In March I agreed to foster a Long haired Dacschund named Zippy. Well, that foster made it about as far as holding his six pounds and seeing his adorable little face. He truly is the best dog. No offense to my other two…but Zippy really steals the show. And boy, can he work the gallery floor! My Mother is on the board at a shelter in North Louisiana. Unfortunately, it is a kill shelter but that was all that they could create in such a poor rural area. She has an amazing ability to find animals homes and was able to rescue (find placement homes for) 66 dogs last month!!! She drives all over the state transporting some of the cutest dogs you have ever seen. Lots of purebreeds and mixedbreeds. If anyone is ever in the market for a pet-please keep us in mind. My Mom also has a pretty uncanny knack for pairing the right dogs with special people. We can send dogs to any state on transports and believe me..a homeless animal can make the best pet!

Sort of White Trash

My Mom is constantly giving me Red Pepper Jelly. When there was nothing left to nibble on I finally pulled out a jar from the pantry. What a surprise! I love it. Here it is with another pantry surprise- real bacon bits. Add a little cream cheese and a cracker. Just when you thought there was nothing to eat….


Shrimp Manale Talley



So I’ve had a little more time on my hands this summer and I’ve finally gotten back into the kitchen. These shrimp came from the farmer’s market and were gorgeous. I removed the heads from 2 lbs and put them in a Pyrex dish. Then I added a (yes) stick of butter, white wine, sea salt, fresh parsley, red pepper flakes, and lemon zest. Baked the entire dish for 15 minutes on 400 degrees. As easy as it gets! Almost no work at all.


Last week I brought some fresh shrimp over to my friends Josh and Gino’s house for an early supper. They whipped up this great shrimp salad using finely chopped celery, onions, and dill. They cooked the onions and celery for a few minutes in a pan, added dill, spices and shrimp. They then placed the shrimp atop a bed of mixed greens that were tossed in a creole tomato dressing. Voila!