|Elizabeth Crigger Scokin|
While her closet is full of couture and 4-inch designer heels, shopping for me involves browsing my favorite bookstore wearing shoelace-less Chuck Taylor’s.
It takes all kinds, right? Some are destined for the runway. Some dream to write about it.
Elizabeth grew up in Blytheville, Arkansas, a few miles north of my hometown. The streets are lined with old southern homes and evenly spaced shade trees, planted by forward thinking city planners decades ago. Overlapping branches form a natural arbor leading to the charming storefronts along Main Street. In the 1970s, downtown Blytheville offered a variety of retail and restaurants options. It’s where we did our back-to-school shopping. Plus, there was a new Sonic near the Interstate.
Elizabeth brings glamour into the kitchen.
A few weeks ago one of my friends was stumped on what to wear to a business conference, the appropriate attire noted on the invitation as Delta Casual. Who better to ask than Elizabeth, the Delta’s own fashionista? Her answer included “for night, a great gold or silver belt for twinkle…” I don’t own a gold or silver belt. I was thinking more boyfriend jeans… Oh my.
My fun collection of aprons includes mostly vintage ones picked up at flea markets. A bit kitschy, they feel and smell of another time. I imagine the ladies who wore them fifty years ago, and the large family meals they prepared.
Two years ago, my mother added to my collection giving me the most amazing apron, perfect for my annual Halloween party. Bright orange netting with a billowy black satin sash, the apron is trimmed in rows of black and purple rickrack. It’s an original Haute Hostess design – Samantha from the Give Me Sugar Collection. It is the only designer item hanging in my closet. And I wear it with my pearls, of course. And jeans and boots…
|Me and Samantha:)|
Elizabeth and I share the same mantra – if you follow your passion, great things will happen. Even for two farmer’s daughters.
2 c extra sharp cheddar cheese
2 sticks butter – melted
2 c plain flour – sifted (I NEVER sift flour, but Pat Crigger probably did…)
1 3/4 T tabasco
dash of red pepper
2 c rice crispies
Mix together cheese and butter. In another bowl, mix flour, tabasco and red pepper. All the flour mixture to the cheese mixture and mix in the rice crispies. Refrigerate until slightly firm – firm enough to roll into balls.
Roll into marble size balls. Arrange on an ungreased cookie sheet and mash with a fork. Cook for 13-15 minutes at 350 degrees. Perfect fall appetizer!
|Spicy Cheese Wafers|
“You can never be overdressed or overeducated.”
― Oscar Wilde
Elizabeth Scokin says
Thank you for such a charming lovely story about our families and my Haute Hostess Aprons.What a fantastic treat! Love, Elizabeth
Your blog has become part of my continuing education. You never cease to amaze me!
You need an apron:)
You just HAD to go and put a cheese straw/wafer recipe on your blog where I could see it. Just HAD to.
Do I even OWN a flour sifter?
I own one that I’m thinking of growing basil in…
Beautiful post! I need more aprons! I must try those yummy looking wafers too. 😉
Nice to “meet” you. I’m following and wanted to say THANKS for visiting Inspiration Cafe!
Thank you Sherry! Yes, we all need more aprons!
Elizabeth, has been a BFF throughout our lives. She is the kind, energetic, personable, caring person that is described in the blog today.
I guess you can say, “The apple didn’t fall far from the tree” because her Mother, and her sister, Ann, were just the same.
Her success is not a surprise to any of her friends, because she always had high-hopes, expectations and dreams. Her modeling career was a plan throughout life, and I remember sleepovers, when all we talked about was when she would become a successful model, not if.
That smile she portrays is her attribute and very genuine. I am truly honored to say that I was a part of the “Crigger” family, and got to see the wonderful lady, and Mother she has become.
I love my dear friend, and I am so very proud of her!
Cindy Conley Anderson
Thank you for the sweet comment! I was part of the Crigger family too. Guess that makes us sisters:)))
Kelsey Erickson says
Great story, Mom. I think you both do farmers’ daughters proud.
Robin Loyd says
I would never ever use the term generic to describe you. When we were growing up, I was always facinated by you. You were so funny and smart and pretty(not that you aren’t now). I enjoy each of your blogs. You’ve got me kind of thinking about the whole blog thing too. I want to share some of the stories that have happened to me in 27 years of teaching. Great story! I didn’t know you collected aprons.
write a guest blog for Grace Grits Garden?
Robin Loyd says
Something to think about. I’ll get back to you. Thanks for the offer.
Brought back lots of memories – great story. I thought of Charles just yesterday when I played basketball with Taylor. :). I’m about to get my “holiday” Haute apron out soon!
Danni Baird @ Silo Hill Farm says
Thanks again for visiting my blog…You are still a no-reply blogger…this is so easy to fix and you can find how to do it here:
Your cheese wafers look awesome and I would like some at this moment!
I think I fixed it! Thanks:))) And thanks for reading/commenting…
Generic and indistinguishable-NOT. Great story!
Steve Finnell says
you are invited to follow my blog
Be sure to bring your Halloween apron to E. S. I have a Snoopy/candy corn shirt. We may do our own trick or treating this year!!!
Staci Sandquist says
OK, I made these wafers and obviously did something wrong. The recipe above (when I pull it up anyway) is kinda jumbled. Maybe I left something out….?