Small Town Squares : Monticello, FL

Our #smalltownsquares series continues with a trip to a tiny town in Florida. Monticello has a special place in my heart. In Georgia, it is where Shane’s family has a beautiful farm, a place where we’ve made so many wondering memories over the years.

In Florida however, it is nearly as magical. A small, almost forgotten town just 20 minutes East of Tallahassee, where I grew up, Monticello has some of the most beautiful bones of a small town square.

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The Courthouse sends in teh center of town with roads weaving around it in all directions. The large Opera House is favorite of mine, filled with rows of seating and a grande stage packing the main room. You just wonder what kind of performances + occasions have taken place in this beautiful place over the years.

The town newspaper still operates out of a little brick building near the town square, otherwise lined with a small diner, real estate office and quite a few antique + second-hand shops (right up my alley). My oldest son enjoyed the Fried Shrimp on the menu at the diner, claiming them to be “his new favorite meal.”

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A boarded up jail is quite a sight to see, and the old school is currently under renovations. There are often folks parked near the square selling fresh fruits + vegetables from their roadside stands, and a bed + breakfast in a gorgeous old home.

The historic homes in Monticello are plenty. Many of them have seen much better days and need quite a bit of work, but from time to time I see a new one pop up and text it to my Mom in hopes she’ll take the risk. They are oh-so-charming and just filled with potential, especially as Tallahassee doesn’t have much in the way of historic properties remaining.

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This grande old home was one of my favorites, I didn’t see it listed for sale but gosh I’d love to walk around inside and bring this beauty back to life.

Love to know if you’ve visited Monticello before and what memories you have of this sweet Southern town. #HEIRLOOMED


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Sea Salt Caramel Sauce.

Everyone has those people that are “so hard to buy for” and for that I love the food gift. A delicious, homemade treat that is beautifully packaged is always the way to the heart.

This season one of my favorite food gifts is Sea Salt Caramel sauce. It is so easy to make and filled with rich flavor. I packaged mine in these cute little vintage jars with simple white butcher string and they made the cutest little gifts paired with a vintage spoon.

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SEA SALT CARAMEL SAUCE:

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 tbs water

  • 2 tbs unsalted butter 

  • 1/4 cup heavy cream

  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

  • 1 tsp vanila extract

Begin by mixing the sugar and water together over medium heat in a small saucepan and bring mixture to a boil. Once the sugar is dissolved, reduce heat to a simmer.

Next, add in butter and whisk until combined. Let mixture simmer for about five minutes until it turns a deep brown color. Remove pan from heat and gently whisk in the cream. Whisk cream until it is completely combined and add in salt and vanilla, whisking both in.

Carefully pour sauce into a heat-proof jar. Let cool before serving.

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Let me know in the comments what some of your favorite homemade gifts are, I’d love to see what you’re making! #HEIRLOOMED


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Chocolate Desserts For Your Valentine.

If you follow the blog you know I love baking sweet treats. Growing up I learned so many great dessert recipes and Mom always had something homemade and fresh out the oven for us to enjoy.

While I don’t always have a huge sweet tooth, Valentine’s Day brings it out. I put together a little list here of some of our favorite chocolatey treats for you to make for your Valentine this year!

1. CHOCOLATE WHOOPIE PIES

Click here to get the recipe.

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2. CHOCOLATE ESPRESSO CAKE.

Check out the recipe here.

Chocolate Espresso Cake / heirloomed

3. GRANDMA’S CHOCOLATE SAUCE.

Looking for the perfect chocolate sauce for your recipe? We have you covered right here.

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4. CHOCOLATE CRINKLE COOKIES.

See our recipe here.

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5. GRANNY’S PECAN TURTLES.

Does your valentine like a sweet + salty treat? Then we have the perfect recipe for you right here.

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Let us know what you + your valentine think of these sweet treats. What other things do you like to do for your Valentine? Let me know below in the comments.

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Top 8 Posts of 2018.

This past year was filled with so many great memories. From travels, to recipes to my home and family, I try to share a little of it all here on the blog. As I begin to plan so many new + exciting things to share with you guys in 2019 I wanted to reflect on some of our top stores from 2018.

Take a look below to check out some of our favorites from the year.

1. HOMEMADE BUTTER.

Find the recipe here.

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2. 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS COOKIES.

Find the recipes here.

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3. A KITCHEN TOUR.

Find the story here.

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4. HERILOOMED TRAVEL : WACO, TX

Find the story here.

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5. GRANDMA’S CHOCOLATE SAUCE.

Find the recipe here.

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6. MIXED BERRY JAM.

Find the recipe here.

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7. SOUTHERN DEVILED EGGS.

Find the recipe here.

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8. APPLE BUTTERMILK SKILLET COBBLER.

Find the recipe here.

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I enjoyed making these recipes + writing stories to share with you guys all year long. We would love to know some your favorites + new recipes you want us to try. Let us know in the comments.


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Classic Cornbread.

Growing up one of my favorite smells was fresh cornbread. It reminds of being in the kitchen with my grandmother and gathering around the table during the holidays. Over time I have experimented with different recipes, but I always come back to this classic recipe that has been passed down to me.

To me, classic cornbread must always have real kernels of corn mixed in. Even if you are using a boxed mix, you can easily add in some freshly steamed kernels of corn and instantly it makes the recipe seem even more homemade and delicious.

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Recently I came across this perfect little cast iron cornbread pan from Lodge. I see them all the time when I’m out vintage shopping and always pick them up when I see a good one. I knew it would be great for the holidays to add a fun element to our classic cornbread over a simple muffin. But when I do make muffins, I love to make the tiny ones - I think they are just more fun and bite-sized.

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CLASSIC CORNBREAD:

  • 1 1/2 cups cornmeal

  • 1 cup corn kernels - can be frozen, fresh, or from can

  • 1 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar

  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • 1¼ teaspoons kosher salt

  • 1 3/4 cups buttermilk

  • 1 egg

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the corn kernels, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a large measuring cup, whisk together the buttermilk and egg. Pour the buttermilk mixture into the dry ingredients and stir the batter together until completely combined.

Using a stick of butter, grease the grooves of the pan to avoid the cornbread sticking after it is baked. Once buttered, place the cast iron skillet in pre-heated oven for 3 to 5 minutes to melt butter. Remove the skillet from the oven and pour the batter into the pan. Smooth the top and bake about 20 to 25 minutes.

Using a vintage cornbread pan will give your cornbread such a unique look and taste. Serve warm.

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Let me know how you + your family like this recipe, and let me know your favorite way to cook cornbread in the comments.


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