Spring has Sprung!

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By Susan Greene

Happy Spring EARLY!  I cannot believe how HOT it is already.  Talking about frying eggs on the sidewalk this summer – might just be a true statement based on today’s weather.

St. Patrick’s Day was on March the 17th and a very happy birthday for Phil, my husband! He will celebrate a Biggie this year and proud of it!  We got married 12 years ago on March 18th.  What a celebration! Time flies when you are happy and having fun! We are still asking each other, “Where have you been all of my life?” I can honestly say, we are the definition of a happily married couple! Mike, Phil’s brother, coined a phrase – IT IS FUN HAVIN’ FUN and that is our daily goal. I do not have to wear green just on March 17th to avoid the pinch because I pinch myself everyday to just make sure that I am living the most wonderful life ever!

It is Tuesday afternoon and soccer practice for Collins has just been cancelled!  I get a phone call from Collins and Parker to come get them quick! Love it when the girls and their friends want to come to my house.  I turn the stove off and away I go to get my girls.  I have made pound cakes for my neighbors and my daddy along with some southern yummy boiled custard.  Both of the girls dove into both delicacies before I could get in the house!  Obviously the look on my face let them know what I was thinking!  “OOPS! Bubbles were these going to someone?” they asked with forks in hand and custard dripping from their mouths. Needless to say, they could eat anything they wanted.  Bubbles gets goose bumps when they enjoy my goodies rather than a treat from a drive-thru!  What is even better is when their friends call later and want some for their house. Guess grandmothers are good for something.

“Can we cook something?” they asked. Watching them search through my cookbooks is a hoot!  They decided to make Lemon Squares.  Collins checked for the ingredients and off they went.  Amazingly enough they produced a beautiful pan of Lemon Squares by themselves. 

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My oldest granddaughter, Ivy, drops in to show me the cutouts that she is making.  Ivy is not really my granddaughter, but I love her like my own! She is such a beautiful young lady that I have known for years and have watched grow into a mature adult. Ivy is teaching 2nd grade in Valdosta. We have been sharing school stories - God bless her!

She wanted a skill saw of all things for Christmas and is making the CUTEST seasonal decorations.  I love my shamrock that she hung on my front door.  The Easter bunnies will soon be hopping down the bunny trail!  I must say Ivy’s Mother, Vicki, and Bubbles are decorating freaks.  Look at these cute ones that she is doing!  Each one will be different.  Want one? Just let me know!  My email is bubblesg@mchsi.com. Ivy has asked Collins, Carson and Bubbles to help her paint and decorate.  I cannot wait!  Love these special times with my girls! Reach out and grab these special times with your children, grandchildren or friends.

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It is pouring down rain and I just got a call from Carson.  She wants to come over with her friend to cook. Wonder what they want to make other than a mess!?  Just kidding, I make them clean up and wash the utensils while their goodies are baking. Phil loves for them to bring their friends over.  What a great fellow!  He raised boys and now he has DIVAS in his life!

Love and Hugs,
Bubbles

Pound Cake

2 sticks butter room temperature
3 cups sugar
6 eggs
3 cups cake flour
½ teaspoon of salt
½ teaspoon of baking powder
½ pt of whipping cream
2 teaspoons vanilla

Sift the cake flour, salt and baking powder 2 times and set aside.  Beat the sugar and butter until creamy.  Add eggs, sifted flour mixture, whipping cream and mix well.  Stir in vanilla.  Pour batter into a greased and floured tube pan.  Put cake mixture in a cold oven and bake at 325 degrees for an hour.  Check and make sure the cake is set (not jiggly).  Remove from oven when done and cool before removing from the pan. 

Boiled Custard

4 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 quart ½ and ½ 
Pinch of salt
2 teaspoons of vanilla

Heat ½ and ½ until smoking in a double boiler.  Beat eggs and sugar and salt.  Add just a few scoops of the hot milk to the egg and sugar mixture.  Slowly add the egg and sugar mixture to the hot milk.  Stir until thickened.  This will scorch – do not leave it.  When it has thickened remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla.

Serve warm or cold!!!

** This is a recipe from my Grandmother, Mama Harris!  Loved her and BOY was she a good cook!!!!!

Lemon Squares

1 cup sifted flour
¼ cup powdered sugar
½ cup melted butter

Mix together and pat into an 8x8 greased pan.  Bake 18-20 minutes at 350 degrees

2 egg, beaten 1 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
3 Tablespoons lemon juice

Combine all of the above ingredients.  Pour over hot baked crust.  Bake for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees.  Cool. Cut into squares and sprinkle with powdered sugar. 

