This is Nanny...aka Ruth Anne. She's also known as "The Best Cook Around." She's winking at me in this picture. (Just to relieve you of any thoughts that she has a lazy eye..you horrible people!) That's a chocolate pie she's whipping up in the back ground there. Can I just say OMG! They are delicous. So is her fried chicken. I've watched her cook fried chicken for years. I bought the skillet (just like hers). She tried to teach me to cut the chicken up (just like she does). I tried to duplicate every aspect of the chicken frying process (just like she does) but you know what folks? It NEVER tastes (just like hers)! I suppose that's because she can't be duplicated. In many, many ways there is simply noone like her. I could go on and on about her cooking skills and all the fabulous foods she showers us with. You see, to Mrs.T.. cooking is loving. She "loves us" through her cooking. On our birthdays we pick what food we want and she and Mr. T tag team and cook it. Her gravy?? Amazing! Her strawberry pie? Well, that's amazing too..her fried chicken, rice and gravy all at one time? Well that's just heaven on a plate! Mrs. T also spoils her grandchildren. I know you find that hard to believe but if you ask us, we will tell you our kids are rotten and it's all her fault. She's also an answered prayer. Many answered prayers from many people who love her as much as I do. Mrs. T called me today to tell me her path report came back and the result was a "benign cyst" I love that word "benign"...it means cancer free. It means no chemo, no radiation, no wigs, no tears, no fear. It means our God is HUGE and he listens and he answers. Mrs T. is a two time cancer survivor. She's a "tough old bird" as my son would say. I'm sure she could have kicked cancer's butt again but I'm just glad she doesn't have to climb back in the ring for round three. I like having her around. For her cooking, for her soft heart, for her generosity, for her right words and embraces at just the right time, for her style, for her smile, for her unwavering support, for her love for my child and the fine raising of the man I love and for how she loves me....because she loves me like a daughter and has since I was 15 years old. She's priceless. Her value is far above rubies.....and her children, her husband, her granchildren and her daughter-in-laws rise up and call her blessed.