Sunday, May 22, 2011

Living in Alabama

I saw this posted on Facebook from friends here in Alabama and it suits me to a tee!

I was raised in Alabama where summer starts in April, we don't have fireflies, we have lightnin' bugs, rice and beans are vegetables, pecan pie, sweet potato pie & banana puddin is mandatory, y'all is a proper noun, chicken is always fried, biscuits come with gravy, sweet tea is the house wine, & someone is always getting their heart blessed.

It is so true ... I am always blessing someone's heart!  I catch myself saying it all the time with my Southern drawl! LOL 

We do drink sweet tea around here by the gallons. We have it with every meal.

As far as fireflies go I grew up calling them lightning bugs!  We would catch them in a jar with holes punched in the lid and release them when it was time to get a bath for bed.  It was just a sort of entertainment! 

I used to fry all my chicken but in the last 10 years I mostly bake or grill our chicken.  But gracious it is so good fried!!!  I only changed to baking or grilling for health reasons.

We don't just have pecan pies during the holidays ... I make them all the time ...actually 2 weeks ago!  And it was GOOD!   Today I made banana pudding from scratch and it was so yummy!

And yes I do say Y'all all the time!  It is just a southern thing!

I do know one thing you can take the girl out of the South but you can't take the South out of the girl!

I hope everyone enjoys the rest of their weekend.  Yesterday we worked in our veggie garden, flower garden and spreading bags of mulch in flower beds!   It is May and our Alabama summer began in April. LOL

Thanks for visiting and God Bless!


Jan@southernjunkin' said...

I too am Southern born and Southern raised! Yes Alabama is my home and when I saw this on FB I knew it was me! I am a Junkin' Girl Raised in the South for I love to find antiques and junk!!

Cindy said...

Gracious it! (gracious another S. term)
We also have June bugs...why they are called that I don't know..because it is May and they are here My chickens love them.
Pecan pie is a staple along with sweet tea!
Love this post..yeah it is miserable hot and humid here...welcome to South

Hugs and sweet blessings to you this week..Cindy from Rick-Rack and Gingham

Marilyn said...

Summer? We can't seem to get the SPRING thing here. I had my ear muffs on for morning duty about a week ago!! Although today is supposed to be rather nice, so I'll go out later and try to mow some pasture grass and the lawn, too. They've been growing because of all the rain we've had. Have a good week and enjoy that tea. ♥♫

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Ditto !! :-D

Mama Pea said...

You are the sweetest thing! We used to call the lightning bugs in Iowa, too. And we trapped them in jars with holes in the lids all the time, too. But, we only have pecan pie for holidays, we say You Guys, and I've never liked banana pudding or iced tea. At my house, it was Kool Aid or diet Coke! LOL. And Special K bars (which I posted the recipe for once). LOL.

But I have to tell you...all that just sounds like YOU! :-) Hugs to you.

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

I can sooooo relate...pecan pie and banana pudding is a must here too!!!! Do people really not say y'all? Just kidding:) Enjoy your time outside...I will be spending my time inside today cleaning house:(


Ann Marie said...

made my gallon of tea this morning for breakfast....good to go till tomorrow!

Susan said...

Donna, I am originally from Ky not truely Southern, but we say y'all, drink sweet tea, eat banna puddin, etc etc!! LOL

Linda said...

Reading this just makes me love the South even more! I'm counting down the days until we go on vacation! I can just hear you saying "y'all!!!" :-)

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

So cute! I know that Virginia is pretty far north to be southern -- but I'm sure glad to be this side of the mason-dixon line!

Elizabeth-Plain and Simple said...

Read this on facebook as well and I too am an Alabama girl...born and raised here. Loved the post.


Lisa said...

I'm an Alabama girl too, though happily living in SC now...hey, it's still the 'South'! Your post brought back so many memories of growing up Southern with lightnin' bugs and Southern accents and sweet tea. Simply order 'tea' here at any restaurant and it always comes 'sweet'! Maybe add 'country ham' to your list too with a homemade biscuit...yum! Aren't Sundays fried chicken days and what other word could one say instead of 'y'all'?!
Thanks so much and you're's wonderful being a Southern girl!

Donna said...

What a sweet story. We call them lighting bugs too. I grew up on sweet tea and I am supose to cut back on sugar so my tea is now blaa. My mom and grandmother made the best fried chicken and it is hard to duplicate.
Hope you have a wonderful week.

Sand Castles and Snow Forts said...

Hello Donna! I found you listed on Alabama Bloggers. Glad I stopped by for a visit and I'm happy to follow!

ABamaMom said...

So true, ya'll! But you're right, times have changed...I bake or grill my chicken and make my "sweet" tea with Equal nowadays!

You're way ahead of me, I've got to get to my flower beds...they're lookin' bad!

Lisa said...

Hey Donna!
I thought of one more thing last night...Yellow Label Syrup. Did you grow up on Yellow Label Syrup? We can't even buy it here in SC so I have to stock up when I visit AL. It is just soooo good!
Thanks again!

Jen in NY said...

Hi Donna! I love all your Southern qualities. :-) I do have one thing in common, we call them lightning bugs here in NY too. :-) I don't think I've ever had Sweet Tea, I've never fried my own chicken, and something else I know is different from the south...we call barbeque any type of grilling. :-) Love, Jen said...

From one Souther gal to another ~ I love your post! When I think of southern things I'd also add 'yes m'am,' black-eyed peas, sweet cornbread and magnolias!
(p.s. I fried chicken the other day!)

LuAnn said...

My daughter lived in Huntsville for 2 years, and I loved visiting there. Enjoyed your Biltmore photos. We were there last fall, and I'd love to go again. Your recipes look good, too....I'm a follower now.

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

I could have written that whole post. I am so SOUTHERN too, and have a very Southern drawl. Pecan pie is Adelaide's favorite, so we make it all the time! And we love banana pudding. In fact, I made it the other night. My favorite is the cooked banana pudding with meringue on top, but I do love the refrigerated kind too. Ya'll Alabama folks are a lot like us North Caroling folks!!! As a child we always caught lightnin' bugs in glass jars. We drink sweet tea 365 days a year around our house. From one Southern gal to another. Love & blessings from NC!