Thursday, March 26, 2015

"Grey skies are just clouds passing over." Duke Ellington

Life has just been a big bucket of sucky grey sky here lately.  I'm not going to go into it but I've shed a few tears, got my feelings hurt, got my mad on, and moved on with my life.


Thank goodness for good friends and good family. I'm definitely ready for some sunshine and good days.

I do hope you're all having a great week and I'll hopefully be back more.  Later my lovelies!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Words that my heart needs today....


Monday, March 2, 2015

"A Gatsby Affair" 2015 JA Charity Ball

                   

2015 Junior Auxiliary Charity Ball, me and the hubby. 

Friday, February 27, 2015

Foodie Fridays - Simply Basic Dutch Baby




As everyone knows on Wednesday we got snow!  Macon only got about 1 to 2 inches but my mom and dad that live only an hour north got seven inches.  That's not a lot to most people but to us that's a heck of a lot.  The most I can remember was when I was in the 3rd or 4th grade and we got 5 inches.  So Wednesday night with the snow falling down, the gas logs burning, and Allie watching Mickey Mouse I thought I would make a Dutch Baby.  A Dutch Baby, or as some call it a German Pancake, is somewhere between a souffle and a popover.  It's a little denser and most custard like than a real pancake but I promise it's pretty darn good.  Back a couple of years ago now I posed a recipe for Apple Skillet Cake which is basically an apple dutch baby but I just wanted simple the other night.  I did make stewed apples to go on top and sauteed' up some little smokies to go with it. 
All you'll need for this are a few ingredients and either a hand mixer, blender, or stick blender.  These are great to fix up for supper or breakfast and look fairly impressive when you pull them out of the oven.  Serve warm with syrup, powered sugar, or like I did with fruit.  Anyway you make it they are good!  They come in many variations, but this is the most simple and basic way I have found to make one.  I've had the recipe for three or four years now and I didn't write down where it came from, sorry! 




Simply Basic Dutch Baby

1/2 cup milk - room temperature 
2 eggs - room temperature
4 Tablespoons butter
1/2 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 tablespoons sugar

Preheat oven to 375.  Put two tablespoons of butter in an 8 inch black skillet and place in the oven to heat and melt the butter.  

While the butter is melting, with a mixer or blender blend the milk and eggs until foamy.  To this mixture add the flour, salt, and sugar and blend well for another minute or so.  Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and lastly add the butter and vanilla to the batter blending again for a minute or so.  The blending process puts air into the batter and makes the final product light and fluffy.  Batter will be thin.  Take the hot skillet out of the oven and swirl the butter around the pan coating it so the dutch baby will not stick.  Pour the batter into the pan and cook for 15 to 20 minutes or until puffed and the edges are just starting to brown.  Serve with syrup or honey or just a dusting of powered sugar is nice as well.

Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

God's grace and God speed.....

I was shocked to learn in the Clarion Ledger this morning that Mr. Tom Freeland passed away this past Saturday.  I've enjoyed reading his blog North Mississippi Commentor for some time now after stumbling onto it somehow.  He covered the length and breadth of politics both local and national as well as throwing out some of his recipes to enjoy.  He was a lawyer from Oxford and reading his blog was like listening to a very well read uncle tell you all about the politics of a complicated state like Mississippi.  So long and farewell, the Mississippi blogging world just won't be the same without you Mr. Freeland.

picture from The Clarion Ledger




Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Wordless Wednesday - Sparks Grocery Montpelier, MS


Sparks Grocery Montpelier, MS Clay County

Last operated by Mr. John Sparks, originally built as a skating rink.  Mr. Sparks ran his store as a general merchandise but did not sell beer as his wife would not allow it.  Closed for several years but now being used as a small furniture framing factory.