I don't remember a Thanksgiving or Christmas when I didn't have this special drink around the house.
It is so important to keep the happy memories of times past alive, even if those who made these special foods for us aren't around anymore.
My Aunt Debby passed away in May of this year and I want to be sure that her grandchildren, nieces and nephews and all of those who loved her can preserve her memory, by making up some of these treats that she so lovingly created for us when we were young.
The town of Stanfield is a great place to live, not only for the beautiful, quiet, country setting but for the people.
We have met some of the most interesting folks here in this small southern town and always feel better after being in their presence. One such couple is Randy & Alisha Drye. I have done business with them for a couple of years at Trophy Heaven. They are always so kind and have a smile or encouraging word each time I see them.
I was intrigued a few weeks ago when Alisha told me about purchasing the old barber shop across from their business on West Stanly Street.
My children and I were offered the grand tour of the old place and my goodness, what a gem they have!
I can just see the men of Stanly County going in there, years ago and getting a shave or a haircut. Perhaps, some of the men in town could even tell of their first haircut, sitting right in one of those barber chairs.
The shop was built in 1958 by Jack Long. In 1962, George Smith, long time appetence of Jack purchased it.
George cut hair there for 52 years. Sadly, he passed away in April this year.
The Drye’s said that George never had a Barber Pole out front so after his death, they purchased one and hung it on the building, memorializing it with his name on it. That was such a touching gesture for a respected man.
The building is immaculate and looks like a museum. Alisha and Randy have made a few updates all while preserving the original look of the building.
The coolest part about the tour was finding out that the building is for rent to an interested Barber.
(it makes me wish I knew how to cut hair, just so I could use it) You can get in touch with the Drye’s at 704-888-8329 for more information.
The use of coconut oil isn't quite as new as we think. Check out the bottle.
This quilt pattern is an easier one to piece together. The log cabin quilt block is one of the first I ever made.
This one is for our middle son. He picked out the bright colors and I have to say that it matches his sweet & fun loving personality perfectly!
Have you ever tried to make a quilt block? It was terribly intimidating for me at first, but after you have made several, your confidence builds.
Georgia Bonesteel is a quilter whom I have long admired, in fact, I leaned how to make the log cabin block from watching her show. I was lucky enough to meet her last year. You can see that post below this picture.
Days grow shorter now, the nights chillier. Crisp mornings call for buttermilk pancakes and maple syrup, with country sausage on the side; at supper the popovers are almost too hot to hold. The trees kindle with color, a few at a time: small flashes of scarlet appear in the swamp, and the sugar maples begin to glow, as the great wave of autumn glory slowly rises to full tide. Leaves start to fall; I pick one up. It is cool to the touch; a hint of pink lies under the gold. As it dries, the serrated edges curl inward and the leaf turns to tawny brown. I think, I am holding autumn in my hand.