BBQ and writing, writing, writing!

June 8, 2017


To take a break from staring at the computer all day, I got down to the bay to take a walk before the storm.

Well, I’ve been locked away writing my fingers to the bone! Almost everything for my book has been done, and I’m just in a stage of rewriting and polishing up some new things. It’s actually fascinating to learn how this is all put together. My publisher told me my book will be paperback, and at first, I was not happy about it. But he assured me it was standard for first books these days, then, I looked on my shelf and saw Fannie Flagg’s first book, which is probably one of my all-time favorites, “Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man.” and it was in paperback. So . . . I’ll live with it. Also in paperback? The Bible. I’ll be okay.

Harrison came home on Memorial Day weekend and we celebrated a late Mother’s Day. I can’t believe he’s going to be a college senior next year! And Joseph will be a high school senior! Actually, I’ll be the only non-senior in the house! hahaha!!!

Anyway, I’ve been so busy, and didn’t get to teach Vacation Bible School this year, so I’m sad about that. I’ll go up to the church on the last day to see my son’s video he made. The kids love him and he has a great time, and there are worse places for your teenager to be than helping with Bible School!

I’ve been neglecting my family, who for some reason still wants to eat, and while I work, I’ll throw something like this in the oven. I don’t think it bothers them at all to eat anything from Sister Schubert!

My story in this week’s paper at is an older one I freshened up, which they don’t mind. Their readers are all over the state, and only my readers here on my blog have seen it before about three years ago. It’s about one of the biggest differences that drives me crazy about newcomers to the South. They say, “Hey, let’s barbecue,” but they mean COOK-OUT or GRILL. While I was working on this story, I was, of course, craving REAL Southern BBQ, so I ate at Moe’s in Daphne a few times. It’s delicious, authentic, slow-smoked good stuff.

You can read the BBQ story HERE.


Okay.  Time to get back to work.

Happy summer weekend to all of you!


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  1. I know you are happy to be working on your book, it’s a big deal! I’m sure your family won’t mind Sister Schubert’s hot out of the oven. The BBQ looks so good, i love their food. Great pic of you and your family. Have a wonderful summer Leslie Anne…….

    1. Thanks Emily. Even though part of it is stressful, to sit and have an excuse to write, write, write is kind of nice. Solitary creativity. I must be an introvert way down deep inside, because I hated having to close my computer and get up and go to the store. (for more Sister Schubert).

  2. Hahaha! You are so funny! One of my exes (who did NOT come from Texas but rather Wisconsin [gasp!]) thought we were so funny down here when we said “cookout” instead BBQ. What did he know? His mother used to say “We’ll “see once” what we can do. Was that opposed to”see twice” I always wondered?

    Your family looks like a prototype for a perfect America family. Be proud.

    1. I’m assuming he’s an “ex” because of the Wisconsin connection. I have an Alabama friend who is a true Belle who married a Wisconson man. It’s taken her years to put him on the path to understanding things like BBQ and “mashing” buttons! But he still wants to wear cheese on his head.
      Bless your heart for your effort. He’s a better man for it, I’m sure.

  3. I am very excited about your book…I an writing one as well, another reason the blog has been neglected, but I am afraid to mention my book in case I never finish it. Have a great weekend!

  4. Busy busy, but it will be worth it. I am so excited for you. Good looking family too. I know as a mama that we can get them all together and to pose for a picture that life is good.

  5. Having had sampled BBQ from different parts of the globe. I will say that I am partial to Alabama style. And it is sacrilegious to consider BBQ and cookout the same thing.

    1. I know South Carolina thinks they have the best, but maybe I need to go up there and try it again to help me decide! I found BBQ in Georgia to be sweeter than Alabama’s. So interesting how it’s regional.

  6. Thank you for pointing out the distinction between bar-b-q and grillin’! It’s very simple. One involves bar-b-q sauce and the other does not! I think they get it “wrong” everywhere north of I-10, west of Mississippi, and east of Pensacola!

  7. I think Sister Shuberts does count for cooking, you had to put them in the oven, right? I laughed out loud when I got to the punch line in your story, burger!! Definitely good, but definitely not in the BBQ good category. It’s up to us Southerners to teach the rest of the country, they have so many things backwards…Your book will be a great start to setting things right!!

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