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. What a great pan! Thanks for the chance to win!

  2. I would love to win the darling corn stick pan, but I am more excited about getting to share a copy of your book with my bosom friend, ML. Thanks!

  3. Wow! I’ve never heard of such a thing but it looks so cool! Count me in!

  4. I have never in my life heard of that sort of thing – but it looks fancy and would be a great gift for my mom. The books on the other hand – well I would be keeping one of those for myself! PS pleeeeease pass along the mechanic shop you use in Birmingham. I’ve come to the realization that a college girl is easy to take advantage of $$ wise when it comes to getting her car fixed. Go figured.

  5. Brandi P says:

    I would love to win.

  6. Laura Stultz says:

    Cornstick pan?! Never heard of one! Would love to win it. My kids would think that corn sticks are awesome. Can’t wait to read the book.

  7. The humidity is terrible. There’s not even any point in pretending that fixing my hair is going to withstand it. We’re going to be swimming through it in just a few weeks. Love the cornbread pan. My grandparents had one just like this.

  8. My Mamaw cooked cornbread out of a very similar skillet. I would love to win that but I would REALLY LOVE to win two copies of Salty!

  9. Good Luck to me!

  10. I am also amazing they still make those! I thought the only place to get them was flea markets and the like. My mom has several antique ones but I have none. Also, I really wanna read your book. : )

  11. Jennifer C says:

    I would love a copy of your book.

  12. I need some cold milk to put my crumbled cornbread in:)

  13. I love fresh veggies from the garden during the summer. I totally feel your pain on the the hair/humidity issue. Sometimes I think what’s the point? I can’t wait for your book!

  14. Jenny D says:

    I’d love to win a copy of your book. The pan would be icing on the cake. :)

  15. My grandmother had a pan just like that! Wonderful memories of her cornbread! Would love to win your books even more than the pan!

  16. Thanks for the chance!

  17. Oh my! How fun is that – corn cornbread. I would SO make that. I can’t wait for your book!

  18. I just moved to the south. This pan and your book need to live in my house! Thanks for making me giggle about the humidity! My hair is no longer up to me…it has its own agenda now! So ya, I’m the girl with the crazy hair that has awkwardly says, “no ma’am” at the end of every. other. sentence. No worries…I’ll get it ;)

  19. shanlystep says:

    Can’t wait to read your book! Would love to be able to give this pan to my mother…she makes the BEST Mexican cornbread…and Mexican cornsticks would be fabulous, too, I’m sure!

  20. JustBetty says:

    Anticipation of the book release *and* a official cornbread stick (pone?) cast iron beauty? Swoon.
    But its the daily sneak peek into the worth that is BooMama that has me downright giddy.

    Wondering how many pink hearts I can put in a comment box before I’m asked by security to please follow them out of the Internet.

  21. I have never heard of a cornstick pan, but then I grew up in Alaska. Not a lot of Southern food up there at the time, at least. I cannot WAIT to read your book. We aren’t sick of you at all, if that helps.

  22. I would love to win a book!

  23. Love this and would love to give a friend a book!!

  24. I would LOVE to win either, but my heart would be super excited to win your book!!!!

  25. I love those pans. But I’d love to win the book even more!

  26. As a northern girl I sure hope a great recipe accompanies that fantastic pan :) So looking forward to your book!

  27. Well. I’d love to win me a pan with a side of most excellent reading material, but I kinda already feel like a winner just reading all of these lovely comments filled with sweet memories :)

  28. Cornbread, yum! My mom and grandma’s cornbread is so good. Maybe one day mine will turn out just as delicious.

  29. I am southern through and through yet I have no cornbread pan passed down from Granny, MeMaw, or Big Mama. I did not realize what I have been missing all these years.

  30. Cool giveaway! I would love to win! Look forward to reading your book!

  31. I can taste the cornbread already!

  32. jan propst says:

    I love cornbread. And would love the cute pan. And your book looks like a good read.

  33. Amy in Italy says:

    Oooooooomy Italians would sooooo dig this! Thanks Sophie! Wishing you and your hair a better day.

  34. Margaret says:

    fixed peas, corn on the cob, fried okra, tomatoes and corn bread for lunch Sunday. The corn bread was made in an iron skillet. I have my Mama’s corn stick pan like that one but my son doesn’t have one and he cooks a lot. Besides the more corn bread and buttermilk the better, right! oh forgot the Waldorf salad which my husband ate all of except my one little serving before lunch the next day

  35. I would love to win your book….Have been waiting for it to come out…..

  36. I would love to win!

  37. Yay! This is a great item. Reminds me of my grandmother’s kitchen!

  38. How fun! Fingers crossed

  39. Can’t wait to read your book! Does the pan come with instruction on how to keep the cornbread from sticking?

  40. So sorry about your hair and your tire! What a day!
    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  41. Jennifer says:

    What a cute pan!

  42. Marilyn says:

    I have a friend waiting to borrow my copy already! Can’t wait to get it!

  43. Jessica says:

    My grandmother used to make us cornbread sticks all the time growing up!

  44. Lynette says:

    I remember eating corn sticks that my grandmother made. I wish I had her pan but would love to win this one, especially since it comes with your book!!!

