Monday, October 13, 2014

Fall Camping Trip to Hiawassee Georgia!

      I really intended on writing a post before now, but life sort of snow-balls and here we are! I have been enjoying seeing Yasmine and Layla the past couple of weekends! I missed them this past weekend and hope they can return soon! I especially have missed Winterlynn and Riley since I haven't gotten to see them in over three weeks! I hope to get to see them soon!

      We went to Hiawassee, Georgia this past weekend and it was absolutely beautiful! We stayed at the Georgia Mountain State Campground. It's right on Lake Chatuge. The weather was so much cooler there than here! It probably got up to eighty, when the sun was shining, but it was cloudy a lot with spotty rain. The air was almost chilly at night. Here, we're still muggy and in the 80's! There's a chance of strong storms during the middle of the night since there's a cold front moving through. (I don't like getting awakened in the middle of the night to loud thunder!) The high tomorrow is supposed to be in the lower 70's. Finally! Some cooler weather for here.

      I'm still working on my Halloween wreaths and decor. I don't know why I got into that this year, but I'm having fun with it. I wonder if I can sell these wreaths? I surely don't need them all! I might list them on Craig's list and see what happens. I also need to list the bucklings and try to get them sold. No one wants to pay the price for a blue-eyed Nigerian Dwarf! I wished I'd known that before I invested in them! I believe the right person will eventually come along and buy them. I have to have faith!

      I purchased a candy-roaster pumpkin at a farm-like stand on our trip and roasted it this morning. It gave me enough for two pies and some pumpkin humus. I found the recipe reference  at Yay! I did it! It is delicious! But of course I made some changes to it by using Great Northern Beans instead of chick peas, and whole sesame seeds instead of the tahini. Use what you've got or what you like, right? I also made some pita chips from white tortillas that I cut, sprayed with coconut spray, sprinkled with salt, and baked at 450 for about 8 minutes. Talk about good! Yum! Thank you for sharing this Lisa! 

      I sure do enjoy this time of year! Even though it's still warm and humid, there are changes all around. The leaves are showing more yellows now than green, and I love the smell in the air. Autumn is almost my favorite time of the year! I hope you enjoyed this post! Thanks for reading and commenting! Blessings from Bama!

Our spot at the campground.

It was on a slope. Ran forgot to look at the camera!

What a beautiful sight! See the pretty leaves?

Looks like the mountain is on fire, but it's just fog or a low cloud.

I'm taking better photos with this camera than I used to.

I'm thankful for the shot of the rainbow.

Another nice view.

Apple trees at R&A Orchards.

I love this store!

Guess what I found!

Yep, another bread machine! It was only $1 so I couldn't resist! I'll let ya'll know if it works.

What shall I do with all these Fuji's?

A candy roaster pumpkin.

It shrunk!

The rose smells as good as it looks.

Two and a half pints of pumpkin. I used some for the humus.

Yummy cider!

Almost a quart of delicious pumpkin humus!


  1. A beautiful spot to camp with the view of the lake. May I be just a bit envious! I hate storms though so hope you stay safe. Nancy

    1. Hi Nancy! I accidentally hit delete! Whew! I'm glad I got you back! Thank you, yes you may be a bit envious, I don't mind! The storms fizzled out before they got bad, but thanks for your concern, Nancy! Blessings!

  2. Yes, those photos of the camp ground are beautiful! I've never seen a pumpkin like that. Sounds like you had fun. Keep crafting...

    1. Hi Jacky! Thank you! I had seen one but didn't know what it was. They must grow them a lot in North Carolina and Georgia. I'm saving the seeds to see if they will grow here next year! I will! Blessings!

  3. Looks like a great camping trip! Phil and I need to take one but we have to do the tent thing, lol, and take three dogs with us. I think we'll stick to day trips which should be a lot nicer now that it is cooler.

    1. Hi Becky! I don't blame you, lol! So glad the weather has gotten a little cooler here too! Blessings!

  4. That looks like an amazing place to camp! My husband and I are avid rv-ers too, and have camped quite a bit in Georgia. Love your pic of the rainbow, it's just gorgeous!! Thanks so much for your sweet comment on my craft cubby!

    1. Hi Donna! That's interesting to know! Thank you for stopping by! Blessings!

  5. I've been out of town and am just now catching up and I am SO glad you liked the hummus!! It's turned into our all-time favorite hummus recipe. You got me with the 'candy roaster pumpkin' - that was a first..... and your photos are so beautiful. I especially liked the one with the rainbow too. Your trip looked and sounded peaceful and fun. Fuji apples are our favorite too! By the way, wanted you to know, that you've inspired me to make our beans from dried beans and they are delicious! So much better than store-bought canned beans. We are also trying to eat healthier, and more of a plant-based-diet and beans are a big component to that. I even canned a couple of quarts of lentil soup, something I've never done before too. Thought of you and your pressure canner that day! Have a wonderful day!

    1. Hi Lisa! I hope you had an enjoyable trip! The hummus is fantastic! Even Skylar likes it! I've only heard of those pumpkins in recent years. I actually got some seeds one time from a girl in North Carolina. The pumpkin I got actually came from North Carolina. They used them in Georgia along with other pumpkins for decoration.
      Oh, I'm so glad to be an inspiration to others! They are soooo much better than store bought canned beans! My pantry is quite full of them, but that will change this winter as I access them for soups and hummus! Yes, I believe in the plant based diet and Randy and I could probably live off beans. But Skylar, not so much! Oh the lentil soup sounds delicious! I make an occasional lentil based burrito. You can hardly tell there's no meat in it! I love using my pressure canner! I'll probably get it going this winter and can some more beans! Thank you for stopping by! Blessings!


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