It Ain't All About The Cookin'

Over the weekend I began reading Paula Deen's memoir. She has an interesting story. It's written in her words. I hear her voice as I read.

I admire Paula, so much. She's been through some tough times and emerged on the other side, shining. She tells the real story. Paula doesn't gloss over anything. Another reason to admire her. I've laughed outloud and shed tears while reading her book.

I remember when J and I began watching her show, Paula's Home Cooking. We both enjoyed it so much and continue enjoying it. She cooks our kind of food! The recipes she talks of in the book and prepares on her shows, could be the recipes of my Granny and Mother.

My maternal family arrived in America, from Wales, mid 18th century. My ancestors lived in North Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky, before finding their way to our beloved beautiful Ozarks, 100 years later, during the mid 19th century. They brought with them the delicious dishes of the south. We call it country cookin'. Many of our meals are prepared using these southern recipes, handed down through our family for more than a century.

Paula is the reason I am white headed!! I was born with dark brown curly hair. When I was in my mid twenties, I began noticing strands of silver. That's when I started covering those silver strands! Just about a year ago, after more than 30 years of coverup, I decided it was time to go natural. Paula's beautiful hair was the catalyst for that decision. My hair is all grown out now and looks to be very close to Paula's shade of silver. I don't regret my decision. No, not one bit! Thank you Paula Deen, for giving me courage to be proud of my silver hair!

I'm just about midway through, It Ain't All About The Cookin'. The chapter I'm beginning is the one about Michael. I can't wait to pick up the book this morning and see what happens next!

A fine southern lady Andrea, from Southern Heart has tagged me for The Thinking Blogger Award. Thank you so much, Andrea!

I'm tagging:
1.Ivy and Lace Cottage

2. Cottage Nest

3. Whistle Stop Cafe

4.Beachy's Cape Cod Cupboard

5. My Little Life

I've only been a "blogger" a little over a month. I've found inspiration from each of these bloggers. They are each wonderful in their own way! Thank you all for writing words and presenting photos, that make me think!