Peach was an easy and obvious theme to start with for August. I thought September might be tricky, but I as I was watching the first half of the Georgia Tech vs. Georgia Southern game, I realized it ought to be yellow. It was perfect…football season is back and my teams, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (college) and San Diego Chargers (NFL), both have yellow in their colors. The leaves are beginning to turn yellow. Not to mention London market shopping for bananas, pineapples and lemons make for some lovely desserts!
September Yellow Inspirations
1. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets & San Diego Chargers Football
Football’s back!!! I go back and forth between whether summer or fall is my favorite season. Usually summer wins, but when fall rolls around with all its glories of lovely weather (we’re having such an incredible Indian summer in London right now!!!) and football, it makes for a very strong case.
Georgia Tech is currently 4-0 which is great, but let’s be honest, they’re not always the easiest team to always be a fan of. Other GT fans know exactly what I’m talking about. Sad I won’t be able to make it back for a game in person, but grateful for my family’s Slingbox so I can watch most games live. Hopefully we can continue the winning streak and beat Miami at home this coming weekend. Really, if we can beat Georgia this year I’ll be happy, regardless of the rest of the record. Go Jackets! THWG.
The San Diego (SUPER) Chargers are my NFL team, and like GT, one of their colors is gold so they fit nicely into the yellow theme. Even though it’s not the Bolts, I’m excited to attend a NFL game in London at Wembley. I’m going to the Atlanta Falcons (secondary/hometown team) and Detroit Lions (favorite player in the NFL…Calvin Johnson) game in late October.
2. Lemon Bars
Lemon has never been my most favorite flavor, and now I don’t know why I didn’t give it more of a chance sooner. I’m a total convert. With the yellow theme, I had to give lemon bars a try. I’d never made them before and everyone seems to love them. I went with Southern Living’s Luscious Lemon Bars recipe and they were delicious. I want to make this one again and play around with the lemon and sugar levels. Stay tuned. 🙂
Having all these lemons around the house has really gotten me into drinking a lot of hot water with lemon. Very cleansing to drink in the morning and evenings. I know I’m a bit late to the game on this, but I’m hooked!
3. Banana Bread
This is my go-to banana bread recipe which was given to me by my mom years ago. She originally got it when the Atlanta Gas Light Company used to send out recipes in the 80s. You can make this with or without the frosting, both ways are delicious!
I visited the Columbia Road Flower Market this month and they had the prettiest flowers. I bought a bunch of these yellow sunflowers because they were so cheery and pretty! Strolling up and down the road looking at all the gorgeous flowers makes for a great London Sunday morning activity.
5. Le Rye Sour (created by Spencer Spellman)
Spencer is back and has graciously created me a yellow themed drink for this month. This one is simple and super tasty. He always makes the most delicious cocktails!
1 ounce rye (Spencer uses High West’s Double Rye, which is a blend of two straight rye whiskies)
1 ounce fresh lemon juice
1 ounce orgeat syrup (a sweet almond-flavored syrup)*
Pour equal parts of all ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into a glass. Enjoy. 🙂
*Orgeat syrup is made from almonds, sugar and rose water and is sold at most liquor stores, although a lot of people make their own at home.