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 TUPELO – One day four or five years ago, friends Grace Clark and Nancy Brown Milam were talking and the two decided they wanted to start a cookbook club. Then they mentioned the idea to fellow foodie Sonja Jenkins. “I thought it sounded fun, but you know, life gets away […]

By Ginna Parsons Daily Journal CORINTH – If you’re a friend of Billy Carl “B.C.” Lipford and you get sick, you can just about count on him delivering a pecan pie to your doorstep. “Every Thursday morning, a group of about 30 of us meet at Martha’s Menu for breakfast,” said Lipford, 71. “If one […]

Chicken and Dumplings 4 to 5 skin-on, bone-in chicken breast halves 2 quarts water 1 large onion, quartered 3 carrots, peeled and cut in 2-inch pieces 3 large celery ribs, cut in 2-inch pieces Salt and pepper 2 cups self-rising flour, sifted 1⁄3 cup shortening 1⁄2 cup reserved chicken stock 2 to 3 tablespoons butter […]

I’m not sure if I’ve ever written about these cookies in this space before, but I should have. I found this recipe about 10 years ago. I don’t know where I got it, but I distinctly remember making the cookies for the first time for my son, Patrick, and his friend, Chandler Craig, who was […]

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 […]