Archive for June, 2011


Fragrance

It’s so dry here.  Such an odd summer.  Flooding all over America, and we are absolutely parched.  The best I can say for my yard and my plants is that they’re alive.  I look at my honeysuckle hedge with dismay, and always end up thankful it’s not a crop I’m trying to grow to earn […]

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Beautiful Names

These are the beautiful names of my great-grandmothers… – – – – And the beautiful names of my grandmothers… – – Would you like to share the beautiful names of your grandmothers and great-grandmothers?  I’d love to “hear” them.  Those names from the past are music to my soul!

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Octa Maria

She’s been on my mind this week.  “Ninny”.  I wish I could have known her.  My mother tells me that she was so much fun to be with. She was the mother of three girls… Wilma, Glenna, and Ola.  And these girls grew up with the delightful nicknames of Dude, Tean, and Jo.  I wish […]

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Refreshment

It’s so much fun being married to my G.  You absolutely never know what he’s going to say. I made some experimental ice cream using almond milk.  The best thing I could say about it was that it was refreshing… because anything frozen and a little bit sweet when it’s over 100 degrees outside is […]

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Ninny’s Pitcher

I have this beautiful pitcher that belonged to my great-grandmother Sweat.  Nana’s mother.  I love to say her name.  Octa Maria.  Isn’t that the most lyrical name!  She passed away just before I was born, so I only know her through stories and photos.  She was affectionately called Ninny.  So I have Ninny’s beautiful pitcher, […]

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From Chaos to Calm

The day was just craziness.  (She slips into her Caribbean accent and adds “da mon”.)  I don’t like craziness very much, and a 3-Ring circus isn’t high on my list of favorite entertainment.  But that’s what we had at the barn last week. A new piece of furniture was arriving.  It required the fork lift […]

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Sour Cream Ice Cream

I have to share this “recipe”.  There’s been too much curiosity surrounding it to keep it to myself.  Those who know me best know that I’m not very serious about recipes.  When I’m in the kitchen (and I admit – it’s not my favorite place), I’m just adding some of this and a bit of […]

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Ice Cream Social

I just can’t stop thinking about ice cream socials.   They’re such a special part of our heritage. I’m privileged to own the book “Six Miles to the Windmill” by Annie King Greaves.  It’s her personal recollections from 1908-1913.  Her words are so meaningful to me… they’re my story… my great-grandparents were in the same county […]

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Sewing Machines

I have these sewing machines.  I’m no seamstress.  Certainly I don’t have three sewing machines because I need them.  You guessed it… treasures. Nana’s Singer & Mama’s Challenge I grew up wearing a delightful assortment of clothes made by my mother, my Nana and my Grandma.  I spent hours of my childhood in fabric stores, […]

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Sour Cream Cake

I’m a huge fan of sour cream.  And I love this recipe.  It’s my mom’s specialty, and she makes it for my birthday every year.  Yes… I’m a spoiled girl!   (And don’t forget.. the sour cream ice cream recipe is coming soon.) Here’s the recipe in her words: Sour Cream Cake 3/4  cup real butter….softened […]

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My Birthday Wish

I’m writing this song just for me Ulterior motives… you’ll see I’ve a favor to ask Just one simple task Will you do it?  We’ll just have to see – Today is my birthday, you know And I’d love for “My Field Days” to grow The present I’d like Is for you to invite One […]

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Ice Cream Recipe

Those of you who’ve had a few field days with me will get a chuckle out of the recipe I chose for my first batch of the summer.  Not my standard strawberry.  Not the delicious sour cream.  Breaking on out of that non-chocolate-peanut-butter-combo fetish!  And this ice cream is grand!!   Give it a try! – […]

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