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Homemade Southern Meals

Homemade Southern Meals



Crock Pot Beef Stew and Cornbread


Use a large crock pot and add the following ingredients for Beef Stew:


8 lb bone- in chuck roast (bone- in gives better flavor)

3 stalks of celery and leaves (clean)

1 bag of baby carrots (clean)

3 peeled and chopped parsnips

1 small bag of new potatoes, cleaned and cut in half

1 carton of G-free Pacific National Beef Broth

3 bags leaves (remove before serving)

½ teaspoon of Thyme

1 tablespoon of fresh cracked black pepper

½ cup of Amy’s G-free ketchup

1 box or bag of frozen sweet peas (add the peas 45 minutes before cooking cycle ends)

Add all the ingredients to your crock pot except the peas. It usually is filled to about 1 inch below the top fill line. Cook on low for 7 hours or until meat comes off bone and veggies are done. Add the peas about 45 minutes before the cooking cycle ends. This is a complete meal in itself. You may want to add a green salad or fruit salad.

We usually have my “50” year old cornbread with this meal. This cornbread is not gluten free but you can buy gluten free cornbread from “Whole Food” to make this meal completely g-free.

My “50” year old cornbread recipes contains.




1 cup of “Red Mill” medium grind cornmeal (plain)

1 cup all purpose flour

1/3 cup of sugar

4 teaspoons of baking powder

1 teaspoon of kosher salt

1 egg (beaten)

1 cup regular milk

Mix the above ingredients wet to dry. I use a 9”x9” glass cooking pan. Pour 1/3 cup of vegetable oil into a measuring cup. Coat the bottom of the pan with ¼ of the oil and add the remainder to your cornbread mixture. Bake at 375 F for about 40-45 minutes until top is medium brown. Remove from oven and cover top with unsalted butter slices, when melted spread over entire cornbread top. Cover with aluminum foil and let set for at least 15 minutes before serving. It will usually make 9 good size pieces to serve. This cornbread is delicious by itself or add fresh honey to the top. If you like the mix, next time add cut fresh sweet corn to the mixture or grated cheese for a change of taste. My husband loves to take the cornbread and crumbled several pieces in a large glass and add sweet milk for a snack! Hope that you enjoy these recipes if you like my blog, next time I will write about my meatloaf and peach cobbler.


Fripp Island SC


Fripp Island real estate

John Lee

Although it has had several names over its history, the island is currently named after Captain Johannes Fripp, a British seafarer charged with protecting the Carolina nest from Spanish attacks. Regional folklore and specialized history have actually long thought Fripp to be the area where the pirate Blackbeard had actually stashed some of his prizes and bounty. Fripp Island Real Estate


Because of its fairly remote location, the island was utilized largely as a personal hunting variety for the majority of its past. In the mid-20th century, completion of bridges hooking up Beaufort with nearby Hunting Island State Park, financiers looked to develop a domestic resort community on Fripp. After securing bonds and also developing a public service district, a bridge was integrateded 1961 that linked Fripp with Hunting Island, U.S. Highway 21, as well as neighboring Beaufort as well as began to stimulate domestic development. Within 10 years, developers had constructed the Ocean Point Golf Links, a Racquet Club for tennis, a port, as well as an assortment of homes as well as condo units that would work as the benchmark for advancement for the next thirty years.

In 1994, the island undertook its last major advancement stage on its southwestern end. Sea Creek golf course created by Davis Love III was built, and also a new services center. Extra housing designs were provided as well as the harbor was expanded. Though the island will not undergo any kind of future expansion, virtually one-third of the whole lots on the island stay primitive.

