summer

Sunday funday photo

August 25, 2013

farmers market

Bloomington Farmers Market

Blooms in Bloomington

Sweet Summer

July 15, 2013

Summer is the sweetest of seasons… growing up I longed for the summer months.  No school, long days at the beach, movie matinees, summer vacations, and visits to the ice cream shop. A particularly favorite summer past time for me as a young child was going to the country with my grandparents and picking all the fruit we could possible carry.  My siblings and I were quite young and often dragged our buckets along the way unable to carry our found treats. When we had buckets full of peaches, strawberries, blackberries, or blueberries, we would head back home to “put them up.” The majority would be made into preserves and some were used for a cobbler or two.

My grandfather, a surgeon by day, also enjoyed playing farmer and cook in his off time. My grandmother often referred to these hobbies as his golf game. When we were in the kitchen helping him prepare the rewards from his garden, he would move us about the room much like his nurses in the ER.  ”Hand me that jar!”… “Keep stirring!”… “No, not that pan, hand me that one!” He ran a tight ship in and out of the kitchen, and we were overjoyed to be his sous chefs. Many times, we diligently assisted him in creating some delicious delights for our family and countless friends to enjoy throughout the year.

This summer in particular, like those of my childhood, have been fruitful.  Every chance I get, I head outside of town visiting the area’s U-Pick farms filling up as many buckets as I can carry. I love to eat the freshly picked fruit by the handful, and then I take the rest (if there is any left) and make a batch of preserves or bake a sweet summer fruit cobbler just like I had been taught as a child.

strawberry picking

friend and berry enthusiast- Dorothy

strawberries

found the tooth berry

thomas orchards

Thomas Orchard Stand

I love all the summer fruits, but the star of the summer for me are blueberries- sweet, a little tart, and delicious. Here’s a simple recipe that has been passed down in our family that is perfect for summer blueberries and sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.

blueberry picking
Hamrick Family Cobbler (does well with any fruit)
Fill a large pot on the stove with approximately 3 cups of washed blueberries. Add as much sugar as desired for sweetness.  Cover the blueberries just slightly with water.  Cook the blueberries on low heat until soft.
In a separate bowl, gradually mix all purpose flour into a half cup of water until smooth then add this to  the berries on the stove. This will thicken, but the mixture still needs to be juicy. Reduce the heat and put to the side.
Grease the bottom of pyrex dish with butter.
Crust:
Use your favorite biscuit recipe.  Roll the dough out to 1/4″ thickness and cut four 3 inch wide strips to line the sides of the pyrex dish.
Pour the berry mixture into the dish.
Cut the remaining dough into 3 inch wide strips and cover the top of the fruit mixture. Dot top of pie with butter and sprinkle with sugar.
Bake at 350 degrees until brown. Top with vanilla bean ice cream to rock your world.
blueberry cobbler

via pinterest

My husband and I devoured ours before I remembered to photograph it.

This post was previously published on The Southern C

Friday Five #11

July 12, 2013

Summer Reading List

5. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: John Berendt

midnight in the garden

Seductive murder mystery set in Savannah, Georgia- I need to revisit this one.

4. The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls: Anton Disclafani

 

summer reading

 

I got this recommendation from fellow C-Team member, Mary Boyce Hicks. High society Southern debutantes at an equestrian boarding school set in the 1930s- sounds right up my alley. Check out Mary Boyce’s full list of Southern Summer Reading here.

3. Sookie Stackhouse Series: Charlene Harris

sookie stackhouse

Addicting is the word that comes to mind when talking about this series.  I’ve read several and can’t get enough.

 

2. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg

fried green tomatoes

 

Hard to beat this classic Southern novel.

1. The Prince of Tides- Pat Conroy

pat conroy

I’m so embarrassed to admit that I haven’t read any of Pat Conroy books. My stepfather, was a huge Conroy fan, told me this is the one to start with.

What’s on your summer reading list?

 

Win a Free Pass to The Southern C Summit!

