Little Things, like dirt and pot stickers

For a variety of reasons that don’t matter in hind sight,
I was a total grouch this week.
So I decided on an outing that always succeeds in turning my frown upside down.

Ring Ring.
Ben: Hey babe
Me: Do you think you could get off work a bit early today? Lil W just woke up and I want to “get my produce on” at the Farmers Market before it closes.
Ben: Kettle Corn and pot stickers…I’ll be home in five.

So the hubs,
crazy bed head baby,
my super sweet burlap market tote,
and I headed out to pick up some berries,
avocados, corn and all the ingredients to make PW’s salsa.

I even dressed like a farmer for the occasion.

Once we gathered all the goods,
we stopped to enjoy a dozen Loo Hoo’s pot stickers.
Life altering good, no joke.

Farmers Markets make me happy.
The smell of dirt.
Fresh flowers.
Yummy samples.
Local business owners making it happen.
Three little things that make you happy–ready go.

Ashley Stock
I'm Ashley. Sometimes I craft, occasionally I cook, everyday I write, and I'm always Momma. This is my blog. I keep it real while still seeing the rainbows and butterflies in all of life's lessons.
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  1. Love this post! Our farmer markets are all weekend or early morning set ups πŸ™ I can never make it!!
    Looks like fun though!! πŸ™‚ How were the pot stickers?

  2. Sunflowers. Fresh herbs. Slurpees. πŸ˜‰

  3. Mnnn. Love farmer’s markets!!! I actually helped start up the one in my town!!!

  4. I love farmer’s markets too, (although sometimes they are frustrating because I blow my budget in about 5 minutes). Three things that make me happy in summertime are BBQs, rain and shade.

  5. Ahhh I love the farmers market. We have been taking Oliver since he was an itty bitty. I use to carry him in the sleepy wrap, then we moved up to the stroller, then the umbrella stroller and now he really wants to walk! three little things that make me happy – family, chocolate and the smell of books. πŸ™‚

  6. We don’t have a large Farmer’s Market in our area. It’s so sad too because I love them! Looks like you had a great time πŸ™‚

  7. sleepy eyes, yarn, sunshine!

  8. My children. Creating. Thunderstorms!

  9. hahaha dressed like a farmer? no farmer i know wears skinny jeans and toms πŸ˜‰

  10. Sound like a perfect little getaway and the pot stickers look delicious!

  11. Sunshine. A good book. A nice walk in the perfect temperature weather. πŸ™‚

  12. Sometimes a bad mood can carry itself onto the next day and then the next. We just have to pull ourselves out and cheer ourselves up. Looks like you did just that! Xoxo

  13. My husband making french toast for dinner. My children’s laughter. A morning run. :0)

  14. Wow! You have a fantastic farmers market and those pot stickers look delish. Super jealous here in Indiana.

  15. Love visiting our local farmer’s market. nothing better than a half peck of peaches to start a week right!
    My three favorite things are: fun new yarn, aimless shopping and free time.

  16. A good book, the fabric store and my kids!

  17. My little family, crafting, and cold pizza =)

  18. Umm those pot stickers look DEE-lish. Wish I lived near there to go get some of that goodness. Oh well. Guess I will try my local farmer’s market in hopes of finding yummy pot stickers! Cute post! πŸ™‚


  19. Blogging, my girls laughter, and my BF Krysten. I couldn’t make it without those three. Also your blogs bring smiles everytime!!! Thanks!

  20. Annnd I totally forgot to list 3 things that make me happy: everything bagels with EXTRA cream cheese, books, and a tivo full of yet-to-be-watched favorite shows. πŸ™‚


  21. My boys, surprise packages in the mail and power tools.

  22. Long car rides through the country
    Curling up in my bed to catch up on my favorite shows
    Getting lost in a good read

  23. The only thing that could make me happy these days is if this baby would get out of me! Under normal circumstances though it would be a big bowl of ice cream, pretty shoes, and watching my husband wrestle with out kids.

  24. love this post! makes me wanna go to my local farmers market! 3 things…snuggling with my kiddo. new shoes. decorating!

  25. i heart farmer’s markets!! that collage is beautiful!!

  26. I love dragging my little one along to the Saturday morning farmer’s market. Almost as much as I LOVE your blog. Seriously. Like years of thinking and talking and thinking about starting my own blog I stumbled across yours and was INSPIRED. So THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU Ashley. I love your blog, your tutorials, and everything else in between.

    I even talked about you/your blog in one of my posts:

    So if you didn’t already think I was a major creepy, stalker, you totally do now.

    Thanks for always brightening up my week with your posts!

  27. What a good little hubby to leave work to make the wifey happy!! My three things… Chocolate, LMM, sewing.. I need a good dose of each every day! =]

  28. Mmm. those look like gyoza! (the pot.stickers, that is) We live in Japan and they make the same dumplings with pork in them too! πŸ™‚ I love farmers markets… glad you were able to go!

  29. Oh I am so jealous! Ventura is my home town and I miss it so much!

  30. Love the Farmer’s Markets, they make me so happy as well! Of course, ours doesn’t look QUITE as inviting here in Dover, NH but we have one full of fresh corn, tons of herbs, tomatoes, etc so I’m happy (for now). Then, it will be my turn to be a grouch. PS – I don’t have those potstickers at mine either….

  31. love these pictures! and you are gorgeous, love!

