mondays than a giveaway?! See that lovely locally-made wooden bag dryer there on my wall? Want to win one of your own (you do, trust me)? Pop on over to small measure to enter. Link is in my profile.
  • This guy right here? While he might be growing bigger every day, the truth is that becoming a mother has helped me to grow. To be more present. To be more patient. To be more empathic. As I tell all my soon-to-be-mama friends, parenthood is the toughest work you'll ever do, with by far the biggest payoff. The lovin', and the learning, are so, so good. Happy Monday, friends.
  • Today was a good day. This view, from the top of our road, certainly helped make it so.
  • I think the 48-hour flu I've been fighting has finally succumbed to my assault of grapefruit seed extract, osha root, propolis, elderberry syrup, Oscillococinum, apple cider vinegar, rose hips, hibiscus, ginger/lemon/honey/cayenne tea, and neti pot with goldenseal tincture. I don't take getting sick sitting down. And now, a winter storm, possibly. Bring it, I say. Happy weekending, friends!!!
  • This guy.
  • I've been waiting, for a book like this, to come into my life. Whoa. Picked this up a few weeks ago at @screendoorasheville as a New Year's gift to @glennbenglish. Just started reading it myself and it couldn't possibly be more of what I need to see, right now. Completely on point, wholly attuned to what I'm presently sensing and curious about and inspired by, and infinitely humbling.
  • Warm enough today to play soccer down in our lower field, do a bit of weeding in the garden, and push a nearly-too-big 4 year-old in his
  • New year, new moons, new calendars. Right on, right on.
  • @shelterprotectsyou has been posting images of the wedding she and @sheltercollective had here in September all week. They built this altar for the ceremony, and it's still here, just past the house, on the way to the chicken coop. We pass it every day. Some days, I casually note its beauty and the way it feels like an outdoor church here in our forested cove. Other days I barely register it as I scurry about, doing this and that around the property. Today, though, in the stark, grey, drizzly setting, it was quietly regal. Happy to have had her visuals prompt me to stop, look, and listen to this physical testament to love.
  • The chickens told me they much prefer the rain this week to last week's frigid weather, thank you very much. I couldn't agree more.
  • These potatoes @tableasheville changed my culinary life. They called them hash browns, but they were unlike any I'd had before. Par-baked perhaps, smashed into halves I'm guessing, and then roasted and maybe finished with a quick fry in the skillet and scattered with large sea salt granules? Whatever the method, the result was a creamy, yellow center and a crispy, salty exterior. Quite possibly the best hash browns I've ever had.
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Without A Doubt

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The baby (he’ll always be my baby, right?) is sleeping, the temperature is dropping, and I’m writing from the comfort of my bed (thank you, pillow top mattress!). It’s been a busy day, and a busy yet blissful weekend, and I’m beat. Not too beat to share some goodness from the weekend, though, before turning in for the night:

*The launch of the Asheville Wild Foods Market booth at the Asheville City Market did not disappoint. It was filled with edibles both known and unknown to me, not to mention a DayGlo orange wig-wearing master forager, who, upon request, break-danced right in the middle of the market thoroughfare. Just another glorious day in Asheville, folks.
*Daylily shoots.
*Spice bush bundles (I’ve never even heard of these!).
*Daylily tubers (never knew they were edible!).
*Also at the market, but at another booth, we picked up an American Hazelnut and a Nanking Cherry from Useful Plants Nursery.
*To-go treats from Dough (their food is stellar, every time), enjoyed with friends and their littles at Jones Park.
*Tiny captain.
*Three little buddies, all in a row.
*Caught, butter-handed!
*Steak, fried eggs, mashed sweet potatoes (with butter, nutmeg, and maple syrup), and creamed spinach with our friends Mark and Maia and their boys, on their 11th anniversary.
*Sibling rivalry falls to the wayside when Harold and Maude are at rest.

Today I found a patch of ramps beside our creek, viewed scads of wild day lilies and violets all over the property, thrilled over the sight of emerging asparagus shoots and rhubarb leaves in the garden, and knew, without a doubt, that spring is really, truly, certifiably here. Amen to that, friends.

Tomorrow the dogs go to the vet for their annual check-up and Huxley goes to the pediatric dentist for the first time (fingers and toes seriously crossed he *enjoys* the experience!). It’s slated to be yet another busy day, so I’m hitting the hay.

Here’s hoping the week ahead is filled with health, happiness, and harmony, for you and yours, from me and mine.

11 Responses to Without A Doubt

  • Mindy says:

    I’m so intrigued by the Asheville Wild Foods Market. Thanks for posting pictures. I’ve never heard of spice bush either, is it used for flavoring? I will have to do some investigating.

  • Sarah says:

    I’m only familiar with spice bush berries, which can be cut up and taste kind of like allspice. I’m intrigued to know more about how to use them this time of year.

  • KC says:

    You live in one amazing place. :) What a cool both to have at the farmers market as well, wild edibles too cool. Good Luck at the dentist!

  • mandi@herbanhomestead says:

    I am crazy about this wild foods market! I mean, only in Asheville, right? : ) I would love to poke around, taste a little, smell a little- it sounds wonderful!

  • Deborah Lambeth says:

    Thanks for helping out the YWCA of Asheville, Ashely! Gratefully appreciate your involvement.

  • Eleanor says:

    I love your playground pictures – that’s my old elementary school, and my husband and I helped build the playground years ago. It was a wonderful example of a community pulling together, and I love taking my children there when we visit their grandparents.

  • Annie says:

    I’ve been talking up the dentist to my guy for MONTHS now, and he gets to go as soon as his new insurance kicks in. He’s actually really excited and we have been practicing at home for him to “open wide”.

    I’ll have to check out the market. That’s the one downtown, right?

  • Hollie says:

    That market sounds magical! What a spread!

  • Melanie Marchand says:

    I had to look up spice bush sticks, and I think this link sums it up quite nicely – now I have to try and plant some!

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