My Hair Wasn’t The Only Thing That Was Flat (And Another Giveaway, Too)

All righty. A list!

1) I’m a little sick of myself right now. Just in case you were wondering.

2) Before Karla installed my re-design, something in my WordPress was broken. Because of all the brokenness, I had to type in any code – like for links, formatted text, etc. – by hand. But now my WordPress is fixed, and I can link and italicize and LO, EVEN MAKE WORDS BOLD (see what I did there?) with the click of a single button. My life has meaning again.

3) Book signings are listed over here. You win, non-Facebook people. :-)

4) Today I initially thought that I was going to have a very promising hair day, but then I stepped outside, and it seemed like I could actually hear the volume leaving that critical crown area. I tried to fluff it a bit after we left the house, but I could not revive it. It was flatter than a pancake and deader than a doornail. And I kid you not: within five minutes of my hair-tastrophe, the tire pressure light came on in my car. A few weeks ago I ran over a nail and had to have my tire patched, and today, apparently, I ran over a good-sized bolt. I know this because our favorite / beloved / blessed-among-men mechanic pointed out said bolt when my flat-ish tire and I arrived at his shop.

You’d think that I spend all my free (spare? get it?) time driving leisurely through construction sites.

Needless to say, it was not a good day for my hair or my tire. But the good news is that I ordered a new tire (the hole was in a place where it can’t be patched), so I’ll be back in fine tire form tomorrow. I’m afraid that I cannot say the same for my hair. Because OH, THE HUMID.

5) Here are the winners from yesterday’s giveaway. Thanks,

106 – Susan (comment on 5/28 at 10:11pm)
180 – Angela (comment on 5/28 at 11:44pm)
245 – Kim (comment on 5/29 at 6:39am)
381 – Glennell Strawng
518 – Sarah at 32 Flavors

Y’all will get an email from me later tonight with info about how to claim your prizes.

6) When I was growing up, Mama almost always cooked a hot lunch straight from Daddy’s garden. We’d have fresh corn, blackeyed peas, fresh tomatoes, fried okra, fried eggplant – or whatever delicacy happened to be growing at the time. We usually didn’t have meat for lunch unless it was leftovers, but more often than not, Mama made cornbread. And for some reason, when she’d make cornbread at lunch, she’d use a cornstick pan that had belonged to her mama, my Mamaw Davis.

And that’s the prize for today’s giveaway: a cast iron cornstick pan. I didn’t even know that anyone still made them, but I’m so happy that they do. Whoever wins the cornstick pan will also receive two copies of A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet – one for the winner and one for friend.

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So there you have it. A cornstick pan and a couple of books. Just leave a comment if you’d like to enter to win. I’ll close comments in 24 hours.

And if you made it all the way to the end of this post, please accept this invisible certificate as a token of my appreciation. You are a champion. No doubt about it.

This giveaway is now closed.

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  1. Lori M. says:

    My mom has a cornstick pan that came from my papaw. I loved that pan as a child. I thought it was so neat when your cornbread was baked in it. I would love to win this cornstick pan and copies of your book.

  2. My mom had a similar pan. Hers was aluminum. Jiffy corn sticks beat corn muffins any day!

  3. Amy Childs says:

    Sounds like my grandmother’s cooking…. I would love some purple hull peas and creamed corn right now, although I prefer a biscuit :)

  4. I’d love to win the cornbread pan, but I’d REALLY love to win your book!

  5. I love the cornstick pan. It brings back childhood memories!

  6. Love the pan!! xoxoxo

  7. My husband loves to have cornbread baked in pans like these! We don’t own one, but his Mimi always made it this way.

  8. Michelle says:

    It’s not a meal without cornbread, and who needs meat anyway? I grew up with those same type meals….the best!

  9. Melissa H says:

    The corn stick pan reminds me of my childhood.

