In the South we love nothing
more then being able to get away from everyday life and enjoy a little down time. Come kickback, have a Mint Julep, and enjoy yourself! Here are a few fabulous places to vacation at in the South!
Blackberry Farm - located at the foothills of the Great Smokey Mountains of East Tennessee
The Biltmore - Asheville, North Carolina
Seaside - Walton, Florida
The Greenbrier - White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia
It’s easy to spot a good
Southern gentleman by what they have on! A Southern gentleman has a distinct look
that is unforgettable and different from the Yankee and West Coast gentlemen.
If you so desire to look like a gentleman of the South there are a few things
that you must have!
Every Southern gentleman needs a
dependable tuxedo ready to go at a moments notice
A Southern gentleman can always
use another pair of seersucker pants to wear in the spring and summer. They
always come in handy for the horse races, football games or just because
in the South hunting is a way of life. No gentlemen’s closet would be
complete without a few hunting shirts
Southern gentlemen are not afraid
to wear pink or a bow tie
Southern gentlemen are never
without a pocket square
A flask comes in handy for
football games and other events
Loafers are every Southern gentleman’s
pair of bucks for when you’re feeling dapper
“Being a Southern
gentleman is a state of being. It is a lifestyle based on the ancient code of
chivalry. It is a mindset of putting others first and having a truly humble
spirit. It is a respect for others – and for oneself. It is respecting the
dignity of all men, no matter what their station in life may be. It is a deep
and abiding reverence and respect for women, coupled with the manners and
etiquette that outwardly demonstrate that reverence.”
to present here’s my list of top ten movies that take place in the South.
You’ll fall in love with these movies and will want to watch them over and over
American classic; about the dramatic romance between Scarlet O'Hara and Rhett
Butler. Takes place during the Civil War and Reconstruction. Set in Georgia.
the perspective of a six-year-old girl, Scout, TO Kill A Mockingbird,
takes on a journey of injustice and prejudice during 1932. Set in
around Truvy's Beauty Parlor, this movie is about a close-knit group of women
and the everyday trials, tribulations, and joy they encounter. Set in
Gump is a man with low intelligence, who accomplishes great things and far
exceeds everyone's expectation of him. Set in Alabama.
witnesses the suicide of a prominent lawyer, Jerome Clifford. Before Jerome
dies he tells Mark where the body of Senator Boyd Boyette is buried. Mark finds
himself in a situation of knowing more then he should and hires a lawyer,
Reggie Love. Set in Memphis, TN.
Kelso, a magazine reporter, is sent to Savannah to cover a Christmas party, which
leads him to stay on and cover a murder trial.
lifelong romance of Allie and Noah and the life events that separate and bring
them back together. A story of how with true love two people can accomplish
anything. Set in Seabrook Island, South Carolina.
The story of Johnny and June Cash. Takes place in Tennessee.
well-to-do family, the Tuohy family, takes in Michael Oher off the streets and
invites him in to be one of their family members. Michael has a talent for
football and goes on to play at the University of Mississippi. Take place in
is a southern society girl determined to become a writer. She comes together
with Aibileen and Minny, two housekeepers in the 1960s, to start a movement
that will forever change a town and the way people view one another. Set in
One of a
Southerners’ favorite things is comfort food! All of us Southern Belles like to
keep in shape and look nice, but deep down there’s a little Paula Deen in all
of us craving some grits or some good ole’ mac n’ cheese. Here are some of my
favorite recopies that are indicative to the South:
½ (8 oz.) block Monterey Jack cheese, shredded (about
¼ cup whipping cream 1
teaspoon hot sauce
¼ tsp. ground black pepper 1/8
– ¼ tsp. ground red pepper
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
large eggs, lightly beaten
Bring chicken broth to a boil in
a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Gradually whisk in grits; bring to a
boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes
or until thickened. Stir in Cheddar cheese, next, 5 ingredients, and if
desired, Worcestershire sauce, stirring until cheese melts. Remove from heat
and stir in eggs. Pour grits into a lightly greased 2-quarter or 11x8
inch-baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 350 for 40 to 45 minutes or until golden
SAUSAGE SWIRLS (Paula
Two 8-ounce cans refrigerated
crescent dinner rolls
1-pound ground sausage, mild
1 can of dough and form into 4 rectangles. Firmly press the perforations to
seal. Take the uncooked sausage and cut into 8 chunks. Using 4 chunks of the
sausage, spread each of the rectangles with a thin layer (about 1/8 inch
thick). Starting at the short end, roll each rectangle tightly into a cylinder.
