Oct 15, 2017

Fall Winter Front Porch Flower Boxes

Fall Winter Charleston Porch Window Boxes | The Lowcountry Lady

Here in the south, window and porch boxes are a ritual.  I find it amazing how a little bit of green can warm up and add life to any space.

As we were building this house, and the drawings of the front porch came to life, I knew that I'd want to add significant planters to the space.  Before the house was even complete, we built these large planters.  Since we moved in a few months ago, they've sat patiently waiting to be filled.  This weekend was their time.

For me, it was so tempting to fill these guys up with fall annuals.  In the end though, I decided to go with almost all perennials, and just a few flowers that will need replacing in the spring.  The shade loving perennials will work perfectly on our front porch, that only gets an hour or so of sun a day, and they will work perfectly with our recently busy days, weeks, and months that don't allow for continuous plant replacement.  This route is better for the budget, too.

The empty boxes -

Fall Winter Charleston Porch Window Boxes | The Lowcountry Lady

Fall Winter Charleston Porch Window Boxes | The Lowcountry Lady

My process includes spacing the plants out before planting.

Fall Winter Charleston Porch Window Boxes | The Lowcountry Lady

Fall Winter Charleston Porch Window Boxes | The Lowcountry Lady

The after -

Fall Winter Charleston Porch Window Boxes | The Lowcountry Lady

Fall Winter Charleston Porch Window Boxes | The Lowcountry Lady

Fall Winter Charleston Porch Window Boxes | The Lowcountry Lady

Fall Winter Charleston Porch Window Boxes | The Lowcountry Lady

Fall Winter Charleston Porch Window Boxes | The Lowcountry Lady

Fall Winter Charleston Porch Window Boxes | The Lowcountry Lady

Fall Winter Charleston Porch Window Boxes | The Lowcountry Lady

Fall Winter Charleston Porch Window Boxes | The Lowcountry Lady

The plants I used from the outside of the container in are - Goldilocks Creeping Jenny, Myers Asparagus Fern, Cyclamen, Heuchera (Coral Bells) and Evergold Carex.  These are all from my favorite local garden center Abide-a-While.

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.