Shoes.....

.... I know that I have been out of the proverbial bloggy loop for a while, but I did need to drop in to say that this is possibly the greatest music video in the history of music videos.......

.... feet and ears have always seemed unearthly to me, actually.... but shoes?....... I do love some shoes when they are being worn properly.....

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Shellfish....

... why is it that people think clams are so fucking happy?........

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Feathers....

.... hey, if you have a couple of hours, I highly recommend grabbing a cool libation and giving this a whirl.......

.... there are certainly worse ways to spend an hour and fifty minutes....

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Cobbler...

..... give this a try one day when you're feeling blue, folks....

.... SWG's Easy Southern Peach Cobbler ..

.... preheat your oven to 350..... rub a stick of butter around the edges of a 9X13 2-inch deep baking dish and the place the rest of the stick in the bottom of the dish.... place in oven until butter has completely melted....

... peel, de-stone, and cut into chunks 8 nice Georgia peaches.... and in a small sauce pan add the peaches, 1/4 cup of white sugar, and 2 tablespoons of butter..... set to a medium heat and stir until the sauce boils and the peaches are tender..... you may have to simmer it for 10-15 minutes to ensure the peaches are tender enough....... set aside to cool.....

.... add 1 cup of white sugar, 3/4 cup of self-rising flour, and 3/4 cup of milk to a mixing bowl and mix until most of the clumps are whisked away to clumpland.... add a few dashes of cinnamon if you wish..... even a few drops of vanilla flavoring - if you happen to have it around..... otherwise, you can skip the cinnamon and vanilla....

.... remove your baking dish from the hot oven and gently pour in your flour mixture..... then evenly spoon your peaches across the baking dish - taking care to make sure there is an even dispersing....

..... place your baking dish down onto a baking tray, return to the oven, and bake 45-50 minutes..... allow it all to cool down a bit and serve with a scoop of Mayfield's French vanilla ice cream.....

.... peach cobbler, folks.... it doesn't get much easier than that......

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Argus.....

...... so I boarded Blanche yesterday morning and headed west from Athens....... and after climbing up onto the Cumberland Plateau at Rockwood, I proceeded to pilot her past Smyrna, Alexandria, Lebanon, and Sparta..... ending with Carthage..... all at 85 and 90mph........

..... perhaps I need to name her Argo instead of Blanche.......

..... I will say this, though...... the visit to Vanderbilt was well worth the effort........ and there was much rejoicing.....

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Crusty.....

.... today's adventure here on The Compound is cherry pie..... but first?.... well, you're going to need yourself some pie crust, non?.... oui..... so here you go, rubberneckers......

....and hey, crack yourself an egg in a bowl.... add one tablespoon of white vinegar and five tablespoons of cool water to it..... and beat it up like it just stole your nephew's lunch money... set it aside....

... find yourself another bowl.... add 3 cups of self-rising flour, 1 teaspoon of salt, 2 tablespoons of sugar, and 1/2 a teaspoon of ground cinnamon.... mix that stuff up nicely..... and slowly begin folding in 1 1/4 cups of vegetable shortening.... I used a butter knife, and personally it worked out quite well.... however, if you make very many pies I'd recommend hiring someone else to do this so that you don't end up with a right arm like Sonny Liston.... or perhaps Popeye.....

.... anyway, once you get that mixed up so that your mixture is globbing together about the size of a pea, begin adding your egg-water-vinegar mixture and just keep on a'stirrin'.....

... and hey, there you have it...... half the mixture and chill each half in the fridge for a few hours...... roll out on wax paper, and viola..... a top and bottom pie crust for The Ages....

.... and you all are, after all, quite welcome......

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