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Susan
middle Tennessee
You are an extraordinary woman, how can you expect to live an ordinary life? ~Louisa May Alcott
Interests: when asked if the glass is half full or half empty, i always respond "my glass overflows!, " blending all my passions into a balanced and harmonious life of family-friends-furbabies-travel-photography-good food-and wordsmithing. Oh yeah, and I love Doris Day. The first words I ever strung together were, "By the light" as in "By the light of the Silvery Moon." Mom sang it to me when I was a baby.
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It's hot. H.O.T. 3T Cayenne for a paste recipe to cover 2 pieces of chicken. But it's not the hottest. Prince's Hot Chicken now purchases Habanera pepper which is rated 100,000 heat units because the patrons were getting used to the cayenne at 60,000 heat units.
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August 3 is National Watermelon Day. How do you plan to celebrate?? Parades, seed spitting contests, Watermelon Queen? Learn about its origin here... Trentloos_2016-08-08T21_09_23-07_00 Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2017 at Charm of the Carolines
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To receive the Wet Paint Monthly Newsletter directly to your inbox, simply email susan@susanejones.com and request to be added to the list. Enjoy! Recently I caught a report on a morning news broadcast stating a recent study suggests Making Art is Good for your Brain. I've always known this was... Continue reading
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Ready for another Summer Reading Book Give-Away?? Not reading assignments or reading for work or reading for self-improvement, just reading for the lazy afternoon in the porch swing enjoying the birds sing pleasure of it. Thank you authors and publishers David Poyer and Lenore Hart of Northampton House Press who have graciously gifted me with a few books to read and to give away for your summer reading. All you have to do is leave a comment here with your email address. A winner will be selected at random on August 12, and you will be contacted by email for your shipping address so that I may mail you your prize. And until then you can "LIKE" Northampton House Press on Facebook or visit their website to see all of their books and ebooks available. The book we will give-away is Devil's Key by Elizabeth Graves. Lucy Fowler plans to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2017 at Charm of the Carolines
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On July 4, we took a short drive south of town to Ethridge, Tennessee, to Tennessee Amish Country. The farms are clustered along a few roads and at the end of the driveway of each farm you'll find signs with the produce and hand-made items available for sale. Most farms even have a small shed housing their items. It's great fun to visit, shop, and take a few photos. But don't take photos of the Amish, or get caught taking photos of their farms. It's against their religion. "Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth." ~Exodus 20:4 The Ethridge Amish community is the largest in the South. It’s a Swartzentruber Amish settlement founded in the 1940s with about 1,500 Amish living... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2017 at Charm of the Carolines
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John Egerton understood the South was a region of contradictions: holding both mountains and cotton fields, opulent wealth and abject poverty, savagery and sweetness, churchgoers and evildoers, good cooking and great cooking. “There is no explaining,” he once said, “how the best writers would come from the region that has the most illiterates.” And John Egerton was one of those writers. In the New York Times announcement of his passing in 2013 at age 78, journalist Kim Severson tells us... "A son of the South who grew up when the Ku Klux Klan was almost as mainstream there as the Rotary Club, Mr. Egerton (pronounced EDGE-er-ton) used the written word, humility and ultimately the power of the Southern table to champion racial reconciliation and lead a new generation of writers and cooks to look beyond clichés and divisions to understand the region." Born in Atlanta, raised in Cadiz, Kentucky, Mr.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2017 at Charm of the Carolines
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Ready for another Summer Reading Book Give-Away?? Not reading assignments or reading for work or reading for self-improvement, just reading for the lazy afternoon in the porch swing enjoying the birds sing pleasure of it. Thank you authors and publishers David Poyer and Lenore Hart of Northampton House Press who have graciously gifted me with a few books to read and to give away for your summer reading. All you have to do is leave a comment here with your email address. A winner will be selected at random on Independence Day July 4th, and you will be contacted by email for your shipping address. And until then you can like Northampton House Press on Facebook or visit their website to see all of their books and ebooks available. The book we will give-away is The Matriarch of Ruins by Edison McDaniels. It is summer 1863, and the War Between... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2017 at Charm of the Carolines
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Happy Fathers Day to my Father, the best dad ever! And to all the Father's who provide for their families and set examples for their children to follow. God bless Fathers!! Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2017 at Charm of the Carolines
