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COMMON GROUND COFFEE HOUSE #97

Discussion in 'Free-For-All Archives' started by I Am Blessed 24, May 11, 2006.

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  1. AVL1984

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    Gwyneth, here grits are made from corn...they are processed from the hearts of the kernals. I forgot about the differences in the two areas, the UK and USA. I used to hate grits when I was a kid...there are two different kinds...hominey grits, which are processed using lye, and most northerners here in the states eat those unless they can get the real thing, and then the REAL grits...Southern Style! [​IMG]

    Hope all is well with you in the UK. Will try to shoot you off an email soon.

    God bless.
     
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    Morning all:

    Sister Sue, hope you're able to eat soon. I should have eaten sooner than I did yesterday. I totally forgot lunch because of trying to answer emails, pay bills, etc., and ended up having a very low blood sugar. I became quite disoriented and took my blood sugar. It was 65. I started for the kitchen and blacked out for a few minutes. I finally got the the orange juice in the refridgerator and drank a 6 oz glass. When Viv called, she asked what had happened...she said I sounded "loopy" and disoriented, so I had to tell her. Boy, did I ever get the yakking at of my life. I ate a balogna sandwich with some cheese, and I was ok. I guess I just lost track of the time. Anyhow, she's already told the doctor on me. So, I'm big trouble now.

    Gina, make sure you eat. You need sustainance to keep that mind working. You're doing well in your writing, Sister. I'm proud of your progress. I wish I had your ability to put the words together.

    MK, hope all is well with you. I read your posts here, but often don't really have time to answer many posts here.

    Jim, hope your ministry in our neighboring country of Canada is going well.

    Anyhow, ya'll...it's time to eat again. I'm going to take this diabetes thing more seriously now that I've had that experience yesterday. It's just too important to ignore.

    Have a wonderful day, and God bless.

    Bro. T
     
  3. I Am Blessed 24

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    Good morning all,

    Tony: You take care of that diabetes or it will take care of you! I can eat soft food now, like scrambled eggs, soup, etc. Oh yes, and Twinkies! :rolleyes:

    It is cold and windy here this morning. The high is only going to be 49º today! Is this the middle of May??? :eek:

    I remember the first time I ever ate grits. It was many years ago and hubby and I were traveling through GA, on a limited budget. We stopped to eat breakfast and I called the waitress over and told her, "I don't know what this bowl of white stuff is, but I didn't order it and I'm not paying for it!" [​IMG]

    She told me it was grits and they came free with every breakfast. I have loved them ever since! [​IMG]

    Sometimes I eat them with butter, salt and pepper, and sometimes I eat them with milk and sugar. It's all good, but I can't stand hominy. Weird huh? :confused:

    Brent and I will be bagging groceries for the Postal Drive tomorrow. I sure hope it isn't raining, but it is supposed to anyway...

    Time for coffee,
    [​IMG]
    §ue
     
  4. AVL1984

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    My dad used to eat hominy, and I hated it. But, I love grits. We eat them at least three times a week, and sometimes in the winter almost every day, even several times a day.

    I like mine in several different ways....sometimes with just cheddar cheese, salt and pepper and a pinch of butter. Other times, I like them with just butter, and lots of it, and salt and pepper. Then, there are times I like to make them sweet and put sugar or brown sugar or even maple syrup in them.

    There are many different ways to make them. Paula Deen had some wonderful ways to make them, including baking them, and Viv and I just love them!

    Glad you can eat something, Sue. It's just not healthy to avoid eating, even for a tooth-ache. Even luke warmed soup is better than nothing.

    We aren't having a postal food drive here. Don't know why, but the last one we had wasn't very productive. Guess these rural people don't want to give anything.
     
  5. mcdirector

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    Well, I was drinking my coffee to fast and spilt it all down my front. *sigh* off to find another top. :D
     
  6. Jim1999

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    Good morning! We had a lovely rain in the night and expect the same today and tomorrow.

    Mc....I know the experience well, but I drool every time I drink or eat. My face is still partially paralyzed from my strokes,,,hey! ever thought of growing a beard? It catches everything.....

    We don't have a postal food drive, but we do have a number of less fortunate folk in the area. I pay the local restaurant once a week for a meal for two (and two kiddies if involved). They invite the various people to dine and I remain anonymous.

    Grits are not for me! I had them once in Alabama, and now I think twice about even visiting that state,,,,,just kidding!

    Cheers,

    Jim
     
  7. menageriekeeper

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    Another hit and run day for me!

    First a praise: Chris has had seven day in a row with no migraine!!!!!! Even through all this nasty weather we've had this week.

    The schedule is weird today. One school to be at at 9:30 (this time with the paper I forgot to send this morning), store, home, back to school at 1, pick up Cass when finished hopefully by 1:30, home, back to school to pick up the Chris and Jen!

    See ya!
     
  8. following-Him

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    We like grits. We still have some in the larder. We like them both the southern and northern ways tho' I can't bring myself to add salt . :rolleyes:
     
  9. Gayla

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    Sheila, maybe if you add some salt to the water as it boils you won't notice it too much but it'll perk up the flavor a bit. I love grits just about any way but cold.


    I'm actually thinking of making a 4 hour drive into Alabama to buy cornmeal! Can y'all believe that?


