Friday Finds #5

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I’m dropping in for a quick Friday Finds post.  I know I’ve been scarce on the blog lately  but my darling daughter, Catie, has done an awesome job filling in for me.  Soon, I’ll divulge what I’ve been doing.  Click on the pics below for more details of each find.

In case you missed the beginning of Catie’s Cooking Challenge, we had grilled vegetable sandwiches with homemade pesto mayo.  Delicious!

sandwich 1With the holidays coming and cards to be addressed, Jones Design Company comes to the rescue with “How to Create Fake Calligraphy.” Looks do-able!

If calligraphy is too much for you, Wordmark.it is wonderful.  You can compare what you want to say in all of your fonts at one time in order to choose the right one.   — Genius!  Thanks, Just a Girl for sharing!

I could look at these winning photos from the National Geographic Photo Contest all day.

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Winning photo by Marko Korosec

 

Last, but certainly not least, 10 Old School Southern Rules to make those of you from the South smile in remembrance and the rest of you think we’re crazy!     https://i1.wp.com/d3j6r9fi0pmzp0.cloudfront.net/style/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/FI_Southern-Rules.jpgBlessings,

Mimi

“I’ve known all along from the evidence of your words that you meant them to last forever.”  Psalm 119:152  The Message

Eighth Notes and Writing Challenges

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I can hardly believe that October is almost here.  For the last several years, I have participated in a writing challenge during the month of October.  Now that the start date is looming in 6 days, I’m starting to get antsy.  Even now, as I am thinking about what I will write, my foot is tapping staccato eighth notes in allegro.

I have a working topic but I’m struggling with finding the time to actually pull it together.  I’ll announce on Monday. {That’s a great idea; put it off for a few more days -hehehe!}

Until then, if you didn’t get a chance to see my posts from the past two years, you can check them out below.  Just click on either button and it will take you to the 31 Day Series page.  From that location, you can view any or all to your heart’s content.

2012

Day 25 of 31 Days of Books off my Shelf

2013

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See you on Friday for Friday Finds #3!

Blessings,

Mimi

“Train me in good common sense; I’m thoroughly committed to living your way.”  Psalm 119:66 The Message

Rosemary Focaccia Bread

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Y’all, I made the best focaccia bread this week.  I haven’t had much luck in the past but Southern Living‘s recipe in their November issue is absolutely delicious and not hard to make.

rosemary focaccia bread pic

Ingredients
  • 1 (1/4-oz.) envelope active dry yeast
  • 1 2/3 cups lukewarm water (100° to 110°) $
  • 4 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon table salt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves, divided
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

Preparation

  1. Stir together yeast and warm water in bowl of a heavy-duty electric stand mixer; let stand 5 minutes.
  2. Add bread flour, 1/4 cup oil, and 1 Tbsp. table salt to yeast mixture. Beat on low speed, using paddle attachment, 10 seconds or until blended. Increase speed to medium. Beat 45 seconds or until dough is smooth. Add 1 Tbsp. rosemary. Replace paddle attachment with dough hook; increase speed to medium-high, and beat 4 minutes. (Dough will be sticky.)
  3. Turn dough onto a floured surface, and knead until smooth and elastic (about 1 minute). Place in a greased bowl, turning to coat. Cover dough with plastic wrap, and let rise in a warm place (80° to 85°), free from drafts, 1 hour or until doubled in bulk.
  4. Press dough into a well greased 15- x 10-inch jelly-roll pan, pressing to about 1/4-inch thickness. Cover with a kitchen towel, and let rise in a warm place 1 hour.
  5. Preheat oven to 475°. Press handle of a wooden spoon into dough to make indentations at 1-inch intervals; drizzle with 3 Tbsp. oil. Sprinkle with kosher salt and remaining 1 Tbsp. rosemary. Bake 14 to 16 minutes or until top is light brown. Remove from pan to a wire rack, and cool 10 minutes.
NOVEMBER 2013 Recipe from Southern Living
Whitney Miller, Southern Living

Could you, like me, eat bread and oil every day?

Blessings,

Mimi

“Men ate the bread of angels; he sent them all the food they could eat.” Psalm 78:25 NIV Bible

Tailgating

Hey!  I’m glad you’re here!  This post is part of a 31 Day writing challenge hosted by The Nester.  During the month of October, I’m writing on Southern A Way of Life.  I will be back to my ‘regular’ posts in November.  Consider pushing that follow button to the right for all my latest posts.  Thanks y’all!

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What would a Southern football game be without a tailgate party?  Every Fall before the football game, campuses across the South transform into moveable feasts.  Each tent offering a savory and/or sweet treat beckoning to be tasted.  Tailgate parties showcase two of the South’s favorite things to do: eating and socializing.

Southern Living Magazine held a contest this year for the campus with the best tailgate.  The winning choice for the South’s Best Tailgate went to Clemson for the second year in a row, read article here.

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University of Southern Mississippi

Click to enlargeClick on USM’s picture for a really interesting article written about tailgating.

Doodlebug and I talk about the two most important components of tailgating.

To view all of the posts in this series, click here and if you’d like to check out others participating in this same writing challenge, visit The Nester, here.

I’m always looking for great party recipes.  Do you have any to share??

Blessings,

Mimi

“They will celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness.”  Psalm 145:7  NIV Bible

Do you wear your colors?

Hey!  I’m glad you’re here!  This post is part of a 31 Day writing challenge hosted by The Nester.  During the month of October, I’m writing on Southern A Way of Life.  I will be back to my ‘regular’ posts in November.  Consider pushing that follow button to the right for all my latest posts.  Thanks y’all!