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This past weekend three of my best girlfriends and I took a trip to New Orleans for inspiration and for me to find gallery representation in the Big Easy, as well as teaching opportunities. I'll be the first to admit I've seen things I wish I could unsee (like the Naked Bicycle Race!), but that is all part of NOLA's charm. One of the best discoveries that I will be integrating into my home life is the Pimm's Cup cocktail. Until last weekend, I had never heard of Pimm's. Our friends Holly and Rod were celebrating their 38th wedding anniversary at the same time and had reserved a suite at The Monteleone, a beautiful historic hotel in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Holly invited us over for cocktails at the Carousel Bar where I was introduced to a New Orleans tradition, the Pimm's Cup. It's a very refreshing cocktail... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2017 at Charm of the Carolines
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Memorial Day was first widely observed in May 1868. The celebration commemorated the sacrifices of the Civil War and the proclamation was made by General John A Logan. Following the proclamation, participants decorated graves of more than 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers. In years since World War 1, the day has become a celebration of honor for those who died in all America’s wars, as well as those who are Veterans and current members of the US military. In 1971, Memorial Day was declared a national holiday. The United States celebrates this holiday the last Monday of May. “Today is the day we put aside to remember fallen heroes and to pray that no heroes will ever have to die for us again. It's a day of thanks for the valor of others, a day to remember the splendor of America and those of her children who rest in this... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2017 at Charm of the Carolines
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Henry W. Buck from Solano County, California, enlisted March 3, 1941 (nearly a year before the US officially entered WWII) as a Private in the National Guard Infantry in Napa, California. Born in 1920, he was a twenty-year old, single, white, male originally from Missouri and who specialized in mechanics and the repair of motor vehicles. And from his dog tag we can see he was blood type A and a Protestant. Pvt Buck was stationed at Camp Gordon Johnston in Carrabelle, Florida, an amphibious training base which used Carrabelle Beach and nearby Dog Island and St. George Island for training soldiers to storm the beaches of France. I don't know Pvt Buck. I've never met him or spoken to him. But he lost his dog tag in training, and it was excavated from the beach at Carrabelle. It now belongs to me and is a cherished possession. Remembering Pvt... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2017 at Charm of the Carolines
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I don't know about you, but I enjoy all four seasons. And to make each one special, I often quiz my friends to ask what they do different in the summertime. Picnic, swim, a day at the beach, grill out, catch lightning bugs and put them in a jar, lay out on a blanket at night and watch the stars twinkle, the list is endless. But on everyone's list is Summer Reading. Not reading assignments or reading for work or reading for self-improvement, just reading for the lazy afternoon in the porch swing enjoying the birds sing pleasure of it. And luckily for me, dear friends David Poyer and Lenore Hart founded Northampton House Press in 2011 and have graciously gifted me with a few books to read and to give away for your summer reading. All you have to do is leave a comment here with your email address.... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2017 at Charm of the Carolines
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To receive the Wet Paint Monthly Newsletter directly to your inbox, simply email susan@susanejones.com and request to be added to the list. Enjoy! Harrods London is offering the latest trend in jeans.... Paint Splattered. Some retail for $339 USD. Don't believe me? Check it out! This pair retails for $224... Continue reading
Great question Donna. The Demos family may bake their chicken for their Baked Chicken Soup, but they won't share their recipe. The recipe above is from hours of trial and error in the kitchen and a very satisfying result that is very similar to the soup served at Demos'. Try it and see if it isn't delicious!! susan
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Jane, In recent years the Cheairs family has taken a great interest in Rippavilla and has held a family reunion there. They have also donated family pieces back to the museum. Since I can not answer your questions, I would recommend contacting Pam Pace, Executive Director of the plantation, and ask to pass along your name and contact information to the family. Maybe they have the information you seek. Best of luck! susan
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Easter is one of the most popular festivals across the United States. Going back to history, we find that Easter did not enjoy the status of a popular festival in the hearts of the early settlers in the US. The main reason behind this was most of these settlers were Puritans, who did not believe in ceremonies related to religious festivals. People in certain parts, in fact, discouraged Easter celebrations. Many of the customs associated with the celebration of Easter go back to the ancient celebrations of spring. It was only after the Civil War that Easter and its importance came to be felt in America just like in Europe. It was the initiative of the Presbyterians. But after the Civil War, especially in the south, with loved ones dead or maimed, possessions gone, and future bleak, people found the story of Christ's resurrection a source of comfort, love, and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2017 at Charm of the Carolines
