Game Day Fruit Salsa

It’s football season which means our Saturdays are filled with the sounds of game day as Audley and Bradley {and yes, me too} flip channels and cheer loudly for all of our favorite teams.

I don’t know about you and I have no idea why, but something about watching football makes me want to snack! With all the lifestyle changes we have made around her over the last several years, I am picky about the kinds of snacks that I keep in the house. You might think this would be a challenge.  But, really it isn’t.

 One fairly healthy treat that has been a favorite of ours is a sweet and spicy fruit salsa served up with cinnamon sugar pita chips.  It fits the rules of Jones family snacking… Sweet with a kick, crunchy, fairly healthy, fresh and totally easy!

Check it out.  It might become a game day favorite for you as well!



1 cup diced pineapple

1 cup diced watermelon

1/2 cup peeled cucumber, chopped

1/2 cup diced mango

1/2 cup diced papaya

1/2 cup red bell pepper

1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves, loosely chopped

2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice

1/2 teaspoon chili powder

1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped

1/2 small red onion, diced



Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, stir gently to mix together and rest for 30 minutes, to allow flavors to mesh.

This serves 4-6 people, so I usually double my recipe.



Serve with anything that crunches, although we love Stacy’s Cinnamon Sugar Pita chips with our salsa, you can use plain tortilla chips as well.


If you have any left over I highly recommend using it for a topping on a chicken taco salad. It is so delicious, and much healthier than sour cream or dressing!

Just in case you’re actually heading out to the big game, or just watching your own athlete play, this fruit salsa is great to make ahead and is easily portable.


What are your favorite game day snacks?  Inquiring minds want to know!


A Blue Willow Autumn Tablescape

Happy Fall Y’all!  Are you all decorated and ready to kick off the flurry of holidays?  I think we are all set in our home, so next comes the fun of opening our home to friends and planning company dinners.


I’ve always loved to set a pretty and often over-the-top table for our family at random times, so when company is coming it’s just natural to do a little more!  Setting a pretty table is my way of creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere.  Our guests are very special to us, and I try to show that feeling by the little things that can make dinner intimate and unique.

Nature and traditional color associated with autumn was my inspiration for the table.  For this particular setting I decided that a little nontraditional blue was the perfect combination for those traditional and vivid fall colors.


I love to use real pumpkins in my decorating because they fit any fall theme, but I can also cook with some of them as needed for Pumpkin pies and the like, so they are useful as well!

This centerpiece was so easy to put together!  Using a variety of pumpkins, I arranged them on top of the table around an old tobacco jar that was picked up at Scott’s Antique market in Atlanta filled with $5 grocery store flowers and cut greenery from the yard.


The Dutch blue and white candle sticks were from a local thrift store.  Final touches of a leafy garland and deer antlers add more layers of natural elements to pull it all together.


When I put together a large centerpiece on the table as I did here, it is generally because I am also setting up a buffet to serve from.  It allows the table to be pretty, and people can spend more time enjoying their meal instead of constantly passing food around!

The Blue Willow china was handed down from my mom, while the blue transfer-ware plates are from a local antique/thrift store.


The crystal has been our favorite for many a dinner party for 21 years now. We didn’t want folks spending a lot of money on something that could be considered frivolous when we married, so Audley and I picked out this Longchamp Crystal that is beautiful and definitely affordable!


I love using thrift store finds in my decorating as it goes to show that you do have to have expensive dinnerware to create a warm and inviting table.


Well, our first autumn themed table of the season is set and ready!

How are you decorating your table this year?


“Cuppa” Peach Cobbler

Audley and I are blessed to host a Life Group (small group Bible study) in our home each Sunday evening.  One of the most enjoyable aspects of the evening is sharing Sunday supper together before we begin.  We generally pick a theme and everyone brings something to accompany the main dish.  It’s a great way to spend time with our Christian family before the chaos of the week begins.

This week after Audley sent the email out for our potluck, I realized that we had left dessert off the list.  As you know, you can’t have a true Sunday supper without ending with a yummy dessert!  It’s just not the southern way of doing things!

Looking through my cabinets I discovered the ingredients for a simple “Cuppa” Cobbler that would be sure to satisfy the need for dessert.

It’s not elaborate, nor is it beautiful, but in case you aren’t sure what a “cuppa” cobbler is, let me share the easiest dessert ever!



1 cup self-rising flour

1 cup sugar

1 cup whole milk

1 stick of butter

1 quart fresh peaches (or any other fruit you would like to use)


**Preheat your oven to 375°.  In an enamel plated cast iron pan (11 3/4 Lodge enamelware) melt your stick of butter.  You can also use a 9×11 cake pan.  While the butter is melting, mix together the “cuppa” flour, sugar and milk to form a batter.  Remove the pan from the oven when the butter is completely melted.  Pour the batter over the melted butter, then add your fruit to the top.


