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February 26, 2015
by annie
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This Is What Happens

when one blogs about Daffodils.

The thing about snow in Mississippi, though, is that it’s so rare that it’s always welcomed.  

So, happy snow day to us! And, note to self, remember to stockpile butter before the next snowstorm. Wanting to bake and having no butter is not a very happy thing. 

Here are some good things: 

I think that Domaine Home might be my favorite home decor/interior decorating site.  And this  fun and funky housetour from today has me absolutely captivated.  I’m dissecting it, y’all, and I’ve already sourced the butterfly artwork in the dining room.  There is much to admire.  

Also, tartines. I want some.  Did you see the four that were featured on Cup of Jo?  I want them all and not just for breakfast.  Yum, yum, yum!

Speaking of yum, Shutterbean made an awesome baked chicken from the new cookbook,Sheet Pan Suppers, by Molly Gilbert.  It looked like a good one to try so I made it last week. Outcome:  we inhaled it.  I made some plain buttered pasta to go along with it and some creamed spinach, too.  This recipe gets the designation of instant keeper.  Try it and you’ll see why.

Happy Wednesday, y’all, and happy snow day, too.

Today was great, today was fun, tomorrow is another one!

February 13, 2015
by annie
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Skillet Cookie!

Yes, that exclamation point above is needed.

This cookie is amazing and crazy easy. Yay for easy, right?

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In fact, the only real problem with this cookie is that it will be rapidly consumed. See that thumbs up? It’s for real.

Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 cups (about 9 ounces) semisweet-chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugars until mixture is light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add egg; mix until fully incorporated. Add flour mixture, and beat until just combined.
Stir in chocolate chips.
Transfer dough to a 10-inch ovenproof skillet, and press to flatten, covering bottom of pan. Bake until edges are brown and top is golden, 40 to 45 minutes. (Watch it — mine takes much less time but I think my oven is kind of an overachiever. I haven’t had this oven long so I’m still trying to figure it out. ) Don’t overbake; it will continue to cook a few minutes out of the oven. Transfer to a wire rack to cool, 15 to 20 minutes.

Cut into wedges and serve with ice cream and caramel sauce, if you want to be fancy.

It’s yummy, y’all! Happy Friday!

February 12, 2015
by annie
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Birth of the Blues

Today, I was looking at a couple of Mardi Gras mix tapes that some folks had posted online, and this song popped up on one of them.

It’s Keely Smith and Louis Prima doing Birth of the Blues. Not a song that I would naturally identify as being related to Mardi Gras, but a great one to know about, anyway.

Her voice is spectacular.

I love his trumpet playing.

It’s a good one to remember!

Happy Wednesday, y’all!

February 10, 2015
by annie
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What’s Up, Daffodil?

Doesn’t really have the same ring to it as, “What ‘s up, Buttercup?” It is, however, more accurate around these parts.

These have been springing up everywhere.

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I can’t adequately express how happy it makes me to see them.

Basically, big-time happy.

I told my mom the other day that our yard is going to be like a box of chocolates. We never really know what we’re going to get, since this is our first Spring in this house.

Looking forward to it!

So, February in Mississippi means daffodils. It also means Mardi Gras is coming right up.

If you want to make a king cake, and I think you totally should, by the way, then this is totally the best one. I say this after many years of king cake recipe searching. In fact, this recipe is so good that I’ve been known to make it at other times of the year. So check it out. (my only modifications to the recipe are that I omit the maple syrup and the pecans and tick the sugar of the filling up by just a tad.)

Speaking of Mardi Gras, I heard a song the other day that reminded me of it.

I really like this song! It’s by JD McPherson and is called, aptly, Let the Good Times Roll.

I first heard it on the way to school in the morning and thought it was some great old rockabilly tune that I had somehow never heard. And, if I’m being perfectly honest, I was sort of mad that I had never heard this great song. Well, wrong, Annie. It’s like new, spanking brand-new.

Give it a listen here.

Happy Tuesday, y’all!

October 3, 2014
by annie
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Songs for your Friday

I don’t know what happened, but I seem to have misplaced my hustle. I hate it when that happens.

This is a the sort of day day I would want to skip school, if I had to go to school, which I don’t. I have a long list of activities, of course, along with an overwhelming desire just to chuck the lot for today and go prowl through the Dirt Cheap. I won’t go though, because even though my hustle is on the lam, my priorities and the responsibility I feel to get stuff done is omnipresent.

So, I’m going to employ music in a bid to regain the misplaced hustle.

Sounds like a plan, right?

1. This guy, Paolo Nutini, sounds a lot like a young Al Green. Which makes perfect sense, since he’s Italian-Scottish. What?

