Thyme and Change ~ Sunday Traditions

By Sheff Charles Lee

I was raised Southern Baptist through and through. Grandmother Mattie was Superintendent of our small, very hot, or very cold Sunday-go-to-meeting place…or in “sinner language,” church. Grandmother Mattie (as everyone in our small community referred to her) held this esteem position for fifty years. This “church” position proved to be a real disadvantage for everyone inside the family household because everyone was required to attend Sunday school, Church, and night services every Sunday. Unless you were in the ground, you were required to be in the church pew.

We did not have a regular minister except for the first and third Sunday of each month. The Lord’s Supper was administered on these Sundays: bread and wine, or in this case, grape juice. There were those among the congregation that felt Reverend “Money Thyme” was perhaps spiking his grape juice with Jack Daniels. The reasons were clear as he slurred his words and read from Psalms when he had instructed the congregation to St John. However, the most obvious reason was when he insisted that “Smokey Robinson and the Miracles” were a spiritual group that toured the country healing people.
Our tradition on the first and third Sunday was that Rev “Thyme” dined in our home. My grandmother decided to bake a chocolate cake in his honor. The cake batter was mixed by hand and cooked in a wood burning stove. This wood stove was our source for heat during the winter months.

She called it a Tipsy “Thyme” Chocolate Covered Pear Cake. Enjoy!

Tipsy Thyme Chocolate Covered Pear Cake recipe

Beautiful Wedding at Henderson Park Inn

Catherine of Woodland Fields Photography submitted Devon and Tom’s wedding at The Henderson Park Inn to be featured on the Weddings Unveiled magazine blog. The couple’s real wedding is featured on the Completely Unveiled blog:  Real Wedding ~ Devon and Tom. It was a beautiful wedding and The Henderson Park Inn was the perfect setting. See even more at the Woodland Fields blog for Devon and Tom.

Mini Vacation at Henderson

My niece invited me to join her on a mini vacation at Henderson Park Inn on Sept. 26 – Sept. 30, 2010.

It was the most beautiful place I had ever been and the staff was so kind and friendly. Eager to assure that your vacation was perfect! The rooms were amazing, food was excellent (homemade belgian waffles with fresh strawberries and whipped cream every morning!), and the private beach topped it all off as the perfect vacation spot!

The sand is snowy white and the ocean crystal clear………makes for a getaway you will NEVER forget! I hope someday to return on a honeymoon. Can’t think of any place I would rather be!

Thank you for a vacation I will never forget!

~ Pam Guthrie

Henderson Park Inn, Gulf-front Bed & Breakfast

(Destin, Fla.) – Henderson Park Inn is a luxurious New England-style bed & breakfast nestled in the heart of Destin, Florida. Hurricane Ivan devastated the inn in 2004, but now it’s been restored, renovated and is open for business.

Henderson Park Inn, Destin Bed & BreakfasToday, when so many condominium towers dot the Destin skyline and shoreline, it’s rare to find such a small bed & breakfast right in the middle of it all. That’s a big part of the charm of Henderson Park Inn, which is protected by a mile of private shoreline on the Emerald Coast, next door to Henderson State Park. This B&B for adults only offers elegant rooms with plush bedding – the sheets are incredibly soft – and there’s a very special complimentary bottle of wine and fruit for every guest upon arrival. Rooms are individually decorated and have verandas or terraces overlooking the Gulf. Some rooms include fireplaces, most have whirlpool tubs, and standup showers.

Henderson Park Inn’s innkeeper has thought of everything to make your stay as relaxing and comfortable as possible. Gilchrist & Soames lotions and bath gels from London, England along with Egyptian cotton bathrobes are provided in each room. Other amenities include flat screen TVs, high- speed Internet and ceiling fans. All guests receive free beach service and towels. The community refrigerator is always fully stocked with soft drinks and chocolate. Eat all you want! Bicycles are lined up waiting for guests to enjoy a ride down scenic 98 after a day on the beach. A complimentary full breakfast is offered daily as are light lunches and snacks.

Henderson Park Inn, the area’s only Gulf-front bed & breakfast, is the perfect place for a romantic getaway, honeymoon or relaxing vacation. Check out the website at for more details. Convenient on-site check-in is available 24/7. Adults only. For reservations, contact Henderson Park Inn, 2700 Scenic Highway 98 East, Destin, FL 32541, toll-free 1.866.398.4432 for reservations.

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Southern Living Readers’ Choice Award for Best Beach Destination: DESTIN

Best Destin Beach Destination
Southern Living readers from Texas to Delaware chose Best Beach Destination winners:

Best Beach Destination

1. Destin, Florida
2. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
3. Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, AL (pictured)
4. Panama City Beach, Florida
5. Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
6. Pensacola, Florida
7. Sanibel Island, Florida
8. Outer Banks, North Carolina
9. Virginia Beach, Virginia
10. Isle of Palms, South Carolina