Six Traditions For A Southern Thanksgiving

by Laura Beth Peters   Thanksgiving Day is a big deal generally, but down south it's truly the time for the southern hostess to shine. The day often has been preceded by weeks of planning the menu and table setting and hopefully a little delegation as well, although that’s hard for some hosts that tend … Continue reading Six Traditions For A Southern Thanksgiving

How To Make Apple Pie Bread Pudding

by Julia’s Simply Southern   It’s officially autumn in the south and that means we are in high season for fresh local apples. Apple season is a favorite time of year to enjoy apple festivals and make trips to the orchard to pick your own ripened apples straight from the tree. What do you do … Continue reading How To Make Apple Pie Bread Pudding

Four Ways To Enjoy Apples In The Fall

by Laura Beth Peters   Like most southerners, when I think of autumn, I think of cooler temperatures, leaves changing colors... and apples. As in picking apples at the local apple orchard, drinking sweet and spicy cider and delighting in thick slices of apple pie. It’s an exciting season of fall foods, so I'm sharing four … Continue reading Four Ways To Enjoy Apples In The Fall

Author Julie Anne Lindsey Tells Us Why She Loves West Virginia

By Julie Anne Lindsey   My deep and abiding love for West Virginia has been a lifetime in the making. The result, no doubt, of countless weekends and vacations spent in the Wild and Wonderful state. I learned everything I needed to know about life during those long and lazy trips, all courtesy of my … Continue reading Author Julie Anne Lindsey Tells Us Why She Loves West Virginia

Fearrington Village’s McIntyre’s Books In Pittsboro, NC

by Chika Gujarathi   In what seems like a page out of a storybook, McIntyre’s Books in Pittsboro, North Carolina, is quite easily one of the most magical book stores one may ever encounter. Located in Fearrington Village, an English-inspired community on a former dairy farm, it is not unusual to pass a few grazing … Continue reading Fearrington Village’s McIntyre’s Books In Pittsboro, NC

The Thing About Sunday Dinner In The South

by Laura Beth Peters   Imagine a porch filled with rocking chairs and people sitting in those rockers with dogs laying at the feet of those around them, screened doors pulled open and slamming shut as kids dash out to play tag with one another, glasses with perspired edges filled with ice cold sweet tea, … Continue reading The Thing About Sunday Dinner In The South

The Christmas Spirits On Tradd Street By Karen White

by Chika Gujarathi   I live in one of Raleigh’s historic neighborhoods where the thrill of the holidays is hard to escape around this time of the year. So it felt like a happy coincidence when I picked up Karen White’s newest novel, Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street, which is not only set in a … Continue reading The Christmas Spirits On Tradd Street By Karen White

A Smith Bowman Distillery in Fredericksburg, VA

by Nikki Terpilowski   I've always enjoyed visiting wineries, but when I decided to try the keto diet earlier this year, wine was off limits... but whiskey with its zero carbs was in like flynn. As such, whenever I travel, instead of looking for the best wineries in the area to visit, I've been looking … Continue reading A Smith Bowman Distillery in Fredericksburg, VA

Getting Spooky With The Ghosts of Charleston Tour in Charleston, SC

by Stephanie Edwards   Visitors to Charleston, South Carolina would be hard pressed to find a more perfect setting to listen to a ghost story than the Unitarian Universalist Church graveyard, where the Spanish moss sways in the wind, beckoning them to wander through the maze of lush overgrowth and headstones dating back to 1772. … Continue reading Getting Spooky With The Ghosts of Charleston Tour in Charleston, SC

Author Karen White Talks Mississippi, Coca-Cola And The Ghosts of Charleston

by Karen White   I’m one of those people who believes it’s time to throw on a sweater if the temperature drops below seventy degrees. This might stem from those long car rides each summer from up north down to the Mississippi Delta to visit my mother’s family.  My dad, raised during the Great Depression in … Continue reading Author Karen White Talks Mississippi, Coca-Cola And The Ghosts of Charleston

How To Make Sweet Iced Tea

by Laura Beth Peters   Nothing separates the north and south like our preferences in iced tea. It’s funny to even write iced tea because I usually only call it sweet tea. Growing up in Tennessee, there was typically a pitcher always ready on the kitchen counter with the top covered in plastic wrap and … Continue reading How To Make Sweet Iced Tea

