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Welcome to Syrup and Biscuits.  I’m Jackie Garvin, the personality behind the blog.

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  Being born and raised in Alabama and entrenched in southernism was a gift. It gave me an identity. I am part of a culture that embraces gracious hospitality, manners, love of God and country, frugality, family values and good honest food. That’s who I am and that’s what I’m all about. A career move in 1985 brought my husband, two daughters and me from Mobile, Alabama to Tampa, Florida. Our son was born after we moved to Tampa. Mobile is a southern city that has retained its southern personality. Tampa is a city located in the southern part of the United States that doesn’t have a southern personality.

While raising our children in Tampa, it was important to me that I teach them about southern culture and their heritage. They don’t have my accent, but they are Southerners. I’m proud of that.

Currently, I reside in Valrico, FL with my husband, Sam, and my Basset Hound, Belle.


Belle by the fireplace


After a successful career as a nurse, corporate executive and business owner, I hung up my ballet slippers and retired in April 2009. Since retirement, l have busied myself with doing anything I wanted to and nothing I didn’t want to. My days are filled with writing and publishing  my foodblog, Syrup and Biscuits ,  gardening, enjoying grandchildren, family and my husband. I was a weekly contributor to The Bloomingdale Patch (a Huffington Post publication) and currently contribute to The Daily Meal/ Culinary Content Network. My first cookbook, Biscuits: Southern Recipes for All-American Kitchens, will be released by Skyhorse Publishing Spring 2015.  Life is good. I always knew that.


If you have a question or a comment, you can contact me directly:


telephone: 813-390-5035

Here’s other places where you can find me:




Kitchen Artistry




I’ve been honored to receive:

2014 International Biscuit Festival – 2nd place

Just a Pinch Recipe Club – Blue Ribbon for Blackberry Cobbler

Southern Food Network – 2011 Reader’s Choice Awards

You can find some of my work here:

InStyle, May 2016

Mobile Bay  Magazine, November 2012. Featured two recipes.

Taste of the South Magazine, May/June 2014. Featured two recipes.

The Loop

19 Hearty Soup Recipes You Can Whip up in Less Than One Hour

This is Why You Should Stock up on Peaches

Tampa Bay Times

Gooseberry Patch

The Daily Meal

The Tacoma Examiner

The Tampa Tribune/

The Mommy Page

biscuit baking contest collage

2014 International Biscuit Festival, Knoxville, TN. 2nd place winner.

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  1. April 17, 2011 1:47 pm

    Nice to meet you Jackie. I read about you at CITR. I can’t imagine living in the south having come to Columbus, Ohio via Indianapolis. But I do have friends in forum land who live there and I love them. Love the blog

    • April 17, 2011 2:02 pm

      Thank you so much! I’m so glad you visited hope you come back often. You are always welcomed.

  2. April 25, 2011 1:11 pm

    I’m thrilled to have met you via twitter and your recent post. Ahhh, I could hear those clothes flapping in the breeze. I had no idea clotheslines weren’t allowed in some places. Wouldn’t you know. People just want to mess up the good ol’ basics, don’t they. I have to admit I gave up the clothesline at my house, but that’s only because it gets dusty out here on our farm and it just wasn’t the same.

    I’m looking forward to trying out the Blender Custard Pie. (We have six laying hens that do way to good of a job. Anything that uses 4 eggs is a 4star recipe in my book!!) I’ll let you know how it goes.

    I look forward to keeping up with your stories and recipes.

    • April 25, 2011 1:32 pm


      Bless your heart! What a sweet comment you left for me! I hope you visit us often. Please check out our Syrup and Biscuits fan page on FB, too. ( I have lots more recipes there than I do on my blog and FB includes the recipes here,too! We would love to have you come for a visit. Invite your friends, too. We love company and I usually have something on the stove.

  3. June 10, 2011 2:21 pm

    Hello Jackie 🙂
    your blog makes one feel at home immediately..
    thank you for stopping by my facebook page so that I could discover your lovely blog 🙂

  4. Jean permalink
    June 26, 2011 5:03 pm

    Hi Jackie….
    I found you on Chickens in the Road. I will be a frequent visitor. You speak my language!
    SOUTHERN! I live in Tn but the gulf coast of AL is my favorite place in the world to visit. You are very fortunate to be born in God’s Country!

    • June 26, 2011 8:00 pm

      Hi Jean!

      I’m so glad you found us tucked away here in our little corner of the world! I hope you do visit often. You might want to consider subscribing so all new posts will come directly to your inbox. You and I have a lot of catching up to do!

      • Jean permalink
        June 27, 2011 7:04 am

        Good idea! I still cant get pimento cheese stuffed okra out of my head!

  5. Joan E. Aller permalink
    June 28, 2011 12:35 pm

    Thank you so much for the lovely review!
    I’m so happy that you like my book.

  6. July 24, 2011 2:35 pm

    Lord have mercy, girl, can you write or WHAT?!?!? I’ve been doing a little browsing and am determined to do some more… ‘A Lifetime of Peaches’ had me teary-eyed, a did your description of yourself. As a matter of fact, I think I’m going to post a line or two on LBC. With a shout-out, of course, And BTW, speaking of shout-outs, yes, I like to help folks out, but when I refer my “fans” to someone, I have to believe I’m sending them somewhere worth going. That is most definitely the case with you!. Thanks, Jackie!

