Hello South Carolina

We made it! Today is our first full day in South Carolina.  We are still climbing over mountains of boxes getting our bearings and settling in, but I have a craft and a recipe that Jaime and I made to mark our move south to share with you later this week.  Hope you all will check back in on Tuesday and Thursday to find out what we made.

Also, once we finish unpacking I’ll be looking to explore my new state.  Do you have any suggestions regarding things to do in South Carolina? If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comments.

 

Goodbye Washington, DC

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My husband and I are relocating further south – to South Carolina.  I will miss DC and all of its quirkiness (and my friends of course), but I am excited to be embarking on new adventures.  Living in the nation’s capital has been a fabulous experience and I have so many wonderful memories from my time here.  When I sat down to write this post, I knew I wanted to include some photos from my time in DC, but after flipping through the many photos I took during my time here, I realized that my photos do not even begin to capture what the city means to me.  But, because this is a blog and as such it needs pictures, in no particular order, here are some of my photos from my time in DC:

July 4th Fireworks on the National Mall – There is something magical about the 4th of July in DC.  There is so much patriotic excitement.  I love the fireworks display.  Staring up at dazzling fireworks coloring the night sky always makes me feel a little bit like a kid again.

Washington Monument and Fireworks

Coffee Filter Orchids

Earlier this week I blogged about my re-blooming orchids and my recent visit to the U.S. botanic garden.  That post, while about one of my favorite types of flowers, admittedly related to neither cooking nor crafts.  After writing that post I started thinking about whether there were any orchid related projects that I could do (after all this is a craft and cooking blog) and came up with these coffee filter orchids.

Here is a side by side comparison of one of my real orchids (L) and a coffee filter one (R):

I think that these orchids would be nice on a gift in place of a bow, or incorporated into a boutonniere or a bouquet of coffee filter roses.

Coffee Filter Roses and Orchids

One of my orchids (not shown in the earlier post) is dropping its flowers.  I wanted my coffee filter orchids to look as real as possible so I dissected one of these dropped flowers to make a template.

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Re-blooming Orchids*

I wish I could say that I have discovered the secret to getting orchids to re-bloom, but I haven’t.  These orchids re-bloomed in spite of my somewhat inconsistent care.

Last year, after my orchids had finished blooming, I cut off the old stems about half way down.  I watered them about once a week in the sink so that they could drain properly and I even remembered to fertilize them (once), but mostly I just left them alone to do their thing.  Most of the year that thing was hanging out as a couple of leaves in a pot, but for a couple of weeks in exchange for me not forgetting to water them too often they rewarded me with this:

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Stop. Artichoke Time!

My husband and I were checking out at the store last weekend when I noticed that a customer in front of us was buying a bag artichokes.  We were already in the process of putting our groceries onto the conveyor belt, but I did what any reasonable artichoke lover would do.  I stopped loading the groceries, shouted “Stop. Artichoke time!” to my husband by way of explanation, and took off across the store to get a bag.

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Looking Forward to the Weekend . . . Buttermilk Pancakes

After our wedding my husband went on a search for the “perfect” pancake recipe.  Over the course of the next several months we sampled a number of different types of pancakes – vanilla, sour cream, cream cheese, pumpkin, sweet potato, raspberry, blackberry, chocolate chip, blueberry – but we kept coming back to this recipe, which my family has been making for as long as I can remember.  It is fairly simple and quick to make and really, what better way is there to start a weekend than with fluffy buttermilk pancakes with maple syrup?

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“Cherry Blossom” Sugar Cookies

Earlier this week, I shared with you some photos that I took of this year’s cherry blossoms near the tidal basin in Washington, DC.  Today I want to share with you some sugar cookies that I made to celebrate the arrival of the blossoms.

This recipe is quickly becoming one of my go to cookie recipes.  These are soft, almost cake-like cookies.  I often find myself turning to this recipe when I need to make themed cookies as they hold their shape pretty well.  I used this recipe (with green butter cream frosting) to make the leaf cookies to accompany my chrysanthemum cupcakes.

I’m just beginning to explore the world of decorative frosting (and as you can see I still have a lot to learn), but I have found that a little effort goes a long way when it comes to cake/cupcake/cookie decorating, even if the end result is not altogether perfect.

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