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Happy Birthday, Sweet Wheat!

He doesn’t have a facebook page or a twitter account (although he does have Instagram!), so if you see him around today, tell Wheat HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

Wheat & Juin 2015 | oysters and pearls

I hope that your day is full of golf, football, Juin, fall weather, and all the sweets – I even promise not to make any sweet tooth comments!  Love you!!

And in case anyone is interested in some really great guy gifts, Wheat was thrilled with his this morning. :)  He got a new pair of briar britches from Kevin’s for his upcoming pheasant hunting trip to North Dakota (not pictured) already, but today he awoke to a Yeti cooler cup (also from Kevin’s), a shotgun shell carrier from Sturdy Brothers (not for sale online, but they’ll have them at Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival again this year!), a Sturdy Brothers Sturdy Square (a pocket square or handkerchief), and a Bixby beard comb I also picked up at our Maiden South pop up at Sturdy Brothers last week. I may or may not hope this encourages him to grow his beard again…

 

Not (completely) pictured is the blaze orange hat Wheat requested for his North Dakota trip.  I’m still working on it!  But Harold is obviously a huge help when it comes to hand knitted gifts.

Just in case any knitters are interested, the yarn is a superwash worsted by Sweet Georgia (colorway: Dutch) that I purchased at (where else?) Fuzzy Goat. For those of you not near Thomasville, you can find it online directly from Sweet Georgia Yarns here.  The pattern is the same one I knitted for my dad last year (and for Wheat last year using Spud & Chloe Sweater in Penguin).  You can find the pattern in my Ravelry projects here – and find & friend me on Ravelry @ oystersandpurls!

Happy Birthday, sweet Wheat!!!
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Bristol Family Sugar Cookie Recipe

Bristol Sugar Cookies with Hashtag Cookie Cutter from Maiden South | Oysters & Pearls

I’ve been saving this recipe for a while.  This recipe has been handed down through my dad’s family for a long, long time.  It’s very old fashioned, and seriously awesome.  My dad used to make these exact sugar cookies with my sister and me every single Christmas growing up.  Since I’ve been out on my own, I’ve been making them every Christmas, too.  They’re the perfect consistency for cookie cutters, and the dough is the best tasting sugar cookie dough around.  They earn RAVE reviews every time I make these cookies, so I figure it’s about time I share the recipe here.

I baked these hashtag cookies for our Meet the Maker event with the Sturdy Brothers at Maiden South a couple of weeks ago.  You can find that cookie cutter, along with lots more, at the shop. :)

#maidensouth #eatallthecookies

Bristol Family Drop Sugar Cookies | Oysters & Pearls

I would also like to add that I adore the name Winnie.

Bristol Family Sugar Cookie Recipe
by Oysters & Pearls

ingredients

Have all ingredients at room temperature.

– 2.5 cups all purpose flour
– 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
– 3/4 teaspoon salt

– 1/2 cup unsalted butter
– 1/2 cup shortening (I use Crisco)
– 1 cup sugar
– 1 teaspoon vanilla
– 1 large egg.
– 2 tablespoons whole milk.

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Sift or whisk together the first three ingredients and set aside.

Cream together butter, shortening, sugar, and vanilla.  Once incorporated, add the egg.  Cream until fluffy.  Slowly add the dry mixture to the wet.  Add the milk by the tablespoon and continue to mix until fully incorporated.

You can either drop by the teaspoon on a baking sheet, or roll out onto a floured surface and use cookie cutters.  Add sprinkles or bake without.  My favorite way to make them is to roll teaspoon sized balls in your hands and then roll in sugar or sprinkles, flatten on the baking sheet and bake.

Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 12 minutes, adjusting the time as necessary depending on how thin you rolled out your dough.

