Fried Chicken

Happy National Fried Chicken Day!

Today is a favorite day among many people below the Mason-Dixon line. To celebrate, I thought I would share a classic recipe for this beloved Southern dish.

Ingredients:

  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 cups self-rising flour
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (1 to 2 ½ pound) chicken, cut into pieces
  • Oil for frying

Directions:

  1. In a medium size bowl, beat the eggs with the water. In another bowl, combine the flour, salt, and black pepper.
  2. Dip the chicken in the egg, and then coat in the flour mixture.
  3. Heat the oil to 350 degrees F. Do not fill the pot more than 1/2 full with oil.
  4. Fry the chicken in the oil until brown and crisp, no more than 15 minutes.

Enjoy!

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8 Southern Movie Lines Everyone Knows

Everyone loves a good movie from time to time, especially if it ia a southern movie. There are many different elements that make a movie rememberable. One element is being able to quote the film years after it’s premiere.

Take a look below and see what Country Outfitter Style has listed as the 8 of the most quotable southern movie lines.

1: “It’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” To Kill a Mockingbird.

2: “What we have here is a failure to communicate.” Cool Hand Luke

3: “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.” Gone With the Wind

4: “I’m walkin’ here.” Midnight Cowboy

5: “I don’t want your life.” I Don’t Want your Life

6: “Life is like a box of chocolates.” Forrest Gump

7: “Stellllllllllllllllla!” A Streetcar Named Desire

8: “Her colors are pink and pink.” Steel Magnolias 

Source: http://www.countryoutfitter.com/style/southern-movie-lines/?lhb=style

75th Anniversary of “Gone With the Wind”

In honor of the 75th anniversary of the classic movie, Gone With the Wind, Turner Classic Movies is holding special showings in select theaters across the nation. Yesterday, Momma and I saw the 1939 love story of a man and woman and the love story a woman and her home on the big screen at a sold-out screening. Seeing one of my favorites movies in it’s original 1939 retrospect was an experience I couldn’t miss!

As I watched the movie, I thought about how some of the film’s most famous quotes are still relevant today. So, enjoy my top 5 quotes from Gone With the Wind that anyone can apply to their life, 75 years later after the film’s original premiere.

1: “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.” -Rhett Butler

Use this quote for the moments when you really…don’t give a damn about something.

2: “You should be kissed and often. And by someone who knows how.” -Rhett Butler

Does this one need any explanation?

3: “I can’t think about that right now. If I do, I will go crazy. I’ll think about that tomorrow.” -Scarlett O’Hara

Worry about the things you need to for today and worry about the rest tomorrow.

4: “With enough courage you can do without a reputation.” -Rhett Butler

Who cares what others think? Have the courage to be yourself!

5: “After all tomorrow is another day.” -Scarlett O’Hara

Always know things will be better tomorrow and with each day you are given a brand new start.

Southerners and Their Foods

Another special part to our Southern culture is our taste for food. Some people might think some of our dishes are unique, while others think they are down-right crazy, but I’ll let you decide that for yourself. 

Recently, Country Outfitters published a list with the 9 foods the rest of the world think Southerners are crazy for eating. However, if you ask me, I am a fan of most of these and love eating them. Do you?

Take a look at the list below and just maybe one of these dishes will find its way to your dinner table tonight.

1: Brunswick Stew

2: Squirrel

3: Biscuits and Gravy

4: Pimento Cheese

5: Fried Green Tomatoes 

6: Collard Greens

7: Chicken Fried Steak 

8: Frog Legs

9: Fried Pickles

Source: http://www.countryoutfitter.com/style/southern-foods/?lhb=style&lhs=u_fcw_f_n_a&lhc=ls&lhg=southern_foods

Southern Words

“I’m fix’n to give you some sugar so your day will stop being caddywampus.”

Now, some people above the Mason-Dixon line might not understand the meaning of that sentence, but around here, we all know it means “I’m going to give you a kiss so your day will stop being sideways.”

Southerners are known for their creative language and use of phrases. We like to drop the ‘g’ on words ending with ‘-ing’ and we sometimes like to sugarcoat things by saying “bless your heart” or “we need to pray for them.”

Below are some famous southern words and phrases that only a select group of people know their true meanings. Do you?

Y’all-More than one person

Britches-Pants

Clicker-Remote Control

Hold your horses- Settle down

Coke-A carbonated beverage

Playing Possum-Pretending to be asleep or dead

Caddywampus-Sideways

She could eat corn through a picket fence-One with very large teeth

Sugar-A kiss

That dog will hunt-That’s a good idea

Coon’s Age-A long time

Fix’n to-About to do something

 

 

 

The First Snow of Winter…Err, I mean Fall

It’s 57 degrees outside right now and the meteorologists are predicting snow for tonight and tomorrow. As any Southerner knows, the chance of snow in the South before Thanksgiving is just as good as pigs flying.

By now, the lines are probably long in the grocery store, with people stocking up on bread and milk and the streets are lined with snow machines. (Have you ever wondered why people just stock up on bread and milk? If I’m going to be inside, due to a blizzard, I’m stocking up on everything!) Even if it snows 1/2 inch, Southerners go crazy and act like it is the blizzard of the century.

Don’t get me wrong, I would love to see snow during the holiday season. Like they say, there is nothing like a white Christmas and in the 21 years of being alive, I have probably seen a white Christmas about two times. Hopefully, this year will be the third.

Who knows if it will snow soon, but the sky is turning white and the temperature is dropping. Could there be snow before Thanksgiving in North Carolina? Check back tomorrow to find out!

Talking Below the Mason Dixon Line

When it comes to talking, Southerners have a knack for a slow drawl and extra sweet catch-phrases that are quite different from the rest of the country. Earlier today, my friends posted an article on Facebook, titled “15 Southern Sayings That The Rest of America Won’t Understand” and I knew I had to share it with y’all. Of course, the list entails the more common phrases, such as “Bless your heart” and “She’s madder than a wet hen”, but also includes some of the lesser known Southern sayings. Some of my favorites from the lesser known are: “We’re living in high cotton” and “He thinks the sun comes up just to hear him crow.”  

Whether you are from the North, South, West or East, you can count on the South for having a very distinctive way of talking. As a Southerner, I believe it is something we pride ourselves on and don’t take for granted. It sets us apart, makes us unique, and is one of the many things I love about the South.

For the complete list, visit: http://www.businessinsider.com/southern-sayings-2013-10

Yonder…Southerners and Directions

Google Maps, Mapquest, GPS…these are all devices that give directions; however, in the South, there is one word to describe all types of directions…yonder.

“It’s over yonder.” We all know where yonder is. It’s past the church, around the corner at town square, and through the cotton field. Ok, ok, yonder is a different direction for everyone, but it helps a Southerner give directions to a distinct place.

No matter where your yonder is, all Southerners know one thing: yonder is anywhere below 39, 43…the Mason Dixon line.