Monday, November 5, 2012

Golden Yardbirds



Hello, Dear Ones
I put together a little vignette on my kitchen counter.

 Being this is Sunday, I'm having memories of long ago when I was a little girl.
After church on Sundays we would drive up the mountains where my grandparents lived in Alabama for lunch and a nice time of playing with my cousins.

 Granny's specialy for lunch - Golden Yardbird.
For those who may not know what that means - Fried Chicken.
Yum yum! :)

 Now my Granddaddy would just pop out into the backyard, grab a couple of those yardbirds and do what you do (I'll spare you the gory details).
Then Granny would fry them up, golden brown, crispy on the outside and tender and juicy on the inside.
Lord, have mercy! :)

 Now I don't care for the dark meat of the yardbirds today, but as a little girl I wanted the drumstick.
My cousins and I would eeny meeny miny moe to see which one of us would get one.
I can still remember how that greasyness would gather around my tiny little face.
Yuk!! :)

 Okay, back to reality.
Hope you enjoyed walking down memory lane with me today and maybe after church we'll go to KFC!


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Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

The Happiest Girl in the Whole USA

Shine on me sunshine
Walk with me world, it's a skippidy doo da day
I'm the happiest girl in the whole U.S.A.

Good morning, mornin', hello sunshine
Wake up, sleepy head
Why'd you move that bojangle clock
So far away from the bed?

Just one more minute that's why we moved it
One more hug or two
Do you love wakin' up next to me
As much as I love wakin' up next to you?

You make the coffee, I'll make the bed
I'll fix your lunch, and you'll fix mine!
Now tell me the truth do these old shoes look funny?
Honey, it's almost nine

Now you be careful, got to go
"I love you, have a beautiful day!"
And kiss the happiest girl in the whole U.S.A.

Skippidy doo da thank you Lord for makin' him for me
And thank you for letting life turn out the way
That I always thought it could be

There once was a time, that I could not imagine
How it would feel to say
I'm the happiest girl in the whole U.S.A.

Now shine on me sunshine
Walk with me world, it's a skippidy doo da day
I'm the happiest girl in the whole U.S.A.

Shine on me sunshine
Walk with me world, it's a skippidy doo da day
I'm the happiest girl in the whole U.S.A.

Shine on me sunshine
Walk with me world, it's a skippidy doo da day
I'm the happiest girl in the whole U.S.A.

~ sung by Donna Fargo



42 comments:

  1. Loved your story Sheila!

    Fried chicken is so tasty
    and always manages to just hit that spot!

    Nice to have good memories to look back on
    and yours sound great.

    Have a lovely week

    x Fiona

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  2. Oh yum!! Real southern fried chicken is the BEST!! Thanks for the reminder Shelia!! I had some of the best food when I lived in Tennessee - especially at church functions!! When our church group visited a church in Alabama, we had chicken that the "guys" roasted on a smoker grill...and it was served with White Sauce. The white sauce was Mayonnaise, Salt, Pepper, Vinegar and Cream if it still needed to be thinned down. Ohhhhhhhhhh man....delicious!!

    Jan ♥

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  3. What you just described is why my Mom hated chicken! She rememeberd her Grandmother...well you know!
    I have the hen on the left and put out in the fall to. I have never seen the one on the right before.

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  4. oh Sheila,
    thanks for the stroll down memory lane. My papa would-"bring in the chicken"and my nana would fry it up and then make milk gravy for the buttermilk biscuits.
    She'd open up a some of her canned apples , sprinkle them with cinnamon and hollar for us to come to the table... I can almost feel myself sliding into the chair seat and stuffing my napkin into the top of my shirt..

    Happy Sunday~!

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  5. Thanks for the sweet memories...My mother has the sames pieces and she still displays them around the Thanksgiving Holiday. Have a wonderful Sunday, Shari!

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  6. Ah, this is so sweet! You were a real country girl! I haven't had fried chicken in forever! I used to have a big, deep electric fry pan that my mom gave me, don't know where it went but it was perfect for frying anything that was bad your you! lol!

    XO,
    Jane

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  7. I have one of those golden roos too Miss Sheila. I love the shade!~ Hope all is well.

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  8. Shelia,
    Sunday after Church: fried chicken, a drive in the countryside, visiting with grandparents and cousins, afternoon naps, homework...thanks for the trip down "Memory Lane" dear friend!!!
    Have a blessed week!!!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  9. I loved the trip down memory lane Pickle..we use to raise chickens here on our mountain top and Wally use to bring them in all cleaned up for me ha ha!! I miss those days and it only been 15 years ago..I miss him even more..say a little prayer for me girl...Hugs and love Gloria

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  10. I haven't had fried chicken in years and years. I loved drumsticks when I was little, too, now I hate them. xo

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  11. Your amber chicks are beautiful Sheila! Love me some fried chicken, it's just not something I've ever learned to make well! Great memories:@)

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  12. Your cute vignette goes with the Golden Yardbirds!! I do love some fried chicken! Hugs, Linda

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  13. Ah, yes...fried chicken from Grandma! I adore your Yardbirds!
    Nancy

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  14. Oh yummy!!! I love home made golden fried chicken!!! My mother would brown it up and put it in the oven before we left for Church and when we got back it would be cooked to perfection. I also had a great aunt in Illinois whom we visited only once, but her meals were memorable, I still remember them. And of course we had fried chicken, and fresh from her garden, corn on the cob, green beans and tomatoes with crispy corn bread to finish it off! Yum! That was nearly 50 years ago and I still remember it! I can't remember the really important things, but I can remember that. Funny how that works, eh?
    Love and hugs, Cindy

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  15. Your decoration is beautiful and fried chicken is the best!! I have three of the glass chickens. One amber, one green and a milk glass one. I think I 'll put mine on the table as part of my thanksgiving decoration! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  16. That is just a wonderful memory, Sheila. I remember those chicken Sunday dinners on the farm when I was a kid- we always had company of some sort. One of our "side dishes" was a big bowl of freshly baked bisquits smothered with gravy....oh...the....fat! xo Diana

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  17. Love your golden yard birds memories Shelia and the ones in your kitchen too! Really cute. So, did you go to KFC after church? Have a wonderful week.

