Happy Fall Y’all!

Hello My Lovelies!

I am currently in Denver, Colorado for a conference and y’all! It is blissfully like fall here <3 I am slightly dreading going back to hot old SC tonight.

With fall comes a few of my favorite things…Pumpkin Cranberry Bread (thank you momma!), Spiced Tea, Vests (I’m a complete vest addict) and crunchy leaves.

We always know it’s fall when my mom makes the first batch of her famous Spiced Tea. When you walk into her house, it smells deliciously of orange & clove and you instantly want to grab a blanket and snuggle with a mug. She’s been making Spiced Tea since we were little kids. I remember grabbing my mug and standing by the stove anxiously waiting until she would deem it the perfect time to dip us out a scoop.

It’s one of her signature recipes and my absolute favorite to make for a fall party or Christmas event!

Spiced Tea

Momma’s Spiced Tea

2 Cinnamon sticks
2 TBSP WHOLE cloves (about 16)
3 cups sugar (can sub 1/2 Splenda & 1/2 sugar)
1 qt. boiling water
1 qt. strong tea (Like REALLY STRONG y’all!)
Juice 3 lemons (Or lemon juice)
1 cup pineapple juice (I prefer Dole’s)
1 cup orange juice
3 quarts boiling water (Or sub 1/2 apple cider!)

Directions:

Bring 1 qt water (or cider/water blend) to a boil, add cinnamon sticks, cloves, and sugar (Mom throws in a dash of nutmeg). Boil for 5 minutes, then add tea and remaining ingredients. Keep on low for about an hour to encourage the flavors to blend. Serve hot or cold!

I will tell you a little secret about the spices. Momma splits them into two large tea balls and puts one on each side of the pot.

It’s good right after she makes it….but it’s AHHHHHMAZING the day after. All of the flavors and blended into this synergy of taste that I’ve yet to find anywhere else.

So go home, dig your favorite mug out and make a batch!

You can find more of my fall party favorites here!

XoXo!

One vest wearing, mug huggin’ Lemon

 

PS: Reply to this and I’ll send you my mom’s Cranberry Pumpkin Bread recipe! It pairs beautifully with Spiced Tea!

 

 

 

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High Five for Friday!

It’s Friday :) Oh happy Friday! Let’s give this week a high five!

1 – There’s a new man in my life :) Oliver joined our crazy crew on Wednesday. So proud of his mommy for blessing us with this little guy!

2 – Old Fire towers! This week I was asked to photograph one of my alma mater’s Alumni Events in Lake City and got to tour Moore Farms Botanical Gardens. I loved it! It’s not often that I get to photograph an event with such interesting landscapes. It was refreshing to be shooting and feel creatively stimulated.

3 – Decorating for fall parties! I love to decorate..like I’m pretty insane about how much I enjoy it. The pairing of colors, textures and the aesthetics people experience when they walk into a venue gives me a rush :) I had the opportunity to help with an event this week and it was wonderful! I choose to pair burlap runners with a variety of pumpkins, gourds and textures.

4 – Pumpkins :) I’m so happy I finally got a pumpkin for my porch! Okay I secretly got two because I can’t ever put just one out…it might get lonely!

5 – Borrowed Time ~ Sometimes it feels like we’re living on borrowed time..and this week felt like a walk back in time. I loved my introduction to the band Borrowed Time this week! I’m a huge bluegrass girl! (what happens when you grow up in the hills of Tennessee and Kentucky). Their harmony and acoustics were amazing!

So high five for Friday :) It’s been a good week for this kid!

XoXo!

One Blissfully Chilly Lemon

A little bit of Momma..a lot of yummy :)

There are several fall traditions at our house. Watching White Christmas while drinking mom’s spice tea, making pumpkin cranberry bread and putting up the Christmas tree the second weekend in October. But my favorite is momma’s pumpkin cranberry bread. My momma has been making pumpkin cranberry bread since I was old enough to lick the spoon. Several years ago she taught me how to make it. It’s never quite as good as hers though for some reason :) My sister was home from college this weekend and we decided she couldn’t go back to school without us making a batch. We had a good time laughing as she bumbled her way through making her 1st pumpkin pie while I made PCB :) So I thought I’d share one of my favorite fall treats with you. Warning..it’s completely not Paleo or gluten free. HOWEVER! I’m currently working on one that is :)

What You’ll Need..

  • 2 eggs slightly beaten
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup Libby’s Solid Pack Pumpkin
  • 2 1/4 cups Self-Rising flour
  • 1 tablespoon Pumpkin Pie spice
  • 1 cup chopped cranberries ~ If you like tangy use the whole bag :)

Directions

PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Grease and flour two 9 x 5-inch loaf pans or a muffin pan.

COMBINE flour and pumpkin pie spice in large bowl. Slightly beat the eggs then add in sugar, pumpkin and oil in large mixer bowl; beat until just blended. Add pumpkin mixture to flour mixture; stir just until moistened. Fold in cranberries. Spoon batter into prepared loaf pans.

BAKE for 60 to 65 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Recipe makes two loaves.

At our house we like to make a double batch :) With everyone running in and out and ball players dashing through one batch just doesn’t seem to last long!

So what is your favorite fall tradition? Any favorite fall recipes?

XoXo!

One Full Lemon :)