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Sep 18

Harvest Season Fast Approaches

The muscadine grapes are growing at Blog Cabin 2013 — and harvest season fast approaches! We thought our most die-hard fans would love to see a snapshot of the mini vineyard that’s climbing its way up and around the reclaimed wood pergola. Let’s chat: If you won the home, what would you do with your grape harvest? Make jellies and jams? Produce fine wines? Throw them in the juicer, perhaps? Set up a farm stand in the front yard and sell them by the peck?

Thanks to project manager Dylan Eastman for sending in this great photo! And thanks to our friends at the Made + Remade blog for posting this timely how-to. If you don’t win Blog Cabin 2013, you can grow your own muscadine grapes and enjoy a bountiful harvest. Enjoy!

  • Posted at 1:52 pm on September 9, 2013
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  1. Wine, jelly, relish … It's all good! And what a compliment it would be to the local seafood! The fruit could provide generations with a tasty autumn tradition … Catch your dinner, and serve it with your own wine or compote. This homestead just gets better and better with every day! Thanks Dylan and Mary for creating a little piece of heaven on earth!
    I'm praying my family is the lucky winner! ;-)

    Kym on September 18, 2013 at 7:06 pm
  2. Thank you Mary for another interesting Thread and Thank you Mr. Eastman for those great Photos. I did worry about the other Grape Arbor from the start and was sad it wasn't saved.."Until" I saw the great Pergola that replaced it and I just love it… What a great place to sit, relax and enjoy the water views…Alicia, who lived there as a child said she didn't like the Muscadines as a child, I'm not sure if it was the thick skin of the muscadine or the texture inside of the grape….For those of you that don't know, those are "wild grapes"..
    So glad You planted a nice variety of grapes for the new Owner…I just love the photos of the grapes, they look so plump, juicy and Yummy…
    If I were the "Lucky Winner," I would probably eat my share of the Grapes daily..Love grapes and they are good for you..They are nice to drop in wine or water, you can freeze them and put them on top of homemade Ice cream, also nice in Green salads, Ambrosia salads and jello.. If there is an abundant of grapes left, I would share them with my new Neighbors and maybe freeze the rest…I love homemade jams and jellys but never have tried to can, but never say never, I might have a new adventure LOL
    Just one question Dear Mary, do the Pecan Trees have nuts yet??? I think they are ready in the fall…Making Fresh Pecan Pies would be on my to do list too!!! ^_^B)<3 What a Cozy Dream Cottage this is Mr. Eastman… To All, who did an outstanding job!! Thank you for adding the Robinson's collectables and still keeping the Beachy feel.. So Cozy and relaxing inside and out and all around the property…Best Blog Cabin "Cottage" so far Dear Mary!!! :p:):$xDB)<3<3<3 Thank You 'All' for a Great Journey, it was soooo much Fun!!!^_^B)<3

    Jennie/Florida on September 18, 2013 at 7:40 pm
    • Hey Jennie, how about "Muscadine Moonshine" ;) :S even the name sounds good. I think I'll try that. Hope you win so you can try it.;)

      540sam on September 19, 2013 at 4:11 am
    • Thank you Sam that is sweet of you, I really wish You the best too…Do you have a recipe for the 'Muscadine Moonshine'??? It does have a ring to it :) ^_^;) LOL..What is the difference between moonshine and wine??? I know the alcohol content is higher but what else?? I like Wine but never had any moonshine ^_^B)…I know when I was about 6 or 7 yrs old, I remember my 3 older brothers
      got in trouble with my Mother big time for bringing some home..She caught them with it and she stood there and watch them pour it down the kitchen sink.. Alcohol wasn't allowed in our home LOL, sad day for them..They must have spent their last penny buying it…as they were pouring it down the drain, they kept on looking at one another with a long face…I thought it was funny…LOL I think they learned their lesson…First and last time for that to happen..LOL
      Sam I know you live in Va and don't live a great distance from Atlantic, NC and think fishing must be your favorite past time and you must go often from your comments….Soooo, if you win, would you keep the Cottage and move in or would you sell 'Our' little Blogger's Cottage?? Big decision to make:(o.0:|^_^:)B) I would have to really figure out a way to keep it, if I won!!! Don't really know if I could swing it…I would try my best!!! I would love to spend the rest of my life on the beach enjoying the Beautiful Cottage and Scenery.would Love to catch our dinner off the end of the dock weekly…Love to spend quality time with all of my family and friends and share all the Beauty of this little Beachy Cottage and Landscaping…Great Location^_^B)<3 Wishing You Luck Sam!!! B) ^_^

