Nov 112017
 

The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South by Michael W. Twitty

Hardcover: 464 pages
Publisher: Amistad (August 1, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0062379291
ISBN-13: 978-0062379290

A renowned culinary historian offers a fresh perspective on our most divisive cultural issue, race, in this illuminating memoir of Southern cuisine and food culture that traces his ancestry—both black and white—through food, from Africa to America and slavery to freedom.

Southern food is integral to the American culinary tradition, yet the question of who “owns” it is one of the most provocative touch points in our ongoing struggles over race. In this unique memoir, culinary historian Michael W. Twitty takes readers to the white-hot center of this fight, tracing the roots of his own family and the charged politics surrounding the origins of soul food, barbecue, and all Southern cuisine.

From the tobacco and rice farms of colonial times to plantation kitchens and backbreaking cotton fields, Twitty tells his family story through the foods that enabled his ancestors’ survival across three centuries. He sifts through stories, recipes, genetic tests, and historical documents, and travels from Civil War battlefields in Virginia to synagogues in Alabama to Black-owned organic farms in Georgia.

As he takes us through his ancestral culinary history, Twitty suggests that healing may come from embracing the discomfort of the Southern past. Along the way, he reveals a truth that is more than skin deep—the power that food has to bring the kin of the enslaved and their former slaveholders to the table, where they can discover the real America together.

Thoughts
This is not a true cookbook, it’s also a mix of historical non-fiction, the African Slave experience, how and what the slaves cooked and what they used to cook it. It’s about how the author became so obsessed with food and his need to to learn about his ancesters who were slaves.

The book is funny, sad, thought provoking and at times a tough read. I learned a lot from this book. But the library wanted it back sooner than I wanted to let it go, and so I rushed through it. Because of that I feel the need to re-read it, slowly next time. I want to take my time and enjoy it completely.

I love the photos that were in the book.

Here are the first two things I plan on making from the book:
Kitchen Pepper: Goes in everything in place of just pepper
1 tsp coarsely ground black pepper
1 tsp ground white pepper
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp ground mace
1 tsp ground Ceylon cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp ground allspice
1 tsp ground ginger

Mix together and store in a cool place

 

Mr. Wesley Jones’s Barbecue Mop
1/2 stick unsalted butter
1 large yellow or white onion, well chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup water
1 tbsp kosher salt
1 tsp coarse black pepper
1 pod long red cayenne pepper or 1 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp dried rubbed sage
1 tsp dried basil leaves or 1 tbsp minced fresh basil
1/2 tsp crushed coriander seed
1/4 cup dark brown sugar or 4 tbsp molasses (not blackstrap)

Melt the butter in a large saucepan
Add onion and garlic and saute on medium heat until translucent
Turn heat down slightly and add vinegar, water, and the salt and spices
Allow to cook gently for about thirty minutes to an hour
To be used as a light mop sauce or glaze during the last 15-30 minutes of barbecuing and as a dip for cooked meat.

I highly recommended this book, and I also recommend his blog, Afroculinaria 

 

Weekend Cooking

Nov 092017
 

 

Three Things Thursday

Thing One

I saw this on my way home from work a few days ago. It made me smile because when I was pregnant with my first child I craved Hot Fudge Cake from Frisch’s Big Boy.  Almost every week my dad would drive to my house which was 30 min. away to pick me up and then drive another 40 to the closest Big Boy restaurant just so I could have a piece of the cake. Like I said before, I had the best parents ever!

 

Thing Two

The last few months I worked more than usual so getting Kaiyo to the groomer was delayed and her fur was way too long. I finally had a day off and so I took her, and she looks so cute. She moved as soon as I took the photo so her face is a blurry, but look at her leaf  bandanna the groomer put on her! So cute! Kaiyo always makes me smile.

 

Thing Three

While surfing the net I saw this video and it not only made me smile but it made me lol too!

