Saturday Seven- Amazing Peach Recipes

I don’t know if there is a flavor that says Southern summer more than a sweet, juicy peach. And while it doesn’t get much better than enjoying one warm with the sun and right off the tree, there are quite a few jaw dropping peaches dishes that we home cooks can whip right up in our own kitchens. This week’s Saturday Seven celebrates all things peaches with 3 bonus recipes! Enjoy everything from appetizers, drinks, refrigerator jams, chilled soups and (of course) desserts with these amazing recipes. Let’s get to it because summer’s just warming up! SATURDAY SEVEN- AMAZING...

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Tasty Lemon Chicken Salad

Not your average chicken salad recipe, this savory hearty recipe is made with bright, lemony chicken, red bell pepper, chopped black olives, and seasoned with a sprinkle of celery seed.  Delicious on a sandwich, with crackers or just by the forkful, this is one easy recipe that will soon become a family tradition! What You Need To Make Lemon Chicken Salad boneless, skinless chicken breasts red bellpepper chopped black olives lemon juice mayonnaise celery seed salt and pepper There are tons of chicken salad recipes out there.  You can make it with pineapple, grapes, cranberries-all with fruit, all just...

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Sparkling Peach Lemonade

Crisp and refreshing, this simple Sparkling Peach Lemonade is what casual summer hospitality is all about!  Macerated peaches, white cranberry peach juice, freshly squeezed lemons and a hint of sparkle make this quick and easy summer drink one that you will want to keep on hand all summer long. What You Need To Make Sparkling Peach Lemonade White Cranberry Peach Juice Seltzer Water Lemon Juice Sugar or Sweetener Peaches Basil as garnish, if desired A lot of peach lemonade recipes require cooking down the peaches, pureeing them, straining them and then allowing them to cool before making your lemonade. ...

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Saturday Seven- Potluck Favorites

There is nothing that says community like a potluck- a dinner where we come together, share our food and a little bit of ourselves for a while. You bring your favorite dish, I’ll bring mine. We’ll line the tables with our best and favorites. And hope that so-and-so brings her signature recipe, the one that no one makes like she does. Here comfort food ties us together with the threads of fellowship and laughter that won’t soon be broken, certainly won’t be forgotten and will have us looking forward to next time we can share a dish. This week’s...

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Simple Place Setting for Spring

Easter, Mother’s Day and brunch all deserve a table well set, but that doesn’t mean it has to be fussy! This simple place setting in white and other neutrals shows off the elegant freshness of spring. Even though this place setting showcases some lovely farmhouse neutrals, let’s not forget that spring is also full of vibrant color! A gorgeous bunch of orange and peach Alstramarium from the local grocery store in a white milk pitcher offer just the right burst of color. Egg cups with large brown eggs are nestled in little grapevine wreathes. What’s more spring than eggs...

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Woodland Easter Tablescape to Celebrate Spring

New leaves are unfolding; plants are sprouting; flowers are blooming- like little mini celebrations complete with party hats and confetti popping up all along the landscape.  It’s those kinds of celebrations of life and starting again that inspired this year’s woodland Easter tablescape.  Don’t you just get excited about Easter?  I’m not talking about Easter bunnies, baskets, or bevies of colored eggs (though those are fun too).  I mean the real deal Easter.  Capital E.  Jesus.  New life.  Second chances.  Renewal. The stuff that is really something to get excited about!  This woodland Easter tablescape is a simple, but...

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Host a Spring Dessert Bar

A spring dessert bar is nothing to sneeze at.  Ha!  A pollen joke.  I couldn’t help it.  Seriously, y’all the yellow stuff is everywhere! For this special post, I got together with Morgan of M&M Event Rentals and The Blessing Barn in Humboldt, TN to brave the pollen and put together the cutest little dessert bar party you’ve ever seen.  I am not kidding.  Just wait until you see it for yourself.  Yummy sweets, Kate Spade stripes, bright spring colors- it’s just the kind of get-together that let’s you do what you do best, focus on your guests. Dessert...

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Fresh and Easy Outdoor Easter Table

Gosh, I’m glad for spring!  Aren’t you?  Me and mine have been positively reveling in all the green!  Dogwoods and azaleas and tiny leaves popping open… Ahh, makes me feel like a brand new person.  And to celebrate, I’ve got a fresh and easy outdoor table setting full of vintage southern charm that is just perfect for that Easter meal right around the corner.  That’s right!  Easter is just 11 days away.  Have you started planning yet? Easter is my favorite time to plan our first outdoor meal of the year.  Usually we have ham, sometimes fried chicken, paired...

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Abortion- It’s Not What You Think

I was recently inspired by one of Julie Anderson’s Facebook posts.  I asked Julie if she would share her story here.  The result is the collaboration below.  This is Julie’s 2nd guest contribution to ASD.  To read more about Julie, see her bio below. When I was in grad school in the mid-1990s, I attended a small church on the other side of town. As I crossed town, my Sunday mornings’ drive was a quiet one. The empty streets framed by empty sidewalks I traveled bore little resemblance to the student-filled, noisy streets of the night before. And every...

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How Overparenting Cripples Their Faith

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.  Proverbs 3: 5-6 When it’s time to let them go, you learn a whole lot about what kind of parent you really are.  Many of you know or have heard me share that my first child is going off to college this fall.   Actually, she moves into her dorm exactly one month from today.   One.  Month.  Letting go has been easy in some respects and in others, well, much harder than we expected. ...

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Friends: It’s Something You Do, Not Something You Have

Growing up, my mom always said if you want to have a friend, you have to be a friend.   And she was right.  Proverbs 18:24 says that “a man who has friends must himself be friendly.” Now that I have kids of my own, I hear a lot about ‘having friends’ … or not ‘having friends,’ who’s friends with who, who’s not friends at all, and so and on so forth depending on what’s going on in the world of junior high and high school. And in return, I hear myself saying those same words my mom used to...

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You Can Keep Your Desert Season. I’ve Got a Well.

Let’s talk about the dry times.  You know what I mean, those awful times in our Christian walks when we feel stale, lifeless, unproductive, maybe even pointless.  Maybe we feel like everything is a struggle.  We feel tired with nothing else to give.  Worse yet, we might not be able to feel God’s presence.  In fact, He might even feel so distant we find ourselves wondering if He even exists. If you’ve walked with Christ very long, you’ve probably experienced some of what I’m talking about.  Some people call it being in a spiritual desert or a wilderness season. ...

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Monday Coffee Break #41

Do you have your coffee cup? I do! It’s one of those Monday mornings here that is dark and rainy and tries to play tricks with my desire to get anything done. In other words, it feels like my get-up-and-go and has got-up-and-left. Without me. Can there even be enough coffee to get things going around here? It’s mornings like these that leave me thinking about the beach and sunnier days. Oh, the glorious waves and the sun. I am quite sure that my heavenly home is somewhere beach side on the crystal sea! But until then, we will...

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Monday Coffee Break #40

Do you have your coffee cup? I do! Happy Monday! What a wonderful opportunity we all have to start a new week, full of new possibilities and opportunities. Our week will be what we determine to make it. Circumstances are what they are. There’s no denying that. But we choose our attitudes and outlooks on life. So let’s decide together, here and now, not to let the tail wag the dog this week! It might be tough, but we can do it. We might fall, but we’ll help each other get back up. We’re going to make the most...

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Southern Discourse is a place where you can find southern family dishes, along with special recipes and table settings.  We’re bringing connection & friendship back to the table by wrapping everything in the faith and grace from which true hospitality springs! … Read More