Peaches, the Past & a Pie

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Just back from the Peach State.  I want to share a bit with you about peaches, the past & a pie.

Georgia is nicknamed the peach state because, well you guessed it, they grow darn good peaches there.  But you may not guess these two facts about peaches:

  1. Peaches should be stored stem side down in the refrigerator. ( yikes! I always put them in a bowl on the counter, you too? )
  2. A ripe peach should be aromatic, feel heavy for its size & give slightly when pressed.

Ok, got that…now go get yourself some peaches & make this Peach~Nectarine Salsa.  It is a savory twist on the traditional type of peach recipe from Country Living Magazine.  Great with chips and really delicious spooned over grilled fish or chicken.


  • 2 Firm But Ripe Peaches, peeled, halved, pitted, and diced;
  • 2 Nectarines, pitted and diced;
  • 1/2 cup Chopped Fresh Cilantro Leaves;
  • 1/2 Red Bell Pepper, diced;
  • 1/2 Red Onion, diced;
  • 1 Jalapeño, finely minced;
  • Juice Of 1 Lime ;
  • Chili Powder Salt  & Pepper


  • In a bowl, combine peaches, nectarines, cilantro, bell pepper, onion, and jalapeño.
  • Drizzle with lime juice and season to taste with chili powder, salt, and pepper.
  • Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to 1 day.

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Now on to the past. That is a funny statement on to the past…  

My stay in Georgia included a visit to the quaint town of Madison.  Madison is a historic & idyllic American town only one hour from Atlanta.  While boasting a luxury inn with up to the minute indulgences, Madison is firmly rooted in its past.

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By virtue of some luck & a gentleman’s agreement between the Town’s mayor & General Sherman, Madison was spared the destruction many other town’s suffered in the civil war.  As a result, Madison has been called the “Treasure of the Antebellum Trail”.  Over 50 Antebellum sites proudly stand in the down town area.

Visit Madison for the history, the antiques, the charm & the hospitality.  My mom. myself & my girls had a wonderful day starting out at Perk Avenue for lunch, strolling, shopping & eating ice cream.  If you go, treat yourself & stay at the the James Madison Inn.  (Hey bloggers, Madison would be a great add on to your trip to the upcoming Haven Conference!)

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Remember, I am a Yankee living in California so excuse me if this pie of old news to my Southern Belles….Ya’ All know about Butter Milk Pie?  It was a new one on me.  If you have a sweet tooth, or better yet a whole set of sweet teeth, this pie is for you.  Old or new to you, here is a photo of & recipe for Buttermilk Pie from the Brown Eyed Baker you will want to try!

moms garden

Ok, I know I was to end with the pie, but I want to share with you a lovely ( and oh so pinnable ) image of my Yankee Mamma’s garden.  She is toiling in the Georgia clay and has beaten the odds with the soil to produce this garden appreciated by butterflies & people alike.

Happy Friday!

** Kelly **


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    • says

      Hey Cynthia! Thanks for the comment & visit. I am going to make the salsa again tomorrow night over grilled ahi tuna steaks. You have a wonderful weekend too 🙂


    Having shared Madison with my three “favorite girls” has made it even more special to me. TT IS MAGICAL AT CHRISTMAS TIME. THE HOUSE TOUR SHOWCASES BEAUTIFULLY DECORATED ANTEBELLUM HOMES FROM THE ERA OF DAYS GONE BY. Definitely worth a visit!

  2. Darlene says

    Sipping coffee and taking a side trip to Georgia~ now I’d like some Buttermilk Pie and have Georgia on my mind.

    • says

      Enjoy!! And guess what, I made the salsa again just now.( I have a a lot of peaches from my “photo shoot”) I kinda wish I had opted for the pie too! Thanks so much for stopping by My Soulful Home. Have a great weekend 🙂

  3. says

    My peaches have never been inside a fridge! I’ll take note of your first tip. The second one, I should know, but I don’t follow. Hahaha. Georgia’s beautiful! That’s why it’s on someone’s mind 😀 You’re lucky to spend time with your mum and the girlies : D The last photo with the flowers and butterfly is so beautiful. Your Yankee Mamma’s done a great job. Have a lovely weekend Kelly x

  4. says

    I am a new follower of your blog. I now live in SC and visit Savannah too since it is close to my home. I have a wonderful recipe for buttermilk pie, my favorite from a restaurant in Charleston.

    • says

      Welcome to My Soulful Home! Thanks so much for following along & for your comment. I think the food scene in Charleston is awesome, so no surprise you have a favorite recipe from there. Savannah is on my list of places to visit. Hope to see you here again & again. Psst…I am dong my first give away this week so look out for my next post for details!

  5. sandra says

    thanks for the tip on how to store peaches, Kelly. Who knew.
    I do know one “treasure” on the trail there in Georgia (you know her very well!). Your blog really piqued my interest in a trip to Madison!