Mar 28, 2014

The Rustic Dallas- "They have hominy"



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*As the song fades and my fingers type* Anyways, let's get to it y'all. #BeStillMyHeart, that would be the hashtag I would used to quantify this restaurant. I can't even begin' to tell y'all how much I love The Rustic and after one visit I know I'll be back. Unfortunately that is not the hashtag that will be used. Yes, this is another series I'm startin'. So I guess the proper hashtag would be #SouthernEats. HA! See what I did there. Yes, I like my style too.

Dallas is split into districts when you get close to downtown. I was actually surprised The Rustic Dallas was in Uptown. Uptown is what I like to call the Southern (prep) District. It is near the SMU Campus and known for its bars and restaurants. One of the boys called The Rustic, "Dallas Country," but I'd have to disagree with him.  I call this place more Southern than Country. The Rustic is famous for it's patio. It's said to have the largest patio in Texas. Many a night you can come by for some live music and great food. This was my first visit to The Rustic Dallas. I had heard about the restaurant a few months ago via the radio. Pat Green is part owner and he had a few shows when the place opened. If you don't know who Pat Green is then you are probably not a Texan or someone I would question my friendship with. In short Part Green is a Texas Country singer who helped inspire my Travelin' Texan list. Mmm, I love me some Pat Green and now I love me some Rustic. This past Monday was Shiner night at the Rustic. The founders of Shiner were there and we wanted to meet them. Unfortunately, we got there right after they left. We decided to stay anyway and I'm glad we did. 








Upon walkin' into The Rustic you will be treated to very Southern Texas d├ęcor. Y'all they probably thought I was crazy with all the pics I was snappin' in the bathroom. There was even an open stall with a saddle. My #BeStillMyHeart moment came when they gave water out in Mason Jars. Y'all know I think everythin' taste better in a Mason Jar. Everythin' else is served in these fancy glass that made me feel special. I checked out the menu while I waited for Sherry and what caught my attention the most was that everything is made in Texas. They make special note on the menu of the suppliers, and farmers who help make the restaurant what it is.

I ordered the Calf fries as well as The Rustic Burger. In Texas we call Fried Rocky Mountain Oysters Calf Fries. They came with a side of buttermilk ranch. When the waiter brought them to us, he looked at me and goes, " And how could we forget the buttermilk ranch?!?!" I smiled so bright. Here in Texas hot sauce and ranch dressin' are side dishes that everythin' must be dipped in unless it's steak or barbecue. If you dip those things it's usually considered an insult to the chef.  But speakin' of barbecue can we talk about the burger I ordered. Not only was it delish but it came topped with chopped beef. That's my kind of burger.

We opted to sit outside on the patio and I'm so glad we did. From the music, to the Chimineas, to the cornhonle bein' played by some of the guyseverythin' about this place made me feel at home.







Now it's all y'all's turn. I wanna hear about the places y'all like to frequent. Use the Hashtag #SouthernEat and let's get to showin' love to some of our favorite places.

                                       

Mar 27, 2014

That Fresh Friday 18

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Welcome everyone to another week of That's Fresh Friday! We're so happy that you're hanging with us sharing your amazing post. If this is your first time with us and don't know what That's Fresh Friday is, it's a weekly linkup hosted by Southern Girl Blog Community and seven other amazing ladies where you can come and share all of your "freshest" post from your blog. The only thing that we ask is that you read our simple rules below and help spread the word about the party.
First let's meet the girls that let us hang with them every week:
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Link up anything with the exception of giveaways, reviews and blog/link parties
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Link up as many post as you like (Link directly to your post)
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Mar 20, 2014

That Fresh Friday 17

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Welcome everyone to another week of That's Fresh Friday! We're so happy that you're hanging with us sharing your amazing post. If this is your first time with us and don't know what That's Fresh Friday is, it's a weekly linkup hosted by Southern Girl Blog Community and seven other amazing ladies where you can come and share all of your "freshest" post from your blog. The only thing that we ask is that you read our simple rules below and help spread the word about the party.
First let's meet the girls that let us hang with them every week:
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Link up anything with the exception of giveaways, reviews and blog/link parties
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Visit at least 2 links before yours and mingle with some of the other bloggers! I’m sure you’ll find your new bloggy buddy
Display our link up button somewhere on your blog (Sidebar or post) or link back
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Link up as many post as you like (Link directly to your post)
Spread the word about the freshest Friday link up via Twitter, Facebook ect!
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Mar 18, 2014

Blogger Basket Swap

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Join Bekah and in celebrating Easter by giving to one another! Sign ups for the Blogger Basket Swap are open today through Thursday. Partners will be announced by Monday, March 24. 


