Monday, September 30, 2013

The Werewolf of Georgia

In west-central Georgia, lies the rural community of Talbot County. Even to this day, the area is scarcely populated and highly wooded. As the story goes, in the 1830s there was a prominent family who lived there known as the Burt's family. They owned a large spread of land, a huge home, livestock and even slaves.

Widowed in her thirties, Mildred Burt found herself with seven children to raise alone. Being smart and thrifty, Mildred was able to put her children through school and send two daughters to Europe, when they turned of age.

One of the daughters, Isabella, returned from Europe a changed person. She suddenly began to suffer from insomnia and roamed the countryside during the dark of night. Isabella began to leave her long hair unkempt and her eyebrows bushy. Her teeth became pointed, from a possible a dental disease. Not long after Isabella's strange new appearance presented itself, came the reports from local farmers. At night, they were hearing strange, eerie cries, and the next morning, discovering their livestock dead. The animals were not eaten but drained of their blood.

Suspicious and concerned for her daughter, Mildred followed Isabella one moonlit night. The local farmers had formed a posse to find and kill whatever was killing their livestock. When Mildred spotted Isabella, she was holding a large knife over a newborn calf. Mildred yelled at her daughter, as two shots rang out. So filled with fright, Mildred passed out. The predator was not caught, but from the blood curling scream, the farmers knew they had injured it.

The next morning, Isabella was missing her left hand. As soon as she healed, Mildred sent her away to a doctor in Europe. The doctor specialized in the treatment of lycanthropy, a psychological disease that makes one believe they are a werewolf.

During her absence, there were no suspicious deaths of livestock. Isabella returned several years later. After her returned, there was an occasional report of an animal found dead; drained of its blood.

Isabella Burt died at the age of seventy, in 1911. Her grave site is in Woodland, Georgia's Owens and Holmes Cemetery.

Some locals believe the werewolf is still out there, waiting for the next full moon, and readying itself for the next kill. So, if you ever find yourself in Talbot, GA, during a full moon, listen closely for the cries of Isabella, Georgia's own werewolf.

A Special Thank you to the following sources:


Miles, Jim (2006). Weird Georgia. New York, N.Y. : Sterling Publishing.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Simply Elegant, FREE Place Cards

 Leaves as Place Cards

Elegantly, FREE Place Cards

This is so simple and all it costs is time. Magnolia leaves will work most any time of year, but if you are having a fall wedding or event and your colors reflect the season, you may want to use oak or popular leaves that are turning.

All you need is time to choose the prettiest leaves and a paint pen.
Leaves as Place Cards

Friday, September 27, 2013

Easy, Illuminated Ghost

Easy, Illuminated Ghost


Use bucket from our entry No insect, Bright Outside Light
Heavy white fabric cut in a rectangle or oval shape
Double Shepherd Hook Plant Hanger
Now, we tell you to use a heavy white cloth because we tried a sheet and the Shepherd hooks were visible through the material. It also doesn't drape as well as a heavier cloth. Here, we used a white, 100 percent polyester fabric. The amount of material you will need will depend on the height and width of your plant hanger. We suggest taking those measurements and doubling both to get the size you will need.
Place the illuminated bucket over the top, center pole of the double hook hanger. Drape the material over the top of pole, making sure that the bucket is completely covered; material should be about the same length from the ground on both sides. At the very top, pull material up about a foot and allow it to drape like the hood of a cloak. At the top, take the corner of one of the sides and wrap it around the front. Play with the draping of the material until you get it the way you want it. For all you Lord of The Rings fans, we were going for a Ring Wrath look.
For other effects, try black or orange light bulbs.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

No Insect, Bright Outside Light

These lights are inexpensive to make, put out a lot of light and don't attract insects. They are great for camping or for a night event where you want good lighting but no bugs.

And since these buckets don't get hot, they can be used during Halloween parties. You can use a sharpie and paint faces on them. Drape them with sheets to make illuminated, floating ghosts. Install a orange or black light to give a festive glow. The possibilities are endless.