  10. I would love to win the cornbread pan and the books! Pick me!

  11. I would love to share this with my daughter. I have one for myself and love us some crispy cornsticks!

  12. I love cornbread – and cast iron corn stick pan is a wonderful prize!!!! Can’t wait to read the book either.

  13. Ruthie says:

    I’ve never seen a pan like that. Too fun!

  14. Blackeyed peas? Those are good, of course, but did you not have PURPLE HULL peas?? Because if you have not had them, you have a treat awaiting you in heaven or wherever on earth you are blessed enough to have them. Now my mouth is watering.

    We have two cornstick pans, but I haven’t used them in awhile. You make me want to get them out and re-season them.

    Can’t wait to read your book!

  15. Shannon says:

    Pick me! I would have to re-gift the corn bread pan because my son is allergic to corn so alas, I don’t bake cornbread (sad face), but I really want to win your book!!!

  16. Girl, I just started reading your book – and I love it so far :-) cant wait to read lots and lots more of it right now when I go snuggle in my bed! yay!

  17. Emily E says:

    Fun!! I want to win.

  18. That’s loverly. Thanks!

  19. Jen M. says:

    My hair is the exact opposite: the higher the humidity goes, the bigger my hair gets! I feel it laughing at me when I leave the house in the summer.

  20. Oh my goodness! My husband’s grandmother, Mama Dot, was the first to ever make these for me. She’s 90 now and doesn’t cook anymore, but these are my husb’s FAVE style of cornbread. A sweet little father’s day gift, perhaps????? :)

  21. We had a cornstick pan when I was growing up and didnt realize they still made them either! How fun!

  22. Jan N. says:

    I would love to try a corn stick pan! But even more I would like to win your books!

  23. I’ve always wanted one of those pans. My boys would love it too! So looking forward to your book.

  24. Can’t wait to read your book!

  25. Meagan says:

    You’re precious!

  26. jennifer says:

    Oh the humid! I don’t have a hair issue, I have a 9 months pregnant issue. It’s something when all you have to do to get wet is walk outside for a bit.

  27. Love the idea of all fresh vegetables with cornbread for lunch! No meat needed. My mama still does that for me sometimes. And I am 53!

  28. Love how you cling to those sweet memories! I’ll never forget my Mammie’s green beams straight from the garden.

  29. I love cornbread!

  30. I just recently started reading your blog and enjoy it very much. I would love to win both the pan and your book!

  31. Rachel Haney says:

    I’ve never had okra! I feel like this should possibly be fixed.

  32. sheespatti says:

    I remember those, my Mom has one and I would love to have one too! Can’t wait to read your book!

  33. What a fun pan! And I can’t wait to read your book.

  34. Emily B says:

    Sign me up! I’d love to eib

  35. Emily B says:

    *win…I’d love to win.

  36. Cheryl Stanley says:

    love that pan… and southern lunches

  37. Courtney Sloane says:

    Oh, that pan is the cutest thing. Our cornbread just came in a castiron skillet, and lo, it was delicious.

  38. We ate out of my great-grandmother’s garden when I was growing up. Sometimes she just handed us napkins and a salt shaker and we’d just eat the cucumbers and tomatoes sitting right in the middle of the garden.

  39. Traci C says:

    Oh my goodness! My mama had a cast iron cornbread pan just like that! Brings back such sweet memories! I would love to win a copy of your book & the pan would be a bonus :)

  40. LeAnn Maroney says:

    I have the exact cornstick pan that was my grandmother’s. But I would love another one, and mostly two copies of your book!!

  41. Kari Browder says:

    Yes, please!

  42. I already have the FABULOUS book, but I must enter to get a chance at that darlin’ cornbread pan. I would love to have two books to give to friends! :)

  43. I love the direction these giveaways are going! My grandmother has a pan just like this!

  44. Rebecca Osman says:

    Oh, I love cornbread! My mom uses the same type of mold. I can’t wait to read your book!

  45. Vicki Esh says:

    My mom used to make cornbread in a pan like that. I always loved it that way. . .easier to dip into milk!