#bestcookiesever

Bristol Sugar Cookies with Hashtag Cookie Cutter from Maiden South | Oysters & Pearls

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Learning to Knit with the Fuzzy Goat

The Fuzzy Goat Yarn Shop in Thomasville, Georgia | Oysters & Pearls

As you all know, I have a thing for goats.  I grew up with pet goats, and I’ve always loved them.  In fact, one of my life’s greatest disappointments is that we no longer have the Goat Day Brochure from the year I was on the cover with my two pet goats, Billy and Freckles.  (Yes, Goat Day is absolutely a thing. Promote the goat, y’all.)  So instead, I’ll share these pictures (yet again).

This little guy is a goat at Weeki Wachi Springs that I made pals with.

Natalie & Goat | Oysters & Pearls

But this big billy goat is Billy (creative, huh?) that I grew up with.  Don’t let the horns fool ya, he was a sweetie.Natalie & Billy Goat | Oysters & Pearls copy

I have goat napkins, and have big plans for a move to the country with my own goat farm.  One day.

All that being said, you can see why I was instantly enamored with the newest shop in Thomasville, the Fuzzy Goat.  It’s a yarn store, and I don’t knit.  Yet before I had even taken a class, I’d been in the shop 4 times and purchased 4 skeins of yarn.  Typical.

Design Elements at the Fuzzy Goat in Thomasville, Georgia | Oysters & Pearls Somewhere to Sit at the Fuzzy Goat in Thomasville, Georgia | Oysters & Pearls Yarn Display at the Fuzzy Goat in Thomasville, Georgia | Oysters & PearlsBut can’t you see why?  Just walking in makes you want to learn to knit.  And so, I signed up for my first class.  Because I just didn’t have enough hobbies already.

A yarn beehive?  I take two.

Yarn Beehive at the Fuzzy Goat in Thomasville, Georgia | Oysters & Pearls

Why buy that giant chunky knitted blanket off of Etsy when you can learn to make it. At least, that’s my motto.

Chunky Wool Yarn at the Fuzzy Goat in Thomasville, Georgia | Oysters & Pearls Gorgeous Yarn at the Fuzzy Goat in Thomasville, Georgia | Oysters & Pearls Knit Beanie at the Fuzzy Goat in Thomasville, Georgia | Oysters & PearlsI just want to learn to knit all the things.

Yarn Display at the Fuzzy Goat in Thomasville, Georgia | Oysters & Pearls Knit and Let Knit Tote at the Fuzzy Goat in Thomasville, Georgia | Oysters & Pearls Branded Quilt Art at the Fuzzy Goat in Thomasville, Georgia | Oysters & Pearls

Can’t we all agree I need this tote?

Beekman 1802 Goat Tote at the Fuzzy Goat in Thomasville, Georgia | Oysters & Pearls

Totes ma’goats.

And these tiny fuzzy finger goats?  I die.

Two Tiny Fuzzy Goats at the Fuzzy Goat in Thomasville, Georgia | Oysters & Pearls Peeking Goat at the Fuzzy Goat in Thomasville, Georgia | Oysters & Pearls

Proof guys can knit, too.  While wearing a rugged and manly Sturdy Brothers Apron from the popup shop across the (Jackson) street, of course…Manly Knitting Supplies with a Sturdy Brothers Apron at the Fuzzy Goat in Thomasville, Georgia | Oysters & Pearls

And this is where I’ll be spending my lunch breaks in Thomasville from now on…

A Nice Place to Sit and Knit at the Fuzzy Goat in Thomasville, Georgia | Oysters & Pearls

I’m already casting on, knitting, and purling, and can’t wait to show off the scarf that will one day come off of my new needles!  One day…

The Fuzzy Goat Yarn Store in Thomasville, Georgia | Oysters & Pearls

Next time your in Thomasville, be sure to stop by and check it out.  It’s the knittest little shop (the knit puns just won’t stop unraveling) and Cadence, the owner, is the sweetest.  Tell her I sent ya! ;)

For more on the goats featured in this post:
Goat Day, Blountstown, Florida
The Fuzzy Goat, Thomasville, Georgia

Until Next Time