Saturday, August 11, 2018

MEME SCHMEME




Well, I’m finally going to break down and get on board with a MEME!  So many bloggers have “been there, done that” but I never have.  However, I came across this one today and (for whatever crazy reason) it appealed to me.  In case you are interested in delving into my brain & learning a little bit more about my (out-of-the-ordinary) way of thinking, then PLEASE do read on.  But if not, that’s understandable & you can just come back to  "chat" another day.  I’m really doing this to tap my own brain & see what it comes up with.  You know, at my age you’ve got to work on your brain health as much as possible!!!  So here goes with the 'I  MEME'

*I am:     (it would start off with a really hard one!)   still learning how to “age gracefully”
*I live:    in a yellow two-story house in a small rural southern town
*I think:    too much about things that don’t really matter or things I can’t change anyway
*I know:    I am very blessed to have my wonderful family

*I want:    to be remembered as a teacher who gave it her all & made a positive difference in children’s lives
*I wish:    I could win the lottery (I’d share๐Ÿ˜Š)
*I pray:    every day for those I love & care about….and sometimes for the world in general
*I sometimes:    cry for no good reason
*I hurt when:    someone I love hurts
*I fear:    the loss of loved ones...and going to the dentist
*I miss:    my daughter & teaching
*I hoard:    paper!  especially pretty paper!
*I take:    blood pressure medicine
*I believe:    in God, Jesus, & the American flag
*I crave:    SUGAR (especially if it’s combined with chocolate!)
*I love to:    dance (get down & boogie)

*I look for:    bargains (my husband says I’m cheap; I say I’m frugal)
*I never:    swim underwater  (nearly drowned as a child)
*I spend:    too much time on the computer
*I write:    epistles when I email friends & family  (guess I’m long-winded!)
*I had:       a dog that had a mental breakdown (when our son went off to college)

*I am passionate about:    my grandchildren!
*I cry:  at the drop of a hat
*I am impatient when:  I have to wait a long time unnecessarily๐Ÿ™
*I need to:  stop worrying so much 
*I cherish:    my husband (he’s so good to me๐Ÿ˜Š)

OK….enough already!  If you have made it this far BLESS YOUR HEART!  Thanks for reading….now we both know a little bit more about me!  Everybody needs to get a little introspective at times.  What about you?


Friday, August 3, 2018

FRIED GREEN TOMATOES

I love me some FRIED GREEN TOMATOES.  That includes:

 the movie  

AND…

the delicious southern dish.


 Last weekend the hubby and I went to a nearby Farmer’s Market to get a box of Elberta peaches (delicious) and also picked up a few tomatoes



I hadn’t fried up any green tomatoes for awhile but my mouth was watering for some of these yummy fruits (yes, tomatoes are scientifically considered a fruit).  There are MANY recipes online and in southern cookbooks but they are all basically the same:  mix up some flour and cornmeal in one bowl, an egg and milk in another.  Then you double dip!  First in the dry mixture, then in the milk/egg, then back into dry mixture once again.  (Maybe that’s triple dipping!)

BUT!!!  Here is the KEY to lip-smacking, crisp yet juicy 
FRIED  GREEN  TOMATOES……



Slice the tomatoes (not too thick, not too thin/about1/3"); then lay them out on a cookie sheet, foil, waxed paper or something similar.  SALT each slice (don’t get too heavy-handed but be generous).  THEN…sprinkle on just a little bit of…SUGAR :) Since green tomatoes tend to be very acidic, the sugar helps to cut the bitterness.  NOW…let the tomatoes sit for 15-20 minutes.  This allows them to sweat which allows the salt/sugar to really get into the tomatoes and also helps the flour/cornmeal mix to adhere to them.


You need an iron skillet or other somewhat heavy pan and oil.  I use Canola.  Don’t let the oil get TOO HOT because the outside of the tomatoes will cook too quickly and tend to over-brown.  It doesn’t take long so watch them carefully.  When you notice the bottoms beginning to brown, flip over and finish cooking.  Be sure to DRAIN the tomatoes on paper towels, but I then quickly move them to a wire rack (so that they won’t get soggy).  ADD A LITTLE MORE SALTFried Green Tomatoes are not their best if you don’t have enough salt!!!


My husband and I absolutely love FRESH TOMATO SANDWICHES (with or without bacon…but bacon sure does kick them up a notch), but for a side dish (or I could eat them alone) frying up a batch of FRIED GREEN TOMATOES is a great addition to the supper table.

AND...if you want to really complete a southern home-cooked meal top it off with a PEACH COBBLER (recipe below) made from the peaches that you and your husband slaved over to peel & bag up for the freezer.  ELBERTAS are the best.  (Thanks, Honey, for doing all that peeling!)


EASY  PEACH  COBBLER

Slice 2-3 heaping cupfuls of fresh peaches; add sugar to taste if they aren't sweet enough.
Melt 1/2 stick butter or margarine in a small casserole dish.
In a small bowl mix a batter of 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 cup sugar, & 1/2 cup flour...I warm up my milk in the microwave about 30 seconds to help it mix up better.  Pour the batter into the butter but DO NOT MIX.  Now add the peaches...DO NOT MIX.  (I do make sure the peaches are spread out though.)  Bake @350 30-45 min. until browned.   

