Fried Chicken Southern Style


My Simple Southern Fried Chicken Recipe

I've been told that I make the best fried chicken ever by many people.  My face is blushing and I am smiling.  That is quite a compliment.  

People that have been in my life for years have told me when seeing me again, "I can't get your fried chicken out of my mind, and it's been 30 years"!  

Yep, I've been told that by many.  The funny thing is I don't make a batter, I don't use egg, I use flour and a few seasonings that's it. 

Today is Palm Sunday, What Does That Mean To Us?

Palm Sunday is the Sunday before Easter that begins the Holy Week. It is the day that we remember and celebrate the day Jesus entered Jerusalem as Savior and King. As Jesus rode a donkey into the town of Jerusalem a large crowd gathered and laid palm branches and their cloaks across the road, giving Jesus royal treatment. The hundreds of people shouted "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!"   Jesus' Triumphal Entry Into Jerusalem

Matthew 21: 1-9

1. Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, "Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied and a colt with her.  Loose them and bring them to Me. 3 And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, 'The Lord has need of them,' and immediately he will send them."

Catie's Product Review: Photowall


Today was a fun day.  I was approached by a representative from Photowall for the purpose of a Product Review. 

It didn't take but a glance at the website which is full of wonderful ideas to decide it would be a great idea. 

They can actually use one of your images to make wallpaper, canvas, wall print, or poster.  How cool is that?  Hey Creative Friends this could be a great adventure!  Imagine one of your very own photographs that means a lot to you can be added to any of these!

I could think of no one better to do this review than Catie. Well, I'll step aside now and let her explain it in her own words, as only she can do so well. She even chose the title she would like.  You may already know her then you know if not you are in for a treat!  

Catie Is Psycho

The movie Psycho is probably the reason why everyone feels eerie in the shower. Blanche Devereaux once said that the shower scene is the reason why she preferred not to shower alone. 

Simple Kitchen Curtain Fabric and Cotton Talk

My fabric of choice will always be good quality cotton.  So much can be made with it and it lasts for many years.  I have cotton items made by my great-grandmother and grandmother.  Even now I have my first item, an apron, made in Home Economics class at a very young age. I'm not ashamed to say that apron is now over 50 years old. 

Today sharing here and in the Sewing/Craft Room of Hibiscus House the fabric that was chosen for the simplest of curtains.

Most of you already know how much I've always loved cotton itself.  It is still grown frequently here on this farmland and we do enjoy watching it grow.

A Little Family Tradition Talk:

My family talked about growing and picking cotton.  Evidently, it was a time-consuming chore because to hear them tell it they worked all day for just a little in weight.  They would put it in burlap sheets or sacks I believe and carry it with them as they moved along and picked. Each person's portion would be weighed and then totaled at the end of the day for their pay. I think they enjoyed seeing who could pick the most in a day.

I grew up with wonderful family friends that were still doing the farm chores.  I had the privilege of seeing them do their farm chores. It was a wonderful learning experience for me.  Very fond memories were made while spending time on their farm with them.

  A close beautiful family and you can read more here about some of the fun times.

I saw it first hand on granddaddy's farm the cotton-growing as well.  Pretty much by the time we came along most cotton must have been picked on his farm by machine.  

Truthfully I don't remember.  I do believe another crop took the place of cotton on his farm and it was Tobacco.  I won't get into working with that sticky mess.  Although some great memories were made while working as a child and listening to the happy talk under the barn while working.  

I love cotton in all stages of growth.  Shown below beautiful green leaves with gorgeous blooms.  

Did you know a fun fact that cotton is a relative of the Hibiscus? Hollyhock, Hibiscus, Cotton and even Okra which we Southerners love are in the same Hibiscus family!

Cotton in Bloom and you can see more here.

A close view of a cotton bloom and you can see more here

View in front of the house a few seasons ago
You can see more in the post-Walking Barefoot Down the Dirt Road

The cotton in the picture above is not fully opened but is still pretty.  When fully opened a cotton field looks almost like a fluffy snow scene.

My family grew and picked cotton although I personally have only picked a few of these that grow here while walking the driveway.

Cotton Wreath

Basket of cotton picked in the field one day

I guess you can see why cotton would be a fabric of choice for me

It is beautiful, durable, easy to care for.

Today in the Sewing room I share the fabric chosen.  It was so good to get back in front of the sewing machine!  You can see the fabric here.


It's That Time of Year! Who's Ready to Garden?


I need to get up get out and get something done!  Are you ready?  Are you gardening?  I know some that are.  Some like myself love to work with the soil and grow things.  A little gardening talk this morning.

The Painting of Catie

This is such a lovely painting of Catie.  Gaye Ham is quite an artist.  She is a friend to me, we've known each other since our school days.  She and my youngest Catie have become friends as well since Catie became her hairstylist.  Catie's husband Doug and his family have been lifelong friends with Gaye as well.  It is a small world, isn't it?  

When Gaye contacted me about wanting to do a surprise painting of Catie I was thrilled.  It wasn't long before she found just the right picture that she wanted to paint.  Catie was probably around four or five years old playing in the yard.  Gaye said, "That's it! The one with her walking around barefoot in the yard and I like that shadow!

She gave the painting to Catie recently and we were so excited to see the finished piece. Sharing it with you today.



Sam Kweskin WWII Soldier War-Time Artist Post-War Atlas Marvel Artist Co-worker of Stan Lee.

Sam Kweskin WWII Soldier War-Time Artist Post-War Atlas Marvel Artist Co-worker of Stan Lee.
WWII fellow soldier in same unit as my Dad the 83rd Chemical Mortar Btn.