Wednesday, February 29, 2012



If there is one thing that is southern, it's MANNERS!

Its not just Thank goes way beyond that. It is a culture that is engrained in you as a young child.
It shows respect for elders, superiors, parents, and an appreciation for anyone giving you a helping hand! Manners show that you are listening and that you understand, not just for children but for adults the same. Sayings and gestures that you see everywhere from schools to the gas station, from children to adults, at the drive thru and on the phone...yep we are just down right nice! Bless your heart!

Yes Ma'am - No Ma'am - Ma'am?
Yes Sir - No Sir - Sir?
Please and Thank You
Excuse Me and Bless You
Good Morning and Good Night

Ladies First
Opening a door
Giving up a seat for a lady or elder
Picking up something another drops
Waving at Neighbors
Thanking service agents in any field for anything
Hugs and Kisses
Letting someone go ahead of you in line
Helping with groceries
and just Hello! How are you

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Straight out of the south

The south has deep deep roots. 
Many musicians and movies  hail from the south and many of them are the of the greatest of all time. 

Willie Nelson - Elvis Presley - Merle Haggard
Patsy Cline - George Jones & Tammy Wynette - Hank Williams Jr.

Gone With the Wind - To Kill a Mockingbird
Steel Magnolias - Forest Gump - Fried Green Tomatoes (The cafe is a local here in Bama)

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Monday, February 27, 2012

A GOOD southern meal!

  1. Southern Pride Week

    First up food....


    ·   1 broiler/fryer chicken (2 1/2 to 3 pounds), cut into pieces
    ·   Oil for frying (peanut oil recommended)
    ·   2 eggs
    ·   1/4 cup water
    ·   Liquid flavorings
    ·   Salt and black pepper to taste
    ·   2 cups all purpose flour
    ·   Seasonings (herbs and spices)

    1.    Cut chicken into pieces. Wash the chicken thoroughly, let drain until needed.
    2.  Start your oil heating while you go through the other steps. If you are using a deep
     fryer, fill it according to the manufacturer’s instructions. If you are cooking the  chicken on your stove top then get a deep pot and fill it 1/3 full with oil. Turn the burner to medium high (6 on a scale of 10) and heat the oil to approximately 350    degrees F.
    3.In a bowl mix the eggs and water. If you are going to use liquid flavorings (hot sauce, worcestershire, soy sauce, etc), add it now. Whip the mixture with a fork until thoroughly combined; this becomes your egg wash.
    4.   Add the salt and pepper to the flour along with other desired seasonings (garlic powder, sage, onion powder, etc.) to make your own "secret blend"; stir to combine. Or, plain flour works just fine.
    5.   Dip the chicken pieces in the egg wash and dredge them in the flour. If you want a thicker crust on the chicken, dip the pieces in the flour first, then the egg wash and then the flour again (this will, of course, require more flour).
    6.  Place chicken pieces in hot oil. Cover and fry until crisp and golden, about 15 to 20 minutes. Sprinkle lightly with salt while the pieces drain on paper towels

    ·   1 lb fresh okra , cut into pieces (don't use the top of the stem)
    ·   2 -3 cups cornmeal
    ·   1 egg
    ·   2 cups buttermilk (regular or lowfat milk is fine, too)
    ·   salt and pepper
    ·   oil

    1.   In a big bowl beat egg with a fork, pour milk in and combine. Pour the cornmeal in another big bowl.
    2.     Pour oil IN DEEP FRYER or in a big skillet halfway up
    3.Set heat to Medium-high.
    4.   Put some okra pieces in milk mixture and then coat in cornmeal batter.
    5.  Fry in skillet 10-15 min, occasionally turning/stirring them around. They are done when crispy and golden brown but not black!
    6.  Drain on paper towel lined plate. Sprinkle with salt and pepper
    7.   Repeat with rest of okra till all gone. Enjoy!


    ·   1 tablespoon vegetable shortening, for skillet
    ·   2 cups yellow cornmeal
    ·   1 1/2 cups flour
    ·   2 teaspoons salt
    ·   2 teaspoons baking powder
    ·   1 teaspoon baking soda
    ·   2 tablespoons sugar, optional
    ·   3 eggs, beaten
    ·   2 cups milk
    ·   1/4 cup melted butter
    ·   melted butter for brushing top

    1.       Preheat oven to 425°. Put oil or shortening in a 10-inch iron skillet and place in the oven to preheat while making batter.
    2.    In a mixing bowl, combine cornmeal, flour, salt, baking powder, soda, and sugar, if using.
    3.    In another bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, and butter. Combine with dry ingredients and stir until all ingredients are moistened. Batter will be like a thick pancake batter.
    4.   Carefully, with heavy oven mitts, lift skillet out and turn to coat all of the inside surface with oil. Pour in batter and return to oven. Bake for about 20 to 25 minutes, until browned. A toothpick inserted in center should come out clean.

    ·      5 lbs. potatoes
    ·      1 doz. eggs
    ·      1/2 c. mustard
    ·      Salt and pepper to taste
    ·      4 lg. onions
    ·      1 sm. jar pickle relish
    ·      1 c. mayonnaise

    1.    Cook potatoes until tender, cut into bite size.
    2.     Boil eggs,, cut into small pieces.
    3.    Mix the potatoes, eggs, onions, mustard, sweet pickle relish and mayonnaise together, salt and pepper to taste.
    4.    Additional mustard and mayonnaise can be added for a moister texture.
    5.    To bring out the flavor, chill overnight.


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Sunday, February 26, 2012


Blogger lets me see where all my blog views come from and I have been SUPER surprised about the views from all the different countries. So I just wanted to take a second to say HELLO!

 I am so flattered and would love to hear from everyone and where you are from!  Post it up!!

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Happy Birthday Steph!!!

 Happy Birthday to the BEST SISTER IN THE WHOLE WORLD!

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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Mod Podge Pattern

Mod Podge Sewing Pattern Holder

What You Need:

Item to cover

Mod Podge and Patterns
(I bought the patterns at the thrift store for .39 each)

Use sponge and cover small area with mod podge, then place sheets on area.

Cover entire area with pattern. Then apply mod podge to top of patterns one this coat at a time.)
(Mod Podge can be glue and sealant)

Trim Edges

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Take a load off...

When entertaining, it is always better to have more seating than not enough. Here are some ideas for seating that will allow your guest to be comfortable without sacrificing style points

Movie Chairs

Vintage Roller Chairs - Move 'em in & out                                                                

Vintage Foot Stool

 Comfy Ole Chairs

Diner Seating (Recovered Booth or table and Chairs)

Futon - Sleeper too

Vintage Metal Furniture

DIY Slat Blench

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Sunday, February 12, 2012

My Future Ranchero

I want a Ford Ranchero!
But NOT JUST ANY RANCHERO...1957-1959, the ones with fins! MMMM mmm
One day I will be cruising these streets in my own Ranchero.

The Ford Ranchero was a coupe utility produced between 1957 and 1979½. Unlike a pickup truck, the Ranchero was made from a two-door station wagon frame that combined the cab and cargo bed into the body. A total of 508,355 units were produced during the model's production run. In December of 1956, three months after the traditional September model year start-up, the Ranchero was introduced!! 


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