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Desert Recipes and Creations using Jellies and Jams

            We are still praying for rain here in NW Louisiana, turning into a dust bowl here in the country.  Don’t think they realize how sever it is in the city, their grasses are still green.  I heard a local pecan grower saying somehow the pecan crop is going to be a pretty good one, somehow.  The trees went through a drop for a while, but those that did stay on the trees are good.  Just hoping the trees make it through the winter.

            With all that in mind, we need to keep our “chins up” and keep on keeping on!!  The Lord is watching over all of us, rain or shine!!

            I want to share another of my deserts today using Strawberry Fig Preserves.  What a delight!!

Strawberry Fig Preserves Logs

1                    cup all-purpose flour

1                    teaspoon baking powder

½         cup butter or margarine, melted and slightly cooled

1                    egg, beaten

1          teaspoon milk

1/3       cup Strawberry Fig Preserves

¼          cup butter or margarine, softened

1                    cup sugar

1                    egg beaten

1                    teaspoon vanilla extract

1                    (7-ounce) can flaked coconut (optional)


Combine flour, baking powder and ½ cup butter in a medium mixing bowl, mixing well; stir in 1 egg and milk.

Press mixture into a greased 12x8x2 inch baking dish.  Spread jam over mixture; set aside.

Cream ¼ cup butter in a large mixing bowl; gradually add sugar, beating well.  Stir in remaining egg and vanilla, mixing well.  Add coconut (if desired) and stir well; spread mixture over jam.  Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 30 minutes.  Cool and cut into 3 x 1-1/2 inch bars.

Yields about 1-1/2 dozen log style bars.


            We have an oven outside that we use on these hot days, and I do miss the smell of the breads and desserts in the house, just waiting for cooler weather to come, and the fireplace.


            Think I will fix this one for an evening after our church revival!!!


For now, The Gourd and Jelly Lady of Rocky Mount, Louisiana, that is….


Desert Recipes and Creations using Jellies and Jams

            Try to fill your days with the excitement of trying some new, unusual and delicious treat!!  It may be helpful during these days of the heat and drought like it is in Louisiana.  We are still praying for rain here, although, I know some northerners are suffering from too much rain.  The underground aquifers are even drying up in Louisiana. 

            The following Peach/Satsuma Marmalade Bars are easy to make and oh, so yummy!!

Any preserve you enjoy may be substituted.

            We hope you will try this, if not now, save it for future use!!


Peach/Satsuma Marmalade Bars


1-1/2   cups sifted all-purpose flour

1        teaspoon baking powder

¼    teaspoon salt

1-1/2   cups quick cooking oats, uncooked

1        cup firmly packed brown sugar

¾   cup butter or margarine (I use unsalted butter)

¾   cup Peach/Satsuma Marmalade, may substitute any jam or preserves you prefer



            Combine flour, baking powder and salt; stir in oats and sugar.  Cut in butter with a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse meal.

            Press two-thirds of mixture into an ungreased 11 x 7 x 1 inch jelly roll pan.  Spread preserves over surface; sprinkle with remaining oats

mixture.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes.  Cool, cut into 3 x 1 inch bars.  Yields about two dozen bars.



With Lagniappe from Louisiana

The Gourd & Jelly Lady

of Rocky Mount, Louisiana That Is...


Desert Recipes and Creations using Jellies and Jams!!

Desert Recipes Using Jellies and Jams

                Since I have been working with so many fruits making Jelly and Jam creations, I decided to explore using them in cookies and other deserts and snacks. 

                 I will be sharing a different desert recipe every week and hope there will be many enjoying and trying these creations too!!  

                If you have any recipes you would like to share, let me know and I will try and have it posted so we all may enjoy!!

                 We hope you will join us each week and enjoy!!

                 This week we would like to share using Strawberry/Fig Preserves to create little “Pastry Pillows”.

This is such a lovely desert or snack.

As Always, The Gourd and Jelly Lady of Rocky Mount, Louisiana, That is!!

Pastry Pillows

1    cup butter, softened

1    8-ox package cream cheese, softened and cut up

2    cups all-purpose flour

1/4    teaspoon salt

1/2    cup strawberry/fig preserves

1      egg, lightly beaten

1      tablespoon water

             course sugar

1.  In a medium mixing bowl, combine butter and cream cheese.  Beat with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds.  Add flour and salt.  Beat on low speed just until combined, scraping bowl occasionally.  Divide dough in half.  Cover and chill for at least 1 hour or until dough is easy to handle.

2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  On a lightly floured surface, roll half of the dough at a time until 1/8 inch think.  Cut dough into 2-inch squares.  Place half of the squares on an ungreased cookie sheet.  Place about 1/2 teaspoon of the Strawberry/fig Preserves in center of each square.

3. In a small bowl, combine egg and water.  Brush edges of squares on cookie sheet with egg mixture.  Top with the remaining squares.  Using the tines of a fork, press edges to seal.  Brush tops with egg mixture.  Sprinkle lightly with coarse sugar.

4. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown.  Transfer cookies to a wire rack; cool.  Makes about 52 cookies.

