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Among the other food items (ill-gotten gain) Mother passed on to me from the trucker's wife was instant grits. I had no idea what one does with grits, but it looked a lot like Cream of Wheat, so that's how I fed it to my kids, after tasting it to see how it was. After that, I had no interest in grits. Cream of Wheat was available in stores, so why buy an imitation?
But this book made me long for the actual experience of eating old-fashioned grits like it was fixed by the poor mountain folks in the Appalachians. My first problem? I couldn't find anything at Walmart but quick grits. Also, the recipe I was following called for yellow grits, and I haven't found those anywhere for a reasonable price. I did find some old-fashioned white grits on Amazon, and settled for those. This morning I halved the author's mother's recipe because I already had breakfast. This was my first mistake; I should have cooked the grits according to the box they came in, since the grits I cooked were so dry as soon as I mixed them in, I knew something wasn't working. I kept adding water, as little as possible each time, to be able to even stir it. However, after all that effort and thinning, when I added the small amount of cayenne, some black pepper, and a hunk of butter to the finished product, Cliff and I agreed that we both like it. We were quite surprised.
Remember a while back when I said I was going to take a break from Words with Friends for a few days? Well, I did that, but it didn't cure me by any means. I am still addicted to the game. Now I will tell you, if you aren't familiar with how the game works, that some of the words they let you use are ridiculous, words like "QI" or "hae". But if you just make up a word that isn't a word, the computer won't let you use it. You eventually learn to roll with the flow; it they count it as a word, I'm going to use it. You gradually memorize all these "non-words" that aren't really words, so you can use them in a pinch. There have been two people who have complained about the type words I use. There is a rather primitive message system that lets players chat as they play; I'd rather it weren't there, since it's often used by spammy folks acting like they are army majors looking for a poor old woman to take to the cleaners. I found if I take my own picture off my profile and either put my dog or a picture of my husband and me together, nobody tries to romance me. But here's the message that went on between me and some person I'm playing today:
That's the last I've heard from the person. Below is the game she/he and I are/were playing.
By the way, that individual wasn't as rude as the other guy (below) who complained using cuss words. He accused me of not using words at all, although the game was accepting them as words. I assume he meant to type "this guy" instead of "this gay", but who knows? Since he seems to be a word expert, he could be anything.
Oh yes, you run into all types playing Words with Friends.
Have a great day.