Monday, June 4, 2012

'Home and Gnome' Interviews Mrs. Bennet

Welcome Becky Thumann to Darcyholic Diversions!

Hi, Darcyholics!  I am happy to welcome back Becky Thumann.  She was able to find some time to speak with Mrs. Bennet of her newly released Longbourn State of Mind and is able to share that story with us today as well as providing a copy of her book for a give away. I hope you enjoy a peak at one of her characters.

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Home and Gnome Interviews Mrs. Bennet

Welcome to our online weekend preview of “Home and Gnome”. We’re very excited to introduce our Saturday Socialite – Mrs. Frances Bennet. Today, we’re releasing just a snippet of our lengthy interview – the full on article will be release on Monday.
Mrs. Bennet has invited me to lunch under her garden pergola deep in the heart of Covington, Louisiana, and I can’t wait to ask her where she bought her shoes.
Our Saturday Socialite has had a rough year – an unauthorized book chronicling the family’s ups and downs has been released (Longbourn State of Mind), her husband suffered a heart attack, the Bennet land endured an embezzlement scandal, and there was a rumored sex tape floating around involving her eldest daughter, Jane.
(The family has thus far refused comment on the tape, and I haven’t quite decided if I have enough chutzpah to ask this revered and straightforward southern lady about its existence.)
After driving down their lane – which is covered by a canopy of hundred year old Magnolia trees, and encountering their statement of a home (aptly named the “Big House”), Mrs. Bennet greets me on her front porch looking radiant in a simple yellow summer dress and kitten heels.
We dive right in to a light lunch of spicy arugula salad and cherry tomatoes that she says she picked herself.
“My garden is about three steps away from the house – and my Dilly – our housekeepuh – and I go out every day and hahvest our goods. Cannin’ season is right aroun’ the cornuh. It’s always a busy time aroun’ heuh.”
She delicately drinks from her glass of lemonade and there isn’t a drop of sweat on her forehead – despite the humid and hot day. Her ankles are elegantly crossed and I realized that it was no wonder that this woman had turned out five beautiful and classy daughters. I ask her about her them and her mother’s pride easily shines through. She checks off each of her daughters’ latest news on her fingers, telling me their biggest news.
“Elizabeth has just been married – we couldn’t be happiuh with her choice o’ husband. Dahcy is absolutely a blessin’ fo’ this family. Since Thomas suffuh’d his heart attack, he has really stepped up tuh the plate.
“And the triplets are in theuh second yeuh at school – they just love it. They are always just emailin’ me with updates about who they’uh hangin’ out with and what they’uh up tuh. It’s hard not tuh miss them.
“I’m sure you’ve heard that our Jane has finally set a weddin’ date with her beau. We really enjoy him, too. He’s always aroun’ heuh helpin’ out with the stables and horses.”
Briefly, she looks beyond the garden’s edge, probably thinking that she might see one of her children riding by on one of Longbourn Ranch’s prized horses, bless her little heart.
Eventually, she turns her head back to me – almost surprised to see me still sitting there. She recovers remarkably, and asks me about my lemonade. I tell her it’s wonderful.
Leaning in gracefully, as if she has the biggest secret in the world to share with me, she tells me that there is a “hint” of gin hiding in the ingredients.
I ask her if this is her favorite summer cocktail and she looks at me like I’m crazy.
“Drinks are like men, honey. You can’t just have one favorite.”
That’s it for our weekend snippet. Check back in on Monday for the rest of our interesting interview – when we talk about Mr. Bennet’s heart attack, the unauthorized biography of their family – Longbourn State of Mind – and see if I gather enough courage to ask that sneaky sex tape question.
The Editors of Home and Gnome have been given two advance copies of this “unauthorized” book about the Bennets – and we’re excited to give them away. All you need to do is leave a comment telling us what YOU’RE favorite summertime cocktail is. Here at Home and Gnome, we’re sort of partial to “Panty Rippers” – equal parts coconut rum and pineapple juice.
Two winners will be chosen at the end of June along with the other Monthly drawings.
Until Next Time–
Home and Gnome


  1. my favuhrut summuh drink - tequila snowcones!super shaved ice crystals saturated with ultra tart marguerita mix. mmmm! whuh's my hammock?

    would love to win a hardcopy of this story - absolutely loved the online one!

  2. I declayuh, this book sounds just the thing f' tha summah! I'm pahtial t' anythin' with tha rum in it, long as it's cold, shug. Be a deyuh 'n brang me one a' those Panty Rippahs, light on the juice....

    Lol Jane and a sex tape! That's a first! I noticed Ms Frances didn't actually name Mistah Bingley as Jane's betrothed.

    Thanks f' tha chance to win, y'all!

  3. My favourite cocktail for the summah is a Screaming Orgasam Lol here is the ingredients.

    1 1/2 oz. Baileys® irish cream
    1 1/2 oz. Peach schnapps
    1 1/2 oz. Vodka

    Shake with ice, strain into a highball glass.

    I usually put the ice into a juicer along with the other ingredients and mix them together it then thickens the drink and makes it taste wonderful.

    This book sounds great I would love to read more about Mrs Bennet.

    1. You are a trip, Bec. "Panty Rippers"?

      Love this and love your blog. It's such a sensitive look at your interesting world.

      Gayle / S.C.Mema

    2. Hi Gayle! I looooove panty rippers - they're my go-to drink on vaca! :)

      So glad you like the blog and I'm so glad you're reading it! :)

  4. I l'uved yo' post hon'y chile. I wantuh Mrs. Bennet to know dat she can find suhm fun drinkipoos shoud she ever attempt to dry out. Sharing one o' my ole favor'ites.

    Mix half a glass or orange juice with half glass of pineapple juice and 1 oz grenadine syrup. Pour over glass filled with ice cubes.


  5. I have to go with Long Island Ice Tea. =D Love the southern accent. LOL Funny thing it makes me thinks of my maternal relatives quite clearly. Jackson MS in full bloom. LOL

  6. Favorite Summer Drink? I found it at Ruby Tuesday of all places.
    Superfruit Cooler
    Muddled cucumber slices shaken with agave nectar, lemon sour, VeeV Açaí Spirit, Absolut Berri Açaí Vodka, and St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur.

    I have found a way to make it at home minus the St. Germain Elderflower and its delicious and super refreshing!!

  7. Hola, chica!

    I still love a brim-trembling Cosmo or an icy glass of Champagne, but my new obsession is Trader Joe's Blood Orange Italian Soda (tart/sweet/concentrated flavor/hot color) mixed with vodka, gin, Patron Silver, or the alcohol of your choice. It's especially refreshing with a cold, crisp dry white wine over ice. Easy, delicious, beautiful to look at, and oh-so-summery!

    Can't wait to read the latest!


  8. From junewilliams7:

    Strawberry lemonade with or without the umbrella in it! :)

  9. Loved the post! I always enjoy reading reading such wonderful material here.

    Did all the extras.


  10. Great post and loving the imagination behind it! Fave summer cocktail would be... The Classic Mojito. Mint, lime, soda, sugar cane, ice, rum... amazing. Don't ask me how to make one 'cause I have no idea-- I go out to get mine ;)

  11. “Drinks are like men, honey. You can’t just have one favorite.”

    It is very relaxing reading you. Thanks!

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