Saturday, June 28, 2008

Mississippi and the muppets

We studied about the state of Mississippi a few weeks ago. One of the highlights of that study was finding out that Jim Henson the creater of the Muppets was from there. I had rarely seen the muppets and my kids never had but I found some Youtube clips for them to watch and they thouroughly enjoyed them. We thought we had better share one of our favorites with you.

Mississippi is the Magnolia state with the Magnolia for both it's state tree and flower. The state bird is the Mockingbird.

We found it interesting reading about the Kudzoo vine that had been brought to the U.S. from Veitnam and has "swallowed" the south. It grows very fast and quickly grows over anything in it's way. In Mississippi you will see the utility poles, fences, trees and just about anything covered in it. It is actually quite pretty and I was impressed by all the lushness when I traveled through there. It was brought to the U.S. to control soil erosion and it has worked, just a little to well, to the point of being a nuisance. Check out this site to see some cool pictures and interesting information.

Peavey the manufacturer of Guitar Amplifiers (I have seen that brand a lot and believe it must be a good one) is out of Mississippi.

One of Mississippi's loved foods is fried Catfish. Mississippi brings that largest amount of catfish to market. We didn't have catfish but we did enjoy the recipe from there using trout instead.

Corn bread is another comfort food that is enjoyed in Mississippi. We enjoyed eating it too.

Are any of you from Mississippi? What do you like about your state?

Are state for next week is Arkansas, If you have any favorite foods from there or any information to share, we would love to hear it.


martha said...

hey we have the Kudzu vine here too! it does cover everything.

Abbi said...

Be careful if you are outside to long! I read that if you stay in one place for a while it will cover you too!! So if it happens don't say I didn't warn you. :-)


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