Welcome to Syrup and Biscuits. I’m Jackie Garvin, the personality behind the blog.
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.
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:
Here’s other places where you can find me:
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.
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
The Daily Meal
The Tacoma Examiner
The Tampa Tribune/tbo.com
The Mommy Page
2014 International Biscuit Festival, Knoxville, TN. 2nd place winner.
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