A Priceless Picture

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By Paula Deen

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but every time I look at this picture here, only three words come to mind: love, love, love!

I suppose it’s because this picture is what they call a “happy accident.” Chia had been taking photos for the website all afternoon and I was startin’ to fade. Then Jack shows up ‘cause he caught wind that we had a piglet on the set. It was just the pick-me-up I needed. We were thinking that surely Jack would want to sit with me and hold the pig because what little boy wouldn’t? But when we tried to get him to hold the little critter, Jack would have none of it, not for all the tea in China. If you’ve been around kids any, you understand how once they set their mind to something, it’s not likely they’re gonna budge. This was no exception. Jack wasn’t upset or anything; he just shoved his hands in his pockets and looked straight ahead, flashing the most genuine smile.

Chia captured that moment like the pro she is. The priceless look on Jack’s face and the beautiful light coming through the window was nothing short of perfect. And it wasn’t staged. It was a real moment shared between my grandson and me. I especially like how I’m glancing over at Jack, givin’ him this look that says I know full well what it means to be stubborn. See, sometimes we’re like two peas in a pod. We spent the rest of the day laughing and being mischievous, slowing down progress but having a real good time doing it. Funny thing is, that little pig turned out to be more behaved than either of us!

Y’all, I get my picture taken all the time. But this is surely one of my favorites, which is why I wanted to share it with y’all. It holds a special place in my heart and in my home—it’s the only one I display in my kitchen so I can look at it all the time. Pictures like that are rare and so are the moments. Be sure to treasure them.

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Paula, That is truly a cute picture and deserves to have a high place of grander like your kitchen. I to have 2 grandsons and when they were a lot younger I have a picture of them both holding a Easter baby chick...you can tell from their little faces they are not sure they should keep holding or just put them on the ground. Anyway as like you its one of my favorite pictures and stands along in my kitchen ,miss you, your family and your show...Sincerely Bonny Hatcher Dothan Al.

By Bonny Hatcher on January 21, 2014

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hi! wink i was wondering if you could share the recipe for the chiken/grape salad-the one that is pictured on the croissant above? thanks! wink sandra
Sandra Neuheimer-Huller in Chicken Salad: A Southern Staple on April 19, 2014 at 10:37 am

Where do I buy these magazines
in A Basketful of Traditions on April 19, 2014 at 8:22 am

I WISH I COULD COOK. COULD I COME WORK FOR JUST ROOM AND BOARD AT YOUR NEW RESTURAUNT IN PIGEON FORGE FOR THE SUMMER? I WENT TO COLLEGE NOT FAR FROM THERE - HIWASSEE COLLEGE. YOU WOULDN'T HAVE TO PAY ME, I WOULD WORK FOR FREE JUST FOR THE EXPERIENCE. TAMMY LEVAN 19 SPENCER WAY KINGS PARK, NY 11754 HAPPY EASTER! CHRIST IS RISEN!
TAMMY L LEVAN in A Basketful of Traditions on April 19, 2014 at 4:31 am

Hi Bubbles, You have some great tips. Can't wait to read your other blogs! Please give Aunt Peggy a big hug from me and here is one for you! (((HUGS))) See you in May!
Jaci Pardun in 10 Quick Household Tips on April 18, 2014 at 11:05 pm

Paula, I am glad to know that I am not the only person who makes Easter Baskets for their adult children and mail them across the United States. My Daughter lives in Long Beach, CA and I not only sent her a basket but her husband and my granddaughter Reese. We also buy special Russel Stover Bunnies for each child too. My husband has the list in his phone... Sara .. Cookies 'n Crème.... Sidney and Stephen.. Peanut Butter Etc. It one of my favorite things to do for my kids.. no matter how old they get. And passing it along to my Grandchildren. It's even more special to me knowing we share a family tradition. Blessings and Happy Easter!!
Sharon Cason-Card in A Basketful of Traditions on April 18, 2014 at 11:03 pm