Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Southern Living's Six O'Clock Solutions

The sweet people at Southern Living Magazine sent me this fabulous cookbook "Six o'Clock Solutions."  I don't know about y'all, but I constantly run out of interesting dishes to prepare for my husband.  I would eat fish, brown rice, and a vegetable every single night of my life...but the only seafood my husband likes is shrimp.  I'm always trying to come up with something other than the same ole' grilled shrimp, grilled chicken, grilled pork chops, turkey meatloaf, etc.  I found some alternatives to try in this Southern Living cookbook.

The Quick Chicken Piccata dish on page 99 only takes 30 minutes and since my husband likes chicken,  I'll definitely be trying this one!

I really want to try the recipe for the Fried Green Tomato Sliders (page 72) and the Slaw Reubens (page 65).  I call these "Treat Day Specials!"

Southern Living's Shrimp Destin Linguine (page 40) has always been one of my favorites as well as the Pecan Crusted Chicken and Tortellini (page 34).

The recipe for Fettuccine and Asparagus al Burro caught my eye for tonight...I love pasta, I love asparagus, and I love cheese.  Happy Happy!

We had a long day with my husband ending up in the emergency room.  Lord have mercy, not sure yet if he has a torn rotator cuff.  Ouch!  Our "Six o'Clock Solution" meal wasn't eaten until after 9pm.  The dish was delish!

With sweet tea....

My husband was in no mood for anything different and wanted grilled shrimp with his change for him.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Happy Memorial Day Y'all!

I hope y'all are having a great Memorial Day Weekend. I am having a very quiet celebration....Lord have mercy, here's my 30-minute Memorial Day meal.  Corky's Bar-B-Q {slawed-up Memphis-style}, with some Wickles pickles and Publix Southern-style potato salad.

I'm taking time today to get some stuff done around the house 'cause I'm headed back to Georgia this week.  Y'all enjoy your day!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

In The South It's A Religion

I would like to introduce to y'all Mandy Sue, the author of In The South It's A Religion blog.  Mandy Sue now lives in Memphis after attending Loyola University New Orleans, deep in the heart of SEC territory.  Her college did not have a football team and Mandy felt like she was missing out on a great Southern what's a Southern girl to do?  Well, to get herself interested in becoming a football fan, she started a blog with the title from the line in Designing Woman, straight from Miss Julia Sugarbaker.
“In the East, football is a cultural experience. In the Midwest, it’s cannibalism. In the West, it’s a tourist attraction. But in the South, it’s a religion.”
Mandy Sue

Mandy Sue and I are both lovers of afternoon tea and I love that she knows the difference between afternoon tea and high tea!  {Afternoon tea is held in the afternoon and has three distinct courses:  savories, scones, and sweets.  Most Americans refer to afternoon tea as high tea because of its regal sound.  However, high tea in Britain features heavier foods and is usually served after 6pm.  Thank you Mandy Sue for spreading the word!

Afternoon tea at the Peabody in Memphis
{Photo property of Mandy Sue}

Mandy and I both love the Peabody Hotel in Memphis.  The Peabody has it all...a fabulous hotel, fine dining, a great roof top bar, proper afternoon tea, and The Ducks!

And then there's fashion...Mandy Sue and  I both love Lilly Pulitzer...especially the 'Hotty Pink First Impression' pattern!

Mandy Sue was the speaker recently at a Girls Inc. of Memphis..... and I love that she presented the young girls with the proper dress code for different occasions!  Take a peek y'all, just in case you need a reminder.

I love meeting like-minded people in the blogging world.  Y'all stop by and visit Mandy's blog.  Hope everyone has a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Dee Stephens, she is the winner of the giveaway from Laura Row studios.  Thanks to all who entered and now y'all please practice proper giveaway etiquette and congratulate Miss Dee! 

Friday, May 9, 2014

Giveaway from Laura Row Studio

Artist Laura Row has graciously offered one of her 8 x 10 prints to be given away to one of my readers.  Laura is a watercolor artist with a focus on frivolity.  She loves painting perfumes, fancy desserts, famous ladies, etc.  Here are some of the fabulous prints from which the lucky winner may choose.

A giclee print of original watercolor - Audrey Hepburn

For all the GWTW fans...a giclee print of original watercolor - Scarlett O'Hara

My favorite perfume for church, Coco Mademoiselle - a giclee print of original watercolor

How adorable is the giclee print?!  A Great Gatsby mood board.

And...a Breakfast at Tiffany's mood board print!

Laura loves doing watercolors, especially custom works and she offers a custom pet portrait.  How adorable are these little kitties?

She does beautiful custom house portraits as well.

Laura will soon be offering custom watercolor wedding collages, where you pick some of your favorite elements from the the wedding like the cake, dress, party favors, bouquet, etc.  She has made these for friends and the Brides love them.

Here are the guidelines for this giveaway:

1)  Visit Laura's Etsy site and tell me in a comment which 8 x 10 giclee print you would love to win.
2)  Take a look and 'like' her Facebook page--you will LOVE what you see there!

Deadline to enter this giveaway is Sunday, May 11, 2014 at midnight EST.  I will announce the winner on Monday.  Good luck y'all!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Kentucky Derby Weekend

I have just returned to my Florida home after being away for a month!   We bought another house up in Georgia and I've been busy sprucing it up a bit--well that, and visiting with my friend Tybee Joy!  It will take me forever to get my Florida house cleaned up, clothes washed, cars cleaned...then I'm back to Georgia again!

I got back to Florida just in time to spend a Derby Party weekend with friends in Tampa.  Here are some photos from "What I Wore" during Derby week.
The slacks and bow blouse are by Ralph Lauren and the black belt {reversible} is by Hermes.  The flats and purse are Chanel and the bangles are Hermes and Fornash.

I wore this 'Hot Air Balloon' Lilly P classic shift on Friday for lunch...LOVE the classic shifts with the bows and pom poms!

Friday night I wore this adorable 'Finish Line' dress by Lilly P.  I wanted to wear it on Saturday to the track, but I couldn't find a hat that matched it.  It looked real cute with the pink and green Jack Rogers and the Bosom Buddy bag with the pink bow.  It is definitely one of my top 10 favorite Lilly dresses!

Getting ready on Saturday morning...I wore this adorable 'Talk Derby To Me' tee by Southern Proper.

and I dressed up my diet, caffeine-free coke with a cute koozie.

Last year I wore the 'Just Add Mint' skirt to the track and this year I chose to wear the dress.  The Marley Lilly monogrammed Derby hat and pink Revas were the perfect match.

I didn't plan on a freezing cold, rainy day.  It was terrible weather.  My hat blew off my head.  I liketa died!

My friend Diana and I chose to stay inside and cocktail...

Bud Light was the mint to my julep cup...the koozie is by Lauren James.

I was happy to get back to the party house and change into my Derby party dress...the Lilly P 'Grandstand Patch' Carson Kressley Derby print.  LOVE this dress!

My accessories were a Bosom Buddy bag...a cute Tory Burch hat and orange Revas.  And yes, you do need a purse at home for your lipsticks, mints, etc.

Sunday was closing day at Tampa Bay Downs and we brunched at the clubhouse.  I wore my Lilly P. 'Hot to Trot' skirt.  I adore all the Lilly horse-themed prints!

Thank y'all for visiting with me today.