Island Service

Fire Department

The requirement for an engine company was established in 1962 by legislation developing the Fripp Island Public Service District. Initially, the fire department and very first fire engine was housed in a three-sided building. The engine company started as a volunteer effort as well as was later on identified by South Carolina as a volunteer organization. In 1982, a new fire station was constructed to park both vehicles owned by the department. Four years later the Public Service District employed its initial professional Fire Chief to operate the division on a daily basis. The station house that acts as the island’s existing terminal was built in 1999. A permanent paramedic was later on employed by the region in 2001. The division is comprised of 34 volunteers as well as 19 paid workers. The division has possessed two fire truck pumpers, a squad truck, a Quick Response Vehicle, and a 6-wheeled Beach Rescue ATV because 2006. The fire department’s main services consist of Fire Suppression, Search and Rescue, Medical Emergency Response, Vehicle Extrication, Top Water Rescue, and also Fire Prevention and Public Fire Education.  Water supply


In the very early days of the island’s populace, all drinkable water needed to be transferred onto the island. St. Helena Island began to pump water right into Fripp’s main water tank by 1965. By 1980, all water was bought from the Beaufort-Jasper Water as well as Sewer Authority as well as pumps an average 172 million gallons a year right into the island for use by the public. Fripp Island Real Estate

My Favorite Southern Recipe

My Favorite Southern Recipe


When I make my family’s favorite chili recipe, I add the following in a large pot:


1 lb of ground sirloin

1 lb of ground round

1 lb of ground chuck


Brown all of the above ingredients in a large container lightly coated with several tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. Once brown I add:

2 teaspoons of freeze dried chives

2 teaspoons of freshly ground black pepper

2 or 3 tablespoon of Spice Island chili, depending on how spicy you like your chili.

3 teaspoons of sugar (sweetness for love)

1/3 cup of Amy’s gluten free ketchups

1 cup water

Simmer all the ingredients for approximately one hour. Check to make sure that the water doesn’t completely dry out. You can always add more water and keep simmering. When the chili is ready, my family love to use a large soup bowl, add fresh ground g-free cheddar cheese or pepper jack cheese, an extra squirt of Amy’s g-free ketchup, a squirt of Boards Head g-free honey mustard, a big dollop of g-free sour cream, and a piece of g-free cornbread or corn chips. Enjoy this tasty meal.

We also use our chili on a bun with a grilled Hebrew National beef frank which is g-free. You can have a g-free bun or regular if you desire. My husband does like a chopped Videla onion on his hot dog. We add ketchup and honey mustard to top it off.

A fresh veggie salad would go wonderfully with the chili or hotdog meal. I use a head of Bibb lettuce, fresh chopped tomato, 1 stalk chopped celery, 1 grated carrot, ½ chopped yellow and red bell pepper,1/2 of an English seeded, chopped cucumber, and freshly blanched sweet peas or green beans. Top that off with toasted almond slices. Annie’s makes a great gluten free salad dressing. I love her “Cowgirl Ranch,” “Honey Mustard”, and” French” dressing! You can always make fresh croutons with “Whole Foods” gluten-free bread chopped and toasted. Just cut to size, place on cookie sheet, toss with extra virgin olive oil, and fresh ground black pepper. Toss your salad and enjoy.


If you would like to have my 50 year old cornbread recipe plus meatloaf, beef stew, and peach cobbler, like this blog and they will be on my next blog! I’m including pictures with all my recipes.

Homemade Cherry Ice Cream!

Homemade Cherry Ice Cream!

Yum! Yum!


  1. 1 medium jar of maraschino cherries ( chop and blend) with ¾ of jar juice.
  2. 3 cans of Carnation evaporated milk
  3. 1 can of Eagle Brand Milk ( regular )
  4. 1 to 2 teaspoons of Spice Island vanilla
  5. 2 ½ to 3 cups of sugar ( to taste)
  6. 2 to 3 cups of warm water ( fill to the mark level non churn)


For churn

1 bag of ice 10 lbs.

1 box of ice cream salt

1 electric ice cream churn


After mixing the top 6 ingredients, place in churn container and put in refrigerator until cold. We have an electric churn that uses cubed ice and ice cream salt. You place your cold container in the churn, then layer ice and salt until you reach the top and plug in. You have to add extra ice and a little salt every 15 to 20 minutes until the churn stops or slows down. When churning make sure you keep the water that melts drained, there’s a hole in the side for that. Its runs for about 45 to 60 minutes until soft stage. I then place the ice cream in pint freezer jars. The churn container will make approximately 7 to 9 pints, depending on if you have a bowl before you freeze it. You can then have homemade ice cream for 7 to 9 days or until the husband eats it all!!

