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Mornings By The Bay: Fall Beauty

Fall at the beach has a unique look and feel that is both beautiful and exciting. My husband and I spent a weekend at our beach house in Delaware recently, where the skies were sunny and bright and temperatures held in the low 60’s. Eastern Daylight Savings time had ended, and after spending the afternoon walking the boardwalk and shopping at my favorite indie bookstore, we headed home.

Sunset arrives early on the eastern shore this time of year–around 5 PM. On the way back to our place, this stunning site over the bay made me catch my breath. I grabbed my iPhone, the only camera I had handy, and snapped these pictures. Except to add my signature, they have not been altered in any way. The cloud shapes and colors are exactly as nature intended.

I hope you enjoy this glimpse of fall sunset at the beach.




Photos copyright Adele Downs 2016

Mornings By The Bay: Offseason

This is what the beach looks like offseason. I love it this way.

With temperatures in the 70’s and early fall sunshine to warm us, my husband and I take our chairs, a book, and our lunch to the beach and relax by the water. We wear shorts, long-sleeved tee shirts, and hoodies and tuck our feet in the sand. Suntan lotion is optional, there’s no sweating in the hot sun, and no umbrella to carry.

When I took this picture October 7 there were only a handful of people relaxing on the beach. The seagulls outnumbering us rested on the sand, too. I think we were all happy the crush crowds of summer had moved on.


Photo copyright Adele Downs 2016


Welcome, fall, my second favorite time of year. The air is cooler, the colors are vibrant, and some of our best holidays take place in autumn. What’s not to love?

Sunrise on Rehoboth Beach, Delaware is one of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen. During my summer vacation I took sunrise photos almost every morning on the beach and was amazed at the uniqueness of each daybreak. The following unretouched photographs seemed like an appropriate welcome to the new season. I hope you enjoy them.


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Summer is my favorite time of year and I’m always sad to see it go. I was lucky to have captured a particularly beautiful sunset while on vacation in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware and thought the pictures were an appropriate farewell to my favorite season.

All five of these unretouched photographs were taken within minutes of each other, but from different perspectives. Some were taken from my balcony overlooking the ocean. The others were taken from my balcony outside the front door. A few steps within a time span of only 20 minutes created totally different visions of the sky. A year can be like that too. Each day might be different, but is part of the whole of our lives.

Until next year, summer.



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Margarita Cupcakes Recipe and An Interview!

Thanks so much for your support while I shout from the rooftops about my new release SANTA TO THE RESCUE.

Today I’m visiting with author Tonya Burrows. She found me interesting enough to interview. Imagine that! Please stop by and pay us a visit.

Here’s a little something I think you’ll also like–a recipe for Margarita Cupcakes, made with tequila. Ole!


Margarita Cupcakes: Posted with permission


2 sticks butter, softened

2 cups granulated sugar

4 large eggs, plus 1 large egg white as room temperature

2 tbsp. vegetable oil

2 ¾ cups all purpose flour

2 ½ tsp. baking powder

½ tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. salt

¾ cup plus 2 tbsp. whole milk

2 tbsp. fresh lime juice

½ tsp. vanilla

Zest of 3 limes

Ingredients for the frosting:

1 stick butter, softened

1 tsp. vanilla extract

2 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar

2 tbsp. Sauza® Blue Reposado 100% Agave Tequila*

1 tsp. salt

2 tbsp. fresh lime juice AND zest of 2 limes

To Make:

Preheat your oven to 350° degrees. Line 2 cupcake pans with baking liners. Using an electric mixer, beat 2 sticks butter and the granulated sugar until creamy. Gradually beat in the eggs, egg white and oil.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a glass measuring cup, stir together the milk, 2 tbsp. lime juice and ½ teaspoon vanilla extract. Mix in one-third of the wet mixture to the butter mixture, then one-third of the dry mixture. Repeat until it is all combined, but do not over mix. Mix in the lime zest.

Fill each cupcake liner about three-quarters full with batter. (I like to use an ice cream scoop to fill the cups). Bake 25 minutes or until the cupcakes spring back when gently poked. Let cool completely before icing.

While the cupcakes cool, make the icing. With an electric mixer, beat the remaining 1 stick butter until creamy. Beat in 1 cup confectioners’ sugar, 2 tbsp. Sauza® Blue Reposado, 2 tbsp. lime juice, ½ teaspoon vanilla, and lime peel and 1 teaspoon salt until smooth and creamy. Beat in the remaining 1 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar one-third at a time until just soft enough to spread.

Spread the frosting on the cooled cupcakes. Be creative: top each cupcake with a piece of lime zest or sprinkle with sanding sugar, or put a wedge or round of lime or a lime wedge candy on top. If you want you can add a drop of green food coloring to the frosting, too.

For more Sauza® Tequila recipes, visit

Autumnal Equinox Arrives!

Welcome, Fall!


September 22, 2013, at 3:44 p.m. CDT marks the exact moment when fall arrives and the astrological calendar enters the sign of Libra. The Autumnal Equinox signals the beginning of autumn in the Northern Hemisphere when the sun appears to cross the celestial equator from north to south.

Derived from the Latin words aequus (equal) and nox (night), The days and nights will become nearly equal in length, creating balance, as daytime and night both have durations of approximately twelve hours.

The Harvest Moon is the name of the full moon arriving closest to the Autumnal Equinox. In two years out of every three the Harvest Moon rises in September instead of October, as it has this year. No matter where you live in the Northern Hemisphere, the moon will look round and full as it rises in the east around sunset. Farmers will work well into the night to gather their crops as the bright light of the Harvest Moon fills the sky and shines down on the earth.

September also marks the lunar cycle when grapes are traditionally harvested, pressed, and stored to become wine. As the light of the full Harvest Moon, also called the Wine Moon or Fruit Moon, shines bright across half the world, sit close to the one you love and toast the new season with a traditional glass of full-bodied wine or a cup of cider. Who could ask for a more romantic setting than love, a good vintage, and a warm blanket spread beneath the glow of a full Harvest Moon to welcome the new season.

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