It’s up in the air how Texarkana, TX got their name. There are several stories that claim the origin of the name. One story is that it is named from a combination of Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana. Another is that there was a steamboat with the same name. And still another that a General named the town. It’s a mystery.
Moving along. In case you don’t know, Texarkana, TX is a twin city with Texarkana, AR. Yes. They even have twin post offices, split right down the middle on the state line. Indeed.
Texarkana’s history is hugely important. For hundreds of years, The Great Southwest Trail was the main line of travel for Indian villages of the Mississippi River. When the railroad arrived in the late 1850’s along that same trail, Texarkana quickly became a hub for the area. The population of the area has gone up and down, but one thing remains, the railroad. Still an important part of who they are as a city.
This week is sort of cheated. I was flipping thru, “Sharing Our Best: A Collection Of Recipes By Echo Hills Missionary Baptist” and I came across Magic Cookie Bars😍😍😍
My husband’s Grandma made these and they are fabulous! All of his cousins would just rave about them. The first time I had them, I asked her for the recipe. She laughed and said, “Honey, everybody thinks I came up with this myself, but it’s on the back of the Eagle Brand milk can.” What?! 😆 I loved it and she was the best❤️
Note: you can absolutely make your own Graham cracker crumbs. I was just lazy.
I just keep going back to this cookbook. When cookbooks are worn, have stains all over or generally falling apart, you know they’re gonna be spectacular!
This time I’m sharing Black Forest Pie😍😍 Super easy!
One thing: unless you want a half of a can of cherry pie filling left over, double this recipe and make two pies. Keep one and share one. Also, I feel like there are a ton of options to switch this recipe up. One way I’m thinking of is to use banana pudding and then drizzle chocolate fudge over the top. Yaaaasssss!!!!
It’s gonna get cold this week here in the south. Why not travel to the sunshine state? Aaaahhhh Tallahassee, Florida’s capital city. Did you know that Florida once had two capitals? Yep! St. Augustine and Pensacola alternated the task until it was decided that Tallahassee needed to be the capital in 1824.
Tallahassee sits rich in state history and is a hub for agriculture, timber and livestock trade for the region. Creek and Apalachee (not Apache) Indian history is also hugely important to this area of Florida. The word “Tallahassee” actually derives from the Creek word meaning “old town”.
This week’s recipe comes to you from the book, “Loaves and Fishes: Christ Presbyterian Church”. The church was started in the the late 1980’s, although that’s really not that long ago. The coolest part is that when leaders bought a few acres of land to build a church on, they instead repurposed a small Methodist church chapel that had been originally built in 1910. They had the building moved to its new location and made the necessary changes. It’s just beautiful!!
While flipping thru the pages of the cookbook, Peach-Berry Upside-Down Crisp caught my eye. Reading the ingredients, I had to look up what a boysenberry even was😆 Apparently, it’s a cross between blackberry, dewberry, raspberry and a loganberry. No wonder I was confused! I used blackberries instead 🤷🏻♀️
Anywho, this is excellent! One piece of advice, make sure you use self-rising flour and also let it sit for the 15 minutes. Alllllll those juices soak up into the crisp. Mmmmmmm! Thank you where ever you are, Lu Parry😘😘
This week we travel together to Conway, South Carolina. I’ve never even been to South Carolina! I honestly think I picked this cookbook up at an estate sale. Anywho, here’s a little bit of a history lesson.
The British began settling in what is now South Carolina in 1670. The timber industry quickly became a way of life for folks in Horry (O-Rry) county. I wonder how many times a day they have to correct out of towners on THAT pronunciation🤔.
Fire destroyed the town and it was rebuilt in the early 1900’s. Since then it has thrived and become a popular tourist stop with its close proximity to Myrtle Beach.
Today’s selection comes to you from Seasoned Love: Conway Christian Church. Wahoo! Southern Fried Apples😍 DELICIOUS!!! One thing… Sorry Linda Roundtree, there’s no way this will feed 12 people😆 And I added whipped cream…because who doesn’t like that?!