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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

Carlyle’s & Sloane’s Engagement Party

Happy Monday morning!

I hope everyone had a blessed and wonderful Easter weekend!  We sure did.  We spent Friday and Saturday getting ready for an engagement party we helped host for Wheat’s brother Carlyle and his fiancé Sloane.  They’re getting married next month, and a group of Carlyle’s friends got together and threw a little party for them.  The weather was pretty dicey all weekend, but luckily the rain/mist stopped for the party.  It wasn’t gorgeous weather, but it wasn’t raining and all was well.  Thank goodness!

The happy couple:

Carlyle & Sloane | Oysters & Pearls

We did a simple chalkboard theme (plus Easter candy and springtime pastels) for the party, and naturally I had to DIY some fun things.

Engagement Party Dessert Table | Oysters & Pearls

I spray painted thick kraft paper with chalkboard paint, then cut out the large bunting as well as the cake topper bunting.  I sewed the ribbon onto the paper for the large bunting with my sewing machine with a contrasting off-white thread, and just sewed right through the smaller triangles to make this DIY chalkboard bunting cake topper.  Super easy, but I loved the way they turned out!

I used rubber bands on wooden skewers to keep the bunting in place for the cake topper… Does anyone else have any clever solutions for this?

10 Layer Strawberry Cake with DIY Chalkboard Bunting Cake Topper | Oysters & Pearls

The ampersand is actually a pewter charm that I hand-stamped with their wedding date.

Hand Stamped Pewter Ampersand Necklace with Wedding Date | Oysters & Pearls

Click over to the Shop page for my new little Etsy shop, if you’re interested!  I can always do a custom listing if you like this one.

Speaking of their wedding date, I have an epic blogger fail for you. Crystal had this adorable idea for me to put on the couple’s first date, engagement date, and wedding date on our DIY chalkboard easel for the party. I spent entirely too much time Wednesday night trying to make my 10-year old boy handwriting look nice, and I didn’t even notice my flub until someone pointed it out halfway through the party…

Blogger Chalkboard Sign Epic Fail | Oysters & Pearls

Yup.  That’s supposed to be 2014.  They are not about to celebrate their one year anniversary…. I’m human, y’all.

#bloggerfail

Unfortunately for Harold, I got his spring/summer hair cut done on Thursday, just before this abnormally frigid and wet spring weather.  He was freezing, so this is what he ended up wearing to the party:

Harold | Oysters & Pearls

Ridiculous, I am well aware.

Harold Blinking in a Sweater | Oysters & Pearls

#quitmakingfunofmemom

The cake itself is the strawberry little layer cake that was recently featured in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  It’s a vanilla cake with strawberry cream cheese swiss meringue buttercream icing.  Say that ten times fast!

10 Layer Strawberry Cake with DIY Chalkboard Bunting Topper | Oysters & Pearls

It was delicious, apparently, because there was not one single piece left.  :)

We had lemonade, sweet tea, and water, as well as a fire pit full of beer.  Little did we know, we would have preferred a fire later on.  It was the coldest and dreariest Easter weekend in my memory!

Lemonade  | Oysters & Pearls

Drink Station | Oysters & Pearls

Carolina Kettle as a Beer Pit | Oysters & Pearls

And lots of delicious food!  Wheat and a few of the guys smoked the boston butts on my dad’s huge smoker we borrowed, and he did SUCH a good job.  The BBQ was so good!  We also had a plethora of spring-time sides made by the other two ladies who helped host and myself.  Deviled eggs, baked beans, broccoli salad, cole slaw, and spicy corn salad.  They all went over well!

BBQ Engagement Party | Oysters & Pearls

The tables were decked out with black table cloths, Refinery candles, and some springtime flowers, including some hot pink knock-out roses from our yard.

Spring Engagement Party Flowers | Oysters & Pearls

Crystal and I aren’t professional flower arrangers, by any means, but we thought they turned out pretty decently!  They were colorful and cheerful in contrast with the dreary day, so they did their job.

Everyone had a great time!  I managed to snap a few pictures in the midst of it all, but of course, not as many as I wish I had.

