seasonal living

Seasonal Living: Spring Foods

If you’re looking for some cooking inspiration, you’ve come to the right place. I’ve pulled together a list of seasonal fruits and veggies and some ideas for spring dishes. Also check out the Pinterest board Seasonal Living: Spring Foods for more recipe ideas and inspiration to elevate your plate this season.

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Seasonal Living: Spring Foods

What’s in season?

  • Apples
  • Apricots
  • Asparagus
  • Avocados
  • Bananas
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Fava Beans
  • Fennel
  • Leeks
  • Mangoes
  • Peas
  • Pineapples
  • Potatoes
  • Rhubarb
  • Spinach
  • Turnips

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Spring Mood Board

Be intentional. Live life with purpose. See the beauty in everything.

I wrote that statement in my journal at the beginning of the year and return to it pretty frequently. I haven’t made a mood board since the fall, so I decided to create a spring mood board inspired my vision statement for the year.

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Just a little reminder:

mood board:

 an arrangement of images, materials, pieces of text, etc., intended to evoke or project a particular style or concept.

I’ve seen mood boards used in fashion, photography, branding, web design, wedding planning, and interior decorating.  It can include just about anything — photography, designs or illustrations, color palettes, textures, descriptive words — anything that helps you define the direction or feeling of your project. I plan to use my spring mood board to inspire my style and my creative endeavors this season.

Spring Mood Board

 

 

Spring Mood Board Inspiration

Be intentional. I want everything I eat, create, read and wear to be deliberate. My 30 days of decluttering  is helping tremendously. I want everything I own and consume (physically and spiritually) to be intentional and getting rid of these I don’t  need is a great first step.

Live life with purpose. One of the first images I stumbled upon looking for inspiration was a One Tree Hill quote that I’m pretty sure Peyton said (OTH fans, fact-check me). I loved it and thought it fit perfectly with my vision statement.

See the beauty in everything. For me this is more of a message to slow down and enjoy the little things more. I’ve lived in Atlanta for four years now and there are still so many places I have yet to go explore.

Spring Mood Board on Pinterest

Everything on my mood board can be found on this Pinterest board:

What’s inspiring you this season? Leave a comment below!

Donni Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches

Fall Cocktails You Need To Try

Let me be clear: when I say “fall cocktails you need to try”, I mean “we”. Honestly, truly– I wrote this list for myself. Haters will say that the love of Fall is basic, and that’s why haters don’t matter. When I think of fall cocktails, the first thing that comes to mind is hot cider and pumpkin beer. Thanks to my good friend Pinterest, I’m thinking outside the box this season (with lots of bourbon).

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Fall Cocktails You Need to Try

Apple Cider Mimosa

Ingredients:
3 ounces apple cider
3 ounces champagne
Brown sugar and apple slices for garnish, optional

Photo and recipe: Back to Her Roots

Fall cocktails you need to try -- The Palmetto Peaches

Bourbon Cider Sour

Ingredients:
3 ounces (2 shots) of bourbon
1 cup apple cider
½ cup orange juice
¼ cup sugar
Crushed or cubed ice
1 gala or honeycrisp apple, sliced for garnish

Photo and recipe: Bless Her Heart Ya’ll

Fall Cocktails You Need to Try -- The Palmetto Peaches

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Fall Mood Board – Creative Inspiration

Who remembers Ace’s awesome meditation mood board?  Well she inspired me to create my own fall mood board.

mood board:

 an arrangement of images, materials, pieces of text, etc., intended to evoke or project a particular style or concept.

I’ve seen mood boards used in fashion, photography, branding, web design, wedding planning, and interior decorating.  It can include just about anything — photography, designs or illustrations, color palettes, textures, descriptive words — anything that helps you define the direction or feeling of your project. I plan to use my fall mood board to inspire my style and my creative endeavors this season.

Fall Mood Board

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This fall I’m embracing my minimalism journey by focusing on simplicity. I hope my fall mood board inspires me to see the beauty in simple things. Additionally, I want to simplify my writing process. I think sometimes I try really hard to write blog posts on what I think will garner the most views. In reality, my most popular posts are the ones where I just wrote what I was feeling. Finally, my goal is to really enjoy the changing season and changes in life as well.

What’s inspiring you this season? Leave a comment below!

Donni Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches

Goodbye Summer: Bucket List Revisited

Goodbye Summer. Hello Fall! In June, Donni and I shared our Summer Bucket Lists with you. I’m back to share what I actually checked off my list, and what I have planned for the fall.

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Summer 2016 Bucket List

Sunrise meditation.

It wasn’t the outdoor meditation like I hoped for, but I did manage to wake up and meditate before and during sunrise–from the comfort of my bed.

Make S’mores at a bonfire.


Nah. Summer 2016 was so hot, I barely attended anything that didn’t involve air conditioning or a paycheck. I don’t know why I thought I’d be sitting in front of anyone’s fire.
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Go to a baseball game.

I went to 2 Charleston Riverdogs game this summer! At the first game, I tried a Palmetto Espresso Porter beer milkshake for the first time. About a month later, I enjoyed $1 beer during a Thirsty Thursday game.  The games and drinks were both great. Felt like college.

Travel.

I didn’t make it to New Orleans, but I did make it to Savannah for a Bachelorette weekend, and Atlanta to see Beyoncé for the SECOND time this year. A trip to New Orleans is very high the list for my solo travel birthday trip.