Besides cherry here is a list of all the different flavors of ice cream that you can make!


When you use fresh fruit always chop, blend, or mash add sugar to taste and place in the microwave for a few minutes until the sugar is melted and the fruit is warm.

  1. Fresh peaches ( chopped, blended with sugar to taste
  2. Melt chocolate syrup or a jar of chocolate sauce in a microwave safe container and add toasted chopped nuts of your choice.
  3. Fresh strawberries (chopped, blended with sugar to taste.
  4. Fresh frozen coconut with a jar of Carmel sauce warmed in a microwave safe container.
  5. Four mashed bananas ( sweeten to taste)
  6. Fresh blueberries ( mash or blend, sweeten to taste
  7. Fresh raspberries ( slightly mashed and sweeten to taste
  8. Plain vanilla using Spice Island vanilla 2 to 3 teaspoons along with split vanilla bean (seed) scrape from split bean.


Other fruit that I like are fresh turkey figs. Just chop and microwave unit soft, sweeten to taste. Another different taste would be pitted dates. You can use dried dates place in a little warm water, soften in microwave, chops, and sweeten to taste. You can add almost anything that you like to plain vanilla ice cream. Chopped Ore’s or Reese Peanut Butter Cups chopped. Let your imagination run wild. Mix together some of your favorites and come out with a great new flavor. Enjoy! Like my blog and there will be more coming.

607 New Haven Villa Fripp Island SC

Excellent New Haven Villa priced to sell. Brightly decorated with Tropical feeling throughout. Sparkling clean with pride of ownership. New Haven features covered parking with storage, beautifully landscaped courtyard, ocean views, adjacent to Ocean Point Golf Links, Ocean Point Grill for breakfast and lunch. Walk to Fripp Club swimming pool. Great rental/second home. Furnished with few exceptions.
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Year Built1081

Basic Features

Address: 607 New Haven
Bank Owned Y/N?: no
Bedrooms: 3
City: Fripp Island
Construction: Frame, Stucco
Cooling: Heat Pump
County: Beaufort
Dining: Kit/Din/Combo.
Exterior Extras: Deck, Storage Shed
Foreclosure Y/N?: no
Full Baths: 2
Heating: Heat Pump
IDX Property Type: Residential
Latitude: 32.322981000000
Listing ID: 139744
Listing Price: $339,000
Longitude: -80.454037000000
Minor Area: 7027-New Haven
Partial Baths: 1
Property Type: RESIDENTIAL
Remarks: Excellent New Haven Villa priced to sell. Brightly decorated with Tropical feeling throughout. Sparkling clean with pride of ownership. New Haven features covered parking with storage, beautifully landscaped courtyard, ocean views, adjacent to Ocean Point Golf Links, Ocean Point Grill for breakfast and lunch. Walk to Fripp Club swimming pool. Great rental/second home. Furnished with few exceptions.
Short Sale Y/N?: no
Square Feet: 1,474
State: South Carolina
Status: ACTIVE
Street Name: New Haven
Street Number: 607
Total Baths: 3
Waterfront: Ocean View
Waterfront Community Y/N: yes
Year Built: 1081
Zipcode: 29920
Zoning: PUD

