Saturday, January 3, 2015

Daytripping from Americus - A Wonderful Day at Providence Canyon, Lumpkin, Georgia

To start off the New Year, we decided to take a daytrip to Providence Canyon State Park in Lumpkin, Georgia, just 45 minutes from Americus.  We arrived in the early afternoon and took the 3 mile hike.  This is the perfect time of year to enjoy the Little Grand Canyon of Georgia.  The temperatures are comfortable for hiking, there are no bugs and with the leaves off the trees, the views of the canyon are spectacular.


As you drive along the road to the interpretive center, the overlooks give you a glimpse of the grandeur below.  I had no idea that Providence Canyon is considered one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Georgia.  Although the canyons were mentioned as early as 1836, poor farming practices in the 19th century lead to erosion causing the deep gullies. 


Please click on the photos to see them full screen as a slide show to really enjoy the vistas.















As you can see, the canyon floor had some water flowing, but, it was easy to cross without too much clay getting into our shoes.




We had been told about the abandoned cars at Providence Canyon, but, we were still a little surprised when we saw them.  It just seems odd to see them against the backdrop of such incredible natural beauty.


































So, the next time you come this way, plan some time to make a day trip to Lumpkin to visit Providence Canyon State Park.  Remember to bring your hiking shoes or boots.  There really is plenty to see and do in SouthWest Georgia any time of year.
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Love,
Susan

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

2 Ingredient Chocolate Mousse for Santa- Gluten Free - Dairy Free - Egg Free

Instead of cookies for Santa, how about chocolate mousse?  This one is dairy, egg and gluten free.  And, most importantly, it is delicious!


It only takes 2 ingredients and about 5 minutes (not counting chilling time in the fridge).


You need 6 ounces of almond milk (I used the protein + fiber) and 1 cup of bittersweet chocolate chips.


Place the chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 1 minute.


They will be slightly melted, but, look like this.


A quick stir to distribute the heat and they go back in the microwave.

Microwave for another 45 - 55 seconds and they look like this.


Stir for at least a minute and they will all be melted.


Add about half of the almond milk and stir.


It should look like this.


Add the rest of the almond milk and stir.


It will look like this.


Place some ice in a bowl (I used a pie pan) that the bowl of chocolate will fit into.


Place the bowl of chocolate on top of the bowl of ice.


Using a hand mixer, blend the chocolate almond milk mixture for about 5 minutes or until it is smooth and creamy.


It will look like this.


Using a spatula, stir the mousse scraping down the sides and bottom of the bowl.


Scoop into dishes (or not).  It should make 4 small portions, but, I scooped it into 3 larger portions.


Doesn't this look amazingly delicious?


Now, go try this for yourself.  Or, make it for Santa!  It's a great holiday treat that almost everyone can enjoy because there is no gluten, no dairy and no eggs!

Merry Christmas!
Love,
Susan

2 Ingredient Chocolate Mousse

6 oz almond milk
1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
  1. Place chips in microwaveable bowl and microwave for 1 minute.  Stir.  Return bowl to microwave for 45 - 55 seconds.  Remove and stir until totally melted.
  2. Add some of the almond milk to the chocolate and stir completely.  Add the rest of the almond milk and stir until completely combined.
  3. Prepare a larger bowl with a layer of ice.  Place chocolate almond milk bowl on top of ice.
  4. Using a hand mixer, blend the chocolate almond milk mixture until it thickens to mousse consistency - 3 to 5 minutes.  Stir with a spatula scraping down sides and bottom of bowl.
  5. Spoon into dishes (or leave in bowl) and allow to chill for about 2 hours.
  6. ENJOY!

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