Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Refreshing, Chilled Watermelon Soup


April has been a crazy, busy month for us.  I'm not complaining.  I'm merely stating a fact.  No daytripping for us.  But, I did try a new recipe that I'd like to share with you.

Have you ever bought a watermelon and after eating it for a few days you wonder what to do with the rest of the melon?  Well, here's an idea - chilled watermelon soup.  When I made it, Kim and I both said the same thing on the first taste.  "Refreshing!"

It is incredibly simple to make.   Cut up some watermelon and put it in the blender with some honey, ginger, fresh mint, fresh lime juice and apple juice.  Blend for just a second or two.  Let the flavors meld for a little while in the fridge.  Serve plain or with a dollop of yogurt.  I chose to pipe the yogurt into a heart shape and added a strawberry and fresh mint leaf for garnish. 

Thanks for visiting the Americus Garden Inn Bed and Breakfast blog.  We hope you'll come stay with us, soon.

Love,
Susan


Chilled Watermelon Soup (from Southern Living July 2003)
The recipe says it yields 4 cups of soup - when I made it, it came out to 3 cups of soup)
  • 4 cups seeded watermelon cubes
  • 1/3 cup apple juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh mint
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon honey (optional)
  • 1/3 cup plain nonfat yogurt

Process first 5 ingredients and honey, if desired, in a blender or food processor until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides. Cover and chill 1 hour. Serve in individual bowls with a dollop of yogurt.


Saturday, March 28, 2015

Daytripping from Americus - Massee Lane Gardens - Home of the American Camellia Society

What a wonderful way to spend a beautiful Spring day - a visit to Massee Lane Gardens, Home of the American Camellia Society in nearby Fort Valley.  Less than an hour away from Americus, there is always something blooming at Massee Lane Gardens.

When we visited, the peach trees were in bloom on the way to the gardens.


Peach blossoms look very similar to the plum blossoms in our own garden.


The camellias were in full bloom.  Please click the photos to see them full size as a slide show.












In the Japanese garden, there is a beautiful, relaxing koi pond.



Beauty is everywhere.


The daffodils were also in bloom.




I was amazed at the variety of camellias.





We took a stroll around the large pond


and saw some frogs.


There are many varieties of flowering trees and shrubs, as you can see.



There are quite a few different gardens to explore.


This sculpture reminded me of my Dad.


With all the camellias in bloom, I almost missed the forsythias.


I love the variegated camellias.


Another interesting sculpture in one of the gardens.



I love the way this photo came out.  It truly conveys the feeling you have as you wander.


There are so many red and pink varieties, the white ones really stand out.








I love snowdrops.





We wandered the gardens so long that we only had a couple of minutes to explore the porcelain collection.  It gives us a great excuse to visit again, soon.


Thanks for visiting the Americus Garden Inn blog.  We hope you'll come visit us in person and enjoy all the wonderful opportunities our area has to offer.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

February Flowers in Americus Georgia

A Beautiful February Stroll in Americus Georgia

I decided to take a short walk to see what was blooming in our neighborhood.  As I entered Oak Grove Cemetery, which is just 1/4 mile from our door, I realized I had hit the jackpot.  Please click on the photos and enjoy the scenery.



























Thank you for joining me on this virtual floral tour.  It's even better in person.  We'd love to see you, so, come visit us at Americus Garden Inn Bed & Breakfast.