Why, I do declare!

I am from Tennessee and proud of it. I love the South and everything that comes with it. I was born in Appalachia and the mountains have a very special part of my soul. So let us have a little fun ya’ll and chit chat on our blog porches about the greatness, the weirdness, and the fun part of being a Southern girl.

Southerns have lots of pride and love where we come from. We also make fun of ourselves. But the moment someone else makes fun of us, you are going down. Then we just say, “bless it” and walk away with our sweet tea or beer.

 

Sorry for the wonky, cattywampus pictures and graphics. I just couldn’t get them to work. But we can’t be perfect right?

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1) Accents

*”The first thing outsiders notice about Southerners is the way we talk. In fact, if it wasn’t for our speech, some people wouldn’t now a Southerner from a Minnesotan.” (GRITS Guide to Life, 29)

*Did you know that deep South accents are more related to traditional British accents than any other American accent?

*There are 21 different dialects in the South

*Fun Southern words and sayings: cattywampus (something is crooked, off center), “We’re living in high cotton”, fixin’ to (getting ready to do something), britches (pants), “Dad burn it!” (damn, crap, used when angry), holler ( up in the backwoods in a mountain, OR yelling), “Lord awmercy!”(Lord have mercy), playing possum (fake sleeping), ya’ll (everyone), “He ain’t the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree” (not that smart), “Too big for your britches” (big ego), “I reckon”( I guess s0), and of course:Yankee

2) Food

*I have mentioned in previous entries about Southern food.  There is nothing like it. It is comfort food. It is a way of life. Southerners congregate in the kitchen like people in church. Casseroles are a must, cast iron skillets are handed down from generations to generations along with secret family recipes. If you use mayonnaise Duke’s is the answer. Chicken n Dumplins is made with white gravy, anything else is chicken soup. Everyone’s Mama is the best cook, and you better hold your tongue if you disagree.

*Barbeque is not grilling out! Barbeque is a style of meat (be it chicken, pork, beef) slow cooked. Grilling out is using a grill to cook meat and eating outside. Don’t say let’s have a barbeque and then proceed to make hamburgers.

*Southern girls don’t drink…we sip. A lot.

*Jack, Turkey, Jim, and Makers. Can you guess what those are? If you guessed Southern whiskey you are correct! Bonus points if you can tell me where they are from in the comments section.

*”I think Southern food is comforting. It bridges gaps not only economically, but socially. During tough times, you rely on two things: church and food. And in the South, those two things are synonymous” Chef Todd Richards

*Grits are delicious. Some people make them with milk, some with water. I like a dairy free milk with mine, my husband only prepares his water. But cheese in grits is a must!!!

*Appalachian food is different from Cajun. Cajun and Creole are different from each other. Lowcountry is different than the fore mentioned. All of them are made with love.

3) Family

*After religion, food, and SEC football, next is family. Family is very important to us Southerners. We can make fun of our family, but the  moment someone else attacks a family member, it is going down.

*Family does not apply to just your blood relatives. Family applies to your friends and neighbors. Aunt and Uncle are not just your parents’ siblings. Aunt and Uncle can also mean your really close friends that are like family. There is also your church family. Which is a second family. They help raise your children, look out for you like parents, and are also some of your closest friends. They also are not afraid to call you out and hold you accountable like your  blood relatives.

*”There is no substitute for family. You can’t run out on them, and you can’t ever lose them. Your family is with you always, and if you let it, your family will always be a source of strength, even if they sometimes seem like a royal pain in the rear. The Southern family is our strongest weapon. When we’ve had nothing else in our lives, we’ve always had family. In the past, the family was the source of our survival. It provided the basics: food, shelter, warmth, the Bible, clean clothes, and a switch in every corner. ” (GRITS Guide to Life, 214)

4) There ain’t nothin’ in the whole wide world like a Southern Girl…(that is darn right Tim McGraw!)

*”It is a special vanity of Southern women to believe that they are different from other American women.”

-Sharon McKern, Redneck Mothers, Good Ol’ Girls and Other Southern Belles

*Something is to be said about us Southern women…but I don’t there are enough words to describe the vast array of characters, especially females characters that are in the South. We have your country girls, your farmer girls, your mountain girls, your Southern Belles, and girls who are the best part of all of these and make a wrecking ball of a Southern woman.

*I know I rather be a Southern girl than any other kind of girl/woman out there. Wanna know why? I think everything below sums it up….Plus we are all over in country music. Can you say that about other females?

 

 

O Tennessee...

O Tennessee…

This is a great picture breaking down our accents. I am Southern Appalachian.

This is a great picture breaking down our accents. I am Southern Appalachian.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I know where the library is!

I know where the library is!

 

 

So true. Especially because this is how so many get my last name wrong.

So true. Especially because this is how so many get my last name wrong.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This reminds me of my mom. Don't you dare bother her when she is in the kitchen preparing Holiday feasts.

This reminds me of my mom. Don’t you dare bother her when she is in the kitchen preparing Holiday feasts.

 

 

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I love me some Jack followed by Makers.

I love me some Jack followed by Makers.

Nothing is more true about us....

Nothing is more true about us….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now git on outta here. But don’t stay gone too long. I got some fish a fryin’ and taters in the oven….

 

 

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