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Solar Eclipse and Peach Cobbler

Written by Debbie Sloan Edited by Mandi Pitt-Reed             David and I booked our rooms in Nashville months ago in anticipation of the total solar eclipse. Here in the Memphis area the eclipse was not going to reach totality so we wanted to be in an area where we could see this once-in-a-lifetime event in its marvelous totality. We were not disappointed. Our son Jordan invited us to the Edison School, where he is a teacher, to view the event. His lovely wife Mandi joined us as well. Although school was not in session, many of the kids came to view this spectacular event and enjoy the special activities.             As the moon began its transit across the sun many...

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Orange Mousse No. 1 for Long Hot Summer Days & Nights

Frozen Foods the Automatic Way Written by Debbie Sloan Edited by Mandi Pitt-Reed        The temperatures here in the Memphis area are hovering in the mid-to-upper 90s with the heat index well into the 100s. The heat here is humid and heavy and calls for something cool and refreshing to eat and drink. Generally, iced tea hits the spot as well as lemonade and any other citrus icy concoction. Mom used to make homemade vanilla ice cream that was fluffy, rich, creamy, and unlike any store-bought ice cream. It was similar to gelato, but better—if one can imagine anything better than gelato. Sometimes Daddy worked well into the night and would call Mom on the two-way radio to say he...

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Peanut Butter Squares, Poetry, and Family Friend Glen

Written by Debbie Sloan Edited by Mandi Pitt-Reed             Spring is a time of renewal here in the Memphis area. The first sign of spring is spring flowers. Two of my favorites are daffodils and tulips, with irises coming in third. I think daffodils are my favorite spring flowers because they remind me of my introduction to poetry. We had a set of books that were wonderful because they had full color drawings in them. There were about ten-twelve books and each one covered a different topic. One covered art, another poetry, another space, another plants, and so on. I often looked at them while Mom was busy in the kitchen. She not only cooked in the kitchen, but...

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Mom's Hot Chocolate for Those We Love on Valentine's Day

February 10, 2017             When I wrote the Peabody Muffin post, I said I was going to add the recipe for hot chocolate that Mom had on the stove for us when we came in from a long day of playing in the snow, but it turned warm here in the Memphis area as it often does after a snow and I wasn’t in the mood for hot chocolate. Today that changed as it is getting cold outside once again and with Valentine’s Day right around the corner, it seems like a great time to figure out Mom’s recipe. It took several attempts but I finally got it right and it is creamy deliciousness. It is not like the prepackaged...

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Snow and Peabody Vanilla Muffins

January 6, 2017           We woke here in the Memphis area to about two inches of snow this morning. Snow is a beautiful thing and nothing is more exhilarating here than anticipating snow. The traffic was crazy yesterday and the stores bursting with customers in anticipation of the big event. Snow is not taken lightly around here. We revere it. We close our schools and businesses in respect to the white powder. We tuck in with our hot cocoa and keep our jammies on all day long. It is lovely – but usually short-lived and before it dies, it tends to get ugly by turning into extremely dangerous black ice. Nevertheless, for now it is white, fluffy, and lovely. We...

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