by Amy Schumann
These homemade caramels may take a little extra time and concentration, but by the time you sample the end result, you know that your attention and vigilance throughout the process was worthwhile. Homemade caramels make for a great gift or party favor during any holiday, and an added benefit is that the whole house will have a sweet scent wafting through the air that can outmatch nearly any candle you may come across.
by Amber Helsel
Kimberly Ruffin owns and operates local bakery Kimmiesweett, which she started as a home business around 2008 and expanded with a Northpark Mall storefront in 2017. Now located in Fannin Mart in Brandon, the bakery is growing to offer cake-decorating classes, coffee and more. Photo by Delreco Harris.
Two customers gathered around the counter at Kimmiesweett in Brandon. One patiently waited as owner Kimberly Ruffin finished preparing a caramel cake—an emergency birthday cake—for another guest.
by Amber Helsel
In Sue Hernandez's hand is a curved pale yellow object with intricate webbing. When you shake it, tiny brown seeds fall out.
"It's a luffa," she says—yes, the kind you would use to bathe only this is a wild luffa plant, instead of a loufah sponge.
by Mike McDonald
At the Mississippi Farmers Market on a Saturday in February, Kinyah Braddock, along with her mom Valerie Braddock, father Demetrius Braddock Sr., brother Demetrius Braddock Jr., and other family members, all make various types of lemonades, as customers all stop to try the 8-year-old's increasingly famous drink.
It's a mild fall Saturday on High Street in Jackson, and energy is in the air. Vendors from all over the state congregate at the Mississippi Farmers Market as customers flock in, either to revisit their old favorite vendors or to see what's new. Live music blankets the entire scene.
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