TO MAKE AHEAD:  Layer cookies between waxed paper in an airtight container; cover.  Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.


Local Harvest and Ball Canning Jar

Goodmorning, I wanted to share with you the Ball Canning Jar Company has put a link to Local Harvest and to Farmers Markets nation wide.

If you go to the Ball Canning Jar Company website you may sign up for their email updates, they have some wonderful ideas.

The link to the web page to see Local Harvest link and Farmers Mkets links is


For now, The Gourd Lady of Rocky Mount, Louisiana, that is...


Bees, Woodpeckers and Figs in my garden!!

Well, this morning there is an addition to my fig picking friends!!  Up until today I have been enjoying my fig picking time being shared with the Woodpeckers.  This morning I learned I will have to get up really early to try and beat the bees, honey and bumble bees.  The figs are so sweet, they are covering those on the high part of the tree.  I am safe as long as I keep the lower part picked though.

I am always happy to see the bees though, with all of the talk about the wrong kind coming to Louisiana.  Here at Rocky Mount the Lord is still sending the Honey Bees to our gardens!!  It does make me pick more carefully, as the bees are really sharing with me.  It was interesting when I noticed there were none on a new smaller fig tree that is bearing for the first time this year.  There were not bees on it.  I tasted a couple of the ripe ones and found out why, they were not sweet, guess I am going to have to scrape some of the floor from the barn and put it around that tree too.

Since the Bees are sharing, I will be able to have plenty for the fig preserves this year!!  Working on many of them now.

For now, The Gourd Lady of Rocky Mount, Louisiana, that is...


Our Gardens and Orchards

What a joy it is harvesting our figs.  One of our trees is huge now and keeps getting bigger.  Backing up to the barn it has so much nourishment the cows left on the floor.  It is the healthiest Fig tree I have ever seen.  

Being so huge, I have to get on the barn and climb ladders to reach many areas, and go under the limbs to reach other areas.  This also allows us to leave certain areas for the birds.  I love it being just the woodpeckers and me in the tree!!  Those woodpeckers talk up a storm, like they are fussing at me for taking their food, and other times, it seems they are laughing at me!!! 

Whatever the birds and I are saying or doing, the "tree" still brings a bounty for both man and the creatures of nature!! 

And now it is time to get to work on those Fig Preserves!!

for now, the Gourd Lady of Rocky Mount, Louisiana, that is...


Our Gardens and Orchards

We have been busy this year with the garden and the rains have been coming more often.  In the northern parts of Louisiana we don't get as much rain as in the south, thank goodness, the gourds rot because of it in the south.

For a while we had a drought situation and the birds and animals were coming in more often to munch, even took out my herb garden, left the Basil after yanking it up.

Had to invest in another Scarecrow Scare Eye sprinkler to try and protect the peach orchard from woodpeckers and other birds; the squash and almost everything else form the deer (they even eat the potato tops).  I cannot figure out what they like about the squash leaves though, and gourd leaves?  All in all, I still love to see them during the day nibbling in the shade, and cleaning up the pears the crows have knocked down.....just don't let them start in on my hibiscus, I believe that would be ... another story!!

For now, The Gourd Lady of Rocky Mount, Louisiana that is...


Purple Martins and their family!!

Today I took more time for fun, and to me that is watching the Purple Martins.  They are very busy feeding their young and before long they will be teaching them to fly......then before it gets too terribly hot they will be gone.

It is already in the mid 90's here, so they need to hurry up....hotter earlier this year it seems.  With our humidity, the heat seems worse.  When we go to Phoenix to visit our daughter, it does not seem as hot due to the lack of humidity.  I know why she loves the "big sky country"!!

I want to share a picture of one mother Martin feeding her baby and another atop the wire on guard.  They were diving at me the whole time trying to keep their young safe.  Didn't mind me as long as I did not move though.

Well, that didn't work getting the picture into my blog, so I will do some more checking into putting picture here and post it in an upcoming entry.

For now, The Gourd Lady of Rocky Mount, Louisiana, that is....


Deer In My Garden

I have read about many deer repellent and tried a few, the most cost effective, until now, is the garlic and egg mixture.

 I say, until now, I had not heard of what a family in my church has come up with.  The father and son sleep in their garden to keep guard over it and keep the deer out.

Just imagine what a fun activity one could turn this into, actually camping out under the stars in your garden. 

This I know will work, and is the most cost effective, depending on the mosquito population, and how heavy one sleeps.

I can only imagine the conversations that a father and son could come up with, especially, if they're Faith is as strong as I know these two people are.  Looking at the stars and actually thinking and seeing what our creator has done for us!!  What a time for a father and son, could not be get any better.

For now, The Gourd Lady of Rocky Mount, Louisiana, that is...


Our Gardens and Orchards

Hope everyone is enjoying this wonderful weather.  I spent a good part of the day in the peach orchard, at least it was me and the woodpecker!!

Woodpeckers absolutely love peaches and plums and are not embarrassed to join humans in the trees.  I decided to share today, while I was picking that is.  When I leave the orchard I restart the Scare Eye Sprinkler to at-least keep the crows out!!  I do hope they clean-up the grounds for me though.