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  18. My grandmother would do the work for the chickens - and there weren't many, actually - when I was growing up. Then, it would be fried in iron skillets on top of a wood cook stove in the winter, and the electric one when the weather was warm. For years and years, my favorite meal was fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and peas. Didn't need the gravy and biscuits for me to be happy.:)

    I hope the "happiest girl in the USA" remembered to set her clocks back an hour last night.:)

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  19. I love your golden chickens! Weren't those days as a kid so carefree? We went to my Grandma's too. I can still smell her house if I think about it. She was always cooking something good!

    Have a fab week!

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  20. Fun childhood reflections - enjoyed!

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  21. I've never heard chicken called that before!! Isn't it wonderful to have such precious childhood memories? Thanks for sharing.

    Judy

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  22. Beautiful childhood memory, and that fried chicken sounds so yummy!! Have a lovely evening! xo Heather

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  23. My grandmother had the same thing for Sunday Dinners ...and the chickens were always from her coop, too! One weekend, I stayed with my grandparents and I had the job of helping grandma clean the chicken and pluck feathers. That was the last chicken I ate at grandma's! haha! My dad would fuss at my resistance, saying that Grandma's chickens were cleaner than any we could buy from the grocery, but I just couldn't get past that experience! ha! ....I love the song you paired with this post! And love the chicken pieces in your post! Thanks for sharing this sweet memory! :)

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  24. Sheila, you are such a dear. I remember my Grandmother cooking us friend chicken. I don't recall the yellow bird dishes.
    I have seen them around. They are so cute. Memories are always special. Kentucky fried chicken would be great!
    Have a nice week! XO Linda

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  25. Haven't heard that song in along time! Enjoyed walking down memory lane with you, such sweet memories! Love your vignette!!

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  26. Hi Shelia!

    What memories you brought back to me today! I remember going to church and sitting next to my grandma, Meme. She taught me how to read the music in the hymnal. In the winter I would snuggle into her arm of gray lamb coat, so soft and smelled like her perfume. Then a pot roast for dinner at her house or ours. I loved those Sundays. Thanks Shelia for evoking such a wonderful time.

    Big hugs, Sherry

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  27. Fried chicken was my special Sunday meal when I was growing up. Mama would cook it while we children went to Sunday School and church. I also liked the legs, and I still do prefer the dark meat; however, now, I peel the skin off. (sigh) Sometimes, I almost get mad at these "healthy" measures!

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  28. Fried chiclen is still my friend, and I still like the drumbstick. LOL

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  29. Hi Sheila, I never heard fried chicken called that before but I do love it. Your gold hens are so pretty. I have some pieces of gold hobnailed Fenton that I have had for many years...this makes me want to get it out...if I can only remember where it is packed away at! Take care...Sue.

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  30. Hi Sheila!
    Your amber chicken and rooster are so pretty. We also had fried chicken on Sundays when I was growing up. thank you for the fond memories and have a great week.
    ~Clara

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  31. What a great post and wonderful memories Shelia!

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  32. Shelia, your golden "yardbirds" are so pretty. I have some golden "turkeys". ;-)
    Thanks for the walk down memory lane. My "chef" would give you a thumbs up on CFK.

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  33. This brought back memories for me as well! So many Sunday dinners with fried chicken. Doesn't get much better!

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  34. Hello Sweetie,
    Such a lovely post.I love the Goldon Chicken.Brings back memories to me also.I know my partner in crime(Edie Marie) already commented,but I wanted to give you my own thanks for the comments you left me about the dolls.
    XXOO Marie Antionette

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  35. That was so cute! I visualized the whole story! That's what I call "fresh chicken"!! No one seems to be close anymore- we're all to spread out! I still remember our visits to my grandparents and our large gatherings. Good times!

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  36. What a beautiful story to go with your beautiful vignette Shelia!

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  37. Shelia, I cracked up when I saw that you called them yard birds.My husband does too. :) Yours are just perfect in the vignette.

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  38. This post only just showed up in my sidebar update Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. (just letting you know, I heard at Brenda's Cozy Little House that people are having feedburner problems). Meanwhile, I'm at KFC waiting for you and yes I'll take the drumsticks!!! And lots of mashed potatoes with gravy!

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  39. Hi Shelia,
    What a cute story. You always put together the most beautiful vignettes. Ok, now I'm craving fried chicken...I may have to put this on the menu tonight. :) Have a wonderful day! xoxo ~Liz

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  40. I agree your vignettes are always so beautiful!

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  41. OH I love your vignette. Cute chicky and the floral arrangement is perfect. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

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  42. What a beautiful vignette and such a wonderful story to go with it! Fried chicken was a Sunday staple growing up at our house too -- with the early "preparation" already done! :-) Thanks so much for sharing on Busy Monday!

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