Sunday, March 18, 2012

Dark Shadows

I saw the preview for the movie version of Dark Shadows which comes out in May. I remember watching that soap at my babysitter's house after school. We baked brown edge cookies and ate cold roast beef and mustard sandwiches on toast. She was elderly, but let me watch her stories and Merv Griffin. Johnny Depp is playing Barnabas Collins, so I can't wait to see the movie. It looks hilarious. The Hunger Games looks good too. My aunt got me hooked on the trilogy.

This is the cast iron skillet that belonged to Mrs. Clark (the babysitter) who was also our next door neighbor. She was always good for a stick of butter or a cup of sugar. And she knew that we would return the favor any time. She taught my dad how to make corn bread in this skillet and let him keep it. I earned the honor of keeping and using this beauty. It's a Wagner and was probably made sometime in the 1940s. It cooks like a dream and is one of my most prized possessions.

This old rolling pin was given to me by my paternal grandmother who taught me to make biscuits. The story is that this pin was used in a restaurant kitchen to prepare biscuits for George Washington. I don't know why they didn't get him to autograph it. I don't use this pin preferring my long French rolling pin. Besides, it's an family heirloom and probably worth a trillion dollars. It is carved from one piece of wood and quite hefty. Hopefully, none of my relatives were ever hit on the head with it.

I threw a corned beef into the crock pot before Sew Day yesterday. I made the boys corned beef hash for breakfast. That should cover our corned beef ration until next St. Patrick's Day. Wasn't St. Patrick the guy who banished all the snakes from Ireland? I saw another huge black snake this morning. It was hiding in a bush ready to strike and kill me and the dog. Just kidding, it was sunning itself, but it still made me scream. I was very close. My neighbors probably think I'm crazy.


  1. Thanks for the head's up about Dark Shadows! That was my favorite show in the 70's - watched every episode, I think. I went and watched the video clip - it looks absolutely hysterical! I can't wait until it comes out.

    Sorry to hear about your snakes. Maybe you can pray to St. Patrick? Can't hurt anyway. And carry a long stick.

  2. You and the snakes! And I, who live in the woods, thank the Good Lord above hardly ever see any! haha
    I have my great-grandmother's cast-iron pan and her rolling pin too. But I use both, because neither are gonna bank me any money in the future. Heirlooms are great, aren't they?


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