Pretty As A Picture


Is that gorgeous or what? A babbling brook in autumn….

I took a drive this weekend to look at fall colors. Do you do that? How’s fall looking where you are? The leaves are turning here, but not in full color yet. West Virginia is one of the prettiest places in the world in autumn.

I’m thinking of entering this photo, and a few others, in the Black Walnut Festival photo contest next year. Then I can pretend I’m doing something useful with all this picture-taking.:mrgreen:

My cousin’s son looks excited about selling cornmeal, doesn’t he?

The festival was fun–I had the required funnel cake, watched the parade (why do I like it when the girls drop their batons? and then I feel bad because I enjoyed watching them drop their batons….. I think it must be leftover envy because I never did the baton thing in high school…. And they were always so cute and popular…but I’m OVER IT, really, LOL), and went to the livestock barn where I saw the biggest pigs ever. EVER. The sheep were so sweet. And the brown cows were so pretty. I want some sheep and brown cows…..

I’m sure they’re no trouble to take care of. :fryingpan:


Okay, I said I’d post a cornbread recipe. Everyone has the basic cornbread deal, so I’m going to post something different. Ever made yeast cornbread? It’s so good! Kinda like a french bread, only with the texture of cornmeal.

In a large bowl, combine 1/2 cup cornmeal, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 cup boiling water, 1 tablespoon oil. Stir, let cool to lukewarm. Add another 1/2 cup cornmeal, 1 package yeast, 1/2 cup flour. Stir to combine. Cover with greased plastic wrap and let rise until doubled. Then add approximately 1 cup flour (or as much as needed to make a good, firm dough). Knead. Shape and place on a greased pan. Let rise, then bake about 30 minutes in a 375 degree oven. YUM!

(Winner from this weekend’s Free Book Friday: Jennifer Y! Click on the Contact button in the menu bar above and send me your pick from Loreth Anne White’s current releases!)


  1. Cheryl S. says:

    Congratulations Jennifer!
    That cornbread looks yummy, Suzanne. I’m going to have to get ambitious and do some baking.

  2. Jill says:

    Oh sure, for this you have a recipe. But when you made bread at my house and just wily nilly threw stuff into the bowl, we could never get the recipe down after you left, lol . . .

  3. Melissa says:

    :yes: I think you should enter your pictures in the photo contest, Suz.
    The cornbread looks delicious.
    Congrats Jenn!

    “why do I like it when the girls drop their batons?” :twisted::lol:

  4. Susan says:

    Congratulations Jennifer!

    That is a beautiful photo you took of the fall colors and babbling brook! Unfortunately we’re past the peak of color here.:sad:

    My mom is going to try your cornbread recipe Wed. It looks and sounds delicious!:thumbsup:

  5. Jen says:

    What a GORGEOUS picture! The festival sounds wonderful!!!!!! I will be trying that cornbread recipe.
    Have a wonderful day!

  6. Cryna says:

    What a great picture, and I think you should enter it……

    As I look out the window here and see the snow flakes coming down, I am envious. We still have trees that are in the process of dropping their leaves and I know this snow won’t last, but it does nothing for a good feeling when the snow is covering the ground (over the flowers still in posts):sad: I knew I should have brought in the summer stuff this weekend, but just put it off….:oops:

    Your recipe sounds so good, willhave to give it a try.

    Congratulations Jennifer Y……….

  7. catslady says:

    Have to say thanks, Suzanne. I won over at Loreth’s blog:bananadance:

    The picture is gorgeous. You should blow it up and frame it!

  8. Minna says:

    Mmm… That bread looks good. I just need convert cups into deciliters and Fahrenheit into Celsius before I can try that recipe. 😕

  9. Estella says:

    Congrats Jennifer!
    What a gorgeous picture of the creek!

  10. Lis says:

    Congratulations Jennifer!
    Beautiful pic, definitely enter it in the contest :thumbsup: The most fall color we usually get is the yellow and some orange, except for mom’s plum tree which turns nice and red :mrgreen: but today everything’s tinged with snow :hissyfit:

  11. Carol says:

    The picture really is gorgeous! I agree with catslady. It really should be framed!

    The cornbread looks!

    Congrats Jennifer!

  12. Carol says:

    I forgot a word! lol

    The cornbread looks delicious!:yes:

  13. Tori Lennox says:

    You definitely need to enter some of your pictures in the contest! They’re gorgeous!!!

  14. Marty says:

    You just gave me my Thanksgiving dinner sidedish! Looks great!

  15. Amy says:

    That recipe sounds SO good and I think I could even make a gluten-free version. Thanks!

    I’m so astonished by your baton confession. :shocked:

  16. Cynthia says:

    Oh, yum! That looks soooo good! Now I’m in the mood for cornbread! 😛 And, that’s a beautiful picture. Love it!

  17. Heather Harper says:

    That is a beautiful autumn photo. :thumbsup:

  18. Jennifer Y. says:

    Thank you so much! I was so excited I forgot to post a thank you here!