Sep 17, 2017

Simple Entryway Coat Hooks

Summer is stretching on here in the Lowcountry, as it tends to do, and therefore residents of our house seem to want to stay outside.  This makes getting inside projects done difficult.

I did manage to sneak in another one of our "little projects" today.  While the project was little, the result is big improvement to our everyday lives.  So, I'll take it!



Simple Entryway Coat Hooks | The Lowcountry Lady

See, each time we arrived home, we tossed bags, everyday jackets, hats and whatnot all over the place.  There didn't seem to be a good spot for them.  So, we needed to make one.

We already owned a set of knob rails (old, Pottery Barn) from our last house (you can see pictures here), so all we needed to do was find a spot and hang them.



Simple Entryway Coat Hooks | The Lowcountry Lady

Simple Entryway Coat Hooks | The Lowcountry Lady

Simple Entryway Coat Hooks | The Lowcountry Lady

Simple Entryway Coat Hooks | The Lowcountry Lady

Simple Entryway Coat Hooks | The Lowcountry Lady

Simple Entryway Coat Hooks | The Lowcountry Lady


Simple Entryway Coat Hooks | The Lowcountry Lady

Simple Entryway Coat Hooks | The Lowcountry Lady

Simple Entryway Coat Hooks | The Lowcountry Lady

In case you're curious:

Kids hat - Field and Stream
Denim jacket - so so old, J.Crew
Shirt - Free Fly
Brown Purse - Kate Spade
Patterned purse - Orla Kiely

Sep 3, 2017

Beer Braised Short Ribs and Goat Cheese Beet and Arugula Sandwiches


Beer Braised Short Ribs and Goat Cheese Beet and Arugula Sandwiches | The Lowcountry Lady

The first big college football weekend of the season is here.  The games are fun, of course, but my favorite part about this time of year (like most times of the year) is the food.  Inching towards fall means inching towards a few richer cooler weather foods, and of course, it also means more grilling.

Yesterday, we decided to make short ribs and sandwiches for the games.


We have to talk about short ribs for a minute.  They're an underrated secret, if you ask me.  They are so easy to make, yet always impressive.  And, because they are so rich, 1-2 short ribs per person is more than enough, especially if you're serving as an appetizer or half of a main dish.


They do take some time to cook though, so plan ahead a bit for this one.



Beer Braised Short Ribs and Goat Cheese Beet and Arugula Sandwiches | The Lowcountry Lady


Beer Braised Short Ribs and Goat Cheese Beet and Arugula Sandwiches | The Lowcountry Lady


Beer Braised Short Ribs and Goat Cheese Beet and Arugula Sandwiches | The Lowcountry Lady


Beer Braised Short Ribs and Goat Cheese Beet and Arugula Sandwiches | The Lowcountry Lady


Beer Braised Short Ribs and Goat Cheese Beet and Arugula Sandwiches | The Lowcountry Lady


Beer Braised Short Ribs and Goat Cheese Beet and Arugula Sandwiches | The Lowcountry Lady


Beer Braised Short Ribs and Goat Cheese Beet and Arugula Sandwiches | The Lowcountry Lady


Beer Braised Short Ribs and Goat Cheese Beet and Arugula Sandwiches | The Lowcountry Lady


Beer Braised Short Ribs and Goat Cheese Beet and Arugula Sandwiches | The Lowcountry Lady


Beer Braised Short Ribs and Goat Cheese Beet and Arugula Sandwiches | The Lowcountry Lady

Beer Braised Short Ribs

Ingredients-
  • 4 Bone-in short ribs
  • 1/4 cup dry barbecue seasoning (we like Charleston Pig for this recipe)
  • ~12 oz of Beer* (the amount will vary depending on the size of your vessel)
  • Heaping handful of wood chips (we used bourbon soaked oak, but use what you like)

Steps-
  1. Plan ahead, this takes about 5 hours, all in.
  2. Start up the egg, be sure you have enough charcoal for a 5 hour cook.
  3. Raise the temperature to about 250°.
  4. In the meantime, go prepare your meat by covering each short rib with rub.
  5. Once the grill is up to temp, add wood chips directly to the charcoal, put the plate setter on and then the standard grate.
  6. Place your short ribs on, bone down, and let them grill for 2 hours.
  7. Remove the short ribs and place them in a dutch oven or similar vessel (we sometimes use aluminum pans and foil).
  8. Add beer to your pan, until it covers the ribs about half way, then cover the pan.
  9. Return the ribs, in pan, to the grill and cook for an additional 3 hours at 250°.
  10. Remove the ribs, let sit for 10 or so minutes before removing from the pan, then serve hot.

*Often beer braised short-rib recipes call for a stout beer.  We've tried a few and found that it's best to use any beer that you actually like to drink.  We used a favorite local beer this time, Tradesman Brewing Company's Master Welder Agave Wheat.  


To accompany the Short Ribs, we made Goat Cheese, Beet & Arugula Sandwiches.


