Tuesday, June 30, 2015

I Confess

I am a Taphophile.  

What is that you ask?  Why, it is a person who loves cemeteries and tombstones.  Some definitions include an interest in funerals, but that doesn't apply to me.  

I prefer a good cemetery, preferably Southern Gothic in nature.  

Those cemeteries with meaningful statuary, Spanish moss, and unpaved roadways.  

A quiet air and some 90 degree heat add to the ambiance.  

A ghost story only adds to the mystique.  

These photos come from the classic Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah, Georgia. 

I would like to tell you that at least one of my teenage children shares this interest with me, but sadly that is a no.  

Whenever we travel, at least one cemetery is on the itinerary.  When we were in Savannah, two cemeteries were on the schedule....more on #2 later.  

"There's no reason to be the richest man in the cemetery.  You can't do any business from there."  

Colonel Harlan Sanders  

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Strike Up the Banjos

Some people think that I live, "far out".  That is to say living twenty minutes away from a small town, out in the country, is just too crazy far.    

But, have I got news for them.   

Being sent on an errand gave me a new frame of mind as to what it means to live far out in the country.  It started out like this......

It was strangely sunny with a storm having just finished.  

With gray skies and steam rising from the blacktop, it was an eerie scene.  I was glad the general area showed up on Google maps......

Then, I discovered this clever mailbox.  Why haven't I thought of this?  

Barns everywhere.....

with hardly a person in sight.  

A few cows here and there, but otherwise very quiet.  

"Some old fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat."  

Laura Ingalls Wilder  

Linking up with Tom!  

Friday, June 26, 2015

Friday Randoms

Just a little graffiti to start your day.  

Donald Featherstone passed into the great beyond.  If that name doesn't ring a bell, then just know he is famous for creating the pink lawn flamingo.  

Moonshine has been big business in The South for many years.  Part of our cultural heritage, it is now becoming mainstream.  

My knife making son is always counseling me on the type of knives I own and how sharp they are.  Well, here is a primer for all of us.  

Sending you off into the weekend with a little Lynyrd.  

Linking up with Tanya today.....have a great one!  

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Thankful Thursday

Cast iron fence around a beauty of a home in Savannah, Georgia.  

Thankful this Thursday for small town folks.  The ones who know you by name as soon as you walk into the bank.  The ones who tell you stories all about how your husband, and his identical twin brother, were local celebrities at the small town hospital when they were born.  Oh, and let's not forget the treasures who want to give some advice on the side.  

You gotta love it....

Linking up today with Teresa 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Southern Foodways

Last week I went to my very first cooking show.

It was awesome. 

  A trio of us went to the Big City to watch The Lee Brothers and Ed Lee present their very first production of, The Boiled Peanut Hour.  Part cooking show, history lesson, and snack session, it turned out to be a wonderful evening.  All three highlighted the importance of not only preserving Southern Foodways, but understanding the history and relevance of each dish.  

And, we are not talking fancy stuff here.  Soups, simple steak recipes, egg salad with shrimp, and let's not forget the boiled peanuts.  

So I upped my game and made a batch of spicy pimiento cheese served on pork rinds.  Yes, that's right.  Chef Ed Lee served this Southern classic on pork rinds and it was absolutely tasty.  So much so I bought my first bag of pork rinds....ever.  

Below I will share with you a pretty standard recipe for Pimiento Cheese. You can spice it up anyway you like.  Chef Ed Lee used some Korean Chili Paste.  I ended up using some Thai Curry Paste.  Tabasco works well too. 

Creamy Pimiento Cheese 

8 ounces extra sharp cheese, grated
8 ounces Velveeta cheese 
1/2 cup homemade mayonnaise (Dukes is a good substitute.)
1/2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce (You need way more than that.) 
1/4 cup finely chopped onions
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 jar (2 ounces) minced pimiento, drained
1/4 cup chopped pecans, (totally optional) 

Blend in food processor and chill.  

Eat it all on pork rinds. 

 You won't be sorry.  

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Slowly Disappearing

When I took this photo it made me think of life, in general.  How, sometimes, we can be consumed by things and the person we are slowly disappears.  

Thankfully, with a little work, this barn could be taken back from nature.  People are like that too.  It just takes a little work.  

Linking up with Tom today......

Friday, June 19, 2015

Friday Randoms

A Magnolia blossom from a random garden in Savannah.  

This high school valedictorian made certain his speech was memorable.  

Calling all fans of Harry Potter....here is Professor Snape on helium.  You are welcome.  

As a fan of Calvin and Hobbes, this story brought a huge smile to my face.  

Sending you off into the weekend with a little funkiness......

Linking up with Tanya today!