book love and a trip to north carolina

I just finished reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and totally loved it. I wasn't sure about it until about the 5th page, but after that it was heaven. I'm so sad that it's over! I should have read slower. More please!

I'm packing my camping stuff for a weekend trip to North Carolina for a conference. I bought a new pair of hiking boots and aired out my sleeping bag. Cool weather, here I come...


Quoteable Sunday: Bob Dylan

"A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do."
-Bob Dylan


28 things to do before I turn 29

1. knit myself a sweater
2. have a fancy dinner party
3. take more pictures
4. buy an organic mattress
5. try printing techniques from Lena Corwin's book
6. enhance morning yoga practice
7. take evening walks
8. abolish negativity
9. try more recipes and techniques from Nourishing Traditions, Wild Fermentation, and Full Moon Feast
10. spend time with my family (more focus on quality over quantity)
11. learn to bake bread
12. drink herbal infusions daily
13. practice patience
14. practice being present
15. go camping
16. paint the bathroom
17. organize a food/supplies drive for the animal shelter
18. sew R a cover for his amplifier
19. light candles and set the table for dinner
20. sew myself a dress
21. help dad clean out his workshop and garage
22. start a women's circle
23. complete my Sugar Loom project
24. make a quilt
25. use my bike/feet more regularly to get where i'm going
26. do the dishes before going to bed
27. react less, respond more
28. have a picnic


Scuppernong Pie

Muscadines are one of my favorite parts of summer. Growing up, though, I never appreciated them. I was spoiled on grocery store grapes, the seedless kind, and wasn't too sure about these tough-skinned, robust, seed-bearing scuppernongs. These days, I've changed my tune a bit and look forward to picking (and eating) them each year-- and here's why: Muscadine Pie. If you have muscadines (or scuppernongs, same thing) where you live too, please do everyone a favor and make. this. pie.

4 C purple scuppernongs
2/3 C sugar*
Pastry for 2-crust pie (9")
2 T cornstarch
3 T butter
Cinnamon or Apple Pie Spice

*Adjust to your taste.

Preheat oven 300 degrees F.
Wash grapes. Using two medium sized enamel pans, squeeze grape pulp into one and use the other for the hulls. Cover hulls with water and cook until tender. Drain.
Cook pulp until soft enough to run through a sieve to remove seeds. Add to hulls. Mix sugar, cornstarch and spice. Add to grapes. Pour into bottom pie shell, dot with butter, cover with strips of pastry (I use the cookie cutter method usually, and roll out the top pie crust, then cut out little shapes with a cookie cutter-- to mimic a lattice without the extra effort). Bake until filling bubbles and pastry browns. Try not to eat the whole thing in one sitting.


28 at the beach

We're not out of the woods yet, but our computer seems to be back in business. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Oh, and backing up the hard drive (finally). While I was gone I turned 28 at the beach with friends, music, and plenty of knitting. We ended up in Grayton Beach on Sunday, just in time to hear Dread Clampitt play at the awesome Red Bar. Then we swam for a while in the blue/green water and I got a sunburn. I think it was worth it though.

This past weekend we got to see The Avett Brothers (swoon) and I fell in love with some of the songs from their new album -- especially January Wedding. Can't get it out of my head!


so long sweet summer

This is a very old picture, but I'm just so happy that it's nearly fall that I don't care. I'm using my mom's computer to write this, because our computer has died an untimely death, and we have been sans-technology for a while now. Not sure how long that will last, but we're hanging in there. Hopefully I'll be back in this space soon.
Until then, take care & enjoy the end of summer!
P.S. I saw (okay bought) the first pumpkin at the farmer's market this week. It's a new variety that was crossed with a Brazilian gourd, which means it can grow in the south in the summer, so we can finally have local pumpkins for Halloween! Hot dog.