Thursday, April 12, 2012

Family Visit

Last week my family flew into Charleston for a visit! It's been quite awhile since we've all been together, so it was a lot of fun! I had quite the itinerary planned to keep us busy. In the week that they were here we visited the Angel Oak Tree, Savannah GA, toured downtown Charleston, had a beach day, went to Shem Creek in Mt. Pleasant and visited Mepkin Abbey (a community of Roman Catholic Monks). WHEW!

The Monks at Mepkin Abbey grow and sell Oyster Mushrooms. Sadly they were out of stock when we visited. We did walk to their beautiful gardens and on the way we saw a giant black snake (I'm not fond of snakes) and a little alligator.

With all of the activities, the week flew by! When we dropped my parents off at the airport it felt like we had just picked them up. The next day my brother, his wife and their daughter left. I guess we just have to be grateful for the time we do have together. Until next time in Maine!


At Mepkin Abbey
At Mepkin Abbey
At Mepkin Abbey
Angel Oak
Savannah GA

Ryan and dad at the Shem Creek board walk.



All of us at Old Fort Dorchester.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Circular Congregational Church

One thing I love about Charleston is there is always something to do. I feel like every time we go downtown, we discover something new. I've seen the Circular Congregational Church before in passing, but last time we were in town, we realized that you could walk around the grounds! I didn't think I would find a cemetery so pretty.

For a little history: the graveyard has burial sites dating from 1695, making it one of the city's oldest graveyards.









Saturday, March 24, 2012

March

 Whoa, I haven't posted for a month?! Over the past month Ryan and I went to Washington for a quick visit. It was good catching up with family and meeting two of my closest friend's babies. Ryan went home after a week. I stayed behind for a bit, my sister Amanda had decided to move to the South with us. We packed her car and did a cross country road trip, 10 states in 3 days! We drove through the night night, twice. We were exhausted by the time we got to Charleston. But we made it, safely. After a couple days or recuperation, we took Amanda downtown. The following pictures are of us wandering!








Amanda at the Pineapple fountain by the water front.




Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Quilled Initials

 I love to quill in my free time and I've been on an initial kick!  Here are some new projects!




Flower quill

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Homemade Crockpot Apple Butter!

Ryan and I moved from a house to an apartment, so the downsize in space and lack of a yard has snuffed out some of our favorite hobbies. But it's not all bad, it has forced us to find new things to do with our time. Particularly, more time in our little kitchen! We have been making our own whole wheat bread, and I thought I would make some Apple Butter to go with it! It turned out awesome, take a look!

A sample of the final product!


I followed this recipe to make my Apple Butter. I bought a 3 lb bag of Red Delicious apples, and washed them in a white vinegar and water mixture. I just let them soak for about 10 minutes and rinsed them in water. According to NPR, this is the best way to clean them. I thought this was an interesting article. 


Apples in vinegar wash (1 part vinegar to 3 parts water)






Next I peeled, cored and chopped the apples. This was my least favorite part, but the work was worth it. Because my apple were smaller than the ones used in the recipe I followed, I used about 15 apples.


Peeled, Cored, and chopped apples!
I put my apple pieces in the Crock-pot set at low heat and added the following ingredients:

1/2 cup water
1/4 cup Brown Sugar
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon All Spice


I then mixed ingredients and left in crock pot over night, still on low heat. In the morning I had a gritty mushy brown apple mixture. I bumped up the Crock-pot to high heat for a couple of hours to evaporate some of the excess liquid. I then used a blender to smooth out the Apple Butter.

Blended Apple Butter!

I had a clean empty Smuckers jar that I used to store the apple butter in (up-cycling!). We filled the jar (18oz) and had a little extra.

mmm.... Apple Butter
 And yes, it went great with our homemade bread!

Our 100 % wheat bread! Click here for the bread recipe.






Sunday, February 5, 2012

Dog Park!

It's become our Sunday morning thing: The Wannamaker County Dog Park!




Molly wasn't aware such large dogs existed...
I've never seen a Mastiff in person! They are huge!!!

Molly enjoys spending time with her parents at the people park.

Elsa likes to greet every dog as they come in.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Folly Road Graffiti!


This guy has some major skills! Ryan and I stopped to view the graffiti off of Folly Beach Road. It's located behind a rundown strip mall. The graffiti work was so detailed and realistic and amazing!  Check it out!