Country Belle Chic’s Fall Bucket List

fall

Fall- my favorite season of them all! We are TWO days away from the start of the season and every year, there are several things I MUST do before it ends, so here is my fall bucket list:

  • Tailgate at a football game.
  • Go apple picking.
  • Buy school supplies.
  • Watch Halloween movies.
  • Decorate with tons of pumpkins and DIY fall crafts.
  • Travel through the mountains to see the leaves.
  • Visit the county fair.
  • Carve a pumpkin.
  • Make an apple pie, apple butter, apple pie, and homemade apple sauce. (Can you tell I like apples…alot?)
  • Stuff myself during the holidays.
  • Go on a hayride.
  • Eat s’mores at a bonfire.
  • Wear a hoodie, while snuggling up with a cup of hot chocolate.

It’s fall, y’all!

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Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie

A classic Southern dish, perfect for any Thanksgiving table!

Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons cold butter
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons cold water

Filling:

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup dark corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups pecan halves, divided
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips, divided

Directions:

1. In a small bowl, combine the flour, sugar and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

2. Add water and toss with a fork until mixture forms a ball. Flatten and wrap dough in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

3. On a floured surface, roll out dough to fit a 9-in. deep-dish pie plate and place in dish.

4. In a large bowl, beat the eggs, brown sugar, corn syrups, bourbon, butter and salt until blended. Stir in 1 cup pecans and 1/2 cup chocolate chips. Pour filling into crust; sprinkle with remaining pecans and chocolate chips.

5. Bake at 325° for 50-60 minutes or until crust is golden brown and filling is puffed. Cool completely.

Enjoy!

Source: http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/bourbon-chocolate-pecan-pie?keycode=ZPIN1012

A Quick and Simple Fall Craft

As much as I’m ready to decorate for Christmas, I can’t forget Thanksgiving and decorating for fall. Hopefully this quick and easy fall craft will become part of your turkey day decorations!

leaf

Supplies:

Mason Jars

Fake Leaves

Mod Podge

Sponge Brush

Directions:

1. Cover the mason jar with the leaves and glue down with mod podge. Make sure all areas of the leaves are sufficiently glued down.

2. Let dry completely.

Source: Pinterest

A Country Belle’s Southern Fall Bucket List

“Life starts all over again when the air gets crisp in the fall.” -The Great Gatsby

My favorite time of the year is fall. The colors get brighter, the weather gets cooler, and a sense of down home country comfort is in the air. Every fall, there are many traditions that my family and I make sure we do before winter comes.

I hope you enjoy some of my favorite fall traditions, listed below. Do you have a southern fall bucket list?

A Country Belle’s Southern Fall Bucket List 

1. Visit a pumpkin patch.

2. Go trick-or-treating for canned goods for a local foodbank on Halloween.

3. Build a bonfire and cook s’mores. Talk about something yummy in the tummy.

4. Cheer on a SEC team. Who doesn’t love the Ole Miss Rebels and Tennessee Volunteers? 🙂

5. Count your blessings each day in November, leading up to Thanksgiving.

6. Share what you are most thankful for on Thanksgiving, before eating.

7. Take a trip to Mount Airy, NC and visit the Autumn Leaves Festival. (And see the town that inspired Mayberry, NC on the classic television show The Andy Griffith Show.)

8. Go to the Dixie Classic Fair. Everything can be deep-fried, right?

9. Carve a pumpkin.

10. Drink hot chocolate on a hayride.

11. Watch a scary Halloween movie.

12. Cook a gumbo.

13. Bake anything and everything pumpkin. Classic family recipe, pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, will change your life! (Anyone want the recipe?)

14. Visit one of your high school’s football games.

15. Take a photo in a pile of leaves.

And Cue the Christmas Music

Now that Turkey Day has come and gone, people are pressing forward to the next holiday-Christmas. The lines are long in the stores, red and green will soon appear on every street corner, and the sounds of Christmas carols will be heard by all. A few of my friends have this rule: no Christmas music until after Thanksgiving. Well, apparently, I don’t share that same rule, because I have been listening to “Deck the Halls” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” and other songs since September. With Christmas just a month away, hopefully my short country Christmas playlist below will help get you in the merry Christmas spirit!

Brad Paisley-“Away in a Manger”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8W6Q8CRo1OY

Martina McBride-“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlNdtmdwUas

Alan Jackson-“Honky Tonk Christmas”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pDIl7GhgnA

Carrie Underwood-“Do You Hear What I Hear”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pGld28bJMw

Blake Shelton-“Time For Me to Come Home”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtXEnhuhBSg

Pecan Pie

What is more Southern than having a pecan pie on your Thanksgiving table? Hopefully this Trisha Yearwood recipe will soon be a part of your family’s turkey day traditions!

Ingredients:

1 cup  packed light brown sugar 
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup (1 stick butter), melted
2 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
One 9-inch deep dish pie shell, unbaked, 
1 cup pecan halves
Vanilla ice cream or whipped cream, for serving

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

2. In a large mixing bowl, mix the brown sugar, granulated sugar and eggs until creamy. Add the chopped pecans, melted butter, milk, flour and vanilla extract and stir. Pour the mixture into the pie shell. Arrange the pecan halves on top of the pie in a circular pattern.

3. Bake the pie for 55 minutes. Check for doneness by shaking the pan slightly. The pie should be firm with a slight jiggle in the center.  

4. Serve topped with vanilla ice cream or with a dollop of whipped cream

Enjoy! 

Source: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/trisha-yearwood/pecan-pie-recipe/index.html

So I’m Gonna Thank You Lord

The most common question people are asked in the month of November is “what are you thankful for?” Some people answer with my family, my friends, my job and others say food, shelter, and clothes.

This morning the song “Dirty Dishes” by Scotty McCreery started playing on my playlist. The song describes a mother praying before the family dinner; however, the prayer she prays isn’t the most common. She thanks the Lord for stacks of laundry, slamming doors, and piles of dirty dishes in the sink. As I listened to the lyrics, I stopped and thought “just what is the song trying to tell me?” My answer? Give thanks to the Lord for all things, big or small, good and bad.

Having stacks of laundry and piles of dirty dishes in the sink just means you are blessed with food and clothing. Slamming doors and noisy children just means you are blessed with love. And draggin’ in dead tired at night just means you are blessed with a job.

I think we all can agree “Dirty Dishes” is a perfect song for the Thanksgiving season. What are you thankful for today?

Video Credit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QJyMq6UN48

Sweet Potato Casserole

As the days get closer and closer to Thanksgiving, my stomach gets hungrier and hungrier. Enjoy another one of my favorite Thanksgiving side dishes-sweet potato casserole!

Ingredients:

4 1/2 cups sweet potatoes, cooked and mashed

1/2 cup butter, melted

1/3 cup milk

1 cup white sugar

2 eggs, beaten

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/3 cup butter

vanilla extract

Optional-1 cup pecans

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish.

2. In a large bowl, mix together mashed sweet potatoes, 1/2 cup butter, milk, sugar, vanilla extract, and eggs. Spread sweet potato mixture into baking dish.

3. In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar and flour. Cut in 1/3 cup butter until mixture is crumbly, then stir in pecans. Sprinkle pecan mixture over the sweet potatoes. (Pecans are optional). 

4. Bake for 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden brown.

Enjoy!