Saturday, July 26, 2014

Raspberry Jam

While up at Otisco Lake in the Finger Lakes this past weekend, I had the opportunity to make raspberry jam from scratch. Since this was one of the items on my 101 in 1001 list, I knew I had to take advantage of the opportunity while I could since I wasn't exactly sure the next time I'd be around pick-your-own fruit and friends who wanted to make jam as well. To pick our berries we went to Burrell's Navarino Orchard in Syracuse and were each able to fill up at least a pint of raspberries.




This recipe from Martha Stewart Living is pretty close to the recipe we used to make the jam. Here's what you need:

4 cups fresh raspberries
1 (1 3/4 oz) powdered pectin
2 Tbsp lemon juice
6 1/2 cups sugar

The instructions are fairly straight forward albeit a little long to post in their entirety. Needless to say I was so excited to help make jam and reap the spoils of what we made. I was able to take a jar back to Philadelphia with me which I'm planning on saving for the cooler months.

That's all for now,

Sarah

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Awakening by Kate Chopin

I'm linking up with Heather from Blonde...Undercover Blonde for Book Club Friday! You can follow my reading progress and the books that I'm currently reading on my Goodreads.


The Awakening by Kate Chopin

I initially heard about The Awakening in high school when English classes that I wasn't taking were reading them for class. Being in honors and AP English classes had their perks, but there were just some books that I never got around to. Much like The Old Man and The Sea, I knew that it was about time that I get around to reading this book.

The story was about a woman who essentially was oppressed by her station and her surroundings. Because of the times and the social commentary that existed when it was originally published (1899) it didn't really pick up until the mid-20th century. I enjoyed it enough, and maybe even a little more than Jane Austen novels that I've read which seemed similar to me.

That's all for now,

Sarah

Thursday, July 24, 2014

13th Street Gourmet Pizza

While it may not exactly be fine dining, 13th Street Gourmet Pizza is somewhat of an institution in the Midtown Village/Gayborhood neighborhood. With tons of creative menu options served by the slice and late hours, it's pretty much one of the best hang outs in the city center of Philadelphia for late night eats.


For my late night eats, on separate occasions, I chose the nacho pizza and the mushroom/garlic pizza. Both slices were larger than my face and each ended up being consumed with a fork and/or sitting down. I'd recommend 13th Street Pizza to anyone looking for a good slice late at night since they deliver in the city.

That's all for now,

Sarah

P. S. More dining in Philadelphia lately: Little Nonna'sLolitaSumo SushiDevil's Alley, and Race Street Café.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

How to Pack for a Lake Weekend

I've shared with you in the past how to pack for both a weekend in NYC and a weekend in the DC area, but I hadn't shared with you all yet how I pack for a more rustic setting. This past weekend I went up to Otisco Lake (part of the Finger Lakes system) and had a great time catching some rays and being surrounded by fresh water.


I'd recommend to bring a few swimsuits for a lake weekend since nearly everything stays damp for a at least a half day. There are also so many water-sports to do that it's nice to a variety of cuts of suit - I brought a one piece and two bikinis. Don't forget a cover up as well! For the daytime I stayed mostly in shorts and tank tops and made sure to bring enough sun protection, including hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Kroakies also aren't a bad idea depending on what kinds of activities you're doing. The nights were pretty cold on the water so I brought a pair of leggings and two sweatshirts, just in case. I figured I'd overpack and stay on the safe side. For shoes I brought my Jacks for casual walks in town, rubber flipflops for the dock and boat, and Sperry's for berry picking and nights.

That's all for now,

Sarah