Ginna Parsons


I write about food, homes and gardens for the Daily Journal. I'm passionate about cooking, cats, yard art and antiques.

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By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal BREWER – If you’re in the Brewer area Saturday morning shopping at the communitywide yard sale, you might want to swing by Brewer United Methodist Church and pick up something at its annual bake sale, bazaar and rummage sale. The event will begin at 7 a.m. in the fellowship hall […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal AUBURN – You could say Regina Dickinson learned to cook by bargaining with her mother. “The main thing I remember is when I was a teenager, I always wanted a dress made or an outfit made,” she said. “Mother sewed all my clothes and she’d say, ‘Regina, if you want […]

Coconut Delight 11⁄2 sticks butter, melted 11⁄2 cups self-rising flour, sifted 1 cup chopped nuts 1 (8-ounce) block cream cheese, softened 11⁄4 cups confectioner’s sugar 1 (16-ounce) container whipped topping, divided 2 (6-ounce) packages frozen coconut, thawed and divided 2 small boxes instant vanilla pudding 3 cups cold milk For the first layer, combine melted […]

Next week, I’m writing a story about a group of Tupelo women who meet once a month for a meal made from recipes they prepare from a single cookbook. They’ll use the cookbook for a year, then choose a new one next year. The idea intrigued me. As one of the women at the dinner […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – You may look at an attic full of old furniture and see a coffee table, a chest of drawers or a bench. But Vanessa Hodges sees Princess Dreamer, Paw Palace and Jungle Den. Since 2013, Hodges and her business partner, Linda White, have been making custom beds for […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal OXFORD – In the words of Nick Weaver, sometimes stupid and stubborn make a great business plan. Weaver’s childhood friend and classmate, Josh West, approached him in 2010 about starting a bespoke, or custom, jean company. “There’s a definition of who can call themselves that,” Weaver explained. “You have to […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal FULTON – When Mary Lou Knight was growing up in Itawamba County, there were no formal cooking lessons to be had. She just watched her mother and learned. “I was the oldest of three kids and the only girl,” said Knight, 70. “Daddy had a cotton patch and Mother worked […]

Southern Tea 3 family-size tea bags 2 cups boiling water 1 cup sugar 12 ounces pineapple juice 12 ounces frozen lemonade Cold water to fill Add tea bags to boiling water. Add sugar to the tea, then the pineapple juice and lemonade. Add cold water to fill a 1-gallon container. Hawaiian Sunset Cake Cake 1 […]

I was watching the Food Network early Saturday morning and caught the tail-end of “The Pioneer Woman” who was making, among other things, Shrimp Scampi. I realized it had been years since I made this dish and, frankly, I didn’t even know where to begin to look for my old recipe. So I poked around […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal TUPELO – If it were a mystery, it might be called “The Case of the Disappearing Sign.” Chef David Leathers just calls it frustrating. On Friday and Saturday, construction crews demolished a long-shuttered apartment building at the corner of Clayton Avenue and West Jackson to make way for Leathers’ new […]