Friday, November 21, 2014

Chestnut Cornbread

Here it is! That special recipe for the cornbread.
Thank you for reminding me to post it.
No chestnuts in it, just in case you missed the story about this cornbread recipe and cornmeal....

No pics, but everything you need is right here.

2 cups sifted meal (freshly ground corn meal, if you can get it)
1/2 cup flour
1 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 TBSP mayonnaise (Duke's brand, if you can get it)

Mix, add millk, and bake.

Yesp, that's all the directions I originally received.
That's it.
So I called to get some details.
And here's what I learned.

Preheat oven to "hot." (What is hot? 400? I'd say so, 400 is hot)
Mix all that together in a bowl.
Heat a black iron skillet in the oven.

Add enough milk to the dry ingredients to make the cornbread dough thick and pourable.
Mix well.

Pour into heated black skillet and bake until lightly brown.

Yes, I know. Still not enough information?
It took me a couple of times making it before I got it down.
The milk for me is about a cup.
The baking time for me is about 20 minutes.

Keep trying.
It is worth it.
And once you get it.....MAN, IT IS YUMMY!
(Hmmm....I might make some right now! For lunch on this cold cold sunny day!)


Monday, October 6, 2014

A Year? No Way!

It has almost been a year since I posted here.
Life on a farm in the country is FULL.

I do post regularly at The City Farmgirl Blog, so make sure to visit me there.
Here's the link to my latest blog post.
I'd gotten so many questions about my story about our wormy chestnut floors in MaryJanesFarm Magazine (awesome-est, best-est, grand-est magazine ever in the whole entire world!) that I wanted to share the rest of the story.
This time The Snake doesn't refer to a long, slimy, scary thang. Well, it is long and scary. But not slimy. And not alive. You'll see.
And yes, since so many folks have requested the recipe. I will make a pan of that famous cornbread this week. And when I do, I'll take photos and post the recipe.
Y'all take care!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

The Year of the Black Snake

I put up a new post at The City Farmgirl Blog at
Come over and visit me! Here's the link!

And HERE'S the video of our adventure catching and rehoming the Barn Snake.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Our Young Girls Look Like Prostitutes

 We dress our young girls like prostitutes and then we're  "surprised" and "shocked" when they act like one.

Why are we dressing our young girls like street walkers?
Why do we ALLOW them to dress this way?

Why is that girl on the cover so VERY skinny?

I just about died when I saw this BACK TO SCHOOL cover for JC Penney.
We wonder why our teen girls have eating disorders, self-destructive behaviors, and become sexually active early...all of this starts early in our culture.

And THIS is JC Penney for heaven's sake.



Sunday, July 14, 2013

Guity, Not Guilty?

I wrote this yesterday and got busy and never posted it. Since then, the jury has spoken on the criminal charges brought by the state: Not Guilty.

I've gotten several messages about where I stand on the Zimmerman case. I really don't like to talk about religion or politics or current events on the blog, but let's just go ahead and talk about this since you want to know where I stand.

Yes, I was a prosecutor. Yes, I was a defense attorney.

But I haven't followed this case at all. Ever since I moved to a Farm, I've kept my head in the clouds. I like it up here in the clouds.
Life is happy and easy and breezy in the clouds.


My daughter said to me the other day,

"You're all about rainbows and butterflies and unicorns now."

DON'T I KNOW IT. Is there something wrong with that?

I'd like her to be more about rainbows and butterflies and unicorns. I'd like everybody to be more about rainbows and butterflies and unicorns.

I gar-un-tee-ya that there would be more peace on earth.

Anywho, I do not have television. I have no idea what is happening in the news unless someone talks about it at the local general store or on my facebook feed.

So, here's where I am with all trials, criminal and civil, Zimmerman included:
I do not second guess a jury's verdict.
I did not sit in court.
I did not listen to the entire case and see and hear the evidence they did.
I don't know the specifics in this case.
I don't know Florida criminal law.
So, unless there has been reversible error at the trial level, I'm okay with whatever the jury does. They saw the witnesses testify, they heard the evidence, they listened to the judge's instructions.
So, guilty or not guilty? It's not up to me.


I believe strongly in our criminal justice system, which includes the jury process.

I believe that everyone should be treated the same in that system, no matter who you are, who you aren't, who you know, who you don't know, who your Daddy is, how much money you have, what color your skin is, where you live, what you look like. The laws should be applied fairly and justly and similarly to every one.

I also believe strongly in my right to bear arms. And I do.

(I have a t-shirt with a picture of a bear on it that says, "I believe in the right to arm bears." Cracks me up every time I wear it, animal lover that I am.)

Now, if I had the time and desire, which I don't, I could watch the entire court case on the computer so I could render an intelligent, informed opinion on the matter. But still. I would have only seen and heard what the camera man showed me. I would have missed a lot. Nuances.

So no thanks. Let the jury do their job and I'll do mine.

I've BUSY on the farm. With chickens and horses and barns and coops and barns.
With the butterflies and rainbows and unicorns.

Token Butterfly

Token (double) Rainbow Over my Barn

I have not captured a photograph of a unicorn YET....
But my Great White Horse is close, very close.
Here he is, still at "camp"
(missing him in my pasture and barn)

Yes, butterflies and rainbows and one magical horse.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Life Here is Sticky

 "Be like the flower, turn your face to the sun."

Kahlil Gibran

"In summer, the song sings itself."

William Carlos Williams

“It's a sure sign of summer if the chair gets up when you do.”

Walter Winchell 

"Summer's here, I'm for that, got my rubber shoes, got my straw hat..."

James Taylor

"When I was a little kid, of course, I was brown all summer. That's because I was free as a bird-nothing to do but catch bugs all day."

Roy Blount, Jr.

"A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken."

James Dent


Summer is ice-cold watermelon.

Summer is cucumbers.

And tomatoes!


And squash and corn.

And lemon.

Summer is grilling.

Summer is home-made ice cream in the electric churn. Strawberry is my favorite.
Summer is salads. Macaroni Salad. Pasta Salad. Corn Salad. Lentil Salad. Rice and Feta Salad. Cucumber Salad. And of course, regular old salad Salad with home-made dressing using fresh herbs from the garden.
Summer is staying outside until the sun sets and the moon rises.

Here in the south, summer is always HOT and STICKY.

"I'm melting, I'm melting..."

The Wicked Witch

"What dreadful hot weather we have! It keeps me in a continual state of inelegance."

Jane Austen

But this year, I'm not HOT.
For the first summer ever,
I'm not complaining about the thick heavy STICKY muggy air.
I'm in the mountains.
And I've finally found my home.
 Life is good here.
And sticky.
But not sticky from the heat.
It's sticky from the roasted marshmallows.
Want one?