Saturday, October 30, 2010

Have a very happy Autumn Weekend, and I pray that God blesses you real good in what ever you do.
How many have had cold weather this week? Any frost yet? Here in the swamp it went down to 40° but no frost yet, I am not in a hurry either,. I have much to do before the first frost hits here and not up to doing so.
I made my honey some wonderful Apple Dumplings yesterday, he just loved them, really gobbled them up, and then had a tummy ache, lol, they are very good and just the right amount of everything. I will share my recipe if you like. I was talking with my son yesterday and when we were about to hang up I said talk to you later, God willing and the creek don't rise, we he laughed and I told him about a old saying and what it really meant, nothing like how we use most times. Here is the information I found about it, hope you enjoy as much as I did, I will post my dumpling recipe after this bit of Trivia.
Origin of Saying:
The first time this phrase was known to be in print it was written by a man named Benjamin Hawkins in the late 18th century. Hawkins was a politician in the late 18th century and early 19th century as well as an Indian diplomat. This was back in the day where American Indians and the white settlers were constantly fighting for the land in the United States. While in the south, Hawkins was requested by the President of the United States to return to Washington. In his response, he was said to write, “God willing and the Creek don’t rise.”

Benjamin Hawkins capitalized the work “Creek”. Therefore, it is deduced that what he was referring to was not a body of water at all, but instead was the Creek Indian tribe. The Creek Indians were also known as the Muscogee tribe which were located in the southeastern region of the United States (Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and Oklahoma). Since the Creek Indians were prevalent in the area where he was located, Hawkins knew that there was a great risk of the Creek Indians attacking.

This figure of speech is not only still used today, but the phrase is also in the lyrics of a 2008 song by the country music group Little Big Town. The song is called “Good Lord Willing” and the lyrics in the song say, “Good lord willing and the Creek don’t rise” instead of “God willing and the creek don’t rise”.


Apple Dumplings


1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 1/2 cups water
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
6 drops red food coloring
3 tablespoons butter
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup shortening
1/2 cup milk
6 apples, peeled and cored
6 teaspoons white sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon(I used 3 tablespoons of the cinnamon instead of using nutmeg too) 
2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
6 tablespoons butter

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine 1 1/2 cups sugar, water, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg and food coloring. Bring to a boil, remove from heat and stir in 3 tablespoons butter. Set aside.
In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Cut in shortening, using knives or pastry blender, until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Pour in milk, all at once, and stir to form a dough. On a floured surface, roll dough into a 1/4 inch thick, 12x18 rectangle. Cut into 6 - 6 inch squares.
Place a whole, peeled and cored apple in the center of each pastry square. Dust each apple with a mixture of the of sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Dot with a tablespoon of butter. Moisten the edges of the pastry square, bring the corners together at the top of the apple, and press edges together to seal. Place dumplings 1 inch apart on a baking sheet.
Pour the syrup over the dumplings and sprinkle with additional sugar, if desired.
Bake in preheated oven for 35 minutes, until apples are tender.


Dee said...

I hope your Autumn weekend is also blessed.♥ We have had a couple of good frosts in the part of Michigan where I live. I have been enjoying every minute of this beautiful Autumn the Lord has provided. Thank you for the information on the phrase...I had no idea where it came from, but have heard it all my life.

Terri said...

That story is too funny. I have a lady at church that uses that expression all the time so I know she'll get a kick out of knowing where it originated.

Thanks for the recipe too, Barbara!

Grammy Blick said...

I've heard -- and used -- that phrase all of my life, thinking creek instead of Creek. Even funnier, we have Cherokee in our background and should have had a clue on this one! Looking forward to trying your recipe, too. Nothing like baking smells of apple and cinnamon to fill a house along with tummies in the fall. Glad your healing -- yesterday couldn't be soon enough, I know.

Amy Kinser said...

What a great story. I never knew what that meant but have said it many times.

Those apple dumplings look great. Sorry about the tummy ache.

Anonymous said...

I have heard that saying before but didn't know where it came from. Thank you for enlightening me!

Sandra said...

I have an apple dumpling recipe but it uses crescent rolls, so I don't make them often. This one is homemade so I"m going to try it.

Anonymous said...

I am so pleased that November is here! Halloween just gets harder each year by those whom celebrate that wretched day! The dumplings look yummy!