I made the serious mistake of not bringing my camera, so I can't do a beautiful travel post like some of my other blogger friends. Suffice it to say, next time I'm making room in the carry-on for the camera. The mountains of North Carolina are gorgeous and I was constantly frustrated at all the missed opportunities.
I didn't do any cooking, but on our last night my sister made a glorious pie with the local mountain grown peaches. Since I didn't have a camera, the one below is a blueberry pie she made earlier this summer--- I love the rustic style of her crusts, and I'm inspired to make one this week. We had to leave a whole half of that pie behind!
I tired to eat as much local food as possible, from grits and biscuits to trout and green tomatoes. I know I'll be playing with the flavors in the next few weeks. I almost stuffed a big jar of local honey into my carry-on, but I know they would have spotted it at security and I couldn't bear to lose it. My dad's mailing it and I can't wait for it to get here.
I've got to go finish unpacking, and then go back down to the airport with my youngest daughter to get her back to college. This will be the first year with either daughter that we didn't go along to help them move into their dorm rooms. It feels uncomfortable, but I know she'll be fine. If anything, I've been a little too 'helpful' when it comes to organizing their living spaces over the years. This will be good for both of us ;)
I'm anxious to get into the kitchen, it's good to be back!