June 17, 2013

Win a Free Pass to The Southern C Summit!

The Southern C is having another #tscsummit ticket giveaway until July 15!  Share your favorite summer photos via instagram tagged #tscsummer!  A winner will be chosen at random for a free pass to The Southern C Summit in Athens, Georgia August 1, 2013. Good luck y’all and Happy Summer!

Peachy Keen

July 6, 2012

Hope everyone had a fun and safe holiday!  I spent several days hangin’ with my family and some old friends in my hometown hometown of St. Simons Island, Georgia for the holiday.  Yesterday for the 4th, we had a potluck party at a condo on the beach- the perfect summer spread: deviled eggs, corn and tomato salad, smoked chicken, ribs, strawberry and feta salad, baked beans and garlic toast….oh yea.  To top the meal off we had the perfect summer dessert spread: key lime pie, mojito fruit salad, peach cobbler and Blue Bell ice cream!

Fresh peaches are one of my favorite things to eat in the summer, and with so many local peach stands near Athens it makes it easy to find reasons to bake peach desserts for people.  My great grandmother Mama Hattie created the ultimate peach cobbler recipe back in the day, and as promised I am going to share that with y’all.  For this recipe I used fresh peaches from Thomas Orchards in Watkinsville, Georgia.

Peaches:

peachesSlice peaches and put in a large pot on stove. Put as much sugar as you want to sweeten. Cover peaches in water- add more than enough to cover. This makes the juice.) Cook peaches until soft.  Then mix tablespoon of flour and half cup of water until smooth and mix with peaches to thicken.  Not to thick, still want it to be juicy.  Grease bottom of pyrex dish.

Dough: Hamrick Biscuit Recipe
2 c. self-rising flour (White Lily)
Buttermilk
2 heaping Tbsp. Crisco
Melt Crisco in baking pan in 425 degree F. oven.  In mixing bowl add buttermilk to flour until barely moistened.
Roll it out thin and cut four 3inch wide strips to outline the inside of the bottom of Pyrex dish.  Pour peach mixture in dish and dot with butter.
Cut the rest of the dough in 3inch wide strips and cover peaches. Dot top of pie with butter and sprinkle with sugar.
Bake at 350 degrees until brown.
Sounds good right?  Soooo yummy!  However if you are in a time crunch my grandmother taught us the best short cut recipe.
MOM’S BISQUICK COBBLER
2 tbsp. butter
1 c. Bisquick
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. milk
3 c. cut up peaches or other fruit of your choice (can be fresh, frozen
(thawed) or canned)Turn oven to 375°F.Melt 2 tablespoons butter in 8 x 8 inch baking dish. Mix Bisquick, sugar, and milk. Pour over melted butter. Spoon fruit over. If using canned peaches, pour on some of the juice also.

bisquik

Bisquick mix over melted butter

cobblerBake at 375°F for 30 minutes. Can double the recipe. Bake in 9 x 13 inch pan.

cobblerAnd voila!  Serve with Blue Bell’s Homemade Vanilla and you have the ultimate Southern dessert!

Sunday funday: Peaches

July 1, 2012

peaches

Georgia Peaches…stay tuned for old school peach cobbler recipe!

Indian summer

June 27, 2012

Hey y’all- This is a post I did for the Southern C a few weeks ago but with the heat wave coming, I thought I should share with my fellow bloggees.  If you haven’t checked out the Southern C yet…you should!  Its a great place to read about all things Southern from a fun and diverse group of bloggers…

The Southern C

Summer is officially here!  Why do I love summer so much?  It’s the
perfect season for my favorite food: ice cream.  Not that I don’t eat
frozen desserts all year round (because I most certainly do), but I
feel like the summer heat makes copious amounts of ice cream eating
acceptable.

I got to thinking about my love affair with these sweet concoctions
and it all leads back to spending a part of every summer at my
grandparents house in Birmingham, AL.  My sweet grandmother kept her
freezer stocked with the finest treats “the Pig” (aka Piggly Wiggly)
had to offer- Firecracker pops, Flinstone push-ups, and Blue Bell Moo
Bars.  After a long afternoon of swimming in her pool, we were allowed
to pick out a dessert from the freezer…it was always a tough
decision.

