Southern Reds

Submitted by Christi

So many wonderful red things to see these days. This past Saturday, there was a hot air balloon event on the local campus of ASU (Arkansas State University, Mountain Home).

Up, up and away!

Up, up and away!

Glowingly happy face against the night sky

Glowingly happy face against the night sky

A lot of people are decorating with fall mums. I love the red ones with the yellow centers.


Red mums

The pyracantha (fire thorn) berries are turning red.


My neighbor’s red gazing ball and red geraniums.

Red gazing ball

Red gazing ball

Sometimes in the fall it looks like the world is on fire!

Starting tomorrow will be a special time. Next Monday is my 12th wedding anniversary and I will start the celebration with a table setting with my wedding china and will continue looking back with recipes of dishes served at the rehearsal dinner, the wedding reception and even some from the honeymoon! Hope you will join me for my special trip down memory lane.

A little outdoor red for Outdoor Wednesday with A Southern Daydreamer and Rednesday! with It’s a Very Cherry and today’s lagniappe is a great idea for Crockpot Wedneday with Dining with Debbie.

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Today’s Lagniappe: Crockpot Red Beans and Rice
Even something red to eat and man is it yummy!

1 lb. red kidney beans
1 ham bone (with meat) or 4 ham hocks
1 bay leaf
1 tsp. cayenne (more to taste)
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 lg. stalk celery, chopped
1 lg. onion, chopped
2 tsp. sugar
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cumin
Rice, cooked
Fresh chopped parsley

Wash beans in cold water and pick out rocks and bad beans. Cook in 3 quarts of water in large pot for 1 hour or in crock pot for 2 hours. Add all other ingredients (except rice) and cook for 2 or 3 hours in crock pot or 1 1/2 to 2 hours on top of stove. To serve, put beans in bowl and cover with hot rice.

22 Responses to “Southern Reds”

  1. darnold23 Says:

    Happy Anniversary. What a great way to celebrate it. I will be coming back often to see what’s cooking with you. I really appreciate the post to Crock Pot Wednesday. Thanks so much.

  2. KBeau Says:

    Those hot air balloons are amazing. I love how colorful they are.

  3. amy Says:

    Your pictures are lovely and I look forward to taking the trip down memory lane with you!

  4. Sandi Says:

    Love the RED balloons!

    I hope you have a lovely wedding anniversary too.


  5. Claudie Says:

    Well happy 12th Anniversary Christie. May you have many many more beautiful years together.
    Love the hot air balloon & the gazing ball.
    Happy Rednesday
    Love Claudie

  6. Jean Says:

    Love the happy face balloon and the red gazing ball with the red geraniums! Great pics!

  7. Kathy Says:

    Happy Outdoor Wednesday! Love all of your reds, but the balloons are my favorite. Great shots.

  8. SueLovesCherries Says:

    Okay, these recipes are killing me – especially at 11:30 p.m. with those beans, rice, and ham – drool, drool!!

    Beautiful balloons! I wonder if I’d ever have the guts to go up in one? NO! I prefer the centered Mums, too, and those berries are gorgeous!

  9. Rob and Kathy Gandy Says:

    Christi, your post always brighten our day! Today’s is especially beautiful….we love the beautiful colors. The recipe looks great! God bless you, sweet girl!

  10. Ebie Says:

    What a lovely evening at the balloon festival! Love the reds on your post.

    Ebie’s Outdoor Wednesday.

  11. Karen Says:

    I went to a balloon festival in August. It is so cool to see the sky full of hot air balloons.

  12. Kat Says:

    I love the hot air red ballon that is so pretty. The red mums are super gorgeous too! thanks for sharing.

  13. Sandi Says:

    Happy 12th Anniversary! Love the red balloon, berries and the flowers. But my favourite has to be the red gazing ball and geraniums! Your post is just lovely! Thanks for sharing and Happy REDnesday.


  14. RobinW Says:

    Everything is gorgeous! Looks like a great recipe too 🙂 Have a great Wednesday!

  15. Tracy Says:

    I love all of your reds, but the hot air balloons are my favorite. Great shots! What a great way to celebrate your twelfth anniversary! Looking forward to seeing your pictures!

    Thank you for sharing your reds with us today!

    ~ Tracy

  16. Karen Says:

    I love your balloon pictures. Some friends of ours were there and I can’t wait to hear about all the fun they had.
    You’re a great photographer!

  17. Brenda Kula Says:

    What a cheerful post with all the colors!

  18. Mary Says:

    Christi, it’s always so pleasant to visit here. Your photos are wonderful and I love the crock-pot recipe. Have a wonderful anniversary and enjoy today.

  19. denisemarie Says:

    love the nature reds.

    love the monkey face. :0)

  20. Dawn Says:

    Beautiful photos. I’ve been to a hot air ballon festival and it is an amazing sight!

  21. angi Says:

    great pictures love the one with the bear on it

  22. Joyce M Says:

    Those hot air balloons are fantastic to see. Thanks for sharing!
    Joyce M

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