  46. I would LOVE to win this prize! I have many cornbread-related childhood memories. My great-grandmother, grandmother and mom all made/make what we called pones of cornbread on the stovetop in some sort of two handled, hinged oval aluminum pan. They would pour the batter in the hot pan/skillet thing and let it cook for a few minutes. Then, you would hold tight to both handles and flip it over to cook on the other side! I have spent probably 15 years looking for one of these contraptions for my own kitchen – to no avail. It literally wasn’t until I was an adult that I realized that cornbread could be made in an oven or in any shape other than oval. If anyone in Boo Mama land knows where one of these pans/skillets/things may be, you will fill an oval shaped hole in my heart that only a cornbread skillet can fill.
    And also? We would eat leftovers crumbled in an amber colored plastic cup and filled with milk.
    See – very strong and detailed cornbread-related memories.
    But I can’t remember to buy toilet paper at the store when I go to the store to buy toilet paper.
    And finally, brevity is not my Spiritual gift.

  47. LeslieR. says:

    Now I want cornbread crumbled up in a glass of milk…there is really no better snack.

  48. I love my cornstick pan!

  49. I love homemade cornbread! And thank you for my certificate. I will hang it in my two story library in my imaginary palace!

  50. Breanna says:

    I would love to win! I already know who would get the other book too!

  51. I can’t wait to read your book. I am so excited about it!

  52. I have never seen those before! How fun!!

  53. Heather Reeve says:

    My great grandma had one of those and the cornbread was just delish!! Sweet memories!

  54. Nikkiguthrie says:

    So looking forward to this book!!! We scour flea markets for the old cornstick pans and found 2 so far!

  55. Anna Beth says:

    That pan would be so fun! Cannot wait for your book!

  56. Amy Parker says:

    I would love to win! I love your blog, you are so funny! :)

  57. Melissa M. says:

    I LOVE those pans! I don’t know why, but the cornbread just tastes better cooked in one of those. : ). Ooh, I really hope I win. Can’t wait for your book!

  58. This Marietta, Georgia family would love to win the cornbread pan and my daughter and I would love to read your book!

  59. Tammy Elrod says:

    Can’t wait to read the book!

  60. Cynthia says:

    Summer in the south, humidity,Mosquitos, homegrown tomatoes and cornbread.

  61. Sure would love a copy of your book! And, though my grandmother taught me to make cornbread in a skillet, I like the challenge of trying that fancy cornstick pan!

  62. Come on, lucky random number generator! Mama needs a corn stick pan and two of those glorious books to share with friends!

  63. Roseann says:

    My grandmother make cornbread sticks in a pan like this— ohhh, sweet memories! My mama has her pan now and for the life of us, we can’t make them like her. Maybe a new pan and a book to share would be just the ticket to motivate us to try again! Can’t wait to get a copy of your book!

  64. I love cornbread, I love cast iron, and I love your sweet blog. Can’t wait to read your book!

  65. My mamaw had one of those, too! And… drum roll please….. I introduced the fam to FRIED PICKLES last night.

    They had NEVER heard of them, let alone eaten them.

    My papaw would be so disappointed that they have gotten this far in life without his favorite snack in the whole world.

  66. Rebekah Bloyd says:

    What a fun giveaway! The cornstick pan reminds me of my grandmother:)

  67. I always called these corn cob cornbread pans in my head. Now, they will be corn stick pans forever!! When I was little I wanted one of these, but of course, my mama wouldn’t buy me one. Winning one would be a childhood dream come true!

  68. I pray tomorrow will be a better hair day for you. ;)

  69. Ellen P says:

    With this pan, I might just break down and make my husband some cornbread.

  70. Ooh! I want to win! How fun is that cornstick pan? And, I really do want your book and would love to share one with a friend!

