Southern Sayin’ Saturday

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Wow! What an overwhelming response to Southern Sayin’ Saturday Giveaway! I will post one or two sayin’s each Saturday.

All you have to do to win, is be the first to respond in the comment section of the blog. Simply explain the origin of the sayin’. If you don’t know, then make something up. Jennifer McMurrain’s story was hysterical last week, you can read it in the archived comments. She won Cajun spices from Slap Ya Mama http://slapyamama.com/

cuppowKeep them coming and as long as I can afford it, I will keep awarding prizes. Two of my favorite products are featured this week. Let’s have fun with this.

This week, Tina Laurie submitted this one:

I have always laughed at my dad’s favorite saying when someone got hurt-  “Had worse than that on my lip and never quit whistling.” Because we use our lips to sip and because Southerner sippers sip from Fruit/Canning jars, be the first person to comment and you will win a Cuppow. http://cuppow.com/

Karen Cox sent in:

I once knew a pastor’s wife who, when referring to some small child, declared that the child was, “So sweet you could just eat her with a spoon.” Be the first to explain and you will receive a goodie or two from Burt’s Bees. http://www.burtsbees.com/?cm_mmc=PPC-_-MSN-_-Brand-_-burt%27s%20beesBurt's bees

I look forward to hearing from you. Help me grow Bloggy Mountain Breakdown by passing this on to others. Have a great weekend.

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The Great Chili Debate

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photo (4)What is the first meal you make when the temperature dips below 60 degrees? If you are like most southerners, you make a big ole pot of homemade chili. I’ve moved a lot and I learned quickly “the south” is extremely diverse when it comes to foods, traditions, and culture. There is a huge debate about chili.  What area of the south you live in, will determine what kind of chili you will make on a cold night.

In Texas, I understand (from transplanted Texans who are now Okies) they like their chili hot, with lots of meat (sometimes coarse ground beef or venison or both), thick sauce, lots of flavor, and NO beans.

In Oklahoma, we like it thick, made with lots of ground beef, a tomato type base, and beans. It is usually mild to medium.  As a former Tennessean, I am okay with both.

In Tennessee, the chili is like the Oklahoma version but a little more brothy and not so thick. Most of the time they pass the hot sauce to add a little heat. In my family the chili side dish was  always plain saltines.

When I was living in North Carolina, I was totally confused. In the Tarheel state, they put chili on hotdogs and hamburgers, both usually come with mustard, coleslaw and onions. This kind of Carolina chili is minus the beans, it is not saucy or hot, it is a sort of ground beef finely mashed with chili powder and spice flavoring.  If you want a burger or dog without chili you better tell them when you order. Chili is an unwritten code there, you order a hamburger or hotdog, it will come with chili. If you ask them to leave it off, I promise you, they will ask, “Are you sure?” Then, they will call all the cooks and kitchen help to your table so they can look at you, laugh, and ask you where you’re from.  They also serve chili in a bowl but that chili has beans and that dish is called “chili beans.” It is made like the Oklahoma kind.

In Alabama, they really threw me a curve. If you order a chili dog there, they will bring you a dog on a bun, some finely chopped ground beef on the dog, and they will hand you a bottle of Louisiana Hot Sauce or Texas Pete so youphoto (5) can turn ground beef into Alabama poor man’s version of chili. They also call chili with beans, “chili beans” and you eat it out of a bowl.

We lived in Florida for a total of ten years. I don’t think the temperature dropped below 60 degrees long enough for me to cook a pot of chili, maybe they eat it in the Florida panhandle but definitely not below the frost line.

What’s your chili preference? Send me you chili story, then we can all participate in the great chili debate.

And The Winner Is…

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Congratulations to Jennifer McMurrain! She is the winner of the Cajun spices, “Slap Ya Mama.” For those of you who don’t know her, she is a real author. You know the published kind. She has two books and several short stories on Amazon, Check out Quail Crossing and Winter Song. Both are great reads.

Southern Sayin’ Saturday

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brisket sandwichWelcome to Bloggy Mountain Breakdown. Each Saturday, I hope to feature a Southern Sayin’. I am counting on you to send me your favorites. If you are looking for a blog where you can be involved this is the one for you. Let’s share our lives together. Enjoy the first sayin’!

A friend of mine went to TX this weekend and she enjoyed a delicious brisket slap ya mamasandwich on a yummy bun. This is what she said, “Very seldom do I get a brisket sandwich where the bun outshines the brisket … but I just had a “so good it’ll make you slap your mama” bun.

If you know the origin of this sayin’ enter it in the comments section. If you don’t know, make up a story…I think it might be fun!

Get your friends involved. This week because I like sayin’s, spices, and sandwiches, I am giving away a can of “Slap Ya Mama” Cajun seasoning. There will be a random drawing. I will post the winner on Monday.

*read the ABOUT section of the blog to find out how you can participate in Bloggy Mountain Breakdown.  

Homesick for Nashville

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It’s this time of year when I really get homesick for Nashville and the middle Tennessee area. Cooler temperatures, football, tailgate parties, clear blue skies, and changing colors remind me of my childhood. Someone asked me how Iflat and scruggs came up with the name for this blog. The title goes back to my roots. To put you in the southern frame of mind, click on the link below. This playin’ and  pickin’  will transport you to a kinder, gentler time. Enjoy… http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=foggy+mountain+breakdown&FORM=VIRE5#view=detail&mid=DE0E59FD5FDCC76F5A85DE0E59FD5FDCC76F5A85

Southern Sentiments

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Have you ever wanted to blog but you don’t know where to start? Maybe you are afraid you won’t have time to write or you don’t know what to say. If you are from the south, you have plenty to say. This blog is your blog. Send me your southern sentiments, stories, photos, recipes, and jokes. Let me know what you are up to and I will get your thoughts posted. I hope to have a southern word or saying posted each week. Send me those, too.  As the blog grows, I hope to have featured writers, as well as, contests and giveaways. You can contact me via the comments section if you would like to submit to the site.  I hope to hear from YALL soon!