The Best Southern Restaurant in South Carolina Is The Grit Counter in Mount Pleasant

by Stephanie Edwards   Grits are a staple of Lowcountry cuisine, but few restaurants allow diners to explore as many flavor combinations as The Grit Counter in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. Delicious wholesome ingredients, fun combinations, great service and the satisfying comfort of excellent down home southern food makes this casual restaurant tops in our … Continue reading The Best Southern Restaurant in South Carolina Is The Grit Counter in Mount Pleasant

Autumn Is Amazing At Biltmore Estate In Asheville, NC

by Stephanie Edwards   Whether it’s your first or tenth time visiting Biltmore Estate, it’s easy to see why George Vanderbilt chose the foothills of the Blueridge Mountains to build his summer home in 1888. During our most recent visit, my husband and I hiked to the Vista overlook, where we paused to soak in … Continue reading Autumn Is Amazing At Biltmore Estate In Asheville, NC

Ten Hallmark Movies We’re Watching To Celebrate The Season

When the temperatures begin to dip, the leaves change colors and pumpkin spice abounds, you know Hallmark Channel's seasonal programming to celebrate the fall, Halloween and Christmas can't be far behind. We love the Hallmark Channel's family-friendly programming that centers around love, community, seasonal gatherings, holiday traditions and everything cozy! The south has always celebrated … Continue reading Ten Hallmark Movies We’re Watching To Celebrate The Season

Getting Crafty With Amelia of Freeman’s Creative in Durham, NC

by Chika Gujarathi   Amelia Freeman-Lynde wants to help you make things. Her yarn, fabric, and craft supply store called Freeman’s Creative is located in Durham’s Lakewood Shopping Center next to the Scrap Exchange and has been a great addition to the creative community since opening its doors in November of 2017. Growing up in … Continue reading Getting Crafty With Amelia of Freeman’s Creative in Durham, NC

The Inn At Celebrity Dairy In Siler City, NC

by Chika Gujarathi   If you're are anything like me, then chances are that you are looking for your next vacation getaway - even the short but restful weekend kind. Thankfully, living in North Carolina means that the beaches and the mountains are never too far for a few days of rest and relaxation. But … Continue reading The Inn At Celebrity Dairy In Siler City, NC

Welcoming Your Neighbors

by Laura Beth Peters   A moving truck in the driveway with tired family members unloading boxes and large furniture can only mean one thing in the south: they need a proper welcome! It’s true that the old welcome wagon mentality is fading, but the sentiment it conveys is still needed... people want to feel … Continue reading Welcoming Your Neighbors

Let’s Get To Know Laura Beth Of The Steel Magnolias Podcast, Shall We?

by Laura Beth Peters   I grew up in a suburb just south of Nashville and always knew that the American South does things a little different. It is more than a slower pace of life, t’s a totally different outlook on life. Now after decades of living here, I’ve decided the uniqueness of the … Continue reading Let’s Get To Know Laura Beth Of The Steel Magnolias Podcast, Shall We?

Four Most Anticipated Southern Cozy Mysteries of Fall 2019

Fall is almost here, and so are some of our favorite cozy mysteries! We can hardly wait for their release dates to arrive so we can read - or listen to - some of the best cozy mystery authors latest works. We've got an enchanted bakery in Savannah,  autumn in the Outerbanks, a West Virginia … Continue reading Four Most Anticipated Southern Cozy Mysteries of Fall 2019

Because You’re Mine by Rea Frey

by Angela Zontek   Rea Frey’s latest novel hits the ground running so fast, it almost launched out of my hands. The first page doesn’t just hook you, it reaches out, grabs you by the collar, and pulls you into a desperate woman’s trek up a perilous mountainside in the dark. Because You're Mine made my … Continue reading Because You’re Mine by Rea Frey

Chowing Down At Morgan Street Food Hall in Raleigh, NC

by Chika Gujarathi   Adding to the hustle and bustle of Raleigh’s Warehouse District in downtown, is Morgan Street Food Hall, the first eatery of its kind in the Triangle to introduce the booming trend of food-halls that is sweeping the nation. This 22,000 square feet facility at the corner of Morgan Street and West … Continue reading Chowing Down At Morgan Street Food Hall in Raleigh, NC

