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Happy Friday, y’all!

It’s a sunny Friday here in Starkville. Spring keeps teasing us….but she isn’t here to stay, yet. Meanwhile, I am thoroughly spoilt when it comes to weather. I don’t like the cold, anymore. When I lived in St. Louis, I found chilly weather to be invigorating. Now, I just find it to be cold. That, and I want to wear sandals.

During the recent bit of winter weather that has come to be known around here as “the snow that wasn’t” I did quite a bit of baking. It’s a compulsion, really, and one that I can do without a problem because of these folks that I live with and the rate of food consumption around here. For instance, these cinnamon rolls, from Smitten Kitchen, well, they were gone after one breakfast. (I filled them with cinnamon, sugar and butter instead of the cranberries….but when cranberry season rolls around, I shall be making those buns, stat.)  This is now my go-to cinnamon roll recipe.  Yes.  I like it better than Pioneer Woman’s.  Also, Smitten’s  pita recipe? It was great. I made the pitas and we had them with salmon croquets inside along with a tartar sauce from the awesome cookbook, Keepers. Jon said, “I think this is the first pita I’ve ever eaten.” And, you know what, they are so good that one might think that even if he had eaten a pita before — which he probably hasn’t, odd as that may sound. My man has a very extensive and detailed food memory.

Speaking of bread..I guess that I’ll make some King Cake this weekend.  Fat Tuesday is just around the corner…

Also, just around the corner is the latest song in Jon’s song project.  I didn’t call your attention to his last two songs and they were good ones — so I really should have!  You can listen to all of his songs right here on his blog.  The next one up is inspired by Iggy Pop, I think.  It’s great!

Speaking of music, have y’all heard of St. Paul and the Broken Bones?  They just released their debut album and it’s kind of amazing.  You can hear an interview with them and hear some of their music, too, here.  They are based out of Birmingham, Alabama. I’m really excited about this band! The lead singer looks like an accountant but sings like Otis Redding. If you like soul music, you should check them out.

Here they are doing “Call Me”:

St. Paul and the Broken Bones performs “Call Me” for World Cafe from WXPN FM on Vimeo.

Alright, time to have your mind blown. Did you know that President John Tyler’s grandsons are still alive. Yes, that would be the John Tyler, the 10th president of the USA. Crazy.

I’m kind of astounded at this DIY of a temporary backsplash that I found over on Apartment Therapy. It’s really good looking. If it were mine, I’d say it was my permanent backsplash and call it a day.

Speaking of DIY…this DIY confetti tablecloth looks cute.

I found this article about the little French girl who played with wild beasts to be fascinating. Also, the picture of her embracing that giant frog was sweet…

Speaking of kids and animals, this pinterest page entitled It Wants To Eat Your Young is hilarious. I think that the one of the baby and the whale at the bottom of the page might be my favorite.

Okay, I’ve got to go check over Charlie’s math before we get started on the next subject….making banana bread.  (This one!)  It’s more baking, I know.  Perhaps it is a sickness, after all…

One last thing.  Richard Grant is a travel writer from Britain.  He lives in the Mississippi Delta.  You’d probably find all of his articles interesting.  I particularly liked the one about Morocco and loved the one about St. Lucia.  He has a way of writing that really makes you feel like you’re there.  Like you are experiencing everything that he is.  And, he has a sense of humor, too, as you will see if you read this Delta Crime Report.  He’s taken to reading the local papers and putting together a little list of the crazy crime happenings over there.  What a hoot.  I particularly like the “O Brother Where Art Thou” feeling of this one.

Happy Friday, y’all!






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