      Jennie/Florida on September 19, 2013 at 8:09 pm
    • Hi Jennie–i remember you blogging to save the original grape arbor so long ago, and thought of you the minute I saw the grape vine photos! Clearly they will grow well there, and will have a really sturdy arbor as support. <3 <3 <3

      LLColeman on September 19, 2013 at 8:56 pm
    • Hi.. LL, So good to see You, hope You are well :) Yes I was really a little worry wart when it came to the Grapevine Arbor. I really wanted them to just update the post and keep the same design that the Robinson's built, something simple…but the lovely Pergola they built does give you another relaxing place to sit and view the water and lovely the landscaping…I also thought the Pergola would make a nice little parking place for one car if need be…Just add a canvas roof
      for cover…The pine and cedar tree's drop sap that will do a number on the car's paint job in the parking areas..Just a thought… the photo of the grapes look really mouth watering, don't they?
      LL, Are you in, it to win it??? All the way from one coast to the other, what a life changing experience it would be for You and Your family.. If you are entering to win, I wish you the best!! ^_^B)<3

      Jennie/Florida on September 20, 2013 at 10:22 am
    • Jennie, all the best luck to you too ! <3 <3 ;)

      LLColeman on September 21, 2013 at 10:16 pm
    • Jennie, wines are usually made from fruits or vegetables that are fermentable with yeast addition, whereas whiskeys can be made the same way or with grains that are tricked into fermentation with the addition of sugars. Of course whiskeys are higher proofed. Would I keep the cabin if I were to win, that is so far fetched I've hardly thought about it, but without question, a resounding YES. However at my age I wouldn't dare make a decision like that without financial guidence, I'm a little long of tooth to recover from bad financial decisions. Mom used to have a saying that hung in her kitchen that said, "We get to soon old and to late smart." Good wrds to live by now. :) ;).

      540sam on September 20, 2013 at 3:32 am
    • I love pecan pies! Made them with my Mom as a kid.

      If I remember right, it was all in the syrup… Are you sharing your recipe?


      Laurie_March on September 20, 2013 at 11:41 am
    • Hi Laurie, I would love to share my Mom's recipe with you.

      Southern Pecan Pie—Beat 3 eggs thoroughly with 2/3 cup sugar, dash of salt, 1 cup dark corn syrup and 1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted. Add 1 cup of fresh Pecan halves. Pour into 9-inch 'unbaked' pastry shell.
      Bake in moderate (350) degree oven for 50 minutes or till knife inserted halfway between center and edge comes clean. Cool at least 2hrs and serve with whipped cream topping and enjoy! B)^_^<3

      Jennie/Florida on September 20, 2013 at 2:15 pm
    • Thank you, Jennie! Been wanting a great pecan pie update recipe. Thanksgiving's round the corner! Can't believe how fast this year has flown! We've had a FABULOUS DIY Blog Cabin Experience this year and I am sad to see it end. How special Mary, Laurie, Dylan, Crashers, Roby and Crew–All, Decorators, Oh my–so many contributors–And the ROBINSON FAMILY, who started it all, have done for this gem in North Carolina. Being a direct descendant of the first Robinson's to colonize North America, I'm so personally engaged with this wonderful place and the Family which started it. I've wondered where our genealogical line might cross? I'm sure that it does somewhere. My earliest Robinson that I've traced is my 7th Great Grandfather from Bolton le Moors, Lancashire, England–Richard Robinson. His Granddaughter, Mehitable, Married the American Patriot through whom I became a Daughter of the American Revolution (DAR). So I am doubly proud of my Robinson heritage, which helped bring freedom to America! DIY Thank you! Jennie my Pal, thank you for making this Blog a delightful, informative, caring respite, a place of JOY in the little but most important things of life. You are sincerely loved by me! I look forward to your posts and their ever wise, fun, delicious and changing content!!! You go girl!!! Good luck with the sweepstakes! "Ave sum Grrog on mee tadai Matey! B)xD^_^<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on September 20, 2013 at 2:46 pm
    • Kitty I'm a Robertson (Scotland) on my mother's side. That's not quite a Robinson, but maybe close enough to be kin! ;)