Here's what you need to know:
  1. Sign up below to be paired with two bloggers - one you will send a "basket" to, and one who will send to you!
  2. Contact your partner no later than Thursday, March 20. Take some time to get to know one another through reading each other's blogs and interacting.
  3. Put together a "basket" of goodies for your partner - feel free to be creative here! You can send a literal basket or find another fun means of bundling the gifts!
  4. Basket minimum is $10, 4 items. While you are free to give more, we want to be sure no one is disappointed.
  5. Ship the items to your partner no later than Monday, April 14.
  6. If you have any concerns during the swap or decide not to participate, please contact Aleshea or myself immediately so that we can appropriately re-match your partners.Likewise, if you do not hear from one of your partners, let us know ASAP.
  7. Come back to link up your baskets on Monday, April 21!
Have fun!

Mar 16, 2014

Cecelia Ann 7/49



Consider this the seventh installment of I am the South and the South is me: Southern Portraits. Ms. Cecelia.
 "Walk down the halls of the church on any given Sunday, ask a member who's Ms. Cecelia, and they'll probably look at you dumfounded before replyin', "who?" On that same Sunday, stop a child runnin' through the halls and ask 'em the same question and they'll know exactly who she is.  
"The Lord put me on this earth to work in Early Childhood. It's what I'm supposed to do. 34 years I've been at it. 28 of 'em down South. From Children's Church to Learning Centers to Girl Scouts and now trainin' educators for the state of Texas", were her words. Her eyes misted as she told of her life's passion to a room of children ministry volunteers at our church of many many years. Ask her about that day and she'll more than likely blush. She'd rather be in a classroom of 30 three year olds than a room of adults. Shy to a fault, she stands a modest 5ft 3 inches by adult standards. To a child: She's larger than life. When she talks, they listen. Her words: thought-out, captivatin' and animated. Her knowledge on Early Childhood Standards, policies and practices vast. She sees children through eyes of love. She'll tell you there are no bad children, just their actions. 
Ask her her favorite verse and she'll pause before replyin',"Proverbs 3: 5-6 Trust in the lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him and he will direct your path." Content with the task of directin' children's lives, her favorite verse mirrors her life's work. 
20 plus years later a former student, from the first learning center she taught at, walks up to her at church. He wants to see if she remembers him. He tells of his life's accomplishments and the impact she had on his life. She smiles before huggin' him and invitin' him to service next Sunday. And so the woman known as Ms. Cecelia is content with bein' unrecognized, cause in the end moments like that are all the recognition she needs.

I am Cecelia
I am the South and the South is me
Southern Potraits: 1/2/3/4/5/6 /7

Mar 13, 2014

That Fresh Friday #16

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Welcome everyone to another week of That's Fresh Friday! We're so happy that you're hanging with us sharing your amazing post. If this is your first time with us and don't know what That's Fresh Friday is, it's a weekly linkup hosted by Southern Girl Blog Community and seven other amazing ladies where you can come and share all of your "freshest" post from your blog. The only thing that we ask is that you read our simple rules below and help spread the word about the party.
First let's meet the girls that let us hang with them every week:
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The Rules:
Link up anything with the exception of giveaways, reviews and blog/link parties
Follow ALL Host & Co-host via one of the methods listed above
Visit at least 2 links before yours and mingle with some of the other bloggers! I’m sure you’ll find your new bloggy buddy
Display our link up button somewhere on your blog (Sidebar or post) or link back
(Find code HERE)
Link up as many post as you like (Link directly to your post)
Spread the word about the freshest Friday link up via Twitter, Facebook ect!
The more the merrier #thatsfreshfriday
Every week when the link up goes LIVE, I send out a 'heads up' email to all of our That's Fresh subscribers. If you would like to be added- Click here
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Mar 8, 2014

A bonfire is basically just a redneck night club.




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EEK! That's all i've got, y'all. When I dreamed up the I am the South and the South is me I had no idea where to begin. I literally sat in a hotel room textin' James and jokin' about how many generations Texan he was. Evetually #SouthernPortraits  was born. I'm so humbled that people tune in each week to see who I'll feature and hear their stories. I'm havin' fun lettin' you in to my view of The South: the people, stories and places that have shaped my life. I keep jokin' with my aunt that my family don't know what hit them. This summer we're havin' a family reunion in Jackson Mississippi and I plan on thrustin' my camera in everyone's face. My Paw Paw will be the first one. I can hear him now, " I'mma be in the internet Annie Lou. How 'bout that..." Not on the internet but in it! HA.

