Thursday, September 3, 2009

A New Place

I have continued blogging under an new name.. A Bountiful Supply. Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, March 16, 2009


“The Irish–Be they kings, or poets, or farmers, They’re a people of great worth, They keep company with the angels, And bring a bit of heaven here to earth.”
~Irish Saying

I contacted my cousin Jeff Godwin who is a genealogy buff. He has traced my maternal line back as far as 1697 with verified records. DRUM ROLL..... both sides of my mom's parents are strongly from Ireland. So, the Davis clan that grew up in the mountains of Boone, NC are Welsh, Irish, and peppered with a little German from Great Gran Kline. Know wonder the Blue Ridge called us..... Happy Saint Patrick's Day to all.....Here is a note, mainly for my children to read, from my cousin Jeff...
"Hey cuz!! I have verified records of the Godwins back to 1697 from Virginia that came from Ireland. Before that are speculations but no written proof that our line of Godwins descended from Godwin Earl of Wessex to his son Harold ( The last English king). The one defeated at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. His sons escaped from England and William the Conqueror for Ireland. One of his sons Edmund is the one our line is from. I'm in the process of verifying this information. In regards to the Daughtry's I have no concrete proof but Grandma Godwin's family came over from Ireland (County Donegal) during the potato famine. I do have some records that indicate her grandfather but not 100% sure it is him. I will let you know the more I work on it." A link to Donegal

Sunday, March 15, 2009

St.Patrick's Day and Wales

I like St. Patrick's Day. I like green, Ireland, Colcannon, four leaf clovers, and that Spring is just around the corner. Somewhere along the way I was told we had Irish ancestry. With so many fair skinned red heads in my family I believed it. Well, an aunt and a cousin of mine decided to to an intensive and extensive search of my dad's parents... ie, my paternal grandparents. The surname Evans and Johnson are both Welsh. Especially my maiden name Evans. It is the 7th most popular last name in Wales as of the last census and Johnson is listed as # 10. (A side note here..Davis is very Welsh and is listed as number 6.) I have a copy of the ancestry that has Lott Evans of Glamorganshire, Wales on board the ship Welcome with William Penn. Here is an excerpt I found online which confirms the information my cousin found.
This Evans information below was compiled by Delaney Evans - excerpt from Evans family of the Cape Fear Section of North Carolina, as written to Mrs. William G. Holmes (Nee) n Rebecca Locke Evans. (

"The Evans family is of the Royal Line. John of Gaut, Sir Owen Tudor, Sir Edmund Tudor, and the House of Stuarts, was of that Family. The progenitor of the Evans Family of Cumberland County, North Carolina, was Lott Evans, of Glamorganshire Wales, said to have not only to be an intimate friend of William Penn, but a kinsman, and who with Penn, and his family, formed a part of the one hundred settlers, that set out from Deel England, upon a large and stately ship of some 360 tons burden called the "Welcome" with Robert Greenaway as master. While the voyage was commenced in late August 1682, adverse winds delayed the departure, the ship being detained in the roadstead, did not put to sea for many days thereafter. It was a long and melancholy voyage, and Small Pox breaking out, among them, some thirty settlers died en-route, being buried at Sea, Lott Evans among them. The voyage was not completed until October 1682 when a landing was made on the Delaware River in the Province of Pennsylvania, at a spot said to be in Kensington District, now within the corporate limits of the city of Philadelphia, later pushing on, further up the River to the Site of the present city of Chester. Lott Evans family included three sons, Thomas, Charles and John (Some authorities say the last named was Lott, Jr)...... Then all the begattin started that landed a descendent in the Cape Fear area of NC.. , I plan to make Colcannon on Tuesday. Here is a link to Glamorganshire Wales

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Some quotes I like from The Secret Life of Bees


I hadn't been out to the hives before, so to start off she gave me a lesson in what she called 'bee yard etiquette'. She reminded me that the world was really one bee yard, and the same rules work fine in both places. Don't be afraid, as no life-loving bee wants to sting you. Still, don't be an idiot; wear long sleeves and pants. Don't swat. Don't even think about swatting. If you feel angry, whistle. Anger agitates while whistling melts a bee's temper. Act like you know what you're doing, even if you don't. Above all, send the bees love. Every little thing wants to be loved."
Sue Monk Kidd

"Nobody around here had ever seen a lady beekeeper till her. She liked to tell everybody that women made the best beekeepers, 'cause they have a special ability built into them to love creatures that sting. It comes from years of loving children and husbands."
Sue Monk Kidd (The Secret Life of Bees)

