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Busy Season

Hey there!

I thought it would be nice to pop in and let y’all know I’m alive.

I’m alive!

I’ve been busy hanging with lots of family for Thanksgiving, cooking, traveling, knitting, working, and working some more.

This week I’ve been busy helping Jess get the shop ready for the Yuletide Jubilee and our Wish/Wonder/Wine event tonight!  Stop by from 5 to 8 this evening for wine and wishlist making, and you can also watch the Christmas tree lighting on the Square, shop at the other downtown shops that are staying open late, and check out a couple of the pop up shops – including one by the Humane Society!

Yuletide Jubilee in Downtown Bainbridge | Oysters & Pearls

Maiden South Wish Wonder and Wine | Oysters & Pearls

And don’t forget this Saturday the Bainbridge Farmers’ Market will be open for business with lots of fresh veggies and baked goods and more!

Bainbridge Farmers' Market | Oysters & Pearls

Speaking of food, I cooked a delicious new casserole for Thanksgiving that I’ll be sharing on the blog when I get a second to write about it, as well as an old cake recipe that I brought out of the archives.  It was a big hit on Turkey Day, so I thought I’d share it here, too.  All in good time – which I don’t have much of these days!

Turkey Day Cake | Oysters & Pearls

We had our grand little opening at Maiden South a couple of weeks ago.  The shop has been keeping me extra busy, but in a good way!

Maiden South Grand Opening

And in my spare time (?), I’ve been knitting up a storm!  It’s so relaxing.  I am pretty sure the Good Lord knew I was going to need something to relax me in this season of my life, so he pushed me into the Fuzzy Goat right when I needed to be there.  It’s been such a stress reliever, and Cadence has become a friend and a mentor, business wise.  Or at least, we’ve become sounding boards for each other!  And in knitting news: I knit a hat!  Ya know, in case you didn’t see me broadcast it across all of social media.  Double points don’t scare me! (anymore…)

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Barley Knitted Hat | Oysters & Pearls

Actually I knit two hats and started my third.  I told you, a knitting. storm.  It is raining yarn at my house.  Have I mentioned that we should be friends on Ravelry?

It’s been beautiful knitting weather, too.  It’s actually felt like fall here in SoWeGa lately (until this week, anyway).

South Georgia Snow | Oysters & Pearls

The cotton is always beautiful to me, and the gingko trees downtown on the Square are amazing!

Gingko Leaves in Downtown Bainbridge, GA | Oysters & Pearls

And speaking of this season, I am trying to keep this little blog a priority around here.  I’m swamped until January, as there’s lots of exciting things happening in my life at the moment: it’s my first Christmas in retail, I still have a full-time job in Thomasville, my sister gets married to Marc of Southern Restoration Furniture two days after Christmas (yay!), two close friends are getting hitched the first weekend of January (actually, make that four close friends – two weddings), I’m planning a fundraiser for the Humane Society at the end of January (more on that later, but let me know if you’d like to help!), our French Brittany field trials are in January and we’re hoping Juin will make us proud, my sister’s baby shower is in February (baby knitting!!!!)… and those are just the major events.  This season in my life is busier than it has ever been, and I’m trying to keep swimming and enjoy it.  My postings here may become infrequent and less often, but please know that I’m not going anywhere!  I’ll be back consistently in February and plan to have lots to share.  Until then, I’ll pop in when I can!  Thanks for being such an outlet for me the past two years, dear readers!  This blog has helped me through hard times and good ones, and I don’t plan to let it go just yet.

XO!

Until Next Time

Thomasville Companies in the Martha Stewart American Made Awards

Martha Stewart American Made Awards

Directly from the website:

American Made spotlights the maker, supports the local, and celebrates the handmade. The program is made up of people and communities that have turned their passion for quality craftsmanship and well-designed goods into a way of life.

For more than 20 years, Martha Stewart has celebrated this spirit of innovation in the pages of her magazines and on her television shows. Now, through American Made, Martha Stewart and the editors of Martha Stewart Living are spotlighting the next generation of great American makers: entrepreneurs, artisans, and small-business owners who are creating beautiful, inspiring, useful products; pioneering new industries; improving local communities; and changing the way we eat, shop, work, and live.

We believe we are in the midst of a shift in our culture where creative entrepreneurs are defining a new American economy. From Detroit to Des Moines, Spokane to St. Louis, people are choosing Main Street over mini-malls—supporting the local and the handmade. Our country’s makers are sparking this change by taking a leap, banking on their creativity and craftsmanship, and living their version of the American dream.

This is where you will meet, learn from, and be inspired by fellow makers from around the country. Welcome.

That sums it up nicely, and y’all know how I feel about American-made items.  I’m opening up an entire store based on that very affection.  But there are three awesome companies based right up the road (a road I travel many times per week) in our own Thomasville, Georgia that are in the running to win the Martha Stewart American Made Awards!  I thought I would do a little spotlight on them and encourage you all to go vote for them!  Let’s help SoWeGa gain a little national recognition from my home girl.

