Tuesday, July 22, 2014

10 Dates of Summer ~ Graveyards and Honey

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Witt's honey came in (!!!) and the beekeepers spent a day Sunday harvesting their hives. I had a nice visit with Cathy until we were called in to jar the honey of which there was a lot

It tasted delicious and I'm excited to share it with people and to have it to give as gifts. I'm proud of Witt for his hard work and excited that they have such a sweet payoff.

 I am working on a label for the jars they are taking to a local wine store. They are going to display some of their honey in the shop to sell which is exciting. 




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We had a fun night with friends over Friday and Saturday we went to Winston-Salem for our 10 Dates of Summer

We ate at Finnegan's, an Irish pub and since it was raining and our plans to walk around Downtown were thwarted we walked through Old Salem right down the road.


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We are currently watching the John Adams series and I've really enjoyed it so far. It's been out a while and Witt has seen it but I hadn't and it's making me think about that period in history in a whole new way. 

Abigail Adams is my favorite character, she was such a strong women and I love seeing the way she handled herself all alone for long stretches of time on a farm while the revolutionary war was being fought just miles away. 

So maybe that inspired me but when Witt suggested we eat downtown Winston-Salem it made me want to go to Old Salem




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Growing up we attended the Love Feast every Christmas Eve and the old cobblestone streets and colonial village houses remind me of Christmas. Which I'm already looking forward to. 

This time we stuck to the outskirts, exploring the gardens. It was drizzling and a Saturday night so Old Salem was a ghost town. It was only fitting then that we walked through the graveyard. 

I need a camera, desperately, but it's not exactly on my priority list house hunting right now. Until then let's appreciate the accidental glorious eeriness of my phone camera blur. 





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The graveyard was full of history. 

Stones as old as the 1700's and as early as last month. There were many that made me tear up, babies that were born and died the next day, the loving scripture etched there.

I've always been interested in names as well, growing up when no one was named Claire and getting called Clara by accident all of the time, I love seeing names I don't recognize. I found an Abner. Amity. A Rufus and many more.



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For dinner Friday night I made another tomato pie because one of our friends is a vegetarian and I also made a rummy peach sangria, which was my special drink for the weekend. 

There was not a drop leftover and we even ate the fruit. 




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I found the absolute cutest mason jar mugs at the dollar store and birch paper straws from here




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Normally when I make sangria I end up using lemons and limes and oranges because I love the citrus flavors. But I have found that the rinds tend to make the sangria bitter if you have any leftover or it sits too long before serving. 

Plus, they just aren't as easy to eat and it was nice to have all the fruit enjoyed by everyone that night- not just me sitting on the couch after the party clean-up!


Rummy Peach Sangria

1 bottle of pinot grigio wine
1/2 cup dry red wine 
1/2 cup rum
2 cups sparkling peach flavored water or ICE brand peach sparkling water (this is what I used- obsessed with the natural flavors)
3 ripe peaches, sliced
1 cup sliced strawberries
4 tablespoons agave nectar or more to taste

Combine everything except the sparkling water and let sit for a few hours in the fridge to meld flavors together. Add sparkling water right before serving.

Enjoy!

And now I leave you with a song, courtesy of my sister-in-law Rose, that I am absolutely obsessed with. I love the message behind this video








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