Friday, November 4, 2011

Dessert Island Sightings

The Dessert Case on a Rainy Friday - November 4, 2011

See You Soon.  Bring a Sweet Tooth!!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Southern Plenty's Day to Day Menu

Please check our 
"Southern Plenty" facebook page
for Daily Specials Tuesday through Saturday:

Thank You
Don't Forget to Leave Time 
to Visit the Great Shops Up and Down Main Street SoBo!!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

The farmers market and our weekly specials

As summer is upon us, so is the official season of the local South Boston and Halifax farmers markets! Yeah! Two years ago I spent the market season selling my canned and baked good. I loved getting to know the local produce farmers and learned a lot about growing things in my own garden.
 I create our daily specials to follow whats being picked locally and try to deal with as many organic farmers as possible.  Since we make our food fresh daily ..... when an item is sold out.... thats it. We cant just run to the freezer and open a commercially prepared, always the same product. When opening our front door you dont need to ask whats cookin'. You can smell it. Its truly a labor of love.  Robert tastes every new thing Im working on and often helps me fine tune the flavor combinations. He also helps eat the leftovers on our days off! Check out our weekly specials on our facebook page. If you "like" us on facebook, you will get our specials posted on your facebook wall!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Dolly Cakes

For about 5 years I have been a part of an online group of women (and a few brave men) who initially met up talking about food and recipes but as in real life... quickly gave way to discussions of books, films and family. When Robert and I started thinking about the new shop and what exactly we would be doing , of course I would post ideas for feedback from this group of wonderful thoughtful people. They happen to live all over  the world and have given great insight. The past few weeks I have been thinking about an item I wanted to create for the pastry case at Southern Plenty. Not knowing about my search, an online friend, Megan (from California) posted the first recipe her mom taught her to make at age 6. She mentioned it originally came from Sunset Magazine which happened to be a welcome read in my house while growing up in Southern California. To the recipe I added cocoa powder to the batter, macadamia nuts and cinnamon sugar on top. When I asked Megan what her moms name was she said everyone called her Dolly. I knew that would be the perfect name for this new creation. It was inspired by a loving mom who inspired her daughter who inspired me. Thanks Dolly, thanks Megan.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Desserts for a Friday at Southern Plenty

Desserts for a Friday prepared by Mary (from top left to bottom right)

German Chocolate Muffins
Peanut Butter Cookies
Peach Cake
Raspberry Shortbread
Apple Caramel Cake
Strawberry Tart
Strawberry/Rhubarb Cobbler
Cream Cheese Muffin
Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding
Orange Chocolate Scone
Ginger Scone
Lemon Curd Tart
Chocolate Mint Cookie
Caramel Brownie

Bring a Craving!!

Oh yes, there is also Macadamia Nut Pie that we could not fit into the case.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

the new arrival

The new products are now on the shelf and we are ready to open this Wednesday! Finally! We had a sneak peek at Third Thursdays and we met some very nice new friends as well as many old friends.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

beautiful day in the neighborhood

It was a treat to watch as Mary pulled the brown paper from Southern Plenty's windows a couple of weeks ago and to be able to look out at our neignbors on Main Street.  All that was missing was Mr. Rogers to lead us in a little, “It’s a beautiful day in the Neighborhood”.  

One of the primary reasons we chose to open a  shop in South Boston was the tremendous commitment that theTown, the Downtown business owners, and the Citizens have shown in their revitalization efforts in Downtown SoBo.  We look forward to being a part of that. 

As Mary says in her telephone message, “You have reached Southern Plenty in South Boston, Virginia and we are “fixin” to open soon".  (I know none of the dictionaries list "fixin" and that dictionaries claim that "fixing" is a noun but I remember my Mother "fixin" dinner in Buffalo Springs and my sister, brother and myself "fixin" to do the chores.)

We are indeed working towards opening our Cafe/BookShop/Gallery but there are still a couple of items that need to be approved before we throw open the doors.  We are hopeful that we will be able to open before the end of this month. 
(In any event, we plan to open the Gallery and Book Shop portion for this month's Destination Downtown's Third Thursday celebration.  We hope to see you next Thursday evening and often in the future.)

Sunday, January 30, 2011

first impressions of the place I call home

Moving to a rural southern town, I was taken back by many new images and colors. I wanted to create a visual diary of my early impressions. This is still one of my favorite pieces that was created 10 years ago. The images have to do with family, seasons, planting, harvesting, land and sky and the energy between.  

Saturday, January 29, 2011

the beat goes on...... and on

After many set backs we actually seem to be making progress on the shop. Here is a quick peek of the food service area! This is the back room where I will have pre made sandwiches, coffee, my baked goods, sodas in the "coke" colored fridge and gourmet items for sale. The knob on the left is the staircase to upstairs. Im standing in front of the back side door.

A shot a bit to the right. The door leads into the 2 butt kitchen!

And a bit more to the right. The doorway leads to the front main room and the table seating.

Looking behind the counter. Im thinking this is the one and final layout as I can't move another heavy piece of furniture. ( Im finally posting these photos as Ive taken the day off with a stiff neck from o' haulin'. ) I seem to remember after our move from California to Virginia....... I told Robert we werent going to buy anything else unless he could lift it up, over his head by himself.  I should have listened. Really, this is going to be our best adventure yet. 

A view of the old timey yellow lino and one of 4 red metal tables. (The others will be for outdoor seating at the front of the shop.) Arent they cool?

Here is one end of the kitchen and the 3 convection ovens purchased from the Cold Stone ice cream shops in Richmond.   Our youngest, Audrey, was working there at the time and somehow knew her mom just needed these! Thanks Auds! Who would have thought back then we would be opening another business that included food! Certainly not I!