Meatloaf Muffins

7 02 2014

Picture via Food Network

Obviously, we love the classic comfort food meatloaf around here, especially as the weather begins to cool, and suppertime needs to be just a little richer with a coolness in the air. As a variation on the classic loaf, next time make your mixture and place into muffin tins. Just be sure to cut your baking time in about half (they cook much quicker, usually in about 20 minutes) and are perfect for individual portions to use as leftovers.

This way, everyone gets their own variation. Some can cover in ketchup, others in gravy, bbq, or another sauce.

(You can also double these as meatballs for your italian sub!)

Anything small is infinitely more edible and appealing!

The Cotton District, Mississippi

5 02 2014

Cotton District

Located in the college town of Starkville, Mississippi is an idyllic neighborhood — the Cotton District.

In the 1920’s, Starkville’s cotton mill was home to many poor tenants and workers, and by the mid-1960’s, it had fallen into complete disrepair. So Dan Camp, inspired by European cities, as well as other beautiful Southern locales such as Charleston and New Orleans began building homes and businesses classic architecture in the Victorian and Greek Revival styles.

Commonly considered the first example of new urbanism, today, the Cotton District houses college students, young professionals, and retirees.

Tuesday Tip: Coupon Colors

4 02 2014

If you’re a couponer, you can save hundreds of dollars per year. But honestly, most of us don’t take advantage, because let’s face it, it’s a little work.

So here’s a tip to make your couponing a little easier on you (and the cashier and fellow shoppers)!

Keep a brightly colored highlighter in your coupon envelope. When you clip them out, highlight the expiration date, so you can easily cull any that have expired when you’re looking through each week to find those you plan on redeeming. You’ll save a little time when you’re getting ready to head to the store, and be more likely to use those coupons you’ve been saving!


3 02 2014

I can spend hours wasting on Wikipedia. There is endless information in the world, and what amazes me even more is that our ancestors didn’t have access in their whole lives to the information we can browse in one hour.

But did you know our own South has versions of our own Wikis?

Many of the states such as Alabama, Georgia, and Virginia have their own encyclopedia.

So the next time you’ve got a little time to waste, learn a little bit about our own Southern backyard.

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide 2014

1 02 2014

Looking for a gift for your sweetie this year? Look no further. We’ve got plenty of suggestions here for you!


The old saying goes “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” But let’s be real here, man or woman, food and love are pretty close to a Southerner.

Start the day by making your mister or missus these pretty pancakes served with heart-shaped fruit kabobs.

ham and fig heart sandwich

Image via Pinterest (click to link)

Lunch is a Ham and Fig sandwich with Goat Cheese. If you pack a lunch for your main man, along with Goldfish snack crackers, and a funny note that reads “You’re the only one in the Sea for me!” (There are lots of ideas for lunch packed snacks on this Southern Belle’s blog that would be perfect for the kiddos, any day of the year.)

heart straws

Sip a pre-dinner drink through this sweet heart straws.

Serve a creamy alfredo over this homemade ravioli for a romantic dinner.

And dessert is a rich Red Velvet Hot Chocolate.

heart tea cups

Then sip a warm cup of before-bed tea from these fancy cups, which secretly hide a heart in your cuppa.

Jewelry  Sure, sure. You could go with the classics — diamonds and pearls will never steer you wrong.

Or remind your gal of Cupid’s arrows with this Arrow Necklace from Stella & Dot.

petit amour necklace

Give her a little piece of your heart along with this ‘petit amour’ necklace on Etsy.


Tutorial by Coco + Kelley (click image to link)

Tutorial by Coco + Kelley (click image to link)

Set the table with fresh flowers set in mugs bearing a special message, perhaps your initials or your anniversary month.

If your gal or guy is a sports fan, send a bouquet inspired by your team colors.

Just For Fun

Keep things light with a bouquet of red heart balloons.

love potion

Ever wanted to give your crush a Love Potion? Well, now you can.

You’ve got sunshine on a cloudy day, but a heart-shaped umbrella makes for a cheery present.

Homemade  Sometimes the most meaningful gifts, money can’t buy.

Love a word-nerd? Buy a dictionary, then go through and circle all the words that remind you of him/her — happy, love, like, sweet, intelligent, couple, pair, hope. What words would you highlight?

Spruce up her favorite tea bags by adding a little heart tag, or a fun message (this would make a fun gift for girlfriends).

kiss art

Keep it simple, silly. Playful, romantic… a kiss says it all. Slap on some lipstick, and leave smacks all over for your love to create memorable and personal art. I actually did this once each day when my Mr. SIT was away, and by the time he returned, he had a visual reminder that he was thought of as I saved all my kisses just for him.

A little red ink, plus your own two thumbs are all you’ll need to show your heart. (This would be sweet to have your little ones do for mom or dad, grandma, or their school friends as an art project.)

How do you tell your mate they are your perfect match? How about a practical little token to show he lights up your life — matches.

Cards  And what’s a heart-felt gift without a little note to say what’s in your deepest sentiments?

Another variation on the match theme — a handmade Perfect Match card.

Call your mister or lady a cutsie name like “Love Bug?” Well, this unconventional card will bring a smile.

arrow Valentine's card

Take a page from Paul & Julia Child and send out Valentine’s Day cards together as a couple. These would be so cute.

What to Wear

Need a little red dress for a date night out? Rent the Runway with this subtle, but flirty number.

If the night gets cold, keep your hands warm with these chic gloves.

Life Lately, According to Instagram – December Photos

14 01 2014


Stephen Foster Day

13 01 2014

Today, January 13th is Stephen Foster Memorial Day.

Most of you will know who Stephen Foster is, but even if you don’t, we all know his songs. Foster was known as the “Father of American Music” and penned such songs as “Oh! Susanna,” “Beautiful Dreamer,” “Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair,” and my favorite “My Old Kentucky Home.”

While Foster spent most of his life a little north of the Mason-Dixon, the South has embraced his music, which embodies the American spirit. Foster made many of our beloved Southern landmarks famous with his songs. White Springs, Florida is home to the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park on the banks of the Suwannee River. Foster wrote “Old Folks at Home,” which made the river famous. The Museum at the Folk Culture Center features exhibits about his music.

stephen foster

In Bardstown, Kentucky you can visit My Old Kentucky Home State Park. Foster was inspired to write his famous tune, which is now the Kentucky state song and sung each year at the Kentucky Derby, after visiting his cousin, Senator John Rowan, on Federal Hill. Today, you can tour the mansion on Federal Hill. And if you’re there during the summer months, be sure to stay for the Broadway-style show “The Stephen Foster Story.” I was delighted by the costumes, songs, and story last time I visited. The grounds are beautiful and you can’t do better than a warm night under the stars at their amphitheater.