The Book Charmer by Karen Hawkins

by Angela Zontek   Every book lover longs for their perfect marriage of themes. My personal favorite is a tightly woven mix of southern women and magic—that mystical, enchanted kind of magic. Karen Hawkins’ new novel brings all the drama of small-town southern women together with the glittering gift of magic to craft a beautiful … Continue reading The Book Charmer by Karen Hawkins

We’re Reading Stars of Alabama by Sean Dietrich

by Angela Garrison Zontek If you aren’t familiar with Sean of the South, then you’re not living your best life. Sean Dietrich’s take on the American South is warm, tender, and above all other things – hilarious. His latest novel, Stars of Alabama, does not disappoint. It’s the kind of book where you build relationships … Continue reading We’re Reading Stars of Alabama by Sean Dietrich

Seven Bookstores To Visit In NC’s The Outer Banks

by Nikki Terpilowski On one of my recent trips to the Outer Banks during the off-season, I went solo and with the express purpose of visiting every single book store in the area. Fortunately, I was able to visit all but one store on my list which was closed that day. The commonality between all … Continue reading Seven Bookstores To Visit In NC’s The Outer Banks

How To Make Sunshine Peach Pie

by Nikki Terpilowski Nothing says summertime like the sweet fresh smell of peaches, and while there are many ways to enjoy peaches in the summer... peach cobbler, peach preserves, and peach ice cream just to name a few. My favorite dessert featuring peaches has to be... peach pie. It's hard to resist buttery flaky crusts, … Continue reading How To Make Sunshine Peach Pie

Seven Ways To Encourage Your Children To Choose Fruits And Vegetable For Snacks

By Anika Williams   When I first had my son, my mother loved to tell me how much of a challenge it would be. Especially when it came to getting him to eat right. “Just you wait until he refuses to eat his vegetables.” She would say. I would smile then, but as a new … Continue reading Seven Ways To Encourage Your Children To Choose Fruits And Vegetable For Snacks

We’re Reading Midnight At The Blackbird Cafe by Heather Webber

By Chika Gujarathi   If reading books is meant to be an escape, then let your next one be Heather Webber’s newest release, Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe.  An accomplished author of the Lucy Valentine and Nina Quinn mystery series, Webber takes a slight detour into the realm of magical realism with this new novel … Continue reading We’re Reading Midnight At The Blackbird Cafe by Heather Webber

We’re Reading The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt by Andrea Bobotis

By Chika Gujarathi   Andrea Bobotis grew up in Greenville, South Carolina with family stories abundant in murder, mystery and intrigue. But it wasn’t until she became an adult that she realized those stories would also make for a great book. Her resulting debut novel, The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt, is not only … Continue reading We’re Reading The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt by Andrea Bobotis

Celebrate The Fourth Of July With Ten Books About Our US Armed Forces

By Megan Cummins The Star Spangled Banner. Fire engine sirens and children laughing while chasing candy tossed from parade floats. Red, white, and blue flags, streamers, banners, and pennants. A sulfur tang in the air and God Bless America on the speakers as fireworks explode in the night sky.  But behind the sparklers, under the … Continue reading Celebrate The Fourth Of July With Ten Books About Our US Armed Forces

Twelve Books About The American Revolution

Let's celebrate America's independence by remembering the reason for the season. Fourth of July has become a fun summer celebration of cookouts, fireworks and pool parties, but it's also a remembrance of how America unified and overcame great obstacles to free itself from England to become its own country. The American Revolution is not a … Continue reading Twelve Books About The American Revolution

Three Most Anticipated Southern Domestic Suspense Novels This Summer

Summer is a popular time to make short work of those to-be-read piles that have been stacking up all year long. And while some bookworms love to reach fun romances or women's fiction set at the beach, some bibliophiles prefer the fast-paced, heart racing, page turning effects of domestic suspense. We've compiled an exciting list … Continue reading Three Most Anticipated Southern Domestic Suspense Novels This Summer

