Pam Kirkland
Pam Kirkland
It’s a special time of the year for Pam and Ronnie Kirkland as their “patio” home on 101 Walker Lane will be featured on the Philadelphia Home Arts Club’s Christmas Tour of Homes.

Also featured on the tour will be Mike and Leah Stinson’s “Barn” on 10170 Road 612.

The tour will be Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. (See story, section A)

Neshoba County natives, Pam and Ronnie married last May. They also have a home in Brandon.

Pam retired as a loan technician from U.S.D.A., Rural Development after 35 years.

“The office closed here one week after I retired,” she said. “It was moved to Meridian.”

Ronnie is employed with Puckett Machinery in Flowood.

Their family also includes Casey and Jacob Phillips and Bailey Kirkland.

A registered nurse, Casey works at Baptist Hospital in Jackson and also with Quality Home Health with private patients. Jacob is self-employed with Flowers Bakery. Bailey is a junior at Brandon High School.

“I split my time between Philadelphia and Brandon as we have a home in both places,” Pam said. “Ronnie is still working.”

Their patio home in Philadelphia was constructed  in 2016 by Roy White Builders.

With 1,400 square feet of heated space, the house features three bedroom and a very spacy kitchen with an island and double oven.

“It is the perfect size for two to four people,”  Pam said. “I love it!”

She enjoys decorating their home for Christmas with a colorfully decorated tree in the den. The tree in the master bedroom features gold and clear ornaments.

Pam has a massive Fontanini Nativity collection. She also has numerous Santas.

Her newest interest is blue Peter’s Pottery.

Her other hobbies including sewing and quilting.

The Kirklands’ home in Brandon is on seven acres in the country about five miles from Puckett.

There is an abundance of wildlife including deer on their property.

Pam enjoys the country life almost as much as her husband.

“He loves to be able to putter on his tractor and four-wheeler. He was raised in the country. He used to hunt duck and deer.  Now he doesn’t care for hunting in the cold.”

The Kirklands enjoy traveling, as the mountains are their favorite vacation spot. They also like dining out together in their favorite restaurants.

Ronnie also enjoys riding his motorcycle.

“He loves anything that is mechanical,” Pam said.

Both she and Ronnie enjoy cooking as they like to watch their favorite cooking shows on television together.

While she favors baking, Ronnie likes to man the grill, with steaks being his speciality.

“He is very easy to cook for,” Pam said. “He prefers spicy foods but not me. We are learning to compromise.”

Pam enjoys baking and decorating cakes, hence her request for a double oven.

She likes to make both birthday and wedding cakes.

She also enjoys baking and decorating cookies.

She has shared several of her favorite recipes.



CHOCOLATE BROWNIE CAKE

1 box chocolate cake mix (I use Duncan Hines devil food)

1 box fudge brownie mix

1 cup oil

1 1/4 cups water

4 eggs

Mix all ingredients and bake at 350 degrees until done. Don’t over cook. Let cool.

Glaze

1 cup heavy whipping cream

12 ounces semisweet chocolate morsels

Bring cream almost to a boil and remove from heat. Add morsels and let sit for five minutes. Whisk until smooth and shiny. Pour over cake.



APRICOT NECTAR CAKE

1 Duncan Hines yellow cake mix

6 eggs

3/4 cup apricot nectar

3/4 cup plus one tablespoon Wesson oil

1 small package lemon Jell-O

Mix cake mix, eggs, apricot nectar, oil and Jell-O together. Pour into a greased and floured tube pan. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 45 minutes or until done.

Glaze

2 cups powdered sugar

3/4 cup orange juice

Grated rind of one lemon and one orange

Mix sifted sugar, orange juice and rinds together and pour over hot cake. Let cool.



MOM’S MACARONI AND CHEESE

16-ounce package elbow macaroni

1/2 cup melted margarine

1/2 cup flour

2 teaspoons salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

4 cups milk

16 ounces of Velveeta cheese (Cube one-third of the cheese)

Cook macaroni as package directs. Melt butter in medium saucepan. Remove from heat and stir in flour, salt and pepper. Whisk until smooth.

Gradually stir in milk. Bring to a boil as you stir. Reduce heat and simmer mixture for one minute. Remove from heat. Stir in the cubed cheese until it melts. Pour in casserole dish over hot, drained macaroni. Thinly slice remaining Velveeta and lay on top of macaroni mixture. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes.



GRANNY’S CHOCOLATE ICING

(Four four-layer cake)

3 cups sugar

1/4 cup Hershey’s chocolate

3/4 cup milk

1 1/2 sticks margarine

1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix chocolate and sugar. Add milk and stir. Add margarine. Cook over high heat. cook for one minute when icing begins to boil. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Stir until cool enough to spread on cake.



SOUTHERN SWEET POTATO BREAD

1 1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 cup sugar

2 eggs, lightly beaten

1/2 cup of oil

2 tablespoons milk

1 cup smashed cooked sweet potatoes

1 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease the bottom only of an 8 1/2 x4 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch loaf pan.

Stir together the flour and spices in a mixing bowl. With a spoon, no mixer, stir in sugar, eggs, oil and milk. Stir to blend. add sweet potatoes and pecans. Blend. Pour into prepared loaf pan. Bake for one hour and 10 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean when inserted in center.

Cool in pan for 15 minutes. Remove from pan and cool on wire rack.