Old Home Demolished – Memories Remain

Bayou Woman walks through hurricane flood waters Bayou Woman walks through hurricane flood waters. Many of you new readers here haven’t had a chance to read the stories of hurricane evacuations, flooding, and the resulting cleanup.  You’ve missed out on the trials and tribulations of dealing with The Road Home program, designed to help those who had flood insurance intact to recover from the floodwaters of Hurricane Rita in 2005.… read the rest

Where did the summer go?

Old House demo2 It’s been a long time coming, and I feel like I haven’t really sat down and visited with y’all in forever.  This has been a whirlwind summer for our family, especially for me.  It was a landmark summer as well, with major life events–some good, some not so good; but we’re only going to talk about the good.… read the rest

Mock Strawberry Preserves Made with Figs!

Mock Strawberry Preserves I’ve been making this recipe for a long time. See the year in the upper right-hand corner of the card? Now that we have the old recipe, how about a step-by-step pictorial of the recipe? (All you seasoned “canners” out there can just skip all this, because it is intended for those Googlers who are going to start picking figs and doing a search for something different to do with figs this summer.) Search no more!… read the rest

Fig Chutney from England by Way of Southwest France

Fig Chutney with pain de campagne, baked freshly every morning by in the village, Cantal cheese made east of her home near where the Dordogne rises. Deep in a quaint hamlet in the region of Dordogne, centered on the Dordogne River, an English woman named Kathy sits at her desk in a loft above the kitchen of her 1740s French farmhouse. Her Internet travels take her to places like Bayou Country in south Louisiana, and eventually to this blog via my recipe for fig preserves.… read the rest