    • July 24, 2011 2:56 pm

      Michele, you are so gracious and kind. Thank you so much for reading and sharing your sweet and inspirational thoughts with me. Your words mean more to me than you can imagine. I am thrilled that you are part of Syrup and Biscuits and hope that you will continue on with us. I am touched by your offer of mentioning Syrup and Biscuits on your page. As I have said before, Syrup and Biscuits isn’t just about me. I’m blessed to be able to lend my voice and personality but It’s really about goodness in food, people and memories. That’s why I consider it a community. I couldn’t do what I do without inspiration and encouragement. I can’t thank you enough, Michelle. I’m blessed by you everyday. By the way, I always enjoying seeing your soon on FNTV. You have every reason to be as proud as a peacock. Congrats, Mama!

  7. August 26, 2011 7:52 pm

    Check out this Mobile blog. You might like it.

  8. August 30, 2011 5:38 pm

    Hello Jackie. Nice blog! I always like meeting a Mobilan!

    • August 30, 2011 6:17 pm

      Hi Simona,
      Thanks for stopping by. I sure have enjoyed your blog. Please visit us again. You’re always welcome!

  9. Marci permalink
    September 10, 2011 7:13 pm

    Hey Jackie,
    I found you through Pnterest and I am glad I did!! I was born and raised in L.A. (Lower Alabama) Mobile to be specific. My whole family stills lives there so I visit often. I currently live in ATL but we never miss a Mobile Mardi Gras. I can’t wait to try the :”Comeback sauce” It sounds wonderful. I am heading to your fb page now to check it out too!!

    • September 11, 2011 8:39 am


      Welcome home! We miss Mobile the most during Mardi Gras season. All my husband’s family still live there. Both my husband and I graduated from B.C. Rain. Where did you go to school?

      I hope you find some recipes you like. Please let me know if you have any questions about anything. Happy, happy, happy to have you here! 🙂

  10. Chris Carter permalink
    October 10, 2011 10:58 am

    Jackie, so good to meet you at the Walk and hear of your spiritual journey. May God bless us on our Fourth Day! Love your website and looking forward to trying some of those good ol’ southern recipes. de Colores, Chris

    • October 10, 2011 11:01 am


      Good morning, sister! I was blessed to be able to spend the most important 72 hours of my life with you. May God bless you as you continue to receive his Grace on your Fourth Day! I hope to see you on the 22nd.

      De Colores!

  11. October 14, 2011 4:26 pm

    Hey, I put you up for the “Versatile Blogger Award”! Hope you would like to participate! Check it out:

  12. Robine Wright permalink
    November 19, 2011 9:19 am

    Love the Comeback Sauce…will make that today! Want to know where you can get your cookbooks and did you post the “Alabama White BBQ Sauce recipe? Moved to Alabama and love it here and am trying to gather all the recipes I can that are local. Just heard about “Slap Ya Mama” seasoning from LA and a friend will be bring me some over at the holidays. Have a recipe for that seasoning? Thank you and keep me posted!

    • November 19, 2011 12:14 pm


      I don’t have my cookbook published yet. Thank you so much for your interest.

      Here’s the recipe for Alabama White BBQ Sauce:

      I don’t have a recipe for Slap Ya Mama seasoning. That’s a commercially prepared product that you can find in most grocery stores in the Southeastern US. I’m not sure where you’re located.

      Thanks so much for reading and commenting, Robine! 🙂

  13. November 30, 2011 2:55 pm

    Hi Jackie – your email link isn’t working.

  14. May 27, 2012 9:21 pm

    Hi Jackie!

    Just found your blog on Smitten Kitchen. And turns out I live in Sarasota! What are the chances? 😀 My husband and I went to New Orleans last weekend for the first time, and also drove through Mobile for the first time, while we were at it! What a cool looking city! 😀 Can’t wait to check out your blog more. I found you on Twitter and Facebook too so now you can’t get away! Haha.

    I’m about to do a recipe for Fried Green Tomatoes so I’m glad to see yours on here too, so I have some tips from an expert! Shhhh, don’t tell anyone, I was born a Yankee….

    See you around the web! Swing by my blog sometime if you like!


    • May 28, 2012 8:33 am

      Hi Cheri! I’m so glad you found us tucked away in our little corner of the world. Glad you had a nice trip through Mobile.

      I hope your Fried Green Tomatoes turn out as beautifully as you expect . I’m sure they will. They are really very easy to prepare. That’s the hallmark of Southern cooking. Easy.

      I will visit your blog.

      Welcome, home! 🙂

  15. Vanessa Genfi permalink
    December 14, 2013 12:17 pm

    HEY ! Nice recipes. Who is the editor of the website

  16. February 28, 2015 1:21 pm

    I just happened upon your blog (thanks to The County Cook) and I’m so impressed with you, and I can’t wait to try your recipes. I grew up in West Palm Beach, Florida, which can be and not be southern. Looking forward to enjoying your blog. Thanks!

    • March 5, 2015 11:05 pm

      Welcome! I’m so glad you found us! I know what you mean about Florida, it has multiple personalities. 🙂


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