Source: Bearded Dragon Goes Nuts For Blueberries by twobadgals on Rumble

 

Nov 082017
 

The Last Lecture
By: Randy Pausch, Jeffrey Zaslow
Narrated by: Erik Singer, Randy Pausch
Length: 4 hrs and 39 mins
Unabridged
Release date: 04-08-08
Language: English
Publisher: Hyperion AudioBooks

A lot of professors give talks titled “The Last Lecture.” Professors are asked to consider their demise and to ruminate on what matters most to them. And while they speak, audiences can’t help but mull the same question: What wisdom would we impart to the world if we knew it was our last chance? If we had to vanish tomorrow, what would we want as our legacy?
When Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, was asked to give such a lecture, he didn’t have to imagine it as his last, since he had recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer. But the lecture he gave–“Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams”–wasn’t about dying. It was about the importance of overcoming obstacles, of enabling the dreams of others, of seizing every moment (because “time is all you have…and you may find one day that you have less than you think”). It was a summation of everything Randy had come to believe. It was about living.

In this book, Randy Pausch has combined the humor, inspiration and intelligence that made his lecture such a phenomenon and given it an indelible form. It is a book that will be shared for generations to come.

Thoughts
This is a book that will make you think. It’s a book that will make you want to hug your loved ones. It’s a book that will make you appreciate your life a bit more than you did before you started it.

I enjoyed this book a lot, it was full of interesting stories of the author’s life. I just wanted more stories of situations where things didn’t turn out so perfect.  Most of us have more of those than the the ones that include perfect choices and endings. I just wanted more of those.

I know the book is about his childhood dreams, but I’m sure he had really dark days and I would have liked to know how he coped with those times. I would have liked more of his wife’s thoughts. Still, I’m glad I listened to the book.

Nov 072017
 

Readers-workouts-Joy

Hosted by Joy @ Joy’s Book Blog

Daily:
prayer & meditation
deep breathing
stretching/flexibility
80 oz. water

Personal Challenge
At Least 3 Things Each Week
Light incense or a candle when you get home
Eat a piece of fruit
10 minutes of listening to your favorite music
Spend time coloring
Go to a park
Watch a documentary
Listen to a guided meditation cd
Write down 3 things you’re grateful for

Week 1:
1- Lit incense
2- listened to my favorite music for 10 min.
3- grateful for time to take Kaiyo to the groomer, cooler weather, Starbucks Caramel ice coffe

Week 2:
1-
2-
3-

Week 3:
1-
2-
3-

Week 4:
1-
2-
3-

 

Plus

POPSUGAR 21-Day Arm-Sculpting Challenge

After following this 21-day arm plan, not only will your arms look toned — you'll also be stronger.

 

 

Meals
Tuesday: Chicken Sandwich from Sonic
Wednesday: Tuna sandwiches
Thursday: I was the only one home so I ate cereal
Friday: Macaroni & cheese with smoked sausage
Saturday: Fish, okra, baked potato
Sunday: Sub from a local restaurant
Monday: Marinated grilled pork chops, yellow squash/zucchini/onion saute

Steps Last Week
Tuesday~ 10/31: 8,754
Wednesday~ 11/1: 16,932
Thursday ~ 11/2: didn’t track
Friday ~ 11/3: 11,129
Saturday ~ 11/4: 9,383
Sunday ~ 11/5: didn’t track
Monday ~ 11/6: 11,078

Nov 052017
 

Sunday Reflections

Outside…
Daylight came an hour early today thanks to Daylight Saving Time. Most people either like it or don’t at all. I’m on the fence. I like it getting light early, but I don’t like it getting dark early. It’s 63°  now with 100% humidity. The high is supposed to be 82° with little chance of  rain

Thinking…
I should probably go get my car detailed. Or do it myself. No, go get it done

Thankful…
That I have a job I like. Going to work at a job you don’t like is a terrible thing.

Reading…
Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks & Barbra Streisand: On the Couch by Alma H. Bond

Listening To…
Nourished: A Memoir of Food, Faith & Enduring Love (with Recipes) by Lia Huber

Watching…
I plan to start binge watching This Is Us today since everyone is raving about it

Creating…
A list of journaling prompts for the two journals I plan on starting January 1st

Fitness…
Going to start POPSUGAR 21-Day Arm-Sculpting Challenge in a few days

In The Kitchen…
Pork chops, broccoli, applesauce

Today’s To-Do List…
Reading, tv, laundry

One of my favorite things:
Netflix, I love it!

