When I was looking through my china for something to use for my post this week, I came across some salad plates that I had never used previously. I have only four of them - two with apples and two with peaches. I purchased them at Tuesday Morning a number of years ago and truly forgot about them. When I saw the peaches on the plates, I started thinking about our state symbol - Georgia is, after all, the Peach State!
I remember going to pick peaches, when I was a child and there was nothing better than eating a fresh, ripe peach right from the orchard. My mother always made fresh peach ice cream in the summers with a hand-cranked ice cream churn. The sad thing was that I would not eat it - I wanted plain vanilla! Now, I usually get my peach ice cream "fix" from a place called "Lane Southern Orchards", but more about that later.
I decided to use the plates to set a breakfast table for four.
The apple and the peach salad plates were set on dark yellow JC Penney dinner plates. A Ralph Lauren "Paisley" tablecloth and placemats from Old Time Pottery are under the plates. Bamboo flatware from Steinmart was, also, used. I chose brown napkins to repeat the brown from the flatware and the brown stems on the fruit plates.
Fostoria "Mesa" green footed goblets and Colony "Whitehall" amber juice glasses were added to each place setting.
Looking at the peaches on these plates made me start dreaming of how wonderful it will be, when the peach crop comes in this year.
A trip to Lane Southern Orchards is a must for anything to do with peaches! Here posing is my youngest granddaughter on one of our trips last year. Lane is located off I-75 near Fort Valley, Georgia.
Do not bother to stop by Lane, unless you really love peaches! They do sell other products, but no peach product goes unsold there!
How would you like to try peach chutney?
Or peach cider - yummy!
Maybe, peach truffles - peaches and chocolate - whoohoo!!
Lane, also, sells the fabulous peach ice cream, peach bread, peach cobbler jam, peach muffin mix and the star of the show, fresh peaches. No Georgia girl would dare go through the summer without making, at least, one peach cobbler and the best ones are made with fresh peaches.
Many of you might drive south on I-75 on your way to Florida and I highly recommend a side trip to Lane's in the summer, when the peach crop arrives. You can find out more information on Lane's website: www.lanesouthernorchards.com.
I think for our breakfast, I will prepare French toast with peach sauce. Fortunately, I have peaches in my freezer and they will do just fine - wish you could join me!
Fresh Peach Sauce (From Southern Food Recipes)
- 1/2 cup water
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 3 cups fresh diced peaches, about 4 peaches
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, optional
Preparation:Combine water, sugar, and cornstarch in a saucpan; bring to a boil over medium heat. Add the diced peaches and simmer for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract and cinnamon, if using. Use as a topping for waffles or pancakes, or spoon over biscuits or pound cake and top with whipped cream for a delicious shortcake. Makes about 3 cups.
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