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I have a question for you.  Do you wear your colors?  Are you displaying them proudly?  What am I talking about, you ask?  Football.  In the Fall, in the South, football reigns as  the biggest topic of conversation.  The preacher includes a little football in his sermons, teenagers talk about the game from Friday night, women talk about tailgating { stay tuned for that topic tomorrow} and men talk about which player and/or which coach made the right calls or passes.

Team supporters attend the games dressed in their school colors proudly waving, chanting or ringing a bell to display their appreciative, encouraging, and loyal support for their team and its players to win.  Occasionally among these fans, rivalry lust consumes and the banter dangerously dips close towards talk of domination and annihilation. Football is serious stuff!

Southern football fans are not only school loyal but also region loyal.  When their team is not playing its rival from the same state and hoping for bragging rights, they proudly cheer and/or sympathize with the other team from their state or region.  After all, school rivalries don’t matter during that game.

Some loyal fans even display a banner in their yard proclaiming their allegiance to the team of their choice year-round.  Football takes such a precedence here that brides {myself included} schedule their weddings around the big games in order to ensure people will be able to attend their ceremony.   If that’s not crazy for the love of pigskin, I don’t know what is!

 To view all of the posts in this series, click here and if you’d like to check out others participating in this same writing challenge, visit The Nester, here.

Which team do you cheer on to victory?

Blessings,

Mimi

“For it seems to me that God has put us apostles on display at the end of the procession, like men condemned to die in the arena.  We have been made a spectacle to the whole universe, to angels as well as to men.”  1 Corinthians 4:9  NIV Bible

How to be a Hostess with the Mostest

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Today, I’m continuing the thread on Southern hospitality that I began on Day 2, for more on that post, click here.  That day, I focused, primarily, on hospitality from the standpoint of friendliness, but another component of being hospitable is being a hostess with the mostest.    Some people are naturally born with the gift of being a gracious hostess.  Others of us have to learn a few basic tricks “to fake it ’till we make it” as Doodlebug says.  I believe that anyone, no matter if they were gifted or not, can welcome and entertain others in their home and make them feel welcome.

Here’s a few tricks I’ve learned over the years that have helped.

1. Keep the pantry stocked with foods that you can put together quickly.

2. Be comfortable in your own home and how it looks and others will be comfortable too — even, and most especially, when there is laundry everywhere, dishes in the sink,  dog hair across the floor, and a month’s worth of dust on the bookshelves.  BE CONFIDENT and VERY WELCOMING and they will forget about your house.

3. If you know guests are coming, it’s amazing how quickly the main living spaces can be straightened up, candles lit and the house appear to others that you live “neat” all the time.

4. When cooking a meal, cook something you know is a winner or get take out.  If you know your guests really well, break these rules, abandon them to the wind and cook something new you’ve been longing to try.

Other 31 Day-ers writing about hospitality that I think you’ll enjoy : )
Jenn @ asimplehaven.com
Kamille @ redeemingthetable.com
And this post from Edie@ lifeingrace

To view all of the previous posts in this series, click here.

What are your go-to dishes when company comes by?

Blessings,

Mimi

“Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it.”  Hebrews 13:2  NIV Bible

Cooking Southern Style

Hey!  I’m glad you’re here!  This post is part of a 31 Day writing challenge hosted by The Nester.  During the month of October, I’m writing on Southern A Way of Life.  I will be back to my ‘regular’ posts in November.  Consider pushing that follow button to the right for all my latest posts.  Thanks y’all!

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I like Italian and Tex Mex.  I like Costa Rican, Caribbean, Greek, Cajun and Japanese.  But when it comes to American food, I like Southern best.  In fact, I had a summer southern feast which you can read about here and find out how I fry veggies.

I love fried chicken.  I know it’s bad for me, my cholesterol and my waistline, but sometimes, a little grease is needed for the soul.   Southern cooking is comfort food and makes your body all happy inside.   I don’t indulge often, but growing up we had this type of cooking all the time.  The problem came when people started talking about how bad it was for you and my mother went to work for the American Heart Association and went healthy on us.  Drat it all!

Beyond the frying of everything, including candy bars and  doughnut burgers they offer at the state fair, the other complaint I’ve heard regarding southern cooking is that vegetables are cooked until no nutrients are left.  My question is, ‘Have you ever tasted them?’ I mean, please, they melt in your mouth.  Sure, they’re devoid of all essential nutrients but they’re filled with bacon fat and butter.  What’s not to love?!  Vegetables cooked this way  are also now only eaten on special occasions due to the above mentioned cholesterol and waistline.   Somehow, I feel the media may be to blame.

I visited a friend up north and she said the women don’t cook.  They don’t know how and they even buy jello salad in the grocery store.  They’re skinny as a rail and buy takeout food.  I can’t imagine.   I think if all non southerners came to the South and started trying our food, they’d never want to go back to their ways.

Comeback Dressing 

This dressing was invented in the Greek restaurants of Jackson, MS. You can use it as a salad dressing, as a dip for fried seafood and fried veggies, on burgers and even on crackers — it’s just that good.

Ingredients:
1 cup Mayonnaise
1/2 cup Ketchup
1/2 cup Chili Sauce
1/2 cup Cottonseed Oil
1/2 cup Yellow Onion, grated
3 tbl Lemon Juice
2 tbl Garlic, minced
1 tbl Paprika
1 tbl Water
1 tbl Worcestershire
1 tsp Pepper
1/2 tsp Dry Mustard
1 tsp Salt
Combine all ingredients in a food processor and mix well.

Yield: 3 1/2 cups

Recipe is from Robert St. John, a well-known Mississippi chef.

His original post can be viewed here.

I have one question for you, ‘What’s for supper?”

Blessings,

Mimi

“And if thy oblation be a meat offering baken in the fryingpan, it shall be made of fine flour with oil.”  Leviticus 2:7  KJV Bible