      SID on September 20, 2013 at 3:36 pm
    • Hay SID I am a Robertson also on my dads side. Also from Scotland.

      vicki_in_Utah on September 21, 2013 at 8:05 pm
    • vicki , now we can clam kinship as we come from the same clan!B)<3

      SID on September 22, 2013 at 3:21 pm
    • SID and Kitty – me too!

      Scottish Robertson on my Dad's side :)


      Laurie_March on September 23, 2013 at 12:33 pm
    • You are so Welcome my friend Kitty, my Mom was a natural in the kitchen and could whip up a meal on notice and I'm so grateful for a great Mom and to have her great recipes…But I still miss Her so much after all these years and wish she were still here with me…I learned so much from her and she was my Role Model and a great Lady, just as I think your Mom was..
      We were so very fortunate to have them in our lives..
      Kitty, I have enjoyed every moment of the '2013 Blog Cabin' Journey but have missed You and Your great comments and the knowledge you always bring to share with us all…You are very Special and I will always consider You as a Dear friend..I hope your Daughter is doing better!!
      God does work Miracles as You know and I hope she too will be healed of her illness, just as You were dear Kitty…I do prayed that will happen…
      This BC Adventure has been so much fun and all the Bloggers were top notch and We all fell head over heel for this Cottage from the start and after the big reveal, it is truly a Masterpiece and one that stands out from all the rest of the Blog Cabins…There is so much Beauty no matter where you look and has so much Style and Charm and it is so Cozy..I am totally amazed at all the Spectacular views in all directions..So Serene and Heavenly…The Sky is magical with colors of all shades from Dawn to Dusk and the Sunsets are mesmerizing..
      Someone will totally flip out when they are notified they have won…What a wonderful surprise that would be!! I wish You the best, if you entered to win..You won't have too far to drive to get to Your little piece of Heaven^_^B)<3

      Jennie/Florida on September 20, 2013 at 10:12 pm
    • Thank you for the recipe Jennie. I love pecan pie even though I have to be careful about sugar. I'm sure a small piece won't hurt. Like Kitty I'll be sharing most of it with family for Thanksgiving. I can hardly wait to try your recipe.
      We're finally getting some much needed rain today. It feels just so beautiful and should finally get us past the forest fire danger. <3

      SID on September 20, 2013 at 3:33 pm
    • My pleasure Sid, I love Pecan Pie too but also have to watch my sugar..I'm pre-Diabetic so my Dr. tells me and She said if I must, I could have a bite or two of sweets every now and then, just don't get stupid..LOL….She didn't know she was talking to a choco-holic??(sp) LOL
      My Dear Mother bless her heart, was a fantastic cook and baker. When she passed many years ago, I was so honored to get her recipes..She made all kind of Holiday special sweets..
      Candy–she made Divinity, Pecan balls, Fudge, Buckeyes and Peppermint drops, just to name a few… Cakes—she made Peanut Butter cake, Fresh Coconut cake, Carrot Cake and 2 different Fruit cakes, to name a few!!! All of my friends and my brother's friends always stopped by for goodies at Holidays! We were all in Sugar heaven during the Christmas Holidays! Yumm…Gee I wonder?? Are we paying for it now?? MMMmmmm? It Sure was good at the time but didn't think of our Health at that time…lessons learned the hard way!
      Sid I got side track these last couple of weeks and haven't seen much weather news! I didn't realize you were in a fire danger area, I'm So glad you got some much needed rain today…So Terrible about all the dreadful fires and floods in Colorado, I hope they will get control of the floods soon….So terrible what has happened to the Residents there…My Prayers go out to all those who are suffering in that area and Pray somehow they can get back on there feet and begin to see some progress being made soon…I'm So Sad for them..I Just can't imagine going through something that earth shattering and uncontrollable…..So Scary!!!
      On a lighter note, I was working in my yard yesterday and we had big down pours..I got totally soaked but temps were in the middle 90's, it felt so good I just kept working and finally the sun came back out..My clothes were a little heavy LOL and my hair was such a fright, I was so glad all my neighbors around me were gone..I'm sure they would have thought Halloween had come early, if they had seen me. LOL .
      I was cleaning the dead flowers out of my huge Bird of Paradise and got attacked by wasp that had made nests on the long leaves, I was lucky I didn't get stung..I didn't realize I could move so fast LOL…. Soooo, I left that for another day…To much drama there LOL o.0
      Sid Take care, I hope you get more rain to ease the fire danger.^_^B)<3
      One more thing, I hope the threads continue during the Thanksgiving holiday. I would love to hear how all the Pecan pies turned out from my Mom's recipe good luck to all..
      Sid, Best of luck to you, if you want to win that Cozy Little Cottage on the Beach! ^_^B)<3<3

