Was it love at first sight? No. My mother spotted my father’s roommate’s car and smiled eagerly. Hardly any young man on the GI Bill after World War II owned one.
She and her mother (“Nannie”) had stopped at mid-stitch in the second-floor sewing room to spy on the college boys unloading their bags to move into rented rooms next door.
“Look, Mama, the blond has a car!”
“Would you look at that other fellow?” Nannie exclaimed. “I’ve never seen such a mop of black hair in my…Continue
It's the birthplace of artist, Walter Anderson. It's sleepy and quiet and tucked quaintly on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. It's where I fell in love with my fiancé, and it has some of the most breathtaking views in the south. It's the town of Ocean Springs, Mississippi.Continue
I recently had someone ask me what “high cotton” means. I was somewhat perplexed. I thought even folks outside of the South knew the George Gershwin song, “Summertime,” from Porgy and Bess:
And the livin' is easy
Fish are jumpin'
And the cotton is high.”
I explained that the phrase “livin’ in high cotton” originated during the Antebellum-era in the Deep South. When cotton had grown high…Continue
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I was asked to serve my pickles at Atlanta Eats TV show's holiday shindig. The party took place at Establishment, the newest restaurant to open in the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta. My husband and I love a good party... so we packed up a few cases of our pickled okra, beans, green tomatoes,…Continue
Decorating for the holiday season shouldn't be stuffy or stale. These 14 Holiday Garlands, most of which are food-inspired, will bring new meaning to decking your halls. From chic to silly, they're all beautiful!…
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Her soft southern drawl pulls you gently in as you talk to Kathleen Kelly. Tall and slim with a big smile, she is kind, polite and always sees the good around her. Co-owner of Kevin’s Fine Outdoor Gear…Continue
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So, I just finished perusing People magazine’s annual “Sexiest Man Alive!” issue which has inspired me to reveal to you my celebrity crush. I’ll bet you a million trillion dollars that you won’t guess who it is. Are taking the bet? Good. I’ll give you three guesses. No, he’s not cover-boy Adam Levine. No, he’s not on page 114. He’s not on page 124, either - though that guy is mighty cute. Okay, I’ll be generous – one more guess. No, he wasn’t on last year’s cover, either. Please…Continue
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New Orleans is one of those magical places that oozes inspiration for all of the senses. Your ears will be treated to the rhythmic tunes of jazz and soulful blues in the Quarter. Your tastebuds will be tantilized by the mouthwatering flavors of beignets, seafood gumbo and crawfish etouffe′. But it is your eyes that are inspired the most as they feast upon the architectural and…
Campsite 9D1 "Beckler River Wilderness" Photo by Justin Cave
Count me in! I travel light and my bags are packed. Fall is a great time to get out and take a hike. It is said that a week out in the woods…Continue
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My 9-year-old daughter held my cell phone to her ear and spoke to her 18-year-old brother. “Brother.” She’s always called him that. And he bestowed “Pig” on her in the hospital right after she was born. “She looks like a pink piglet.” Even though I gave them fine, Christian names, I don’t complain. These nicknames speak of familiarity and affection. But more than that, they connect us to our roots. Southern roots.
Nothing indicates that a person is from the South more than a nickname.…Continue
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Before I go to sleep, I read. In my bed, in the still quiet of the night, with a good book in hand, I hear the sound. I’ve been waiting for it, somewhat distracted from the story. And now I raise my eyes from the page and strain my ears to listen to the whistle of the passing train. The train tracks are…Continue
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"What's that" is the first thing I said when I layed my eyes on this little nugget. The Grillmaster replied simply "An armadillo egg"...This appetizer is sure to be a game-day crowd pleaser! Score points with your friends and defeat hunger.
Cool weather means its time to heat up the grill. Get your game face on cause it's about to get serious! Rise-up and follow these simple instructions..
Core a jalapeno, stuff with cheese mixture, encase it in sausage, season and wrap it in…Continue
A southern kitchen is a special place, mainly because of the culinary magic that happens there. I recently asked readers of my blog, Southern Belle Simple, to share (via Facebook) what they consider to be the number one must-have for a southern kitchen. Can we just say I was blown away by the response?
I combed through the reader responses and pulled out the most popular. Then I…Continue
A few months back, a friend of mine inquired about the best macaroni and cheese in town and where he could find it. His facebook post quickly drew a crowd. Seems Athenians are full of opinions when it comes to the star of potlucks, family reunions, and bbq joints. It was fun to see the chatter going on all day...some like theirs topped with bread crumbs or crackers and some would never think of such an embellishment. Many commented that they only use 'the box' recipe or rely on Stouffer's…Continue
“Oh, yes!” she answered.
“There’s a Firefly Walk this Friday night at Armand Bayou Nature Center. I’ll sign us up.”
And so we went - me, her, and my mother. We arrived in the early evening of an early May day, before the Houston…Continue
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As the story goes, the Southside was named for the South Side of Chicago's bootlegging joints. During Prohibition, citrus and sugar were mixed with bathtub gin to make it drinkable. Even if it wasn't one of the creations of that era, it is still a delicious gimlet variation. In the years since, it has become an…Continue