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Greenville City Guide on Design*Sponge

illustration by Dave Siglin

Our friends Dave & Rachel put together an awesome city guide for Greenville, SC, where we live. Rachel did most of the writing and researching, and Dave drew a special piece of artwork, featuring some highlights of the city (see illustration above). Go Team Siglin!!

Greenville, SC, truly is a great place! In fact, it was featured in one of USAirway’s in-flight magazines this past year, with an 18-page, full-color article! Rachel and I talk about the city guides on Design*Sponge often (after all, Design*Sponge is one of our favorite blogs to follow). So, it’s fun to finally see a post on Greenville there!

It was also fun to be one of the few who got to read it prior to press! Thanks for the sneak peek, Rachel! And one of my husband’s photos was featured there too! (Click on the picture below to be directed to his photography site. More pictures to be added soon.)

photo courtesy of Bryan McKinnon (my husband)

Check out the full city guide on Design*Sponge here:  http://www.designspongeonline.com/2010/11/greenville-city-guide.html.

Recipe: Raw Pumpkin Pie

Raw Pumpkin Pie: all photography in this post courtesy of Bryan McKinnon, http://www.shadowlight.smugmug.com.

My friend Catherine and her husband Greg were coming over for dinner Saturday night. She eats a mainly raw vegan diet, so I wanted to make a special treat that neither of us had tried before: Raw Pumpkin Pie. We followed the recipe by Veronica Bosgraaf in the Gluten-Free e-Cookbook I posted a link to a while back, and it turned out surprisingly well! I couldn’t believe how much the filling looked like a traditional pumpkin pie. I brought an extra slice to my friend Lonnette at work, and she raved about it on Facebook, asking for the recipe. So, here you go…

Ingredients for Crust: 2 c. almonds, 1 c. dates, 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract, 1/4 tsp. cinnamon.

Pulse crust ingredients in food processor, then press into glass pie plate.

Next, take half of a small pie pumpkin (about 6" diameter), peel, pit, and cube. That's right folks, no cooking involved. Make sure you have a sturdy peeler or use a sharp knife.

Filling Ingredients: 2 c. pumpkin puree (this means you will need to pulse the pumpkin cubes before measuring this ingredient), 1 to 1 1/2 c. dates, 1/4 c. raisins, 1/2 c. cashews, 2 tsp. vanilla extract, 1 tsp. cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. each nutmeg, cloves, and cardamom, and a dash (1/8 tsp.) salt. We also added about 1/3 c. water to get the right consistency (add this slowly, 1 Tbsp. at a time, as each pumpkin may have a varying amount of moisture).

Pulse on low in food processor for several minutes. Ours took about 10-12 minutes and about 1/3 c. water to look right. Scrape into pie crust.

Spread evenly into crust and refrigerate for 2 hours, or till set.

The Finished Product: Raw Pumpkin Pie

I served mine with a dollop of whipped cream; Catherine had hers all natural.

Mel & Catherine (no, we did not plan to match)

How to Eat a Pomegranate

One of my beautiful poms! All photography in this post by Bryan McKinnon, http://www.shadowlight.smugmug.com.

I went to my friendly, local grocer this Saturday and picked up two pomegranates. They were on sale for $2.49 each. When I got to the cash register, the first one rang up as $2.79. So, I asked the cashier to adjust the order. As a secondary note, the item was misspelled in their system (pomagrenete). I was able to spell the item correctly, so the manager gave me both for $2.49 total. Who says vocab lists never got you anywhere?! Anyway, here’s what you really want to know…how to eat a pomegranate:

1. Cut pomegranate in half.

The juicy kernels are called arils. Some Mediterraneans eat the white segments between the arils, but I discard it with the skin.

2. Cut each half into 3 or 4 segments. Hold each segment by its end and invert the segment's arc, forcing the arils to loosen and separate.

3. Discard skin and white segments. Enjoy!

The name pomegranate means seeded apple. It’s often used as a religious symbol of fruitfulness, as each fruit contains around 600 arils! This fruit is delicious on its own, and is often added to Persian dishes, like soups and salads.

Caution: the juice will stain, so if you’re feeding it to children, I recommend letting them wear play clothes and eating outside. If the juice gets on something you really like, like it got on my white kitchen curtains in my first pomegranate experience, simply rinse with cold water and wash immediately.

Celebrating Freedom through Photography

In April, my husband Bryan and his best friend Joshua took a road trip to NYC over a weekend (No Girls Allowed!). I can’t wait to go to NYC with him next time! Anyway, they came back with these gorgeous pictures! Thought you’d enjoy them. If you like these, my husband’s photography website is www.shadowlight.smugmug.com. We love capturing special moments for people, so please call us if you have one coming up. Happy Independence Day!

Meet My Husband Bryan!

Meet Best Friend Joshua



The Universal Soldier - To All Who Gave Us Freedom, Thank You!

Long May She Wave!

May every church we see remind us of the freedom of religion we have been bestowed.

Brooklyn Bridge

iHeart Apple!

Twinkle Lights

Central Park

Lady Liberty