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!  

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this Thursday for freedom.  The freedom to spend time with my children, cook/bake, watch Netflix, read books, and sleep until 6:30am.  

The freedom to also explore ancient cemeteries on the coast of Georgia.  More on that later.....

Linking up today with Teresa......I had her in mind, even while on vacation.  

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Forsyth Park

During our travels I was fortunate to spend some time in Savannah, Georgia.  Long known for its beauty, southern charm, and haints, it is also home to Forsyth Park.  

The park is actually composed of 30 acres in the historic district with tennis courts, basketball courts, children's play areas and it even has a fragrant garden for the blind.  

Though the park itself is quite beautiful, and very well maintained, the fountain was what I really wanted to see.  

Added to the park in 1858, it retains all its original splendor.  

While I was admiring the beauty of the fountain an elderly gentleman starting calling after my son.  Except, he was calling him, "Augustus".  

The gentleman insisted that the young man of the house looked just like Augustus.  He held our attention for quite a few moments with recommendations on everything in the city. 

Quite the character, he was. 

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Family Adventures

Last week schedules were cleared, plans were made, and roads were traveled.  We embarked on a trip to the Georgia coast for some family fun.  

Where to begin, but at the end!  

  Which, happens to be my kids favorite part of the trip.  

Captain Jeremy was the host of a charter trip for a little ocean fishing.  

Some regular ocean fish were caught, but it was the black tipped sharks that caused the most fun and excitement of the day.  

It was all catch and release for the day.  

It even made the man-child of the house smile!  

He was able to put all of his muscles to work.  

It was like their own personal Shark Week, without the Discovery channel.  

Stay tuned, as more adventures are forthcoming. 

Friday, June 12, 2015

Friday Randoms

The young man of the house has been busy setting up his Facebook page for his knife making business and taking commissions.  Here are a couple of his latest works.

Wedding fails from Twitter, can be found right here.  

Photos of the week, you ask?  Right here.  

I've actually been a bit absent from the blog-o-sphere this week.  Details forthcoming of our family adventures.

Sending you off into the weekend with a talented songstress.  

Linking up with Tanya today.....

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this Thursday for unexpected surprises.  

This grand home sits right next to a very old general store.  Yes, in case you were wondering, out in the middle of the countryside.  The only thing to be heard from the house is total silence.  In its day, I am sure it was a bustling place.  This fine, old, cast iron fence is original to the home.  

Fine, indeed.  

Linking up today with Teresa.....

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Shine Forever

The stars will shine forever over you
but they will never reach down to your face; 
And the dead leaves will hover over you  
To leave a blanket on your resting place.  
In summer Burdock leaves will flap and wave 
And Sumac sprouts will grow and spit red leaves 
That will lodge on a net, brown love-vine weaves
And webs that spiders weave above your grave.
You will not care for rhymes and gold leaves when 
You lie in the place I am speaking of. 
I don't think you will know about them then, 
And, I don't think you will dream of love 
When you lie blind to the drifting skies above.  
Out of the womb of the woman at your birth. 
At death you go back to the womb of the earth.  

Jesse Stuart
Man With the Bull Tongue Plow 
pg. 316

Sunday, June 7, 2015

The Founding Settlement

Last night we took a drive to the founding settlement of my husband's family.  The community bears his German last name and, seriously speaking, it is out in the middle of nowheresville.  

Settling as early as 1773, it makes one wonder what made this area look so inviting.  I have to say it sits on a ridge with a fantastic view.  

The teenage girl was a bit unimpressed and asked, "Is this it?"  

Today I am linking up with Tom the Backroads Traveler, as he has taken over the Barn Collective.  It opens up at 6pm central tonight.

  Pay him a visit!  

Friday, June 5, 2015

Friday Randoms

A Nasturtium for your viewing pleasure.  Hopefully the Black Jewel variety will soon be blooming. 

A tiny hamster as Godzilla.  Yes, it is possible and you can view it right here.  

Why can't this happen when I am stuck at the airport?  

Feeling crafty?  McVal can show you how to make some homemade dishwasher tabs.  

What is a Friday without some music?  Here you go.....and here.  

Linking up with Tanya today!  

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Thankful Thursday

The fantastic fence of my neighbor.  

Thankful this Thursday for laundry on the line, vegetables growing in the garden and dogs who like to snuggle.  For me, it really has come down to the little things in life.  Big things are just icing on the cake.  Day to day life has so much to offer.  

"To be really great in little things, to be truly noble and heroic in the insipid details of everyday life, is a virtue so rare as to be worthy of canonization."  

Harriet Beecher Stowe  

Linking up today with Teresa......

Tuesday, June 2, 2015


Time is a wonderful thing.  

Now having some extra time means I can slice some Granny Smith apples and Vidalia onions to whip up a recipe for my family. 

Screen Door and Sweet Tea is the cookbook currently on my kitchen counter.  As much a storybook as a cookbook, it is worthy of your time.  The Apple Grilled Double Cut Pork Chops can be found right here.  

Seriously worthy of your time.  

If you can't find a double cut chop, just fold over a large chop and secure with a toothpick.  Works like a charm.