Mornin guys. We hope all are well today!
Most know fore Lucky and I got married, shoot, datin for that matter…she made me WORK for it. Again, we’d both lost our spouses, but we’d all been good, good friends years back.
Lookin back now, that was my only in. If I hadn’t known that heifer prior, I doubt she’d have even givin me the time a day. She wanted another man in her life bout like I wanted to go see the dentist as a child.
But, eventually I wore her down, and most times now we wonder what we’d ever do without each other.
The other times we just wonder what WE ARE gonna do with each other??
When she finally did say yes though, I’m sure I was grinning like a baked possum. Shortly thereafter, I realized… I REALLY WAS cooked through and through!
Both of us are native Floridians, and man oh man, have we seen this state change through the years. I gotta say though we both are very proud to wear the handle of…bein Southern.
To all our Yankee buddies…
It ain’t all bout the beaches, tourist attractions and golf courses.
I ain’t tryin one bit to discourage ya’ll from movin down here either, BUT, there are other things to consider as well.
Mosquitos…we call em skeeters. Them things’ll eat ya alive.
I remember one time as a child, I dunno, I was 24-25 years old, layin there in bed next to my fourth wife, and I heard two of em talkin…
One asked the other…ya wanna eat him here or take him with us?
Then there’s the gators, or as ya’ll call em, alligators. Those guys are in bout every river, stream, pond or lake here in Florida.
Course there’s signs posted everywhere though warnin ya bout em. Without a doubt, the most likely time to be attacked is durin matin season.
It’s during this time of the year the number of signs are usually doubled, possibly even tripled, and give good advice if you’d only take the time to read em.
One example of our signs down here pertainin to this is as follows…
WARNING: Gator Matin Season! If Attacked…
One other thing ya must consider if kickin around the idea of movin South is simply…THE HEAT!
If ya ain’t used to hot…forget it!
Lucky and I have sat on the porch many times watchin the birds pullin worms outta the ground wearin pot holders.
Seriously, we have.
One other consideration, then I’m bout done, is drought. It gets awful dry down here.
It was so dry last spring the oak trees were whistlin for the dogs.
I’ve told Lucky before that if you’d stop by the cracks in our pasture caused by the drought, you could smell Chinese cookin comin out a most of em.
It was also just last spring the, “Please Don’t Pee In The Pool” sign was takin down by the city.
One other tidbit, and this for all you SINGLE Yankee men folk who got the idea of comin down and pickin ya out a Southern woman.
There are two things I know that’ll kill ya graveyard dead.
The first…crossin the road without lookin both ways.
The second…crossin your Southern wife!
Okay, okay, I’m in the kitchen fixin to fire off that dern cook stove and gonna shut up…
In a minute!
First, Southerners do love to cook. To us, it is a symbol of our love for each other, our children and our friends, and it actually serves as a time to sit back and share what’s been goin on in our lives.
A good meal, shared with good company, is truly a pleasurable time. We take much delight in it.
Today, as I said, I’ll be sharin some of Lucky’s recipes. She’s no doubt a very good, down home cook.
Personally I’ve eaten tons of grits throughout my lifetime, and Deb and I had done a post on grits before, but I must say…Lucky makes the best pot of grits I’ve ever eaten…bar none.
I’d watch her standin by that dern cook stove, standin on one leg, her other with her foot restin on her knee, just a stirrin the fire outta them grits.
I’d go, “Lucky…what in the world ya doin cookin them grits so long for?”
She’d say, “Bronson, it’s what makes em good.”
Ya know what?
She wasn’t lyin!
I swear to you guys…I can eat her grits right out of the fridge, stone cold. The dern things are flavored so well, to me, it was amazin.
Hopefully, they strike you guys the same way.
If all our Yankee buddies paid no heed to me on my advice bout movin South, I swear, you guys at least outta try these grits. You may be in for one very, very pleasant surprise.
Lucky’s Dern Grits
5 cups water
1 cup grits (yep, just one cup)
½ stick salted butter
Salt to taste
Bring water, salt and butter to hard boil. Take off heat and stir in grits very slowly or they’ll be lumpy. Place back on burner over medium heat and boil lightly for 4-5 minutes. Turn heat down to low and cook an additional 15-20 minutes, uncovered, stirring often.
Havin fish? Just add a little of your favorite cheese to your grits!
Corn Beef Hash
Two cans corned beef
8-10 med. sized potatoes
Salt and pepper to taste
Boil potatoes, diced or quartered, just as you would for boiled potatoes, along with the chopped onion and salt and pepper. Cook until done, then drain liquid leaving enough to be a little soupy after adding your two cans of corned beef.
Good stuff, and very easy!
Some Kinda Rice Thing
1 cup of long grain white rice
I- 12 oz. can of beef consommé
1- 12 oz. can of French Onion soup
1 regular can of sliced water chestnuts (drained)
1- small can of sliced mushrooms (drained)
1 stick of salted butter
Dump all ingredients except butter into baking dish. Stir mixture and then slice butter into pieces and drop over mixture. Bake at 350, uncovered for 45 minutes to 1 hour, (depending on oven).
When we make this Lucky usually make a double batch, just by doubling ingredients.
God Bless you and yours, and be sure to keep a smile on your face, and one in your heart!
Doug and Lucky
I’m glad to hear you are doing well as can be old boy. But believe me, having left Port Colborne in Niagara for Haliburton highlands we know about biting bugs. Now that spring is here we are expecting them to arrive any time. You used to call me hillbilly. Now I’m the highlander. Be well.
Ya redneck hillbilly! “Old Boy?” if I remember correctly, didn’t you have me by a year or two… “Old Boy?”
Or, at my age maybe I’ve forgotten if it may have been the other way around??
Good to hear from you man. I got your other comment, and have wanted to drop you a line my friend, but just seems like we had so much going on. Much better now, and Kathrine is a great lady too by the way. Went through some dark times man, but getting back some of the ole momentum. Life is good brother.
You guys moved to the boonies I take it? Right?
If so good for you guys! Outhouse for a bathroom? Shoot, I remember that, and we lived in town! Lol.
Glad you guys are doing well Craig, and actually you guys cross my mind every so often, and i stop and think…. “MAN, I sure am glad Kathrine don’t know those people!!” LOL!!!
I checked out your website the other night. Actually got into it for a little while. Nice site!
Listen man…I want to catch up some. I’ll drop you a few lines and may just give you a shout. Use the number on your site?
Take care brother, and talk soon!
“I can only ever wish you the Lord’s best, that he will be with you and us until He comes again soon.”