Fall is coming y’all! I love fall. I love the change in the temperatures. I love getting back into a more structured schedule. I love sitting on the back porch by the fire (having a good old s’more every now and then). I love thinking about the coming holidays. All of it spurs me to clean, to get up a little earlier, to read more and to cook more. Fall just seems to be the season for hospitality and adding some spice to life. It’s a time for laughter around the table, brisk walks in the cool morning air. It’s a time to cheer on our favorite football teams. Cinnamon, clove, nutmeg. Barbecue sauces, roasted chilies, peppercorns. Fall.
My weekly menus needed a little spicing up. I was growing tired of our favorite summer recipes. As I began this past week to think through some old fall favorites and peruse Pinterest for some fall cooking inspiration, I found myself inspired by the colors of fall. Reds, green, oranges. Apples, peppers, carrots, pumpkins and squash. Yum! Immediately I knew it was time to pull out one of my “tweaked” family favorites. I grew up eating candied carrots. The good old Southern kind smothered in butter and brown sugar, slow cooked until glazed and slightly browned. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with that good old Southern recipe, adding a little spice always makes everything nice! Honey Glazed Pepper Jelly Carrots. Yep. Nothing better. Even grandma approved! Yes, the same grandma who taught me the traditional candied carrot cooking method.
I promise you will want to try this recipe. Go for it! It’s the perfect balance of sweet and spicy. Just enough heat to make you perk up, but sweet enough to comfort.
I apologize to all my readers for my recent absence. Life has just been happening and frankly, I needed a break. However, speaking of needing a little spice in life. I have a lot more to say on that subject. I have been in a leadership training the past few days, and as I was prompted to think on my mission, think about my behavior style, I was reminded I need to be bold, to take more risks, to speak up and doubt less. It’s time to get back at this blog thing!