Preheat oven to 350ºF. Lightly grease a round casserole dish.
In a medium bowl, combine first six ingredients. When well-combined, add cornbread mix and stir. Pour into dish. The batter should fill the pan, leaving 1/2 inch at the top, as the mixture will rise in the oven. Bake for approximately one hour, or until firm in the center. (If you prefer the casserole a little creamier, bake for about 50 minutes.) Casserole will deflate slightly while cooling.
Preheat oven to 375ºF. Grease and flour a 15 ½ x 10 ½ x 1'' jelly-roll pan. In a medium bowl, combine margarine and sugar. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each. Stir in chocolate syrup until well-combined. Add flour, vanilla, and salt and mix well.
Pour into pan and spread evenly. Bake 15-20 minutes.
To make the frosting, heat milk in a small saucepan over medium-high heat for three to five minutes, being careful not to let it scorch. Add sugar and stir until dissolved. Break butter into sections and add to mixture. Bring to a boil and cook for one minute, stirring constantly. Add chocolate chips and continue to stir until completely melted. Pour over cake. Frosting will harden as it cools.
Hopefully, the Biloxi Lighthouse will be ready for touring again by next spring. Restoration work is set to begin in May and is slated to be finished by the end of the year. Hurricane Katrina washed out part of the brick interior and completely destroyed the electrical system.
Built in 1848 as a "working lighthouse," the 61-foot cast-iron tower has long been a draw for tourists and locals alike (partly because of the spectacular view from the top).
Along with restoring the lighthouse itself, there are plans to build a new visitor's center on the north side of U.S. 90 directly across from the tower.
"It's a great Sunday drive," said Meg Cooper, coordinator of the Lower Delta Partnership. "For Civil War enthusiasts it will enhance their experience and understanding of the Vicksburg campaign, and it provides all tourists a chance to see the gorgeous scenery of the Delta."
The first stop of the tour is at the USS Cairo Museum in the Vicksburg National Military Park. While the Cairo was not among the five gunboats on the expedition, VNMP Historian Terry Winschel said it will give people an idea of just how immense the ironclads attempting to navigate down the bayous and rivers were.
Fully taking in all of the stops will require at least four hours, said Cooper, but she suggests tourists include a lunch in Rolling Fork and turn the 100-mile round-trip drive into a full day of sightseeing in the Delta.
6 c. tortilla chips 3 c. cooked chicken (diced or shredded) 2 c. (8 oz.) shredded Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese blend 2 tbsp Jamaican jerk spice mix, divided 1 small yellow or red bell pepper 1 lime 2 tbsp snipped fresh cilantro 1/4 c. sour crea and 1 tsp additional jerk spice mix
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Arrange chips in baking pan. In bowl, combine chicken, cheese and 1 tbsp fo the spice mix; mix gently. Sprinkle mixture evenly over chips. Bake 5-7 min. or until cheese is melted; place on cooling rack. Meanwhile, dice pepper and cut lime in half. Juice half of the lime. Add to remaining spice mix and pepper and mix well. Slice remaining lime into wedges. Spoon pepper mixture over nachos; sprinkle with cilantro. Combine sour cream and additional rub in resealable plastic bag; trim corner and squeeze the sour cream mixture over nachos. Garnish with lime wedges.
Love is the magician, the enchanter that changes worthless things to joy. It is the perfume of that wondrous flower, the heart, and without that sacred passion, that divine swoon, we are less than beasts; but with it, earth is heaven, and we are gods. ~ Robert G. Ingersol
Charlie the Peanut is a children's book created by two Mississippians, Lexington couple Alyssa and Keith Killebrew. Batesville native, Chris Jenkins, illustrated the book. In the story, Charlie the Peanut is carried away by a bluebird and dropped in a cotton field and must find his way home. The message of the book is "grow where you're planted."
The self-published book can be found in about 20 Mississippi locations and is also available online at http://charliethepeanut.com. So far they have sold 1,000 copies.