There is nothing better than this time of the year!
Happy throwback Thursday! I’m throwing it back to a very yummy recipe-S’mores Dip!!
S’mores Dip is a must try recipe this fall season! Bring on the chocolate, marshmallow, and graham crackers!
- 1/2 tablespoon butter
- 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
- 15 jumbo marshmallows, halved
- Graham cracker squares
- Adjust rack to center position of oven and place 8-inch cast iron skillet or regular frying pan on rack. Preheat oven to 450°F with skillet inside. Once preheated, use a pot holder to remove the hot skillet from the oven.
- Place pat of butter in the skillet and coat the bottom and sides. Pour chocolate chips in an even layer into the bottom.
- Arrange marshmallow halves over the chocolate chips, covering the chocolate completely.
- Bake for 5 to 7 minutes or until marshmallows are toasted to your liking.
- Remove from heat and rest for 5 minutes. Serve immediately with graham cracker squares.
Fall- my favorite season of them all! We are TWO days away from the start of the season and every year, there are several things I MUST do before it ends, so here is my fall bucket list:
- Tailgate at a football game.
- Go apple picking.
- Buy school supplies.
- Watch Halloween movies.
- Decorate with tons of pumpkins and DIY fall crafts.
- Travel through the mountains to see the leaves.
- Visit the county fair.
- Carve a pumpkin.
- Make an apple pie, apple butter, apple pie, and homemade apple sauce. (Can you tell I like apples…alot?)
- Stuff myself during the holidays.
- Go on a hayride.
- Eat s’mores at a bonfire.
- Wear a hoodie, while snuggling up with a cup of hot chocolate.
It’s fall, y’all!
Congratulations to all nominated for the 2015 CMA Awards! The full list of nominees is posted below with of course, my predictions (in italics).
Entertainer of the Year
Female Vocalist of the Year
Lee Ann Womack
Male Vocalist of the Year
Album of the Year
Jason Aldean, Old Boots, New Dirt
Kacey Musgraves, Pageant Material
Little Big Town, Pain Killer
Kenny Chesney, The Big Revival
Chris Stapleton, Traveller
New Artist of the Year
Maddie & Tae
Song of the Year (Awarded to Songwriters)
“American Kids,” Kenny Chesney (Written by Rodney Clawson, Luke Laird, Shane McAnally)
“Girl Crush,” Little Big Town (Written by Lori McKenna, Hillary Lindsey, Liz Rose)
“Like a Cowboy,” Randy Houser (Written by Randy Houser, Brice Long)
“Like a Wrecking Ball,” Eric Church (Written by Eric Church, Casey Beathard)
“Take Your Time,” Sam Hunt (Written by Sam Hunt, Josh Osborne, Shane McAnally)
Single of the Year
“American Kids,” Kenny Chesney
“Girl Crush,” Little Big Town
“I Don’t Dance,” Lee Brice
“Take Your Time,” Sam Hunt
“Talladega,” Eric Church
Vocal Group of the Year
Little Big Town
The Band Perry
Zac Brown Band
Vocal Duo of the Year
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Maddie & Tae
Musical Event of the Year
“Django and Jimmie,” Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard
“Lonely Tonight,” Blake Shelton (Feat. Ashley Monroe)
“Raise ‘Em Up,” Keith Urban (Feat. Eric Church)
“Smokin’ and Drinkin’,” Miranda Lambert (Feat. Little Big Town)
“Wild Child,” Kenny Chesney (Feat. Grace Potter)
Music Video of the Year
“Biscuits,” Kacey Musgraves
“Girl Crush,” Little Big Town
“Girl in a Country Song,” Maddie & Tae
“Little Red Wagon,” Miranda Lambert
“Something in the Water,” Carrie Underwood
Musician of the Year
The CMA Awards will take place on November 4 in Nashville and will be broadcast live on ABC.
Happy Monday! Long time, no post! I’ve been busy working on TONS of things for Country Belle Chic, that I can’t wait to bring to you! Stay tuned.
The next stop in our roadtrip is Savannah. Here are the must-sees, must-eats, and tips to use while in the historic city.
Things to Do:
- City Market in the Historic District
- Tybee Island Light Station and Museum
- Riverboat Cruise or Dolphin Magic Tour
- Samantha Claar Gullah Living
- Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace
Restaurants to Try:
- Tubby’s Seafood River Street
- Belford’s of Savannah
- Sandfly BBQ
- Savannah Theatre
- The Olde Pink House
Tips to Use:
- Looking for a boat or ferry tour? Contact Savannah Belles Ferry for great deals and information. They’re contact information is on: http://www.catchacat.org.
- Savannah’s peak seasons are spring and fall. Try going between November and the end of January during the low season.
- Look into the different festivals throughout the year that might interest you. The city is known for it’s St. Patrick’s Day fun. There is also the Savannah Music Festival and the Sidewalk Arts Festival.
- To save money on food, the Savannah Menu Card can be a huge help. These special deals range from free appetizer to discounts. For more information, visit: http://www.savannahmenu.com.
- You can also save on hotels, by visiting: http://www.stayinsavannah.com.
What better place to start our “A Southern State of Mind Roadtrip” than with Charleston, South Carolina? I gave you most of the inside scoop when the city was featured in a regular “A Southern State of Mind” post, back in June. (For a quick refresher, visit: http://bit.ly/1IYJbJD. Places to visit and restaurants are featured in the following posts.)
For today’s stop in the Holy City, here are five inside tips that are must-try:
- Weekday rates for hotels are often cheaper than weekends. If your schedule allows, come to Charleston during the week. My past trip was a Tuesday-Thursday and I loved it! For all of the places I visited, there was little to no wait.
- Look for special packages if you plan on doing a carriage ride, tours of plantations or museums, or the South Carolina Aquarium.
- You don’t have to stay in the heart of the city. Check out a hotel on the outskirts or North Charleston. Lower hotel rates are always a favorite.
- Walk the city! Save on gas and a get a little exercise. Trust me, you’ll see a TON more if you get out of the car.
- Go to the Charleston City Market (The Old City Market) FIRST thing in the morning, right after it opens. You’ll get first pick over all the vendors. Plus, the crowd’s still small, so there’s more room to shop.
Next stop, Savannah!
Before another summer wraps up, there is still time for one more roadtrip. What better destination than the South? I’ll introduce you to each spot and give you the insider tips in this special “A Southern State of Mind” series.
My perfect Southern summer roadtrip would include these 10 places:
- Charleston, South Carolina
- Savannah, Georgia
- New Orleans, Louisiana
- Fort Worth, Texas
- Nashville, Tennessee
- Williamsburg, Virginia
- Boone, North Carolina
- Orlando, Florida
- Tupelo, Mississippi
- Louisville, Kentucky