Build a fort.

I watched my nephew build a fort. Does that count? He even had me test his entrance, which had a sign that read, “Please knock”. Knock on what though? The fort didn’t have a door. Yep, I’m checking this off my list.

Drink out of a coconut.

Nah, again. Guess I’ll put this back on the list for Spring/Summer 2017.

I didn’t do too bad checking things off my Summer Bucket List, but Fall is here and it’s time for new adventures! Here are some things I’d like to do this season.

Goodbye Summer Bucket List

Sunrise meditation.

Daylight Savings Time will be here soon. It’s easier for me to meditate at 7am instead of 6am, that’s for sure.

Make S’mores at a bonfire.

I will give this another try in October or November when it’s not 90 degrees.

Oktoberfest.

Because beer love is true love. Charleston has a few of it’s own Oktoberfest celebrations, and I’d love to attend one for the first time.

Sleep-in Sundays.

Fall is my favorite season, but the weather can get a little gloomy as winter approaches. I love waking up early, simply to stay snuggled up in bed for a few extra hours (or the entire day). Brunch is great year-round, but it’s not as tempting when outs looks like a scene from Twilight. My plan is to have at least 4 “Sleep-in Sundays” this season.

Visit a pumpkin patch with my nephews.

If we miss that chance, they will have to settle for Disney on Ice or a visit to the aquarium.

What did you check of your bucket list this summer? What’s on your Fall Bucket List?

Ace Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches

Am I “Basic” Because I Love Fall?

Am I "Basic" Because I Love Fall? - The Palmetto Peaches - palmsinatl.comLast weekend, as I was standing in line for beer at Music Midtown a girl tapped me on the shoulder to ask if she could take a picture with me. She and her friends made a scavenger hunt to play during the festival. Obviously, the item on her list was magical black girl, right? Check! Alas, she just needed a picture with someone wearing a flower crown. Almost immediately, two of my guy friends began to make a joke that a “basic” girl must have been on her list. I went to high school with these two  jerks Prince Charmings, so they are allowed to tease me. In their minds my flower crown made me summer “basic”. Then came the pumpkin spice latte reference. Cue eye rolls.

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Let’s talk about calling girls basic on the basis of their seasonal favorites.  First, let’s start with the basics (ha, see what I did there?) and see how the people of the interwebs are defining the term.

“Basic” Definitions

  • Those whose wardrobes include leggings and boots complemented by a Starbucks’ pumpkin spice latte in hand.
  • “Basic” is a term to describe someone, usually a female, who is without any defining characteristics of her own, usually because she follows the crowd.
  • Used to describe someone devoid of defining characteristics that might make a person interesting, extraordinary, or just simply worth devoting time or attention to.
  • Lacking intelligence and unable to socialize on even an elementary level.
  • The disease that makes people ratchet AF. This includes symptoms such as an unusually strong affection to pumpkin spice (specifically Starbucks), a longing to wear Uggs and/or LuLu Leggings, and continuously saying “I literally can’t even.”

Things that apparently make me basic

  • Seasonal candles are my jam: To be clear, I’m a scented candle addict all year-long!  However, there’s just something about being curled up in one million cozy blankets with Hocus Pocus playing and my sweater weather candle sending sweet fall scents around my apartment. Also, I should mention that I quite enjoy watching fall candle hauls on YouTube.  Sorry, I’m not sorry about wanting my place to smell like a home. If loving a well-scented home is basic, count me in.
  • Fall wardrobe: Reality check: boots, leggings and scarves have always been staples of chilly days, just like you would expect folks to wear shorts, swimsuits and sundresses in the summer. So how does wearing these items make me basic? Are you mad that I’m hella comfortable in my chunky sweater and boots? Does my flannel offend you? I’m looking and feeling good so again bring on the basicness. P.S. I will also likely Instagram my new boots I bought on Black Friday or Cyber Monday as I’m standing on top of fallen leaves.
  • Pumpkin Love: I think PSLs are delicious, whether I’m brewing them at home or grabbing one from Starbucks or a local coffee shop. Would you still call me basic if I ordered a salted caramel latte? Cool, because I drink those too. While I’ve got a thing for pumpkin spice, I need to be absolutely clear on one thing: I’ll take a sweet potato pie over a pumpkin pie any day. Are Patti LaBelle’s Pies going to be a thing again this year?
  • Fall traditions: Crunching leaves, roasting s’mores, browsing through pumpkin patches and carving pumpkins are definitely fall traditions, but that doesn’t mean they are “basic.” Carving pumpkins with friends during college are some of my favorite memories. It’s just a fun (and messy) activity.  Research (i.e. in my mind) shows that stepping on a crunchy leaf releases endorphins.

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For The Love of Fall

I know most of the time, we call someone “basic” as a joke. However, in reality basic is just another term used by society to judge women and their lifestyle choices. If homegirl (of any race) wants to sip on her PSL and take a stroll through an apple orchard or pumpkin patch – why are we making fun of her for living in the moment and finding beauty in fall? How is it really affecting your life?  While you’re making fun of her or me, we’ll be busy making memories.

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Are you a lover of fall like I am? Have you been called basic? Leave me your thoughts in the comments below.

Donni Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches