Today officially marks the last day of summer and I'm left wondering where it went! However, I know I made the most out of this summer's peaches. My dad kept surprising me with huge bags of Alabama peaches which in turn led to the search for new and delicious ways to incorporate them into everything. From jams to cocktails to pies. I made it all.
By far the most successful recipes were for a Maple Bourbon Brown Butter Peach Pie that I found over on Host the Toast and a Strawberry and Peach White Wine Slushy that I spotted on Arsenic Lace.
Handmade crust, peaches soaked in a brown sugar bourbon sauce (think totally caramelized), all topped with vanilla Blue Bell ice cream. Seriously, the perfect dessert! I won't lie, it took me a few hours to make the pie from start to finish, but it was totally worth it! This fall I want to try it with apple as I think it would be a nice mix.
As a celebration of summer and all the gorgeous peaches I planned a photoshoot. I wanted to capture the last gorgeous moments of summer and soak up all that golden light. I invited my friend Jenn and photographer friend Krishma over to the studio, pulled my great grandfather's farm table out of the smoke house, and tossed everything on the table. We channeled Martha, took photos, and ate pie. In the humid heat the slushies were absolutely perfect! As we move into fall, these slushies would be great for tailgating or back porch sipping as they can be made ahead of time and frozen in a zip-loc bag.
The white wine I bought had a bit of a twang, but I chose it because of the cute label. Which is totally normal, right?! So I added some mango chunks along with the strawberries and peaches. It was the perfect solution as it removed the twang, and in my opinion, made the drink just a bit healthier. A girl can wish!
And of course it wouldn't be a party without my fur babies. Duchess found Jenn eating pie and seriously how English garden chic do they look together? Oliver, my spunky ragdoll cat and creative directer, pranced around and observed the shoot so I snagged him for a photo. One of us was happy, while the other tolerated it all. I'll let you figure out which is which.
The recipes are linked above and I truly hope you'll give them a try! I'll post later when I try the apple version of the peach pie. I think that would be a perfect Thanksgiving pie contender!
Thanks to Krishma Patel for such gorgeous photos and to Jenn for helping me spread the calorie count on that amazing pie!
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