Hello 2013!

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By Bubbles

Hello 2013!  I cannot believe that 2012 came and went so fast. I just got in the habit of writing 2012 on checks before it all of a sudden became 2013. I still had things left to do and the New Year came anyway! Anyone else feel like time is actually FLYING? In fact look at the priceless cross-stitched piece that I found in Gray, Georgia at Treasures by the Tracks

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Another wonderful New Year dinner and celebration with friends and family was on our agenda.  I love cooking the feast for New Year’s Day.  Actually, I do a repeat of this on JULY 4th as another good luck meal, you might say!

I have fallen in love with citrus trees.  I bought several varieties of Kumquats, a Meyer Lemon tree and a Limequat tree.  All of these produced fruit the first year.  Let me share an easy and delicious recipe for Kumquat Marmalade with you.

Kumquat Marmalade
24 kumquats, rinsed and thinly sliced
2 oranges, rinsed, sliced and seeded
9 cups cane sugar
2 lemons sliced
8 cups of water, or less

Finely chop the kumquats and oranges, combine them and measure them into a large pot.  Add 3 cups of water per each cup of fruit.  Let stand overnight.

Bring the fruit mixture to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until the rind is very tender.  Remove from the heat and measure cooked fruit.  Add one cup of sugar to the pot for every cup of the fruit mixture.  Mix in the lemons.

Return the fruit to the pan and bring to a boil once again.  Boil stirring occasionally, until the syrup is thick or 220 degrees F.  Remove from the heat.  Transfer into sterile jars and seal!

I shared my slow cooker Hopping John with you last year and it has returned again this year.  All ages love this dish!  Aunt Peggy said that it was a winner again!  If you have any leftovers, you can freeze them.

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This recipe is Phil’s mother’s and it is definitely delicious and a WINNER!

If you do not have a good recipe for BRUNSWICK STEW, be sure to copy and print this.  It takes time but it is so worth every minute.

On your mark, get set, GOOOOOO…

2 (6-8 lbs) Boston Butts cooked on the grill (Best to do this the day before or find a club that is selling them for the Holidays!)
| 3 whole fryers (I use the rotisserie chickens at the grocery store that are already prepared!)

4-14 ounce cans of English peas – drained
8-14 ounce cans of creamed corn
4-6 28 ounce cans of crushed tomatoes
2 20 ounce bottles of Ketchup
3 lemons sliced
2 pounds of potatoes (peeled and cubed)
¼ sup sugar
½ cup vinegar
Tobasco to taste
Worcestershire to taste
Salt and pepper

Cube the Boston Butts and debone the chickens.  Put the meat in a LARGE roaster.  Add all of the other ingredients and cook on low for many hours.  Stir often to prevent sticking.  This will serve at least 40 people and it is worth every minute it takes to make.  Bag up and freeze for a later meal. 

And here’s a bonus recipe…y

My grandmother used to make LACE CAKES and they were lip smacking good!

I was always afraid to try them, but Pat Riggins has shown me how easy they are to make.  Pat is a special lady in our family and sits with Mother and Daddy during the day.  This lady can do it all!

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PAT’S LACE CAKES
1 cup Plain cornmeal
1 egg beaten
Salt
1 ½ cups water

This has to be a very thin mixture.  Mix all of the ingredients. In a large “spider”, cast iron skillet, heat ¼ inch shortening over medium heat until a drop of water sizzles when dropped into the skillet.  Carefully spoon the batter by tablespoons into the hot skillet.  Fry until golden brown and fry on the other side.  Serve with butter and marmalade!  Oh!  If you are using new shortening, throw some Hog Jowl in and fry along with the Lace Cakes.  This will help to brown them!!

2014 is right around the corner. Try not to break your resolutions for 2013.  Make the most of every minute of every day!

Happy Everything!

Love and hugs!

Bubbles

Bubbles grew up in Albany, Georgia. She is a vivacious, fun loving, always on the go, Twentieth Century Grandmother. Having 3 precious grandchildren makes her day interesting. Carpools, reading to the class, softball and soccer games (not to mention the girls are on different teams), caring for my parents, grocery store, cleaners, and whatever pops up on any given day! Sometimes she believes that having the grandchildren first would have been easier. She runs on GO 100% of the day and is always the last to turn off the light and the first to turn on the stove. There is never a dull moment in her life. Memories are what Bubbles wants to leave with her grandchildren and their friends. She is well on the way to large volumes of just that. Read her Blogs and you will be able to take ideas to your house to share with your children and grandchildren.
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Bubbles, I can't wait to try this brunswick stew recipe! I haven't made it in a while, and the recipe I used was ho-hum! Thanks lady! Looks delish!

By Martha Lee on January 30, 2013

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Looking for a recipe for Shrimp Soup and the base? Years ago my mother cooked a great Shrimp soup but I was young and did not follow all she did? She had carrots, celery etc but the taste was so good I think maybe a cream? What would she have used as her base broth for this soup with Shrimp? What have others done to make this soup? No other fish was in it? Thank you,

By Putorium on January 24, 2013

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Loved Bubbles recipes for both Kumquat Marmalade and Brunswich Stew alathough I would have added pork to the stew recipe. Having grown up in South Georgia I have no problem making Lace Cakes. I applaud Paula on her weight loss and Bobby and Jamie for their shows and cookbooks. All three of you keep up the good work.I am definitely a fan of all of you!

By Jane Ingles on January 18, 2013

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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