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King Cake

Posted on January 30, 2015 at 4:22 PM Comments comments (937)
2 Tbsp. margarine                                        1 egg
1 (8 oz.) carton sour cream                          3 to 3 1/2 c. all-purpose flour, divided
3 Tbsp. sugar                                                1/4 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt                                                  1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 pkg. dry yeast                                            3 Tbsp. margarine, softened
1 Tbsp. sugar                                                Colored Frostings
1/4 c. warm water (105 to 115 degrees)         Colored Sugars
     Combine first 4 ingredients in a saucepan; heat until butter melts, stirring occasionally.  Let mixture cool to 105 to 115 degrees.
     Dissolve yeast and 1 tablespoon sugar in warm water in a large bowl; let stand 5 minutes.  Add butter mixture, egg, and 1 cup flour; beat a medium speed of an electric mixer 2 minutes or until smooth.  Gradually stir in enough remaining flour to make a soft dough.
     Combine 1/4 sugar and cinnamon; set aside.
     Punch dough down and turn out onto a lightly floured surface, and roll to a 28 x 10-inch rectangle.  Spread with softened margarine and sprinkle cinnamon mixture on dough.  Roll dough, jellyroll fashion, starting at long side.  Gently place dough roll, seam side down, on a lightly greased baking sheet.  Bring end of dough together to form an oval ring, moistening and pinching the edges together to seal.  Cover and let rise in a warm place, free from drafts, 20 minutes or until doubled in bulk.  Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes or until golden.
     Decorate with bands of frosting and colored sugar.
Colored Frosting:
3 c. powdered sugar                         1 to 2 drops each of green, yellow,
3 Tbsp. margarine, melted                   yellow, and purple food
3 to 5 Tbsp. milk                                  coloring
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
     Combine sugar and margarine.  Add milk to reach desired consistency for drizzling; stir in vanilla.  Divide frosting into 3 batches, tinting one green, one yellow, and one purple.  Yield: about 1 1/2 cups.
Colored Sugar:
1 1/2 c. sugar, divided                       1 to 2 drops each of green,
                                                             yellow, and purple food
     Combine 1/2 cup sugar and drip of green food coloring in a jar.  Place lid on jar, and shake vigorously to evenly mix color with sugar.  Repeat procedure twice for yellow and purple sugars.  Colored sugars are available in a wide variety.  This method is a substitution if needed.  Yield: 1/2 cups of each color.
     Traditional king cakes have a small plastic baby hidden inside which can be done before baking cake.  The person who receives the baby is to bring the next king cake.

Beef Stew

Posted on January 8, 2015 at 4:41 PM Comments comments (2106)
2 lbs. Stew meat                         1 tsp. sugar
4 c. boiling water                        1 onion, sliced
1 Tbsp. lemon juice                     6 medium potatoes
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce          6 carrots
1 clove garlic                               1 can mushroom soup
1 Tbsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
     Cut stew meat and brown in a large cooking pot.  Add other ingredients and cook on low until vegetables are tender.  Add soup and let heat through.  I have cooked this in a crock pot on low all day.  If you do this make sure you brown the stew meat before putting it into the crockpot.  
This is a family favorite.  I thought it would be a great recipe to share on such a cold day!

Hot Pineapple Salad

Posted on December 23, 2014 at 5:22 PM Comments comments (583)
1 (20 oz.) can pineapple tidbits or chunks
3/4 c. sugar
3 Tbsp. flour
3 Tbsp. pineapple juice
1 c. grated cheddar cheese
Drain pineapple (save 3 tablespoons juice).  Mix sugar, flour and juice; add pineapple and cheese.  Pour into a baking dish.
1 1/2 c. crushed Ritz crackers     1/2 stick melted butter
Mix together and put on top of pineapple.  Heat in a 350 degree oven for about 20 to 25 minutes.

