~In the south and around the world.
Sunday, April 29, 2007
Saturday, April 28, 2007
Today as I sit with my hot coffee I am really wanting a Krispy Kreme donut.
I won't~ because swimsuit season is here.
I'll just be happy thinking about them... hot and fresh!
Y'all have a donut for me!
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
The Slow Travel idea is that the best way to experience a place is to spend time: live in a rental home or apartment, shop at the corner market, eat the local food, feed the neighborhood cats. You get the idea. This web community is spread around the world, a community of friends who also have wanderlust. I am amazed at how much we have in common, mostly our love of travel. We prove that this is a small world.
This weekend we had the chance to go to Brevard, NC to get together with some Slow Travel friends. Friends that I have never met in person, but only through this community we know as the web.
Brevard is outside of Asheville, home of the beautiful Biltmore Estate & Winery. The winery is a converted dairy farm, now producing award winning wines. The Inn is a wonderful place to stay, for that special occasion when you deserve to be treated like royalty.
The highlight of the weekend was a visit to the Brevard Music Center, and a delightful evening with friends. Thanks to Linda and John for opening their beautiful home, and everyone else being a part of the fun. Palma and I share more than a passion for Italy and limoncello~ there is something about those silver haired men.
I can't credit the music center for our talent for the evening... in fact a little musical training may have helped. The Slow Chicks may not be musically inclined, but we sure know how to have a good time!
Thanks for the chance to share!
Monday, April 23, 2007
I am trying to learn to download videos from you tube. (cross your fingers!)
This goes to show that you can plant a garden anywhere! Do you think this is where Harrods gets those beautiful veggies?
Friday, April 20, 2007
We aren't ready to pick just yet...but this is the about the time to be getting those tomatoes in the ground. So after I finish my BLT, Bill and I are headed out to buy some tomato plants.
I might try growing tomatoes upside down this year. It seems like the perfect idea to me...No weeding, no bugs (ok, less bugs), and no fat green worms. Hammacher Schlemmer makes it simple...but a little more expensive than the hole in the bucket idea.
This year I'm going to try my hand with some heirloom tomatoes. I love them with basil and mozzarella. I'll also get some Better Boys- I'm not sure why but that is what we always plant. They are great for our Fried Green Tomatoes, or a tomato sandwich. One bush of cherry tomatoes will keep us in salads all summer.
I don't start my tomatoes from seed (way to impatient for that!). I will run to the local market and buy a tray... and another tray for my neighbor. That way if I give up on mine there will be some right next door. There is nothing better than sharing tomatoes with friends.
Y'all got any to share?
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
We had a girl's week at the beach. Well deserved, much needed, totally girly! Drinks at LuLu's in Gulf Shores~ if you have never been to the HomePort Marina it is a must stop when headed to the gulf. LuLu is actually Jimmy Buffett's baby sister; what a great story she has. My favorite drink is the frozen Key Lime drink! The crab claws were a little bready, the gumbo tolerable, but the atmosphere is awesome.
The best dinner we had was a big bowl of wild gulf shrimp, a salad, and a glass of chardonnay. Steamed right in our own kitchen.
We stayed at a beautiful condo on Perdido Key, I think this is the most beautiful beach in the gulf! How can you not come home relaxed and refreshed?
Glad to be back to the bloggin world~
What have y'all been up to?
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Janelle at Talk of Tomatoes has been our gracious hostess. I look forward to seeing what everyone can come up with. Last month there were some really neat ideas. A Spot of Tea used tall pussy willows in a vase, check out her great shots. Sher, who is always asking What Did You Eat made a pretty pink bouquet with great stems of rosemary. Kitchen Mish~Mash used some naturally colored eggs to make an egg-traordinay centerpiece for her Easter table. My personal favorite would have to be Myriam's at Once Upon a Tart, who used an Italian tomato can for a unique poesy pot.
April is a month I look forward to all winter. In spite of the yellow pollen, this is the most glorious time in Alabama. The weather warms up, warm sunshiny days, but the nights are still cool. Our yard is full of blooms~ and I can honestly say it has little to do with my green thumb. My centerpiece this month is all about springtime in Alabama.How can that not make you smile?
I have an extra cup for coffee...
Y'all bring the snacks.
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Sunday, April 08, 2007
We will gather around the table with ham, sweet potatoes , macaroni & cheese, and squash. We have sworn to cut back on desserts this year; so maybe only an apple pie, some raspberry crunch and sugar cookies decorated like Easter Eggs and lambs.
Another southern favorite are deviled eggs; just the thing for any church social, picnic, or tail gate. The name is not very easter-ish...but that is what they are. It is the perfect solution for all of those colored eggs. Try this easy recipe for 'sunrise easter eggs'.
6 hard boiled eggs
3 Tbs mayonnaise
1 tsp honey mustard
2 Tbs pickle relish
Hard boil eggs by placing in cold water, then bring to a hard boil for at least 14 minutes. Cool eggs in the fridge. When cool enough to handle, peel shells- careful not to pick the whites. Slice eggs in half, lengthwise. Collect the yolks into a bowl and set the whites aside.
Mash the yolks with the mayo, mustard and relish until smooth. Spoon or pipe the yellow mixture into the egg whites. Sprinkle with paprika. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Thursday, April 05, 2007
As many of you know Fannie Flagg is the author of the novel 'Fried Green Tomatoes at the WhistleStop Cafe', as well as several other wonderful novels including her latest, 'Can't Wait to get to Heaven'. We also know that she has a great cookbook with southern recipes that Mom worked closely with her on.
The Birmingham News said that "She did for tomatoes what Colonel Sanders did for chicken". She won an Academy Award nomination for her adaptation of the screenplay to 'Fried Green Tomatoes', and made her movie debut in the Oscar-nominated 'Five Easy Pieces'. Back in they day, she hosted the Morning Show with Tom York and was a local celeb long before the world knew her. Her book 'Fried Green Tomatoes at the WhistleStop Cafe is part of the freshman curriculum at a New Hampshire college, where she holds an honorary doctorate.
To get to this final round of the Pop Culture Madness, she had to beat out Mark Cildress, Walker Percy, Truman Capote, Harper Lee, and Tallulah Bankhead. All of these are famous Alabamians.
So let's all get behind her and let her know we that she is our most famous icon. Voting is simple and only takes a minute. We have until Friday at 11pm.
Y'all get busy voting!