We’re Reading Dear Wife By Kimberly Belle

by Angela Garrison Zontek   The value of a book should be measured by the amount of sleep you’re willing to sacrifice for the ending. In sleep currency, Dear Wife is a two-pots-of-coffee-the-next-morning kind of story. Despite having small children that wake up before dawn, I was up well past midnight—not one, but two nights … Continue reading We’re Reading Dear Wife By Kimberly Belle

Five Places To Find Great Coffee In Fuquay-Varina, NC

Fuquay-Varina is a small town, but you'd never know it by the number of successful coffee shops located there. Further proof that drinking coffee never goes out of style. Our list of five coffee destinations is an eclectic mix. Several offer scratch-made in-house baked goods, another crafts exquisite chocolates on-site and one is a tiny-house of … Continue reading Five Places To Find Great Coffee In Fuquay-Varina, NC

Sixteen Biggest Southern Fiction Releases Of The Summer

By Megan Cummins At our house, summertime means sunny afternoons with a book on my front porch, bare feet running through the sprinklers, my Nanny’s homemade, hand-cranked banana ice cream (as kids, we used to fight over whose turn it was to crank that stubborn metal handle—as adults, we find it hilarious that kids are … Continue reading Sixteen Biggest Southern Fiction Releases Of The Summer

We’re Reading Botanical Baking by Juliet Sear

by Chika Gujarathi   One of life’s simplest joys, I think, is the feeling you get when walking into a bakery and finding a display case filled to the brim with beautifully baked pastries. In that moment, it rarely matters how old we are, rather, we’re transformed into kids in a candy store - we … Continue reading We’re Reading Botanical Baking by Juliet Sear

Six Southern Beach Reads You Need For The Summer

Summertime is almost here, and if you love books as much as we do, we know you're compiling your TBR stack for the summer. Well, guess what? We've done it for you, finding the perfect mix of romance, women's fiction and mystery - all southern fiction, all set at the beach and perfect for reading … Continue reading Six Southern Beach Reads You Need For The Summer

Playlist: Ten Feel Good Songs For The Summer

Summer is all about getting outside enjoying some rays and having good times. And there’s no better way to do that than to listen to a fun playlist of music full of good vibrations. We’ve compiled our list of ten songs that we’re listening to this summer. Our list spans the genres of country and … Continue reading Playlist: Ten Feel Good Songs For The Summer

Six Ways To Veganize Your Southern Meal

By Taylor Brooks Eating southern brings to mind meals consisting of fried chicken and veggies often flavored with pork, But how do you enjoy southern cuisine if you're a vegetarian or vegan? For most, the response to that question would be - you don't.  However, there are many ways you can still enjoy southern food … Continue reading Six Ways To Veganize Your Southern Meal

Three Southern Lifestyle Podcasts You Should Be Listening To Right Now

Podcasts are everywhere. Aren't they great? And there's something for everyone, including waxing poetic about the south. That's one of our favorite topics if you can't tell. And so, we found some of the best podcasts around that discuss some of our favorite subjects: southern food, southern culture, entrepreneurs living and working in the south, … Continue reading Three Southern Lifestyle Podcasts You Should Be Listening To Right Now

We’re Reading Field Guide to Urban Gardening by Kevin Espiritu

by Chika Gujarathi Gardening and I have never been friends, and, thanks to my husband and his enviable green thumb, it’s a skill I’ve never really needed to master. In fact, so brown is my thumb that pulling weeds - in essence, killing plants - is the primary role I play in any gardening-related activity … Continue reading We’re Reading Field Guide to Urban Gardening by Kevin Espiritu

The Peppered Cupcake Has The Best Cupcakes In Wilmington, NC

by Dianna Dames Walking into The Peppered Cupcake, I anticipated the sweet buttery smell of baking cupcakes would meet me first but was completely surprised and charmed by the quaint decor of the shop. The Peppered Cupcake has two locations – one close to the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and the other, downtown … Continue reading The Peppered Cupcake Has The Best Cupcakes In Wilmington, NC

