My NEW blog address is

and I have a link to where you can receive

Please go to the NEW BLOG.
thanks, bj

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

BITS and BOBS....again

First of all in my BITS and BOBS,
I found this most delightful photo of a beautiful, fat little DOVE,
and have NO idea where it came from.
Did I steal it from someone ??
Did Mr. Sweet take it and got REALLY lucky and got this good of a photo with 
a little, inexpensive POINT and SHOOT camera ?
If you know who it belongs to, please let me know so I can go on bended knee and 
beg forgiveness for using it here...
He remembers taking a photo of a dove on our back porch  with our new little CANON SX130
but we NEVER get this good of a photo so he is unsure.

Such as it goes with two olden people...
It's like the blind leading the blind....
My sweet friend, VEE,  makes these cute as can be MAGNETS
and she made one with SCRIPT, just for me.
TODAY, it is on my fridge, holding a photo of the most darling little boy....
a friend's newest GRANDSON, 
Nutin' any better than a homemade biscuit, favorite jam and good, lean bacon.
 ♥ ♥ ♥
2 cups all purpose flour
2 Tablespoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/3 cup shortening
(no buttermilk ?...just add a tablespoon (or cap full) of vinegar to regular milk (we called it SWEET MILK when I was a kid...every now and then, I say "sweet milk" and the grands look at me like I have
3 heads and one is bald... !!) ;>)

The dough needs to be moist...not dry, so if you need to add a little more milk, by all means, DO.
I add enuf to make my dough VERY wet..having to add flour to my hands
to *work* it..
I usually add ONE FULL CUP buttermilk and sometimes, a little more.
Bake them in a CAST IRON SKILLET and you'll never go back to a cookie sheet or pan again.
I was sooo lucky to win my friend, SUE's  giveaway a couple weeks ago...
THIS is, by far, Mr. Sweet's favorite female group
and when I told him I had won their NEWEST CD
 he started watching for the mail
every single morning.
When the CD came, he beat me to the mailbox, once again,
and now he claims this CD
He said, "Thanks so much, Sue. I sure am gonna enjoy it."
HAAAahhhaaa....I thank you, too, Suz.
 On a day out with the girls (yep, we STILL call ourselves GIRLS), recently,
 I had this amazing sandwich...
 Chicken Salad of the BEST kind !!

Joining in the fun at


Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

I had a cook-along with a friend last Sunday, we tried a new biscuit recipe that called for butter... we both agree, never again! Shortening and cast iron is the only way to go!:@)

Bunny Jean said...

Hi BJ!

I always love having those little doves in the yars. They are one of the birds that 'followed' me from my Texas garden to this new Ca. desert garden. I sure wish the Cardinals did too... but now we have Road Runners!

It never fails... every time I come to visit you are tempting me with food AND bragging about yet another giveaway win! (by the way... did you happen to notice that I also won something at Laurie's Valentine's Party? First time to win EVER!)

I know you entered my current giveaway... should I just congratulate you now? lol If you do win I will have to accuse you of cheating :0)

xoxo Bunny Jean

Debbiedoo's said...

Love your bits and bobs Bj! I love chicken salad too...did you share that recipe? Pretty bird shot too.

Shirley said...

Hi BJ, I would guess that this photo had to be taken with a telephoto lens as these doves are so skittish..the fly away at the slightest sound or shadow. I have tried over and over and had to wait with the window opened to catch a shot..I really need a telephoto lens..that is my next lens to buy..I love Doves..we have a lot of them too. Country Pigeon!

TexWisGirl said...

you and mr. sweet trying to figure out where the dove photo came from made me laugh. :)

sabri said... have to be reading my grand mother used to make the biggest home made biscuits and we would smoother them in butter...omg !! those were the days..i have yet to find a good recipe for home made biscuits and i think i just did..thanks gf...xoxoxo ~sabri~

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I thought of you tonight! We were having some leftover roast so I decided to make a big batch of buttermilk biscuits...and I thought of you! Isn't that fun? ♥♥♥

NanaDiana said...

You always have the best posts, Bj. We love those mourning doves, too, and have them year round here..they come right up to my feeders.

Great bits and bobs post...MyHero loves biscuits and the Celtic Women, too.

Pop by tomorrow- I painted that little TV today...and on Sunday I am posting that Sugared Butter recipe for your biscuits...just for you! xo Diana

Blondie's Journal said...

The little mourning doves are everywhere here...I think I am a dove magnet. They always build nests on our home and I have to wait...and they sit on those eggs for eight weeks!

I copied your recipe and I am going to try these beautiful biscuits! Thanks!


Gina said...


What a sweet picture of your new grandson! Congratulations. I am a new grandmother too. My grandson was born on the 16th.



Linda Chapman said...

I remember calling it sweet milk when I was a child! Funny like words can stir our memories.....

