If you have read my earlier posts,
you know that ever since I meandered down the Mississippi River,
in a Turn of the Century Paddlewheel Boat,
I’ve been mesmerized by anything and everything
Southern……….

…from glorious Antebellum Mansions,

whose wooden plank floors
are pitted from the spurs of Civil War Soldiers…

…billowing lace curtains,

flirting with a warm summer breeze…..

……Majestic Oak Trees dripping with moss……

…adventures of Huckleberry Finn…
…voluptuous Georgia Peaches…
…Dixie dishes, like Fried Green Tomatoes….
…Fried Okra….Hushpuppies….
…Paprika, a southern secret ingredient…

“Can’t no Teflon fry no fried chicken”~ Vertamae Grosvenor

…..Aunt Hattie Mae’s pan-fried Chicken….
…Smashed Potatoes with Milk Gravy……
…Southern drawls…..Y’all …all y’all…
…Bless Your Heart….

…I’m fixin to have a hissy fit…

…well, butter my biscuits…I’m in a tizzy…

…Yes Ma’am…No Ma’am….Darlin’….

…I do declare…Well, I Swanee…..

Sippin’ Sweet Tea on the front porch….

screen doors a- squeakin’…lightnin’ bugs a-twinklin’..

Mama’s down-home,

oven-hot Buttermilk Biscuits

and Skillet Cornbread….

…butterbeans…sweet peas….

…Honey hush….gimme some shugah

…moonpies…golden crusted fried pies…

Hymn singin’ in the kitchen…

In the Sweet By and By….

…Church picnics..

…All day dinner and singin’ on the ground…

…Tent revivals…
shoppin’ at the Piggly Wiggly…what a hoot…

….Pecan Pie, so good it makes you

mad at your mama…

…creamy-cold Banana Pudding

as smooth as baby food…

…light-as-air Louisiana Beignets,

smothered in snow-white sugar….
…Old Family Recipe Pound Cake…
…Exquisite Red Velvet Cake…
…mouth-watering Pralines…..
…Aunt Bessie’s secret-recipe-Buttermilk Pie…
sweet Magnolias…Honeysuckle vines…

Fiddle-dee-dee…gracious hospitality…

Have I made y’all hungry yet? Me too!

Well, I am working on a writing project

and I need the help of all of you

sweet southern girls.

I wasn’t born in the south,

but I got here as fast as I could!

And I need to know your secrets!

Pretty please with a cherry on top?

I am going to have a drawing

and the winner will receive
Dolly Parton’s new cookbook!
Is she cute or what?

So here are some things I want to know…

  • What are your favorite southern sayings or quotes?
  • Beauty secrets?
  • Home remedies?
  • Word of advice?
  • Homemaking tips?
  • Gracious hospitality tips?
  • How do you stay so genteel, charming and ladylike?
  • The food that says “home” to you.
  • What did your Mama or Grandma always tell you never to forget?
  • Advice on how to age gracefully.
  • Family Traditions.

  • I also need some real deep-south southern names,

first names and common last names. ( Bobby-jo, Jim-Ed, etc…)

Or anything else, regarding the ways of a proper Southern woman. Just a few words will do! You may submit as many comments as you would like. The last day to post a comment will be Monday,February 25. If you leave a comment, I will regard it as your permission for me to use in my project.

Thanks for your help!

“Even children of my generation were made sharply aware of the importance of manners…and as we grew older, and began holding our own in social settings like school and church, we came to recognize the practical value of manners. If you knew how to be courteous and considerate, it became apparent, you could enter into any social situation with confidence–and you were much more likely to get what you wanted. A charming manner, in other words, could often get you that second helping of pie.” ~Sela Ward –from her book Homesick.

So glad you stopped by for some pie…y’all!

Hugs!

Ruthann

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