On being Southern….
My children and I have talked quite a bit lately on being Southern. It seems that we have been surrounded by negative comments about the South and the way that Southerners do things!
So, today, I’m listing my favorite things about the South!
Sweet Iced Tea on a front porch swing on a hot July afternoon.
Fried Okra! (This one deserved a line of it’s own!)
Fried pork chops, Fried Potatoes, and Fried Apples (I know that there must be a pattern here….)
Wearing short sleeves in December.
There are still some men who will give you their seat, open a door or pull out a chair for you.
I love hearing “yes, ma’am!”
Being polite is not a choice it is expected.
Spittin’ watermelon seeds could be olympic sport down here!
There’s always room for one more (at a meal, in your home….)….thanks Tanya for this one and the
Your tea never tastes funny unless you order it that way.
I love to hear “y’all”!
Southern Breakfasts….eggs, bacon, biscuits and gravy with buttered GRITS!!!
Never end a phone conversation without saying “good-bye!”
I’m not saying anything about people from other parts of the country. Each place has it’s own unique style and charm but I’m glad that I’m from the South. There is more beauty, charm and hospitality than I could ever mention in one post.
In true Southern style….here’s my friend Christy’s Peach Cobbler Recipe:
Fort Valley Peach Cobbler
Combine into batter:
3/4 cup flour (self-rising)
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup milk
Into a deep bowl, (the one that you will cook in) melt 3/4 stick butter. Pour batter into the middle of melted butter. Do not stir. Pour into the middle of the batter, 2 cups sliced peaches. When using fresh peaches, add 1 cup sugar mixed with peaches. Do not stir. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes.
…and yes, Christy, I did see the sugar. But, there are those things that you just can’t skimp on! You keep up your good work losing weight and being healthy….I’ll just sit here and enjoy my cobbler!! : ) (O.K., I know….I’m going to try and do better…maybe just tomorrow!)
Today’s Prayer Requests:
Safety for all affected in the line of the coming storms. (The picture today is taken from my front porch at about 9 a.m. ….it looks like dusk it is so dark!)
Tanya B’s family. They are still dealing with a job loss.
My Mom’s art show this weekend.
My home…we’re still potty training our 2 year old!
Today, I’m Thankful For:
My husband’s work being productive this week.
All of my new monkey grass growing in the yard.
The Caladiums that are sticking there little heads out of the ground in my front flower bed.
An early start to my day this morning…always a good thing!
My sweet Jessica. Last night while she was brushing my hair (now, this is something to be thankful for!) she told me that I had the prettiest, shiniest SILVERY hair she’s ever seen! ….isn’t she the one that made a comment about my age last time?? : )
I’m trusting that everyone has nicely growing sour dough starter at this point. Next week, we’ll have a bread recipe to share but for now, just keep growing that starter. Don’t forget to feed it at least once a week!
Along the lines of ministry towards others, I want you to be thinking of how you and your home glorify God. When we do something for someone else, even if we don’t realize it, we are planting seeds in that person’s heart. Continue to pray for that someone that the Lord placed on your heart on Monday. Think about sending them an email or a short note in the mail to let them know that they are special to you and you are praying for them.
What I’m Learning:
More is not always better. My hubby, my dear hubby, went to Walmart to purchase a new alarm clock for our bedroom. Our original, was about 14 years old and had officially “kicked the bucket”. He was so excited to bring home this little box that was not only an alarm but also a CD player. Neither one of us can figure out how to work the alarm. The directions were not the clearest and then there’s the whole diagram that shows buttons that we don’t even have….needless to say we have an almost nightly experience of our alarm going off with no rhyme or reason. We’re tired here in the Lambert home…..ahhhh the good ole’ days when you could set the alarm and wind it up. I think I’m seeing a trip back to Walmart in my future.
Today’s Scripture Meditation:
We have some pretty important things going on around here. It’s tough when you are so tired. This is my Scripture Meditation for the day…
“Many are asking, “Who can show us any good?” Let the light of your face shine upon us, O LORD. You have filled my heart with greater joy than when their grain and new wine abound. I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.”