Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Ham's Peach Orchard


.... and they don't sell hams.  Well, they do have a great pulled pork sandwich!
Dallas metroplex folks have you been here? MissLynley heard about it two summers ago and we have had it on our radar and finally found a Saturday to drive out.
Took us less than an hour from Coppell.  Website link is at the end of this post.
 Take 635 or I20 to Highway 80 East and drive till you see the building above on your right.  We got there at 9:40 and by the time we left the parking lot was 3/4th full.  It was getting really crowded in the tiny store.
 This is the entire store.  My back is to the ice cream check out.  Three rows full of great pies, jellies, dip fixings, pickled everything and peach ice cream!


 The tiny double decker buggies are great in this small space.  We got lucky to get there early enough to snag one.  They have hand held baskets a plenty, but peaches are heavy y'all!
 Texas grown Glads for sale too.

 We grabbed a peach pulled pork sandwich to share on the ride home!  Yum!
Go before they close for the summer.

Ham Orchard... go for the peaches for sure, and the other stuff!
It took three days for these peaches to ripen to perfection.  They are perfect with the summery napkins I am using! 


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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Antipasta platter

I am still making great use of my Round Top cutting board purchase. See my shopping list below.

 Napkins we used.

Crackers and bread sticks, your choice.

cube
Pepper Jack Cheese 
Cheddar Cheese
wedge of Parmesan Ragiano
Brie with a bowl of honey or orange preserves for drizzling over cheese

clusters of
blueberries
almonds
sugared dates

bowls of
artichoke hearts
olives
marinated mini corn

slices of
salami
pepperoni

Be creative and just scatter away.  Then get ready to say "thank you" to all the compliments for your hard very easy work.



Friday, July 1, 2016

Buttermilk Pecan Pie... well maybe two!

A few years ago for the 4th of July I made double cherry crunch pies, recipe here.
Then last Thanksgiving I had a slice of heaven with this recipe.  Buttermilk Pecan Pie.  Recipe below. Much easier to make than the cherry pie, but just as wonderfully yum!

Now go on and impress somebody.  If you want to go really over the top....a scoop of ice cream maybe?!

Buttermilk Pecan Pie

Preheat oven 300 degrees

Custard
1/2 cup Butter (soft)
2cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
cream together

Add and stir
3 eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons flour

combine all with
1 cup buttermilk

Layer pie crust with
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Pour prepared custard over pecans and bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Review
Since this was the first time to make this pie, I thought I should review the recipe.
Delicious!  I did refrigerate what was left of the pies after a day.  Hubby liked his warmed, 10 seconds in the microwave did the trick.  I like mine chilled, it is hot in Texas in July.  I would also next time use my own pie pans.  I used store bought crusts and there was a little overflow while baking them.  A deeper dish might work better.  We were heading to a friend's lake house, so I wanted to be able to toss the used pans.  I also might chop the pecans a bit smaller, I really only did a rough chop.  Smaller bits might be easier to bite down on and they probably would spread out better in the pie.

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Friday, June 24, 2016

My ghost, Little Annie

My ghost story of little Annie will be near the end of this post.

One of the last parts of our drive throught the 13 mile National Park in Vicksburg, took us by the cemetery.  17,000 Civil War soldiers are buried here over 116 acres.  The Confederate soldiers have been re-interred at the Vicksburg City Cemetery, now called "Soldiers Rest".  The siege on Vicksburg lasted 47 days.

 We spent some time in the little downtown area.  Ordered dinner to go and ate by the pool where were staying.
 We stayed here, at Duff Green Mansion.

 The wrought iron work on the sides of the mansion had to be replicated.  The iron was removed during the war to be used for ammunition.  Over 80 years later the same iron company was still in business in Alabama and still had the exact molds for the recreation.

 Parts of the old neighborhood and the mansion were saved when Duff Green's home was hit with a canon ball and he decided to convert his home into a military hospital.  By making this smart decision, the troops diverted the cannon fire away from this area.  The Union troops occupied the top floor and confederate soldiers were on the ground floor.  


 I love wrought iron and this house was adorned with tons of gorgeous iron.


Little Annie

When I was booking our room at Duff Green Mansion, we had two options., the Dixie Room and the Magnolia Room.  The Dixie Room was know to have a confederate soldier that rocked in a rocking chair.  Hubby said, "Uh, we will take the Magnolia Room!"  I agreed. 

The history of the house is that the first daughter of the Green's died of typhoid when she was around five years old.  She has been seen around the house, along with may other apparitions.  

Here is my story that I reported to the management at Duff Green.
Our tour group was in the main hall.  My back was to the dining room and the back main hallway door was to my right side with the main staircase was to my right back.  The tour guide and I were the only ones at this end of the hall.  As the tour guide was talking, out of the corner of my right eye, I saw a child run by the left window panel by the back door, dressed all in white.  But, I didn’t hear footsteps and voices.  I didn’t see him/her run by the windows to the right of the door. I continued to glance to my right off and on, and then saw another flash of color this time, dark colors, still short in height.  Neither time was the sighting over three feet tall.  The second was more just colors but the first was a blur of a child.

I didn’t say anything and the tour continued.  In the next room the tour guide mentioned that he had seen Annie on the staircase.  I said "in the daylight?"  He said yes.  Still I said nothing, but thought, I saw Annie!  The tour finished and on the ride back to Texas, I googled Duff Mansion ghosts, and read where little Annie has been seen in a WHITE gown.  I turned to my husband and told him, I saw a ghost, I saw Annie.

I am glad that I saw her right before checkout, because if it had been the night before, not sure if I would have slept a wink.


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Vicksburg, Mississippi in a day

Lynn and I spent less than 24 hours in Vicksburg.  But, we did make the most of our time there.  We drove through the National Park and stopped at several locations along the 13 mile drive.  Really unbelievable how much area was occupied by troops during the Civil War seige on Vicksburg, that lasted over 40 days.

 You can see the day was beautifully sunny, but hot!  

 Hubby did not care that people in this memorial saw him taking a photo while on his back. Illinois raised $190,000 in 1906 to build this gorgeous monument.  




 Monuments were around every turn.

 Here you can see how close the Mississippi river was and below this tent they are rebuilding a gun boat. 
We had a great time and spent the night in an antibellum home, the Duff Green Mansion.  We did the home tour the next morning and enjoyed more history about the area and I saw my first ghost.  More details on little Annie and the mansion in my next post.
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