Thursday, June 30, 2016

It's A Southern Thing

One of the things I love most about Summer's in the South, is the food.

It's no secret that Southerner's love fried food, and fry most everything, including pickles !
Truthfully, if you've never eaten a batch of fried okra, or a homegrown fried green tomato, you're missing out.
The first of the summer tomatoes are ripe for the picking and one of my favorite ways to enjoy them is the tomato sandwich.

It's a specialized concoction, you have to follow the rules, or it's not the genuine article.
First, it has to be made on white bread, not some wholesome whole wheat, or fancy grain.
Only bread with over processed white bleached flour, and little nutritional value is accepted.
Next, it has to have REAL mayonnaise, not lite or olive oil based....Duke's or Hellman's preferably.
There are some folks who substitute with Miracle Whip, they're not considered loyalists.
Last but not least, homegrown, plump, vine ripe tomatoes; preferably still warm from the vine.

Spread both slices of white bread with mayonnaise, don't skimp, slather it on.
Next, layer slices of tomato on bottom slice and sprinkle with salt and black pepper.
Last, cover with top bread slice.
That's it, done !

It's pure heaven on a bread slice,

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Summer Days

"Then followed that beautiful season... Summer.... Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood."
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow




Thursday, June 23, 2016

Getting My Wings Back

Yesterday I reached a milestone in my broken ankle recovery, being given the OK to once again drive a vehicle.
The last time I sat in the driver's seat was in early February, almost six months ago.
I'm still in the physical therapy program, but being able to drive myself to the facility has been a liberating experience.
I may not look ecstatic, but on the inside I'm giggling like a school girl.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Taking Flight

  Life's toughest challenges bring the greatest rewards.


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The Proof Is In The Pudding

A dozen charming amateur bakers offer trays of edible treats and a tent full of doughy drama this summer when PBS brings back the U.K.’s unstoppable competition series, THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW, for a brand new season, airing Fridays, starting July 1 at 9:00 p.m. ET (check local listings).
Returning judges Mary Berry, a best-selling cookbook author and the U.K.’s “doyenne of baking,” and Paul Hollywood, an artisan bread-making expert whose personal appearances rival those of rock stars, join hosts Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc in search of the best all-around baker among the contestants.

“In response to the enthusiastic fan support for this sweet and savory series, we are thrilled to confirm that PBS will be bringing the latest BBC season of THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW to our viewers on Fridays this summer,” said Beth Hoppe, PBS Chief Programming Executive and General Manager, General Audience Programming. “And we are happy to be airing additional seasons of the hit series over the next couple of years for fans who just can’t get enough.”

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

On Patrol

It sure is feeling like summertime down here in the south.
Hot, sunny days and those pesky mosquitos and ticks are back.
Yesterday a new baby fawn was born, I'm certain the mother was one of the twin deer born here herself last spring.

There's been a fox sighting over the past three weeks, Oliver is keeping vigil.

Monday, June 6, 2016

The Fairest Month


 "Mine is the Month of Roses; yes, and mine
The Month of Marriages! All pleasant sights
And scents, the fragrance of the blossoming vine,
The foliage of the valleys and the heights.
Mine are the longest days, the loveliest nights;
The mower's scythe makes music to my ear;
I am the mother of all dear delights;
I am the fairest daughter of the year."

~  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow