Snow and Southern Silliness

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snow pine treeWhat happens when a southerner hears the word snow? As a southern girl I know the answer to that. We over react, we over buy, and we over eat! Last night in my hometown we received two to three inches of snow. The meteorologist warned us for a week. The good town folks didn’t waste a minute buying up all the milk, bread, and fire wood.

This is not a new phenomenon. It was that way when I was a child in Tennessee. Part of the panic is because southern states are not equipped with snow plows and salt trucks.  We learn early on that snow means stay at home, stay warm, and stay full of food. Southern people do not have snow boots, down parkas, and toboggans (cap not sled). Since I mentioned sled, we didn’t have those either.

As kids, if we wanted to go outside and play in the snow we had to be creative. We didn’t have the right cold weather clothing or toys.  I remember putting on three pair of socks with my shoes and to keepfirewood my feet dry, I wrapped bread sacks around my shoes. That must have been a sight. We made our own sleds which were more like snow disks. We used garbage can lids or flattened brown boxes to slide down the hills. After thirty minutes of play, we were soaking wet, purple fingered, shivering, snotty red nosed, and worn out.

It has been my experience that most southerners love snow because in our lifetimes, we might only see four or five real snows (more than a dusting).  I do not fall into that category. I am a warm weather woman and if I never saw snow again it would be fine with me. But in case anyone wonders, I am prepared. I have plenty of bread and milk, plenty of fire wood, and yes, the crock pot is full of comfort food.

crockpotEnjoy the rare arctic blast, it might not happen again for a long time.

If y’all are out, stop by! You can leave your bread sack boots at the door and come on in! The fire is blazing, the food is hot, and the fun is just beginning.

I Accept the Nomination on Behalf of Bloggers Everywhere

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11 grafittiI have great news to share with those of you who are following Bloggy Mountain Breakdown. Jennifer McMurrain is a nominee of the Liebster Award and she in turn nominated me as one of her 11 nominees. (I think that is what she did). I graciously accept the nomination on behalf of bloggers everywhere.  These opportunities come along once in a lifetime. How can I say no? Here is what I am honored to do:

1. Write 11 random things about myself.
2. Answer the questions I was asked. 3. Nominate and notify 11 bloggers of their notifications. 4. Ask 11 questions of my nominees. 5. Link back to the person who nominated me.

The real purpose in this exercise is to help blogger friends, Jennifer McMurrain and Heather Davis reveal new blogs to numerous people.

Eleven Random Things About Me:

  1. I had rather laugh than cry. I laugh at things that aren’t funny to anyone else. I thought Jurassic Park was a comedy.
  2. I only have 9 toenails. I was born that way. By the way nail polish doesn’t stay on bare skin.
  3. Writing is good for my mental health. It is the only thing in my life that occupies 100% of my thought life while I am doing it.
  4. Three things I wanted to become  when I was a child, a writer (of course see #3), a ballerina (too short, too shy, too poor), a NASCAR driver (I’m a girl raised in the south, it was a total boys club back then)
  5. I prefer books over movies. The last movie I saw in a theatre was True Grit. Did you notice they spoke properly and did not use contractions while speaking?
  6. I don’t like sweet desserts or candy. Blue m&ms are an abomination.
  7. I would like to be a sommelier (look it up). I have been told I have a highly refined palate. I would love to teach others the skill. Then, I could write about their tasty experiences.
  8. I am an introvert, not shy but a loner.
  9. I have lived in Tennessee (twice), Alabama, North Carolina, Florida (twice), and Oklahoma (twice).
  10. I only have two things left on my bucket list. (time to kick the bucket?) My husband made most of them happen.
  11. I am extremely organized, a neat freak, and a germaphobe. If you shake my hand, I will sanitize it immediately. You cough near me and I will run. I can open any public doors without out using my hands. NO! I don’t want to have a sip of your drink or a bite of anything that has touched your lips. Never, never double dip, I will heave.

