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Monday, May 28, 2012

Big Spring Weekend in Fayetteville, GA!

Big Spring Weekend in Fayetteville, GA!

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The weekend of May 19-20, was action-packed in Fayetteville! The 44th Annual "Old Courthouse Art Show," the annual "Taste of Fayette," and the Living History Exhibit at the Holliday-Dorsey-Fife House Museum were among other activities taking place around town.

The Old Courthouse Art Show again attracted an eclectic and elite group of artists for their juried fine art show. The weather was perfect for enjoying the artists, vendors and visiting with friends and neighbors.

This piece, by Kyle Brooks, called my name: "Love--We should love one another A Lot"

Heading home with their treasures!
The Holliday-Dorsey-Fife House Museum rotating exhibit is currently featuring hats throughout the years, including mourning garb, from Fayette County. Quilts were also on display, with local quilters doing demonstrations. Docents dressed in period costumes gave tours of the house. Among other things, the museum has an impressive Civil War Collection, Gone With The Wind memorabilia, local history collections, local authors' room, and more. This museum is one of the hidden jewels of South Metro-Atlanta!

On the Holliday-Dorsey-Fife grounds, Civil War re-enactors, a blacksmith, a woodcarver, and others were doing "living history" demonstrations. The loud "POWS" from black powder pistols and rifles made people jump all day long--even when you were expecting the noise!

At 11:30 on Saturday, there was a ceremony at The Gazebo at the corner of Georgia highway 85 (Glynn Street) and Stonewall, in front of the County Complex. The Gazebo was named in memory of Lane Brown, who died in November from complications of cancer. 

Brown was a commercial real estate developer in the Atlanta area for over 40 years. He was instrumental in the redevelopment of Downtown Fayetteville while serving over the last fifteen years on Fayetteville's Main Street Board and Fayetteville Downtown Development Authority. Brown was serving as Chairman of the Main Street Board at the time of his death.
Lane Brown's wife, Sheila, with the temporary gazebo sign. 
Here is a video of Fayetteville City Councilman, Larry Dell's, tribute to Lane Brown: 

After leaving the Square, we drove a block south on Highway 54 to the annual "Masonic Chicken Q." We picked up smoked chicken, with all the trimmings, for supper.

Our last stop of the afternoon was at J. Sam Burch's Barber Shop. Sam, a long-time property appraiser in Fayetteville, decided to become a Master Barber. This will be a retirement "hobby" that generates income.  Sam's Fayetteville Barber Shop, and his second location, in downtown LaFayette, Alabama, bring to mind neighborhood barber shops, that were gathering places, in a bygone era.  Sam's service includes hot towels, and a neck shave with a straight razor! The stories about Sam's historic barber chairs, furniture, and accessories, and the Fayetteville shop's location in an historic family home, make for an entertaining visit. To contact Sam, call 678-457-7237.

Husband, Ed, with Sam Burch at Sam's Fayetteville Barber Shop Location
If you haven't been to Fayetteville lately, you need to! Our Courthouse square and downtown area is vibrant with businesses, both old and new, including art, consignment stores, fine jewelry, collectibles, and restaurants! 

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Friday, May 25, 2012

Banana Pineapple Chocolate Chip Pancakes!

Banana Pineapple
Chocolate Chip Pancakes! 

NOTE: I am in the process of launching a new website that will be a resource for finding and sharing traditions. Please sign up to be notified when it launches! Thank you!

Most families have favorite recipes. Many are foods they enjoy eating often. Some are traditionally reserved for specific events. There are usually "traditional foods" for various holidays, as well as foods that are "expected," and "always served," at events like birthdays, tailgate parties, or other family gatherings. I know people who continue to serve foods they don't really like for holidays, just because their families have always served them, and they are continuing the tradition!

Our family has a number of recipes that have evolved into "traditions." One is my Banana Pineapple Chocolate Chip Pancakes. I created the recipe about twenty years ago, to try to replicate the taste of my family's favorite muffins. I have served these pancakes to my family, my kids’ friends, and for breakfast and brunch gatherings. I often get requests to make them. The pancakes are good with or without syrup. They also freeze well, if there are any left! 

Plain, buttermilk, chocolate, chocolate chip, pecan, and banana pancakes are all “tried and true” pancake varieties that could become your own family's "Pancake Tradition." Savory pancakes, featuring ingredients such as bacon, ham, and pepperoni, have their own aficionados. 

