The Great Halloween Pumpkin Round Up

If you’re a long-time follower of this here little blog, you already know my fondness for all things pumpkin.  I thought that the week of All Hallow’s Eve would be the perfect time to round up all my very favorite pumpkin recipes for you in preparation for your Halloween shindig.  Time to break out my favorite witchy wine glass!

Drink Up Witches | Oysters & Pearls

Savory Pumpkin Dip

Pumpkin Dip Recipe | Oysters & Pearls

Brown Butter Pumpkin Bread

Brown Butter Pumpkin Bread | Oysters & Pearls

Pumpkin Cupcakes for Two 

Pumpkin Spice Cupcake with Brown Butter Cinnamon Buttercream | Oysters & Pearls

Pumpkin and Sage Sausage Pasta

Pumpkin & Sage Sausage Pasta Recipe | Oysters & Pearls

Spicy Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Spicy Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin Butter

Homemade Pumpkin Butter Recipe | Oysters & Pearls

Happy Halloween, witches!

Until Next Time


I hope at some point I will get better at juggling all the things going on in my life, but oh so sadly, lately my blog has sort of fallen through the cracks.  I’m sorry!

If it’s any consolation, I plan on picking my camera back up this week and getting some decent content for your reading pleasure back in the works.  But until then, how about a little recap?

Last week I was in Charlotte at a conference for work work (what I call my real job).

Uptown Charlotte, NC | Oysters & Pearls

On the way there, while there, and on the way home from there, I knitted up a storm!  I finished up my long Madeline Tosh Honey Cowl and started another short one, which I finished up Sunday night.

Madeline Tosh Honey Cowl with Three Irish Girls Cashmerino in Grace Kelly Colorway | Oysters & Pearls

Madeline Tosh Honey Cowl with Midnight Liberty Wool | Oysters & Pearls

So grateful for this most-relaxing new hobby!  A trip to my yarn dealer at the Fuzzy Goat is in order this week for more supplies/inspiration.  Fellow knitters: find me on Ravelry @ oystersandpurls.  I need friends!

Saturday was our third market day, and Maiden South‘s fourth day open.  It was an absolutely gorgeous day, and the market was bustling yet again.

Bainbridge Farmers' Market in October | Oysters & Pearls

The Bainbridge Humane Society had our annual Howloween Costume Contest on the Square Saturday, as well.  There was a great turnout, and of course, seeing lots of precious critters in costume is always a good thing.

Bainbridge Humane Society Howloween Costume Contest | Oysters & Pearls

Sunday afternoon, we took a break and took the boat out on the River to test out “our” new trolling motor.

Flint River in October | Oysters & Pearls

Have I told y’all about this?  Sit down, let me tell you a funny.

I had requested a new pair of boots for my birthday from my parents.  All was well and good until my parents told me that they had actually gotten Wheat and me a joint birthday present (read: “we got Wheat a present and we are saying it’s for both of you.”)  October 2nd rolled around, and “we” got a shiny new trolling motor for the Swamp Ship!

My parents are oh so clever! ;)

And generous, of course.  We are so grateful for them, and Wheat loves his we love our new trolling motor!  And luckily for me, I got to get my now Christmas boots a month early. :)

Wheat enjoyed using his fly rod I got him for his birthday in conjunction with the trolling motor and caught a handful of bream while Harold and I napped in the sunshine.

Wheat Fly Fishing for Bream on the Flint River | Oysters & Pearls

Flint River Rat(doodle) | Oysters & Pearls

We came home and made a farm-to-table feast, courtesy of the Bainbridge Farmers’ Market and our local butcher.

Bainbridge Farmers' Market Feast | Oysters & Pearls

We cannot get enough of Mountain Shadow Farm‘s salad greens (arugula and yukina savoy) and radishes.  They make for the BEST salad!  We topped them with a tomato from Willie Williams and balsamic vinegar and olive oil, salt and freshly cracked pepper.  So simple and delicious!  We grilled some yellow squash from Harvest Moon, had a slice of Peace Valley Bakery jalapeño cheese bread, and a side of spicy corn salad (spicy corn salad recipe here – do not miss it!) with the same tomatoes from Willie Williams and corn from Harvest Moon.  The rib eyes are from Jones Country Meats.  Rest assured that I actually ate maybe 1/4 of that beast.

The wine is out of a black box.  Because nobody’s perfect.

Until Next Time

Maiden South Grand Opening

I just wanted to pop in and say THANK YOU to all my readers who sent well wishes or came to see us for our Grand Opening at Maiden South on Saturday.  You are all amazing and wonderful and I’m so very thankful for each and every one of you!

Jess and I (along with a handful of very close friends and helpers) had a VERY late night on Friday night, but we had tons of amazing people who helped us along that evening.

Embroidered Screen Door at Maiden South | Oysters & Pearls

We had our first sale at 8:01 AM Saturday morning.  Everyone was sleepy but excited!

First Ever Sale at Maiden South | Oysters & Pearls

And I thought it would be nice to share some updated pictures I snapped just before we opened Saturday to share with y’all.

Men's Section at Maiden South | Oysters & Pearls

Kids' Section at Maiden South | Oysters & Pearls

Vignette at Maiden South | Oysters & Pearls

Women's Section at Maiden South | Oysters & Pearls

Women's Section at Maiden South | Oysters & Pearls

Jewelry Deer at Maiden South | Oysters & Pearls

Home Section at Maiden South | Oysters & Pearls

Home Goods at Maiden South | Oysters & Pearls

Maiden South | Oysters & Pearls

Maiden South | Oysters & Pearls

Maiden South | Oysters & Pearls

Maiden South | Oysters & Pearls

Even the kids who shopped had a great time at Maiden South!

Playing with Blocks at Maiden South | Oysters & Pearls

Maiden South #regram | Oysters & Pearls

It was a surreal day for Jess and myself, and we are just so excited to be a part of downtown Bainbridge.  The Farmers’ Market was wonderful, yet again, and luckily I was able to send Wheat out into the fray (this was before the fray, obviously ;) to obtain our veggies for the week.

Bainbridge Farmers' Market | Oysters & Pearls

Sunday morning we spent a little time gardening, which seemed an appropriate way to spend time after such a crazy weekend.  #lettucepray

#lettucepray | Oysters & Pearls

Sunday evening we had a Bainbridge Farmers’ Market feast, consisting of: a salad of arugula and yukina savoy salad greens and salad radishes from Mountain Shadow Farm, sliced squash and tomatoes from a very nice man named Willie, green beans from Hopkins Farms, and bok choy from Mountain Shadow Farm.  Wheat put the venison on the table (and cooked it perfectly, to boot).  Be on the lookout for the sautéed bok choy recipe (along with other Market news) over on the Bainbridge Farmers’ Market blog!  It was a delicious addition to our meal, and we can’t wait to make it again next week.

Bainbridge Farmers' Market Feast | Oysters & Pearls

Overall, I am just so grateful, humbled, and happy after this weekend.  We worked SO hard, and it’s so very rewarding to see Maiden South come to life.  Thank you to the many people who helped us along the way.  We have some really amazing friends in this town!

And a point worth noting: our hours may change one day, but currently Maiden South will be open

Thursday 4 pm – 8 pm
Friday 10 am – 6 pm
Saturday 8 am – 2 pm

We apologize if you stop by on another day and we aren’t open for shopping (even if one of us happens to be there), but that’s just the way the cookie crumbles, at least for the time being.  We hope you’ll understand and be patient with us!

Until Next Time