October 31, 2012

Meet Royalty

Yes, dear friends, you are in the presence of royalty, albeit, in our minds.  At my recent bunko party, everyone was to dress up as royalty, on a shoestring, so there is more money for our subjects. Two free decorated Burger King crowns, left-over ribbon from our daughter's wedding more than a decade ago, glue and glitter, a dart board and just look at the result. Meet the:
the Queen of Darts & the King of Farts

October 28, 2012

Ryan on Amelia Island, FL

Vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan will speak at 1:30 pm tomorrow, Monday, October 29th, 2012, at our Main Beach on the Atlantic Ocean.  This is a big deal for little old Fernandina- and I mean little (2 1/2  x 13 miles) and old (we have a Victorian district on the National Register of Historic Places) as a compliment.  If you can make it, stop on by!

October 23, 2012

Goodbye Lie Diaries - Making the Mark

Grandmother Peeper's Egg Pie & Jane Marie's Quiche

Fernandina on Amelia Island, Florida

Grandmother Peeper writes:  I've had many a ree-quest fer my egg pies. Mix eggs, nacherly, milk, cheese and ham. Bake  'um half the hour in a medium hot oven lessen you git a burnt crust.  Breakfast, dinner and supper, any time is the right time ta be served a wedge.  Add some a the fruit a the season ifn' ya don't have a hateful Aunt Noreena around who is worse at stealing your crops than them rabbits from the woods. Eat hearty!

Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island, Florida

Jane Marie writes:
Peeper, your egg pie sounds delightful so, with your permission, I'll have you serve it to your Dunnigan family in Mark of a Man, my next novel, set in your 1898 time.

I make something similar.  Below is my version  we call quiche.

You will need:
2 frozen regular pie shells
6 eggs
1 cup light sour cream
8 ounces 2% sharp cheddar cheese
2 think slices of lean ham, chopped
1/4 cup no fat milk
green onions, chopped, optional

Spice for first pie:
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, more or less, depending upon how strong you like your garlic

Spice for second pie:
1 small can green chillies

Poke each shell all over with a fork so it won't puff up during pre-baking for 10 minutes at 400 degrees. Let cool while mixing filling.

Pie Filling:
Beat eggs, sour cream, cheese, milk, and ham together.  Separate evenly into two separate bowls. To the first bowl, stir in the garlic powder.  To the second, stir in the green chilies. Fill cooled pie shells with mixtures and bake for 45 to 50 minutes at 325 degrees until knife inserted in the center comes out clean. It may be necessary to cover edge of crust with aluminum foil to prevent browning too much.  Serve warm and refrigerate leftovers.  Reheat for moments in the microwave to avoid a soggy crust.

ham, cheese and garlic powder

ham, cheese and chopped green chilies

October 19, 2012

Book Title

I've got a great title for a book on etiquette.  I'll call it Pass the Please.  Of course, it will have to wait until Mark of a Man is out next year and then Sand and Sin and then Jubilee Junket and then my Martha Bear stories.  As my brother Bob says, "I'll add it to the list... "

October 15, 2012

Goodbye Lie Diaries - A New One to Peeper

Fernandina Beach, Florida

Jane Marie writes:  I was asked, "What can I do to keep my new kitty from running away from my house?"

Cricket, from Virginia, wrote to me with an old wives' tale that just might work. Put a little bacon grease on the bottom of the kitty's feet. Let the cat out the door and walk down the sidewalk to clean his paws. After you've bandaged where he's clawed you, he'll be ready to follow the scent of the bacon and return home!

Fernandina, Florida    

*Grandmother Pepper writes: Woo-howdie!  That's a new one on me.  Don't think I'll be atryin' that trick any time soon though.  I got me enuf cats. Fact is, I got too many cats.  Hmm. Let me give that some more thinkin'. Yup.  I'll fry me up some bacon tomorra, dip a couple a cats in it and set 'um on Aunt Noreen's doorstep.  I'll be alistenin' for her hollerin' across the yard.  Won't take long! 

*Grandmother Peeper and Aunt Noreen are featured players in my Amelia Island's Goodbye Lie Trilogy. As you might guess, they don't get along- at all!

October 13, 2012

Happy 13th Anniversary to Us

My wonderful sister, Nancy Kamp, and I are celebrating our 13th year as website partners.  A celebration of heart and home with roses, recipes and romance, GraciousJaneMarie.com, has been a rewarding passion for us. We want to thank our friends, and will continue our efforts to entertain you as we entertain ourselves. Enjoy!
Jane Marie   

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How We Changed Our Logo
This was our original logo.
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Not many people liked it, and they let us know so we began a quest for a new logo.
This was Nancy's early favorite:
One Brand, Multiple Solutions™
Nancy Kamp's greenlightWRITE.com
Freelance Writing: On Target, On Time™
Then Jane Marie came up with a bunch of great designs we haven't been able to copy and paste here or anywhere for bizarre technical reasons. (We couldn't figure out how to do it because of interference by the Northern Lights.)
However, NancygreenlightWRITE."
But Jane Marie wasn't really satisfied. She came up with a logo that didn't scream, "I can make tables and not much else."
"No more changes!" Nancy Kamp, October 22, 2001. Ha!
At the top of this page is our current and favorite logo.

October 7, 2012


We spent the afternoon enjoying the U.S. Navy Dixieland Band today at Amelia Park. Chairs in the shade, greats eats and toe-tapping tunes from their blistering brass band left the crowd cheering!  This was the kick-off for the week long Jazz Festival here on Amelia Island.  For info, 904 504-4772 or www.ameliaislandjazzfestival.com.

bugs, bugS, BUGS!

I don't know what they are but these cream colored little suckers were everywhere this morning--on our clothes, in our hair, in our ears... At least they're not biting like the tiny "flying jaws" we have around here. Bruce asked me, if I had to do it over, would I still want to walk to and from church through them?  "Yes, sir," I answered.  "When you weigh everything, bugs and all, the palm trees and ocean are the clear winners.  Besides, we are human, hear us complain.  So, it just gives us one more reason to grumble." Shame on us- well, me. Let's hear it for the bugs!

October 3, 2012

Feels Like Fall

The kids are back in school.  The weather is just beginning to feel a tish cooler.  The beaches are practically desserted these days. The summer tourist bustle is over. The daylight hours are shrinking.  It sure feels like fall on Amelia Island!

October 1, 2012

Veterans' Memorial Park

September 30, 2012 was the groundbreaking and dedication of Veterans' Memorial Park on Atlantic Avenue in Fernandina Beach, Florida. The location is where the original 1940 American Legion Post 54 log cabin used to stand. This cabin was demolished due to rot and termites. (A new Post 54 has since been built on American Legion Way in town.) The strong stone chimney still there serves as a monument to our military. Boy Scouts are laying a brick sidewalk to earn Eagle Scout honors and engraved paving bricks will be sold for $50 to complete the area surrounding the site.  Stay tuned to see how the park develops.  It's a fine thing to honor our veterans for honor is given from the heart. 
American Legion Post 54 Chaplain Bruce Malcolm giving opening prayer
( note the round holes in the stone chimney where the logs from the cabin wall used to be)

plaque on front of chimney