Irish cream- Southern style

There’s a slight chill in the night air.  Just perfect for nights around the fire pit counting the stars as they come out and watching the coals pulsing in the dark.  These are the nights for warm drinks.  Apple Cider.  Hot Chocolate.  Steaming Coffee. 
These are the nights I wish I would quit forgetting to buy that bottle of Irish Cream.  So yesterday afternoon I decided that I could probably come up with my own recipe.  We did have bourbon at the house left over from my latest drunk jelly.  Bourbon is whiskey.  Irish Cream is made with Irish whiskey, right?
So I compiled a few different recipes and came up with a quick and easy recipe that I like to call Southern Cream.

Southern Cream Recipe

1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup or the small carton of heavy cream (or light cream or half and half)
2 tbsps instant coffee crystals
2 tbsps chocolate syrup
1 tsp vanilla flavoring
1-2 cups of Bourbon (you can make the call here)
Most of the recipes recommended putting all of the ingredients into a blender.  Seeing as I have no blender I poured everything into a large Mason jar.  I figured I could just tighten the lid down good and shake it for all it was worth.  And it’s in its own storage container too.  No blender to clean.  
Southern Cream is great in your coffee, hot chocolate, poured over ice cream, or in a glass with some ice cubes.  I’m sure it’s also delightful as seen pictured in this pin from Pinterest that’s making all the rounds. 

Campfires and pumpkins

Fall has arrived!  Even if we are still running the AC in the afternoons, we will gladly don our jackets and sweaters and scarves for the crisp mornings. 

I love everything about fall.  I love that I can sit with my window open and enjoy the breeze while I’m stuck at my desk. 

I love the colors of the leaves and watching them float to the ground.  Once they are gone the view from my front porch will be wider. 

I love that we tend to have more guest this time of year.  We all gather around the fire pit till the wee hours.

And I love the pumpkins and mums.

You can find me posting about campfires over on the Camp Lovely blog……..

“When you make new friends at camp one of the best places to really get to know each other is around a fire.  The flicker of the flames and the pulsing glow of the coals seem to hypnotize those seated at its warmth.  Maybe the fire helps fill in those awkward silences that can happen when new friends meet”……. Read more here

I’m also a pumpkin guest poster for Desperately Seeking {Gina} today……

“Every fall I pull out my soapbox and proclaim to every would be jack o lantern maker,

‘You know you can eat that.'”……. Read more here