Friday, July 23, 2010

If this doesn't make you a Southern woman, I don't know what will

What makes one a southern woman, you ask? Well canning tomatoes, shelling peas, and watching Steel Magnolias of course! Last week my momma and I canned a tomato or two for the upcoming winter. And let me tell you, that is hard work honey! Then last Friday night me, my husband, and my girls shelled some peas. It was fun to watch my kids learn to shell peas, even if half of them ended up in the couch cushions! I remember canning and shelling peas with my mom and great grandmother in her little old house that always smelled like biscuits and tobacco!(yes, she chewed tobacco...Levi Garrett to be exact!) I always loved going to her house. She cooked almost every meal, I'm talking, breakfast, dinner(aka lunch), and supper was always hot and fresh. Every meal she made biscuits or cornbread but I really remember the biscuits(homemade not the kind out of the can!). She would make them in the same wooden bowl and always one at a time. She would have all her dry ingredients in the bowl and add just a little buttermilk at a time, create a biscuit mixed with her hands(I never remember her using a spoon!), put it on a pan and move on to the next until she had the desired amount to put on her table. If my brothers and I were lucky(and we usually were!) she would have some leftover and we would always have a biscuit with homemade jelly(maybe that's why she always had to make more biscuits...hmmm...). These are memories from my childhood and canning and I hope that I can install some well rounded memories of canning for my kids. So, for now, it's back to Mimi's kitchen where more tomato's wait for us to can. I took a few pour yourself a glass of sweet tea and enjoy!
A sink of tomato's ready to be canned

Look how pretty those bad boys are!:)
Batch numbero uno



  1. You made me cry!! :) I had so much fun thank you so much for helping me!! I love you and proud of the great Godly mother, wife, friend, daughter you are!! Love ya....

  2. Oh my goodness! I would be in heaven. I love love love tomatoes....they just don't love me. :)

  3. This is such a cute idea for a blog Jess! I love it! I can't wait to see what you cook up! :P Glad your little ones are getting to learn all the traditions passed down from your awesome Mom and Great-Grandmother!

    Love ya!