  71. Thanks for giving the opportunity to win the pan and your book.

  72. Hope to win! Congrats on the book! My grandmother used to make corn sticks in a pan just like this one.

  73. I would love to win :)

  74. Girl, i grew up with dishwater blonde, stick straight baby fine hair.
    I once had my mom give me an ogilvie home perm-back then they stank! After the 45 minutes was up, my mom took the papers and rollers out and viola-my hair was straight!!! And stinky!! It was just crimped at the ends. Needless to say, i had some jacked up hair for awhile :) Good thing i was just 9!
    Todays, it’s clarilols’ nice and easy dark medium blonde
    With a little bit of gray. I have yet to find something
    That would give my hair a little body-short of electrocution lol.

  75. I believe these pans are a staple for any true Southerner. My grandparents had one growing up. I didn’t know you could still get them either. Good memories reading about the fried okra and cornbread. I will need to make some cornbread pronto now!

  76. My mama still uses her pan. I’d love to have one just like hers! And two books would be perfect — one for me and one for my big sister!

  77. I love to make cornbread when I make chili- so please pick me– and the books would be icing on the cake.. well cornbread!!! ha!!!

  78. Julie C says:

    Love cornbread made in a cornstick pan – love having my own stick of cornbread brown all over. Counting the days til your book is released – I have it on my planner.

  79. I’m looking forward to reading your book. The corn stick pan would be a nice bonus!

  80. Amanda D. says:

    Love this! Reminds me of my southern roots!

  81. Sounds like summertime lunches my mom used to fix. Always had cornbread. I have your book on Pre-order thru Amazon, but could share with friends if I win. Thank you.

  82. So fun! Reminds me of my grandmother! Two copies of your book would be really awesome!

  83. Love these…

  84. Amanda Hansen says:

    I can almost taste the cornbread that would come out of that pan! Yum!

  85. Cindy L. says:

    Well, isn’t that nifty!

  86. Natalie M. says:

    My grandmother used that same pan!

  87. Can’t wait for your book!

  88. Loved your blog today! My hair went flat today for no apparent reason. I’d like to blame it on the humidity, but I live in Colorado, so I’m sure it’s not nearly as humid here as it is in your neck of the woods. Either way, if I put any more product in my hair to make it do ANYTHING other than just lay there, it will eventually all fall out… I’m sure!

    BTW…Thanks so much for the awesome certificate. I’m so very impressed!!!!! :O)

    I’m a northern girl so I’m familiar with cast iron and even with cornbread, but I never knew such a thing as a cornstick pan even existed!!! But then again, I’d never heard of okra before I was in my mid thirties and thought the first time I had grits you ate it like cream of wheat with milk and honey. I know…it took me a while to complete my entire education. LOL! All that to say, I would love to win this phenomenal gift and try it out! What I would love most, however is to review your book. My friend Holly Smith has just been raving about it so I’m excited to get a copy. If I could WIN a free copy and then not only win one but two….well that would just be an incredible blessing!!!

    Thanks for all you do!

    Monument, CO

  89. We could eat cornbread at every meal.

  90. I love that cornbread pan!!!

  91. Aunt Annie says:

    We must be twins…I have a sweet tire man also!

  92. sugar bostick says:

    I would loggerheads to win the books!!!! And the pan! So sorry about the haircatastrophe!

  93. my grandma had one. i loved it.

  94. anotherlisa says:

    healthy, fresh food, cooked with love. such memories you stir in me!

  95. Love a good cornbread stick!! Yum!! Would also love a couple copies of your book!!

  96. My mom has a cornstick pan! I tend to do cornbread muffins now.

  97. Timmarie says:

    Love the corn pan. And I have the perfect friend to give your book to (and I will read it in 1 sitting).

  98. Brenda Branch says:

    I will give the book and the pan to my daughter in law

  99. Oh, I loved hearing about your lunches as a child. My mom always made cornbread or biscuits. What a great give-away!

  100. You’re a mess! Listened to my first podcast, ever, of you and Melanie. Somehow 40 minutes of concentric skin circles and hair products kept me riveted. :)