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Tuesday I was invited to a hands-on art "show" at Spring Hill Elementary with Spring Hill Parks and Recreation. We decided to exhibit Visual and Culinary Arts. Making our trail mix in baggies into "Butterflies" with colorful pipe cleaners. And passed out recipes for a healthier Spring Hill, part of the governor's "Healthier Tennessee" initiative. One of the recipes I've been wanting to try was the African Peanut Stew. Gosh! Doesn't that sound good? African Peanut Stew Ingredients 2 cups basmati rice 3 Tbsp vegetable oil 1 large white onion, diced 1 Tbsp minced ginger 6 garlic cloves, minced 2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks 1 15-ounce can of Ro-tel tomatoes 4 cups vegetable stock 1 cup crunchy peanut butter 1 Tbsp curry powder Salt and black pepper 4 cups turnip greens or swiss chard 1/4 to 1/2 cup of chopped cilantro Directions In a large dutch... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2017 at Charm of the Carolines
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What a great weekend! Thank you so much to my friend Wanda in Atlanta who allowed me crash on her sofa. This past week the Olmsted Linear Park Alliance hosted the third annual plein air invitational with some of the most talented painters today. I was thrilled to meet Shelby... Continue reading
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My precious friend Russell Hooper recently celebrated the life of Eleanor Ritchey Cheek Plaxico and posted a photo of her portrait on his Facebook timeline. The painting took my breath away. It's glorious! I was not acquainted with Eleanor Ritchey Cheek Plaxico, but was compelled to do a little research.... Continue reading
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My precious friend Russell Hooper recently celebrated the life of Eleanor Ritchey Cheek Plaxico and posted a photo of her portrait on his Facebook timeline. The painting took my breath away. It's glorious! I was not acquainted with Eleanor Ritchey Cheek Plaxico, but was compelled to do a little research. From her obituary I learned... Affectionately known as "Gaga," died at the age of 95 on March 28, 2017, in Franklin, Tennessee, at NHC. Ms. Plaxico was born on December 6, 1921, in Nashville, Tennessee. She was a kind and genteel woman who devoted her life to serving her community. She was a sustainer of the Junior League of Nashville, and member of Cheekwood and Centennial Club. She was one of the original founders of the Nashville Humane Association, a cause especially dear to her. She often drove through Nashville in search of stray dogs for whom she found loving... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2017 at Charm of the Carolines
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Watching The Mind of a Chef, a cooking program on PBS this morning, chef Ed Lee of Milkwood and also 610 Magnolia restaurants in Louisville, Kentucky, spoke about the under-apprecation for Sorghum. And you know, he's right. I only have one memory of sorghum. Every other weekend while growing up, my parents packed us all in the station wagon and we drove to west Tennessee to visit with their parents. Breakfast at my paternal grandparents house consisted of biscuits with sorghum and butter. My grandfather taught me to to mix sorghum and butter into a grayish-brown paste and apply it to my hot biscuit and watch the butter melt. The experience was like a Japanese Tea Ceremony only in the south ...with Granddaddy ... and biscuits. Chef Lee created a recipe for Sorghum and Grits Ice Cream. I had to google it and wouldn't you know Garden and Gun magazine... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2017 at Charm of the Carolines
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If could have a super power, what would it be? Telepathy, telekinesis, teleportation? Mine would be time travel. And no other decade captures my fancy more than the 1940s. To imagine April in the 1940s, all you have to do is watch the Fred Astaire/Judy Garland movie Easter Parade. It... Continue reading
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It was 74* and sunny two days ago and today is freezing and snowing flakes the size of silver dollars. Needless to say I don't want to leave the cottage today, so I'm making a large pot of soup. This is the first time I've made soup in my Instant Pot, a recent gift from my brother for my birthday. I like this recipe because it's Paleo and Good Carb and reminds me of another fav - Turnip Green Soup. I have no idea what Whole30 is, but I bet it's that, too. If nothing else, it's delicious! Try it!! Instant Pot Smoked Sausage, Navy Bean & Vegetable Soup Ingredients 1/2 bag dry navy beans 1-2 tbsp olive oil 14 oz smoked sausage, quartered and sliced into bite-size pieces 1 onion, diced 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 carrots, peeled and chopped 3 stalks celery, chopped 1 tsp thyme 2 tsp... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2017 at Charm of the Carolines
Maria, I believe the circular chrome portion of the table is simply part of its design. It certainly adds to the structural integrity of the table. Thank you for stopping by! susan
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When I was a young lady, my boyfriend invited me to spend Christmas Day at his grandmother’s house up on the plateau towards east Tennessee. We enjoyed the trip and conversations with his family and a delicious feast prepared by his grandmother. Of course I was taught to always say ‘thank you’ but upon returning home my mother instructed me to send a “Bread & Butter” note with a small gift of boxed linen handkerchiefs. When relaying this story to a group of ladies, many had never heard of a “Bread & Butter” note. It is a rather odd name for a note of thanks for someone’s generous hospitality. One of the ladies found this thorough article by Elizabeth Cottrell from the blog Heartspoken regarding “Bread & Butter” notes, and I’d like to share a portion of it with you here. Term first used in the United States Michael Quinion,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2017 at Charm of the Carolines