Nov 29, 2012

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

About a year back, momma was complaining that she had been randomly craving Chicken Noodle
Soup. I was up for the challenge and just knew I could make a pot better then Campbell's. In the end, we had more soup than we knew what to do with. Momma was complaining that we would be eating soup for days. But I kid you not, about a day later my momma and sister got sick. Momma changed her tune quicker than a hooker in church and was happy for the soup.
3 boneless skinless chicken breast (4 to 5 lbs)
4 quarts of water
10 chicken bullion cubes
2 cups of chopped parsley
10 peppercorns
8 whole cloves
4 tablespoons of salt
1 tablespoon of pepper
2 dashes of thyme
4 carrots  chopped
Package of spaghetti noodles
8 tablespoons of butter (1stick)
8 tablespoons of flour
yellow food coloring (optional)
In a big big big pot put: chicken, breast, water, chicken bullion cubes, onions, parsley, peppercorns, whole cloves, salt, pepper, thyme and carrots. Bring to a boil.
2.Reduce heat, cover and cook for an additional 2 1/2 hours. 
3. Remove chicken and allow to cool. 
4. Add the uncooked spaghetti noodles to the soup while the chicken is cooling. 
5. Now we will make roux. This allows the soup to thicken so it actually taste like soup.

6. For the roux mix 8 tablespoons of butter( a stick) Once it is melted add 8 tablespoons of flour and stir real quick. 
7. Add the roux to the soup and stir until the roux dissolves.
8. Chop the chicken as fine as desired. Add the chicken to the soup.
9. Bring the soup back to a boil or until the noodles are good and cooked. 
10. Lastly add 8 drops of yellow food coloring and stir. (This turns the soup yellow so that it looks like chicken noodle soup) I promise. Pioneer Woman swears by it.
11. Turn the soup off and enjoy. 
Feeds an army!
If you like your soup thicker than you can add more roux. Just remember that when making a roux, always stir quick. EVEN proportions are a MUST. For every tablespoon of butter you need the same amount of flour. Roux should thicken and be light brown. 

As always: from my kitchen to yours

Nov 26, 2012

Texas Beef Vegetable Stew

About this time last year I thought it would be fun to blog about the food I cook after friends and family kept naggin' me. (I mean naggin' worse than a gnat) I had no clue what I was doing. Wait? I still don't but let's pretend I do. And would you believe after all that, most of them were to lazy to read my post...  This was the first I ever made on my old tumblr. It was a popular recipe and I decided to share it with y'all.

Seriously, who let me make a recipe like this?


Nov 23, 2012

The Nun Salad


Let's start with the basics. Ms. Russo is a family friend who I've known almost my whole life. I went to school with her daughter, Anna, and we were in many activities together. Ms. Russo lives downtown in the lofts "Southside on Lamar" Whenever Ms. Russo goes out of town for business my sister watches her loft and checks on her dogs. This past Fourth of July, while she was out of town, she let one me have a party at her loft. Goodness, y'all, you haven't seen a Fourth of July Firework show until you watch them on the roof of the "Old Sear Tower" over looking downtown Dallas. Durin' the party one of my bestfrans, Sherry, made the most delicious salad. After months of naggin', she finally gave me the recipe. Fast-forward to this Thanksgiving were my Grandma Johnnie put us in charge of desserts and the salad.  I was to tickled because this was the perfect opportuinty to finally make the salad.  I'm sure your family will love this salad as much as mine did. My momma enjoyed it so much that she even forgot her manners a few times. (Shh! Don't tell her I told y'all)
Now that I've yammered on long enough, here is the recipe.

2 bags of Sprig Lettuce Mix
Small container of Feta Cheese
Small bog of Croutons (I used the Texas Toast Style)
Small container of Strawberries
Three small cups of Mandarin Oranges
Small bag of dried Cranberries
Small bag of Pecans
Poppy Seed Dressing (to taste)
You can do each plate separately or add all the ingredients together in a large salad bowl.
1. Start by adding the salad mix to a large bowl.
2. Cut the Strawberries to the size that you want and add them to the lettuce.
3. Add the Pecans and Cranberries. I bought Pecans that were already chopped. But go ahead and chop yours if need be
       4. Drain the juice from the Mandarin Oranges and add them to the salad. (Personally I like to pour the juice In a cup so I can drink it later)
5. Sprinkle the Feta Cheese on top and then add the Croutons.
6. Now the salad is ready to be tossed.
7. Drizzle the dressing on top. I prefer not to put the dressing on the salad and let each person decide if they want it on their plate instead.