The Simple Farm Life

Posted on December 19, 2014 at 4:07 PM Comments comments (796)
     Over the years I have had a desire to live on a farm and go back to a simple way of living.  I have always admired the life that my grandparents, Clyde and Marie Walters, lived.  They were very simple people, living simple lives on a farm.  Over the years they raised chickens, had cows, several horses and seemed to always have a liter of puppies.      
     I have witnessed my grandmother catch a chicken, wring it's neck and fry it up for lunch.  During the summer, they would take us fishing, teaching us how to bait our hooks with worms and how to take our fish off the hook. We would bring our catch to the house in a metal bucket, scale the brim with a spoon and she would fry it up for supper.    
     They always had a garden in the summer and many summers we sat under the gigantic pecan tree and shucked corn and shelled peas to put in the freezer.   The garden was full of all kinds of vegetables and they worked really hard to put their harvest in the freezer and also shared with friends and family.  There were figs, apples, pears, and pecans to harvest as well.  Fig preserves, fried apple pies, canned pears and pecan pies were some of the things grandmother did with her produce.
     As a little girl it was always exciting to be at their house when they killed a hog.  Everyone was busy.  I didn't really pay much attention to the details but I can still remember the cold, cold weather and the hustle bustle to get the hog butchered and processed to put in the freezer.  Granddaddy had a smoke house so of course he smoked some of the meat. 
     God has blessed me once again by allowing me the opportunity to purchase my grandparent's farmhouse.  Living in this farmhouse is awesome. Every morning I look out my kitchen window over the garden spot that they used all those years.  The old barn is still standing and I love to close my eyes and reminisce climbing up in the loft and playing for hours with my cousins. 
      I never dreamed I would be able to live in this house.  It is lining up with my dream to live the simple life. 
      I was able to get a rooster and hen a few months back.  That has been fun.  They are very entertaining.  My dream is to get more hens so I can gather eggs. I want  a couple of donkeys, maybe a couple of goats ( I know they aren't as cute as they look) and a miniature pony.  I am looking forward to gardening too. 
          Country living is awesome.
I think I'm getting there....the simple life.  


Posted on December 17, 2014 at 4:49 PM Comments comments (823)
2 qt. apple juice                  1/2 c. sugar
2 1/4 c. pineapple juice       1 (3-inch) stick of cinnamon
2 c. orange juice                  1 tsp. whole cloves
1 c.  lemon juice
     Combine all ingredients in a Dutch oven; bring to a boil; Cover, reduce heat and
simmer for 30 minutes.  Uncover and simmer an additional 30  minutes.  Strain and discard the spices.  Serve hot.
     Or, put spices in the tip of a percolator; mix juices and sugar. Let percolate about
30 minutes.  Serve.

Do you know Him?

Posted on December 16, 2014 at 5:03 PM Comments comments (1076)
               Wonderful Counselor        King of Kings             Deliverer 
      Comforter    Merciful         Great Physician       Emanuel      Holy Holy Holy  
   Worthy        The Great I AM         The Alpha and the Omega              Eternal Life    
                The Word         Messenger           Savior               Carpenter  
         Anointed                    Lamb of God           The Way      The Door 
     The Great Shepherd         The Vine            The Bread of Life         The Light              
                     The Rock             Chief Cornerstone          Gift of God      
             Morning Star                        Prince of Peace                      Advocate   
           Master             Provider           Messiah               Teacher              
    Redeemer           Bridegroom        Healer         Living Water       Lord Jehovah           
               Servant            Protector             King of the Jews       Mediator
                  High Priest            Way, Truth, Life           Light of the World
                      Son of God        Lily of the Valley       Ancient of Days
                                  Rose of Sharon            Only Begotten Son               

Pecan Tassies

Posted on December 11, 2014 at 12:59 PM Comments comments (2664)
3 oz. cream cheese      
1 stick butter
1 c. plain flour
1 egg
1 c. light brown sugar
1 Tbsp. butter, melted
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 c. chopped pecans
First mix crust, having cream cheese and butter at room temperature.  After mixing, chill for 2 hours.  With hands, make into balls about 1 inch in size and press into miniature muffin pans.
Mix filling ingredients together and use about 1 tablespoon in each muffin.  Bake at 350 degrees oven for 25 minutes.

