The Simple Beauty That Surrounds Us.




























This is Cooper's snow angel that he made for Grandma Dot!  The little ones touch your heart.





"Simple Beauty"

What Are We Going To Do?!!



I of course sent Chuck for milk, bread etc.  Every pitcher is full of water along with 3 bathtubs.

Yes that is how it is in the South!  People make fun of us.  We laugh at ourselves too; but truth be known we should react like that.  We really don't get it enough to be prepared for it.  It took some of my relatives in Georgia 10 hours or more to get home 3 1/2 miles.  We didn't get quite that much snow here.

This is how we have fun in the South with snow! We enjoy every minute of it because it snows so seldom and doesn't usually last that long.

Enjoy these pictures from my nieces and nephews! 




























Photos by Beth Coleman

I'll be back with different snow pictures...
Have a safe and fun day wherever you are.



Prime Rib Roast

I wanted to share what has become a family tradition for a good many years now.
Our Christmas Eve Menu
Beginning with

Prime Rib with Horseradish Cream

 photo credit: Christmas with Southern Living 2006


Farmgirl Chit-Chat


Good morning!  How are you?  I'd like to invite you all over to the meet the most wonderful
group of people that you'll ever meet!

Heidi a dear friend is the brain behind a new Facebook Page called Farmgirl Chit Chat!  

It is already turning out the be one of the best places to be on Facebook.  You meet friends immediately!  Notice I said friends.  It's as if we have known each other forever.  It is a place to learn, share, talk, laugh and just enjoy each others company.

It has just begun but already we have some of the best writers, photographers, designers, quilters, cooks, bloggers, gardeners, ranchers, animal experts to name a few.  You name it we have them and others are joining daily!  

You may ask yourself if you have to have tons of farmland beneath your feet?  The answer is no. You just need a desire and a willingness to learn and share what you know with us!  

Do you garden? Raise a few Chickens, goats, cows?  Alright then do you have a dog?  Do you grow a pot plant on a balcony, a small garden or feed the neighborhood? Makes no difference just come on out!  

MaryJane Butters has been such an inspiration to us and we just share the fact that you don't have to be a huge farmer to enjoy the farm life.
  
Are you like me? Do you want, no I change that Need dirt beneath your feet to dig and grow things in no matter how big or small?  Do you cook, create or both?

Aren't you curious yet?

You might as well just come on over and join us.
Stop by and thank Heidi for this wonderful idea and new place to meet while you are there!

Farmgirl Chit Chat 
https://www.facebook.com/groups/farmgirlchitchat/
The door is open come on in : HERE


Heidi Gonzales from:



PINK Is For Girls!

This post is for girls only!
Yes, that's right!
It is all about PINK!
No not her; the color PINK.

 

Ralph Lauren an American Icon

 
Red, White and Blue 
That is what comes to my mind when his name is mentioned.

Please join me over at dolly's designs for a great informational post on this famous and talented man.

I know you will enjoy it!


Cooking to Stay Warm: Oven Baked Beef Stew



Do you love to cook on cool days?  Days in which you are indoors with lots to do really but you love to cook?  I do.  I thought I would share this with you maybe it will warm you on these cold days.

Bacon: So You Love Bacon?

Ah, bacon!

It is surprising to me this obsession with Bacon that has come about in the last few years.
What surprises me is the fact that you Late Bacon bloomers just found out about Bacon.
My question to you is:  Where the heck have you been?

I know what some will say, "Bacon is not good for you!  It is unhealthy, think of the fat, the nitrates!"  Well, here is what I say to you, " You don't have to eat it constantly, a little of anything won't hurt so badly.  We all need a little fat."  I always say this and firmly believe it, "It is not what you eat but how you eat it.  Moderation is the key!"

My goodness we in the South were born and bred to love Bacon, grits, oh and sausages! Oops, I went off subject.  We'll have to talk about grits and sausages later.

The great grandparents and grandparents. Well that is as far as I can remember.grew their own Bacon...(pigs/hogs if you will). It skipped my parents' generation.  They chose to work outside the home in other fields.

 Aren't these cute little piggies?  Don't think about it, you know the ( bacon) This is not how they grow them for our (bacon).  They grow them crowded in CAFOs, but that is another story.
These are like the piggies at the trough I used to watch grandparents feed.


I can remember actually wanting to go watch granddaddy feed which was then called: Slopping the hogs.  I would stand there watch and hear all of the "slop" fall into the hog troughs.  UGH awful sound in itself but wait!  The sound of the hogs eating was atrocious!  Yet, there I stood at granddaddy's feet watching in disbelief.  I personally knew from that moment on what it meant when someone would say, "He eats like a pig."

I also remember the very pretty working windmill on one set of grandparents land...I can hear it spinning now.
 
photo credit

I know that if I were a true farmer I would raise my own pigs and make my own bacon. I am not because I would name them and then they would not become bacon.  How about you could you grow or do you grow your own pork?


Back to the subject at hand: Bacon, do you want a Bacon Lettuce & Tomato Sandwich?

Yes, Bacon has been a part of my life. I love it and always have!  It is just not for breakfast anymore.  I can remember we children asking for bacon and mama would say that was for breakfast...She soon learned well, when she went off to work and we were old enough to cook our own that we would have Bacon!  French Fries! Yes all of the grease teenagers love!

Speaking of french fries that is something I must tell you.  I being the oldest of 5 children would come home from school and fry them constantly.  It became a favorite for me to cook for them.  I know they won't ever forget that.  Me trying to take care of them (notice I said trying, that was impossible) and cooking for them.

Now who wants bacon?  I know You do!  Can you taste it?  I dare you not to have bacon today in some shape or form, and when you do come back and tell me about it!

 Let me leave this with you ~ one more time~
I want to pick a piece up and just eat it!




Have a great weekend!



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