Ceramic Thimbles and Hand-Stitches.

Today I'm so excited to share a little "behind-the-scenes" on a new product that I've had in the works for awhile now - our new Ceramic Thimbles.

keepsake ceramic thimble gift / heirloomed

If you remember, I recently shared a little story about my very first collection. My love of all things vintage spawned from childhood and frequent antique trips while traveling, when I finally decided to collect something of my own, thimbles. I'm not sure why I started here but I amassed quite a little collection over the years of my youth.

handmade ceramic thimbles / keepsake gift / heirloomed

One of my favorite ceramics artists, Devanie Schilpp, agreed to create these special Ceramic Thimbles for us as a continued part of our Southern Artisan Collection. I love thinking that some you may buy these as special gifts for some truly special reasons - for someone who loves to sew, someone who loves to collect thimbles (there are quite a few of us out there!) or someone young who has just learned to sew. Imagine the thoughtfulness of this gift from a beloved grandmother to granddaughter, who has just passed down the tradition and craft of hand-stitching.

handmade ceramic thimble stitch detail / heirloomed

Each Thimble is made by hand in small batches here in Atlanta, GA and features a special starburst stitch detail on the top with a 22K gold rim around the bottom edge. Each comes sweetly packaged in a small acrylic box filled with a nest of straw to protect the little gift.

When I first learned to sew it began as a cross-stitching project from my grandmother. On a simple little hoop I stitched a brown teddy bear and was so proud to hang it on my bedroom wall. I think I knocked through it in a day or two during one of my visits to see here.

handmade sewing kit from grandmother / heirloomed

Later, when I was off to college, my grandmother made me a "kit" that she'd assembled to get me through living life away from home. This included a recipe book, a little tool set and a sewing kit of parts and pieces she had put together in case I needed to do a hem or sew on a missing button. I still have pieces of this special kit today, with her own handwritten labels on the test tubes she packed the needles in. Such a treasure. 

This walk down memory lane inspired these precious Ceramic Thimbles and I do hope they find a special place for some of you as they have for me. Click here to shop our new Ceramic Thimbles, I'd love to know what you think!


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Southern Kitchen Bucket List : Fried Green Tomatoes.

This recipe is a part of my Southern Kitchen Bucket List series.

The popularity of this Southern dish surely rose from the movie of the same name, but their history goes back much further. The Farm is not too far from the original Whistlestop Cafe where Fried Green Tomatoes was filmed, and I’ve often wanted to go in to take a lesson from the experts there in the kitchen.

fresh green tomatoes in vintage colander / heirloomed

As I researched the history of this Southern classic, I stumbled upon evidence from old church cookbooks which shows that perhaps Fried Green Tomatoes aren’t really all that Southern after all and may have appeared earlier in the Ohio area and Jewish communities.  

Now, anyone who has ever grown tomatoes in their own garden knows that when the plants begin to overproduce there are only so many tomato recipe variations you can make at one time so utilizing the green ones before they’ve ripened is a no-brainer.

dry ingredients for fried green tomatoes / heirloomed
sliced green tomatoes / fried green tomatoes recipe / heirloomed
slicing fresh green tomatoes / fried green tomatoes recipe / heirloomed

This is one thing I’ve heard a lot of people ask, is a “green tomato” a special variety or simply a tomato that hasn’t fully ripened? The answer is in fact the latter, simple as that. 

I must admit I also love my green tomatoes picked (with a side of Bloody Mary, of course) and they really are just so beautiful when sliced and stacked in a jar of brine. 

But like any perfectly-fried food, this one is all about getting the right batter coating and consistency. I personally like Fried Green Tomatoes just about any way you can fix them and have had a variety of crusts over the years, from a more foamy, beer batter to my personal favorite which gives a crunchier texture with cornmeal and bread crumbs. 

dipping green tomato to dredge / heirloomed
dredging fried green tomatoes / heirloomed
fried green tomatoes in smithey ironware cast iron skillet / heirloomed

 

Fried Green Tomatoes

  • 4 medium green tomatoes
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs, plain
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 quart vegetable oil

Slice green tomatoes to a medium thickness and set on a paper towel lined baking sheet to absorb some of the water moisture. Set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk egg and add milk, stirring to combine. In a separate medium bowl, combine flour, cornmeal and spices. On a plate, pour breadcrumbs and set aside.