Note: A few of the items in the salad will make the lettuce and croutons soggy quicker. I suggest making the salad last and not adding the dressing until you are ready to serve the salad. 
You could also add a protein such as baked chicken and have a complete meal.

And if you're wondering about the name of the salad, then here you go. Sherry works for Jesus, literally. She was at an event when a Nun gave her the recipe. Obviously she forgot to ask the name of the salad. So it's now "The Nun Salad."

Nov 22, 2012

Road to Oklahoma

I am the South

Oh, the places

Mouth of The South

                             COMING SOON

Barefoot in the Kitchen

"Bein' rich is having leftovers. Good leftovers make yo' tongue fly outta yo' mouth and smack yo' brains out." Paula Dean

"Gimmie the girl that's beautiful. Without a trace of makeup of on. Barefoot in the kitchen. Singin' her favorite song" =Joe Nichols


Travelin' Texan

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I fell in love with Country Music at a young age. I don’t know if it’s the beautiful stories within the songs that everyday people can relate to; or the fond memories I have growing up when we would drive up to see my Paw paw in Mississippi and it never failed that he’d either be singing “Yellow Rose of Texas” or “Momma’s Don’t let your Babies Grow up to be Cowboys”
Over the last couple of years I have become enamored with Texas Country. My favorite type of music singing about one of my favorite things, Texas! Y’all know I was hooked.  A couple months’ back I bought The Josh Abbot Band’s cd ‘Small Town Family Dream’ and fell in love with the remake of “My Texas (feat. Pat Green) ft Pat Green that they did. If you haven’t heard the song then I seriously suggest you give the link a listen. After listening to the song, while reading Texas Monthly and Southern Living, I realized there are so many things In Texas that I have not done. Thus, I decided to start a Texas Bucket List. (I have done a few of these things but I decided to pretend that I’ve never done any so I can document them all.) As the song says, “Then you ain’t met my Texas yet

I give y'all my Texas Bucket List

Rory's Radio

Rory's Radio is a song by one of my all-time favorite artist- Ashton Shepherd. To bad traditional country isn't played on Country Radio anymore. 