      Jennie/Florida on September 20, 2013 at 8:38 pm
    • Oh Jennie thank you for your sweet note! I'm sorry to be so late replying, but I have only just now just read your post. It is so nice and cool here after yesterdays rain I've been spending every spare minute out in the yard just enjoying. Central AR has been under a burn ban again for the past five or six weeks, and at the same time it's also been horribly humid and hot. Our water use all summer has also been restricted, so we can only water the yard after dark and on two days a week. You can imagine all the lugging around of hoses! It has been very difficult the past three summers keeping the landscaping alive. Here in the mountains and forest where we live it has been a scary summer, but we have been very blessed and not suffered the terrible fires so many states have had.
      I will certainly let you know how your mother's pecan pie recipe turns out! Your mother sounds a lot like mine (also a fabulous cook). She was always searching magazines for new recipes to try out. I still treasure her battered Betty Crocker cookbook, and also a binder of all her handwritten recipes. She and my Dad were such wonderful loving parents I miss them both very much.
      I was diagnosed as a diabetic when a teenager, but have always worked very hard to control it, and am determined it will not get the best of me without a big fight! So I'm very choosy about how I will spend my daily carb allowance, and I'm looking forward to your pie being my Thanksgiving indulgence this year! Other than some problems with neuropathy, after more than 50 years since diagnosis I am very lucky and continue to control diabetes with diet and exercise only. So far so good, and so much to be thankful for. Take care my friend, and don't worry about those bad hair days! <3<3<3

      SID on September 21, 2013 at 5:01 pm
    • This is fabulous! I've written it down as Jennie's Mom's Pecan Pie recipe!

      Sounds delicious… Thank you so much for sharing…


      Laurie_March on September 23, 2013 at 12:34 pm
    • My pleasure Laurie, Enjoy!!!^_^B)<3

      Jennie/Florida on September 26, 2013 at 6:54 pm
    • 5 gal water, 10lbs grapes, 5lbs sugar heat to 173 deg…….oh wait…thats moonshine.:D

      540sam on September 20, 2013 at 2:30 pm
    • xDxDxD

      SID on September 20, 2013 at 3:37 pm
    • SAM………….Did you make some Moonshine and already sampling it…Wait for us Bloggies,
      We will meet You out on the Dock to watch the Sunrise in the Morning and Toast to a New Day
      at the Lovely little Cottage that hasn't been given away "Yet"…Soooo it is still 'Ours' until the big announcement of the Lucky Winner!! A Blogger win would be great!!!
      So bring on the Moonshine Sam and Lets also toast to all the Bloggers and the Lucky Winner who
      ever that might be!!:):DxD:p^_^B)^_^<3<3<3

      Jennie/Florida on September 20, 2013 at 10:38 pm
    • Tooooo funny! I'm keeping that recipe.

