12.29.13 I am a Southern girl no matter where we travel!

a southern by grace of godI am a Southern girl, born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. No matter where our travels take us I will always be a Southern girl. I feel truly blessed to be Southern by the Grace of God!   Traveling has emphasized our  southern uniqueness to me and the graphic quotes below share some of our uniqueness so I’d like to share them with you.

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a louisiana pride

Everything about this short piece encompasses most of what is near and dear to our Southern hearts.

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a cajun food

This is soooooo very true. Cajun food is not hot spicy food, it’s cooked with a lot of love, cooked slow, most always a ROUX and perfect full bodied seasonings. Cajun food cooked elsewhere is usually just so spicy hot you can’t breathe, but not true southern cajun food!

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a cajun hot tub

Crawfish in Louisiana is the best comfort food you can imagine. A wonderful afternoon spent eating (and yes I mean all afternoon) around a big table with either a hole in the middle or a big can nearby for your crawfish shells. Tables piled high with crawfish, ears of corn, potatoes, mushrooms and whatever else your family likes to boil with the crawfish. Nothing tops this!

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a cajun ten

No this is now how we learn our ten commandments. Those are learned from the Bible but this is certainly a perfect cajun way to describe them.

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a dinner plate

Us Southerners are big people because of this. If someone is sick, you feed them. if someone dies, you feed the family. If a friends relationship breaks up, you bring them food or take them out to eat. If someone does something great, you have a party with food. If nothing is happening you create something by cooking and inviting family or friends over. Every aspect of our lives involves delicious home cooked food. I’m a firm believer that Southern Baptists are the best at pot luck dinners that there is. If you really love someone you bring them banana pudding!

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a fairy tale

What can I say about this one, except it’s true!

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a fix

I believe I could write all day about this one but I’ll try to be brief. Southerners don’t realize that fixin is not a term that other folks use and certainly can’t imagine why they don’t understand it. I’ve been fixin food, fixin to leave, fixin to go to bed, fixin to go to work, fixin to go to church and fixin to dozens and dozens of other things all my life and never ever thought it was odd. Fixin means either “getting ready to” or “I am cooking”. And why we say it, I don’t know. Southern language can be a lazy language and somewhere back when someone must have started to say that one word instead of the three words and it stuck.

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a redneck tips

My hometown is New Orleans Louisiana but I’ve spent most of my adult life in Hammond, Louisiana. I’m very proud of both places and they are each definitely part of what makes me the woman I am!

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a southern belle

Mama always taught me to say “Yes, Mam” and “No Mam” and the same for men except for saying Sir. She explained to me that regardless of someone’s age I must always say those things to show respect. Sometimes others tell me I don’t need to tell them that, especially younger folks, but I still do cause my southern Mama told me to!

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a saints

The New Orleans Saints are the heart of the City of New Orleans and all of the State of Louisiana. I’ve unfortunately wanted to beat folks as we’ve traveled if they had something negative to say about the Saints. Being the southern lady I am I held back!

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a southern ladies

No I’ve never ever worn one of these beautiful Southern dresses but when I see this I’d sure like to pour myself a cold glass of iced tea and sit on a porch somewhere rocking for a spell!

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a southernersI see nothing odd about any of this.  Doesn’t everyone do this!

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a where you came from
I will take this thought with me as we get back on the road. We’ll still be in the Deep South for a while in Florida, the gulf coast and out into the southern west. I look forward to seeing how truly Southern those other places are compared to my hometowns!
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