Buzzin’ around “Bee’s Cove Falls” SC

For our anniversary this year we wanted to visit Greenville, SC (more to come on Greenville in a future post) on our quest for more waterfall hikes. On this particular day we decided on Bees Cove Falls as our waterfall destination. Bees Cove is off a forest service road, which we have found are often challenging to find. It took us quite a few times of turning around to find this particular hike entrance but it was worth it.

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The majority of the hike is on the forest service road which is a dirt road that slowly declines until you get to a point where you turn off onto a “trail”. This “trail” isn’t marked like actual trails in national and state parks. Keep in mind that at one point in the directions to the falls it says “the trail will end and you have to listen for the falls, walk in the direction of the sound”. There were a few plastic colored ribbons attempting to lead you down the steep forest wall, however for the most part we were “listening” for the falls. In true South Carolina fashion there was an afternoon thunder storm complete with torrential down pours. At the time all we had with us for rain gear was Todd’s old “faithful” surplus rain poncho and a large garbage bag. But it worked!

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Check out our cool “rain gear”!

The trail down was so steep and with the rain it was incredibly slippery, to add to it our “rain gear” kept tripping us up. It made for quite the adventure. We were almost to the bottom of the falls when I felt like I was shot in the back of my thigh. I don’t actually know what it feels like to be shot (thankfully), but I would imagine that that was what it feels like. I instantly screamed that something got me and yanked my pants down for Todd to check it out. Turns out it was most likely just a hornet sting (we are guessing since there was no evidence of any critter) which i still carry the scar from. Now we know why its called “Bee’s Cove Falls”.  Thankfully the pain subsided after a few minutes of not being able to breathe it hurt so bad and we carried on.

Once we saw the falls we knew it was all worth the effort. Bees Cove is beautiful, very mossy and gorgeously green. The nice thing about it’s crazy location is that it doesn’t see a lot of traffic leaving it undisturbed and very natural. I’ll let the pictures and video do the rest of the talking. Enjoy!

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Bees Cove Falls was gorgeous and definitely worth the extra effort to get there.We look forward to many more waterfall adventures but are excited to check one more off our list. And now we know to watch out for bees there. The sting was worse than any I remember as a child!

Do you prefer “off the beaten trail” locations or clear cut trails? Anyone know any good bee sting remedies?

Berry picking and Blueberry Lemon Scones

I LOVE picking berries. I find it very calming, almost therapeutic in a way. We have years of berry picking pictures with my family (and friends). You could say it has become a tradition! And definitely something I look forward to every year. It’s one of my favorite summer activities. Lucky for us, Boone Hall Plantation is within 25 minutes and a great place to pick blueberries (not to mention many other U-pick items). If you have never been to a U-pick farm, I HIGHLY recommend it. It’s a great opportunity to teach your kids where food really comes from and a great opportunity for quality family time.

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This year, we got more than a little carried away and ended up with almost 12 lbs of blueberries and about 5 lbs of peaches. But let me tell ya, I was so relaxed after that! Like I said, I LOVE picking berries! But I am thankful that we did because now we have so many berries in our freezer waiting to made into deliciousness or eaten by the handful!

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We also both love scones, so what better use of those magnificent blue orbs of deliciousness than some piping hot fresh from the oven blueberry scones. I found a recipe online for blueberry orange scones and adapted it to what I had on hand. We really enjoyed the way they turned out so I wrote down my adaptation and just made it again the other day. Then I made it again right after playing around with different flours (those changes will be noted at the end).

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Blueberry Lemon Scones

1 c. whole wheat flour (+1/4 – 1/2 c. more as needed)

1 c. white rice flour

1/2 c. white sugar

1 tbsp. baking powder

3/4 tsp. salt (I always use sea salt)

the zest of 1 lemon

juice of 1/2 a lemon

1/2 c. cold butter, cut into small cubes

1 large egg

1/2 c. almond milk

1 c. fresh (or frozen rolled in flour) blueberries

for topping:

a few tbsp. almond milk (or honey)

brown or coconut sugar for sprinkling on top

*Recipe adapted from Pinch of Yum Blueberry Scones

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1. Preheat oven to 400. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spray with cooking oil (I use coconut oil). Stir together the flours, sugar, baking powder, salt and lemon zest in a stand mixer bowl. Add cold butter and mix on low speed until crumbs form.

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2. With mixer on low speed add the egg, 1/2 c. almond milk, and lemon juice in a slow stream until it is combined. This is where you may need to add more flour, if so, add by ~1/8 c. at a time until dough forms and holds together. Gently add the blueberries (be careful to not break them all when mixing. I did this last part by hand).

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3. Sprinkle flour on a clean surface. Roll dough onto counter and roll to about an inch thick. Cut into 8-12 wedges. Pull apart and place on parchment paper. Brush each scone with a bit of almond milk (or honey) and sprinkle with coconut sugar. Bake for 18-20 minute.

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4. Enjoy! You can keep them in an airtight container for 1-3 days or freeze. They freeze very well. Then you can pull one out at a time and heat it for like 20-35 seconds.

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The scones on the right (in the picture above) were made using the recipe. They were a bit denser than the ones on the left. The scones on the left were made using the recipe above with the following changes:

1 c. coconut flour (in place of the 1 c. whole wheat flour), extra almond milk ~1/4 cup slowly added until the dough came together (you may not need as much or possibly more), a combo of white and coconut sugar sprinkled on top.

I loved the flavor and texture of the scones using coconut flour. They were very light and had a slightly sweeter dough. The dough was more crumbly to keep together when rolling out but still held together fairly well. Give them a try and see what you think!

Do you enjoy U-Pick farms? What are your favorite things to pick?