pecans

Memories of Pecan Picking

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As August winds down, our wonderful fresh veggies and stone fruits are gradually going away here in the South. Oh, how we will miss them! As harvest season approaches for apples, pears, and pecans, I am already planning my fall recipes. My grandparents were farmers, and every fall we prepared ourselves for the “picking up” pecan season. I always thought …

Peanut butter and banana sandwich

A Tale of Two Banana Sandwiches

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The other evening, Neal and I were sharing the story of his banana sandwich with our friends. Now on the surface, a banana sandwich is a simple thing. Bread, mayo or peanut butter, banana—done! NOT at our house. First, let’s talk about the sandwich itself. I am assuming a banana sandwich is a national favorite. At least it is here …

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Final Comments on Camp Gigi

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Thank you for your comments about Camp Gigi! For those who insisted on a photo of the finished product from the makeover…here it is! And yes, I wore the makeup all day with great pride, which just thrilled the girls! So many of you shared ideas and traditions from time spent with your grands, and each story was wonderful to read. I …

Grilled fish

Say Hello to Cook: Real Food Every Day

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I love to get in my kitchen and cook scrumptious meals for my family. I can do a special occasion with the best of them. But just as important as those special occasion dishes are, everyday meals rank equally as high on my list.  Everyday meal creation at our house has to be easy to make with wholesome ingredients that …

Birthday cake with rainbow sprinkles.

Let’s Party!

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I love a good birthday celebration. My mom always made birthdays special. She is a good “birthdayer”! We got to pick out our favorite dish for supper and our cake!  This past weekend we celebrated our grandson’s 10th birthday. I watched this special young man play baseball and have fun with friends. All grandmothers think this way, but he grows …

Cream Cheese-Filled Red Velvet Pound Cake

The Ultimate Pound Cake

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When given a choice, my family will always opt for a hot pound cake right out of the oven. A few years ago, I shared one of my favorite pound cake recipes with you— Jo’s Whipping Cream Pound Cake. Pound cakes have always been popular and are always at the heart of a recipe collection. They are easy for both the …

New Year

Get Ready for a New Year!

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Can you believe that in a few days another New Year will be here? 2018. Oh, my goodness, I can hardly believe it! This year is going to be a good one. We will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of Southern Lady magazine. It is hard for me to believe it has been 20 years. More news to come on …

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays!

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I hope your holidays were wonderful and that you can take time to reflect during these wonderful winter days. As we prepare for a new year of Ribbon together, what posts do you like to read here? We got rave reviews over my sister writing her side of stories and an overwhelming response to the post on “no problem.” But …

Christmas Memories

Christmas Is Almost Here!

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I love watching children at Christmas. I adore the sticky faces and fingers from a zealous candy cane eater and the colored icing that always manages to appear on each child’s outfit during cookie decorating and the fun holiday get-togethers this time of year brings. One of the season’s highlights for us as children was Christmas tree shopping. In our …