25 July 2014

John Rutledge House

John Rutledge House, Broad St., Charleston, S.C.
Aaack! I had to stand on my tiptoes and snuggle up to the house across the street to try to squeeze this house in my shot. This grand building is the John Rutledge House Bed & Breakfast on Broad St. near the Cathedral. I saw a similar shot, I believe in Charleston Magazine and was trying to see if I could pull it off. You can check out their web site for a look inside. It is listed as one of the top 100 hotels in America so you won't be camping.

I took today off work and am heading on a field trip to Daufuskie Island. I am ready to go! Heading down to Hilton Head shortly to take a ferry over to the island.

23 July 2014

Celebrating summer with tomato pie

Tomato Pie, Charleston, S.C.
Many of us had our first tomato pie of the season thanks to the generosity of farmer Paul Nelson who along with wife Lana, shared the bounty from their garden. They summoned their social media friends and sent us  home with trunks full of tomatoes, zucchini, peppers and potatoes. I soon noticed that everyone was eating tomato pie this year. Charleston Magazine's version has eggs in it. Mixon Market had a Tomayto Tomahto festival and pie contest - yummy photos on their blog! Southern Seasons had a Tomato Pie contest last week and shared the winning pie recipe. They included bacon in theirs.

Mine is simpler and I cheat with frozen pie crust (ssshh!). It is a lot easier and still scrumptious.  Give it a try and invite me over.

Tomato Pie
4 tomatoes, peeled and sliced
10 fresh basil leaves, chopped
1/2 cup chopped green onion
1 (9-inch) prebaked deep dish pie shell
2 cups mix of grated mozzarella and cheddar
1 cup mayonnaise
Salt & pepper

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Place the tomatoes in a colander in the sink in 1 layer. Sprinkle with salt and allow to drain for 10 minutes. Pat dry with paper towels.

Layer the tomato slices, basil, and onion in pie shell. Season with salt and pepper. Combine the grated cheeses and mayonnaise together. Spread mixture on top of the tomatoes and bake for 30 minutes or until lightly browned.

To serve, cut into slices and serve warm.

22 July 2014

Magnolia Park Community Garden

Magnolia Park, Charleston, S.C.
The Magnolia Park community garden is looking lush and healthy! What I'd like now is for it to be the location for a West Ashley Farmer's Market please. Pretty please.

21 July 2014

Guerrilla Cuisining

Chef Jonathan Kaldas, Charleston, S.C.
I didn't waste too much time laying down my fork to pick up my camera at the recent Guerrilla Cuisine dinner hosted by jimihatt last week. The underground dinner club events are usually held on Sunday nights. You buy your ticket based on the chef or description of the event and the day before you get an email with directions to the dinner.

This event was held upstairs at Burwell's Stone Fire Grill on Market St. Our chefs for the evening were Chef Jonathan Kaldas, Chef Jordan Moore and Mark Heyward-Washington. The taste adventures included beef heart and beef tendon and fried sweetbreads and yes, I did eat it all. Check here for upcoming events. I guarantee each one will be an adventure.

19 July 2014

Tree trimming day

Charleston, S.C.
I paid a lot to have some trees trimmed and one large dying tree cut down but wow, did they put on a good show. They swept in with a large team, heavy equipment and swarmed over my little property. That truck in the photo above is already full of wood chips and they hadn't started with the large tree they took down yet. I was very impressed. I sneaked a few pictures between the blinds because there was no way I was going out in that madness!

No one got hurt, no trees crashed on my roof and they cleaned up well. It was better than watching an action movie.

Dinner with a view

View from Shem Creek boardwalk, Mt. Pleasant, S.C.
I am on a Salmon Caesar Salad kick and just like my Thai Curry streak last year, I've been eating it in every restaurant that offers it on the menu and some that will put it together for me. Nice having a craving that consists of healthy food! One thing that nudged Vickery's Bar & Grill salad to the top of the list is the waterfront views that come with it. Last night was a perfect lowcountry summer evening. It was warm but the humidity level was low enough to make for a pleasant outside dining experience.

I anticipate an exciting afternoon on my property today as I have tree trimmers coming to prune my trees and remove a large dying tree on my neighbors property. Woohoo! Hope all goes well.

17 July 2014

Thursday evening hodge podge

East Bay St., Charleston, S.C.
I am back from a birthday dinner for an good friend and former co-worker. It was good to find her just as full of grace and mischief as I remembered. 

Last summer may have been the summer of the hydrangea but this, this is the year of the crepe myrtle. They are glorious and the city is a garden. 

Al Jazeera America did a nice profile on our own Mayor Joe Riley. Click here to see how Charleston is  making history with our long serving mayor: America's Favorite Mayor.

Lisa Shimko's art is so colorful and fun! Check her web site and see what you think.

I slipped out at lunch today to attend the Charleston Regional Business Journal's Influential Women in Business awards luncheon. I had nominated one of my dedicated volunteers and she was selected for recognition. Made me very happy and proud!

16 July 2014

Waterfront Park Charleston

Waterfront Park, Charleston, S.C.

In between the frequent thundershowers lately we have been treated to beautiful skies. The pineapple fountain is a draw for every kid to explore on these hot days. I don't know if this story about the symbolism of the pineapple is true but I like it:
The pineapple has been a symbol of hospitality since the days of the early American colonies. The legend began with the sea captains of New England, who sailed among the Caribbean Islands and returned to the colonies bearing their cargo of fruits, spices and rum. According to the legend, the captain would spear a pineapple on a fence post outside his home to let his friends know of his safe return from sea. The pineapple was an invitation for them to visit, share his food and drink, and listen to tales of his voyage.

Check out these dramatic photos of the pineapple fountain
I need to get to my bed kids. I download books from the library, forget about them until I get the three day expiration notice and then I have to read every spare minute in the race to finish the book before it disappears. 

15 July 2014

We came, we saw, we left our mark

The 4 Horseman, Charleston, S.C.
We've been winning top tourism awards lately but folks in the know have been coming to Charleston for years and many of them left their name in the pavement. Yep, the 4 Horsemen, Elvis, Jesus, the Godfather, Susan Anthony and Captain Blye. Been here, seen that, scratched my name in the pavement.

Elvis, Charleston, S.C.
Jesus, Charleston, S.C.
The Godfather, Charleston, S.C.
Susan Anthony, Charleston, S.C.
Capt. Blye, Charleston, S.C.