    Saw the Oncoligist this morning, and he's not real worried about the Tumor marker, but will test again in 6 weeks instead of the usual 3 months. He is pleased that the PET Scan showed no change.
     
  10. Evie

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    All this talk of grits is fascinating me. Never had the stuff [​IMG]

    Can't help wondering if I'd like it, after all I've eaten haggis like a pro for years [​IMG]

    Today I actually had a craving... tablet... it's all sugar and terribly bad for you, but it certainly perked me up, I hardly stopped all day - even managed to do the houswork I didn't have time to do yesterday!
     
  11. Gwen

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    Well, I prefer cheese grits! Does anyone else like them that way? Evie, I've heard of haggis, but don't know if I could eat it.

    I'm finally back on line. The computer line was down in our neighborhood for about 24 hours.

    Have a good evening, everyone!
     
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    Hi Evie and Welcome!

    Now if you still have some of that energy, send over to me! I've been moving all day and still haven't even started on the house! And now there are five kids in here! :eek:

    I just today counted it up. Chris has 6 days left of school, Cassie has 7 (the last two are half days) and poor Jenna has 9 days left. It's almost summer! How did that happen??? Where did May go? For that matter where did January, February, March and April go?

    I can't keep up!

    What kind of cornmeal is worth driving four hours for, Gayla?
     
  13. Gwyneth

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    grits sound like solid porridge to me , from the descriptions .......... I like porridge Evie is from Scotland, she will know about porridge [​IMG]
     
  14. Gwen

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    Hi, Gwyneth! What is porridge made from?
     
  15. I Am Blessed 24

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    Grits are coarse, whitish grains. They are ground from hominy, as is masa harina, the flour used to make corn tortillas.

    [​IMG]

    Porridge (also known in American English as hot cereal or mush), is a simple dish made by boiling oats (normally crushed oats, occasionally oatmeal) or another meal in water, milk or both.

    [​IMG]

    I like grits and oatmeal both and also cream of wheat.

    Pleasant dreams all!
    §ue [​IMG]
     
  16. Jim1999

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    Pease porridge hot,
    Pease porridge cold,
    Pease porridge in the pot nine days old.

    Like pease pudding, peas are boiled in with the oatmeal to make a breakfast cereal....porridge can also be other cereals boiled in water or milk.

    Porridge is also doing time in prison. I shouldn't like that at all.

    Cheers,

    Jim
     
  17. menageriekeeper

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    Yuck! No oatmeal and certainly no PEAS boiled with it!

    I can eat grits, if I have to, but really the only hot cereal I like is cream of wheat. Usually takes to long for me to bother with though.

    It's just about bedtime for me folks. I ran all day and cleaned all evening and I have an extra kid for the night! I'm tired and glad I get to sleep past 7 in the morning.
     
  18. Gayla

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    We call it "Alabama Cornmeal". It's milled by the J. T. Pollard Company in Hartford, AL. When we first moved to GA in July of '98, I found it at Winn Dixie under the brand name "Sholar's", but they stopped carrying it about 4 years ago.

    My mother was raised in Geneva, AL, so every year our summer vacation was a trip to visit the relatives in AL. We always took back 10 or 20 pounds of the stuff. We even took some back for other people, like my dad's boss. There were a few times we probably took 60 pounds of it. So, guess you could say we drove 1,000 miles for cornmeal!

    I've tried other brands, but they don't have the right taste or texture. The Plant where hubby works closes down every year the first week in July, so we're planning on a trip to OKlahoma and I really doubt that anybody has any "Alabama Cornmeal" left. I have a tiny bit left. (We keep it in the fridge or freezer.)

    The folks that make cornmeal for the Oklahoma market only do a coarse grind. It's like trying to eat gravel. [Yuck!! and Ouch!!]

    [ May 13, 2006, 03:08 AM: Message edited by: Gayla ]
     
  19. Evie

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    Ha, now I do know all about porridge.

    We only tend to eat it in the winter though, on cold days nothing wakes you up like a good bowl of hot porridge.

    Lots of people are put off haggis because of the way it's made, I can understand why. Stuffed sheep's stomach isn't exactly to everyone's tastes.

    The energy has almost all gone now. I'm at the farmhouse with my mother in law and we were sharing a relaxing cup of tea, she's just gone out to see to my brother in law, Michael, so it's just me and the computer for a while. Then we're getting lunch. Though I'd be perfectly happy to just sit here and relax for the rest of the day. My ankles are like balloons and all the muscles in my calves have gone on strike!
     
  20. menageriekeeper

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    Well, for all my brave words last night, I ended up getting up right at 7 anyhow! The dogs woke us up barking and howling. They were trying to let us know there was a thunderstorm rolling in and they didn't want to get wet!!! I got them in just in time too. Went to check the weather, cause it wasn't supposed to rain today much less thunder, and sure enough a suprise severe thunderstorm had popped up. Weatherman was surprised cause conditions weren't really right for a thunderstorm.

    Rain puts a crimp in our plans for this evening. We were supposed to take the telescope out and set it up for Chris' schools science club's end of the year activity. Telescopes aren't much use if it's cloudy. I guess we can hope the clouds clear by then!

    Ya'll have a good day!
     
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