GEORGIA  PEACHES  ARE  THE  BEST!

Saturday, July 28, 2018

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MAMA

My mother turned 90 this week and last Sunday we celebrated. 


 All Mama's children and their families attended her church where we placed flowers in her honor.  My sister played the piano for the whole service and my son sang a solo.


Then that afternoon my three siblings and I hosted a reception for the birthday girl.  It was well attended with about 150 family, friends, and her church family. 



Mama has often said when she reaches 100 she is going to buy herself a red convertible.  So…as a surprise for her my nephew arrived to escort her to the party in his red jaguar!  Don’t she look sassy?


We decorated with PINK, PINK, PINK at her request, and tables were filled with pictures and lots of feminine details.  We even brought in a comfortable chair for her to sit in to greet her guests, but she refused to sit down for even one minute. 


Mama’s only remaining sibling (her sister) and her sister’s husband were special guests.



This is one of my favorite pictures.  These are the 3 remaining members of Mama’s high school class.  Ms. Mabel turned 90 a couple months back and Mr. Barney will be 90 in September.  Don’t they make a cute trio?


Of course, we had to take lots of family pictures too.  This is my son, DIL, and grandchildren.


And this is my husband, Mama, and me.



It was a very special day and one I’m sure we will all remember for years to come.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MAMA…we’ll do it again on your 100th๐Ÿ˜Š

Saturday, July 21, 2018

VALLEY GIRLS SAVANNAH-STYLE



Back in 2010 I wrote a post about the VALLEY GIRLS ’67.  As I explained, there were 9 of us who were best friends all through high school in Fort Valley, GA but after graduation we all went in different directions.  After being apart for many years, we began getting together for yearly trips and have been doing so for about 12 years now.  If you’d like to read about each of these special ladies, go here.

        Kaye, Jackie, Christy, Olivia, Jerri, me, Evelyn

This past week we hit Savannah, GA for a few days of fun and fellowship and AS ALWAYS we had a ball!  
                                                   Beautiful Savannah

We talked and laughed and ate and talked and laughed and toured and talked and shopped and laughed and ate some more!  There are NO dull moments when we are together.

        You haven’t heard anyone laugh until you hear EV laugh!


                       Olivia (on right) flew in from Texas

We stayed at the lovely LIVE OAKS HOUSE…you can read about it here.  It’s one of the oldest homes in Savannah and was built when Thomas Jefferson was president!  It has been remarkably restored and had everything we needed for a comfortable stay.  My bed was like sleeping on a cloud๐Ÿ˜Š


We got our exercise for the week by going up and down all the steep stairs since there were 4 levels.  (I can’t imagine treading those stairs wearing a big hoop skirt like in the old days!)





The house is located right near the heart of downtown so it was very convenient for us to walk to nearby shops and restaurants, like THE PINK HOUSE, Boar’s Head, Husk, and Vic’s.   


         My lunch of pimento cheese at  HUSK…it's in there somewhere!

                                                   Great food at Boar's Head

The famous RIVER ST. down by the river wasn’t far, and we enjoyed seeing the huge ships and barges arrive from ports around the world.



This was the perfect photo opp for Jackie because she is always saying LIFE IS GOOD!


We enjoyed a tour of downtown via OLD SAVANNAH TOURS.  Our guide Mr. Komedy was very informative and entertaining.  


We were even met by some “famous characters” like Juliette Gordon Low and an old pirate.



Our last night we took the PediCabs to the Historic Savannah Theater.  We had some awesome young men to escort us.  Many of these guys are students at the local colleges.

                    Christy, me, & Kaye with our great driver “G” from Brazil


We were greatly entertained with the musical SAVANNAH LIVE  where we heard some wonderful “oldies but goldies” and were serenaded by Mick Jagger, the Bee Gees, Patsy Kline, and many others…even Elvis!  If you are ever in Savannah I highly recommend this show…you won’t be disappointed.




Of course, we made sure we had plenty of time just to relax and share some good conversations to catch up on what’s going on with everyone. 
 Stopping by CITY MARKET for some refreshing peach sangria




We even had a GRANDMOTHER SHOWER for Evelyn who next month will become GRANNA to her first grandchild (a boy).  He will have 8 special aunts:) 



Two of the Valley Girls weren’t able to make this trip and we missed them so much.  You can imagine how difficult it is to juggle the schedules of 9 busy ladies.  In fact, there was only one week this whole summer that we could all get together. 

I am so very thankful for each and every lady who is a part of this group.  Each one is unique in her own special way, and each brings something special to the group.  I am very blessed to have had them for my friends (and partners in crime) for 54 years.  All but 2 of us have actually been together since kindergarten or first grade!  They “adopted” me into the group when I moved to Fort Valley at the beginning of our ninth grade year.  I can’t imagine doing life without them.
                      Jackie is absent from this one cause she’s taking the picture!


So….until the next VALLEY GIRL TRIP, we will stay in touch via email, phone calls, and texts and look forward to when we can be together again.  And whenever that is I can promise you there will be lots of talking, laughing, giggling, reminiscing, eating, and a little sleeping!  Valley Girls, until we meet again MAY GOD BLESS YOU and may you anticipate our next great adventure!