Cheerwine Cupcakes

It’s recipe Wednesday and there is nothing more Southerner than a cup of ice cold Cheerwine. Don’t know what Cheerwine is?  The beverage is a cherry soft-drink, founded in North Carolina. Trust me, it is a must-try!

This soft-drink has multiple uses, including being made into quick and easy cupcakes!

Ingredients:

Cupcakes:

  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 12 ounces Cheerwine
  • 1/8 teaspoon cherry flavor
  • Maraschino cherries
Frosting: 
  • 4 cups Cheerwine
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2-3 cups of powdered confectioner sugar

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line cupcake pans with liners and set aside
  2. Whisk together cake mix, Cheerwine, and cherry flavor. Pour into prepared pans and bake according to package instructions. Cool completely.
  3. In a saucepan, boil down the Cheerwine until it has reduced to 1/2 cup.
  4. In a mixer, cream butter and 2 cups of powdered sugar on medium speed. Slow speed to low and add Cheerwine reduction. Increase speed to high and beat until light and fluffy, adding additional sugar if needed.
  5. Pipe frosting onto cupcakes and top with maraschino cherries.

Enjoy!

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Reasons Why I Love “Growing Up Southern”

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My childhood can be described as summers spent outside, chasing fireflies and falls spent at the county fair, enjoying the simple things in life. There are many things I could pick out that I love about my childhood, yet, I always come back to my ultimate favorite-I was able to grow up in the South.

Growing up Southern is a privilege, in my opinion. Yes, I am a little bias, because this is the only place I’ve grown up. Growing up Southern is more than just celebrating the different seasons or food. Growing up Southern is about the people, manners, and lessons learned.

Here are 12 reasons why I love growing up in the South.

1: Respect for elders is one of the most important things.

2: Also, respect for your momma and daddy is crucial.

3: Almost every sentence should include a “ma’am” or “sir.”

4: It is better to overdress for any occasion. (Football games, church, you name it-overdress.)

5: Handwritten letters don’t go out of style.

6: Your family will always support you and will always be the most important thing in your life.

7: In the summer, curfews are dictated by lightning bugs.

8: Southern food is the best and you will learn how to cook your grandma’s recipes by the time you are 20.

9: There is no need to be in a rush for everything.

10: Southern hospitality is a way of life that you will master by the time you are also 20.

11: School is cancelled when the first flakes of snow fall.

12: You wouldn’t want to grow up anywhere else but in the South.

Going to Carolina In My Mind

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North Carolina-one of my favorite places in the world. Trust me, I could make you fall in love with all things about the Tarheel state and here’s why:

1. We have the best of both worlds-beautiful mountains and beaches.

2. UNC v. Duke basketball rivalry is a can’t miss.

3. The Wright Brothers and the gift of aviation.

4. We have all four seasons.

5. BBQ–need I say more?

6. There is a city for all types of people.

7. There are TONS of places to have fun for a day-trip, such as Carowinds, The Biltmore Estate, and the Outer Banks.

8. We all know the wonderful taste of Cheerwine.

9. North Carolina is known as “The Hollywood of the East Coast.”

10. You can’t beat the music and musicians from the state. James Taylor, Scotty McCreery, Ben Folds….(the list goes on and on 🙂 )

A Southern State of Mind

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Lynchburg, Virginia 

Country Belle Chic is heading North for the next “A Southern State of Mind” trip! As the heat starts setting in for the summer, road trip to Lynchburg, Virginia anyone?

1. The city was named after its founder, John Lynch. In 1757, Lynch started a ferry system across the James River. Finally in 1852, Lynchburg was made into a city.

2: Tobacco and iron were the chief products of the early days of the town.

3: “City of Seven Hills” is another name for the area.

4: During the Civil War, Lynchburg was a major storage depot and burial ground for soldiers.

5: The Society of Friends (Quakers) were the first religious group to settle in the city.