  32. how sweet that your loverman skipped off work early to come with you πŸ™‚

  33. Farmers Market Nectarines, long walks by the valley with my little guy, sometime alone in a quiet coffee shop eating a cupcake and writing πŸ™‚

  34. Pedicures, my happy boys, and Golden Spoon

  35. Thursdays is our Farmer’s Market day too. I love it. They have the best strawberries and cupcakes at ours. The cupcake place is called the Brass Cupcake and they are my special treat on especially difficult weeks. Like this week, I was up all night on Wednesday because the chicken pox vaccine gave my little one chicken pox. FUN!

  36. ps…i’m 5 months prego and those potstickers totally started me on a new craving! haha

  37. Love that your husband left work early to go with you. Now that’s love! πŸ™‚

  38. Love that your husband left work early to go with you. Now that’s love! πŸ™‚

  39. What a fun fun day!!! 3 things are: lazy, family day Sunday; cheesecake, my toddler singing her daddy’s songs (he’s a musician)

    Wish we had more Farmers Markets in AZ. First one I ever went to was when we went on a road trip up the west coast…stopped in Eugene, OR (also makes me WAY HAPPY) and went to the farmer’s market. LOVED everything about it. πŸ™‚

  40. Today:

    1) Daughter #1 (age 3 in one week!) telling me at bedtime “I love you with all my heart, forever and ever”
    2) Daughter #2 (14 months) taking her first unassisted steps so so could hear her new shoes squeak with each one. She’s been able to walk for ages, she just didn’t believe us!
    3) My husband supporting me through a really difficult time with my family.

    Of course, some days it’s stuff as simple as a day in the craft room!!

  41. Lazy Sunday afternoons with friends who are my family away from home. πŸ™‚

  42. The sound of my children laughing. Leopard-print flats, embellished by a BIG red bow across the toe. Good books.

  43. Farmers Markets make me happy too.

  44. Fun! We love farmers markets!

  45. i have a serious love for a good farmers market. that one looks wonderful!

    i will say that i have never been to a farmers market with a pot stickers stand though! i love it!

  46. Anna Vollmer says:

    Productive mornings, cuddle time with the hubs on the couch, and crafting.

  47. katie phillips says:

    Those pot stickers look sooo yummy!! I may need to go to lunch early today! πŸ™‚

  48. katie phillips says:

    my family, my little girl, fresh air anywhere

  49. 1. Riding my bike for hours and hours with no agenda and no set destination.
    2. Hot pink and black ANYTHING.
    3. Fresh fruit–especially raspberries, blueberries and blackberries.

  50. I love our local farmer’s market! Three things that make me happy are: 1)anything yellow 2) spending time with my sweet husband and 3) going for walks in the evenings. Thanks for the great post Ashley!

  51. Our farmers market is only saturday till 12. Im pretty sure I would go every day if they had it open! How fun:)

  52. Yay for Farmers Markets!!! πŸ™‚ My three things…. 1. Quick texts from my hubby during the work day! 2. My doggies being excited to see me when I get home! 3. Trying a new recipe for dinner… and it works! πŸ™‚ Have a great week!!!

  53. Can’t wait for it to get cooler here in AZ for the Farmer’s Markets to open.

    Ok, 3 things….
    1. smiles and cuddles from a baby girl who just woke up from nap time
    2. Skype dates with mom and dad!
    3. a clean home

  54. Nail polish, sharing a bowl (or pint…) of ice cream with my hubby, and the color teal.

    I’d say farmer’s markets, PW’s salsa recipe and potstickers, but you beat me to it. πŸ™‚

  55. Beautiful pictures!!
    1. Nights out with my hubby
    2. My daughter
    3. Ice coffees
    (There are sooo many more tg!)

  56. 1. My kids laughing.
    2. Hagaan-Daaz vanilla ice cream straight from the tub.
    3. Climbing into bed when it has fresh clean sheets.

    Those pot stickers look so good!

  57. maybe sometime I will see you at Farmers Market! I try to go every Thursday but my problem is I never have cash with me! I babysit for kids in Westlake on Thursdays so many Thursdays are spent going and eating free samples, haha. Then we go to the mall and they spend their parents money on crap from Claires : /

  58. What a fun little trip to the farmer’s market! We have one every Saturday that we can walk to and I just love it! Love your “farmer’s market” outfit too πŸ™‚

    1. When my baby smiles
    2. Cute texts from my fiance when he’s at work
    3. Blogging {I never knew it would be so rewarding!}

  59. so glad we saw you
    So glad you love the pot stickers too

  60. 1. a piece of chocolate
    2. the ocean
    3. holding my babies till they fall asleep

  61. LOVE the farmers market! My husband and I go every Wednesday night and every Sunday morning…and yes…there are farmers markets downtown urban centers too! yey!

  62. That looks like an awesome farmer’s market!

  63. Jackie B. says:

    Love love love the farmer’s market here in Nashville. It’s wonderful!

    3 Things:
    Being able to breathe through my nose (ugh.)
    My hubby always being willing to cuddle when I want
    My niece telling me she neeeeeds to go home with me. (I couldn’t and her 2 year old heart couldn’t handle it but it was sooo sweet.)

  64. My childrens laughter
    The Smell of fresh fruit and vegetables
    My hubbys hugs when life is too crazy to handle.

  65. Kiersten Johnson says:

    That is too funny! I live in the same city and have gone to that Farmer’s market. I love it there and it is so big! Glad you had a good time.

  66. I’m from the UK originally and when I get pregnant I get cravings for british food bad! Luckily there’s a
    vendor in our local farmer’s market who sells homemade British goodies- yay no more tears!!
    I love getting out of my house, diet coke, and the feeling I get when I walk into anthropologie ;D

    Oh and hubbies that know when we really need them to just quit work early!

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