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Celebrating Our Daddies

Is there anything finer in the southland than a daddy-daughter relationship?  We are both blessed with the best of the best and, quite frankly, they have ruined us for life (and, they’re shamelessly unapologetic about it)!

In addition to loving and protecting their people with all they have, our dads can also hold their own in the kitchen.  Ellen’s daddy, affectionately known as Papa, has a killer barbecue marinade that will take your chicken to another level.  And, Stephanie’s dad is most famous in her family for his signature homemade ice cream.  Since it’s peach season, we’re homing in on our favorite summer fruit for this one!

Getting exact ingredient measurements from our family patriarchs can be a tad tricky since they prefer the old school cooking style of trial and error, and taste testing as you go for quality control.  We did our best to get as close as we could so we could share this deliciousness with all of you.

Is it a coincidence that My Girl and Stand By Me both came on as we wrap up this post?  We think not.  Happy Father’s Day to all the daddies out there.  And thanks to the Good Lord above for ours!

The BBQ chicken extraordinaire — Papa (pictured with KK)

Papa Wilkinson's Famous BBQ Chicken

Course Main Course
Servings 6
Author Dickens Wilkinson (aka Papa)


  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 3 tsp. garlic
  • 3/4 cup lemon juice About 7-8 lemons. Save the rinds from two lemons to cook in the sauce
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/3 cups of ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp. regular yellow mustard
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp. worchestershire sauce
  • 1 whole chicken Cut into pieces and a few extra breasts


  1. Bring all the sauce ingredients to a boil. Cook uncovered about an hour, stirring often until slightly thickened. Store the sauce in the refrigerator up to one month.
  2. Cook the chicken on a hot grill. Start cooking the breasts early for about 5 minutes on each side. Then add the rest of the chicken to the grill. Grill for 10 minutes on each side (add the 10 mins on each side in addition to the extra minutes you started with on the breasts). Finally, add the BBQ sauce and grill for about 5 minutes on each side.

Granddad’s ice cream is a family tradition!

Granddad's Good Timin' Ice Cream

Whenever a family celebration is planned in the summer months, Granddad's ice cream is a given. That's why we're calling it Good Timin' -- there's no better time than family time.

We go with what's in season as far as flavoring. Our favs are strawberry and peach. Granddad loves banana, but the rest of us turn up our noses on that one!

Course Dessert
Servings 10
Author Carlyle Ramsey (aka Granddad)


  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • Sugar Sorry, y'all -- he said to keep tasting it, but start with 1 cup
  • 3-5 sliced peaches (or your fruit of choice) Going for strawberry? Use a dozen sliced berries. For you banana lovers, peel and slice three (3) of those suckers.


  1. In a blender, start with adding your vanilla. Then add evaporated milk.

  2. Start with 1 cup sugar. Add your peaches and 2 cups of whole milk.

  3. Blend together in quick pulses.

  4. Here's where you put the sugar to it. Go as heavy handed or lightly as your tastebuds tell you.

  5. Chill in fridge for about an hour.

  6. Add mixture to ice cream to an electric ice cream maker bucket. Fill bucket with whole milk nearly to the top.

  7. Follow your ice cream maker instructions!

Made and Measured To the Best of Our Abilities With Love,

The SDBs