"...some things don't matter much. Like the color of a house. How big is that in the overall scheme of life? But lifting a person's heart--now, that matters. The whole problem with people is...they know what matters, but they don't choose it...The hardest thing on earth is choosing what matters."
Sue Monk Kidd (The Secret Life of Bees)

"After you get stung, you can't get unstung
no matter how much you whine about it."
Sue Monk Kidd (The Secret Life of Bees)

"I wanted to know what happened when two people felt it. Would it divide the hurt in two, make it lighter to bear, the way feeling someone's joy seemed to double it?"
Sue Monk Kidd (The Secret Life of Bees)

"The first week at August's was a consolation, a pure relief. The world will give you that once in a while, a brief time-out; the boxing bell rings and you go into your corner, where somebody dabs mercy on your beat-up life."
Sue Monk Kidd (The Secret Life of Bees)

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Sweet Potato Biscuits and Bees

The Davis women, Secret Life of Bees and Sweet Potato Biscuits mix well together.. When the movie came out on DVD the plan was made, mostly by Meredith, that we would watch it together. Three of the Davis women did with two Davis men roped in. We all enjoyed the movie but as always the book was better. Throughout the movie sweet potato biscuits were made and talked about. That made us want some sweet tater biscuits. So, I set out to make them. Many recipes have lots of sugar. cinnamon, allspice... But I tweaked a traditional southern recipe without all the sugar. Here's what I came up with. My family's vote was for the wheatier biscuit. Enjoy.

3 cups all purpose flour (Mixture of unbleached and whole wheat you decide what combination).
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 Tablespoon baking powder
3/4 cup shortening
2 cups mashed sweet potatoes
1/3 cup buttermilk or milk if no buttermilk
  • In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder. Cut in the shortening (I like to use my hands) until it resembles coarse meal. Add the mashed sweet potatoes to the flour mixture (again, hands work really well). Add the milk, and mix .
  • Pinch off a small roll size and roll in palm of your hand. You may need to dab a little flour on hand so dough does not stick. Then place on a greased baking sheet. Pat it down a little. Bake at 425 for 10-15 minutes or until lightly brown on top.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Gleaning from the Cabinets

Yesterday I decided to do something about all the little bits of this and that in our kitchen cabinets and refrigerator. I pulled out 2 cereal boxes that could make one bowl of cereal, a little bit of crystallized honey in the bottom of a jar, one hard tennis ball sized lump of brown sugar, some out dated skim milk, about a cup of dry lentils, a couple of cups of dried pinto beans, one large can of crushed tomatoes, found a bag of shredded mozzarella, a little oregano, .... and more. I laid it all out on the counter and planned my course of action. I added some staples like whole wheat and unbleached flour and a couple of eggs and oil to the cereal and sugar remnants to make what I call cereal muffins. Made pizza crust from flour, yeast and oil to use the tomatoes and cheese and oregano. Voila! 4 large whole wheat crust pizzas. I did find about 6 olives in a jar I sliced and some onion to put on the pizzas. I pressure cooked the pintos while cooking some brown rice for burritos or just to eat together later. Made lentil soup from the rest of the tomatoes, some onion, a can of vegetable juice and the bean stock from the cooked pintos. I put some of the cooked rice in the soup and added a few cut up carrots. I went to bed with almost 2 dozen muffins, 4 pizza's, a large pot of lentil soup, one container of pintos and a container of brown rice in the fridge. All from gleaning the cluttery things in the kitchen. It felt good to "work" from home and enjoy what I was doing. I work out of the home 2 days a week. I had the thought of "working' a 3rd day to save almost as much as I make in one day out. Thus 3 days income. Thanks for sharing my life.....

Here's the muffin recipe Cereal Muffins

12 muffins

  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 cups breakfast cereal (like Raisin Bran, All Bran, Rice Krispies, any cereal etc.)
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Grease muffin pan very well..
  3. In a mixing bowl, beat egg and whisk together with oil, milk and honey.
  4. In a large bowl combine the dry ingredients; mixed well.
  5. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir just until flour is moist (batter should be lumpy).
  6. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full with the batter, and bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown

Monday, January 19, 2009

Children's Books

I have always loved children's books. Taking the children to the library was a highlight of our week. Story hour a couple of times a week was extra special. I would check out books just for me. Not grown up books but wonderfully written and beautifully illustrated children's books. The ones with the art you would love to frame and display somewhere in the house. In fact, I have two framed old Sunday school lesson pictures from the late 1950's framed and hanging in our bedroom. I have recently come across a couple of web sites that can make it a little easier to find wonderful children's literature. Now, with grand children I have a great excuse to check out kids books again! Thought I'd share. Enjoy. PlanetEsme , Just One More Book