southern belleisms


Today’s Friday Send-Off Song is by Daniel Bachman.  ‘Little Lady Blues’ is such a fun little song.  I absolutely loving his picking skills!

Belle Recipe: Southern Fried Pickles

Perfect appetizer!  YUUUUUM!


For the Dipping Sauce
    • ½ cup mayonnaise
    • 2 tsp ketchup
    • 2 tsp horseradish
    • ½ tsp paprika
    • pinch cayenne pepper
For the Pickles
  • 2-3 cups canola or vegetable oil, for frying
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • ½ Tbsp hot sauce (I used Frank’s Red Hot)
  • ½ Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup cornmeal
  • ½ Tbsp Cajun seasoning
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 (32 oz) jar dill pickles, cut into ½" slices (crinkle cut are ideal, but straight cut work, too)
  • salt, to taste


  1. Combine all of the ingredients for the Dipping Sauce and whisk together until well combined. Set aside.
  2. Pour oil into a deep fry pan until it is about 1” deep. Using a deep-fry thermometer, heat oil over medium-high heat until temperature reaches 375°F. Meanwhile, prepare a tray with 2 layers of paper towels; set aside. (Tip: If you don’t have a deep fry thermometer, then you can drop a pinch of flour into the oil. If it browns and bubbles immediately, then the oil is ready to go!)
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce and eggs until well combined. Place pickle slices in the buttermilk mixture and set aside.
  4. In a separate medium bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal, Cajun seasoning, and chili powder.
  5. Transfer about 8-10 pickles from the buttermilk mixture to the bowl of dry ingredients. Stir until pickles are well coated. Shake any extra flour off of the pickles; carefully place pickles into the hot oil. Fry until golden brown, approximately 2-3 minutes. Remove pickles with a slotted metal spoon and place on tray of paper towels to dry.
  6. Allow oil to return to 375°F and repeat process with remaining pickles.
  7. Serve hot with the Dipping Sauce.

PINTEREST FINDS:  Creative Spaces

  • Interior Designs:  Create an area, small or big, where you can craft, write, or relax.  I have a small office in my home and it is specifically designated for all things creative.  (Pin it here.)
  • Shelf Life:  Find a creative way to display your books.  These pipe shelves give a room a more industrial look.  (Pin it here.)
  • All Hands On Deck:  Organization is key and when you are creating, things need to be within reach.  Cute containers can spruce up any area!  (Pin it here.)
  • Wide Open Space:  It helps to keep creative juices going when your room is clean and open.  Make sure you have an open area to work!  (Pin it here.)

inasoutherlydirection  asked:

I am southern. I like pearls. But why is it mandatory to wear pearls if you're a southerner? Sometimes they just feel too stuffy. We need a pearl overhaul or a fun/funky way to wear them...expand on the tradition. Is this just me?

From what I was told growing up, pearls are considered the “coming of age” jewel.  Girls were given pearls on their 16th/18th birthdays, or as graduation presents from high school or college.  A set of pearls is considered the most classic, timeless, and classy pieces of jewelry a woman can own.

Why do we Belles wear them?  We are timeless, we are classy, we are classic.  

I have to agree—sometimes they do feel a little stuffy, but there isn’t a written rule that you have to wear a strand of pearls every single day.  What about a pearl ring?  Or how about pearl studs?  

Also, I really enjoy the trending Tomboy Pearl style, seen below.  You could also check out different colored/sized pearls.  Have you seen black pearls?  Talk about TO DIE FOR.