A website I’d like to share:
Interesting Finds

Looking forward to…
Spending the day with my daughter on Saturday

A Favorite Bible Verse…
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.
Psalms 19:14

A favorite quote…
“There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.”
Epictetus

From the camera….

 

Nov 042017
 

Eat Like a Gilmore: The Unofficial Cookbook for Fans of Gilmore Girls

Eat Like A Gilmore: The Unofficial Cookbook For Fans Of Gilmore Girls
by Kristi Carlson

Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing (October 25, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 151071734X
ISBN-13: 978-1510717343

The infamous appetites of the Gilmore Girls are given their due in this fun, unofficial cookbook inspired by the show. Fans will eat up the delicious recipes honoring the chefs who fuel the science-defying metabolisms of Lorelai and Rory Gilmore. Whether you’re a die-hard fan or new to the scene, author Kristi Carlson invites you to pull up a chair and dig in. Luke’s diner menu, Sookie’s eclectic inn fare, Emily’s fancy Friday Night Dinners, and town favorites are the key influences behind these tempting dishes. One hundred recipes, covering all the bases from appetizers and cocktails to entrées and desserts, invoke key episodes and daily scenes in the Gilmores’ lives.

Prepare yourself for:
Salmon Puffs
Risotto
Pumpkin Pancakes
Rocky Road Cookies
The Birthday Girl Cocktail
And many more!

With beautiful photos, helpful kitchen tips, and fun tidbits about the show, this cookbook is a must-have for any Gilmore Girls fan. Easy-to-follow recipes make it possible to cook and eat your way through Stars Hollow. So don your apron, preheat the oven, and put on your favorite episode. It’s time to eat like a Gilmore!

Thoughts
So many people I know watched and loved Gilmore Girls. I didn’t. Even after all the years since the series ended in 2007, they still gush about it. I kept thinking I’d watch and see what all the hoopla was about and finally decided it was time. So after waiting and waiting for all my shows to come back on, I started GG right before they started. Yea, I know. Anyway…

OH MAH GERSH!

From the first episode, I was hooked! So much so that I didn’t watch anything else until I had watched all 7 seasons, and then I watched the “Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life” and I’m hoping there’s a season two. This series is in my top 3 favorite series ever!

I loved everything about this show. Lorelai , Rory, Luke, Sookie, I loved them all. Well, Jess was iffy but by GG: AYITL I was a fan of him too. I love all the other characters (and boy were some of them characters), the town, and the small town feel.

Anyway, last week I was looking online for Gilmore Girl books and I ran across this cookbook on Amazon. I immediately ordered it.

I love this book. Lorelai and Rory didn’t cook much and so their main meals were from Luke’s Diner, Sookie, or from the Friday night dinners at Lorelai’s parents house.

I love that the recipes have a little background story from the show. There are so many recipes I want to try (I just got the book a few days ago so I haven’t tried any yet) like Banana Fosters French Toast, Roasted Duck In A Chocolate Orange Sauce, Zucchini Soup, Double Chocolate Chip Muffins. Everything sounds good.

I love everything about this book. I recommend it to fans of Gilmore Girls or to anyone who likes to cook, or just likes to collect cookbooks.

 

wkendcooking

Weekend Cooking is hosted @ Beth Fish Reads

Nov 012017
 

Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall & Denver Moore
Narrated by: Dan Butler, Barry Scott
Length: 3 hrs and 28 mins
Abridged
Release date: 03-20-08
Language: English
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers

 

A dangerous, homeless drifter who grew up picking cotton in virtual slavery…
An upscale art dealer accustomed to the world of Armani and Chanel…
A gutsy woman with a stubborn dream…
A story so incredible no novelist would dare dream it…

It begins outside a burning plantation hut in Louisiana and in an East Texas honky-tonk – and, without a doubt, in the heart of God. It unfolds in a Hollywood hacienda, an upscale New York gallery, a downtown dumpster, and a Texas ranch.

Gritty with pain and betrayal and brutality, this story also shines with an unexpected, life-changing love.

Thoughts
I’ve had this book on my list to read for years but just never got to it. Then I saw that the movie based on the book was being released. Luckily I had just finished listening to another book so I quickly downloaded the audio and started listening to it.