Finished the day off making fresh batches of Peach Preserves.   I love it when the pan is to the bottom, and there is still just enough for that handy piece of bread, of course with peanut butter too!!  We have to keep our strength up, you know.

Since my husband is a military retiree, we observed Memorial Day at church yesterday, would rather not go to town to any of the observances, so we stayed home and enjoyed our farm life.

I hope to have the Peach Preserves up and on our store this week, they are absolutely wonderful.

And, YES!!  The gourds are growing great too in the field, managing to keep the deer away, so far.

For now, The Gourd Lady of Rocky Mount, Louisiana, that is....


Who Dat Nation and Oil Spill

I don't know if any of you follow the National Geographic News, but they have so much of interest to us all.  They have just reported today, the Deep Water Oil Spill by BP is not only killing the rest of Louisiana's Wet Lands, which are so precious to us all, it will leave the pipe lines exposed and cause even more danger.  Evidently the Marshes provide protection to the Pipelines that are laid on the coast lines, not only from the weather, sun, and other elements that cause damage, but also ships!!! If you would like to read more news from the National Geographic News the link is:

 I hope you DO get distracted by all of the wonderful research and discoveries they have on this web page!!

My next post will go to a more "joyous" subject.....we all need more joy in our lives and must not focus on the dismal, except in our prayers!!!

For now, The Gourd Lady of Rocky Mount, Louisiana, that is!!


Who Dat Nation and Oil Spill

I thought some of you may be interested in the Teletown Hall meeting that the National Wildlife Federation is having to inform people about the possible damage to wildlife and how people can help deal with the Gulf Oil Spill.  The following if information from the National Wildlife Federation.  They also have a Facebook page.

Teletown Hall on the BP Oil Spill

Impacts to Wildlife and How You Can Help

Join us this Thursday, May 27th at 8pm EST for a 30-minute Teletown Hall on BP oil spill's impacts to wildlife and how you can make a difference.

RSVP by Wednesday at noon (EDT) and we will call you as the conference is starting on Thursday.

Experts from the National Wildlife Federation will give first-hand accounts of the damage and the latest news on one of the worst environmental disasters in our nation's history.

Join the call to get your questions answered. 

The catastrophic oil spill threatens the health of coastal habitats and the survival of wildlife in the short term and the long term. 

We must raise awareness about the impacts to wildlife, support efforts to hold oil companies accountable and rally lawmakers to act by passing policies that will protect our environment and give us safer energy choices.

Find out what you can do by joining our Teletown Hall this Thursday.

For now, The Gourd Lady of Rocky Mount, Louisiana that is.....


Who Dat Nation and Oil Spill

Yeah!!!  Our Governor is finally calling out the Corp of Engineers to work

to protect our coast.....just a bite late though!!   Not waiting for permission...

just doing it!!

Be watching the New Orleans area for the black t-shirts and the funerals they are getting ready for, our coasts!!

The Gourd Lady of Rocky Mount, Louisiana, that is!!


Who Dat Nation and Oil Spill

If you would like to read some interesting facts, and true you should read the National Geographic News Blog Pages. A Oceanic Scientist has testified to a before the Congressional Committee over the investigation that not only is the oil spill going to affect the Gulf Coast, but it is going to have an effect on the whole world. 

The element they have been spraying to breakdown the oil is just as bad, if not worse than the oil to the wildlife.  Man is not supposed to inject the product, so what is it going to do to the wildlife and plant life in the Gulf and farther away areas that it is going to infiltrate.  It takes the oxygen from the water, plant and animal life cannot live without the oxygen.

 If you are interested in more information, please go to the National Geographic News and see more information and some of the best photos yet of the oil sludge meeting the marsh lands.  BP did not stop National Geographic from entering.  They may have stopped the news media, but not National Geographic.

Many people are staying in close contact with they Senators and other representatives by emailing, writing or calling....and yes, they are responding.  They did to my email.  Many people in Louisiana "Dirty Cajuns" are taking to the beach in unorganized clean-up to get ready for the sludge before it hits.

 For now, The Gourd Lady of Rocky Mount, Louisiana, that is


Tomatoes in our garden

We suddenly realized the May-haws are ready!!  Time to "get with it" for that wonderful fresh May-haw jelly......

It seems there are so many things going on this time of year, one tends to forget what was pending from a day or two the egg and garlic deer repellent that I mixed up two days ago and left in the greenhouse!!  I know it was supposed to set a couple of days, but with the heat, it should be good and ready.  Think I will "stand back" when I open the lid on the container.  It does not appear to be fermenting and bubbling, yet?? 

This should definitely repel something/someone, maybe me.

We have the Scare Eye motion activated sprinkler out, so, hopefully the deer have not been snacking on the gourd foliage or the squash, but to make sure, I am spraying, if I can stand it, the mixture!!  Time to get out the cheese cloth and strainer so I can spray!!

 Will keep you updated on how it works.

For now, The Gourd Lady of Rocky Mount, Louisiana, that is!

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