Gilmore Girls is one of my all time favorite shows. With that said, I've decided to embark on the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge I found on Pinterest. For those who didn't watch the show: Rory is one of the main characters and has a love for reading. Throughout the 7 seasons Rory has either read or mentioned the 250 books on this list.  All of the books bolded are books I've either read or am currently reading. I think it would be fun if this was passed around the blog world and y'all joined me. Let's show them not everyone in The South is uneducated.
1984 by George Orwell
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll 
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Archidamian War by Donald Kagan
The Art of Fiction by Henry James
The Art of War by Sun Tzu
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
Atonement by Ian McEwan
Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy
The Awakening by Kate Chopin (Started it, someone spoiled the ending and now I'm stuck on chapter one)
Babe by Dick King-Smith
Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women by Susan Faludi
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath 
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Beowulf: A New Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney
The Bhagava Gita
The Bielski Brothers: The True Story of Three Men Who Defied the Nazis, Built a Village in the Forest, and Saved 1,200 Jews by Peter Duffy
Bitch in Praise of Difficult Women by Elizabeth Wurtzel
A Bolt from the Blue and Other Essays by Mary McCarthy
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Brick Lane by Monica Ali
Bridgadoon by Alan Jay Lerner
Candide by Voltaire 
The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer
Carrie by Stephen King
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller (One of my ALL TIME favorite books)
The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
The Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman
Christine by Stephen King
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse
The Collected Short Stories by Eudora Welty
The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty by Eudora Welty
A Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare
Complete Novels by Dawn Powell
The Complete Poems by Anne Sexton
Complete Stories by Dorothy Parker
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas père
Cousin Bette by Honor’e de Balzac
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber
The Crucible by Arthur Miller
Cujo by Stephen King
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
David and Lisa by Dr Theodore Issac Rubin M.D
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
The Da Vinci -Code by Dan Brown
Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
Deenie by Judy Blume
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band by Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars and Nikki Sixx
The Divine Comedy by Dante
The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
Don Quijote by Cervantes
Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhrv
Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson - read – 2009
Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales & Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
Eleanor Roosevelt by Blanche Wiesen Cook
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters by Mark Dunn
Eloise by Kay Thompson
Emily the Strange by Roger Reger
Emma by Jane Austen
Empire Falls by Richard Russo
Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol
Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
Ethics by Spinoza
Europe through the Back Door, 2003 by Rick Steves
Eva Luna by Isabel Allende
Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
Extravagance by Gary Krist
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Fahrenheit 9/11 by Michael Moore
The Fall of the Athenian Empire by Donald Kagan
Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World by Greg Critser
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
The Fellowship of the Ring: Book 1 of The Lord of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien (TBR)
Fiddler on the Roof by Joseph Stein
The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom – read
Finnegan’s Wake by James Joyce
Fletch by Gregory McDonald
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger
Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers
Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut
Gender Trouble by Judith Butler
George W. Bushism: The Slate Book of the Accidental Wit and Wisdom of our 43rd President by Jacob Weisberg
Gidget by Fredrick Kohner
Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels
The Godfather: Book 1 by Mario Puzo
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy – started and not finished
Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Alvin Granowsky
Gone With the Wind( I've been tryin' to read this book since the 7th grade and I've NEVER gotten past chapter 8. I've owned the movie for ages but never seen it cause I want to finish the book first. I refuse to fail this time.)
The Gospel According to Judy BloomThe Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford
The Graduate by Charles Webb
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
The Group by Mary McCarthy
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (TBR)
Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry (TBR)
Henry IV, part I by William Shakespeare
Henry IV, part II by William Shakespeare
Henry V by William Shakespeare
High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
Holidays on Ice: Stories by David Sedaris
The Holy Barbarians by Lawrence Lipton
House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III (Lpr)
The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer
How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
How the Light Gets in by M. J. Hyland
Howl by Allen Gingsburg
The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
The Iliad by Homer
I’m with the Band by Pamela des Barres
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
Inferno by Dante
Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
Iron Weed by William J. Kennedy
It Takes a Village by Hillary Clinton
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
The Jumping Frog by Mark Twain
The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
Just a Couple of Days by Tony Vigorito
The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexander
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Lady Chatterleys’ Lover by D. H. Lawrence
The Last Empire: Essays 1992-2000 by Gore Vidal
Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
The Legend of Bagger Vance by Steven Pressfield
Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis
Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al Franken
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
The Little Locksmith by Katharine Butler Hathaway
The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott – on my book pile
Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
The Lottery: And Other Stories by Shirley Jackson
