My Top 5 Favorite Southern Sayings

When I first moved to the midwest, I tried real hard to cover my accent up.  I felt like people were constantly making fun of me and it was super annoying having people correct me ALL.THE.TIME.  So, eventually I embraced it…and now, I’m me! So with that, I LOVE my Southern Sayings. And here are my TOP 5! I use these daily, well when relevant and they are just so damn cute!


“The porch light’s on, but no one’s home!”

  1. “Hey Ya’ll!” -This is completely obvious! It’s a greeting!
  2. “We are living in high cotton, darling!” -This means we are living good!
  3. “Buggy” -This means a shopping cart.  “Grab a buggy!”
  4. “The porch light’s on, but no one’s home.” – We use this when referring to stupidity.
  5. “Bless it.” or “Bless your heart.” -Now this has multiple meanings.  It could be sympathetic or could mean we think you’re stupid.

Do you have a favorite saying?!

 

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Trying New Things

As easily as I get scared, I am always up to try new and adventurous things.  Let me backtrack here, I am terrified of heights…like terrified. I don’t know exactly what happens to my body once I am up high, but my brain sends out this warning to the rest of my body and it locks up and I’m frozen.  Moving forward…

Dominican Republic

On my last trip to the Dominican Republic, I went zip-lining through the rain forest. I was thinking to myself “YES, I’m adventurous and a total badass. I got this.” But once I was in my harness and leaning over the edge in a tower swaying above some of the tallest trees in the rain forest, I started to second guess my decision. At that point, I’m thinking, “well this is dumb.”  I started to back away from the edge and was not going to do it.

“My fear of missing a once in a life time opportunity outweighed my fear of heights.”

Decision Time

Then I had some running commentary in my head, “Really?!?! Are you going to be a chicken and back out?! Seriously?!”  I stopped thinking completely and just did it.  I flew through that bad boy! Zooming through trees, feet touching water and birds just flying all around me! Best decision I have ever made.  My fear of missing a once in a life time opportunity outweighed my fear of heights.

Reasoning

Now, when I’m faced with a decision that terrifies me, I look back on this time. I just said to myself “screw it.” And do it.  I was so worried that I was going to look back and say that I wish I would have at least tried it. Since then, I have tried everything, well almost everything, that I come across.  Whether it’s food, excursions, or events.  I have said, “YES!” And I am happier then I have ever been and I also have amazing stories to tell! Next time you are in a situation where you are facing one of your fears, just say “F -IT!” You’ll regret that you didn’t!

I will also try to find my zip-lining pics for you guys! Stay tuned!

 

 


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When we were young…

When I was young(er), I wanted to be a veterinarian. That was my dream! I LOVED and still love animals. I use to bring home injured animals and I would treat them. My mom use to get pissed! LOL!!

Me being a vet, wasn’t completely far fetch but after a horrific accident that left me bleeding out, I realized that I couldn’t stand the sight of blood. Yuck! I passed out several times during the accident…quite embarrassing.

After the incident, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do…then I became very interested in crime scene investigations. So, I began doing research about what I wanted to do. Did I want to be a criminal profiler? Did I want to be in forensics?  There were so many things. I was also probably in my late teens and was stressing so much about this life decision.

I researched the FBI and the CIA! But very quickly realized that it wasn’t for me! At the point when I was in college, I still was trying to find my place.

I actually didn’t know what I wanted to do until my 2nd full-time job in the actual workforce.  It was an event coordinating and marketing gig. I loved it so much! I actually enjoyed going to work and staying late. It never got old! I still love it till this day.

The funniest part about it all was that I didn’t actually know what I wanted to do until I was 25 and, like I said at my 2nd full time job in the real world.  It’s amazing where life takes us! And sometimes I still wish that I could find that little girl down deep and tell her “don’t stress out trying to figure out what you want to do with your life, your time will come!”

I still silently chant this to myself every day!

What did you want to be when you were younger? Or are you still searching? Let’s hear it?!

 

 

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She’s Country!

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For a little while during college, I was living in Nashville. I got absorbed into the country music scene. I was obsessed with going to see the underground singers/bands, dancing the night away, and meeting new people. I would stay out until 5am and sleep until 2pm, and then do it all again.  It became a lifestyle and not a very healthy one.

My friend started interning at Sony Productions, then we had an in to all the hottest places and events.  I’ve been to Florida Georgia Line’s premier party, in Carrie Underwood’s dressing room, and have sang on stage with Charles Kelley from Lady Antebellum at a local bar. I was living the life!

My favorite memory was when one of my girlfriends was dating a band member from Brantley Gilbert.  Oh boy was that a nightmare, but we have so much! On a night after one of their concerts, we went to a hotel party and the band members trashed the room. Brantley was not there, FYI.  But it was insane and they didn’t even get into trouble for being loud or punching holes into the walls.  I have never experienced anything like it before.  It was awesome!

It was awesome until I found out how these people were able to live these kinds of lives. After the above night, I was at another premier party and I saw a very famous female artist in the bathroom doing a line of coke off of the counter. I grabbed her hand and asked her what in the hell she was doing. She looked at me and started crying and said “I have to stay up. I need to be on top.” I was like “Honey, no you don’t! Who told you that you needed to do this?!” Then she got angry and walked out.  I was kicked out of the party about 5 minutes later.

I was appalled. This is country music! It’s all back woods, boots, and first loves…right?!? I’m not saying that this situation happened with any of the performers I mentioned above, but there is an uglier side the music industry that people do not see. As hurt as I was that one of my favorite singers did this, I’m glad it happened because it made stop obsessing about this kind of fake life that nobody should live or want for that matter! Not all singers are like this but with my experience, there are some out there. It’s heartbreaking!