An Interview with Helen Ellis, Author of Southern Lady Code

  by Rea Frey   Helen Ellis is the type of woman you immediately want as your friend. A sweet, well-mannered southerner who lives in New York, her thick drawl doesn’t hide how smart and sassy she really is. Case in point? When asked about her southern accent, she said it’s her best accessory. “It’s … Continue reading An Interview with Helen Ellis, Author of Southern Lady Code

How To Make Fresh Strawberry Preserves

by Julia’s Simply Southern   Spring is a beautiful season in the south. There are countless trees and shrubs blooming and the growing season has begun. One of the first locally grown fruits to show up at farmer’s stands and grocery stores is strawberries. I've heard many farmers and chefs alike say that the mid … Continue reading How To Make Fresh Strawberry Preserves

Three Books To Read After You Watch The Kentucky Derby

By Megan Cummins    To Kentuckians, it’s simply ‘The Derby’. You may also have heard it called ‘The Run for the Roses’ or ‘The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports’. It’s the first stop on the journey to the American Triple Crown, but The Kentucky Derby is so much more than just a race. In … Continue reading Three Books To Read After You Watch The Kentucky Derby

Popcorn And Beer At Little City Brewing + Provisions in Raleigh, NC

by Taylor Brooks Just when I thought I knew of all the best spots to grab a beer around downtown Raleigh, I ventured a little further down West North Street to find Little City Brewing + Provisions, a hidden gem of a brewery. Pull up a seat, and stay a while is written on the window outside, … Continue reading Popcorn And Beer At Little City Brewing + Provisions in Raleigh, NC

The Story Behind Old Books On Front Street in Wilmington, NC

by Dianna Dames I noticed Old Books On Front Street about a year ago. It’s nestled towards the end of the shops on Front Street, closer towards Cape Fear Community College. They had a chalkboard easel set up on the sidewalk in front of the store that said, No one loves that old Kindle smell. … Continue reading The Story Behind Old Books On Front Street in Wilmington, NC

Four Best Places To Pick Strawberries In North Carolina

Going to a pick-your-own farm is a good time if you go alone, make it a family outing or a destination for your date. You're outside getting some fresh air and sun, you're becoming one with nature, getting back to simpler times... and coming home with a bucket of dessert. Whether you eating fresh strawberries alone, … Continue reading Four Best Places To Pick Strawberries In North Carolina

Four Strawberry Beers To Drink This Spring

We're drinking all the strawberry beer this Spring. And why not? What better way to kick back and enjoy the fresh fruity flavors of the season than to drink the best strawberry-inspired beers we could find? It's the beginning of the strawberry season after all. Our roundup of seasonal favorites includes three beers from North … Continue reading Four Strawberry Beers To Drink This Spring

How To Make Strawberry Shortcake With Biscuits

by Nikki Terpilowski When flowers begin to blossom and the temperatures rise, we know strawberry season is not far behind. There are so many delicious ways to eat strawberries, and one of my family's favorites is paired with cake and topped with whipped cream. In the South, pretty much anything can be made better with … Continue reading How To Make Strawberry Shortcake With Biscuits

Fun And Games At Trophy Brewing and Taproom In Raleigh, NC

by Taylor Brooks If you are a fan of beer, or just a fan of having a good time, you will definitely be a fan of at least one of Trophy Brewing’s three locations. For your food truck days with friends, pizza nights with the family, or dinner dates downtown, Trophy has a location to … Continue reading Fun And Games At Trophy Brewing and Taproom In Raleigh, NC

The Best Taproom In Wilmington, NC is The Sour Barn

by Dianna Dames Located on the outskirts of Wilmington, in a suburb called Ogden, I've passed The Sour Barn  many times and thought about stopping there. The parking lot is always packed, a variety of food trucks are frequently on hand and I've heard nothing but good things.  I decided Saint Patrick’s Day was the … Continue reading The Best Taproom In Wilmington, NC is The Sour Barn

Coffee And Biscuits At Jubala Village In Raleigh, NC

By Anika Williams Walking around Lafayette Village in North Raleigh is one of my favorite ways to pass the time. It's an adorable European-style village in the middle of suburban Raleigh that approximates a small town in France but actually houses locally-owned gourmet restaurants and upscale shopping. It was on one of my strolls around … Continue reading Coffee And Biscuits At Jubala Village In Raleigh, NC