I was immediately drawn to Denver and Ron, and stayed hooked throughout the book. I loved the relationship that grew between Ron, his wife Deborah, and Denver. It supports what I’ve always known, that people are just people. We all want/deserve the same things in life. Skin color and the amount of money you have is not at all important. How you treat people is.

This is such an inspiring book, full of love, kindness, and caring people.  There is a sadness there too for how Denver’s life played out before he met the Hall’s.  It’s also very funny at times and I laughed out loud quite often.

I’m glad I decided to listen to the audio instead of reading this book. I found out after I had finished it that the book was hard to follow because the chapters alternated between Ron and Denver but they weren’t labeled “Ron” or “Denver”.  Some reviewers had a hard time with that.

The narrators did a good job, making this easy to listen to. One thing I wasn’t crazy about was the music in between the chapters. Sometimes it made me jump because it came out of the blue and was loud, and it scared me. Sometimes the music played over the narrator making it hard to hear the last few words.

I loved this book and can’t wait to see the movie. I highly recommend this to anyone who hasn’t read it yet.

Oct 312017
 

Readers-workouts-Joy

Hosted by Joy @ Joy’s Book Blog

 

Daily:
prayer & meditation
deep breathing
stretching/flexibility
80 oz. water

Personal Challenge (doing again in November since I failed in October)
Here is a list of things I want to do this month
3 X’s Each (at least)
Light incense or a candle when you get home: 
Eat a piece of fruit: 
10 minutes of listening to your favorite music
Spend time coloring
Go to a park
Watch a documentary: 
Listen to a guided meditation cd
Write down 3 things you’re grateful for

Plus
21-Day Relaxation Course (doing again, maybe every month)

Meals
Tuesday: Sausage Dogs
Wednesday: Soup
Thursday: Burritos
Friday: Pizza
Saturday: Leftover Pizza
Sunday: Tacos
Monday: Cereal

Steps Last Week
Tuesday~ 10/24: 8,044
Wednesday~ 10/25: 9,744
Thursday ~ 10/26: 16,662
Friday ~ 10/27: 15,713
Saturday ~ 10/28: 8,369
Sunday ~ 10/29: 16,104
Monday ~ 10/30: 9,421

Oct 252017
 

 

Hosted @ Maureen’s Books

 This is easy, I just finished (for the first time) watching all 7 seasons plus Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life (and hoping for more). I love this mother/daughter team and wish I hadn’t procrastinated so long. I didn’t even know there were books about them until I did a search to see if there was. I already ordered Eat Like a Gilmore: The Unofficial Cookbook for Fans of Gilmore Girls by Kristi Carlson and will order more when I figure out what order to buy them.
Anyway, I would love to go shopping with Lorelai .  She’s such a quirky, fun person that I think I’d have a fun time with her no matter what we were doing. Shopping with her would be unlike any shopping trip I’ve ever been on before.
Oct 242017
 
Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks

Three Exhausting Weeks
Day 1
Ann a said there was only one place to find a meaningful gift for MDash — the Antique Warehouse, not so much a place for old treasures as a permanent swap meet in what used to be the Lux Theater. Before HBO, Netflix, and the 107 other entertainment outlets bankrupted the Lux, I sat for many hours in that once-splendid cinema palace and watched movies. Now it’s stall after stall of what passes for antiques. Ann and I looked into every one of them.
Oct 242017
 

Readers-workouts-Joy

Hosted by Joy @ Joy’s Book Blog

Daily:
prayer & meditation
deep breathing
stretching/flexibility
80 oz. water

Personal Challenge
Here is a list of things I want to do this month
3 X’s Each (at least)
Light incense or a candle when you get home
Eat a piece of fruit
10 minutes of listening to your favorite music
Spend time coloring
Go to a park
Watch a documentary
Listen to a guided meditation cd
Write down 3 things you’re grateful for

Plus
21-Day Relaxation Course

Meals
Did not keep track again, 🙁

Steps Last Week
Tuesday~ 10/17: 8,884
Wednesday~ 10/18: 9,898
Thursday ~ 10/19: 9,839
Friday ~ 10/20: 17,704
Saturday ~ 10/21: 17,226
Sunday ~ 10/22: 9,601
Monday ~ 10/23: didn’t track

Oct 232017
 

Here We Go Again Audiobook

Here We Go Again: My Life In Television by Betty White

Narrated by: Betty White
Length: 2 hrs and 56 mins
Abridged Audiobook
Release Date:05-21-10
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio

“Here is Betty White – a woman who has been on television forever!” is generally how Betty White is introduced. And quite accurately, too, since she first appeared in 1949, when both she and television were rank beginners.

