• Entrees,  Recipes

    Baked Brat and Kraut Roll Up

    Beer Brats and Sauerkraut are a summertime favorite at our house.  This Baked Brat and Kraut Roll Up recipe combines those two ingredients along with another wonderful tasty treat…. puff pastry. This recipe is like Summer wrapped up in a little bit of heaven. I found this recipe on the Johnsonville website and of course as always, tweaked it a bit. My daughter, Jessica, was over last week and we decided to whip this up for dinner while taking down the Christmas decorations.  This would also work great to serve as an appetizer at a party (Super Bowl Sunday is coming up soon). I want to say this straight out, I…

  • Children,  Just Plain Southern

    Proper Southern Manners Part 7 (Being A Gentleman)

    Many, many people have asked when we were going to post part 7 in the “Proper Southern Manners Series”, well here it is. When you read this, think about some of the things that we hear or see these days from our young men. I know times change, but sometimes not always for the better. We would really appreciate your comments and additions to what you read in this entire series. Discussion is the first step in making a change.   Make it a great day, you deserve it!   Tracey and Aileen   P. S. Part 8 in the “Proper Southern Manners Series” is on Being A Lady (You…

  • Children,  Halloween

    Mummy Halloween Candy Holder

    Mummy Halloween Candy Holder tutorial. These little cuties will look perfect on your coffee table to serve up goodies or as candy cups on a table for a kids Halloween Party!! We originally got the directions and idea from Parents.com What You’ll Need 4-ounce plastic water bottle Utility knife Quart-size plastic container Small cotton balls Googly eyes Tacky glue Cheesecloth Scissors   Step 1 (Dad) For the mini mummy, use a utility knife to cut the top off a 4-ounce water bottle. For the larger mummy, use an empty quart-size plastic container. Step 2 Glue a cotton ball to the middle of the small bottle for the nose, then glue…

  • Children,  Just Plain Southern

    Proper Southern Manners Part 6 (Maintaining Your Honor and Integrity)

    Proper Southern Manners Part 6 (Maintaining Your Honor and Integrity) In part 6 of the Proper Southern Manners series we will be talking about two of the things we feel are MOST important, Honor and Integrity! Too many children (and adults to be honest) seem to have thrown these right out of the window. Again, these are snippets from a booklet and are by no means all inclusive. We felt that this would at least give us a good starting point. P.S. Make sure to watch for part 7 in the Proper Southern Manners series, “Being a Gentleman” Maintaining Your Honor and Integrity Keep your word – don’t tell someone you will do…

  • Children,  Just Plain Southern

    Proper Southern Manners Part 5 (Courtesy Words and Actions)

    Proper Southern Manners Part 5 (Courtesy Words and Actions) Common words of courtesy can take an individual a long ways these days since so few practice them.  Some of the common words and actions you will see in the South are: –         Say, “Yes sir,” “No sir,” or “Yes ma’am,” “No ma’am.” –         Always say, “Please,” “May I,” “Thank You,” “You’re Welcome,” “Excuse Me,” “Pardon Me.” –         A man  wearing a hat should take it off when indoors.  Coaches Paul “Bear” Bryant and Bum Phillips were known for not wearing their hats in enclosed stadiums such as the Superdome in New Orleans. –         A hat should also be removed (by…

  • Proper Southern Manners Addressing Others #manners #etiquette
    Children,  Just Plain Southern

    Proper Southern Manners Part 4 – How To Address Others

    Proper Southern Manners Part 4 – How To Address Others In the 4th part of our series “Proper Southern Manners” we will share the section on how to address others. This is something I have noticed fading away, even in the South (insert gasp here). I actually saw a gentleman reach out to shake a young mans hand and the young man gave him a fist bump.  This was during an introduction mind you.** I can only imagine the First Impression that young man made!! Enjoy and please  be sure to pass this around to others. Make it a great day, you deserve it!! Tracey How to Address Others An…

  • Children,  Just Plain Southern

    Proper Southern Manners Part 3 (Good Manners At Arm’s Length)

    Proper Southern Manners Part 3 (Good Manners At Arm’s Length) Many have been emailing asking WHEN part three of the series will be ready. Well, here it is. These may get a bit long, however, I promise they are well worth it. Let’s get to it! Please be sure to let us know what you think of our “Proper Southern Manners” series. Make it a great day, you deserve it! Tracey Good Manners at Arm’s Length The most personal interaction we commonly have with others is face-to-face contact. The innate intimacy of this social encounter involves a variety of ways in which we can express ourselves for good or ill.…

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    Proper Southern Manners Part 2 – The Essence Of Good Manners & Etiquette

    The Proper Southern Manners Series will be covering the Essence of Good Manners and Etiquette. Of course these posts are not all inclusive and there is so much more that could be added, but we thought it was at least a good place to start. Make it a great day, you deserve it! Tracey Proper Southern Manners The Essence of Good Manners The great underlying principle that guides all good manners is summed up most efficiently and exquisitely by Jesus Christ when He said, “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, …” (Matthew 7:12, NIV) In this simple statement you have the yardstick…