I found the pepperoni pancakes below to be pretty good, and thought they’d be popular with teens who often eat pizza for breakfast. Wrong! That wasn’t the case when I tried them out on a group of teen boys, including my son! All but one kid thought they were "weird, because they didn’t taste like breakfast pancakes!" Over ten years later, kids occasionally still laughingly ask, “Remember those terrible pizza pancakes you made?” I always reply, "I thought they were good! Want to give them another try?" No takers, so far!

Making memories—even when they aren’t “perfect”--is what binds us together as families, friends, and communities. Let’s face it: grouchy relatives, funny clothes, bad hair, burned or bad holiday dishes, and all manner of other imperfect things, color our memories and weave the tapestry of our history! People who pray and play and work and laugh together are building memories and traditions that will help sustain them during difficult times. 

Please share your own traditions, traditional recipes, and blog articles about traditions, on my new "JOY on the Journey" facebook page, for possible inclusion on a new website, and upcoming book about family traditions. Recipes for Banana Pineapple chocolate Chip Pancakes, and Pizza Pancakes, are below. 


2 cups Baking mix (I use Bisquick)
1 cup milk
2 eggs
1-8 oz. can crushed pineapple with juice
2 very ripe bananas mashed
1/2 cup (or more!) chocolate chips

Stir ingredients will blended. Pour 1/8 to scant 1/4 cupfuls onto a hot greased griddle. Cook until edges are dry. Turn over and cook till golden brown. 


2 cups baking mix (I use Bisquick)
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup chopped pepperoni
(optional:1/2 cup chopped plum tomatoes
1/4 cup chopped green pepper--I omit.)
1 can (8 ounces) pizza sauce, warmed

Combine first four ingredients, just until moistened. Fold in rest of the ingredients. 

Pour 1/8 to scant 1/4 cupfuls onto a hot greased griddle. Cook until bubbles form. Turn over and cook till golden brown. Serve with pizza sauce, and extra cheese if desired. 

Jamie is a writer, speaker, retreat planner, editor, Bible teacher, and ballroom dancer. She loves to speak to church and secular groups encouraging “Joy on the Journey.” Please check out the rest of her blog; Jamie is in the process of launching a website that will be a resource for finding and sharing traditions. Please sign up to be notified when the blog launches: Follow Jamie's Pinterest Page: Tradition Place: Making Memories; and Follow Jamie's Tradition Page on Facebook.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Dancers Raise $205,962.00 to Fight Alzheimer's!

Dancers Raise $205,962.00 
to Fight Alzheimer's!
Dancing Stars of Central Georgia

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Table Centerpiece

A sold out crowd of dance enthusiasts enjoyed a gourmet meal, and an evening of entertainment, at last night's inaugural edition of "Dancing Stars of Central Georgia," at the Macon City Auditorium. 
Me, with my friend, JoyDawn
Capacity Crowd
Ten "professional" dancers were paired with celebrities to compete in the "Dancing With The Stars" type competition. Local "Stars" included former First Lady of Georgia, Mary Perdue, as well as Karla Redding-Andrews, daughter of the late singer, Otis Redding, famous for his hit song,"Sitting on the Dock of the Bay." For more info: See the Fox 24 Story Here.

Ashley and Daniel win People's Choice Mirror Ball 
Four of my long-time ballroom dance friends, from Central Georgia, served as pros and helped raise almost $206,000 for the Alzheimer's Association! Dozens of friends from area USA Dance Chapters, and local dance studios, turned out to cheer on our friends! 

Links to my 4 "Pro" friends' YouTube Videos from the competition on my Pinterest Board are below! Hope you'll follow me on Pinterest, follow me on Facebook, and follow my blog!

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Warrenton Garden Club's Flower Show

Warrenton Garden Club's 2012
"Inside-Out and Upside-Down Garden on Main Street"

Blue Ribbon Winner
This past Saturday, the happening place to be in Warren County was The Warrenton Garden Club's "Small Standard" Flower Show. I went to see the show, and help my college friend, Jane, who is President of the Warrenton Garden Club. 

There are a lot of rules and regulations that have to be followed in order for a show to be sanctioned by the Garden Clubs of Georgia, and National Garden Clubs. Three teams of accredited judges scored and judged the entries.

The Cultural Center provided an ideal location for showcasing both arrangements and horticulture entries. The committee was delighted to learn that they had more horticulture entries than a much larger show in Augusta the week before!
Horticulture Entries
Oak Leaf Hydrangea
The flowers were beautiful, and artfully arranged. The table settings were lovely. The decorations and backdrops were first class. 

A good time was had by all! Well done, Y'all! Looking forward to your next show, in two years!

Best of Show

More Photos in Flower Show Photo Gallery