Tomorrow, we go to Lynchburg’s best attractions!

Source: http://www.lynchburghistoricalfoundation.org/history/

Southern Style Green Beans

Make sure to get your ‘greens’ in today with this quick and easy Southern recipe. Trust me, they are just like Nana makes them.

Ingredients:

1 lb. fresh green beans

4 slices bacon

2 tablespoons onions, finely chopped.

Directions:

1. Cook the green beans until tender.

2. Cook bacon until crisp. Remove from pan and let drain on paper towels.

3. Crumble bacon into small pieces and pour off all but 1 tablespoon fat from pan.

4. Cook onions in pan for 3 minutes. Add green beans and bacon.

5. Heat through and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Enjoy!

A Southern State of Mind

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Raleigh, North Carolina

(And if I die in Raleigh, at least I will die free.) 

If you have ever listened to the song “Wagon Wheel,” you heard the reference to Raleigh, North Carolina (and yes, I am listening to that song as I write this post 🙂 ). For our next “A Southern State of Mind” series, we are heading to the capital of North Carolina-Raleigh! Test your knowledge of this growing city below!

1: In 1587, Sir Walter Raleigh directed John White to build the “Cittie of Raleigh.”

2: Raleigh was officially named the center of government for the state in 1792.

3: The Native American Iroquoian, Siouan and Algonquian tribes were the first settlers. The land is also the birthplace of Virginia Dare, the first child born to English parents in the new world.

4: Raleigh is home to North Carolina State University, which was founded in 1887.

5: Today, the city is the second biggest in the state.

Source: http://www.raleighnc.gov/home/content/PubAffairs/Articles/Historic.html

My Tarheel State Food Bucket List

Put food and travel together and I’m a happy camper! So, when I saw an article titled, “15 Restaurants In North Carolina That Will Blow The Taste Buds Out of Your Mouth,” I knew I had to read it.

Most of those places I had never heard of before and some I had. Out of the 15 restaurants, I made a 5 must-try bucket list. Sounds like a roadtrip around the Tarheel state for me!

1:Darryl’s Wood Fired Grill in Greensboro: Who doesn’t love BBQ with a signature sauce?

2: Hurricane Mo’s in Kitty Hawk: Dine on a meal of shrimp, wings, and tacos with a great view of the Outer Banks.

3: Dame’s Chicken and Waffles in Durham: Chicken and waffles, does anything get more Southern?

4: Johnny’s Pizza in Apex: You can’t keep me away for a good slice of pizza for too long!

5: The Cowfish in Charlotte: Where else can you get burgers and sushi at the same place?

To view the complete list, visit: http://www.movoto.com/blog/opinions/north-carolina-restaurants/?src=fb

Growing Up Southern

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You can’t imagine living anywhere but the South.

I recently came across the article “37 Thing Growing Up in the South Taught You” from The Odyssey. The article lists 37 unique things about this region of the United States. There are some items I agree with and others I think could have been written better.

So, instead of rewriting the list (that will be another post in a few days), I picked out a few of my favorites to share with y’all:

1. The importance of calling your momma.

2. The beauty of sweet tea.

3. Fried chicken is the best kind of chicken.

4. If a man doesn’t open the door for you on the first date, dump him.

5. You are never too old to go home for just a weekend… or just a meal.

To view the complete list, visit: http://theodysseyonline.com/baylor/37-things-growing-south-taught/92062 .

Going to Carolina in My Mind

I, like most of the world, am trying to wrap my head around Tuesday’s horrific shooting of three students in Chapel Hill, NC. I just can’t fathom how someone can have so much anger and hatred to the point they take the lives of fellow humans.

Having friends who attend both UNC Chapel Hill and NC State University, and friends who are Muslim, I have seen the impacts this scary situation has had on them.

Today, I’m “going to Carolina in my mind” and praying for the students’ families, friends, and for peace to come.

Source: YouTube