No.1 Find The Next Great Swimming Hole
No. 2 Visit A New Water Park
Being from Florida or basically anywhere in the south made this one hard to stomach. I just picture huge alligators swimming wildly around me. I know, I know most of them are scared of humans, but still! Even though I have a fear of the prehistoric beast circling me in a swimming hole, I’ve got guts, and I’ve done it before.
I have been to a few springs in Florida and have really enjoyed myself, but it’s been many years and I think it’s time to try it again!
I found this website from Southern Living (www.floridasprings.org) and decided to check out a possible spring to visit.
I decided I will be going to Weeki Wachee Springs State Park. They have it all! Not only do they have swimming but they also have mermaid shows! That’s right they park has a fully functional underwater theater featuring mermaids!
Going to this park will also check off number 2 on the list. The park also has a seasonal water park called Buccaneer Bay. Oh why does it only have to Monday. I should be able to get a group out there in a few weeks! I’ll post some pic!
I am in love with the seersucker dress for summer 2012. The first one is right out of the May issue of Southern Living. It is a design by Jolie and Elizabeth and it is on sale for $140 with the Southern Living promotion. The only down side is the biggest size it comes in is 10/12. I did find a design by Melissa Masse through Bloomingdales which goes up to a size 3X. Love, love, love this dress, but not the price tag…$250 I am really considering this dress once it goes on sale.
In the May issue of Southern Living there a recipe for Vidalia Onion and Peach Relish Recipe. It didn’t look to complicated so I decided to give it a shot.
The recipe calls for canning equipment(which I do not own). I know, I know what southern lady doesn’t own canning equipment. Well, lucky for me they do give you an option that doesn’t involve the canning process.
The recipe is listed is designed to make 10-8oz servings (as needed for gifts) Since I am not giving this to anyone but simply trying it out for future gifts I cut the quantity down to 2-8 oz servings. I also substituted the gin for rum.
The process is quite simple except for peeling the peaches. Tip: the riper the peach the easier it is to peel. I only peeled four peaches. I could not imagine having to peel 3lbs! Also, the recipe calls for fresh garlic. It’s funny how no one ever mentions that garlic has the same effect on the tear ducts as yellow onions! Now I understand the fear vampires have of garlic! Tip: Make sure the garlic and onions are finely chopped. A food processor or blender will do the job.
I paired the relish with fresh brie cheese and some garlic crackers to eat. Yum! I was also thinking it may taste yummy with a sweet sausage or bratwurst on a bun.
Final Taste: B+ I really enjoyed this relish! It was sweet and had an unexpected spicy kick to it from the crushed red pepper! Very easy to make and would make a great summer gift for teachers, co-workers, family or friends!
I am in love with the pointelle jersey dress from Tibi in this current issue worn by designer Amie Corley. However, this dress is a bit out of my price range and made a bit small for my curves. So I searched high and low for a matching dress to fit my budget and my butt. I found this amazing dress from ASOS Curve. Pair it with shoes with a punch of color and some metal jewelry and you are ready to go!
Cellar Door chocolates out of Louisville KY look amazingly unique and delicious. These are going on my must try list! Some of the more interesting bites include bourbon balls, green chile coconut, cayenne pepper truffles, wasabi pea bark, and sea salt peanut butter! If you are in the area or have ever tried these confections please let me know! You can also have them shipped directly to you!
Current issue for my inspiration May 2012.
Hello, my name is Emily I am 26 years old and I live in a small town smack dab in the middle of Florida (or very far down south). This blog is a tribute to the bible of the south. Southern Living Magazine. For anyone who has flipped through a copy of the magazine you know it is chocked full of food, travel, fashion, decorating, gardening, and crafting ideas. The basic idea behind this blog is to try as many ideas in the magazine each month as I can and share my experiences in my Blog. So kick back on the porch, enjoy a nice glass of cold ice tea, andya’ll enjoy!