Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day.
Ha! I can dream, can't I?
Now, if you've never put in a vegetable garden, let me tell ya, it doesn't have to be big to put out a lot of food. Here's a couple pictures of my corn and green beans from last year.
These rows were about 24 feet long, three rows of corn and two rows of green beans. I put up 14 bags of corn and about 50 pints of green beans. Plus we had fresh beans and corn to eat during the growin' season.
CD and I don't put out very much of any one thing, just a good variety of several veggies.
So you can see that a garden journal is a good thing and it's not just for vegetable gardens. You can benefit from keepin' a journal for your flowers too. And it's great to keep track of an orchard.
So let's all have a happy growin' season this year with our diaries for our garden's.
Friday, January 23, 2009
These are straight out of the camera shots. I did not use photo shop because I don't own photo shop or anything else. It was just a really beautiful picture perfect sunset. I used different setting's and kept takin' 'em as the sun went down.
I just had to share 'em with you.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
One day while CD and I were out road trippin' this past summer on the old Route 66 highway, we drove to Waynesville. It was a beautiful day for taken photo's and checkin' out history. Waynesville has a lot of that goin' on for it. It was a hotbed durin' the Civil War.
Waynesville is located in scenic Roubldoux Creek Valley, and it became the county seat of Pulaski County in 1843.
Pulaski County was organized in 1833. It was once roamed by Indians and French trappers. The county is part of land surrendered by the Osage in 1808. Southern pioneers were early settlers. They were attracted by the counties many springs, wooded hills, caves and the Big Piney and Gasconade Rivers.
The town of Waynesville was a stage stop on the St. Louis to Springfield Road. This road was later called Wire Road for the telegraph line strung durin' the Civil War. This road was a former Indian trail and traveled by French explorers in 1719. Cherokee Indians camped here on their 1837 'Trail of Tears' removal to Oklahoma.
Here's one of the old trestle bridges on the Mother Road, purdy neat, huh?
This is the old Stage Coach stop in Waynesville.
It was originally built of logs in pioneer days. Used as a stage coach stop and a tavern of rest for travelers headin' to the west.
In 1862, during the Civil War, it was used as a hospital.
After the war ended, it was remodeled and again used as a hotel for another half century.
The Civil War brought about fierce division among the people of Pulaski County. Neighbor against neighbor, brother against brother and even members of the same household would disagree.
The end of the war found the county in chaos. Bushwhackers were runnin' rampant.
Prejudices and hatred were finally put aside and reconstruction began. After the war, immigrants began to come to this part of Missouri to settle. Most of those settlers were from southeast Kentucky, Tennessee, east and West Virginia.
This is just beautiful country out here and with all the history connected to it, very interestin' to check out. I hope you will get a chance sometime to come to this part of the Ozarks, you won't be disappointed.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
I recently found some information on the Weaver Brothers and Elviry. They were a family who pioneered hillbilly humor.
Most people have long used the stereotype of the hillbilly for entertainment. Many think that this all started at Silver Dollar City and at the Branson Music shows. But it actually got its start in vaudeville with one of the most popular groups out there that entertained across the nation and even overseas with homespun hillbilly humor and old-time country music with homemade instruments. They were known as the Weaver Brothers & Elviry, and the two brothers who started the group up were from Ozark, Missouri. This is a small town between Springfield and Branson.
Their great-grandfather built a mill and the first courthouse in the area. The home he built in Ozark before the Civil War is still standin' and is the oldest home in town.
His son Leon, who went by the stage name of 'Abner', was born in the house at Ozark in 1882. By the age of 12 he set out on his own to perform in medicine shows. He played the mandolin, guitar, fiddle and was the first to use a hand saw as a musical instrument. At 19 (1901)he became part of the largest traveling show in the country, Doctor A.B. Christy's Travelin' Medicine Show.
His younger brother, Frank, went by the stage name 'Cicero'. He was born in 1891. He and his brother 'Abner', started their vaudeville act in 1904, when Cicero was 13. They called their selves the R-Can-Saw Travelers.
'Cicero' never spoke on stage, he did pantomime and was the inspiration for Harpo Marx. He played the banjo and a one-man-band apparatus.