In a large cast iron skillet, begin heating your oil. Start coating your tomatoes by dipping one slice at a time in flour mixture, then egg mixture, then flour again, and finally full coating in breadcrumbs before carefully placing into hot oil in your cast iron skillet with tongs. 

Have a paper towel lined cookie sheet and bowl of kosher salt ready. Cook tomato on one side for approximately 2 minutes, turning to check for golden color. Flip and cook on the other side for approximately 2 more minutes. Remove from skillet and place on pan, immediately sprinkling salt on top for perfect seasoning. 

Serve plain or with dollop of sour cream or sprinkling of goat cheese and thyme. Enjoy!

salting a pan of fried green tomatoes / heirloomed
plating a stack of fresh fried green tomatoes / heirloomed
fried green tomatoes / southern kitchen bucket list / heirloomed
stack of garnished fried green tomatoes / heirloomed

I absolutely love to try Fried Green Tomatoes, especially in an “elevated Southern” kind of restaurant whenever they have them on the menu. Love to know your favorite way to top them. I prefer mine savory but I’ve also had them sprinkled with powdered sugar for a sweeter finish too. #HEIRLOOMED

fried green tomatoes recipe / southern kitchen bucket list / heirloomed

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Sweet Sun Tea.

Growing up in the South, there are a few things I can always remember my Mom making on repeat. During the Summer especially, she always had a glass jar filled to the neck with freshly brewed Sun Tea.

Glass ball jar with sweet sun tea / heirloomed

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Now, she grew up in Michigan so she never made hers sweet. But she’d fill the jar with water, unwrap about 5 or 6 bags of classic Lipton tea and pop them each in, one by one, careful to keep the strings + tags dangling on the outside of the jar. She’d set the jar right outside on the back patio in the fullness of Florida sunshine, scattered among the pots of aloe, impatients and lantana she had growing, until it was steeped to perfection.

While I had to learn the “sweet” part on my own, I can still remember the smell and taste of the tea growing up when I’d snag the very last sip at dinner which was mostly melted ice by that point. I love that you can make this so effortlessly, and if you use one of these half gallon Ball jars then it’s easy to just screw the top on and go straight to the fridge for storage + use until you finish it off.

vintage enamelware pitcher for sun tea / heirloomed
Lipton tea for homemade sun tea / heirloomed
lipton tea bag for sun tea / heirloomed
lipton tea bags / sweet sun tea recipe /  heirloomed
Jar of sun tea brewing / heirloomed

So here is my best recipe for you, tried and true over the years. The amount of sugar is up to you, depending on how sweet you like it or how many calories you’re trying to cut out. I prefer to add the sugar with boiling hot water straight from my tea kettle to fully dissolve it all and get the tea full steeping before setting it outside in the sun.

 

SWEET SUN TEA

1/2 to 1 cup of granulated sugar (to taste)

64 oz boiling hot water

5-6 bags of tea

1 - 1/2 gallon glass canning jar

In a 1/2 gallon glass canning jar, add 1/2 to 1 full cup of granulated sugar, to taste. Heat tea kettle with water until boiling and fill your jar nearly full to the neck (approximately 64 oz). Using a wooden spoon or spurtle, mix the sugar water until the sugar fully dissolves. Unwrap and add 5 to 6 bags of tea (I prefer the basic Lipton tea), making sure to hang the strings + tags over the edge of the jar so they don’t fall in completely. Give it another swirl with the spoon and allow to steep for at least 2 hours in full sunlight. Bring inside and discard the tea bags, mixing again with wooden spoon until fully combined. You’ll notice the color of your tea is now much darker. Pour over a glass of ice and enjoy! Screw the lid on your jar and refrigerate the remaining tea to store.

early brewing sun tea / heirloomed
brewing sweet sun tea / heirloomed
brewing sweet tea / heirloomed
lemon wedges with sweet sun tea / heirloomed
freshly brewed recipe for sweet sun tea / heirloomed

I’d just love to know your own recipe or tips for Sweet Tea and so interested to know how much sugar you use for the perfect mix! #HEIRLOOMED

 


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Fig Tree Jam.

Jellies + jams are one of those things I can't resist picking up at a general store or when I'm traveling. I tend to go for the reds - a classic strawberry or raspberry will do - and the chunkier and fruitier the better in my book.

