Special Shoes

This morning, Elle and I had the opportunity to meet the author of this precious book and the sweet little girl who inspired it! We got our books signed by both Molly and Emma at a book signing in Moundville.
In the story, Emma is a young girl who loves a bedtime story about a princess with special shoes. Molly illustrates in a very simple way both the challenges and joys of a little girl with special needs. She is so right that every little girl, regardless of circumstances, deserves to be a princess.
Our sweet daughter, Annie, has splints, a walker and canes, like Emma does in the book, that help her to stand and walk with assistance. She is challenged every day, but almost always, with a smile on her face.
Princess Annie at the Beach
Thanks, Molly Taylor, for sharing this special story of Emma and her special shoes!
Here is the link to the book on Barnes and Noble

Reese’s Cup Cake from "Brundidge Bites"

While still on the subject of my hometown of Brundidge, Alabama, I wanted to  share a recipe that I recently made from Volume 3 of the “Brundidge Bites” Cookbook sponsored by the Brundidge Study Club. The recipe comes from the Peanut Butter Recipe Contest of 2004 – a contest that is held each year during the Peanut Butter Festival in the fall.
Reese’s Cup Cake
1 box basic white cake mix
1/2 cup peanut butter
Mix cake mix as directed on box; add peanut butter, mix until creamy. Pour mixture into a greased 9 X 13 inch baking pan. Bake in a 350 degree oven until it tests done.
2 cups Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Chips
2 1/2 cups peanut butter
Melt chocolate chips in double boiler on low heat. Add peanut butter and continue to stir until melted. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Once cool, ice the cake. Melt peanut butter and drizzle over cake.
Note: The icing on the cake in the photo was actually made with white chocolate chips (which is what I had on hand) and I didn’t drizzle the peanut butter over it. Everybody loved it!

Brundidge Banter

My parents moved to Brundidge in 1956, 4 years before I was born. I have lived in Tuscaloosa longer than I lived in Brundidge but Brundidge will always be my hometown!

On our way to the beach this year, we stayed overnight with my Mom in Brundidge –  it just happened to be the day of the annual Fourth of July Parade! Everything about the parade reminded me of what it was like to grow up in Brundidge – great memories and ones I enjoyed sharing with my daughter. I took some photos of some sights around town. If you lived in Brundidge or have ever been there, let’s stroll down memory lane!

Main Street
Name this grocery store – Piggly Wiggly

The Tupper Lightfoot Memorial Library – now on Main Street – I remember going to story hour in the library behind Brundidge Baking Company (now BB&T) across the street from Brundidge Methodist Church.

Another view of the library – I love all the flags – Patriotism abounds in this small town!

First National Bank showing Local School Spirit 
 Go Bulldogs, Patriots, Trojans, Purple Cats, Tigers and Rebels!

What did this music store used to be? The Star Store, of course! Men, women, boys, girls could all shop there. I have so many memories of wrapping gifts at The Star Store during Christmas breaks for John and Hazel Adkins.

Price Pharmacy is still Price Pharmacy – Cool!
 Now what was on the corner?
 Brundidge Feed and Seed Store – now an Art Gallery owned by Henry Jinright

Danny Graham has been the State Farm Man almost forever
 but I remember when the State Farm Man was Vincent Allen.
 Does that make me old?

Another Brundidge Icon – Stinson’s Barber Shop!

OK, what did “Rue’s” used to be? OK Ramage!
Who remembers shopping with Mr. Al Hastey?

Foster’s Barber Shop was Brundidge Baking Company

Did you ever get custom cut meat from Mr. Lamar Belcher at the City Market on the corner?
 Of course, there wasn’t a gas station across the street then!
 It was the Western Auto owned by Tom Hinson.

Jackson Hardware – 1900 – Wow!
I had fun telling Elle how you could register your china when you got married and purchase the supplies to build something – all at Jackson Hardware!

Haven’t seen a political fan in a long time – reminded me of political candidates coming to town and driving around neighborhoods with loud speakers asking you to vote for their candidate – I especially remember the George Wallace and Albert Brewer running against each other – Pam and I would stand in our yards and cheer for whoever drove by!
If you lived in Brundidge, did you ever get a coke float from Dykes Drugs, now Hawkins Drugs? It was always fun to stop and get a float on the way home from the City Pool in the summer!

