EARLY DAYS~EARLY TABLE
APRIL 17 2007
MONDAY, APRIL 9, 2007
It Ain't All About The Cookin'
Over the weekend I began reading Paula Deen's memoir. She has an interesting story. It's written in her words. I hear her voice as I read.
I admire Paula, so much. She's been through some tough times and emerged on the other side, shining. She tells the real story. Paula doesn't gloss over anything. Another reason to admire her. I've laughed out loud and shed tears while reading her book.
I remember when J and I began watching her show, Paula's Home Cooking. We both enjoyed it so much and continue enjoying it. She cooks our kind of food! The recipes she talks of in the book and prepares on her shows, could be the recipes of my Granny and Mother.
My maternal family arrived in America, from Wales, mid 18th century. My ancestors lived in North Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky, before finding their way to our beloved beautiful Ozarks, 100 years later, during the mid 19th century. They brought with them the delicious dishes of the south. We call it country cookin'. Many of our meals are prepared using these southern recipes, handed down through our family for more than a century.
Paula is the reason I am white headed!! I was born with dark brown curly hair. When I was in my mid twenties, I began noticing strands of silver. That's when I started covering those silver strands! Just about a year ago (2006), after more than 30 years of cover up, I decided it was time to go natural. Paula's beautiful hair was the catalyst for that decision. My hair is all grown out now and looks to be very close to Paula's shade of silver. I don't regret my decision. No, not one bit! Thank you Paula Deen, for giving me courage to be proud of my silver hair!
I'm just about midway through, It Ain't All About The Cookin'. The chapter I'm beginning is the one about Michael. I can't wait to pick up the book this morning and see what happens next!
I finished It Ain’t All About the Cookin’ that week and enjoyed.
VIGNETTES & BOOKS
APRIL 20, 2007
Just over a month in the land of blog, I was honing my photography skills and learning something new every day. I look at these photos now and know exactly what I would do to improve them in editing. However, I am leaving them as they are.
I’m still learning something new every day and I hope to continue learning every day.
These books are part of my collection. Mary Carol Garrity has published four books. A fifth is to be released in 2007 (the book was released, July 2007, of course I purchased Feather Your Nest, It’s All in the Details). The other book, pictured, is Christi Carter's, Art of Accessorizing.
Mary Carol Garrity is the proprietor of Nell Hill's in Atchison, Kansas. The store is named for her grandmother. I find Mary Carol's books a valuable tool in decorating our home. I own all of her books which are listed in the side bar (original BPM). Her new book is, Nell Hill's Feather Your nest (2007).
Christi Carter's book, The Art of Accessorizing, is another favorite of mine. The book is packed with information and beautiful photography. Christi uses decorating secrets she learned from her grandmother, Mary C. Crowley, founder of Home Interiors & Gifts.
Mary Carol Garrity's books and Christi Carter's offer wonderful inspiration in home decorating.
As of 2013 I own seven Mary Carol Garrity books. Stylish Weddings, O Christmas Tree, Decorating Secrets, Style at Home, Christmas at Home, Entertaining in Style, and Feather Your Nest.
My next retrospective post will be a look at Mary Carol Garrity’s home.
This cabinet top sat upon the sideboard, that is now in the dining room. I eventually covered foam core with green and brown toile and lined the back. We no longer have the top.
~MOSAICS BEFORE MOSIAC MONDAY, 4/2007~
I am enjoying these once per week strolls down memory lane.