Since then, she has had one of the most amazing careers in TV, winning five Emmy awards, creating such unforgettable characters as Sue Ann Nivens and Rose Nylund, and appearing in a host of television classics from 1952’s Life with Elizabeth to The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Golden Girls.

Here We Go Again gives an overview of television’s golden era, packed full of wonderful anecdotes about the many famous personalities with whom Betty has worked. It also gives a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at television over five decades, from her first show, Hollywood on Television, which ran live five and a half hours a day, six days a week (33 hours per week!), to Betty’s current television work. In addition, she talks about her personal life – how her hectic career caused strain in her relationships and how she finally found happiness with her third husband, the late talk-show host Allen Ludden.

As warm and funny as its author, Here We Go Again will thrill her many fans and delight all of those who are interested in the history of America’s most popular form of entertainment.

Thoughts
Betty White is such an interesting person, how could this book be anything but interesting. I enjoyed learning things I didn’t know about her. She knows so many people in “the biz” and leads such an amazing life. I loved listening to her thoughts on making some of the decisions she made, her love for her family, friends, tv, Alan Ludden, and animals. I loved hearing her infectious laugh.

This was a short listen but it’s pack full of wonderful stories. I think we need an update on what’s happened in her life since this book.

America loves you Betty!

Oct 212017
 

Brunswick Stew from The Blue Willow Inn Bible of Southern Cooking

 
My husband loved Sonny’s  and really loved their Brunswick Stew (not all Sonny’s have it). I never made it at home, but when I saw this quick and easy recipe I decided to make it. I can’t imagine any restaurant making it with just canned ingredients, but I like quick and easy.

Brunswick Stew
2 (15-ounce) cans stewed tomatoes
2 (15-ounce) cans creamed corn
2 (13-ounce) cans chicken
2 (10-ounce) cans BBQ pork
1 (14-ounce) bottle ketchup
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper

Combine all ingredients in slow cooker and cook on low for two to three hour

Serve with Jiffy cornbread  or Ritz crackers

Thoughts
Since this was made with canned ingredients my expectations weren’t that high. Plus, it uses a 14 oz. bottle of ketchup. I like ketchup, but…

I was really surprised at how good it was. Even my son Anthony said it was pretty good, and he’s never been a fan of any kind of stew.

It couldn’t have been any easier. Open some cans and measure in some salt, pepper, garlic powder, and apple cider vinegar. Heat. Voila.

I was going to use my slow cooker but decided at the last minute to make it and it would have taken too long, so I just did it on the stove, and we loved how it turned out. I also used saltine crackers because that’s what I had on hand.

I plan on making this again. Quick, easy, and yummy!

I just wish my husband was still here so he could try it 🙁

 

Weekend Cooking

Souper Sundays

Oct 172017
 

Readers-workouts-Joy

Hosted by Joy @ Joy’s Book Blog

Daily:
prayer & meditation
deep breathing
stretching/flexibility
80 oz. water

Personal Challenge
Here is a list of things I want to do this month
3 X’s Each (at least)
Light incense or a candle when you get home
Eat a piece of fruit
10 minutes of listening to your favorite music
Spend time coloring
Go to a park
Watch a documentary
Listen to a guided meditation cd
Write down 3 things you’re grateful for

Plus
21-Day Relaxation Course

Meals
Tuesday: BBQ Ribs, Potato Salad, Baked Beans
Wednesday: Taco Salad
Thursday: Leftover Taco Salad
Friday: Hamburgers & Fries
Saturday: Pizza
Sunday: ate out
Monday: Beef Stew

Steps Last Week
Tuesday~ 10/10: 7,975
Wednesday~ 10/11: 7,875
Thursday ~ 10/12: 9,760
Friday ~ 10/13: 8,404
Saturday ~ 10/14:
Sunday ~ 10/15: 8,618
Monday ~ 10/16: 8,773