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
The Love Story by Erich Segal
Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
The Manticore by Robertson Davies
Marathon Man by William Goldman
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter by Simone de Beauvoir
Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman by William Tecumseh Sherman
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
The Meaning of Consuelo by Judith Ortiz Cofer
Mencken’s Chrestomathy by H. R. Mencken
The Merry Wives of Windsro by William Shakespeare
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
The Miracle Worker by William Gibson
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
The Mojo Collection: The Ultimate Music Companion by Jim Irvin
Moliere: A Biography by Hobart Chatfield Taylor
A Monetary History of the United States by Milton Friedman
Monsieur Proust by Celeste Albaret
A Month Of Sundays: Searching For The Spirit And My Sister by Julie Mars
A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall
My Lai 4: A Report on the Massacre and It’s Aftermath by Seymour M. Hersh
My Life as Author and Editor by H. R. Mencken
My Life in Orange: Growing Up with the Guru by Tim Guest
Myra Waldo’s Travel and Motoring Guide to Europe, 1978 by Myra Waldo
My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult –
The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin
Nervous System: Or, Losing My Mind in Literature by Jan Lars Jensen
New Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson
The New Way Things Work by David Macaulay
Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
Night by Elie Wiesel
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism by William E. Cain, Laurie A. Finke, Barbara E. Johnson, John P. McGowan
Novels 1930-1942: Dance Night/Come Back to Sorrento, Turn, Magic Wheel/Angels on Toast/A Time to be Born by Dawn Powell
Notes of a Dirty Old Man by Charles Bukowski
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Old School by Tobias Wolff
On the Road by Jack Kerouac
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life by Amy Tan
Oracle Night by Paul Auster
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
Othello by Shakespeare
Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War by Donald Kagan
Out of Africa by Isac Dineson
The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition by Donald Kagan
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Peyton Place by Grace Metalious
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Pigs at the Trough by Arianna Huffington
Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain
The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby – read
The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker
The Portable Nietzche by Fredrich Nietzche
The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O’Neill by Ron Suskind
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – read
Property by Valerie Martin
Pushkin: A Biography by T. J. Binyon
Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
Quattrocento by James Mckean
A Quiet Storm by Rachel Howzell Hall
Rapunzel by Grimm Brothers – read
The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe
The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier 
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
Rescuing Patty Hearst: Memories From a Decade Gone Mad by Virginia Holman
The Return of the King: The Lord of the Rings Book 3 by J. R. R. Tolkien (TBR)
R Is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton
Rita Hayworth by Stephen King
Robert’s Rules of Order by Henry Robert (In college I swore by this book. I used it in my job)
Roman Holiday by Edith Wharton
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
The Rough Guide to Europe, 2003 Edition
Sacred Time by Ursula Hegi
Sanctuary by William Faulkner
Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Nancy Milford
Say Goodbye to Daisy Miller by Henry James
The Scarecrow of Oz by Frank L. Baum
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne 
Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand
The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette by Judith Thurman
Selected Hotels of Europe
Selected Letters of Dawn Powell: 1913-1965 by Dawn Powell
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
A Separate Peace by John Knowles
Several Biographies of Winston Churchill
Sexus by Henry Miller
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Shane by Jack Shaefer
The Shining by Stephen King
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
S Is for Silence by Sue Grafton
Slaughter-house Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Small Island by Andrea Levy
Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway
Snow White and Rose Red by Grimm Brothers
Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Lord and Peasant in the Making of the Modern World by Barrington Moore
The Song of Names by Norman Lebrecht
Song of the Simple Truth: The Complete Poems of Julia de Burgos by Julia de Burgos
The Song Reader by Lisa Tucker
Songbook by Nick Hornby
The Sonnets by William Shakespeare
Sonnets from the Portuegese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Sophie’s Choice by William Styron
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
A Streetcar Named Desiree by Tennessee Williams
Stuart Little by E. B. White
Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust
Swimming with Giants: My Encounters with Whales, Dolphins and Seals by Anne Collett
Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Term of Endearment by Larry McMurtry
Time and Again by Jack Finney
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Tragedy of Richard III by William Shakespeare
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
The Trial by Franz Kafka
The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters by Elisabeth Robinson
Truth & Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett
Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom –
Ulysses by James JoyceThe Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath 1950-1962 by Sylvia Plath
Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Unless by Carol Shields
Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
The Vanishing Newspaper by Philip Meyers
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray –
Velvet Underground’s The Velvet Underground and Nico (Thirty Three and a Third series) by Joe Harvard
The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
Walden by Henry David Thoreau
Walt Disney’s Bambi by Felix Salten
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
We Owe You Nothing – Punk Planet: The Collected Interviews edited by Daniel Sinker
What Colour is Your Parachute? 2005 by Richard Nelson Bolles
What Happened to Baby Jane by Henry Farrell
When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka
Who Moved My Cheese? Spencer Johnson
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee – read
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire – started and not finished
The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