  45. I rarely enter these things. But that pan? I’m in!

  46. Yum! I love cornbread with fresh cucumbers and green beans from the garden.

  47. I remember seeing that pan in my grandma’s kitchen! Would love to win a copy of your book and to make some great cornbread too!

  48. Pat Futch says:

    What a neat give-away, Sophie!

  49. Sorry about your hair :(

  50. I pre-ordered my book – but I have 2 friends I’d love to share with. Oh, and making the cornbread in that pan would be a delight!!

  51. Missy K says:

    I would love to win– a prize to enjoy and one to share– what could be better?

  52. Lori H says:

    I would love a cornstick pan to death! So to speak…I share your hair vs humidity problems so please accept my sincere sympathies!

  53. Kristi W says:

    oh I love it!

  54. Carrie says:

    The real question is: Do you like your cornbread sweet or not? Sweet for me! Can’t wait to read the rest of your book. The excerpt was so good!

  55. I would still love the book. I never heard of a cornstick pan. It would be fun to try it.

  56. Aunt C says:

    So looking forward to reading your book! Winning a corn stick pan would be awesome, too! :)

  57. Cute pan. My girls love cornbread.

  58. Just got a new recipe!!

  59. I wish I had a cornstick pan like this! Looking forward to reading your book!

  60. Oh the pan …. such cuteness. My friend and I would love your book – thanks for the chance to win!

  61. I would love to make cornbread in that gorgeous pan for my family!

  62. Love love love the cornbread! Ready to read the book!!!

  63. Janie Buckley says:

    Would love to read your book and the cornbread pan reminds me of my grandma.

  64. My grandmother had one of these! Can’t wait for the book.

  65. If I win, will you share your cornbread recipe?!

  66. I love cornbread! Yum.

  67. My grandma had a cornstick pan, too! I just had a flood of memories when you started talking about hot lunches. Lunch time was my grandparents’ big meal of the day. I love reading about your family and traditions!

  68. We’re feeling the humidity here too. In fact, our news station has a “Haircast” graphic and they tell us every day what kind of hair day it will be…we’re in the season of bad hair days. Hello, humidity!

    This pan is too cute!

  69. These bring back some memories! Would love to win one and your book as well. Thanks!

  70. My mama has one of the cornbread stick pans!!

  71. Courtney C says:

    My husband and I keep talking about buying this pan!! I think he grew up with them too :)

  72. Rebecca says:

    Love me some cornbread!

  73. This non-Facebook person thanks you! My husband’s grandmother had one of those cornstick pans. She didn’t use it much, though, since she always cooked like she was cooking for an army with huge pans of cornbread. Thanks for the chance to win your book and the pan!

  74. Oh, I remember those cute pans! Thanks!

  75. Wanna win and whip up some cornbread!!

  76. Rachel says:

    Love the pan, would love the book!

  77. Mmmmm there is nothing like fresh veggies and cornstick cornbread! Save a bite of cornbread to cut the sweet…that’s how we do it!

  78. OMG!! love the cast iron pan!! So unique!!

  79. Darcie says:

    As a born Northern-native I have never seen such great pan for cornbread! It looks like so much fun to use. Let’s hope today is a better hair day for you (and for me, as humidity has settled in New England today too).

  80. I am in! Although I have no idea how to actually cook in this pan, but I would LOVE to read your book!

  81. You pick the best give-away prizes ever!

  82. My mom has one of those pans! Would love to win.

  83. Jenna Y says:

    Cornbread is a passageway to the soul in my house. And my friend and I would love the book!

  84. Jenna Y says:

    Cornbread warms the soul! And I can’t wait to read the book

  85. Chesley says:

    Ooooo! How fun!

  86. Tonya Weaver says:

    My mom did the same things. Corn sticks made from my Mamaw’s old iron “corn” skillet. And the veggies from the garden…wish I could grow them like my Papaw did. Yummy!

  87. Oh! I’d love to have that pan and a copy of the book. Count me in!

    I’m having hair issues in the Humid today too. And to add insult to injury, I have to go renew my Driver’s License. Why do I even try?!

  88. How cool is that pan? My kids would have fun with that.

  89. My grandma used that too!

  90. It never fails, if I’m having a good hair day, the WIND here in Oklahoma blows it all away. I feel your flat pain! Love cornsticks; so much fun!

  91. Jill C. says:

    Oh my! The sight of that cornstick pan conjures up many happy memories. My Mama still uses hers to this day. Pass the cornbread, please!

  92. Johanna says:

    Tx for a great give away, Sophie!

  93. My kids love corn bread. This Pam would make it portable!

  94. Jessica M says:

    Would love to win. Yay for the book release

  95. WOuld love to win the cornbread pan. Love your blog. Thanks for the giveaway. Can not wait to read your book….

  96. Can’t wait to read your book…and I would love the cornbread pan!

  97. I swear you lovely ladies in the South have the best stuff! If I win the pan I will need a good cornbread recipe to go with it. I love Ohio, but part of me always thinks I should live below the Mason-Dixon line. :)

  98. Love the pan — and the book!

  99. Pick me, oh random generator! I have no clue what a corn stick pan is (and I’m from NC!), but I’m willing to learn!

  100. Mandy S says:

    Our cornbread was always made in a glass pie plate and therefore served in triangles. This pan would make it much more fun. :-)