Saturday, October 18, 2014

Confederates, Corn Cakes and Cold Feet

 I know this turned into the Virginia blog this week, but it was just so great to see Al and play! 
This is the farmhouse at the sight of the second battle of Manassas as the Confederates called it.  The Union called it the battle of Bull Run.   I must say I took a pretty picture of it didn't I? 

Fireman and I had some time to kill as our flight was delayed. 
Lucky for us, this National Park was on the way.
I learned that A man named Letterman invented the Triage system we use today, after the Battle of Manassas. 
(once a nurse always a nurse) 
 We will be reading Civil War books, Fireman and I . 
The grounds that are the National Park are hauntingly quiet and beautiful. The fences were designed so they didn't have to place posts.  
Do you love a certain Civil War book? 
I cannot read all blah blah blah history stuff.
I need a really good suggestion! 
C'mon ladies, I know someone has the book for me!
 This week was also full of darn good things to eat. 
Charlottesville is a great food town! 
When we returned I wanted to try to make 
Corn cakes with Cilantro salsa and Monterey Jack cheese.

I've said it before and I'll say it again:
this girl cannot bake but I CAN cook. 
They came out delicious. 
I'm having trouble locating the recipe I used.
Google it and you'll be happy you did. 
I remember these ingredients: 
corn, cornmeal, flour, eggs, milk, cilantro, s and p. 

One other Virginia foodie note:
I had a BLT with Pineapple slices, and it was amazing. 
Mmmmmmmm.   And I thought you could not improve a BLT....

On the knit front, I started some socks last night.
I bought some sock yarn at DoghouseYarns in Virginia: 
I cannot find the tag right now. 
I do know it was from Michigan. 
I was sort of socked out....get it? 
Sorting socks...
Well its been months and now my toes are getting cold, so I think that had something to do with it...
and the fact that knitting socks never hurts my arm/hands/fingers....

Oh, and I went to the ThreeBagsFull 
Knit night last night. 
THere's a new post up about it.
Lynette had two files full of free pattern books for attendees to take home.  
That was unexpected and fun! 


KSD said...
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KSD said...

Read anything by Shelby Foote. Or find video interviews with him. I watched the movie "Gettysburg" a while back, and it sent me right back to Foote's "Stars in Their Courses." The man was magnificent.

Anonymous said...

That is a beautiful photo. I would love to live there.

Nancy said...

I've never heard of corn cakes, but they look like they would be tasty.

I'm knitting socks now, too. I found a pair this AM that need to be pitched, so I really must get a pair cast on.

SissySees said...

Email Jan and ask her. She'll gladly tell you what your yarn is, or your receipt will, if she's using Rosanne's old software.

OMG. Find that recipe and share! This girl can't cook either; the Knight does all the cooking and I, all the baking.

Oh gosh... there are so many great local history books! Where to start...

kathy b said...

Okay sorry it was a Rachel Schulz recipe for the corn cakes with cilantro salsa. mmmmm

knitterbeader said...

You're so lucky to live in an area with Civil War History (and lots of other history). I've always lived out West where the history is certainly a shorter more recent period of time! Your picture is beautiful.

Judy S. said...

Can you imagine wearing wool uniforms in July in Manassas? You might enjoy the book My Name Is Mary Sutter.(All sorts of medical stuff and a good story, too.)

Araignee said...

Those battlegrounds are eerie, just like Gettysburg. It's hard to imagine what went on there when it's so peaceful and landscaped so beautifully. The only Civil War book I ever read was Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter which was a terrible movie but a good book. I'm not recommending it though because it scared the beejeezus out of me, although I did enjoy the back story of life in the pre-war days.

Toni said...

Have you read "Confederates in the Attic?" Not Civil War per se, but a journalist exploring why the south is still so obsessed with the Civil War, and some really interesting info about Civil War reenactors, some of whom go through so much work to be accurate that they truly deserve a book of their own.

Mereknits said...

Virginia is a beautiful state. I lived there for 18 months right out of college, we hiked the Blue Ridge Parkway almost every weekend. I lived in Lynchburg, very conservative for a northern gal like me, but amazing in the sense that it was so southern and therefore so foreign. So glad you had a wonderful visit.

Nancy Kay said...

I love visiting historical landmarks. This looks like a great trip!!

Katherine said...

A Confederate Girl's Diary by Sarah Dawson--a friend recommended it to me and I am passing on the favor. Your photos are beautiful. And the corn cakes, oh my! I can't wait to make some. I never put corn in my cornbread because I try to use my huge crop of jalapenos, but I vow to make cornbread ASAP and use corn instead.

fancystitching said...

Sheesh! My tired eyes read that as corn FLAKES and I was trying to figure out where the flakes were in that yummy looking concoction! LOL. I too and knitting socks. One pair with a pattern and tonight I will cast on another plain pair to have when thinking about it is not convenient. Happy knitting! And your pictures did turn out wonderful!

karen said...

I'm ready for the cold weather and some serious sock knitting, after the gift knitting of course!

SapphireBlue said...

Corn cakes and butter! Oh man! I do miss Virginia. I really want some collard greens and corn cakes.

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