Hey Y'all

Davy Crockett- "You can all go to hell; I will go to Texas"Listening to Jason Aldean’s cd Night Train and writing this about me section. Ok, I’m really only listening to five of the songs on repeat. Y’all probably didn’t care, but I do, so let’s go with it.  (Stalk me and maybe I’ll tell you which five songs) 
I've been trying to write this post for what seems like forever. I’m sure it’s only been a couple of hours but it feels like an eternity. In my defense, an about me section is one of the most important pages on a blog and usually the most visited. Y’all don’t really know me and ultimately want to know why you should follow me. I still have my HS AP English 5 teacher screaming in my head (Never thought I'd say that), “Make sure its thought provoking, with an attention grabbing thesis!” Do I have y’alls attention yet?

Let’s start from the beginning. Don’t worry, I won’t bore y’all with all the details of my 25 years here in the South. Cause honestly, y'all couldn't care less that I'm obsessed with Arnold Palmers (half sweet tea/half lemonade), wanna be the Mindy Weiss of the South and the Paula Dean of Texas, hate even numbers, TERRIFIED of hotel mattresses, learned to spell bananas from Gwen Stefani, believe the mangos are out to get me, wish Ron Washington was my Paw Paw, want Marty Roe to sing me to sleep every night, huge Dallas/college sports fan, and think everything taste better out of a Mason Jar. I’ll just hit the essential points. My name is Aleshea, pronounced Alicia/Alisha. As a child when people would ask, I always joked that my momma gave me a common name with a ghetto spelling. I’m sure y’all can guess how well that went over when momma was around. I still can picture her dirty looks and feel her underarm pinches.

I’m from the great state of Texas; born and raised.  (Daddy was from Southern Louisiana. Yes, like the cast of Swamp People. My family lives in the area Duck Dynasty is sometimes filmed. One of my Great Uncles sounds exactly like Troy Landry. And yes, my family is a bunch of rednecks but they prefer the term "Coon Ass." Yes, black people can be rednecks. I know you were wondering. Momma was born in Mississippi, near the Arkansas/Mississippi border, but raised in Wisconsin.  Yes, I’m one of those annoying Texans who is obsessed with the state. And yes we are part of the South, contrary to what many “Deep South Natives” tell you, but that’s a story for another day. I’ve lived in North Texas my whole life, excluding college. I lived four and a half years in East Texas (I miss it) where I attended Stephen F. Austin State University. I like to joke I double majored in worthless and worthless but the fancy piece of paper SFASU gave me says, “Bachelors of Science in Political Science, Bachelors of Science in History.” (Momma hates that joke too.) 

Growing up my daddy always joked that my momma spent to much time up north and cooked like a Yankee. He would have none of that in his house and thus he did most of the cooking. It worked out cause daddy worked nights (he was a juvenile probation officer. It wasn’t until I got older that he started working days and became a court liaison) and was home when momma was at work. I spent afternoons in the kitchen watching him cook but at the time it would be a stretch to say I loved cooking. As I got in high school, it became apparent to many family members that not only could I cook, but I could COOK. I always thought they were just being family until others started to tell me the same thing. I guess I ultimately fell in love with cooking after my daddy died. It was a way to keep is memory alive and utilize something he passed down to me. A few people have been bugging me to start a blog but I was reluctant to blog about the food I make because I've never been one for recipes unless I'm baking. Most "recipes" come from my imagination and how I want something to look and taste. I enjoy creating something from nothing with my hands and a wooden spoon. I guess you could say I make traditional Texas, Cajun (I'm half), and Southern food that fills the belly and warms the soul. I fully believe that Jesus and a good meal make everything better and that's all the world needs. (but seriously)

 I'm a self described, "Conservative, morally-obligated Texas gal."

When I'm not barefoot in the kitchen, windows down driving a Texas backroad, doing the Rory Reading Challenge or just hanging around my Jesus Town/ Water Tower Town being what I call, the Mouth of the South, I'm probably at work after school program by/ or working the church nursery. 

Now, that I've hopefully kept you interested with my "thought provoking, attention grabbing thesis", y'all enjoy your stay and feel free to stalk me. Or you could just grab a recipe or two and be the talk of your next dinner.

Southern Living and or Texas Monthly, if you are reading this: I'll work for cheap.

As the Jason Aldean song title says, "Take a Little Ride" with me!I say Y'all, oh my goodness, Lordy lordy lordy, my word and anyways far more than a person should.  "The South--where roots, place, family and tradition are the essence of identity." -- Carl N. Degler

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