Lifestyle : July

After June’s indulgence of all things summer, this July we are resting in simplicity of the now.  We thrive from local flavors of the season and scenic escapes in our backyards… why not?

Instead of dining out, the Terra Cotta Woman plans a low-marsh picnic spent cloud watching until the stars come out.  She decides that nothing is more delicious than a juicy watermelon slice on a hot day and encourages others to bring extra spoons, new friends, a washboard and harmonica, and see what happens.

This time calls for simple eating, simple dressing, and simple appreciations.  The Terra Cotta Woman slows down for the feel of the slightest breeze.  Can’t you see her holding down the top of her fedora as the wind picks up the hemline of her long linen skirt? She waits for those summer showers as an excuse to duck into a place she’s never been before.  In her hand, the well-loved woven basket bag is full with wildflowers, twigs, and treasures from that day’s finding on her way to getting lost amongst the Spanish moss.

(Primitive Artisans bags, available at Terra Cotta)

A great way to celebrate the everyday is with Back in the Day cupcakes! Cheryl and Griff Day know better than most  how to make the simple and scrumptious! Did you know that they have an incredible new cookbook out that is full of their delicious treasures? The Terra Cotta Girls have tried out several of their recipes and want to share one of our favorites with you. You can purchase the book at Terra Cotta

Old Fashioned Cupcakes

Yield: about 2 dozen depending on how you scoop

Ingredients:
1 3/4 cups cake flour (not self-rising)
1 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature, and cut into cubes
4 large eggs
1 cup whole milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line cupcake pans with paper liners
Combine in a bowl both flours, sugar, baking powder and salt. Mix on low speed until combined for about 3 minutes. Add in cubed butter (room temperature) mixing until just coated with flour.
Add eggs 1 at a time until combined. Slowly add milk and vanilla to batter until completely mixed scraping down the bowl as you mix.
Scoop batter into baking cups filling about 2/3 full. Bake until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 17 to 20 minutes.
Cool and decorate with Old Fashioned Frosting.

Old-Fashioned Frosting:
2 sticks butter, room temperature
8 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract or other flavoring

Cream butter until light and fluffy and add 4 cups sugar, milk and vanilla. Mix until smooth. Gradually add the rest of sugar to reach desired frosting consistency. Color with food coloring and decorate.

(Our owner, Christine, with Cheryl Day)

Local flavors of the season, dodging rainstorms, enjoying the clouds on our low-marsh picnics, and cupcakes with real  butter cream…. We think “Yes.”

 Simple can be incredibly satisfying. No time to prepare a picnic? Try out Thrive on your way to Tybee and pick up an organic picnic to-go. Downtown? Stop by Papillote and order the Goat Cheese, Spinach, and Roasted Tomato Pie.  It’s heavenly!

Take a stay-cation this July and experience the beauty we share in creating all around us. Dress for the weather in your cottons, linens, and barely there’s. Enjoy 25% off apparel, shoes, and bags for the entire month of July with a mention of this post.

Ciao, Terra Cotta

photo credits : volkswagen, picnic, cupcakes

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