Cheesy French Bread Slices

This has been a cold, clear, beautiful day in South Georgia and a good time to have a hot bowl of vegetable soup and hot bread.  I had been reading recipes about pull apart cheese breads but didn't want to buy bread for I had just purchased a loaf of french bread.  Thinking about how I could modify the recipe, I tried this method and it is very good a and I hope you enjoy it too.


  • 12 slices (enough to fill a loaf pan) french bread
  • 12 slices of cheddar cheese ( I sliced my own using a mandolin)
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup melted butter or margarine
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Line loaf pan with aluminum foil with several with enough extra to cover loaf after taking it out of the oven.

Place the bread in the foil lining the loaf pan and place a cheese slice between the slices of bread.
Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese between the slices.
Generously brush the top of the loaf with melted butter and sprinkle with some of the mozzarella cheese. 
Bake in preheated oven until toasted on the top and cheese has melted - about 20 min.
Remove from pan using the foil to lift and serve immediately, while hot.

Ready for the oven

Hot and ready to serve

 Nice addition with a hot bowl of soup

Additions or substitutes - fresh Parmesan, sprinkle with parsley or Italian seasoning after brushing with butter.  

I hope you enjoy this bread as much as we did and let me know how you liked it.

The Georgia Peach

What Can I Give Jesus This Christmas?

John 3:16

16 For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

The word “Christmas” begins with "Christ": the virgin-born Christ child, our Savior. This baby, born in the little town of Bethlehem. was not merely a beloved baby born of Mary, but the only Son of God. By God’s immeasurable grace, He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and was born into this world as a baby yet He never ceased to be God.

Dr. Billy Graham in a devotional thought said: “Jesus Christ in His infinite love did not begin when He was born in a stable and laid in a manger; He left Heaven’s best to come to this world to be the Savior of mankind. He was offered as a free gift. God’s gift to the world was despised and rejected 2,000 years ago.” He came freely knowing that He would suffer persecution and ultimately death on the cross.

In the life of every person who has rejected Him since that time, there has been and will be, an emptiness that cannot be filled with anything this world has to offer. Only when we accept the free gift of eternal life through Christ can we know the true meaning of Christmas, the forgiveness of sin, and life everlasting. Those that don't know Jesus as Savior can only celebrate a holiday made frantic with gift buying, decorating the house, partying, and trying to fill the emptiness in their lives with more “stuff”.

What do you ask a child this time of year? “What is Santa going to bring you?” “Have you told Santa what you want for Christmas?” Then after Christmas the question is, “What did you get for Christmas?” We ask our spouses, “What do you want for Christmas?” or try to find something they don’t already have or want. After the big day we often put these gifts up never to use them or return them for some other stuff we think we want. The questions seem to follow the theme of “What do you want?”

Lists are made, remade, revised and we run around like chickens with our heads cut off trying to buy everything we think everyone wants. Too much food is cooked, eaten and thrown away. Travel is a madhouse as we travel to shop, visit family and friends, or try to find an escape from it all.

Why do we do all this buying more stuff, cook and eat too much, travel to far places? What are we giving that will last and be meaningful in the future?

What do we give Jesus who gave His all? He gave up his heavenly home to come to earth, his throne to live as a carpenter and wandering teacher, left His father who loved him dearly to be persecuted, despised, beaten and crucified. Did not have a home to call his own, possessed one robe, and depended on the graciousness of friends to have a place to sleep.

God gave His all for us. By giving Him our all this Christmas, we will be giving Him all he desires from us. He wants our love, obedience and fellowship. He created us to be His children to honor and praise Him and he pursues us and never gives up that we will accept Him as our Lord and Savior.

How can we give our all? One way is to give His message to all around us so that they can receive the Gift of God – salvation. Our church gives us wonderful opportunities to give to others for Jesus told us that to give to others is like giving to Him if we do it in His name for His glory, not ours.

What have we given this Christmas to God? Have we shared with those who have less than we do? Do we remember those who are grieving, sick, lonely or depressed? It is not too late and remember that the spirit of sharing and giving doesn’t end on December 25.

