Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Peaches to Pumpkins

Pinehurst, NC is probably best known for golf, but it wasn't golf that brought us there over the holiday weekend.  Our first visit to this part of the state was to attend a wedding and we added an extra day to check out the area.
Tall pine trees lined the roadsides.  It was soon easy to see how Pinehurst might have gotten it's name along with the neighboring towns of Pinebluff, Southern Pines and Whispering Pines.

 Driving along the country roads admiring the pine trees we were starting to get hungry.  The sign for Homemade Peach Ice Cream came along at just the right time. 

Creamy with chunks of fresh peach in every bite.
Seemed like a great treat on this late summer day.

 The pots of lantana were doing a nice job of attracting butterflies and hummingbird moths.  Not to mention their colors coordinated nicely with the ice cream.

The pumpkin sitting (amongst the pine needles) at the base of the lantana served as a small reminder to me.  It seemed to be saying enjoy the last of the summer bounty before it's too late.  Soon I will be the center of attention and fresh peaches will be a distant memory.

 Not being one to disregard a pumpkin, I promptly finished my ice cream cone and headed back to the stand for a basket of peaches for the road.  Once home again, I located the pectin I'd bought last summer or was it the summer before??  Who knows but a quick check of the expiration date told me I had until October 2015 to get some freezer jam made.  Perfect timing.  Now as soon as those peaches ripen I'll get right on it.  How nice it will be to have a taste of summer all through the winter.


  1. Peaches are my very favorite - love fresh peach pie, peach ice cream and preserves. :Looks like you had a wonderful drive and weekend.

  2. A day has to be good when ice cream is part of it. : )
    Yummy, that peach jam sounds perfect on toast some cold winter morning.

  3. I, too, have been enjoying peaches. Peach pie, peach turnovers, peaches on my cereal... you name it. Glad you got some to enjoy as well.

  4. Nothing like fresh peaches!! We have a town not too far off that has a huge peach festival every year. Oh my, the peaches are fantastic. So, we have quite a few each summer.


  5. Your photos are beautiful! I love that this post has a little bit of fall with the pumpkin and a little bit of summer with the peaches. That's just where we are right now. :)

  6. I enjoyed your pictures. Fresh peach ice cream sounds delightful.

  7. All through the winter? ALL? Fresh peach jam would be prolly not make it a week and a half here. =D

    Sounds like a delightful way to spend a weekend and the ice cream sounds so delicious.

  8. Mmmm. Peach ice cream is a favorite of mine. Sadly, the season for peaches is ending quickly and it will soon be time for those pumpkins. Every season has it's delights. Sounds like you had a great weekend.

  9. Fresh peaches are the taste of summer...one I don't want to say good-bye to just yet! Maybe we can enjoy the delights of both summer and fall for a little while yet. Beautiful pic's. Enjoy

  10. All sounds and looks so yummy, Kim! I love peaches, and your peach jam will keep that freshness of summer on your taste buds during the winter months. I hope you had a wonderful time at the wedding, too.

    Blessings, my friend,
    Marianne xo

  11. I still have to find a perfect peach this Summer - better hurry as the season almost over. those in your basket do look great Kim. Now the apples are ready in the NC mountains - I'm seeing signs everywhere here in town.

    Hugs - Mary

  12. Sounds scrumptious! Take a photo of your jam making, too!

  13. Such lovely pictures. I am now so hungry for a fresh peach!

  14. That peach ice cream cones looks so real, and I am sitting here wishing that it was right now! Pinehurst is a beautiful place to visit, and I am sure it would have been a great place for a wedding.


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