A few years ago when we moved into our house, part of our edible landscaping included a little fig tree. As it has grown over the last year or two, I've tried to get ahead of the birds by grabbing up the little fruits before they are gone.

fresh figs on oatmeal linen napkin / heirloomed
fig tree

This was really the first year we got any figs at all off the tree and the kids loved being able to run out and pick them when they were ripe enough to eat. They couldn't believe what the inside of the fruit looked like when we cut it open and said it kind of looked like a monster from the sea.

I, on the other hand, think they are so beautiful. From the fig leaves to the fruit itself, they're perfectly gorgeous any way you take them and today I'm sharing a super-simple recipe for Fig Jam, inspired by our own little tree in the yard. Hope you'll give this one a try!

fig leaf + fruit / edible landscaping / heirloomed
child holding fresh figs / heirloomed
ingredients for fresh fig jam / heirloomed
oatmeal linen apron harvesting fresh figs for jam / heirloomed

FIG TREE JAM

  • 2 lbs fresh figs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1/4 cup water

Wash fresh figs and prepare by removing the stems and cutting into quarters. In a medium saucepan, toss the figs, granulated sugar, lemon juice and almond extract to evenly coat. Cook over medium heat stirring frequently until the sugar is completely dissolved.

Next, turn the heat to low, add water and simmer for approximately 30 minutes, stirring occasionally until the fig mixture is soft and the liquids begin to thicken. 

Turn off the heat and spoon the jam into two pint size jars. Close the jars and allow to cool to room temperature. Refrigerate jam after cooling. Enjoy!

Cutting fresh figs for jam / heirloomed
sugar + fresh figs for making fig preserves / heirloomed
fig jam recipe / heirloomed
homemade fig jam / heirloomed

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Frozen Key Lime Pie.

If I had a top 5 list of my all-time favorite desserts I do believe this one would be at the very top. Not just any Key Lime Pie will do, I love our family recipe the best but I think that’s just the way it goes when it comes to recipes you’ve grown up enjoying through the years.

My Grandparents lived in South Florida for many years and had small key lime tree right outside their front door. We would go out and gather the teeny little key limes right off her tree and then walk across the street on the shell-filled, sandy path to the beach while she stayed at the house to mix up a Key Lime Pie

key lime pie ingredients
graham cracker crust for key lime pie / heirloomed
bowl of fresh key limes / heirloomed
juicing key limes / key lime pie recipe / heirloomed
juicing key limes / key lime pie recipe / heirloomed
handful of fresh key limes / heirloomed

The recipe combines some of my favorite things in this life when it comes to desserts, a great graham cracker crust with just the perfect balance of spices, heavenly meringue, and what I love most about this version is that it is served straight from the freezer so it’s ultra-refreshing on a hot summer night.

And, of course, if there is one secret to making the best Key Lime Pie around you must remember that only real Key Limes will do when gathering your ingredients. The tiny little limes are the perfect tartness to balance the sweet flavors in the pie, something you can quite get from a regular grocery store lime. Juicing the teeny limes is a laborious process but well-worth it for the resulting flavor.

sweetened condensed milk / key lime pie recipe / heirloomed
separating an egg / heirloomed
zesting a key lime / key lime pie recipe / heirloomed
making meringue / heirloomed
whipped meringue / heirloomed
folding in the meringue for key lime pie / heirloomed
garnishing key lime pie with graham cracker crumbs / heirloomed
frozen key lime pie recipe / heirloomed

FROZEN KEY LIME PIE

 

GRAHAM CRACKER CRUST :

  • 2 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 3 TBSP unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg

PIE FILLING :

  • 15 oz. sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup key lime juice
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 1 tsp grated key lime rind
  • 4 TBSP granulated sugar

For your graham cracker pie shell, combine all crust ingredients in a medium-sized mixing bowl until well mixed. Spoon and press into the bottom + sides of pie plate and set aside. Reserve approximately 1/4 cup of crumb mixture for garnish.

For pie filling, stir together sweetened condensed milk, key lime juice, key lime rind, and egg yolks until well blended.

In a separate large bowl, beat egg whites until almost stiff enought to hold a peak,  adding sugar gradually until stiff and glossy. Fold the meringue into lime mixture.

Spoon mixture into your pie plate on top of graham cracker crust, spreading evenly to fill pie plate. Garnish with graham cracker crumb mixture and sliced key lime.

Freeze for at least 1-hour before serving. Enjoy!

frozen key lime pie recipe / heirloomed
enjoying a slice of homemade key lime pie / heirloomed

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