Advanced Features

Aicuz: N
Appliances/Equipment: Elec/Oven/Range, Microwave, Dishwasher, Refrigerator, Disposal, Vent Fan, Ceiling Fan, Smoke/Heat Detector, Cable TV/Available, Dryer, Washer
Approx. Age: 26-50 Yrs.
Basement: No
Covenant: Y
Cumulative DOM: 76
Directions: Hwy 21 to Fripp Island
Dock: Not Applicable
DOM: 76
Dryer Connection: Yes, Electric
Family Room: yes
Fireplace Y/N: no
Floors: Some Carpet, Laminate Floors
Formal Dining: no
Foundation: Elevated
Garage/CarportT: 1 Bay Attached
Golf Community: yes
Half Baths: 1
Home AS/RE Fees: Trash Service, Lawn, Insurance, Ext. Maint Bldg
Home Warranty: N
May be Sub 3rd Party Appr: no
Olrea/B: N
Roofing: Composition A/S
Room Count: 5
Sale/Rent: For Sale
Shared Interest (Y/N): no
Status Category: ACTIVE
Style: Two Story
Walls: Sheetrock
Washer Connection: Yes
Water & Sewer: Public Water, Public Sewer
Water Heater: Electric
Will Sell: Conventional, Cash

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Fripp Activities for Family and Children

Fripp Activities for Family and Children


Fripp island is a nature preserve and there are always some kind of activity for families to do while living or visiting the island. When visitors come on the island, one will see the many bikes attached to the back of their cars or trucks. Biking is one on the best ways to get around on the island besides the golf carts. You can be on the beach, pools, tennis courts, or golf courses in a matter of minutes. There is a bike path that covers over three quarters of the island. Families can bike, walk, run, skate, or use a skate board on it. The one thing that is not allowed is golf carts on the bike paths. They are supposed to be driven on the roads but you do see many visitors trying to drive their carts on the path. Security will usually tell them that it is not allowed!

One of the favorite weeks to visit Fripp Island is fourth of July week. There are many celebrations beginning with the “Golf Cart Parade”. Hundreds of golf carts are decorated by families. Each year, the resort picks a theme for you to use to decorate your cart. These are judged and prizes are awarded. There are games to play, exhibits to view, crafts, a great cakewalk (cakes are baked by the Women’s Club of the Island), sandcastle building, races by foot, or bikes, and wonderful sales by artists from all over the area. At the end the week, everyone lines there lawn chairs and golf carts up to watch the great firework show that begins at dust from the Marina done by the fire station! A special activity that Fripp has’ for ages 3 to 12 years, is “Camp Fripp” that runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Our grandchildren always wanted to go a week to “Camp Fripp”. Fripp usually employs college students from around to work with the children. They have many fun activities to do including visits the fire station, nearby “Hunting Island Lighthouse” to climb 167 steps to the top which has a wonderful view of the islands, Atlantic Ocean, and waterways. They go swimming at the pools, build sandcastles, play volleyball and basketball; crafts include (tie-dyed T-shirts shell jewelry, and many other crafts) they go on shelling and dolphin watching trips on the Fripper. There is a “Kids Night Out” which includes dinner, camp games and activities. The center also has several animals that are representative of the ones that you can see on the island.

When not going to “Camp Fripp” families can enjoy a game of tennis, golf at two courses, rent jet skis, paddle boards, Mo peds, kayaks, canoes, skiffs or take catamarans cruises to have fun! Other activities include fishing, crabbing, boating and shrimping but you don’t need a boat to do many things all you need is a fishing pole, crabbing gear or shrimp nets. Families can take nature walks on the Audubon trail off Porpoise Drive. Short trips to Penn Center to learn about the Gullah Culture. During nighttime hours, loggerhead turtles lay eggs on the beach. Fripp has a “Turtle Team” that marks the nest, count the eggs, and when they hatch make sure the hatch-lings make it to the ocean. You can watch them in action our view a movie about the turtles during your visit. Come visit Fripp and you can plan your special family time together!

Southern Food


Southern Food


When cooking “Southern Food” everyone has their special secrets. Usually, if you ask someone what the ingredients in their recipe, they state “a little of this” or “a little of that” and that true! My son and grandchildren are always calling me to say “mother or grandmother what ingredient did you leave out of the recipe that you gave us, we made it and it doesn’t taste the same as yours! I usually say oh, you must mean the “little of love” that I added. They laugh and say that “it’s more than love,” When I cook, I’m always adding a little white sugar, brown sugar, or fresh ground nutmeg to many items that I make. My mother always put a pinch of sugar in all her vegetables dishes that she made, and it truly made a diffence. Any cooked tomato recipe also needs a pinch of sugar! I guess that is what southern cooks would say that the sugar represents “love,” the sweetness!

