Want a Great Weekend Getaway? Plan a Fall Trip To Blue Ridge Georgia

These girls and I have been traveling together at least once a year for 15 plus years.  We head to an island every summer and have just begun taking a mountain trip in the fall. Last October we went to Dillard, Georgia and this past weekend to Blue Ridge, Georgia.

We took a slight detour on the way north, to Christmas at Eddie’s in Henagar, Alabama.  Oh my!  I’ve never seen so many decorated Christmas trees in my life!  Rooms and rooms and rooms with over one hundred trees in every conceivable theme!  If you love Christmas ornaments and holiday decorations, you must visit this place!  Well worth the trip!!!!

Here we are!  Feels like the top of the world! Fire going inside the cabin and outside on the deck.  Trees are absolutely beautiful.


As we were driving to the hiking trail, we passed through the quaint town of Blairsville.  We shopped at a couple of nice boutiques.  I’ll be styling a top from the The Pink Flamingo in a day or so.  I love meeting new people!

I would love to say we drove through a large, rushing river, but it was really just a creek.  It was a large creek and it WAS rushing!  Luckily we were in  Denise’s Jeep so no worries!  We girls are wild and crazy! Lol

The trail was awesome and the waterfall beautiful!

Helton Creek Falls, Georgia

All that river fording made us hungry so we stopped at the busiest place we could find.  We knew that meant good eating!!! We were so right!!!  Jim’s Smokin’ Que, yum and yum.  BBQ was wonderful and I’ve never had better sweet potato fries! Flavored and cooked with cinnamon and sugar.  Delish!

You are never going to be hungry vacationing with these girls! Homemade granola parfaits for our last breakfast in the cabin!  

Diane’s homemade Granola

  • 6 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup dry milk powder
  • 1 cup wheat germ 1 1/2 cup almonds or pecans
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1 1/2 cup raisins or dried cranberries

Mix and pour into 2 very large pans

  • 1/2-1 cup honey        1/2-1 cup milk
  • 1 t honey        1/4-1/2 cup cooking oil (not olive oil)

Warm honey, milk, oil and stir in vanilla, pour over oat mix and stir til coated. Bake about 1 hour stirring every 10-15 min.

Store in airtight container when cool

To make Vicky’s parfait:  layer granola, vanilla yogurt, strawberries and Cool Whip topping.

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Cream Cheese Chicken Chili

Sorry for repost! Should be complete now.

Thanks to my friend Kristin, who shared this delicious  cream cheese chili with me! She brought it to school and shared at lunch.  So, now I’m sharing with you! (Note the cute Joanna Gaines’ placecard! A birthday gift from my sister). 😊

Chicken breasts should be placed in crockpot frozen.  Know that this dish takes 6+ hours to cook. I turned crockpot to low for the last hour or so.

After chicken is placed in the bottom, add rest of ingredients and stir.

Place block of yummy cream cheese on top and stir once it begins to melt.

Kristin recommended adding salt while it’s cooking.

Delicous and so filling!  Could be used as a dip also.

Thanks Kristin!!!

Cream Cheese Chicken Chili @ yummyhealthyeasy.com

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Oreo Poke Cake for a Large Crowd

Need a decadent dessert for a large crowd?  Well, here it is! Oreos, pudding and chocolate cake make for a large, large dish of sweet calories!

Not for the faint of heart, this stuff is rich! It’s very good but I could only eat a few bites at a time.

The recipe calls for Oreo instant pudding mix but I only had vanilla flavor.  In my opinion, it tasted just as well.

It was a little thick; I kept adding milk to thin it but it never poured into the poke holes. It just sat on top like a frosting.  A small amount of pudding made it to the bottom of the cake, but not like it should have.

Not one, but two layers of crumbled Oreos with Cool Whip slathered in between was added next.  Do you believe me now about the richness of this dessert?

Done! Five layers of lusciousness.  This was a winner and enjoyed by the friend it was made for.

Scores a 9/10 only because my pudding was just too thick!

Oreo Poke Cake Recipe

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