Melissa Gilbert Promoting Her New Cookbook!!!

Melissa Gilbert - New Cookbook

Melissa Gilbert – New Cookbook

I talked my daughter into giving me an early Birthday present.  She took me to see Melissa Gilbert (Laura of Little House on the Prairie) who was in town, yesterday, to promote her newest endeavor, a cookbook.  The cookbook is wonderful and as a bonus it has many photos of behind the scenes things and stories of the Little House TV series, and in the book she also answered questions that have been asked regarding the series.  All in all a very fun cookbook, and she was very entertaining.  She talked for a little over an hour, including letting the audience ask her questions.  At the end, she signed the all cookbooks.  The audience was so large that they ran out and not everyone was able to buy one, they brought 100 books to sell at the promotion – they hadn’t expected quite so many people,  I had told my daughter we needed to get there at least an hour early, so glad we did :).  Yesterday was the 1st day of it’s release, so my daughter and I got one of the first 100 books sold on the first day of it’s release.   It was a very fun day!! 🙂  She is a delightful person :).

I am working on 4 knitted items, in this order – a comfort shawl for a friend who had her twins too early and they didn’t live (it’s close to being done), the scarf from the handspun from a friends sheep’s fleece, finishing the sweater I promised a very special little one, and a pair of prairie boots I promised another special person. 🙂  Pictures will be provided when I am done with each. 🙂

My New Favorite Cookbook


Ok I know I’ve been MIA from my blog for a little while.  Not sure why but last year was especially hard for me in regard to the 2nd anniversary of my son’s death .  I am feeling better and will try to be more diligent in blogging.

I hadn’t planned on posting a blog today but I found a cookbook I ordered last year sometime and realized it was a southern style cook book and might actually have a recipe for hush puppies, being a southern cookbook.  I had been looking for a recipe in the numerous books I already had and use often, but none of them had one.   It is the Southern Living Heirloom Recipe Cookbook.  Low and behold it has a hush puppy recipe.  The next page showed a Southern Cornbread recipe, this is when I realized I love this book.

My dad is from the deep south, my mom from the desert south west, that is important for the next memory.  My mom liked to make cornbread but she always put sugar in it.  My dad would tell her “that is not cornbread, that is cake”.  They don’t put sugar in cornbread in the south.  I have to say here that I never saw my parents fight, but this was a standing disagreement, lol.  Ok back to the book.  As I was reading the recipe (which does not include sugar), my memories, regarding my parents disagreement on how cornbread should be made, flooded back.  Then I saw the quote under the recipe by Mark Twain “The North thinks it knows how to make cornbread, but this is a gross superstition.  Perhaps no bread in the world is quite as good as Southern cornbread, and perhaps no bread in the world is quite as bad as the Northern imitation of it.”  At that point I burst out laughing, hahahaha.  I do love this book!!  It is filled not only with recipes but with much humor and memories from the author.

I miss my mom a lot, so many times I wish she was still around to talk to, I lost her to cancer in 2000.  I am thankful to have many memories of our lives as a family and to be able to see the love and humor that was a part of it. 🙂  You would love this cookbook, Dad :).