It was 57 degrees is my mountains this morning. (Yes, I like to think they’re mine.) The whole family put on sweaters, even if only for a little while. There is a distinct chill in the air that whispers of Autumn, of the Fall. Even though it’ll likely reach the 80s today, the humidity is gone, and the mountains are so starkly blue against the sky it looks as if someone drew them there with a felt-tipped pen.
Happy as I am that we’re headed toward my favorite season of the year, I am tired. Pooped. Plumb worn out.
Thank you, Oxford American Writer’s Thesarus.
But seriously: I’ve been taken down by a 4 month-old.
If you read along here, you’ll know that I’m a Clemson University alum and a life-long fan. Saturday we played (yes, I’m one of those people who say “we”) the University of Georgia from the big ol’ bad SEC. And won. My husband and I were at the game, and it was awesome. There’s really no other word to describe it. But when we got home, we found out that ESPN (it was Game Day at Clemson) had done this really cool lead-in to the Tigers “running down the hill,” a Clemson tradition that starts the game.
Even though I grew up going to Clemson games, knew the alma mater and fight songs as soon as I could talk, had a great-grandfather who was mayor of the town, and went there myself, I’d never seen the lead-up to “running down the hill.” ESPN’s Brent Musberger coined the phrase back in 1985, and on Saturday he reiterated just how special this entrance is, saying it’s “one of the great college football traditions” and a must-see for any football fan.
So if you can’t get to Clemson, check it out here.
2.) My mama’s tomato pie recipe
With the passing of Labor Day, summer has unofficially drawn to a close. However, lots of good things happen at the end of summer, like the last of the tomatoes blooming on the vine.
I. love. vine ripe tomatoes.
This was originally my mama’s tomato pie recipe, which I’ve tweaked over the years. Ummm, good.
frozen pie crust (deep dish)
3 fat red ripe tomatoes
a whole bunch of shredded mozzarella cheese (we especially like Kraft’s version with a kick of Philly cream cheese)
Extra Virgin olive oil
2 or 3 cloves fresh garlic (depending on how much you like garlic. I like a lot.)
- Slice up your tomatoes and lay the slices on plates covered with paper towels. While you’re prepping, the water will soak the towels, leaving just yummy tomato.
- Cook the crust according to the package directions. (Be sure to poke it good with a fork.)
- Lightly brush olive oil all over the crust.
- Dice up the garlic and sprinkle half over the crust.
- Add a layer of tomatoes.
- Add half the mozzarella.
- Rip up some fresh basil and spread it over the top.
- Repeat, and be sure to top with lots of basil (it’ll cook up in the oven).
- Drizzle olive oil over the top.
- Cook for 20 – 30 minutes at 350 degrees.
Yuuuuuuum. So easy, and oh so good.
3.) My quote for the day, which I’ve sorely needed this week as I’ve done battle with Wilhemina the Conqueror (aka my teething baby). Yes, it’s bad to say “battle.” Let’s just say I’ve been battling her teeth.
“Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Of course, Ralph didn’t have a teething baby, a writing career, a neglected dog, a messy house, a traveling husband, and a post-pregnancy pot belly that just won’t go away. He took to the woods when he wanted to be alone. But it’s still a darn good sentiment.
No more old nonsense! (She says, holding up her fist like Scarlett O’ Hara.)
Happy weekend, all!