In 1917, 'Abner' married June, 'Elviry'. She was born in Chicago but grew up in Springfield, Missouri. She joined the act in 1923, as their sister, 'Elviry'. Her humorous poker-face made her a favorite with audiences. She and Leon divorced in 1927, but they stayed friends and she stayed with the act. 'Elviry' was also the business manager for the group. In 1928, she married 'Cicero' and was with him until he died in 1967.
The Weaver Brothers and Elviry played the vaudeville circuit makin' the princely sum of $700 a week. They later were earning as much as $5,000 per week as their popularity grew. That was an enormous amount of money back in those times. We're talkin' about the time period of the Great Depression.
They even started addin' family members to the act. They called their selves, The Weaver Brothers & Elviry and the Home Folk.
They shared the stage with George Burns and Gracie Allen, Jack Benny, Al Jolson, Will Rogers and a stilt-walker named Archibald Leach. Now do you recognize the name? He later became know as Cary Grant. They played in New York, Chicago, Boston, London, Paris and Stockholm and thousands of other towns and cities.
In the 30's they started to appear in movies. Their first "Swing Your Lady," and it co-starred Humphrey Bogart and the bit player, Ronald Reagan. It's world premiere was at the Gillioz Theatre in Springfield, MO on Jan. 14, 1938.
They appeared in 13 films altogether. They worked with performers like Roy Rogers, Alan Ladd and Roy Acuff. They quit makin' movies in 1943.
The Weavers continued to live and perform in the Springfield area. In 1935, 'Cicero' and 'Elviry' bought the Heer's mansion, which overlooks the James River between Nixa and Springfield. Many famous people have lived and visited this mansion through the years. Heer's Department Store in Springfield was a landmark for years.
They continued to work on radio and were on KWTO's "Korn's-Krackin". Abner played with the Ozark Jubilee Band , there was a national Tv show that got its name from it. He appeared with area musicians, Slim Wilson, Bob White, Willie Wells, Jerry Osborn, Lennie Aleshire, Doc Martin, Zed Tennis, Googoo Rutledge and BoBo Pike. Later this program had more famous people appear on it such as Willie Nelson and a young man who went by the name of John Cash.
The Weaver family also contributed to Springfield theaters, the Mulliken, Landers and the Gillioz, and one of their younger brothers later worked as the projectionist at the Springfield Drive-In Theater. Oh boy, could I ever tell you some teenage stories about that drive-in! I cried when they tore it down in the 90's to put up an office complex. Lot's of good times there.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Didjya ever get the hankerin' for some home made bread but didn't want to go to a lot of trouble? Well, I've got the perfect recipe, doesn't take long and is so easy AND you don't have to knead it!
Now I know a lot of people don't make bread because they don't think they can. But bread is probably one of the easiest things to make. Don't let kneadin' bread intimidate ya, just get smackdab inda middle of it and you'll be surprised how much you'll like workin' that dough over. I've never met a homemade bread I didn't like. Even if it comes out sunk in the middle or dry from too much flour it still has that great yeasty bread flavor. So I don't think you can really make uneatable bread. Just ask your man.
But today I'm gonna show you how to make French Bread that you don't need to knead.
You will need:
1/2 cup milk
1 cup boiling water
1 package yeast
1/4 cup lukewarm water
1 - 1/2 tablespoons olive or canola oil
1 tablespoon sugar
4 cups flour
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons salt
First we're gonna mix up the bread dough.
Scald milk in saucepan. My pan is clean, it's just stainless steel and has water marks on it. I promise I do not cook in dirty pans! Add 1 cup boiling water. Cool to lukewarm.
Now while that is risin' lets make up some oyster stew. You can keep this simmerin' on the stove or dish it up and put in the ice box and you can reheat when it is time to serve.
You will need:
Add the broth to the pan of oysters, celery and butter. Add the Worcestershire sauce and add the sherry. Slowly stir in the milk and then add the cream. Salt and pepper to taste and then heat over low heat.
Tarnation this is good stuff!
Now we'll get the Cornish hens ready. Have you ever had these little chickens? Well they are dem near about the best tastin' and this is one of the best ways to fix 'em. Now if I had these cute little chickens runnin' around my farm, there's no way I could chop off their little heads and eat 'em. They's be my pets and part of my family. And I haven't 'et any family member, yet. Since I can buy 'em frozen and all ready to cook, I've got no problem enjoying 'em. They are mighty tasty.
You will need:
2 rock Cornish hens for this recipe