Another difference in my southern cooking is that I do not use salt except in baking goods or grits. Many years ago, my husband developed high blood pressure and his doctor told him to quit using salt so I starting substituting salt with fresh ground pepper and fresh herbs to take the place of salt and they make your food taste much better plus you gain great health benefits. One can really taste the goodness of the fresh vegetables and meat dishes! We do not miss the salt at all. When we have relative and friends down to visit, one of the first things that I remind them is I don’t put salt on our food or put a salt shaker on the dining table. If they want salt, after tasting my cooking, they have to ask for it! My cornbread recipe is over 60 years old and my family will fight for the last piece. My home made chili recipe is just the same not a drop left in the pot, they lick it clean! Plus my chili is gluten free and you cannot even tell!

Several other items that I do not use in cooking are garlic and onions. I have asthma and they both irritate my condition, whether I eat or even smell them. My substitute is freeze dried chives. When watching T.V. cooking shows, I’m totally shocked at all the garlic and onions the chiefs use. It’s like that they cannot make a single dish without either one! You can always flavor your meals with celery, carrots, or parsnips instead of garlic and onions. Many foods are better the simpler that they are made. I don’t even remember anyone in my Southern family using garlic. My mother’s family was farmers feeding from the earth with produce or animals that they raised. Mind you, they were my parents, grandparents and great grandparents!

If you like this blog, I will start putting pictures and recipes up of the food I make. My next blog is going to be on gluten free food and cooking gluten free. I will also talk about the disease.

Fripp and Harbor Island Properties

Fripp and Harbor Island Properties

Fripp Island real estate

John Lee


About five years ago when I realized that I could offer the very best service and help buyers and sellers make right decisions, I establish this company. I have been in the real estate business about 17 years working  for other companies. I felt like, this company, would provide personal service through communication. What most real estate agents on Fripp Island don’t understand, is that buyers and sellers want to be communicated with when selling or buying Fripp Island Real Estate. I also work on Harbor Island with buyers and sellers, looking for Harbor Island Real Estate.

Fripp and Harbor Islands are located in the Low Country of South Carolina. Fripp has some of the most beautiful beaches anywhere on the East Coast. We have homes listed from $285,000 to $2,500,000 and condos from $95,000 to $600,000. Lots on Fripp range from $60,000 to over $1 million for oceanfront.

Fripp has 3 ½ miles of coastline and most of the island is heavily wooded with large oak trees and Spanish moss. This is unlike the Florida islands which has been ravaged by hurricanes and have little trees. Fripp Island is unique; it has two professional golf courses, 10 swimming pools, clay tennis courts, and many restaurants on the island. There are no commercial buildings on the island; it is just a great place to live, so if you’re looking for a fantastic place that has everything Fripp Island is the place you need to be.

If you want personalize service and lots of communication, then I’m the agent you need to work with. I will work hard to find you the perfect property or to sale your existing property. I enjoy selling Fripp island real estate because the island sales itself. There is no other place on East Coast like Fripp Island. It has everything that you want or need to enjoy life. So if you want little a piece of heaven call me, John Lee,   cell 843-575-2820 are visit my website

At Fripp island One Can Growth Citrus Trees


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When we first moved to Fripp about 18 years ago, we saw very large trees with oranges only. No one would pick them. The owner would let them fall and rot on the ground. Eventually, all of these trees were cut down. When I started checking into the type of orange trees that were cut down, they were the kind that you make marmalade. I love orange marmalade; I don’t know why they cut the big trees down!

My husband is a big citrus lover. Since we have lived at Fripp, he has grown Satsuma oranges, Meyer lemons, honey oranges, red grapefruits, kumquats, and key lime. Due to an ice storm this past winter, we lost several trees and other homeowners in the area, has stated that they lost their citrus trees, too.

