Kitchen tools and spices are scattered from Nebraska to Mobile, AL with little bits here in Missouri. I think of my grandparents as small children traveling by covered wagon. We made do. Co-worker, Rick, and I put our heads together. I made a large skillet of buttermilk cornbread he converted to dressing with sage, poultry seasoning, melted butter, chopped hard boiled eggs, celery and onion. He mixed in chicken broth until it made ball stage. Sounds like candy. Not. We put it back in the big cast iron skillet to bake.
Rick seasoned a 5 1/2 pound roasting hen with melted butter, poultry seasoning, sage and rosemary. He cooked the giblets in chicken broth with two more chopped hard boiled eggs.
One hand mixer in AL and the other in NE necessitated using a slotted spoon to mash the potatoes. JB got his candied sweet potatoes. Rick made sweet potato pie from a recipe by COUGARR I pulled up on the internet @ allrecipes.com. Outstanding! To us sweet potatoes are more flavorful than pumpkin. I do like pureed pumpkin soup. In my family, it's girl food.
Where we found the round table for our kitchen, the lady offered us her yard swing. Today the guys picked it up. The frame is solid. The cushion needs replacing. JB and I put on warm clothes to sit in it and listen to Rick sing and strum his guitar. He does a pretty good Conway Twitty and "Up against the wall, Red Neck mother," by Jerry Jeff Walker. Between songs he said he needed a little table to set his drink on. I remembered seeing one by the dumpster. Ask and you shall receive.
When we drove through our neighborhood and saw two gas bottles by a dumpster that would fit our free grill. JB went to the door. The lady answered and told him he could have one. The magic of Missouri continues.
Thank you, Father, for blessing us with enough everything.
2009 Red Convertible Travel Series