Repeat with the other can of dough and remaining sausage. Place on a plate,
cover with plastic wrap, and chill until firm, about 30 minutes, then cut each
roll into 4 slices.
ready to bake, preheat the oven to 375F. Place the sausage swirls ½ inch
apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, until golden
brown, and the sausage is thoroughly cooked.
MAC N’ CHEESE (Paula
Prep Time: 5 minCook
Time: 3 hr
2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
4 tablespoons (1/2 stuck)
butter, cut into pieces
2 ½ cups (about 10 oz.) grated
sharp cheddar cheese
3 eggs, beaten
cup sour cream
1 (10 ¾
oz.) can condensed Cheddar cheese soup
½ teaspoon salt 1
cup whole milk
½ teaspoon dry mustard ½
teaspoon black pepper
Boil the macaroni in a 2-quart
saucepan in plenty of water until tender, about 7 minutes. Drain. In a medium
saucepan, mix butter and cheese. Stir until the cheese melts. In a slow cooker,
combine cheese/butter mixture and add the eggs, sour cream, soup, salt, milk,
mustard and pepper and stir well. Then add drained macaroni and stir again. Set
the slow cooker on low setting and cook for 3 hours, stirring occasionally.
CONGEALED SALAD (Miss Daisy)
1 3 oz. pkg. strawberry 1/3
1 cup boiling water 1
3 oz. pkg. cream cheese
1 can strawberry pie filling 1
8 ¾ oz. can crushed pineapple drained
1 3 oz. pkg. lemon gelatin ½ cup heavy cram whipped
1 cup boiling water
Dissolve strawberry gelatin in 1-cup boiling water;
stir in pie filling. Pour into 9X9 dish; chill until partially set. Dissolve
lemon gelatin in 1 cup boiling water. Beat mayonnaise and cream cheese with
mixer. Beat in lemon gelatin. Fold in pineapple and whipped cream. Spread on
strawberry layer. Chill. Cut in squares to serve.
If you live in the South, or
just a southern belle at heart, there are five wardrobe essentials that every
southern girl simply must have! 1)
Pearls – Here in the South we wear our pearls everywhere! To workout, shop,
bake, the Symphony Ball, weddings, black tie events, and more. If you live in
the South and don’t have pearls, then honey…Lord help ya!
The Little Black Dress – No matter where you are from, every woman needs a
little black dress. This is a must have! You can dress it up or down according
to where you need to go.
3) Ray-Ban Sunglasses – Ray-Bans are the most
dependable sunglasses a girl can have, they never go out of style and you can
wear them anywhere!
Classic Lilly Pulitzer Dress – Every Southern Belle has that one classic Lilly
dress in their wardrobe that they can pull out and wear to any event. Here in
the South we always need a dependable Lilly dress to wear to weddings, horse
races, football games, etc.
Jack Rogers Sandals – In the spring and summer time Jack Rogers Sandals are a
girl’s best friend! Wear with shorts, dresses, and skirts . They look great on
southern girl is a girl who knows full well that she can open a door for
herself but prefers for the gentleman to do it because it demonstrates a sense
of respect. After all, every girl wants to betreated
like a princess. We know how to make sweet tea and grits while telling you
anything about any football team in the SEC. We pick our battles and fight with
the heart of a pitbull while still maintaining grace and elegance. Our mystique
is that of the soft-spoken, mild- mannered southern belle who could direct an
army, loves her momma and will always be a daddy's girl”
With the Christmas Season
drawing to a close it is a time to be reminded of all the wonderful holiday
festivities, our family, friends, and everything that we have been blessed
with. This year I am reminded of the fabulous lights at the Opryland Hotel, going
to see Irving Berlin's White Christmas, and Celebrating the Holiday with family
and friends. And of course no holiday in the South would be complete without a
little southern comfort provided by Jack Daniel's and some terrific wine. Wishing
Y’all A Very Merry Christmas!
"And the angel said unto them, Fear not, for behold, I bring unto you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you this day is born in the City of Bethlehem, a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; you shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel, a multitude of heavenly host, praising God, and saying, 'Glory to God in the highest, and on Earth peace, good will toward men'".
White roses and hydrangeas are
my absolute favorite flowers! It’s the simple but elegant touch guaranteed to
dress up any table. White flowers are the way to go for any traditional
gatherings, last minute events, or just to accent your home. They will always
look classy and never overdone.