Creamed Corn & Keepsakes

Last weekend, West and I traveled to his sister Amanda’s house for a weekend of sibling fun. Amanda and her husband live in a small southern town and have the cutest retro stove in their kitchen.

Amanda is an excellent cook and made a spread of delicious things for us to enjoy all weekend. On Friday, she made peach barbecue chicken, mac & cheese casserole, fried okra and creamed corn(!).

I’ve had a slight obsession with corn this summer; thus, I was thrilled to discover she was making creamed corn. She said she modified this Cooking Light recipe by omitting the bacon & leeks (which means it’s even lighter).

I could have consumed that entire bowl. It was so so so good.

On Saturday, we drove to visit their mother’s grave because it has been close to ten years since she passed away.

Sweet brother and sisters pic πŸ™‚

On the way back, Carol read to all of us from the Joy of Cooking, which may have been my favorite part of the trip.

Carol also took a few really cool shots of old signs downtown, like this one:

Once back at Amanda’s, we found some treasures from West’s childhood. Look at his little boy feet.

So precious. I also discovered that my husband was once an aspiring writer and illustrator.

I mean, look at this legit title page.

I love his illustrator pseudonym.

He even received a writing award!

Who knew this boy was a writing genius while I was complaining about reading anything but R.L. Stine.

It was so fun to spend time with West’s sisters and find keepsakes from his childhood that we can store away to show our little writers someday. πŸ™‚

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