Beer Braised Short Ribs and Goat Cheese Beet and Arugula Sandwiches | The Lowcountry Lady


Beer Braised Short Ribs and Goat Cheese Beet and Arugula Sandwiches | The Lowcountry Lady


Beer Braised Short Ribs and Goat Cheese Beet and Arugula Sandwiches | The Lowcountry Lady


Beer Braised Short Ribs and Goat Cheese Beet and Arugula Sandwiches | The Lowcountry Lady


Beer Braised Short Ribs and Goat Cheese Beet and Arugula Sandwiches | The Lowcountry Lady


Beer Braised Short Ribs and Goat Cheese Beet and Arugula Sandwiches | The Lowcountry Lady


Beer Braised Short Ribs and Goat Cheese Beet and Arugula Sandwiches | The Lowcountry Lady


Beer Braised Short Ribs and Goat Cheese Beet and Arugula Sandwiches | The Lowcountry Lady


Beer Braised Short Ribs and Goat Cheese Beet and Arugula Sandwiches | The Lowcountry Lady


Yes, that is in fact a more traditional grilled cheese there in the back.  Special request from the kiddo ;).

Beer Braised Short Ribs and Goat Cheese Beet and Arugula Sandwiches | The Lowcountry Lady


Beer Braised Short Ribs and Goat Cheese Beet and Arugula Sandwiches | The Lowcountry Lady

Grilled Goat Cheese, Beet & Arugula Sandwiches

Ingredients-
  • Sliced bread
  • Soft goat cheese, about 2 oz. per sandwich
  • Sliced pickled beets**
  • Arugula (aka Rocket)
  • Butter
**We got the most amazing pickled beets from Rachelle The Pickle Lady at the Charleston Farmer's market.  If you can't find fresh pickled beets, I'd probably opt for getting fresh beets and roasting them yourself.  If you don't want to do that, you can always grab a store bought jar of pickled beets.


Steps-
  1. Heat your grill or skillet to about 350°.
  2. Butter the outsides of two slices of bread per sandwich.
  3. Flip the bread and add goat cheese to one side.
  4. Strain or blot excess liquid from sliced beets.
  5. Add about 5-6 beet slices on top of the goat cheese.
  6. Top with arugula, add another layer of goat cheese and top with the other slice of bread.
  7. Grill your sandwiches, about 2-3 minutes per side.

Aug 30, 2017

Little Updates

We have a few big house project plans - building a patio, creating an outdoor shower and painting several rooms, for example.  Some of those projects require more careful planning.  For me, that means looking at similar projects for inspiration, researching materials, obtaining samples and working the expenses into the budget.

We have another running list for smaller projects - filling the planters on the front porch, hanging up some pictures & art and pick up a small new rug for the for the front entry... this list is ever growing and never ending.  We kind of enjoy that part of homeownership though.  So, we've chipped away at a few of these quickie jobs, including adding a few shelves to the guest bathroom.

Why in the world would our brand new house not have these shelves?  We asked the builder to skip the standard shelves.  They would have been the white powder coated wire shelves.  Those are fine, of course, but I prefer wood shelves.  And, the builder would have installed wood shelves for us, but I knew it was something we could do, and I knew we could save money if we did (over the course of a few closets, actually).

After pics -


Dark Polyshades stained bathroom closet shelves in Espresso gloss | The Lowcountry Lady

Dark Polyshades stained bathroom closet shelves in Espresso gloss | The Lowcountry Lady

Dark Polyshades stained bathroom closet shelves in Espresso gloss | The Lowcountry Lady

Dark Polyshades stained bathroom closet shelves in Espresso gloss | The Lowcountry Lady

Dark Polyshades stained bathroom closet shelves in Espresso gloss | The Lowcountry Lady

Dark Polyshades stained bathroom closet shelves in Espresso gloss | The Lowcountry Lady

Dark Polyshades stained bathroom closet shelves in Espresso gloss | The Lowcountry Lady


This closet will look this organized for roughly ten more minutes (glad I have evidence that it once was though).

Anyway, if you're curious, this was a simple project.

Without going into full tutorial mode, I'll sum it up by saying we determined how many shelves we wanted, measured the space, and bought the wood from a local big box store.  We cut the wood to size, stained it, and then installed the shelves.

We used a new-to-us product to stain the shelves, Polyshades.  I choose Espresso color in gloss finish.  I absolutely recommend this product!  Our alternative would have been several coats of stain followed by at least two coats of Polycrylic (speaking from experience with similar staining projects).  We used two coats of the Polyshades and followed the instructions on the can to apply.  When you're storing linens on wood shelves, you want a smooth finish and no chance of splinters.  The gloss also makes it easier to wipe off any toiletries that may happen to spill.  I find these "poly" products do just the trick.


Dark Polyshades stained bathroom closet shelves in Espresso gloss | The Lowcountry Lady

Dark Polyshades stained bathroom closet shelves in Espresso gloss | The Lowcountry Lady

Dark Polyshades stained bathroom closet shelves in Espresso gloss | The Lowcountry Lady

On to the next little project!


Dark Polyshades stained bathroom closet shelves in Espresso gloss | The Lowcountry Lady