White 5 gallon Bucket with Lid
Electrical Light Box
Single Ceiling Light Bulb Fixture
Exterior approved Extension Cord
Light Bulb
Epoxy or Screws

We picked up our 5 gallon bucket and lid at the Home Depot for just under $5.00. They also have them in the paint section at Walmart. We also used an old, exterior extension cord that had a raw spot on it that was about to be thrown out for safety reasons. Cutting below the raw spot, we still had several feet that were good.

Start by opening your bucket and at the center of the bottom, epoxy or screw down your electrical light box. Allow it to dry if you glued it. Next, drill a  hole in the side, towards the bottom. The hole should be just slightly larger than the size of your extension cord's diameter. Thread the extension cord through the hole.

Now, you're ready to wire the extension cord to the light fixture. Cut and remove the cover off about one inch of the extension cord, exposing two color coated wires. Now, remove about one inch of coating off those wires. Attach one wire to one screw and the other wire to the second screw.

Attach the light fixture to the light box. Install a bulb and place lid on bucket. Its ready to use. When you are finished using the light, the extension cord can be pulled into the bucket for storage.

Alternative Method

White Bucket with Lid
Clamp Light
Heat Resistant Epoxy
Light Bulb
Remove Clamp and shield from clamp light. Drill a hole about half way down one side of the bucket. The hole should be a slightly larger diameter as the end of the light fixture where you screw the bulb in. Next, mix epoxy and line the hole with it. Insert screw in-side of light fixture into hole and hold it in place while epoxy cures. Once epoxy dries, place lid on bucket and its ready to use. This method provides an on/off switch, but the cord can not be stored inside the bucket like the above method.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Red Oak Creek Covered Bridge

This beautiful covered bridge was built in the 1840s by a freed slave. Its the oldest and longest surviving bridge of its kind, in the state of Georgia. It was constructed with about 2500 wooden pegs. Though its been kept up by the Georgia Historical Society, you will notice from the photos, that disrespectful teenagers have used it as a hangout.

About half way between Gay and Woodbury, Georgia, its a true hidden treasure. Right off Highway 85, you could drive within a quarter mile of it and never know it. Look for Covered Bridge Rd., a paved road that soon turns to dirt. Travel the dirt road to this nostalgic, beautiful bridge.
The bridge is still open to vehicle traffic, though I'm not sure how much longer this will be so. Floor boards on the northern end of the bridge has fallen in disrepair. Walking across that area seemed a bit treacherous, with one board so bad that a small child could fall through. Use caution when walking the northern, uncovered end of the bridge.
Woodbury, GA
South Entrance

South Entrance

Example of the crisscross construction

Notice the floor boards running parallel to the bridge for vehicle traffic.

Ceiling with old wooden shingles
Example of wooden pegs used to construct the bridge

Northern Entrance

Northern end of bridge that is not covered

View of Red Oak Creek from the bridge

Thursday, September 12, 2013

North Georgia Trout Fishing

Please be sure to check your state's regulations and acquire your trout stamp before fishing. These guys were fishing with kernels of canned corn. The trout loved it.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Christian Unity Sand Ceremony Vows

Christian Unity Sand Ceremony Vows

Unity Sand Ceremony Vows


Just as the Lord molded us from the earth,                Bride

Just as the Potter reshaped us from the broken clay,

Just as God made us from one,

                                    Today we
                                    unite two hearts,

Two souls,                                       

                                    Two families,

Bride & Groom

As one.


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The Easiest, Most Delicious, Cresent Apple Dumplings

Cresent Apple Dumplings Recipe

The easiest, most delicious, apple dumplings recipe . . . ever.


2 Apples (Cored and peeled)
2 Sticks of Butter
1 tsp. Vanilla
2 Cans of Cresent Rolls (8 ct.)
2 Cups of Sugar
1 - 12 oz. Can of Mountain Dew
1 tsp. of Cinnamon
Preheat Oven to 350 degrees.
Cut each apple into 8 slices. Microwave apples for 3 minutes on high. Roll each piece of apple in a cresent roll. Place rolls in a greased casserole dish. Pour Mountain Dew over cresents. Melt butter, sugar, vanilla and cinnamon together, then pour over cresents. Bake for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, cover cresents with foil and bake for another 10 minutes.
So easy and so good that you could make them most any night for dinner. I usually start these before I begin cooking dinner, so they are usually done by the time I finish putting our meal together.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Safer Acne Treatment

