Name | Hometown | Currently Reside In?
Courtney McCracken | Jacksonville, FL | Athens, GA
Is your work influenced by season or changing weather?
Well, my studio is at my home and I live somewhat primitively in an old victorian farm house that doesn’t have heating or cooling. So in the winter I am doing more technical things like sewing, reading or planning, and in the summer everything gets really active and moves outside. My favorite studio time is making rope on my front porch or between two trees.
What’s the best thing you’ve ever gotten in the mail?
My best friend EV lives in Boston and we have a ritual of sending care packages of things we have collected over six months or so. They end up being a whole hodgepodge of items both mundane and really special.. stickers made by friends, zines, collaged vegan recipes (the latest being tofu ricotta pizza), swapped clothing, photography.. Its always something I look forward to and it fills my mental reservoir with positive thoughts to last me weeks.
What is your favorite holiday tradition (new or old)?
Well since I am already being nostalgic about EV, we have a really fun tradition of popping champagne bottles in the bath tub. It all started when we where moving into our little house in Riverside and our friend was coming over to celebrate the occasion with a bottle of champagne. EV was in the bathroom putting up the shower curtain so we all joined in the tub to open the bottle. It made so much sense it just kind of stuck and now on New Years Eve the bathroom is where the real party is at.
How do you find comfort? Any self-care rituals?
I think about this a lot. I am a very busy woman and I can get worn out really quickly if I don’t pay attention to self care. So over the years I have collected a long list of self care rituals that are like having my own personal army. I love getting creative in the kitchen and making the most delicious and nutritious vegan waffles, I love exchanging tender selfies with friends, when my laundry pile is getting me down I love taking an old garment and altering it on a whim, playing really simple folk songs on my auto harp, riding my bike, doing acro yoga, digging my hands into the garden, taking showers in the middle of the day with the window open, and not being afraid to sleep in.
Do you have a favorite fall/winter/holiday memory?
Some of my favorite memories are from my childhood living on a boat with my family. In Florida, fall is the best time of year because the air cools off but the water is still warm. If you caught the tide right at the Fort George Inlet you could position yourself between two sand dunes that were close enough to swim to. My sister and I would build sand castles and then watch from the boat as the sun was setting to see who’s lasted the longest against the tide.
What is your go-to holiday dish?
I am the only one in my family that doesn’t eat animal products so I am always bringing something different to introduce them to new flavors and ways of cooking. This year I will definitely bring my baked almond feta and I just got a new vegetable spiralizer so I think I’ll make something like a zucchini noodle pasta. And why not add waffles to the mix!?
Baked Almond Feta:
- 1/12 cups ground almonds
- 1/4 cups lemon juice
- 1/2 cup water
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- 1 1/4 tsp salt
blend until smooth, wrap in cheese cloth, set in strainer in the fridge overnight, bake like a little loaf the next day @ 355 F until golden and cracked – around 40 minutes.
- 1 1/4 cups almond milk
- 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 cup oats
- 1 3/4 cups flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 mashed banana
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 3 tbsp flax seeds
- pinch salt