In recent years with the food carts craze, I’ve noticed more and more
handmade ice cream and popsicle carts and businesses.  Being a total ice
cream addict- I welcome this trend.

king of pops

One of the major dessert players down South is the King of Pops.  This super cool company started by three brothers is taking over the frozen dessert scene (at least in Athens).  They have a year round menu of creative concoctions like Arnold Palmer and Chocolate Sea Salt, and a seasonal menu with options like Bluegrass (blueberry lemongrass) and Georgia Peach Basil.  They have popsicle carts in Atlanta, Athens, and Charleston and they’re even popping up in local restaurants like The National, Ike and Jane, and Jittery Joes.  Check their website for the cart’s location; they’re a must try!

hip pops

I recently heard about a new local Athens popsicle company called Hip Pops that serve up all natural popsicles named after favorite hip hop stars and rap songs.  Who doesn’t want to try a popsicle called Blu Pop Shakur and Kanye Zest?  Luckily my friend Julie, another frozen treat fan, spotted them at that the Daily Co-Op off of Prince Avenue and we immediately made plans for a taste test.  After a long day of thesis writing for me, we headed out on a brisk walk with her puppy dogs, and headed to the Daily for a pit stop.

daily coop

daily coop

Julie and I; Katie is hiding

daily coopThey had several Hip Pop flavors that looked very appealing….all fruity and sounded delicious.  I had the MC Slammer: blackberry, mint and lemonade; Julie had the Kanye Zest:  Cucumber, Honeydew, Margarita; and Katie had the Big Peppa: pineapple and cayenne. They were just what we needed….cool, icy, refreshing, and mighty tasty.

The other day I bought a chocolate and sea salt King of Pop downtown, and as I walked back to the office eating my popsicle I realized that I had a ridiculous grin on my face, with melting chocolate was dripping all over my hands.  Despite my having to return to work (not to mention I am nearing the age of 30), I licked the melting chocolate off my hands, because God forbid I waste any of my delightful dessert… just like I did when I was 8 sitting on the edge of my grandmother’s pool (don’t judge- you know you do it too).  Maybe it has something to do with feeling like a kid again, or maybe its  because they taste so damn good- either way is fine by me.

Happy Summer y’all!

neon and neutrals

May 14, 2012

neon and neutrals

I’m newly obsessed with neons and neutrals…modern twist on our favorite 1980s trend.  I’m also pretty pumped for my first set on Polyvore!  This addicting fashion focused social media site is pretty cool but beware- it is also a master of time suckage.  Now that my classes are over…I can pretend I’m fashion stylist and interior designer.

Community logo

I noticed recently Community, one of my favorite vintage boutiques in Athens is playing with the neon and neutrals trend in the spring/summer collection of their original clothing line, Community Service.  Community’s owner, Sanni Baumgaertner, says she has always had a love of fashion and the environment, and in 2010 she decided to open a boutique that blended the two. She opened Community and filled the shop with vintage, sustainable and locally-made clothing and accessories.  This allowed her to promote her interest in protecting the environment while giving back to the town she loves.  Baumgaertner is also the designer for Community Service, where she transforms vintage looks that have lost their luster into vibrant new looks that are coveted by coeds and townies alike.  The spring and summer line is full of neons and neutrals in light weight fabrics, perfect for staying in style and beating the balmy heat down here.

Photo by Ian McFarlane, hair by Mary Sigalas at the Georgia Museum of Art

photo by Ian McFarlane

photo courtesy of Community Board

I scored one of the revamped vintage silk tanks with a neon screen print of the community logo..its screams summer.

Community Service silk tank

I love turquoise jewelry so I paired this vintage necklace I found at, Zachary’s Smile, in New York with my new tank.  Still haven’t decided what bottom to to pair with it…if you have any ideas pass them along!

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