Can’t forget the Dime Store! I just remember getting toys from there and going there to get Olan Mills pictures made. Once, I had a photo made with my hair in a bun and Greg Botts called me Granny Clampett.
July 4th Parade – Always the Saturday before the holiday!

The same spot we used to watch the Christmas Parade from and waiting for Santa (a.k.a. Fred Walls) to arrive on the firetruck! Way too cool!
Scenes from the Parade – June 30, 2012
Brundidge Police Department
Jane Thrash, Miss Senior Pike County
 Beauty Queens from other towns
Miss and Little Miss Brundidge
P.C.H.S. Band Director


P.C.H.S. Bulldog Band

Wes Allen – Pike County Probate Judge
Brundidge City Hall
Johnston Parlor – Salem Baptist Church

Steed Tire Service



God Bless America and God Bless Brundidge!
What are your favorite memories of Brundidge (or any other small town)?
Comment and let me know!

What’s for Breakfast? Easy Drop Danish

If you need a quick and easy breakfast recipe, this is a good one! This recipe was shared with me many years ago by my sweet friend, the late Myra Foreman. I had completely forgotten about it until I ran across it in my “tried and true” recipe box. I made it this morning for breakfast and it was a hit! It took less than 30 minutes, start to finish!
1/4 cup softened margarine
2 T. sugar
2 cups Bisquick
2/3 cup milk
1/4 cup preserves
Mix margarine, sugar and Bisquick until crumbly. (I used my pastry cutter). Stir in milk, then beat  15-20 strokes until well blended. Drop by rounded tablespoon 2″ apart on lightly greased cookie sheet.
Make a shallow well in center with back of spoon. Fill with 1 tsp. of your favorite preserves. Bake until golden brown – 10-15 minutes. While warm drizzle with glaze.
2/3 cup powdered sugar
1 T. warm water
 1/4 t. vanilla
Beat until smooth.

In Memory of Andy Griffith – A Fun Night in "Mayberry"

In Memory of Andy Griffith
June 1, 1926 – July 3, 2012
When I think of the Andy Griffith show, which is on our TV, at least, once a day, I think of Andy and Opie and their father-son relationship. I thought this picture depicted my image of Andy Griffith – there a father spending time with his son, teaching valuable life lessons and a son adoringly looking up to his father with respect. What a legend Andy left with this show!
To honor Andy, I am repeating a post from the archives of “‘Tis A Blessings to Be” – one of my earliest posts about a Mayberry birthday party theme for Barry’s Birthday party.
To celebrate my husband’s birthday, we had a Mayberry “suppa” (as Aunt Bee would say) with family and friends. He is a huge fan of the Andy Griffith show so it was the perfect theme for the occasion.
Our menu consisted of recipes mostly from the Aunt Bee’s Mayberry cookbook – Aunt Bee’s Fried Chicken (I will not fool anyone – it came straight from the Publix deli – I do not fry chicken!), Town Band Baked Beans, Thelma Lou’s Corn Casserole, Hash Browns Helen, Ernest T.ossed Salad (my own mixture), Helen’s Honor Rolls (by Sister Schubert), Briscoe’s Biscuits, Opie’s Oreo Ice Cream (yummy!), Aunt Bee’s Apple Pie and Red Velvet Cupcakes (Paula Deen’s Recipe). I posted the menu in a frame with white print with black background to resemble a chalkboard.
I “googled” photos of Mayberry characters in black and white, copied to cardstock, cut out, hole punched and tied with red,white and blue ribbon for napkin rings. Everybody had a different character at their place which made for great conversation! Each place setting had a sheriff’s badge. I purchased these in the western party section of Hobby Lobby.
For the red velvet cupcake tree, I made cupcake toppers (using Microsoft Word and a pair of scrapbooking scissors) with trivia questions about The Andy Griffith Show. The questions came from the Mayberry cookbook. More good conversation!

For party favors, we filled small white bags (from Hobby Lobby) with candy and bubble gum. Opie always went to Walker Drug for candy and gum. Printed on the bags: Walker Drug Store and Ellie Walker, R. Ph. She is one of our favorite characters as she shares a name with our daughter.
We finished off the evening playing a game of Mayberry trivia. Fun party!
By the way, Goober says “Hey!”