Lee & Nikki | Oysters & Pearls

Luke, Elizabeth, & Lee's Eye | Oysters & Pearls

Matt &  Brittany | Oysters & Pearls

Sloane and Bridesmaids | Oysters & Pearls

Jim, Hehle, Parks, and Carlyle | Oysters & Pearls

Bert & Richard | Oysters & Pearls

Mother of the Bride and Mother of the Groom | Oysters & Pearls

Boys at Engagement Party | Oysters & Pearls

Congratulations to the Groom | Oysters & Pearls

Boys at the Engagement Party | Oysters & Pearls

When it came time to cut the cake, we thought we would let them get a little practice round in. ;)

Sloane & Carlyle | Oysters & Pearls

Cake Cutting Practice | Oysters & Pearls

It was trying at times…

Practicing Cutting the Cake | Oysters & Pearls

But they quickly got the hang of it.  I think they’re safe for next month now!

Cake Cutting

Congratulations, Carlyle and Sloane!!

Until Next Time

Spicy Corn Salad

Before I start backtracking again, I couldn’t let another day go by before I shared the recipe for the spicy corn salad I made Saturday.  It’s my new favorite summer side salad!

Spicy Corn Salad  | Oysters & Pearls

I ran across {this post} on one of my favorite food blogs, Tartelette, a few weeks ago and it’s been on my mind ever since.  Mine looks nothing like the Tartelette pictures, but as usual, I adapted based on what I had on hand, which was the very last bit of our garden tomatoes.  I had pictured more of a traditional southern corn salad when I read the recipe, so that’s what I made it more like.  You can adjust the amount of sriracha to your own taste.  The heat from the sriracha goes so well with the tang from the vinegar and the sweetness of the corn, tomatoes and pepper.

Spicy Corn Salad (adapted from Tartelette)

ingredients

– approximately one ear of corn per person, shucked and cleaned
– a few tomatoes (at least 4), depending on how many ears of corn you use, washed and chopped
– one or two yellow bell peppers, washed, cored, & diced

for the vinaigrette
(adjust depending on how much corn you use – this will cover most amounts, just don’t overdress it)

– 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
– juice of half of a lime or lemon
– 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
– 2 tablespoons sriracha (or to taste)
– 1/2 teaspoon salt
– 1/2 teaspoon pepper
– 1/4 cup olive oil

instructions

Brush corn with vegetable oil and heat grill over medium heat.  Grill until the kernels start to get golden to dark brown.  Keep an eye on them and don’t let them burn.  Remove from heat and let cool.  When they’re cool, use a knife to remove the kernels from the cob (see the trick below to make this easier).  Add cut up tomatoes and bell pepper to the corn and toss.  In a small bowl, whisk together all the dressing ingredients and drizzle over the salad.  Optional: garnish with a squirt of sriracha and wedges of lemons or limes.

Grilled Corn for Spicy Corn Salad | Oysters & Pearls

We were planning for a crowd, so I grilled 9 ears of corn.  You want them just barely cooked through and with some added color.

Grilled Corn for Spicy Corn Salad  | Oysters & Pearls

Set those aside and let them cool while you chop your tomatoes and pepper and mix up the vinaigrette.

To remove the kernels, the easiest way I’ve found to do this is to use a bundt pan.  You stick the bottom of the ear of corn into the hole in the center of a bunt pan, then run a sharp knife down the ear to cut the kernels off. Just keep rotating either the ear of corn or the pan, and pretty soon you’ll fill it right up.

Quick & Easy Way to Cut Corn Off the Cob | Oysters & Pearls

Please excuse those janky fingernails.  And thanks to Wheat for the picture!

My vinaigrette was pretty spicy, and I probably should have toned it down for others in the crowd.  I  need to realize that not everybody likes spicy food as much as I do.

Even though it was really hot, it was still delicious.  My mouth is watering right this second.

Sriracha Vinaigrette for Spicy Corn Salad | Oysters & Pearls

Coincidentally, I believe this vinaigrette would be awesome on any salad, but it really just plays so nicely with the corn and tomatoes.

I love the color of this salad.  It would be really pretty was lime wedges to add a bit of green color to the dish, or maybe some green bell pepper or green onions.

Spicy Corn Salad | Oysters & Pearls

Yum!  You should make this ASAP.  Just trust me.  Make it while the sweet corn and tomatoes are at their peak and as ripe as possible.  It’s summer in a bowl.

Oddly enough, it is feeling like fall here in SoWeGa right now, which is crazy!  So I’ll be making this as much as possible to savor the last remnants of summer while I can.

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