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Jaymi's Continuing Stories

One of the funny things I have observed over the years is when I am invited to a pot luck dinner no one takes any of the goodies I have contributed.  Then someone will finally take a bite and start asking, "who made this can I have the recipe."  Anyone who knows me will start to laugh.  I think after you read this recipe you will understand.

In 1969 I attended a cookie exchange in San Jose California.  This lady baked these bars and, oh boy, they were delicious.  So ten years later in Boca Raton Florida I was invited to a cookie exchange.  I decided to make these cookies.  I was pretty sure everyone would love them, after all they had won first prize at a cookie exchange in California.

Maraschino Cherry Bars 

¾ c. brown sugar

Susan's Platter

3 Tbs. butter                                                                          

 

½ c. flour

1 ½ tsp. Pumpkin pie spice

¼ tsp. soda

1 egg

1 c. chopped walnuts

Blend above ingredients adding walnuts last.  Spread in greased 9” square pan.

Combine 1/3 c. granulated sugar

¼ c. chopped maraschino cherries

2T.grated orange peel

Sprinkle over batter.

Bake at 350 degrees for 18 to 22 minutes.              

Cool and cut into finger bars.                                               

                                                                                On Sunday afternoon Dec. 9, 1979--------                                

 Patti's Leaf Plate
Patti's Leaf Plate

Here is how I made the cookies:

1 ¼ c. brown sugar

4 Tbs. margarine-cheap I am!

My mixture seemed dry so I added

2 eggs

¾ c. orange marmalade, since I do not have any orange peel.

1 ½ c. flour

Heavens, I don’t have any pumpkin pie spice so I’ll substitute with:

2 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. cloves                                                       

Pat's Leaf Plate
Pat's Leaf Plate

¾ tsp. ginger

1 tsp. nutmeg

1 tsp. soda                                                                       

1 c. or so of pecans

1/3 c. granulated sugar                                                    

1 c. chopped maraschino cherries

Spread and sprinkle in 13x etc. pan

Bake 45 minutes; 350 degrees

Good grief a failure!  I can’t imagine what I did wrong.

Scoop bars back into bowl and stir into blobs.  Roll teaspoons of dough in powdered sugar---and pray.

Take them to a cookie exchange and win first prize and have everyone asking for your recipe.  

In 1992 we were in the process of moving from Boca to our new home in the mountains of Northeast Georgia.  My friend Janice came over to tell me good bye and she said "Jaymi I have something I think you will want."  She gave me back the hand written recipe that I had given to her, because she insisted on having the recipe.  I thanked her with great appreciation for her thoughtfulness, because I had completely forgotten about it.  I said someday I will write a story.  Well here it is 2016 and I have finally written the story.

Jaymi's Serving platter
Jaymi's Serving platter

All of the serving dishes are available on Etsy.

 

 

 

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Simply Susan

Well, let's see, I was born in the year of the Lord...OK! OK!  I'm just kidding.  But I was born in Wisconsin and even as a little girl, I felt that God made a mistake about where I was to live.  I had this natural affinity for the South.  I read "Gone with the Wind" when I was about 10 and lost my heart to Georgia.  I also discovered the author, Eugenia Price of St. Simon's Island and determined I'd live in Georgia one day.

A lot of time has come and gone since those early days of dreaming about Georgia and its pine-scented woods.  Let's see, I was in the U.S. Army for five years.  I've been married twice (both from - guess where - Georgia, of course.)  The second one stuck, btw!  I've raised two handsome boys to young men and they, along with their dad, are the apple of my eye.

My husband and two sons: the apples of my eye
My husband and two sons: the apples of my eye

And yes, I moved to Georgia when I was 25 and it was everything I had dreamed it would be.  There was a minor pit-stop in St. Louis for 13 years, but I arrived back in the lovely country of Northeast Georgia and have fallen in love all over again.  Here I finely found my "tribe," a group of wonderful artists who befriended me and have loved and nurtured me. They are made up of old and new friends, always the best combination.

One of these special women, Patti Petit, came into my life when I was writing articles on artists for the local newspaper.  Patti is a potter and teacher, and while in her studio that day, she showed me a piece that one of her students made after just one lesson.  I was totally impressed and remember thinking to myself, "Now I could do that!"  Well, only weeks later I was one of her new students.  That was it!  After two sets of lessons with Patti, I was on my way to a potter's future.  And Patti had become not only my teacher, but my dear friend and mentor.

My Tribe.
My Tribe.

From there, I was introduced to Jaymi, another artist and potter.  Now Jaymi is someone I aspire to be when I grow up.  I thought I had a pretty well developed imagination, but Jaymi is certainly at a higher level (or maybe another planet).  These two ladies have inspired me in my new endeavor in countless ways and always are encouragers.

So after a few years into my love of pottery I, too, became a teacher (of sorts).  A friend from my distant past retired and moved to Northeast Georgia as well.  I invited her to visit us on a Friday when the three of us worked together in a gallery studio.  Next thing we knew Patricia was down and dirty with the rest of us -- hence our tribe.

I'm in love with Northeast Georgia and all its beauty and not only the wonder of all the nature that surrounds us, but in love with pottery and the people I've come to know and love here.  I hope you will join us on our journey together.  Who knows, maybe YOU will become one of the tribe!

You can view me and my pottery at the following link:

Simply Susan's Pots: http://www.etsy.com/shop/simplysusanspots

~ Susan