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Davy Crockett- "You can all go to hell; I will go to Texas"Listening to Jason Aldean’s cd Night Train and writing this about me section. Ok, I’m really only listening to five of the songs on repeat. Y’all probably didn’t care, but I do, so let’s go with it.  (Stalk me and maybe I’ll tell you which five songs) 
I've been trying to write this post for what seems like forever. I’m sure it’s only been a couple of hours but it feels like an eternity. In my defense, an about me section is one of the most important pages on a blog and usually the most visited. Y’all don’t really know me and ultimately want to know why you should follow me. I still have my HS AP English 5 teacher screaming in my head (Never thought I'd say that), “Make sure its thought provoking, with an attention grabbing thesis!” Do I have y’alls attention yet?

Let’s start from the beginning. Don’t worry, I won’t bore y’all with all the details of my 25 years here in the South. Cause honestly, y'all couldn't care less that I'm obsessed with Arnold Palmers (half sweet tea/half lemonade), wanna be the Mindy Weiss of the South and the Paula Dean of Texas, hate even numbers, TERRIFIED of hotel mattresses, learned to spell bananas from Gwen Stefani, believe the mangos are out to get me, wish Ron Washington was my Paw Paw, want Marty Roe to sing me to sleep every night, huge Dallas/college sports fan, and think everything taste better out of a Mason Jar. I’ll just hit the essential points. My name is Aleshea, pronounced Alicia/Alisha. As a child when people would ask, I always joked that my momma gave me a common name with a ghetto spelling. I’m sure y’all can guess how well that went over when momma was around. I still can picture her dirty looks and feel her underarm pinches.

I’m from the great state of Texas; born and raised.  (Daddy was from Southern Louisiana. Yes, like the cast of Swamp People. My family lives in the area Duck Dynasty is sometimes filmed. One of my Great Uncles sounds exactly like Troy Landry. And yes, my family is a bunch of rednecks but they prefer the term "Coon Ass." Yes, black people can be rednecks. I know you were wondering. Momma was born in Mississippi, near the Arkansas/Mississippi border, but raised in Wisconsin.  Yes, I’m one of those annoying Texans who is obsessed with the state. And yes we are part of the South, contrary to what many “Deep South Natives” tell you, but that’s a story for another day. I’ve lived in North Texas my whole life, excluding college. I lived four and a half years in East Texas (I miss it) where I attended Stephen F. Austin State University. I like to joke I double majored in worthless and worthless but the fancy piece of paper SFASU gave me says, “Bachelors of Science in Political Science, Bachelors of Science in History.” (Momma hates that joke too.) 


Growing up my daddy always joked that my momma spent to much time up north and cooked like a Yankee. He would have none of that in his house and thus he did most of the cooking. It worked out cause daddy worked nights (he was a juvenile probation officer. It wasn’t until I got older that he started working days and became a court liaison) and was home when momma was at work. I spent afternoons in the kitchen watching him cook but at the time it would be a stretch to say I loved cooking. As I got in high school, it became apparent to many family members that not only could I cook, but I could COOK. I always thought they were just being family until others started to tell me the same thing. I guess I ultimately fell in love with cooking after my daddy died. It was a way to keep is memory alive and utilize something he passed down to me. A few people have been bugging me to start a blog but I was reluctant to blog about the food I make because I've never been one for recipes unless I'm baking. Most "recipes" come from my imagination and how I want something to look and taste. I enjoy creating something from nothing with my hands and a wooden spoon. I guess you could say I make traditional Texas, Cajun (I'm half), and Southern food that fills the belly and warms the soul. I fully believe that Jesus and a good meal make everything better and that's all the world needs. (but seriously)

 I'm a self described, "Conservative, morally-obligated Texas gal."  

When I'm not barefoot in the kitchen, windows down driving a Texas backroad, doing the Rory Reading Challenge or just hanging around my Jesus Town/ Water Tower Town being what I call, the Mouth of the South, I'm probably at work after school program by/ or working the church nursery. 

Now, that I've hopefully kept you interested with my "thought provoking, attention grabbing thesis", y'all enjoy your stay and feel free to stalk me. Or you could just grab a recipe or two and be the talk of your next dinner.

Southern Living and or Texas Monthly, if you are reading this: I'll work for cheap.

As the Jason Aldean song title says, "Take a Little Ride" with me!I say Y'all, oh my goodness, Lordy lordy lordy, my word and anyways far more than a person should.  "The South--where roots, place, family and tradition are the essence of identity." -- Carl N. Degler
                                                                                             


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30 comments

  1. A girl that can COOK southern food!!! Well I'm your newest follower :) I love your blog by the way. Your soul shines through it and through your writings.
    PS - I was born in New-Brunswick Canada to a French culture called "Acadians", not sure if you heard of it. Well, back around 1755 ish, some of my ancestors moved to Louisiana and were therefore named "cajun" (which phonetically is the english pronouciation of the last part "Acadians".) One of my favourite French singers if from Louisiana (Zachary Richard). I really, really want to visit one day :)

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  2. Hey chick! I like you. No idea why, but I usually have good intuition about such things. I came over here from the lovely Thursday link-up. I've only browsed your site so far, but I look forward to pouring me a glass of (un) sweet tea (w/ Splenda, of course) and reading more. I'm a southern girl, myself. South Carolina born and raised. I'm not proud of my state, but I was born there nonetheless. I hope you'll stop by my blog and have a look-y around. <--Do they say "look-y" in TX? Alright, I'll stop trying so hard! : ) 'Til next time...

