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Monday, November 10, 2008


As promised, the recipe for
"Jay’s Wife Pleasing, Fight Over The Last Spoonful, Killer Brunswick Stew"
is at the end of this post.

Don't forget this Sunday, November 16th from 12:00 until... we will be hosting our towns second annual Christmas Open House.

Bring a Friend and Enjoy the Day

I decided for the next few weeks, I would amuse you with a short story I wrote. It is a story of a young girl and an unlikely friend. Part of the story is true, however the settings I will leave to your imagination.

~ Open your Heart ~

you will be surprised at what it can do for your life.

When I was a child, I would tag along with my mother who had a passion for antiques as I do today. The proprietor of one particular store we visited often was a somber woman with gray eyes that cast a shadow over her face. Deep lines were weathered into her skin and when she spoke, her words were harsh and garbled.

When you entered her shop, a bell tingled over the door, I always said to Mom, “an angel just got her wings.” As always my Mom chuckled and I was delighted with my wit. The shop itself was often cold and poorly lit, however Mom could always find a diamond in the rough and make our trip a real treasure hunt.

Browsing the shop I would sometimes watch the woman and occasionally caught her watching me. I questioned my mother on why the woman was so sad, which she responded, “ I’ve told you she is not sad she is just a mean old lady!” I however never believed it.

As most children do, I grew tired of tagging along with my parents, however my love for antiques never waned and when I was old enough I started to scout antiques treasures of my own. Eight years later I found myself in that same old antique shop that I had forgotten all about.

When I opened the old wooden door, the tingle of the bell brought back memories of when I was younger and to further that feeling, there she stood, the same woman who for all of her years still looked the same. As I entered, I looked straight at her and with a big smile greeted her like an old friend. Her icy stare almost knocked me down, but I was determined now more then ever that I would somehow break through the sadness I knew this woman felt.

I visited as often as I could, sometimes every week and of course still being fairly young I could not afford a substantial piece of the past, but I did make a purchase each time, and little by little I broke down another barrier between me and the woman I knew I would eventually call my friend.

The year I turned 14, I got a job in a bakery just down the street from my favorite antique store and as it was nearing Thanksgiving, the town was busy with holiday shoppers, decorations for Christmas were going up and everyone eagerly waited for the time they were going to spend with their families, this is when I got an idea.

It was two days before Thanksgiving, as my Mom shopped and prepared for our own Thanksgiving feast, I wrote a special invitation…

The big day arrived and while we were busy making the last minute preparations, Dad went to get Grandma and my sister put the finishing touches on the Christmas tree. No sooner did Dad get back, there was a faint knock on the door, so faint that if I had not been listening for it, it would have gone unnoticed. My anticipation was rising as I opened the door but my heart sank as I stood staring at a young man with a package in his hands, he handed the package to me and said it was for Katy. This was the first time in my life that I actually felt heartache, even though I knew it would not be my last. I took the package to my room and laid it gently on my bed, then joined the rest of my family for Thanksgiving dinner.


Enjoy this weeks pics!

Cute Christmas Themed Christmas Dish Towels

Vintage Sunny Suzy Child Size Refrigerator

Entire set of metal kitchen appliances in pink ~ Very nostalgic

Old Dutch Ice Skates
More pieces of Red and White Transfer ware Lots of Fall Decor

Jay’s Wife Pleasing, Fight Over The Last Spoonful,
Killer Brunswick Stew

2- Large Onions (Vidalia’s if you can)
1- lb. Oscar Mayer Bacon
1- 14 ¾ oz. Cream Style Corn
2- 14 ¾ oz. Whole Kernel Corn (Drain)
2- 14 ½ oz. Diced Tomatoes with Zesty Mild Green Chiles
3- 9.75 oz. White Chunk Chicken Breast
1- 1 lb. BBQ Pork- Lloyd’s Shredded with Sauce (Meat Section @ grocer)
1- 1lb. BBQ Beef- Lloyd’s Shredded with Sauce
2 oz. Heinz 57 Sauce
1 oz. Worcestershire Sauce
5 oz. BBQ Sauce (Heinz)
Salt, Pepper and Red or Cayenne Pepper to taste
I use a crock pot.
Cook bacon and drain. Retain bacon grease and cook chopped onions until wilted. Since everything else is basically cooked. Put everything in the crock pot and cook 2-3 hours on high or 6 hours on low.

Be the first in line to EAT.

** Consumer Alert: Not for folks worried about calorie intake, clogged arteries or shy about eating seconds.


Joy said...

Wonderful as always.

The Feathered Nest said...

Cindy! I'm loving this story!!!!! I can't wait to read the next part ~ the store looks gorgeous as always. I need to come see you, my money has been going to bills and Christmas...and you know I have to come with a little money!! Maybe soon ~ love, Dawn

At Home In Georgia said...

Hi Cindy,

I am trying that stew! Oooo those Christmas towels look pretty.

Anonymous said...

What a great story! Can't wait til next week......