That magnet is adorable! As is that precious baby it is holding.

Pondside said...

BJ, you always make me smile! I am going to remember that 'three heads and one is bald' and use it soon. It's too good to not use!

Debbie said...

When I read a post here, I always feel as if we are sitting across the table from each other having girl talk. I love that!

Biscuits look yummy and bear no resemblance to the hockey pucks I still make.

The French Hutch said...

Hi bj, sweet pic of the dove, we have a lot of them here too. Mercy, what a sweet birth announcement of little Adam. Congratulations to the parents and grandparents. It's breakfast time here and those biscuits make me want to pull out my rolling pin. Your photos are great and I enjoyed sharing your "bits and bobs".

The French Hutch

Theresa said...

Love the Dove:) We watch Celtic Woman on TV! Great win for you and Mr. Sweet!

Enjoy your day, I want a biscuit AND that chicken salad sandwich:)


Rettabug said...

"It's like the blind leading the blind" Hahahaha...I hear, ya', BJ...same here, too. LOL

I'm glad you got to go out to lunch with the girls...always such fun, but I can't believe the size of that sandwich! WOW! Looks yummy & so do your biscuits. I keep intending to try your recipe. In fact, DH just woke up & said "are you baking something?" He smelled my whole wheat toast. He said "it smells like biscuits" & then he said "I wish it WAS biscuits". I gotta make him some tomorrow!!!


Kathleen Grace said...

That chicken salad on a croissant is calling my name!

Theresa said...

Love, love, love your blog, you are always so cheerful and positive in your comments. Please keep the recipes coming, going to try the cornbread soon.

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

Hey lovely,

I always love bits and bobs type posts!! You get a lovely glimpse inside your world!!

Those magnets are GORGEOUS - I am coveting right now!!


PEA said...

Love the dove picture! We have Mourning Doves all the time in our yard and they're already busy building their nests...we still have tons of snow and cold and they're already frisky! lol

Thank you so much for sharing your biscuit recipe with us, I've been looking for a good one and I think I found it:-) Speaking of recipes, if you have time visit my latest post, I made Doughnut Muffins which I think you would love!!

Now that's what I call a chicken salad sandwich, wow!! And yes, we'll always be girls no matter what age we are! hehe xoxo

Mimi said...

BJ, I laughted til I cried at the "blind leading the blind" comment ~ it's so like husband and I. Love the picture of the dove. It's almost time for them to be back on our deck. I also loved the comment about calling yourselves 'girls' ~ we do, too; I mean, if you giggle and gossip, you're still a girl, right?

Vee said...

You knew that you could make me look! And, having an "Adam" of my own, I'm particularly charmed by this. I'll be back to read better, I promise!

Debbiedoo's said...

Thanks bj, for your encouraging words on my upcoming move. Now I have a question you being from Texas and it piddly squat? Or diddly squat? Because I have been saying diddly my whole life!

Nezzy said...

Woohoo, congratulations on the great win sweetie!!!

Ya got any of those fantastic lookin' biscuits leftover??? I've got fresh strawberry jam. 'Just sayin'!!!

That is one bang~up picture of the beautiful dove!

That baby pic is just too precious for words.

God bless ya and have an incredible day sweetie!!! :o)

Evelyn said...

I totally agree about cast iron. I have so many pieces and I love them all, things just taste better cooked in them. What a super sweet baby:)
I am hopping on Katherines Corner Blog Hop and I am having so much fun.

My Turn (for us)

Thanks ever so much, I enjoyed the visit.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Everyone of your bits and bobs were wonderful..the dove..tell him we are certain he took the picture!
Just NO doubt about it.

That baby boy is just precious! We are execting (I am)a tiny boy to be born soon, around July 4th..that's the date it's due..but you know how first baby's are. Late, late, late as a rule!

Your sandwich at the luncheon place looks delicious!!
Come out to California and I will take you to our bakery for some chocolate bread pudding.. :)

Kathleen said...

I got a magnet too, so kind of Vee! I love the Celtic Women too. Congrats!
I had chicken salad for lunch. I made a whole mess of it, and now we can't eat it tomorrow. I will have to give some to my neighbor who doesn't observe Lent!

Yona said...

Cute collection. That chicken salad sandwich is making me drool.

Stopping by from Katherines Favorite Things Thursday.

Katherines Corner said...

I say bits and bobs all of the time ( I'm British after all, giggle) I lobe you bits and bobs and that sandwich looks delish. Thank you for linking up to the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop xo P.S. I posted the new giveaway at Katherines Corner today :-)

Miz Helen said...

Good Morning BJ
You have me rolling on the floor, lol, about the Dove. People are real tense about all those photos these days. I would sure love to sit down and have one of your awesome biscuits on this cold and rainy day, yum, it would hit the spot! Hope you are having a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
Happy St. Patrick's Day and Come Back Soon!
Miz Helen