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    1. Aww, thanks Brandi! Pretty sure I emailed you but I don't think it took. And yes people say that around here. I'm jealous that you are in SC. I've always wanted to visit there.

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  3. You had me at "Coon ass"! I found your blog through Chene! Can't wait to read more about your adventures!!

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  4. very thought provoking and attention grabbing! My first thought was, "OMG she talks and types like me! Y'all!" lol, I'll definitely stay around for the humor and recipes! =)

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    1. Thanks my dear. withiut soundin' like a humble brag: I try, I try!

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  5. It took me forever to write my About Me page, and I'm still tweaking it! What is it about writing about ourselves that is so hard? Especially when we write about ourselves daily in blog posts?

    I'm obsessed with Arnold Palmer's too, they're just soo good. I swear, I feel like I could be reading about myself (except for the cooking bit, I'm not an awesome cook...but I'm getting there!). I really love your About Me page!

    I'm stopping by from the #tribaldare! I'm Teresa and I blog over at Crafty Wife where I share my craftaholic tendencies, obsession with Disney, and newfound love of photography. I can't wait to connect with you more! Have a wonderful week!

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    1. HA! Amen, sister. I've wanted to update this page but haven't figured out how. I think it's why I'm making my girl behind the blog video.

      I'm awful at writing about myself but I can write about others in a heart beat. Haha. You have a fabulous week as well.

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  6. Don't worry lady, I have a worthless liberal arts degree too! I always thought people were joking when they said the only thing you could do with it was go to grad school. Nope!

    I'm Alex and I'm just stopping by from the #tribedare

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  7. Love it! Of course, I love all things southern and you certainly fit the bill! Visiting from the #tribedare and I'm so glad I did!

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  8. Hey Alesha, stopping by from #tribedare. Been reading your blog a little while now and love it! Nothing like the south and southern cookin'. Us Texans have to stick together...although, I wasn't born here, I got here as quick as I could :)

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    1. Amen Danita. And stick together we shall. And it's all right. We forgive you since you did get here quickly

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  9. I'm a southern girl too! I love the name of your blog, I love grits! Coming over from #tribedare

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  10. Love your blog! I read your about me in a southern accent lol Love it! I secretly have always wanted to be a southern girl lol my mom is from Louisiana and I have definitely adopted some of her ways even though I have lived in NY most of my life! Coming to you from the #BLTribe dare :)

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  11. Cook away and I will be following along! I love the back story and your name though I don't like to eat grits. Probably the only southern that doesn't
    Saying high from the #BLtribedare

    xoxo
    Brooke

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  12. Hi- am checking out your About post with the Blog Love tribe dare, and it was very entertaining! I really, really admire people who can cook!

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  13. Hmmmm....I think my first post was eaten by the Internet! Anyway, I'm also stopping by as part of the #bltribedare. We actually met last year at Blog Elevated and I"m looking forward to getting to know your blog again! Hope to see you at BE again this year!

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  14. Is it sad that I didn't know what an Arnold Palmer was until I moved to WV a couple years ago? " :/ (I'm originally from California, but am in Kentucky now, so I suppose I'm getting still getting a small dose of the South!) That's awesome that you can cook Southern food! :] Looking forward to reading your posts and trying out the recipes you make!

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  15. Texas is a special place! My hubs and I kayaked Caddo lake once... it was absolutely spooky and beautiful at the same time. My son's off in Colorado at school, but that child is an Arnold Palmer addict too. :-)

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  16. ahaha i had the exact same problem with my "about me" page. i am constantly re-writing it and editing it. glad i'm not the only one who has issues with writing that page lol in other news, i love your blog! i am more into baking so it's always fun for me to find cooking blogs!

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  17. So cool that your dad's memory inspired you to start cooking and start this blog! I looooove cooking as well, especially for others. It's a little harder to find time these days but when I do have time I love trying new recipes. #BlogLove

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  18. I live in Texas as well! You're right everything tastes better in a Mason jar and the back roads of Texas are the best! :) Can't wait to try out some of your recipes!

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  19. You undying love for Texas is lost on me, even after being here for almost 2 years. I will say though, you would more than likely hate my home state of Ohio if you love Texas as much as you do! ;)

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  20. I love your passion for Texas, friend! You're si amazing, talented, and I love this! I'm glad you got it out up. Fits you to a T. I hope we get to meet sometime soon!!!

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  21. My husband is from Georgia and I love it so much when we go down there to get some of his Memaw's cooking. I agree...I hate writing about me pages and feel like I never get mine right.

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  22. I wish I could cook some good Southern food.. maybe I'll learn a thing or two from your blog!

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  23. Such an awesome, creative + funny page! It is awesome that you have come into enjoying cooking! I love that you stay connected to your father that way! I am excited to check out your blog and read about your future adventures! Thanks so much for taking the time to post your About Me page! Thanks~ Amanda Marie~

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