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I wasn’t always this fly.  No for real, I wasn’t.  On the outside I mean, mostly.

While now I’ve been described as a “girly girl” or “prissy”, etc.  But back in 1999 you probably wouldn’t recognize me.  Not a dress, nor a skirt in sight.  And, dare I say it, not a pair of high heels in the collection. *Gasp!!!* This was partly circumstantial, but mostly because my sole focus at that time was to make sure I got to college.  For me, that meant going to school (most of the time), getting good grades (all of the time) and a bunch of extracurricular activities, like chess club (president), science club, and quiz bowl.  Yup, I’m afraid I was quite the nerd.  It wasn’t until the end of my junior year or either my senior year at Southern Vance High School that I began to really display any signs of a style other than jeans and a t-shirt, or a sweater, and tennis shoes.  Just wanted to share that with yall.

Well…now that that’s out the way…

Whenever I go home and visit the local Food Lion, and one of my high school classmates is checking me out, and they ask me a loathsome questions like, “So, how many kids you got now?”, or “What are you up to now?”  I can’t help but feel not only out of place, but out of touch as well-kind of like I did in high school, which doesn’t surprise me.  And when I answer that I have no children, am not married and live in DC and work as a counselor and that I have a Master’s and am about to begin work on my Ph.D., I’m sure they feel just as alienated, but not surprised.   Then we both 0_0 at each other and probably think “biiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiish” lol!  Life ‘s funny like that sometimes.

While my outside appearance is different, the root of who I am has always remained the same.  I’ve always been driven to ‘get out’ and ‘do something with myself.’ I look back to high school sometimes and sure I wish I didn’t take myself  so seriously, but I’m sure glad I did.  Today, I can say that I’m proud of the doll; she’s managed to continue to show these heaux how to move in a room fulla vultures  😉

Now if I could just get my life ALL the way togeva I’d be A-OK!

Buttermilk Biscuits 

I made these for my coworkers the day before Lent began along with country ham and bacon.  They still talmbout that shat too lol!  They swear I have a secret lover that comes to see me from NC on the weekends and that’s why I cook like I do and bring them in whatever’s left.  Oh how I wish I had somebody I was cookin’ for on the regular…but I digress…

Ingredients

  • 2 c all purpose flour (White Lily!!!!!)
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 c cold butter
  • 2 tbsp lard (or vegetable shortening)
  • 3/4 c cold buttermilk, plus more if needed

Preheat oven to 400°F

First, whisk all the dry ingredients together in a bowl thoroughly.

Make sure the fats (butter, lard and buttermilk) are as cold as possible, and cube the butter and mix it along with the shortening into the flour mxture.  You can do this either by hand or with a fork, but be gentle!!!

  • TIP: use a cheese grated (on the large side) to shred the butter into the flour mixture, it’ll be easier to distribute evenly

Once the mixture looks coarse and crumby, make a well in the middle and add the buttermilk.  Fold it in with your hands until the dough starts to form but move quickly! You wanna keep the fats cold.

Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and gently roll it with a rolling pin, but not too thin!  Cut with a biscuit cutter (or the rim of a glass) and place onto a baking pan.

  • TIP: I always like to line my pans with parchment paper whenever I’m baking-it keeps the bottoms from burning and sticking.

Put a small dimple in the middle of each biscuit; this helps them rise evenly and bake for about 15 mins until the tops are golden brown.

Brush with butter and enjoy! This recipe usually makes about a dozen biscuits.

 

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