Whelp, now that's outaa the way, y'all, let's consider this the start of my #SouthernNights Series. Look at me gettin' the hang of this bloggin'. Quick, someone bring me a glass of sweet tea and a bowl of cheese girts. No, i'm serious. We're out of both. I suppose a big thanks is in order to #BourbonandBoots. Not only did they help inspire this series but they provided me with some goodies.  #SouthernNights: This is my who, what when, where and why. I'll let you into my Southern nights. Y'all ready...
I always laugh when frans and family from out of state talk about seasons. I had a cousin put on Facebook a few months ago that grillin' season was comin' to an end and the cold weather was about to set in. Y'all I wanted to bless his little heart. He can't help himself. He's born in raised in Wisconsin. I've mentioned before that my Momma was born in The South but grew up up North. Well, my aunt that stayed up North is the only one that didn't have good enough sense to come back down South when she got older.  Besides this extremely cold winter it usually is nice year round in Texas. We grill and sit outside whenever we like. My sister likes to joke that God doesn't give us a proper winter cause a Texas Summer is hard enough. Oh, ain't that the truth, y'all. In keepin' with the #SouthernNights theme,   I thought I'd let y'all into somethin' we do 'round here.

Any given Friday or Saturday night we can be found down by the lake. Our hometown sits off Ray Hubbard. Growin' up there wasn't much to do 'round here before the highway cut through. We ain't a small town anymore but we still know how to make our own fun. The pic above is actually where we hang out on many an occasion. I joked with one of the boys the other day that they would get to see their handy work in Pinterest form. Y'all he didn't quite understand. We also got in a debate over Cornhole vs Washers. Lemme know what y'all call it. And can we talk about this supposed toilet. No, I have never used it and don't plan on doin' so. One of the boys actually tried to persuade me to use it cause wood is porous and therefore won't hold germs. No thank you, sir. But you can't have a proper Southern Night down by the lake without these things. Halfway through the night Cox usually brings out his guitar, and the songs start flowin'. Bart Crow Band, "Wear my Ring" and  "Wagon Wheel" is always sung.
A few weeks back one of the boys had a birthday. That's what's in the video above.  I was beyond excited cause I was gonna gift him the Texas lisence plate koozies Bourbon and Boots gave me. The boys are always tryin' to find new things to put their drinks in. When your sittin' by a fire all night your drink becomes hot real quick. I was excited to test them out. I texted him and was like, "if I don't get a decent shot tonight then you can't keep them until I do. Y'all I can never get this boy to pose for anythin'. But he sure did stand next to the fire and hold that koozie like his life depended on it. That's how much he loved these bad boys. His words, "super tits." I'd like to say that's Southern Boy language but that's all him.
The boys started passin' the koozies around and fightin' over who got to use them next. I yelled at 'em, "Bourbon and Boots wants to hear more than these koozies are super tits." One of the boys turned to me and went, "It's not heavy at all. Very light weight and my drink stays very cold. Here feel." Then he turned and went back to chattin' up this blond. Y'all It had to be the most intelligent and thought out comment he made all night. I fought hard to keep from laughin' cause he was so serious in that moment. The boys also loved that their Shiner and Fetzer would fit in the koozie. You've got 'em now Bourbon and Boots. They also wanted me to let y'all know that The Plano beer Holster is genius. 

They were so in love with the koozies that most the boys didn't even pay me no mind when I was up in their face snappin' pics. One of the boys paused and went, "Dude she's snappin' your pic." Another responded, Naw, she always does this. She gotta write about how we like them in exchange for keepin' 'em. She's not snappin' you, she wants that product in your hand. She won't even put your face on the blog." Yay, the boys are learnin'. Only took 'em a year.
As for the koozie: It's made by 3 Sisters Design Co and sold on Bourbon and Boots. These beauties sell for $28 a piece. If you're new to Bourbon and Boots then I suggest you get ya some asap. They are my all time favorite Southern website and I almost cried when I found out they were gonna send me some products. Y'all don't even know. Their two articles on Front Porch Sittin' in Arkansas are what I strive for my blog to be. And ya know what else? They gave me a 5% coupon code to share with y'all so ya can go get ya some. Just type in blogglitzngrits14 when you check out. I wonder if I can use my own code. Big thanks to Bourbon and Boots. 

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