      Lessie on September 21, 2013 at 1:58 pm
    • LOL Sam I started writing it down.

      vicki_in_Utah on September 21, 2013 at 8:06 pm
  3. I would most definitely Produce wines. That is if there were any left after my daughter got to them. LOL ! we can't seem to keep enough in the house. I shouldn't complain, it's better then candy.

    kdiver64 on September 18, 2013 at 7:54 pm
  4. Muscadine wine,of course!

    grandmatipsy on September 18, 2013 at 8:05 pm
  5. Mary and Dylan, have to say, you know how to keep our dreams alive. What a wonderful photo and what a great question! Guess all of us bloggers will have to meet virtually under the reclaimed wood pergola to start exchanging recipes until one of us (hopefully) arrives there in person. If I were this years "lucky one", I would start a new family tradition and call it the Harvest Grape Festival—a time to gather together to enjoy the fruits of the HGTV's dream makers labors. Would want to pass the harvest blessing along by sharing these fruits with family, friends and neighbors :) How fun to dream of this place:)

    joyfulj9 on September 18, 2013 at 8:16 pm
  6. Thank you DylanEastman for the nice photos. The grapes really look healthy and I wish I was there to see them in person. I think I might make jams and jellies if I lived there and very possibly wine once I learned how. I would be interested to taste the different types of grapes once they are ripe and that might make my decision as to what to make with them. Wow more things to dream about!

    Straybird on September 18, 2013 at 8:22 pm
  7. Make jelly. Sit on the porch early in the morning eating toast with homemade jelly. So nice.

    CaCarter on September 18, 2013 at 8:28 pm
    • Sounds scrumptious….you might have a lot of company out there, at least until they pick a winner.

      jazzygirl9 on September 20, 2013 at 4:19 pm
    • Don't forget to add cheese on the jam : )

      lucyourdog on September 20, 2013 at 4:28 pm
  8. I love grapes, I have a little garden of grapes three rows deep and 8 vines long, I would make wind and jams!

    Patricia Morse on September 18, 2013 at 8:40 pm
    • Make wind or pass wind, LOL

      COOLSMILEY on September 19, 2013 at 12:07 pm
    • Oh Smiley, you sure are quick with a laugh. No wonder they call you coolsmiley! :)

      jazzygirl9 on September 20, 2013 at 4:23 pm
    • Hey, Coolsmiley, I read this to my husband and we both laughed until we cried. Thanks for the "yucks"!

      Wind Chime Girl on September 20, 2013 at 10:15 pm
    • Aw shucks!

      COOLSMILEY on September 21, 2013 at 2:31 pm
    • Too funny, Cool.

      Lessie on September 21, 2013 at 2:00 pm
  9. What a view! I would sit right there with a tall glass of Muscadine wine ^_^

    bcwinner1 on September 18, 2013 at 8:48 pm
  10. If I was the winner of the BLOG CABIN 2013, I would invite all of my neighbors, friends, and family over for a muscadine picking and Contest to see who could create the best muscadine creation. We would all gather in my beautiful kitchen to cook our muscadine jams, jellies, whatever creation each one would decide to make. Then after all is done we would have the tasting contest and vote. After the winner is chosen , we would exchange muscadine recipes. We would all gather on our big front porch and have a delicious meal together. Later at dark we would roast marshmallows and all sit around the fire pit talking and laughing having such great fun. This would be a great idea to get to know your neighbors and gather great recipes.<3<3<3<3<3<3<3 I WOULD FEEL SO HONORED AND BLESSED FOR THIS DREAM TO COME TRUE.<3<3<3<3<3<3<3

    Janis Conard on September 18, 2013 at 9:04 pm
    • :) :):)

      joyfulj9 on September 18, 2013 at 9:33 pm
    • I wouldn't be sad if you or twoTERRIERS won either !

      kdiver64 on September 18, 2013 at 9:59 pm
    • this sounds like fun……

      twoTERRIERs on September 18, 2013 at 9:42 pm
    • Yes it does…..

      kdiver64 on September 18, 2013 at 10:01 pm
    • Really nice, I hope you win ! If you did, it sounds like you deserve it !:)

      kdiver64 on September 18, 2013 at 9:56 pm
    • All best wishes to you Janis! Party on!

      memanbepa on September 19, 2013 at 12:27 pm
    • Thanks for your words of encouragement. I BELIEVE You guys are the best!<3<3<3<3<3<3<3

      Janis Conard on September 19, 2013 at 5:39 pm

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