Have a blessed and giving Christmas.

Pictures are from 1st Baptist Church Adel, GA

Reflections on Living in the South

Living in the Southern United States all of my life, gives me a unique perspective on life that only those who live here or have lived here share with each other.  I was thinking about the differences we have that are dear to us and make us gracious, warm, and beautiful.

Living in South Georgia most of my life but born in South Carolina, raised in Alabama, lived in North Carolina and Mississippi, gives me a pretty broad view of life in the South and in reflecting on these, I thought I would share some of them.  If I write memories down, at my age, I will remember them later, I hope.  If not, I can read them and remember and reflect.

The picture above was taken last week, the last week of November, in our rose garden and these were just one color.  Lindsay brought me a whole bouquet of several colors he had cut.  We also have Fire Poker lilies, sasanqua, and Confederate roses blooming in our yard. The nandina bushes are loaded with clusters of red berries and the holly tree is ablaze with red berries also. Camellias will be blooming in a few weeks and ready for the Christmas table.

Then there are the gracious manners that many have.  I had gentlemen open the door for me to enter before him at 2 stores today and it was done with a smile.  Yes ma'am, yes please, thank you, no please, and no ma'am, are used by most around here.  Of course if a child forgets to say these, mama or daddy usually say, " Yes, what?"  I can here our mama saying this to us even today.

If anyone is older than you, address them as "Mister" or "Mrs" and when they enter the room you stand and offer them a chair.  Best not be sitting down if you are younger or mama would remind you to give your seat to the older person.

It is also a place where everyone knows what "ya'll", "Bless your heart", "over yonder", pot likker and cornbread, pecan pie, fried okra, collards, greens, peas and butter beans are.  You know that ham and turkey are served at Christmas and Thanksgiving along with sweet potato souffle, mashed potatoes, deviled eggs, cornbread dressing, pecan and pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce (home made), pickles, relishes, and hot rolls.  Families add their favorites to these and it is a feast fit for a king or queen.

If you serve fried fish, you know there will be hush puppies, cheese grits, pickles, onions and slaw.  Fresh tea is a must and it needs to be sweet and iced.  If a waitress asks you "sweet or unsweetened", they are not from the South for tea is always sweet, ice cold and served with lemon - at least as far as I am concerned.

When I go to town, church or anywhere away from home, there were a few rules that mama insisted that I follow and I still do.  If I don't , I can hear Mama in heaven saying, "Frances, are you going out dressed like that?"  I must be clean, clean clothes, hair combed, earrings, mascara, and lipstick.  The clothes best not be too tight, too short or neckline too low.  Mama would remind us that we were to dress and look "respectable" and that we represented the family.  You never know who you are going to see, she would say, and you need to look presentable.  Those words will remain a part of me forever I am sure.

Sure makes it difficult when I see some of the "attire" that some people wear - too tight, too low, too high, and these days, too thin.  Nothing is left to the imagination for it is all out there for all to see.  Just because they make a top in size 50, doesn't mean you look good in it.  I wonder if some people ever look in a mirror before they leave the house!

Life is wonderful down here in the South where the I can still see cotton (Southern snow) in the fields, buy fresh peas, butter beans, squash, sweet potatoes, cabbage, greens and other fresh produce from the fields around us.  Fresh tomatoes are even available right down the road from our house.  We have not had a freeze yet and only a light frost.  I have lemons on my tree and a tree loaded with oranges.  They are almost ready!! I love the growing season here - almost year round.

As you can read, the South is my home and I love it here.  I hear the soft sounds of our slow talking, that wraps around you like a sweet honeysuckle vine and is pleasant to the ears.  I smell the pound cakes, fruit cakes, pecan pies, and other sweet delicacies baking the ovens.  I watch the geese flying south in a beautiful V shape and hear the doves late in the afternoon as they nest for the night.

Come on down for a visit anytime.
The Georgia Peach