I still love country music but I just know the struggle that goes behind the fame!

Thanks Ya’ll!!!!

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My Momma Does it Better!

Chicken and Tea

Let me tell you about one of the stereotypes for us southerns, that is actually true.  We like our tea sweet and our chicken fried. Now, I don’t eat like this all the time, because it’s not that healthy and it’s so difficult to find the combo up in the midwest, well it’s actually rare.

So this brings me to my momma’s fried chicken and sweet tea recipe! WOOHOO! When I first called her a few years ago getting the recipe, she made a statement saying that “my fried chicken is good honey, but I made my best when I was your age.” I laughed and said “momma, age is not an ingredient.”  She said “you’ll see one day.”   Well I haven’t quite seen it yet but there’s still time!

My Momma’s Fried Chicken

Ingredients

2 1/2 Cups of all-purpose flour

1 Teaspoon of salt and pepper

1/2 Teaspoon of poultry seasoning

1/2 Teaspoon of cajun seasoning ( I prefer Slap Ya Mama original blend of cajun seasoning  Link here Slap Ya Mama

2 Eggs, beaten

1 1/2 cup of milk (2% or whole)

1 Whole Chicken (2 to 3 lbs.) (I prefer white meat chicken)

1 Quart of vegetable oil for frying

Steps:

  1. In 1 bowl; mix flour, salt, pepper, poultry seasoning, and cajun seasoning. In the other bowl, beat eggs, and then mix milk in with the eggs.
  2. Heat up oil in frying pan to about 325-350 degrees, (F).
  3. Dip each piece of chicken into the milk/egg mix then into the dry mix.  Repeat with the dry mix 1 more time. Make sure the dry mix is coated thick on the chicken before keeping it into the oil.
  4. After chicken is prepped, deep each piece into the oil for about 12-16 minutes or until brown.  Make it as crispy as you want!!
  5. ENJOY!

 

Now my dad makes the best sweet tea so here you go!

My Dad’s Sweet Tea!

3 Bags of Lipton Tea Bags ( I just have always used lipton tea bags.  you can use whatever you like)

2-3 Cups of Sugar

1 Gallon of Water

1 Tea Pitcher

Steps:

  1. Boil a medium pot of water. Once the water is boiling, add the 3 teabags to the boiling water.  Let the teabags seep for a minute and then turn the temperature down to low.  Let that sit for 5 minutes.
  2. Grab your tea picture and add your sugar.  Pour the water and tea mix into the pitcher and stir until the sugar dissolved. Do not add the tea bags into the pitcher.
  3. pour hot water into the medium pot over the tea bags and add that seeped water and tea to the pitcher.  Repeat this step a few times until pitch is almost full.
  4. After tea pitcher is full, stir well and place pitcher in the fridge for about an hour (longer if you can)(Throw away the tea bags)!

And P.S. You will not need any lemon or other additives unless you want something a little extra! Just serve over ice and enjoy!

So hopefully you enjoy these recipes as much as I do!  Feel free to ask questions or tweak it however you like! It does take some getting use to!

ENJOY YA’ll!

 

(picture credit from buzzfeed.com, will update with a personal picture soon!)

 



Let’s do this thing called ‘Team Building’

For starters I act like a child. More in a sense that I love to laugh at stupid things and enjoy activities that adults usually don’t.  I love cartoons and playing hide and seek with my nieces. It is actually quite a list.  I also love sports and am…..SUPER competitive. No matter how bad/good I am at something, I’m going to talk mad shit before.

So this leads me to last night. I was in charge of our office “Team Building” outing.  So I chose laser tag. It’s a competitive ‘sport,’ I say this loosely and just something fun to do.  Now I haven’t played laser tag in years but it was very close to work and it was more of an adult laser tag than anything. And they had a bar!  So done deal!  This place was so freaking cool. It had multiple levels with hideouts and different games/missions that could be played.  Like this was legit. All in a huge warehouse.

We had about 25 people and we split up into teams.  I ended up getting a specialty sniper rifle (did I mention I was southern?) so I was happier than a hog (love that phrase…you’re welcome!).  So my job during each mission was to cover my team members from different vantage points.  Essentially protecting them from the other team.  We completed 9 missions.  The first 3 were horrible.  We weren’t communicating and everyone was going rogue. We had some of the best shooters on our team but it didn’t matter if you didn’t have a plan and if you weren’t communicate.

Finally, another team member took charge and said here’s the plan.  “What we are doing is not working and we are going to keep losing if we don’t work together.”  I guess it hit everyone at that moment that we needed to formulate a plan and stick to it. And guess what, after that we started winning. We worked together as a unit and covered each other until we won the whole challenge.

This whole team building exercise was quite an experience an I would definitely do it again.  At work today (and yes I am writing this while at work, shhhh!) everyone is communicating like I have never seen before.  It is unbelievable.  Also, everyone is laughing more.  There is a different atmosphere here today.

To anyone deciding whether or not team building exercises work, believe me I have done different types, and this one totally exceeded expectations.  I have attended seminars, all day conferences, and workshops.  Nothing to this caliber. Usually the workshops and seminars teach you the fundamentals to implement but with the one we did yesterday, we learned first hand and implemented all at the same time. I would recommend anyone doing this with their company.  It was a great experience and totally worth the money!

Thanks Ya’ll!

 

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