Sunday, July 26, 2015

A Fresh Beginning: Bygone Living


Most of you remember this blog as I Heart New England, and have probably wondered over the years: Where did she go? I often asked myself that same question! As usual, life had gotten in the way; I got a full-time job, moved out east to a cottage with my boyfriend Jake, had to balance work life with home life. As many of you can relate, my new "grown up" life had left very little time (and energy) to actively maintain a blog. But man, not a day went by that I didn't miss it. I've done and have seen a lot during the course of my absence, and upon every special moment, a little voice would chirp inside my head, "This would be perfect for the blog!" But what blog? I really didn't have one anymore...

That is, until I came up with the idea of Bygone Living. I asked myself as I sat on my patio one golden June evening, what can I change or reinvent about my blog to make it more vigorous and suited to my lifestyle? Of course, New England has always been the love of my life, but I don't quite live there, and there are hundreds of other interesting things that I do that don't pertain to New England at all. What is a constant, ever-gleaming beacon in my life? Something that defines me? I started brainstorming: history, traditional living, domesticity... And that was my "Eureka!" moment: simply make a blog celebrating those three things, thus Bygone Living was born.

This will be an outlet where I can share with all of you my historical discoveries, in and outside of Long Island, where I am from. It will also be a place for me to share traditional and old recipes, like my favorite one for blueberry cobbler you'll see below. I'll share stories about my life, tales of the past, and just about anything else that harkens back to a simpler time.

Please feel free to explore the new blog design-- all my I Heart New England posts are still active, so you're welcome to backtrack too (we're all about "backtracking" here!)-- and I hope you'll stick around (preferably with a cup of tea) to enjoy Bygone Living.

Blueberry Cobbler
(courtesy of MyRecipes.com)

2 pints blueberries
1/3 plus 1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
2 cups heavy cream

Heat oven to 375° F. In a shallow 1 1/2-quart baking dish or a 9-inch deep-dish pie plate, 
toss the blueberries, 1/3 cup sugar, and 1 tablespoon flour.

In a medium bowl, combine the baking powder, salt, lemon zest, and the remaining flour and sugar.

Add the butter and blend with your fingers or 2 knives until coarse crumbs form. 
Add 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons cream and mix until a shaggy dough forms.

Drop mounds of dough over the blueberry mixture. 
Bake until the berries are bubbling and the top is golden, 35-40 minutes. 
Serve with the remaining cream for drizzling, if desired.

24 comments:

  1. hi erin!!!! it's so funny, i was just thinking about you a couple days ago and wondering what happened to you. i'm so glad you are back! will i find your new blog by clicking on the old one, i'm confused! how is your mom? and how is jake? i'm lookimg forward to reading your posts. joyce

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    1. Hi, Joyce! I was actually going to message you and give you the heads up that I'm back! My new url is bygone living.com but my old one will redirect you, I think. Everyone is good! Jake and I are enjoying life in our little cottage; we have two black cat additions to our family too :) How have you been? How's little Teddy?

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  2. Good to read this blog post, Erin! We grow our own blueberries and have been harvesting many! The cobbler recipe sounds like a perfect one for us! I look forward to reading more posts from you - as well as keeping up through Twitter. Take care! xo Nellie

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    1. Hi, Nellie! Do try this recipe; it's delicious and probably even more so with fresh blueberries :) So glad you found me here!

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  3. Hi, Erin! I've checked in on your previous blog from time to time, and caught glimpses of you here and there via comments on FB or other social media. Nice to see you back in blogland; looking forward to catching up with you and yours!

    Sharon in Alabama

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    1. Hi, Sharon! Welcome! I hope you'll enjoy the new blog!

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  4. So good to see you back! I look forward to this new/old journey!

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  5. I'm glad you're back, Erin. I still have blueberries left from our visit to the blueberry farm so I'll have to try your recipes.

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    1. Hi, Cathy! Definitely try this recipe! It's my absolute favorite, and goes so deliciously with vanilla ice cream.

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  6. Hi Erin: Glad to see you back! I love your re-invention! I'm doing something like that myself! I think evolving and dynamic living is healthy! Kudos to you for taking a new plunge!! I wish you great success with this! Jane xo

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    1. Hi Jane! Go for it! Thank you for the ongoing support. I hope you'll enjoy this blog :)

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  7. hey erin...send me an email so i can reply. i can't find your email address. i am so lame!

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    1. LOL Shoot me an email at erinelizabethgill@gmail.com!

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  8. Love your new design and the whole idea of Bygone Living! Can't wait for future posts! Also, that blueberry cobbler looks delicious! ♥

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    1. Hi, Danielle! I really hope you'll like this reinvention :)

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  9. Hi Erin, I'm new here, just poking around on the computer today and came across your blog - I love it! We live in Topsfield, Massachusetts, not far from Salem, Ipswich and about 30 miles north of Boston. Thinking about a move to NH or ME in the near future. Hate leaving the area as we have so much within a short drive but the taxes truthfully are killing us. I've never been to Martha's Vineyard but have been to Nantucket, loved it. The Vineyard looked awesome in your pictures, maybe some day we will get there. Now I'm off to research Susan Branch!

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    1. Hi there, Janice! I'm so glad you found me. You live in a beautiful area! It's a dream of mine to live in Marblehead one day, which I'm sure isn't too far from you, but I can definitely relate to the high cost of living. Long Island is no walk in the park either! MV and Nantucket are a must see, and I do hope you like Susan Branch! Actually, I'm not sure how anyone could NOT fall in love with her work :-P Please let me know what you think!

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  10. Hello Erin,
    Your beautiful photo just popped up while I was on FB tonight and I am so happy to find your new blog. It is lovely!
    How wonderful that you have your own place now, and I hope your Mom is doing well, too.
    I have thought of you very often.
    A lot of changes in my life, too.Everything is great and I look forward to following your new writing.
    The best to you,
    Marcia

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    1. Hi, Marcia! So glad to connect with you again. We need to catch up! xo

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  11. It's so nice to see you back! I love how you've refreshed your blog! Great recipe too!

    Mary

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    1. Hi Mary! I'm so glad to be back :) Thank you!

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