Southern Yellow Bird


2 days to Spring!

Hope everyone had a happy St. Patrick’s Day. Mine was very busy. I am doing a 3 hour seminar on Friday on blogging and social media for businesses for the Arkansas Small Business & Technology Development Center.

After I finished yesterday, I went out and sat on my back porch and thought how it seemed everything turned green overnight. Maybe, I didn’t notice so much this weekend when it was grey and cloudy. As I was sitting there, a little yellow bird came and perched on the branch of a bush that is growing right next to the porch. He sang me a little song and flew off.

Y’all may think I’m crazy but I really have learned to appreciate all of those little things in life. After having lost too many loved ones at young ages, I realize that life has no guarantees and we better enjoy it while we can. When I get in a funk or start worrying, I try to think, “What if this were your last day on earth?” That helps put things in perspective. I wouldn’t want to spend my last day worrying about things that will eventually work out one way or another or being in a bad mood.

That is my piece of free advise (just what you were wanting, huh?) – strive to live everyday as if were your last.

Photo by Sean Dreilinger via flickr.

Today’s Lagniappe: Garlic Cheese Grits

  • 6 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 cups grits
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3 eggs, well beaten
  • 16 ounces shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 2 to 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • cayenne pepper to taste

Bring water and salt to a rolling boil; gradually stir in grits with fork. Cook, stirring constantly, until all water is absorbed. Stir in butter a tablespoon at a time; stir in the beaten eggs, working quickly so eggs will not cook before thoroughly blended into the grits, then stir in the shredded cheese, garlic and a little cayenne pepper. Put into a greased 2 1/2-quart casserole. Bake at 350° for 1 hour and 15 to 20 minutes.
Serves 8.






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