During the summer time when visitors come to the island, some have never seen orange trees and oranges on the trees. Many of the children have never seen orange trees growing in South Carolina. They think that they are limes and pick them to use but after cutting them open they realize they are not limes. We wanted to put signs up, please do not pick the fruit, they are oranges not limes but rules would not allow it. When I was a young girl in Easley South Carolina, my mother was had an orange tree in our garden. It beared one orange and my picture along with the orange tree was in the newspaper that year. The next year it died. The weather was too cold for oranges. Here, citrus will live on Fripp if taking care of with water and citrus fertilizer.

The citrus start getting ripe around Thanksgiving going into December and some in January. During Thanksgiving week, we have had as many as 80 people wanted to take pictures of the trees. My husband always let the children pick an orange. He raises the citrus trees to enjoy his self or to give to relatives and friends as Christmas presents. Many of our friends and relatives from the upstate of South Carolina look forward each year to his crop and present! Many people on the island dropped by ask if they can have a few oranges. A new rule we started two years ago is if you are over 80 years of age my husband will pick you some fruit but if you are under 80 you must pick fruit yourself with permission. We didn’t realize how hard it was to pick so many oranges, that is while we made the rule. My husband is very generous with his oranges but we usually keep all the lemons. I squeeze them and freeze the juice. It makes wonderful lemonade which can last until May or June of the next year. More and more people that are buying property here are planning some kind of citrus trees. They are always calling my husband for advice on what to do. He is known as the citrus expert on the island.

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Animals and Birds on Fripp Island SC

Animals and Birds on Fripp Island South Carolina


Rufus Jr.

The different animals and birds that we have on Fripp Island are very interesting to watch. We have about 10 species of birds that frequent our birdfeeder, bird’s house and birdbath. The bluebirds have several sets of family and we also have chickadees that have had a nest but sometimes the eggs never hatch but you will, also find hatched egges but never see the baby’s birds which is very strange. Fripp Island Real Estate

Many Redbirds visit us. There is an old saying when you have a Cardinal visit and sit in a tree near your home;”it is one of a family member that has passed on”. Usually they will come up and peck on my kitchen window or sit in the tree next to the kitchen window. Hummingbirds frequent the island in the summer and they are a joy to watch. All you need is to place a feeder out and they love coming to enjoy the nectar. That is an amazing site!

Our yard is listed as a “Wildlife Habitat”. We have several squirrels that try to eat the bird seed plus they take baths in the birdbath, I never seen a squirrel bath before. Another animal that appears day and night are the deer. They have received names from our grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Since we have lived here for over 18 years we had 2 deer that have disappeared. We call them Suzy, and the other one Rufus. Suzy was very old and had many fawns; Rufus was the daddy of most of the fawns.

Last winter,  I noticed that he was developing cataracts on both eyes and this spring he was no longer here. I’m sure that they both died. We have a group on the island that gives birth control to the does and they wear numbers to identify them. We still name them, Dolores, Rufus Junior and Little Man are several of the popular ones. Many visitors to the island stop and take pictures of them. The children all adore the deer!

Another time one night, my granddaughter and my husband was watching TV in the living area when they heard something on the front porch. When they turn their head to look out the window, there was a buck on the front porch looking in at them and watching TV. He had come up 19 steps to get to the front porch and walked back down like he had been doing this for many times. The deer sleeps under our porch and in our yard but during the summer with so many people out and about  in the night sometimes they get afraid and run which is very dangerous because some have been hit by golf carts, cars and trucks.

The strangest sight that I have come upon this year was a 3 to 4 foot baby alligator next to the birdbath which is next to our steps. I think what he must have lost his mother and maybe wanted water or eat a couple of birds, who knows what they are thinking about, maybe even taking a bite out of one of us. Years ago, we had a pale yellow snake, a rabbit and an eagle all in the yard. The eagle was eating the rabbit and the snake was waiting to eat the rabbit but afraid to move thinking the Eagle wanted to eat him. If you come to Fripp Island you can see many of these sites just by looking out into your yard or riding in your Golf cart. Come visit Fripp!

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