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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Going to Carolina In My Mind

June 26

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 🙂 )

Happy (Sweet) Iced Tea Day!

June 10

Today is every Southerner’s favorite day-National Iced Tea Day. However, we need to change the “iced” to “sweet,” to make it more appropriate.

Everyone has their own special way to making the housewine of the South. So, instead of posting my version, I thought I would share the recipe to another favorite-Sweet Tea Sangria! 

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups sweet tea
  • 1 bottle white wine
  • 2 cups raspberries
  • 2 cups sliced peaches
  • fresh mint, for garnishing

Directions:

  1. In a large pitcher, mix together sweet tea and wine.
  2. Add fruit and chill for at least 2-3 hours.
  3. Garnish with mint before serving.

Enjoy!

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Raleigh, North Carolina 

Who’s hungry? Check out my favorite places to eat in the state capital.

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42nd St. Oyster Bar and Seafood Grill

A perfect place to get some oysters and seafood!

Source: http://www.visitraleigh.com/listings/42nd-St-Oyster-Bar-Seafood-Grill/58234/?maxshow=10

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Andy’s Wings and Burgers

Want some down-home comfort food? Visit Andy’s! This restaurant is a great spot, located in the heart of the city.

Source: http://www.visitraleigh.com/listings/Andy-s-Wings-Burgers/60098/?maxshow=10

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Carolina Barbecue of Garner 

You can’t visit a Southern city without having some delicious BBQ. No matter what’s your BBQ style, one thing is for sure-this place is delicious.

Source: http://www.visitraleigh.com/listings/Carolina-Barbecue-of-Garner/66241/?maxshow=20

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Cappolla’s Pizza and Grill 

 Grab a slice of pizza and enjoy some Italian food, below the Mason Dixon line!

Source: http://www.cappollascary.com/home

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Baker’s Dozen Donuts 

Anyone with a sweet tooth will love this spot! Visitors can feast upon tasty donuts, before touring around the city!

Source: http://www.yelp.com/biz/bakers-dozen-donuts-raleigh

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Raleigh, North Carolina

 Spend some time in Raleigh and don’t forget to stop by these popular places!

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NC State Capitol

Learn a little bit about the history of North Carolina’s government. This building is currently home to the office of the governor- Governor Pat McCrory.

Source: http://www.ncstatecapitol.org/

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NC Museum of History 

Calling all history fans! This is a “don’t miss” stop where you can learn about the history of the Tarheel State.

Source: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g49463-d144856-Reviews-North_Carolina_Museum_of_History-Raleigh_North_Carolina.html

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Walnut Creek Amphitheater

Catch a show or listen to a concert at Raleigh’s amphiteater. A favorite spot to relax and unwind from the day.

Source: http://www.visitraleigh.com/listings/Walnut-Creek-Amphitheatre/59285/

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NC State University 

Anyone else a Wolfpack fan? Visit the campus of NC State University and join the Pack!

Source: https://www.ncsu.edu/

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Historic Yates Mill County Park

This wildlife park is perfect for a hike or just a picnic by the pond. The park features an 18th century water-powered mill that is still in operation.

Source: http://www.visitraleigh.com/listings/Historic-Yates-Mill-County-Park/59141/

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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

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Winston-Salem, North Carolina 

You can’t forget food when traveling! Whether it’s a mom and pop stop or a little hole in the wall place, Winston-Salem is full of delicious restaurants you don’t want to miss!

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The Tavern at Old Salem

Dine at an 18th century tavern and enjoy a classic American meal, inspired by the Moravians.

Source: http://thetaverninoldsalem.ws/

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Milner’s American Southern

Who doesn’t love an upscale Southern meal while traveling?

Source: http://www.milnerfood.com/

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Dairi-O

Dairi-O is one of my all-time favorite places to eat! Feast on one of their famous hot dogs or hamburgers. Enjoy a scoop of ice cream or a milkshake while you’re at it!

Source: http://www.dairios.com/

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The Olive Tree Deli

Definitely a mom and pop restaurant with the best Greek food in town! You can’t beat The Olive Tree Deli’s side of zucchini or chicken souvlaki.

http://www.theolivetree-deli.com/

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Bib’s Downtown

The love of BBQ rings true here in the Twin City. Bib’s Downtown is famously known for their hickory-smoked meats and tasty hush-puppies.

Source: http://www.bibsdowntown.com/

I hope you enjoyed our tour of Winston-Salem, North Carolina as Country Belle Chic’s first ever post in the “A Southern State of Mind” series! In a few weeks, I’ll take you on a trip to Emerald Isle, North Carolina! Who doesn’t love the beach in December?

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Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Today is the beginning of our “A Southern State of Mind” series! Every now and then, I will highlight a classic Southern city or town. For each place, I will give you the insider’s scoop on where to visit, where to eat, and the history of that place. Originally I was born in Killeen, Texas, but have called Winston-Salem, North Carolina my hometown ever since I was two months old. So, what better way to get this series started than with Winston-Salem?

Winston-Salem, commonly known as the “Twin City,” was originally two separate cities, Winston and Salem. In 1753, the Moravians, a religious group originally from Eastern Europe, traveled from Pennsylvania to the central portion of North Carolina. They settled on more than 100,000 acres and called their new home the Wachovia Tract. Within this tract, in 1766, the Moravians established the town of Salem. This group of people quickly pioneered ways in the arts, culture, and innovation. Because of their highly skilled craftsmen and artisans, the town of Salem became a thriving and sought-after trade center. In addition, Salem’s manufacturing skills played a pivotal and prominent role as a supplier during the American Revolution and the Civil War.

At the same time, a similar Southern industrial center was being formed, just north of Salem. The city of Winston was established in 1851 in honor of  Revolutionary war hero and legislator, Major Joseph Winston. But it was not until after the Civil War that the city of Winston was known as a bustling industrial center. With the help of entrepreneurs and business tycoons, R.J. Reynolds and the Hanes family, Winston soon emerged as a national leader in tobacco and textile manufacturing.

The city of Winston and the town of Salem were both successful places on their own and pioneered ways in innovation; however, by 1913, it was clear there was more to be gained from uniting the two cities than remaining separate. The city Winston-Salem was created shortly after and today remains true to it’s independent and innovative roots. Other entrepreneurial successes and big name companies call this Southern city their home, including: Piedmont Airlines (now US Airways), Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation, T.W. Garner Food Company (makers of Texas Pete hot sauce) and Goody’s headache powders.

Nicknamed “the City of Arts and Innovation,” Winston-Salem also became home to the first Arts Council in the United States and created the model for Arts Councils nationwide. Today, Winston-Salem is the fifth largest city in North Carolina and is home to six colleges and universities including Salem College, the longest, continuously running women’s college in the U.S. as well as Wake Forest University and Winston-Salem State University.

Check back tomorrow and see the classic spots you need stop by when visiting Winston-Salem!

Source: http://www.visitwinstonsalem.com/about/past-present-future