Hello, everyone! I hope your week was good. My week was a lot better than it has been. I am so grateful for it. I have been able to get a few things done around the house. I still can’t do any heavy lifting, getting down on the floor is not going to happen. It would kill me.

I’ll just stick to the simple things. I was going through some things that needed to be thrown out, I ran across an article that was written in the Tennessee Magazine last year and I want to share them with you.

Bill Carey, the Tennessee History Guy, writes it. This is for all of you. If you are like me, I forget where I put things and can’t remember where they are or what is written on the pages, so we are going to have a lesson in Geography. That, by the way is spelled to help you remember how to spell the word—Geography: “George Eden’s Oldest Girl Rode A Pig Home Yesterday.”

I am a history and geography buff. I’ve always loved these subjects.

The title is “Nine things about Tennessee geography that may surprise you. What you thought you knew about Tennessee’s caves, rivers, borders and much more.” (Tennessee Magazine, Jan. ‘Email15) We’ll be looking at nine, but will start this weekend with No. 1.

“Although Tennessee History for Kids focus is history obviously, the organization also tries to help teachers teach Tennessee Geography.

“For the early grades, this, this means concepts like Tennessee’s three Grand Divisions, four principal cities and three main river systems. For the older students, this has required me to dig a bit bigger. As I have done so I’ve come across some things that for lack of a better phrase--make you go “hum….”

“1. The Mississippi River is not the western boundary of Tennessee.

This one stumps people of all ages and all walks of life. It would seem that everyone in Tennessee is taught that the Mississippi River is the state’s western boundary. It was at one time. After the Chickasaw Purchase of 1818, the Mississippi River became Tennessee’s western border. Since that time, however, the river is now miles from the state line.

This is why the site at Fort Pillow, a Civil War fort built on the river, is now landlocked. This is why two communities in Tipton County (Reverie and Corona) are west of the Mississippi River. Because of the movement of the Mississippi River, there has been much confusion about where the boundary is. There was a time when lawbreakers hid out in the area because of confusion about the boundary. The U.S. Supreme Court has heard at least nine cases about the controversy. So what’s the best way to explain it? As I understand it, Tennessee’s boundary with Arkansas is where the channel of the Mississippi River was in 1836, when Arkansas became a state. Tennessee’s boundary with Missouri is where the channel of the Mississippi River was in 1821, when Missouri became a state….”

I hope you find this interesting. I loved it! To be continued. We should try to learn something new everyday.

“And that’s the way I see it. May God richly bless you and yours this coming week! You are loved! Oh! There’s food around the corner! Enjoy!

Vegetable Pizza

2 pkgs. Crescent Rolls. Press in large cookie sheet. Bake 12-15 minutes in 350-degree oven. Mix and spread on cooled crust.

8 oz. cream cheese

1 pkg. Hidden Valley Ranch mix

½ cup mayonnaise

1 tbsp. milk

Spread over cream cheese mixture, chopped cauliflower, broccoli, red peppers and onion. Top with sharp cheddar cheese, Monterey Jack and Colby. Place in oven until cheese melts.

Okra Fritters

1 c. sliced okra

½ cup meal

½ cup flour

½ cup chopped onions

2 eggs

½ cup ripe chopped tomatoes

Salt to taste

Pepper to taste

Mix all together and make into patties and fry in your favorite oil. I add ground red hot pepper.

Spinach Parmesan

4-10oz. pkgs. Spinach, drained well

1 cup Parmesan cheese

½ cup chopped onion

1/3 cup whipping cream

2 tbsp. butter

½ tsp. salt

½ tsp. pepper

Combine all with spinach. Put in buttered baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

Tip of the Week

Never eat raw vegetables and raw fruit together they don’t make your stomach happy!