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Eleven Questions I was asked:

What is your biggest pet peeve?  Laziness

What was your first car?  A brand new, 1977 Monte Carlo, buckskin interior with a landau roof

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life what would it be? My grandmother’s homemade buttermilk biscuits slathered with real butter.

What is your favorite clean word, that you make sound like a swear word?  Bean Soup

What movie deserves a sequel?  The Book of Eli

Who would you hate to see naked? (DO NOT say yourself) Honey Boo Boo‘s mom or New Jersey‘s Governor Christie

Where do you not mind waiting?  Airports. I know it sounds silly but I like to take my time to get my ticket and go through security. I hate rushing to get to the gate, I had rather get there early, sit, wait, watch weird people, and read.

You can be on the cover of any magazine, which one do you choose?  Rolling Stone (old, half dead rock stars can be made to look good, maybe they could make me look good, too)

Where do you like to relax? At home, on the sofa, a great book, my man beside me, and a nice glass of wine.

If you had to dispose of a body, how would you do it? (I’m asking for a friend, really.) It totally depends on where I lived. In the mountains of TN or NC, I would go to a remote ravine and throw it in, animals would take care of clean up. In FL, I would weigh it down and dump it in a swamp or the Everglades. In AL, I would leave on the football field at the University of Alabama, they are killing and disposing of entire teams this year!

If you were a member of any sitcom T.V. show family, which family would it be?  Everybody Loves Raymond ( I would kill the mother in law Marie, then the show would be a drama, I would dump her in a NY dumpster).

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My nominees for the Leibster Award:

Katelyn Brown, Shel Harrington, Mary Kincaid,  Anne Marie Davis,  Jonah Gibson, Barbara Shoff, Joy Lewis, Sarah Leslie, Margie Louise McCown, Jennifer McMurrain, Heather Davis

Eleven Questions for My Nominees

  1. What is the worst job you have ever had?
  2. What is your favorite crayon color in the 64 pack of Crayolas?
  3. If you knew you couldn’t fail and money wasn’t an issue, what would you pursue in life?
  4. Boxers or briefs?
  5. Wine or beer?
  6. What is your favorite restaurant in any place in the world?
  7. If you could choose where you live, where would it be?
  8. Have you ever broken the law?
  9. What is your favorite national park?
  10. How do you like to sleep? (On your back, side, naked, lots of pillows…)
  11. What does your mate/significant other do that gets on your nerves?

MY 11 NOMINEES, PLEASE DON’T BLOW ME OFF! I am a serious writer and you are, too. I wouldn’t nominate just anyone. Here is what you do, 1. Write 11 random things about yourself.
 2. Answer the questions I asked you. 3. Nominate and notify 11 bloggers of their notifications. 4. Ask 11 questions of your nominees. 5. Link back to the person who nominated you(that is me). I know you are busy and so am I, take time and have fun. All authors should stick together. Ready, set, go. I bet you can do it by this time tomorrow!

Sunday Supper

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grandpa jonesWhen I was growing up, we always watched Hee Haw on Saturday nights. Every week they would feature a Hey Grandpa, What’s for Supper? segment. http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=hee+haw+grandpa+what’s+for+supper&FORM=VIRE1#view=detail&mid=9A57899B6F0D3FCA12859A57899B6F0D3FCA1285

It was my favorite part of the show. Grandpa Jones would reel off a menu that included road kill and weird combinations of southern dishes. It made me giggle each time I watched him.

Tonight at our house, we are having a meal that might make Grandpa turn a backflip. We are having Carolina Pulled Pork, Butter Beans, Collard Greens, Fried Apples, Cornbread, Sweet Tea (of course!) and chocolate pie.

So, in keeping with tradition, I want to ask you, “Hey friend, what’s for supper?” All you have to do is enter it in the comment section and post. If you are planning a gourmet meal or Yankee food (heaven forbid), please give us a shout out. A good southern cook never turns down a creative menu, even from her Yankee friends. Recipes are welcome, too!

Happy eating, if you want to know how to cook any of the dishes I am having, let me know.   P.S. please help us gain readers. Pass this blog on to your friends and family.

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.

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.

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