Well I'm not from the south, but I've seen that phrase in action. My rural grandma used to "prepare" her own chickens for cooking. After she popped their heads off with her own hands the chickens would take off running down the sidewalk without a head--NO KIDDING. The things I saw as a preschooler--it's scary.
I am just so full of envy at all of the wonderful finds you have made at tag sales. I love yard/tag sales. Alas we are at the end of our season for those here in Ohio. I look forward to them starting up again in April of '08'.God blessJoy
Actually, I heard that expression a lot growing up in Rhode Island!Your "finds" are inspiring!
I used it all the time and I've never lived anywhere other than PA!
I run around like that alot! I, too, grew up hearing that and using that.I love your basket - is it a sweetgrass basket? I have a long oval breadbasket like that. So pretty.
I just have to agree with Molly. I've heard it all my life. I grew up in PA (south central). Anyway, I feel ya on the long, neverending list thing. But, then again, such is life.
I grew up with that expression as well and I am a Jersey girl thru and thru!I love your blog Meredith!
Guess it's more of a country expression than a Southern one!Had to put that qualifier in there because everytime I say something so colloquial, readers from other regions say WHAT???
Oh my goodness, my mother had the same cookie cutter when I was growing up. Seeing your post brought back fond memories of playing with all her kitchen stuff.
Just thought I'd throw my 2 cents in and say we say it up here in Iowa too! :) Don't tell me you are making "turkey" cookies already, are you Meredith?
No, the little one got into the baking cabinet while I was cleaning, scattering cookie cutters all over the dining room.I've gotta make it through October before I can entitle a post "Gobble, Gobble." : )
And in Australia it's a pretty common expression, too—except that it's almost always 'chook' rather than chicken:-)
Meredith, I just love your blog. Things you say bring back so many memories. My Mom (a farm girl from way back) would always tell me to "stop running around like a chicken with their head cut off." Thanks.
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