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  • When dinner is served al fresco on the patio, at sunset, in a watermelon bowl, then my heart smiles. || Egg noodles, NC shrimp and pea shoot-arugula-basil pesto topped with nasturtium leaves, sage flowers, and chive blossoms. Nearly summertime and the living is easy.
  • 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!
  • You're in my heart, you're in my soul.
  • A testament to the power of social media: saw @holedoughnuts post an image of their Buttermilk Cardamom Black Pepper donut this morning, ate lunch, and then made the 20 minute drive over to enjoy some in person with @glennbenglish and Huxley!  Completely worth it. So, so good!!!
  • It's not a significant thing, nothing major. Just a walk down the driveway to gather the mail. But when I do it with Huxley, and we stop to say
  • Hominy Creek, doing its spring thang. || View from our mailbox.
  • 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).
  • A visit today to farmer Tom Kousky of neighboring Hominy Valley Organic Farm yielded: flats of flowers (geraniums, celosia, and marigolds); starts of pickling cukes, zucchini, and yellow squash; 12 basil plants; two bundles of asparagus; a bunch of spinach; a bunch of radishes; two bunches of beets; and two pints of strawberries. The obvious way to celebrate all of this goodness was to blend up some strawberry milkshakes. Happy weekending, everyone!
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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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