*If you have problems viewing this video, please visit the help section on Vimeo, by clicking here.
Recipe is below in this post!
I’m so very excited about this post! I hope you’ll watch it and comment below! This is my first ever, full video tutorial for Southern Plate. To make it even more special, it includes two very special guests. The first is Terri, the reader who gave me the Dixie Cornbread recipe. For the other surprise guest (who is also a reader!) you’ll have to watch the video.
An interesting thing to note is that I had just met Terri for the first time the day before we made this. Living proof that I don’t meet a stranger! We had emailed and talked on the phone before but never actually physically met.
Every now and then I’ll be out and someone will recognize me from the website (which always shocks and thrills me!) and ask “Are you Christy Jordan?” The conversation then immediately goes to “I just feel like I know you!“. Well, if you read Southern Plate, you DO know me, the fact that we’ve never met is just a technicality. Fact is, if you are a Southern Plate reader, you’re a friend and I’m always thrilled for a chance to get to meet more of my friends.
I had this rare opportunity a few weeks back when Terri came all the way from Pennsylvania for a visit. We had such a wonderful weekend with her and her daughter, Amanda. Time flew by. It seemed they arrived and then left, leaving me in a cloud of dust and wishing for more time. The kids are still asking when they are coming back and I’m wondering, too! (hint, hint to Terri).
While here, we wanted to do something special to commemorate Southern Plate’s anniversary so the day after they arrived, we did this cooking tutorial video. You can tell how much fun we had by the intermission! I have a bad habit of singing in my house. I’m always singing something and barely even notice. The morning after Terri arrived I was in the kitchen just a singing away and when Terri showed up, a song came to mind and I went right into it, wondering if she’d pick up at the right spot, but kinda knowing she would! Sure ’nuff, Terri came in right on time and we finished my solo as a duet! I thought a replay of that song would make for a great intermission. I’m telling ya, if you live your life with silliness and laughter, and throw in an occasional song, you’ll go far! Of course even if ya don’t, you’ll still have a heck of a lot more fun! Apologies to any Hee-Haw fans we might scar for life with our rendition of that famous song!
I hope you enjoy this video as much as we did!
To welcome Terri and Amanda to Bountiful, the kids and I made some signs. The kids painted big poster boards on the back porch that morning and we staked those up in the yard. Brady’s sign said “Welcome to our BIG home!” and Katy’s had a beautiful picture of a sun and flower on it.
My signs were reminiscent of the old Burma Shave campaigns, which I am an avid fan of. Back in the day Burma Shave started placing these signs as an advertising campaign for their shaving cream and they became hugely popular. They would place a series of signs (usually six) in sequential order set a ways apart so that each sign could be read and then the car full of people waited anxiously for the next. Imagine the glee of weary travelers upon spotting the first! “I see Burma-shave signs up ahead!”. They were very clever and funny and the sixth sign was always the Burma-Shave name. I have an entire book of every one ever written and just love them.
Here are a few of my favorites:
Ben met Anna
What a hit!
Slow down, Pa!
Ma’s missed signs
My Ida If Ida used
But if he’d shave
They also did several as safe driving campaigns which served as excellent advertising for them as well.
I love this one:
Take it slow
Let the little
I had a point here, didn’t I? Oh, back to my signs. You see, Terri is from Georgia and she has been missing her home and her family there something fierce. I think that’s what got her started reading Southern Plate, remembrances of the place she calls home. I was so excited for her to be back (she went on to visit family in Georgia as well) so I made these little signs for her and had them going up the walkway to the front door when she arrived.
Note: Just in case you wonder, “Shut yo mouth!” is not a negative thing in the south. Its part of our humor. Like if someone takes a bite of one of your fresh, homemade biscuits they might say “This is the best biscuit I’ve ever tasted!”. To which the cook might blush and say “Aww, shut yo mouth!”. There are other cases where it would be used also, but it’s always said good naturedly. If it sounds otherwise, its just another way that we’re weird.
But Southerners like being weird so it’s all good.
Visit Bill Gent’s new blog online here.