Arizona Citrus

And as we slowly ease into the new year I find myself dreaming of warm temps, sunshine and citrus. All this because we just returned from a Christmas holiday with family ~ way out west in the Arizona desert.

Photo | Lisa Porter

On this trip I started a new morning routine.

Photo | Lisa Porter

Picking fruit.

Just steps off the patio of the ranch house where we stayed!

Photo | Lisa Porter

 In Arizona's warmer regions, citrus trees are a yard or garden staple. In the Bluegrass of Kentucky they are not. Among the most gorgeous desert botanical landscape were grapefruit, orange and lemon trees. Lot's of them!

Photo | Lisa Porter

The heady fragrance of citrus brings back childhood memories of running through orchards in Arcadia ~ zigzagging past white washed tree trunks ~ while playing outside with friends.

Photo | Lisa Porter

Fresh picked grapefruit adds the perfect shade of pink to the back patio.

Photo | Lisa Porter

Photo | Lisa Porter

Oranges, grapefruit & lemons oh my!

Photo | Lisa Porter

The fruit was not enough. I snipped the branches of waxy green leaves too. They were a welcome addition to the Equipal table on the sun porch!

Photo | Lisa Porter

On the last day I rested ~ at the Spa at Camelback Inn ~ overlooking Camelback mountain.

Relaxing at the Spa at Camelback Inn overlooking Camelback Mountain Photo | Lisa Porter

I dreamt of all those orchards that used to fill up the valley of the sun & the last few hand picked grapefruit I unfortunately had to leave behind.


Speaking of ~

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Whether you're in Arizona, Kentucky, or wherever, this Broiled Grapefruit Recipe by Jessica Helgeson over at SEE SALT will put you in a very happy place! Ruby red grapefruit crusted with caramelized brown sugar and drizzled Grand Marnier liqueur.

What a wonderful way to chase the chill away ~

Happy New Year!


Catherine Frinier said...

Spectacular post, Lisa. Thank you so much for sharing your experience and this beautiful photographs. ox

Francine Gardner said...

Sounds divine...will try the grapefruit.
Happy New year!

Karena Albert said...

Lisa with snow and wintry weather here, your getaway to Arizona for the holidays sounds delightful! I remember my years in California picking fresh fruit off the trees in our yard!

Happy New year to you and yours!
The Arts by Karena

Dumbwit Tellher said...

What a tremendous holiday your family had in Arizona. I would have never left that spa I can tell you that! I must try the Broiled Grapefruit Recipe. Perhaps this will be new cleansing routine for 2015!! I'm sad to say goodbye to the holiday season but excited for all the possibilities in the New Year for us all. Thanks for another great post lovely Lisa xox

Catherine Robinson said...

Your trip sounds wonderful...and the lemons pop out of the page! Wishing you a very happy new year, Lisa xx

Jennifer Connolly said...

Your trip looked fabulous. All that gorgeous luscious fruit! I've never been a fan of Grapefruit, but broiled with Grand Marnier might be the ticket for me to try it again. Just beautiful styling and photos!!
Happy New year!