Use toothpaste on pimples

Safer Acne Treatment

Salicylic acid, the first ingredient in many acne treatments, can be harsh. Pregnant and breastfeeding women are not suppose to use it. Children under 19 are not to use it while sick with the flu or chicken pox. Anyone using blood thinner can't use it due to the fact that it works as a thinner. Though very minimal, Salicylic acid causes increased cranial pressure, so anyone that suffers from hydrocephalus or migraines should not use products containing it. So, with all that said, here's a safer alternative to treating pimples.
Use any whitening or peroxide containing toothpaste to dab on pimps. Allow the paste to dry and leave on effected area overnight. The pimple will be visibly smaller by morning.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Sweet and Savory Wasabi Soy Chicken

Recipe for Wasabi Soy Chicken

This one requires some planning ahead but it is well worth the work. The dish is sweet, savory and delicious.


4 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast
1/4 cup Teriyaki Sauce
1/4 cup Soy Sauce
1/4 cup Honey
2 tsp. of Wasabi Powder
In a microwaveable safe bowl, pour in Teriyaki, Soy, Honey and Wasabi. Microwave on high for 10 minutes. When finished cooking, whisk all ingredients together. Allow to cool, then refrigerate for a few hours. Making this sauce a day ahead will be better. After the sauce mixture has set, add chicken and allow to marinate over night. When the chicken has marinated; grill over low heat. When juices flow clear, the chicken is done.
For dinner parties, you can also slice chicken breasts length-wise, place on skewers, and then grill. These are fabulous alternatives to hot wings.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

How to Color Sand for Wedding Unity Ceremony

How to color sand for sand unity ceremony
Wedding Sand Unity Set Available at

With the popularity of sand unity ceremonies in weddings, colored sand is in demand. Prices of these sands vary from $3.95 a pound to $7.00 a pound. Folks, don't pay big money for colored sand. It is just too simple to do it yourself.


White Sand (You will have to buy the craft sand) Play Sand will not work as well. The Dollar Tree is now selling this in its craft section.
Food Coloring
Disposable Gloves
Bucket or Bowl (must be one that you don't care if it gets dyed)

Dump about a pound of sand into a bucket or bowl. Pour 1/2 teaspoon of food coloring into sand and mix with your gloved hand. Add more food coloring until the desired color is reached. Spread on Newspaper and allow to air dry. Once dry, store in Ziploc or similar container until you're ready to use.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Southern Scrambled Burgers

Scrambled Burger Recipe
Some of my fondest memories as a child consisted of me getting off the big yellow bus and walking straight into my grandmother's house. I have no idea how she did it, but she had the perfect icy Coca Cola down to a science. She must have put that sweet elixir in the freezer the same time everyday without fail to serve with my "snack". She'd also have the most delicious hamburger waiting for me. 

I was truly blessed to have had such a wonderful southern lady as my grandma. Though I was young, I sometimes helped Granny in the kitchen, so I'm fortunate enough to remember how she made those melt in your mouth, face covering, bites of heaven. Of course, no matter if I made these exactly as Granny made them, they'd never taste as good . . . she made hers with love.
I miss my little Granny Conner, but she gave me so much wisdom, laughter, and love in the time I had her that she will never be forgotten.
Thank you Granny for all the good times and for passing along your knowledge and traditions. I love you. Until we meet again, I'll try to keep your traditions going . . . like scramble burgers, icy Cokes, throwing water on stray dogs, and of course, saying your favorite quote, "Lord, God" before any sentence of shock. "Lord, God; you nearly spilled them youngens;" has to be my favorite.


2 lbs. Ground Beef
1 Small Onion (diced)
4 Tbsp. Ketchup
4 Tbsp. Yellow Mustard
Dash of Garlic Salt
Black Pepper
In a large skillet, brown Ground Beef. Toss in onions and cook until caramelized. Drain fat from beef.  Season meat with garlic salt and black pepper. Turn heat to low and pour in Ketchup and Mustard. Cook for about a minute, stirring constantly to keep the condiments from burning. Scoop a serving spoon full and press onto bottom half of bun, then press the top half of bun onto meat. Serve immediately.