Mossy Creek Almanac

Mossy Creek Almanac
Mossy crreek Almanac

From the
Mayor's Desk

I want to assure every citizen of Mossy Creek that my relationship with Mossy Creek Chief of Police Amos Royden continues to be entirely professional. Please respect my privacy and Chief Royden's dignity. I remain your honorable mayor, with the emphasis on "honorable."

Thank you.

Ida Hamilton Walker

Mossy Creek Books

Mossy Creek
Reunion at Mossy Creek
Summer in Mossy Creek
Blessings of Mossy Creek
A Day in Mossy Creek
At Home in Mossy Creek
Critters of Mossy Creek

My mama always said...

"In the winter, especially when it was cold, and seemed to be raining all the time (or even snowing a little bit--in South Carolina we had an occasional snow storm) for seemed like days on end, I would ask my mama when was it going to stop raining and clear up so we could go outside and play. Her answer was, 'When you see enough blue sky to make a Dutchman a pair of britches.' So now when it's rainy and cloudy, and after awhile when I get tried of it, I'll start searching the sky to see if there is enough blue to make a Dutchman a pair of britches."

--Honorary Creekite Barbara Lyle

Strange News and Weird Advice

Submitted by Harry Rutherford, PhD, aka "Dr. Bigfoot"

A law firm in Tallahassee, Florida got in trouble for putting pit bulls in the firm's ads. The Florida Supreme Court ruled the ads insult the legal profession. No word yet on pit bulls suing lawyers for defamation.



For more great recipes, read the Mossy Creekand Sweet Teabooks!!!

Dear Readers and Honorary Creekites –

It's Valentine's Day weekend in Mossy Creek, and the circus has come to town. That is, "Cirque du Europa,” a small, quirky, touring group on its way to its next show date after performing in Atlanta. When the troop's main bus breaks down in Mossy Creek, every Creekite with a spare bedroom is enlisted to host the stranded entertainers. What better way to solve all the local romantic dilemmas than by adding a group of professionally extroverted strangers to the mix? Cupid is running for cover.

Look for the full story in the next Mossy Creek novel, At Home in Mossy Creek, published in February 2007. We'll also be unveiling a beautiful, brand-new look for the series' covers, and you don't want to miss it! In the meantime, get a preview of the shenanigans of At Home in Mossy Creek by reading this free short story, Be Mime.

Farmer's Wisdom:

If you hear thunder in December or February, you'll see frost in May.

Walking the Creek Beat
Amos Royden, Chief of Police
Mossy Creek

Regarding Mayor Walker's comments?

"No comment."

Bubba Rice Old-Fashioned Soda Biscuits

2 cups flour (not self-rising)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
2 tablespoons lard
1 cup milk

Sift the dry items together, add the lard, then add the milk while you slowly stir (a fork is good for stirring dough). Roll the dough out on a floured board to about 1/2 inch thick, cut into biscuits. Bake at 425 degrees for about 15 minutes.

Old-Fashioned Beaten Biscuits

4 cups all-purpose flour (as always, this means not self-rising)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 cup lard
1/3 cup milk mixed with 1/3 cup water

Mix the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Add the lard and knead until you have a coarse, mealy consistency. Add just enough milk/water to make a stiff dough. Knead the dough then place it on a floured board.

Beat the dough for about 30 minutes. Turn it several times. The end result should be dough that "pops," and feels both smooth and elastic.

Pull off small chunks and shape into smooth balls by hand. Place on a cookie sheet; then be sure to prick each biscuit with a fork, making 3 rows of holes. Bake in a preheated oven at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes. The biscuits should be a light, golden brown.

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Mossy Creek Gossip

Courtesy of Katie Bell at The Mossy Creek Gazette

Here's some "dirt" on our rivals down in Bigelow: The Mossy Creek Garden Club bested the Bigelow Garden Club in the annual gardening awards competition despite nefarious attacks by Bigelowans Ardaleen Bigelow, Geraldine Matthews, and Helen Overbury. They CHEATED by infecting Creekite Eleanor Abercrombie's roses with root gall and by setting a pig loose in Mimsy Allen's herb garden. But our revenge was sweet when judges disqualified Ardaleen, the governor's mother (and older sister of our mayor), after discovering that her poppy garden (planted by sly inmates from the state prison), included illegal opium poppies.