2. Louis Prima: Hey Boy! Hey Girl!

3. Handle With Care by The Traveling Wilburys. Woohoo! An ’80s video! You know you want to sing along…

4. The Devil Ain’t Lazy by Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three. . I saw them perform the song in St. Louis, in front of a magnificent museum, in the middle of a beautiful park, on the prettiest night in June. Good memories.

5. Xander Cardinale: Made for You.. Kind of a basic song but I like singing along (really loudly) on the chorus.

Ok. My hustle still hasn’t returned. I’m off on a hustle hunt.

Tally ho! And, happy Friday, y’all!

October 2, 2014
by annie
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Pank Slaw

Just an explanation of the title — it’s a joke of mine and my sister, Deana, to not say “pink” but “pank”. Similarly, we also say “wranks” instead of “wrinks” (short for wrinkles) but that’s another story for another day.

Back to the subject at hand: slaw.

Jon and I absolutely love it.

I make lots of different kinds, but lately this is the one that I’ve been making.

It’s good.

It’s PANK.

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Ingredients:

– Half a red cabbage; cored and sliced thinly
– A quarter of a cup pickled Pepperocini pepper slices
– Half of a thinly sliced red or yellow onion
– 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
– two glugs red wine vinegar
– four gulgs extra-virgin olive oil
– juice of a lime, optional
– salt-and-pepper to taste

Instructions:

Thinly slice cabbage and onions.

In a medium bowl, combine mayonnaise, vinegar, olive oil, and salt and pepper, and optional lime juice. Whisk until combined. Toss with cabbage, peppers, and onions.

Serve and enjoy!

Happy Wednesday, y’all!

September 29, 2014
by annie
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Lycoris Radiata

I distinctly remember the first time I really noticed the surprise lily, or Spider Lily, as they’re generally known here in Mississippi. I’m pretty sure that I had seen them before in my life, but I hadn’t really noticed them until they began popping up in the front yard at the farmhouse where Jon and I lived our first year of marriage.

We rented the house from a great old farmer, Mr. Blocker. I have no idea how old he was back then, I’m assuming mid to late 70s. He was still actively farming, but I think he was also interested in what the newlyweds were up to, and so he sometimes turned up on weekend mornings.

Anyway, to have dozens of these gorgeous, red-orange lilies pop up in my yard was unexpected and delightful occurrence for me. One Saturday morning, Mr. Blocker came along to find me joyfully picking an armful of them. I was so happy about it, in fact, that he playfully accused me, saying, “What you so happy about this mornin’? You been up drinkin’ margaritas or sompthin?”

He was a hoot.

Fast forward twenty or so years, and I find myself back in Starkville, and guess what just came up in my yard?

Yes, spider lilies. And, the master gardener who lived here before us arranged them so well. Instead of popping up just willy-nilly in the front yard, they’re arranged on the edge of beds with beautiful plantings behind them.

I’ve always loved the color red-orange. Always. So, in this house that I have been painting for the past four months, I decided that I really wanted a red-orange room. Most of the rooms are white, because I really like that too, except for the boys rooms –which they all wanted to be blue. What is it with boys, and blue? Anyway, I finally settled on a color and I painted and painted — trying to use color to unite a room which, before, had borne five different wall coverings in all — real brick, fake brick, shingle siding, bookshelves, and pine paneling.

It’s a funny color. Sometimes it looks red, sometimes orange, and once at the very end of a day it looked to be a deep salmon pink. I didn’t really have a name for it, until now.

Now, I know what it is.

See? It’s spider lily red.

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Happy Monday, y’all!

September 8, 2014
by annie
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Jarekus Singleton’s Song for Monday

You know what, your Monday might need this song “Refuse to Lose”.

Why, you might say.

1. Well, he’s a Mississippi bluesman and his first nationwide album was released in April.

2. Lots of folks, like the Washington Post and England’s Blues & Rhythm have really nice things to say about his music.

3. Hmmm, oh yes, let us not forget that blistering guitar.

Enjoy it…and, if you want to hear more, there’s a good interview here.

Happy Monday, y’all!

September 8, 2014
by annie
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Well, I Never Thought I’d Say That

Number no-telling-what on the list of things I never thought I’d say:

(to Jon, while he was on his way to the bathroom yesterday morning…)

“Babe, just so you know, there’s a little gecko scampering around the bathroom this morning.”

And, as far as I know, he’s scampering in there still, hiding his fleshy little colored self amongst the 60s wallpaper with eagles and flowers.

He may take up a permanent residence. In fact, I know that he will if it’s up to me to catch him.

Because this gal, I do not do reptiles.

I hope y’all are having a happy, gecko-free Friday!

September 4, 2014
by annie
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Chili Cheese Fries

If you find yourself on a Thursday, suffering from an acute need of chili cheese fries, may I suggest that you visit here.

Because Joy the Baker, she has those fries covered.

Happy Thursday, y’all!