Sunday, October 16, 2011

Picture-Book Weekend

If you died and went to heaven and the Good Lord said "order you up a weekend", I couldn't imagine a better weekend than this one.
We slept in on Saturday (7:00 a.m.) and after we drank our coffee, Jilda whipped up a good old fashion country breakfast of homemade biscuits, bacon,  fried eggs over medium, with sliced tomatoes.
I felt as if I was vibrating on a very high level while I savored the food. I broke one of the biscuits in half and filled it with frog jam. I know that sounds disgusting, but it's a jelly that we buy from our local produce market and it's made by the Amish. I don't know that I've ever tasted a better jelly.
Later in the day we made our way to the Jasper Heritage Festival. It's an annual fall festival and we've played there the last few years. We invited our friend Skip Cochran, and his friend Connie Jean (a Texas songwriter) to join us on stage.
I thought we had a good set, and afterwards we met our new friends Jessica and Debbie Sanders at the Blackrock Cafe (Bistro) and had oyster po boys. Both Jilda and I are both po boy connoisseurs and we both agree that this is one of the best we've ever had. I can promise we'll be going back to the Blackrock.
Today we headed to Northport which is about 70 miles south of here for the Kentuck Festival.
The Kentuck Festival is rated one of top ten best art festivals in the country. They have not only art, but also great food and music. We saw one of favorite performers, Paul Thorn.
He normally plays with a band, but he played solo today and he put on a remarkable show.  We got to see our friends Steve Norris, Judy Daussman, Dan Gainey, and Randy Palmer.
On the way home Jilda looked at me and said -- I love weekends like this. I had to agree.
On Another Note
I want to thank the folks who visited the Glee Give a Note site and voted for the Phil Campbell High School video. It went from 4200 votes to 5665 votes over night. We were really encouraged. When we spoke with our friend Kim today (her son is in the video) she said it was looking doubtful because some of the larger schools in California had over 10,000 votes.
I know in my heart that Phil Campbell High School is the most deserving school, but it would take a miracle to overcome those odds.
Again, thanks for all of you who voted. The contest goes on until November 7th and folks can vote once a day.  I'll keep the link up and give periodic updates.

Phil Campbell High School Band Video


  1. It was Belle's post that brought it to my attention and I voted immediately. Maybe some other miracle will come through like private donations! So glad you guys had a terrific weekend. Just saw Jilda's post and she looks fantastically happy. That's a good thing! Hugs my friend.

  2. Anonymous10:20 PM

    You are going to have to explain frog jam...I have no idea what this is.

  3. What a fun weekend! I voted and will try my best to get one in never know, miracles still do happen and I'm hoping that it does for this school. The video is so powerful.

  4. I've been voting and I put your posting and the link up on my FB page...maybe we can reach the goal yet! And yeah...Frog jam? Need more info...does it taste like chicken? LOL!

  5. I don't care how unlikely it is, I'll keep voting until I can't vote any more.

  6. Hooorah for Phil Campbell High School!!!

    p.s. why is the jelly called frog jelly?

    Take care

  7. It does sound like you had a heavenly weekend. Both you and Jilda. Good for you both.

    I checked out the FROG jam. It sounds wonderful. Nice combo of fruits. I like figs but hubby doesn't so if I get some of this jam on Amazon the jar of jam will be all mine. Ha.

  8. It is always fun to read your post esp about yours gigs... Wish i close by to see you guys...

    Will post that link on my facebook page... Hope it would help with votes...

    God bless and take care Sir Rick!


  9. OK, I need to know the following because I'm from England: What are biscuits (are these like cookies?) what is medium? And I need to know the ins and outs of frog jelly - I hope you're not eating frog spawn!....

  10. Your happy mood comes through! So happy for you both :)

  11. I'm still voting for Phil, but I'm appalled that you think getting up at 7 a.m. is sleeping in. 2 p.m. That's sleeping in.


  12. Well I went against my home state and voted for your school. What is in frog jam? No matter, I want some. Your weekend sounds sooooo nice.

  13. I can't say thank you enough for all of you who voted for Phil Campbell. The word is getting out because the video had around 4200 hits yesterday and when I checked a few minutes ago, it had 6826 hits.
    It did my heart good.
    And Frog Jam is made by the Amish and has:
    Red Rasberries
    Orange Peel
    Lemon Juice Concentrate.
    As we were walking in here to blog, I snapped a picture of the jar but it wasn't sharp enough to use but she then said -- I wonder if Frog Jam tastes good on Ginger Snaps.
    We discovered, THEY DO.
    Again thank you all.

  14. @Juliette, biscuits are not cookies. They are a breakfast bread made with a stickie dough. They are then cooked in an oven and brown crisp on the bottom and golden brown on the top. They are similar to a bread roll. The best ones also contain lard :)
    Medium on eggs + runny yoke and done egg white.
    And see the previous comment for the scoop on Frog Jam.

    @ Karen, I could hug your neck.


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