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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Hi Bubbles: I saw a Paula Deen show that you were on with her and you mentioned putting some corn starch in your whipped cream to help stabilize it. I was wondering how much corn starch do you add to the whipped cream? It gets so God awful hot here in Orlando so anything to help stabilize my whipped cream would be very much appreciated. God Bless, Robin

By ROBIN HENRY on May 01, 2012

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Tried Bubble's Pound Cake recipe for Easter and WOW! I come from a long line of Pound Cake bakers but this Pound Cake is amazing! I'm going to try it this weekend and make it a Lemon Pound Cake - my husband's favorite. Love to see Grandmothers still having fun. I also made the Strawbery Preserves and made enough to share with friends and family. Easy recipe and wonderful taste! If it's on Paula's show, I'll try it. Thanks Paula for reminding folks that family, food and fun all go together! Arlene

By Arlene Quick on April 10, 2012

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YOUR BOILED CUSTARD RECIPE DOES NOT MAKE SENSE

By BUCHANAN on April 05, 2012

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Love Love Love all this cooking. Especially with the kids - just wish my grandbabies didn't live in LA. Yeah, what a bummer . . . . BUT we visit as often as possible. This was great to read about . Love to hear about great cooking, especially home cooking like Paula and all her buds. More, please.

By Becky Davidson on April 04, 2012

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would like to get the recipe for the white chocolate banana pudding

By Anonymous on April 04, 2012

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I just love reading your sweet message & wish you all the happiness life has to offer. We love you & I refer to you as Aunt Paula to my granddaughters, because if I had a sister, I'd hope she were just like you :D....& EVERYTHING we fix from your recipes turns out wonderful... Just like you! Thankya & Love from us desert bratz .^_~.

By Cat on April 03, 2012

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Paula, I sure do like you and really don't like the bad publicity you have been getting lately. These people are just jealous and there are a lot of mean people in this world. I am happy for all of your success and wish you every good thing that you deserve. God Bless You!

By Lillie Mae Eismeier on April 03, 2012

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I do not know if the following recipe is Paula Deen's, Bubbles or whose. However, I believe there is an ingredient missing in the list of ingredients along with the quantity of that ingredient, milk. In the recipe itself it says to "add a few scoops of the hot milk" and "slowly add the egg and sugar mixture to the hot milk". How much milk should there be listed in the BOILED CUSTARD recipe ingredient list, please? The following statement with two asterisks is directly under the Pound Cake and Boiled Custard recipes- Are those the recipes that are from Mama Harris as I could not find two asterisks by any recipe? ** This is a recipe from my Grandmother, Mama Harris! Loved her and BOY was she a good cook!!!!! See the BOILED CUSTARD recipe which I have copied and pasted below- "Boiled Custard 4 eggs 1 cup sugar 1 quart ½ and ½ Pinch of salt 2 teaspoons of vanilla Heat ½ and ½ until smoking in a double boiler. Beat eggs and sugar and salt. Add just a few scoops of the hot milk to the egg and sugar mixture. Slowly add the egg and sugar mixture to the hot milk. Stir until thickened. This will scorch – do not leave it. When it has thickened remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla. Serve warm or cold!!!" Sure would appreciate a response from whomever to me, carla@carlaeriksson.com, as those recipes sound wonderful and I would like to attempt to make them myself. Thanks, Carla A. F. Eriksson carla@carlaeriksson.com

By Anonymous on April 03, 2012

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Paula, I love watching you and your family. I miss seeing your show, I watched you everyday. My son lives in Charleston S.C. He took me to the Lady & Sons to eat. Oh my goodness! People are always telling me that I look just like the cooking lady Paula Deen. I always tell them that you are my hero. May God Bless You Mary Ann
Mary Ann Tharp in A Summer of Burgers on August 15, 2014 at 10:48 pm

Add a few spoonfuls of parmesan cheese to the flour and cornmeal breading and it kicks the tomatoes up another notch. Bev
in Crispy Fried Green Tomatoes on August 15, 2014 at 10:33 am

I just bought Paula's Peach Salad Dressing and wondered if anyone has a good recipe that they use it in?
Melissa in Taste Testing 101 on August 13, 2014 at 8:36 am

Congrats Bobby. Loved the family picture miss you Paula on TV will be watching online. Jack is getting big. Looks like his mom but Matt aka moose has your face. Your eyes cheeks hair even falls to his face like yours except to the left. Good luck on your next venture. You give us other 60+ yr women strength to move on. Keep up the good work.
Carol Bryant in Love at Last on August 11, 2014 at 6:12 pm