Dreaming Cow Creamery

Dreaming Cow Creamery Cows | Oysters & Pearls

Dreaming Cow Creamery‘s offices are located in Thomasville, but the gals (cows) are located on their farm in Pavo.  A sister company of famed Sweet Grass Dairy, Dreaming Cow Creamery makes New Zealand-style full fat yogurt that is out. of. this. world.  Wheat and I are obsessed with their yogurt and have been since I lived in Tallahassee.  It’s the bomb.com and my personal favorite-of-all-time yogurt.  Their cows are grass-fed year-round, and in the heat of the South Georgia summer spend their time under irrigation pivots.  They lead happy, happy lives, which much be why their yogurt tastes so darn good.

Vote for Dreaming Cow Creamery!

Dreaming Cow Creamery Cows Closeup | Oysters & Pearls

Blackberry Patch

Blackberry Patch Pepper Jelly | Oysters & Pearls

I’ve mentioned Blackberry Patch here before – they were at Due South’s Makers Market.  And they’re stuff is the jam.  (I know y’all love my puns…?)  Founded in 1988, Blackberry Patch makes all manner of fruity jarred goodness, including syrups, jams, jellies, and even salsas, using real fruits and family recipes.  They give back to the community, too!  Each year, a portion of the profits from Blackberry Patch goes to support four charities: Marion Medical Missions, providing clean water in developing nations; The Gideons, bringing the Word of God to millions each year, Habitat for Humanity, providing sustainable housing around the globe.

Vote for Blackberry Patch!

Blackberry Patch Syrups | Oysters & Pearls

Schermer Pecans

Schermer Pecans | Oysters & Pearls

You’ve seen Schermer Pecans here on O&P before, too – they sponsored the 2014 Southern C Summit!  A family-owned for 65 years and true Southwest Georgia-wide operation, Schermer Pecans‘ trees are just outside of Albany, Georgia, and their offices are in Thomasville.  Not just plain ole pecans, Schermer Pecans has candied pecans and tons of gift options, too.  Plus, y’all know I am a fan of anyone who is a fan of my beloved spaniels.

Vote for Schermer Pecans!

Schermer Pecans with Spaniels | Oysters & Pearls

All right, you’ve got the dirt on these three so… GO VOTE!  You can vote six times per day once you register, up until October 13th. It would be so great to see one of these win the Fan Favorite Award.  So be a doll and hop to it!

Martha Steward American Made Awards 2014 Nominees

Vote for Schermer Pecans
Vote for Blackberry Patch
Vote for Dreaming Cow Creamery

Until Next Time

Peach Crisp Recipe

I mentioned this peach crisp recipe last time we had our Farm to Table Supper Club, and I am just about ready to make it again.  In fact, with a crispy, nutty oatmeal crust, it would be the perfect summer dessert OR breakfast.

Georgia Peaches and Blackberry for a Crisp | Oysters & Pearls

Cutting Butter into Peach Crisp Toppings | Oysters & Pearls

Don’t mind that butter…

Peach and Blackberry Crisp Topping | Oysters & Pearls

I based this super simple peach crisp recipe off of this one that I found at the last minute.  When it comes to sweet summer fruit, I think simplest is usually best.

Georgia Peaches and Blackberry for a Crisp | Oysters & Pearls

Georgia Peaches and Blackberry for a Crisp | Oysters & Pearls

Simple Summer Peach Crisp Recipe
serves 12 easily
adapted via Allrecipes.com

ingredients

– 10 to 12 very ripe peaches, washed and sliced
– 1 package very ripe blackberries (or any ripe berry you like, or omit them altogether)
– 1 cup all purpose flour
– 1 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
– 1 cup (2 sticks) cold butter
– 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
– 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
– 2 cups rolled oats
– 1 cup chopped pecans

instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Arrange sliced peaches evenly in a 9×13 greased pan or casserole dish.  Scatter berries throughout, if using.  Set aside.

Mix flour, light brown sugar, butter, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl using a pastry cutter until evenly mixed and with crumbles the size of peas.  Fold the oats and pecans into the flour mixture.  Evenly sprinkle and press the topping over the top of the fruit.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until the topping is slightly browned.

Georgia Peaches and Blackberry for a Crisp | Oysters & Pearls

This is the perfect way to showcase perfectly ripe, delicious Georgia peaches and really let them shine.  I often find cobblers too sweet, and sometimes a cobbler can mask the true flavor of the fruit with all that sugar.  There’s a time and place for cobblers, but I think this crisp really puts the fruit front and center.

 Peach and Blackberry Crisp | Oysters & Pearls Peach and Blackberry Crisp | Oysters & Pearls

I think this crisp recipe would be wonderful with any fresh or canned fruit, summer or winter, doubled or halved.  The topping is versatile, crunchy, sweet, and salty.  Feel free to throw anything you want underneath it!  And do not hesitate to top it with ice cream, no matter what’s on the bottom.

Peach and Blackberry Crisp | Oysters & Pearls

Where to shop:
flour sack dish cloth: Julie Guyot and Ashley Ivey via TCA
farm table: Southern Restoration Furniture by Marc Ventry
vintage pyrex bowl (similar)
vintage pastry cutter (similar)

You may also like:
Honey Ice Cream Recipe
Easy Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe
Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe
Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream Recipe
Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe

Until Next Time