"Growing up Southern is a privilege, really. It's more than where you're born - it's an idea, a state of mind that seems imparted at birth. It's more than loving fried chicken, sweet tea, high school football, country music, and acoustic guitars. It's being hospitable, being devoted to front porches, magnolias, the good Lord, and each other. We don't become Southern - we're born that way."


Little Girl's Tea Party

This weekend, we celebrated my youngest daughter's 10th birthday with a Tea Party. It was so much fun! You can really do a lot on that theme, but we kept ours pretty simple.

I bought the tea cups & saucers at Goodwill. .59 cent for each cup, .29 cent for each saucer, and .59 cent for the creamer. You can't beat that! I also got a tea kettle there for 2.99. Love that place.

I originally planned to get PG Tips tea, which is imported from England, but they only had large boxes at our grocery store and they were $19.99. We settled for Bigelow for $3.69! We had sugar cubes for our tea, which the girls loved.

The menu was: cucumber sandwiches, egg salad on croissants, blueberry scones, sugar wafers, and an all-pink cake (strawberry cake with strawberry icing). I bought the scones at the supermarket bakery, they are delicious! For the cucumber sandwiches, I spread whipped cream cheese on the bread, sliced up the cucumbers very thin and laid them on, then cut off the crusts and cut the sandwiches into fours. The girls actually liked them!

{the cake is in a clear pan, not on the table....lol}

On the invitations, we requested that the girls dress "fancy". They all came in dresses. The girls all put makeup on each other before we had tea. The party was from 2pm-5pm, around the traditional English tea time.

I found lots of ideas online for this party, but lacked the funding to do a really elaborate spread. One idea I thought was cute was to get gloves and fake pearls for all of the girls and let them keep them as a souvenir. It would also be fun to get a bunch of fancy dresses, heels, hats, scarves, etc. from a thrift store and let them dress up after arrival. Musical chairs would be a fun game to play.

It was a GREAT theme party, we had so much fun, and I highly recommend it!


Special K Deal at Winn Dixie

:::brushing off dust:::

I haven't posted here in a while! I just have not cooked anything unusual or exciting lately. But I do want to share the current deal going on at Winn Dixie stores.

If you buy 3 boxes of Special K cereal for $11.97, you will get for free:

Box of 6 Special K bars
64 oz Winn Dixie Cranberry Juice
1 gallon Winn Dixie milk
2 cartons Winn Dixie yogurt

It's a savings of $10.65 with your Winn Dixie customer reward card.

I love these deals! And the chocolate/pretzel Special K bars are YUMMMMY!