Thursday, March 15, 2018

Local Recipes

Each week, our newspaper has a section called "From the Menu of...." and it features recipes from local (or nearby) restaurants.

You can write in (via email) and request a favorite recipe.  Sometimes the honor it, sometimes the don't but that is understandable (company secrets and all).

I once had the most delicious squash casserole of my entire life at a local place called Thinking Man Tavern in Decatur, GA and days later I was still craving more.  I wrote in for the recipe. 

I got a reply back from the Atlanta Journal & Constitution (AJC) and they said they would request the recipe but they have a big back log because they receive a lot of requests and it could take up to a year but to be I was.  About 10 months later, I received an email.

They requested the recipe and Thinking Man Tavern was happy to obliged but...the only problem was the chef that developed that recipe was not longer there and he didn't leave behind his recipes (naturally) and they no longer had it but they would be happy to give me their Broccoli & Rice Casserole recipe.  Well..I already have one of those that I like so I gladly replied with "Thank you for trying."

I am sure if I didn't have to wait 8 months I probably would have gotten the recipe because the chef still would have been there...but I totally understand that the AJC fills requests first come, first serve and it just took a while to finally get to my least they tried.

I saw a couple of recipes in today's paper that I thought I would share.

One is for the yummy Macaroni & Cheese that is served at S & S Cafeteria.  There used to be one near my house but it closed about a year ago so Kroger could expand (and now it seems they may not) - there is another location but nowhere near me so I am glad they shared this recipe.

The other recipe is actually is from a resturant in Pine Mountian, GA - a short drive away.  My sister and I ate there back in December, twice (once for dinner and we went back the next day for breakfast) - although in Pine Mountian, there are not a lot of restaurant to choose from - Ha Ha!!

Since I only get the physical copy of the paper on Sunday only, I can't clip these recipes out of the paper and save them anymore so I thought...I will clip the digital copy and save it to my blog...easy peasy!

My mom is coming to visit in a couple of weeks - maybe I will make both of these while she is here - yummy!!

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

W.I.P. Wednesday

As I mentioned last week, I finished one of my Works-In-Progress.
I have 2 more and I am making a lot of head-way on one of them.  It is a knitted shawl.

I  started this last April and then set it aside because work got too busy and then I was working on
other crafty projects....but as I have said before, this is the year that I intend to complete my WIPs

I am slower at knitting than I am at crocheting so this is taking me a bit longer
but I am impresses with my progress so far.

I am calling it the "Lady Mary" shawl.  I am making it for my mother, whose  name is Mary and she is a fan of Downton Abbey and I am using Downton Abbey yarn (as you can see).  I really like this yarn a lot but sadly, I have found out recently that the "Matthew" line has been discontinued so I am glad I bought it when I did and in the color I wanted (Birch White).

I have 5 skeins and I am almost through the 2nd skein and it is about 50 inches long.  It it supposed to be 72 inches before blocking it.  I will see how long it is after 2 or 2 1/2 skeins because I would love to make another one and hopefully will have enough yarn left over to do so.

I admit there are a few mistakes in this shawl but I hope that after it is blocked, it won't be too noticeable.   I really  need to practice my knitting skills a bit more.  I want to increase my speed and be able to knit more difficult patterns.  I see larger projects that I would love to do but right now, I am still a bit intimidated to take on a large knitting project (I've mostly done hats, dishcloths, fingerless gloves and mittens).

So I will continue to work away on this shawl for a bit and hope to finish up by the end of the month - we shall see.

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Saturday, March 10, 2018

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 10 - Strong Woman

This week's prompt is "Strong Woman" in honor of International Woman's month.

The first person that came to mind is my maternal grandmother.  She was such a strong woman.  I can't imagine living her life - it was so hard but yet she was always so positive and happy.

She was born in 1914 and was the eldest of 7 children.  In those days, the eldest had a LOT of responsibility.  They had to not only do the work on the farm, clean house (if they were a girl), but also had to help raise the younger children.

Here is a very rare picture of her and some of her siblings that was taken in the 1920s. 
That is my grandmother, Jewel Canzada Odom with the white dress and long necklace and her arm around her sister.

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Her family was very poor, as were many people in Geneva, Alabama.  I wish I knew some stories from her childhood but sadly, I do not.

The family later moved to Holmes County, Florida (not far from Geneva, AL).

She married my grandfather, James Josh Mims on 12 Oct 1930, one week before her 16th birthday.  Sadly, one year later, when she was 17, her father died in 1931. 

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She had 6 daughters (and from what I have been told gave birth to 3 other children, who were either stillborn or died shortly after birth).  I can't imagine how hard that was to lose 3 children after you carried them for 9 months. 