Potato Soup

Posted on November 20, 2014 at 12:26 PM Comments comments (1167)
1 pkg. frozen hash browns           1 jar bacon pieces
1 med. onion, chopped                1 can cheddar cheese soup
2 Tbsp. margarine                       1 can cream of chicken soup
2 c. half & half                            1 to 2 c. grated cheddar cheese
1 (8 oz.) sour cream                      salt and pepper to taste
2 tsp. parsley flakes
     Add just enough water to cover hash browns in soup pot and cook until tender. Sauté onion in margarine (or if bacon is used, sauté in bacon drippings).  Add remaining ingredients and cook on low until well heated approximately 30 minutes.  If soup is too thick add more milk.  Yield: about 12 servings.
Sprinkle grated cheese and bacon bits over individual servings.
Eight pieces of cooked and crumbled bacon can be substituted for the jar of real bacon pieces.

Mr. Clyde

Posted on July 23, 2014 at 11:37 AM Comments comments (2398)
Ricky Tanksley wrote this song about my granddaddy, Clyde Walters, on January 5, 1998.  He sang it at my granddaddy's funeral the next day.
Mr. Clyde
I married into his family.
He welcomed me with open arms.
It didn't take long 'til we were friends
and that meant so much to me.
The times we fished,
the tales you told,
I never saw you growing old.
As the years went by,
Sometimes I'd see you cry.
You knew this day was coming soon.
On this day, I lost my friend,
Jesus took you home to be with Him.
And I know He wouldn't want me to cry,
But, on this day, I have to, Mr. Clyde.
As I stand here today
With your friends and family,
I look around at all the lives you touched -
A legacy of a simple man.
On this day, I lost my friend,
Jesus took you home to be with Him.
And I know He wouldn't want me to cry,
But on this day, I have to, Mr. Clyde.
On this day, I have to Mr. Clyde
On this day, I love you, Mr. Clyde.
My favorite line in this song is "A legacy of a simple man"
My granddaddy was a simple man indeed but the legacy he left will last and be remember for generations to come.
What is your legacy?
To be continued........

It's a Southern Thang

Posted on July 18, 2014 at 5:32 PM Comments comments (624)
It is exciting to see how many people from all over the world see our website and blog.   Today I want to talk about the South and Southern Hospitality.
True Southern traditions are passed down from generation to generation. 
Manners matter in the South.  Having good manners is ingrained in us from a very young age.  If you are from the south and don’t have good manners, your upbringing will definitely be questioned.
“Please” and “thank you” are a part of our vocabulary.  We say “Yes Ma’am” and No Ma’am”, “Yes Sir” and “No Sir” to our elders as a sign of respect.  This is second nature to us.
We hug! Southerners like meeting new people and we will probably hug you when we meet you for the first time.  Southerners like to talk as well and we will talk to strangers in restaurants, in the grocery store, etc.
True Southerners are usually humble people.  We are courteous and friendly.  Being a part of the bible belt, people from the South try to live by the golden rule, “Do unto others what you would have them do unto you”.
We drink sweet tea and when I say sweet I mean SWEET!  I didn’t realize until I was grown that sweet tea is a southern thing. 
If you are visiting and here these phrases…..” Well Cotton Pickin”,  “I’ll be John Brown” or “I swanee” , just know these are nice ways to say “swear words”.
Some additional phrases you may hear while you are in the south are:
Heavens to Betsy, Lord Have Mercy, Bless Your Heart, I do declare, and
The word “fixin” can be used as a noun, a verb, or an adverb. I'm "fixin" to go to town........Only a Southerner knows how long “directly” is – as in “going to town, be back directly.”
 In the South we have “soul food” and we have “southernfood”.   Not all southern food is soul food but all soul food IS southern food!....Fried chicken, Fried catfish, hushpuppies, Biscuits and gravy (tomato or sausage), Collard greens, Black-eyed peas, grits, fried green tomatoes, peach cobbler, banana puddin’, pecan pie, sweet potato pie, chicken and dumplings, pig’s feet, pickled eggs, BBQ, candied yams…….
We southerners sometimes have our own vocabulary:
Alabama - Alabamer
Louisiana – Louisianer
window – winder
Chicago – ChiCARgo
spaluta – spatuler
Alright – aight
Did you – didja
going to – gonna
firefly – lightening bug
A friend of mine told me that she was visiting a city up north and stepped into an elevator and said “will you mash” the button for the second floor?  The person just looked at her…..She realized at that moment that she should have, for the sake of the northern ears, said "push" the second floor button.
Come to Clyde and Marie's Bed and Breakfast for a visit and we will sit on the porch and drink a big glass of sweet tea!  We would love to see ya!