Oct 162017
 

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release Date:08-31-09
Publisher: Recorded Books
Charlie Gordon knows that he isn’t very bright. At 32, he mops floors in a bakery and earns just enough to get by. Three evenings a week, he studies at a center for mentally challenged adults. But all of this is about to change for Charlie. As part of a daring experiment, doctors are going to perform surgery on Charlie’s brain. They hope the operation and special medication will increase his intelligence, just as it has for the laboratory mouse, Algernon. Meanwhile, each day Charlie keeps a diary of what is happening to him. This is his poignant record of the startling changes in his mind and his life.

Flowers for Algernon was first published as a short story, but soon received wide acclaim as it appeared in anthologies, as a television special, and as an award-winning motion picture, Charly. In its final, expanded form, this haunting story won the Nebula Award for the Best Novel of the Year. Through Jeff Woodman’s narration, it now becomes an unforgettable audio experience.

Thoughts
This book was required reading when I was in Jr. High. I really liked the book and never forgot about reading it so I decided to read it again, but this time I wanted to listen to the audio version.

I loved this book in school, and I loved it as I read it again. I felt for Charly. He was a kind soul who laughed along with everyone when they laughed at him, because he didn’t know they were laughing AT him. He didn’t have the best home life either.

Things started to drastically change once the experiment started and Charlie was able to read, write, and learn the way he had always wanted to. I loved that he finally knew what it was like to be “normal”, and even a genius.

I felt many emotions while listening to this book. Parts made me happy, some made me cheer for Charlie, and some made me sad.

It’s funny that the parts I remembered were of Algernon and Charlie, and had forgotten the relationships he had with the two women in his life. I’m a little shocked that this was assigned to us in Jr. High. I’m wondering if it was a “cleaned up” version. No, it wasn’t R rated, but for 12 year old kids back in the ’70’s, it was a bit risque.

The book is narrated by Jeff Woodman, and he did a great job. His voice made it easy to listen to.

This book was a great read, and listen, and I’m so glad I revisited it.

Oct 112017
 

Hosted @ Maureen’s Books

I live in Florida and it’s so hot and humid most of the year, but there are a few days here and there during fall when the humidity eases up a bit. I also like Thanksgiving, especially pumpkin pie. I’ve never tried apple cider but plan to try it soon.  When I lived in Ohio, I loved the changing colors of the leaves, but here there isn’t much of that. Hopefully I’ll find a colorful tree or two this fall.
Oct 112017
 
From this Side of the Pond

From this Side of the Pond

1. On a scale of 1-10 how would you rate your sense of direction? 1=can’t find my way out of a paper bag and 10=if I’ve been somewhere once I can find it blindfolded ten years later.
I’d say a 9 because buildings get torn down and something else is built there. But you still have things you’ll recognize to let you know where you are.

When was the last time you looked at/used a map you could hold in your hand? (phones don’t count!)
In 1982

back east, down south, out west, up north
Choose one of these directional expressions and tell us why you chose it.
out west, because we were moving to California the last time I used a map

2. Did you do more talking or listening yesterday? Is that typical?
Doing more listening is typical for me.

Describe your yesterday in one word.
Daughter

3. Time, money, water-power-resources, opportunity…which one on the list are you most guilty of wasting?
I think time would be most accurate

What might you do to change that?
Stop binge watching The Gilmore Girls 🙂

4. Did your family take regular vacations when you were a kid?
Yes, we went camping at the lake and to Florida and a few other places

Tell us something you remember about a family roadtrip from your own childhood.
We always stopped at Stuckey’s on the way to and from wherever we were going. They have great food, and I love their Pecan Log Rolls. Plus my brother and I could get anything we wanted from the gift shops. Sadly, there aren’t as many of them as there used to be.

5. If you could grow anything you wanted, what would you grow?
Longer legs

Why?
Because being 5’0″ is a pain sometimes

6. Insert your own random thought here.
The other night I was driving home from work and it was dark. I came around a curve on the road I live on, and my lights shined on an owl. Sitting in the middle of the road. An owl! Just sitting there staring at me. I slowed down and it flew off. Weird!