We had many requests for my cornbread recipe last week, so I have tried to put this into measurement form:
MaMa Chamlee's Cornbread
1/4 cup oil 1/4 cup butter
Heat together in an iron skillet while making batter
1 cup white cornmeal 1/2 cup + 3 tablespoons self rising flour 1/2 t. salt 1 t. baking powder 1 t. soda 1 1/2 cups buttermilk 1/2 cup water 1 egg
Mix together dry ingredients. Add egg, milk and water and stir until smooth. Pour hot oil and butter from skillet and mix thoroughly. Pour into oil coated skillet and put in hot 400 degree oven for 20 minutes. Brown top on broil setting the last few minutes.
This past summer I taught my daughter and her newly married friend how to cook. We called it "Cooking School with Ashley and Ashley". I would theme our menus like Mexican, Italian, or Home Cooking. On the night I taught Home Cooking we prepared :
Yum Yum . . . . . . it was so good. I would always write down my recipes on cards so they would be able to make the dishes on their own. I started to write down my recipe for my cornbread. I am not bragging, but I make wonderful, melt in your mouth cornbread. But . . . . I don't have a recipe . . . . and I didn't make good cornbread until I asked my Grandmother if I could have her recipe.
My Grandmother looked shocked when I asked her for her recipe . . . she claimed she didn't have a recipe, that she just threw it together. I asked her if I could watch her make it . . . . if she wouldn't mind. She put an iron skillet on the burner with a little butter and oil in it and claimed that it was to be very hot when you pour the batter in. Then she pulled an old aluminum bowl from the cupboard and took her little wrinkled hand and measured out a little flour and a little cornmeal and threw it in the bowl. I asked her how much she used in cups . . . . she held her little hand out . . . and said "Oh, about this much" referring to her cupped hand. I tried cupping my hand . . . trying to imagine 1/3 or 1/2 cup? I kept watching as she added baking powder, salt, beaten egg, buttermilk and water and she stirred until it looked about as runny as "So" and then she poured it in the hot iron skillet. I still remember thinking she was about to burn down the house with that skillet smoking . . . I don't believe her home had a working smoke detector or I'm sure it would have sounded by now. She put that hot skillet into a hot oven and said "That's my cornbread" and added, "but, you must watch it in the oven and turn it on broil the last minute to brown the top til it's crispy." She didn't know how long to cook it . . . . she told me to wait til the center was level with the sides . . . . and it would be about 20 minutes or so.
That was about 25 years ago I enjoyed that afternoon with my MaMa Chamlee . . . . and I can still make the best cornbread in the south. I only learned from watching her and standing right beside her the entire time to learn her secrets. I tried to teach Ashley and Ashley her techniques, and I did fine tune the recipe to about so much of this or that to try to make it easier for them.
Have you ever tried to do something that was impossible . . . that it never ever turned out like you had planned. You try and try and just end up frustrated. It may be gardening, sewing, painting, cleaning, or mothering. You may need to find someone to stand along side to learn the secrets. It may be as simple as asking someone for help. I'm sure there is someone out there more than willing to help you in whatever area you are experiencing failure. God has placed other women in your life to be there to guide you through whatever you are facing. It may be your mother, sister, friend, or neighbor there to help you with your burden.
We need to be willing to share our gifts with others and guide those who need a helping hand. Our gifts are not meant to be kept to ourselves . . . we are not truly blessed until we give them away.
I remember the way Christmas smelled as a child. . . . . . cinnamon and fresh cut fir brings me back to my childhood every time. . . . . . I love to burn candles with these scents around the holidays.
I remember the way my Grandmothers house smelled . . . . cedar paneling . . . mixed with made from scratch chocolate cake . . . . . and the scent of Dove soap in her bathroom. I always remember my MaMa when I open a new box of Dove soap.
I remember my favorite Sunday School teacher in 3rd grade at Trinity Free Will Baptist Church who taught me the books of the Bible . . . .she always wore dresses with invisible zippers and she always smelled of Estee Lauder Youth Dew. I always think of her in the department stores when I pass the cosmetic counter. I remember my father . . . . he smelled of a mix of cigarette smoke, coffee with sugar and cream, and oil. I can't stand any of these smells to this day and am instantly taken back to my childhood when I smell any of these. Not the happiest of days . . .
The sense of smell is one that evokes memories the most. . . . over sight, sound, touch or taste. It can instantly take you back in time and stir memories that are associated with particular smells. Good or bad . . . . they cannot be erased.
One of my favorite scents to use in my home . . . the only scent I have ever used consistently is Claire Burke Original. It is a spicy and floral smell that has never been duplicated. It outsells all other fragrances for Claire Burke. I have always purchased this at a store here in Collierville called Pot Pourri. The store closed a few years ago and I have been lost. I have searched everywhere for this scent. I have a friend who has kept me supplied from the naval base in Millington. They sold out . . . maybe due to my obsession . . . so back to the search.
At market this year, we decided to carry this wonderful product. If not for any one else, but for me. I am delighted to introduce this scent to you . . . if you are not familiar . . . come by and take a smell . . . hopefully you will love it as much as I do.
We carry the room spray, candles, plug in fragrance and refills, and the diffusers. Hope to see you soon. Happy Decorating, Lisa
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