Posted by: palmettoislandgirl | April 6, 2017

A Different Greens Salad

The greens in the field are still looking great.  Looking for a different way to eat your greens. This recipe from our friend and mentor Ms Dori Sanders’ “Mess ‘o Greens Salad with Warm Pecan Dressing”, is from her cookbook “Dori Sanders’ Country Cooking”. Ms. Sanders  is a farmer, novelist, cookbook author, and a founding member of the Southern Foodways Alliance. She was raised on her family’s farm in Filbert, South Carolina. Visit to find her book and see where to visit the Sanders’ family farm.

Recipe Ingredients

6 cups fresh mustard, turnip, and/or collard greens (about 1 pound)

6 cups fresh mustard, turnip, and/or collard greens (about 1 pound)

2 T balsamic vinegar

2 tsp. honey

1 T Dijon mustard

2 tsp. vegetable oil

½ cup pecans, roughly chopped or broken


1. Wash greens well, dry thoroughly, then remove and discard the long stems. Tear the greens into salad-size pieces and place in a large bowl.

2. In a small bowl, combine the vinegar, honey and mustard. Set aside.

3. Heat the oil in a small skillet until hot but not smoking. Add the vinegar mixture and pecans and cook, stirring regularly, for 2 to 3 minutes. Pour over the greens and serve at once. 


Posted by: palmettoislandgirl | April 4, 2017

Local Gullah Icon will be Missed

Captain Joseph ‘Crip’ Legree was a well-known, highly respected Gullah netmaker on St Helena Island, SC.  Captain Legree’s cotton nets were sought after and it was a special treat to see him work on a net during demonstrations.  Whenever possible Captain Legree ppartucipated in Gullah  festivals and events to showcase his skill. The skill of netmaking in the Gullah tradition is not done by many and a master netmaker is now gone.  He will be greatly missed.

Posted by: palmettoislandgirl | March 21, 2017

The Bee House 

My granddaughter is very curious about the “bee house” .  She took a close look at it recently to see if there were any bees inside and what the inside looks like.  We don’t have bees yet but will soon.  

Posted by: palmettoislandgirl | March 17, 2017

Day Clean

Day clean
The sounds of roosters crowing break through the stillness of the night announcing dawn.
Pink and yellow hues nudge the darkness and light creeps into view, the day is new.
Cackles from hens grow louder, birds make their presence known with song as they hop through dew.
Flickering lights of stars fade as the sun moves higher, the sky is brighter and I see the sun rise.
Squirrels scurry across forest floors, climb trees the prize of nuts and seeds to seize.
Cool breezes waft through branches of trees that stretch up and outward making a canopy.
The day is well underway, clean, cool, refreshing, new with room for exploration, adventures and possibilities.
It’s a “Good morning”! 

Posted by: palmettoislandgirl | March 4, 2017

Baking Bread

Two loaves of Amish White Bread baked after a loaf of Rustic Italian.  I used unbleached #flour rather than white all purpose.  This is a family favorite.  #bakingbread #baking  #breadthestaffoflife affoflife #thestaffoflife #staffoflife #foodie #bread #loafofbread #farm2table #Farm  #farmlife  #farmliving  #breadandbutter #homestead #homeeconomics #sustainableliving #gastronomy #amishbread #recipe #allrecipes #sclowcountry #gullah #sthelenaislandsc #beaufortountysc #theseaislands #coastallife 

Posted by: palmettoislandgirl | February 4, 2017

Swedish Ducks

Posted by: palmettoislandgirl | February 3, 2017

We Need Black History Month | Desiring God

Posted by: palmettoislandgirl | October 28, 2016

Our Hurricane Matthew Evacuation

We brought all of our hens and a few roosters with us when we evacuated to Orangeburg.  We put together a makeshift chicken yard for the hens incorporating the crate we brought them in as a part of the fencing.  There is tarp across the top now since a few decided to be escape artists. Two legwork hens flew down from a cypress tree where they roosted. So we have to catch them and put a few back each day.  Some are laying here but not all, they are adjusting to the stress of moving and a new location too.  Tony saw some people we know from St Helena who also are in Orangeburg now. They experienced a great deal of damage to their house and property and all of their chickens died too. There will be a lot of starting over for many in the Lowcountry. We thank God our fellow island neighbors,are alive and well.    #PostHurricaneMatthew #Cleanup.


Taking hens and a few roosters during evacuation.



Taking tractor during evacuation.




Leaving our #Homestead for evacuation


Make shift chicken yard during Hurricane Matthew


Hen finds New place to roost during evacuation

Posted by: palmettoislandgirl | October 27, 2016

Crochet: An Enjoyable Hobby

I started working on this blanket a month ago, got busy with fall planting, then picked it up again during the time we evacuated during #HurricaneMatthew So I finally finished this the Tag Along Blanket, a free pattern from #RedHeartYarn.  There is a video tutorial presented by Marly Bird with great instructions and tips. #crochet #Homestead





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