She raised her daughters and helped her husband on a large farm.  They had their own farm but before that they were sharecroppers.  She would get up very, very early when it was dark out, would make breakfast for 8 people. She gathered eggs from their hens, she milked the cows and she found a way to feed 8 people even though they had very little money.  They had no electricity, no refridgerator and she cooked everything on a wood stove (which I am sure she probably had chopped the wood herself).

After breakfast and cleaning up the kitchen, she (and the rest of the family who was old enough) would go work in the fields - ALL DAY.  They primarily were cotton growers but of course they grew all sorts of things - peanuts, potatoes, corn, but they could make the most money growing and selling cotton.

Now you have to remember, this was before big tractors and machines like that have now.  It all had to be planted by hand and had to be picked by hand too. Cotton was grown in the summer so it was hot as blue blazes. But she was out there all day picking.

My mom told me a story recently how she can remember my grandma out in the field, picking cotton and she had one sack that she was putting cotton in and she had another sack that she would sit the baby on (her youngest sister) and she would pick and drag the baby along as she went.  She would even be breast feeding while working in the field.  She had to watch 6 girls, make sure the oldest were working, and keep up with them all.

When it was time to plow, she even got behind the plows with the mules and plowed too, right along with grandpa, the strong man.  She did what she had to do.

All of her children were born at home, all natural childbirth - except for one - the youngest was born at a hospital (although still natural childbirth) - that was really the only way to do in those days.  Can you imagine??

After working all day in the hot fields, she would cook supper for all 8 of them and again, she just didn't go down to the grocery store and buy meat - nope, she killed the chicken herself, cleaned it and cooked it.  A lot of times they didn't have meat but she made due with what they had grown or canned.

Of course no electricity or running water in the house meant it wasn't any easy task to do laundry.  She did it though - she would use an washboard, lye soap (that she had made herself) and a big washtub to wash their clothes.  She had to draw the water from the well since the well was the only source of their water. 

Can you imagine washing clothes for 8 people, that had worked all day in the hot sun in the fields using a washboard to get them clean?  She also had to wash sheets and such as that too!   Good golly, and I feel the need to complain when I have to throw in a load of towels while watching the latest episode of Grey's Anatomy.

(not my grandma but just added this photo so you get the idea)

On top of it grandma was the most dedicated Christian I know.  She made sure her girls were in church whenever church was happening.  They had to either walk or when they had one, they would go by mule and buggy.  (There is a whole other story I could tell about this mule and buggy and hopefully will get around to telling it sometime).

My grandma was a prayer!!  She fasted and prayed and she said when she did, God answered her prayers.  I know she prayed for me many times - she prayed for all of her 6 children, their husbands and her 18 grandchildren and all her great grandchildren.  She was a praying woman.

The whole time I knew my grandma, I never, NEVER heard her say a mean thing.  She was always sweet, kind and loving and always happy - she was not a complainer and she lived her life with a grateful heart.

My grandma departed this life in 1998, but I know where she went and I also know that I will be reunited with her one day. 
She was such a STRONG WOMAN and  I am so, so proud to be her grand daughter.

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Friday, March 9, 2018

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Virus Blanket - Completed!

I finished my Virus Blanket!  Whoo Hoo!  It is no longer a WIP (work-in-progress), it is now a FO (finished object).

I love it!  It is 65" x 65" (5 1/2 feet) - which is plenty big enough to cover my short body and it covers the top of my bed. 

This is a fun pattern and I would make it again.  I need to hang on to the pattern though because when I got it, it was free and now there is a small charge for it (totally worth it though).

The pictures don't really do it justice - but you get the idea.  Now onto the next project.......

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

W.I.P. Wednesday - Virus Blanket

As mentioned last week, I haven't had a lot of crafting time lately.  I am actually a little envious of those that seem to have a lot of time to do so but at the same time...I am so grateful for my busy life, my job, my family, my friends, my church, etc.  While my life is busy and doesn't leave much time for crafting - it is a good kind of busy so I am not complaining...

So...over the weekend, I did have a little time to work on my Virus Blanket (so named because the pattern went "Viral" but honestly, I don't like the name because it reminds me of having a cold).  I wonder if the designer now wishes that she would have called it something else - haha!

Anyway...I am using Caron Cakes in the Rainbow Sprinkles colorway.  I bought 6 cakes and decided that I would use all 6 for this afghan and whatever size it ended up being, then I would be happy with that and I think I will be.

Currently, after 4 cakes, it is 52" x 52" and I am hoping that it will at least be 60" x 60" when I am all done.  I have noticed with this yarn that there seems to be more orange/red than blue/green.  At least it seems that way to  me.  It seems like I only crochet a little blue, a little green and seems like I crochet with red and orange a lot!

I'm happy with it so far - I'll be glad to see it all finished, which hopefully will be soon.

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