Thursday, January 5, 2012
Close to Nowhere
Thank God she’s a country girl
My niece Sister is settling down in the country after arriving New Year’s Day.
She’s always lived in a city of some sort -- she and her former husband moved frequently as he is a former minister.
I think my favorite place to visit Sister was in Tyler, Texas. I love Texas. Not real sure why, but I do.
She’s lived the last few years in Heber Springs, Ark., which is a fabulous place and absolutely gorgeous. Full of neat little shops and beautiful scenery, it’s a great tourist town. But it wasn’t home.
Sister waved goodbye to her little house in the woods Saturday and headed to Mississippi. Permanently!
We don’t live anywhere near a city -- you have to go 20 miles either way on Hwy. 7 to get to Holly Springs or Oxford. It’s really quiet and peaceful and really, really pretty, stuck back where we are in the woods.
Sister has visited many times, but now it’s different. She lives here. Dana, my daughter, her cousin (sorta), is taking her in hand. Never mind that Sister is older than Dana. Dana has always been a country girl, even though we lived in the city until she was in ninth grade.
Dana has cooked a couple times in her “natural and healthy” style and so far, Sister is loving it.
Monday night, Dana made shrimp scampi with buckwheat noodles, homemade biscuits with real butter (margarine is not healthy, according to Dana), and Brussels sprouts (one of our favorite vegetables). And surprisingly, Sister loved all of it.
Sunday, we’d cooked the traditional (for us anyway) New Year’s meal of blackeyed peas and pork. Our pork was a ham, which was really good, and the blackeyed peas came as “hoppin’ John,” -- peas and Rotel and onions, etc. -- really good with rice.
But (isn’t there always a but...) Dana made something called quinoa (kenwa). “A grain-like crop grown for its edible seeds. It is a pseudocereal rather than a true cereal, or grain, as it is not a member of the grass family. As a chenopod, quinoa is closely related to species such as beets, spinach, and tumbleweeds.” That’s what Wikipedia says.
We thought, with hoppin’ john poured on top, it was excellent! Smaller than rice and kinda nutty, it’s one of Dana’s health-nut foods that we’re going to enjoy!
Now to teach Sister to feed chickens, horses, rabbits, turtles, dogs, cats, a donkey and enjoy it.
Then comes actually riding a horse (or donkey!).
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