South Carolina peaches are so delicious!!

**Return the pan to the oven and bake 30-45 minutes (ovens vary as you know) until the crust has risen over most of the fruit and is cooked through.


Carmelized fruit is beautiful.

Serve with homemade whipped cream or scrumptious vanilla ice cream.


I’m partial to homemade whipped cream.

Once again I do want emphasize, this is not beautiful dessert.  It’s not meant to be.  “Cuppa” Peach Cobbler is supposed to be easy and delicious.


And I assure you, it is!

This recipe has been around literally for generations.  I have even seen a version of this (made using fruit cocktail instead of fresh fruit) from a 1950s magazine.


My grandmother and my mother both used this recipe throughout my life.  Now I use it in a pinch, and have taught my girls this simple dessert perfect for any time.

If you are counting, that’s four generations of women in my family that have used the “Cuppa” Cobbler.


Keep this handy, as I promise you will find plenty of use for the “cuppa” cobbler and maybe you can pass it along to the next generation as well!

Happy Monday Y’all!


College Girl’s 1st Apartment

I can’t think of anything more exciting as a young woman than to move into her first apartment.  This is her time to shine and finally get to express her own decorating personality without much of momma’s influence.

MacKenzie has thoroughly enjoyed her experience this year as she moved into an apartment with three other girls off of South Carolina’s campus this year.  I loved the already furnished set-up:  four bedrooms each with their own full bath and oversized closet, a common living room, laundry closet, kitchen and breakfast nook.  This kind of set-up allows each of the girls to decorate their own space to fit their personalities!

How cool is that?!

While working forty hours a week all summer, MacKenzie planned and saved to make her space entirely hers or at least as much as the rules for an apartment rental will allow.  I love her choices and thought I would give you a peak at my college girl’s budget friendly decorating skills.


On move-in day, MacKenzie put her Dad and I to work immediately with rearranging furniture.  She had a vision already in mind as she took notes while on her tour before signing the lease back in the spring.  Each bedroom contained a bed, nightstand, desk and 2 dressers that could be stacked if desired.  She wanted her dressers side-by-side in the closet for the duel purpose of clothing storage and a shoe rack.  The addition of wire shelving worked perfectly for storing jeans, blankets and towels.


Bedding was her largest purchased.  As an avid on-line shopper, MacKenzie scoured website after website and settled on this feminine set from JC Penney.  Gone are the neon colors of high school and onto something a little more mature, like pink and grey paisley.


Grey curtains were chosen as to coordinate with the spread and were purchased at Target.

For decorating, MacKenzie went with a lot of personal touches like framed pictures, including a college she put together on of those closest to her.


The rustic touches were found at Target.  She chose a motivational sign to go over her bed with coordinating storage to hang beside her desk to help keep her organized.


“Do What Makes You Oh-So Happy”


The cute little print beside the desk came from Steve McKenzie’s Lifestyle Store in Atlanta.


“I Love You a Bushel and a Peck and a Hug Around the Neck”

{You HAVE to visit sometime!  Steve McKenzie’s carries the most wonderful everything for your home!  And most of the items are from local/southern artists!}

Audley took care of hanging curtain rods and pictures, adding anchors where needed so keep heavy things from falling. We left her a picture hanging kit and a few necessary tools like screwdrivers and a hammer for when she is ready to add to her walls.

Getting all dressed up is an essential part of a young woman’s routine, so MacKenzie created her a little nook for getting ready each day.  Lights around a full-length mirror (propped up on a crate that’s been painted with chalk paint and waxed) add the perfect touch of whimsy.


Her cute little cart was her first ever flea market purchase after a visit to Scott’s Antique Market in Atlanta. Displaying her cosmetics and jewelry, this little cart was such a handy addition to the space.


We used decorative glass vases from Hobby Lobby to hold cosmetic essentials such as brushes, liners and mascaras, and plenty of lipstick.  Another painted crate (smaller than the one holding her mirror) holds her eye shadows, foundations and blushes, then slides inside the larger crate to keep an organized space.


When you have an artsy sister, decor for the bath and living room came easy.  Madeline painted a gorgeous Lily Pulitzer inspired canvas to brighten MacKenzie’s bath, which was also decorated in pink (towels & accessories) and grey (shower curtain & rugs).


Madeline then painted a monogram piece for each of the roomies to hang in the living room.


I loved watching MacKenzie reveal her own decorating style in her space.


These sisters really do love each other!

If she can organize and pull together a small space so nicely I can’t wait to see what she can do with a larger space!