Campfire Banana S’mores

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My family just loves these.  We made them last Fall at a cookout with the whole family.  So much fun to make and they were just oozing with melted chocolate.  Definitely one of those “lick your fingers clean” kinda dessert but Oh, so delicious!

The neat part is that each person can personalize their own Campfire Banana S’more to their liking by adding options. such as nuts, M&M’s, coconut, caramel sauce, and my favorite, peanut butter chips.

The directions are as follows:

Take approximately 8 bananas, 1 bag of chocolate chips and 1 bag of marshmallows. ( I prefer the miniature marshmallows)

Split your banana lengthwise, but don’t cut all the way through.  Try to create a boat to hold in all the ingredients and don’t take the peeling all the way off.  It helps hold in all of your items.  Then load the split banana with chocolate chips, marshmallows and then any extra add-on that strikes your fancy.

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Wrap each filled banana in heavy-duty tin foil and place near the campfire.  Avoid placing them directly into the fire.  They will burn.  Leave them near the hot coals for approximately 5 to 7 minutes until everything has melted.  Remove and let cool.  Now you can enjoy one gooey concoction.

 

 

Hold the Pumpkins!

 

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I was out shopping today and was amazed at the amount of Halloween decorations already on display. Bear in mind, that today is August 26; it’s not September yet. Is it just me or do the years seem to be getting shorter and shorter? We all know the calendar never changes, so what is making the days move by faster? Where’s the fire, people?? Let’s slow down and enjoy September for what it has to offer before jumping head first into the rush of the holiday season.

It is, in my opinion, an awesome time of year full of change; in the weather, in Mother Nature’s colors and in people’s demeanor. Don’t get me wrong, the majority of us love summer time when the heat from the sun bakes your skin and adds warmth to your bones. You can sit on the beach burying your toes in the sand while ice cream from your cone drips down your arm, and you don’t have a care in the world.

However, it’s September when people can feel a change. With the inauguration of Fall, the air feels different. The flowers and leaves parched by August are transforming into beautiful colors of scarlet red, golden yellows, lime greens and more. Everything about Fall feels lush.

TOle_Miss_and_Mississippi_State_Egg_Bowl_1970she month of September offers us so much. If you’re lucky, it is a time when you can see a harvest moon and enjoy an Indian summer. We must even change the time on our clocks and unpack our sweaters. You know its Fall by the commencement of football season and the savory aromas from tailgate cookouts.

The first Monday of this month is set aside for the Labor Day. Officially it’s a holiday to honor the working force in the United States. However, the majority of folks use it as a kickoff to our farewell to those lazy summer days and a salute to cooler days to come. So gather with friends to celebrate with good food and drink and lift a glass to summer. Goodbye old friend.

Embrace September and take delight in the gentle chill of Fall, enjoy the new smells like apples and cinnamon while enjoying the sounds of crackling Fall leaves under your feet. Now, take a deep breath and hold on for the start of the mind-blowing blitz of the holiday season!

“When the goldenrod is yellow, And leaves are turning brown – reluctantly the summer goes in a cloud of thistledown.  When squirrels are harvesting and birds in flight appear – By these autumn signs we know September days are here.”  author, Beverly Ashour

 

Family Farm

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Copper Crow Farm is located in the southern part of Mississippi where the climate can get pretty darn hot during the summer and just smoother you in humidity, but our autumn season is to die for with mild temperatures and great fall foliage.  That is when our whole family loves to get out and enjoy hayrides, hiking on nature trails and working in our gardens.

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The farm is a work-in-progress as the guys build and shape the land into our own little slice of country living.  The guys I speak of are my husband, aka Mr. Green Jeans, and my father, aka Farmer Fred.  Together these two guys have transformed a wooded area full of pine trees and underbrush and molded the land into beautiful pasture lands and fields.  There is still a lot of work to be done, but we are already able to reap the benefits of their hard labor.  This week we are finally breaking ground on our farm house and we are very excited to get that on its way.

Copper Crow Farm is 280 acres of lush southern pine tree forest.  It was originally owned by the International Paper Company who harvested the trees for manufacturing paper products.  When the mill  closed several years ago, we were fortunate enough to purchase the land at auction.

Tpost10he land might not have mountain views or tranquil lakes but it does offer natural scenic beauty.  We enjoy using the four-wheeler to ride through the trails.  The forest is so quiet.  The only sounds that can be heard are those from the pine trees and woodland birds as the winds blow through the forest.  The sound creates a whisper as the pines sway back and forth conversing amongst themselves.  I just love it.

Besides offering great wildlife and birds for watching, it also has fireflies which I haven’t seen since I was a child.  Their presence and the beautiful sounds of the forest fill our lives with a calm serenity we could never find in the city.  How much we will have to sacrifice by giving up city conveniences remains to be seen.

Farmer Fred and his two grand daughters, M.L. and S.P.

Farmer Fred and his two grand daughters, M.L. and S.P.  feeding the horses.

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We planted a field with over 300 Crape Mrytle. Beautiful!

We planted a field with over 300 Crape Mrytle. Beautiful!

 

Welcome to My Blog!

My name is Dona and I along with my husband and two beautiful girls are making the move from city life to farm living.  I expect it to be an adventure filled with chaos, hard work and the unexpected.  I look forward to the chance to nurture my love for all things southern and move towards a simpler life where the kids can chase fireflies and we can sit on the front porch drinking a glass of sweet tea.  I hope to use this blog as an outlet to document our move through pictures and storytelling to help preserve the memories of our new life on the family farm.

post111  Why the name “Pine trees and Sweet tea”?  I feel it describes life in the South.  Not like “Gone with the Wind” type of South (but who didn’t love Scarlett’s dresses?)  It’s more of a simpler South,  full of Magnolia trees and pecan pie or fireflies and pumpkin pie.  (can you tell I love pie?).  Living down South just feels right to me.  Where else can you find such great hospitality.  No true southerner has ever met a stranger.  Here, conversation just flows effortlessly. while folks sip iced tea served in a mason jar.  Where else can the incorrect pronoun “Y’all” be so accepted that no one thinks any differently.

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We take our monograms very seriously.  Everything gets monogrammed.  It’s like our Coat of Arms.  We’re also partial to boiled peanuts, grandpas in seersucker suits,  and drinking cold beer in a “huggie”.  Our men, for some reason. love to fry whole turkeys for Thanksgiving.  Down here, cowboy boots can go with almost any attire and camouflage is considered acceptable on anything from purses, to ladies’ dresses and covers for our ATV’s.  That’s right, almost all southerners own some sort of  “alternate terrain vehicle” ’cause you just never know when you might have the need to drive off-road.post9(pic. of Farmer Fred with grand daughter, S.P.)

I want to have fun with this blog.  I welcome any comments or remarks and would love to hear from you.  So sit a spell and come share our adventures with us so you can laugh along as we navigate our uncharted transformation to farm living –  Southern style!