Do You Know What Your Children Are Watching? There’s A Website For That

By Anika Williams Kids are born with devices attached to their hands. The milestone for technology is practically non-existent. I remember begging my mom to let me get a cellphone. Then on my thirteenth birthday how proud and elated I was to finally receive one. My sister had an iPod Touch when she was five … Continue reading Do You Know What Your Children Are Watching? There’s A Website For That

Ten Simple Ways To Make Your Southern Food Favorites Healthy

by Taylor Brooks What would the South be without its traditional dishes? Typically, full of warmth and comfort, for those who are trying to make healthier eating choices the Southern favorites seem to be out of the question. But, with a few changes, you can make Southern food healthy. And we know healthy means different … Continue reading Ten Simple Ways To Make Your Southern Food Favorites Healthy

Stopping For Donuts At Baker’s Dozen In Durham, NC

by Debbie Burdick The search for donuts often leads to well-known national chains, some of which have kiosks even in the local gas stations. However, one Durham donut shop can be found not in, but next to a corner gas station, and the owners and bakers are often right inside rather than at corporate headquarters. … Continue reading Stopping For Donuts At Baker’s Dozen In Durham, NC

Scratch Made Goodness at Stick Boy Bread Company in Fuquay-Varina, NC

by Nikki Terpilowski Visit one of our favorite bakeries in Fuquay-Varina in the early morning hours, and you'll be greeted by the smells of butter, cinnamon and the tantalizing scent of rising bread. You'll hear the sounds of the staff calling out to each other, the dull thump of hands pounding dough and the low chatter … Continue reading Scratch Made Goodness at Stick Boy Bread Company in Fuquay-Varina, NC

Enjoying An Ice Cream At Pincho Loco In Durham, NC

by Debbie Burdick Helado. The Spanish word for ice cream slides over the tongue as easily as ice cream itself. At Pincho Loco, the ice cream and dessert shop tucked between Broad and Ninth streets in Durham, this creamy delight takes on many forms. True to a Latin American sense of style, the little shop announces … Continue reading Enjoying An Ice Cream At Pincho Loco In Durham, NC

What Does Hiking And NASCAR Have In Common? The Occoneechee Speedway Trail

by Debbie Burdick Pristine nature is a relative rarity. Just ask any seasoned hiker how many times she or he has been enjoying a “natural” view and then stumbled upon an old cellar pit or a stone wall that once marked the edge of a farm. Nature taking back its own has its charms though, … Continue reading What Does Hiking And NASCAR Have In Common? The Occoneechee Speedway Trail

Dinner At Chuck’s Burgers In Raleigh, NC

cby Taylor Brooks As if you needed another reason to venture into downtown Raleigh, I’m about to give you one more. Ashley Christensen is an award-winning chef, located in Raleigh and she owns five restaurants and bars scattered around downtown. This past weekend, I had the opportunity to visit one of her restaurants, Chuck’s Burgers. … Continue reading Dinner At Chuck’s Burgers In Raleigh, NC

Getting Creative At Read With Me Bookstore In Raleigh, NC

By Anika Williams   I love downtown Raleigh with it's hustle and bustle, sights and the many spontaneous events that it hosts. Parades, street festivals, and arts and crafts shows are just a few that come to mind. Now that the weather is taking a turn for the warmer, I took my family and headed downtown … Continue reading Getting Creative At Read With Me Bookstore In Raleigh, NC

What We’re Drinking This Week: Gizmo Brew Works Raspberry Milkshake IPA

Spring is upon us and we're ready for the season of light, fruity IPAs. One of our favorite local breweries is Gizmo Brew Works. Have you seen the crazy list of beers these guys offer? It's bananas and we love it. With beers infused with eclectic flavors like lavender, French toast and peppermint, we're not … Continue reading What We’re Drinking This Week: Gizmo Brew Works Raspberry Milkshake IPA

Love And Chocolate At Tsuru Sweets & Coffee In Fuquay-Varina, NC

by Nikki Terpilowski I thought I knew all of the coffee shops in Fuquay-Varina. But recently, I drove down Broad Street and saw a new sign on one of the historic buildings I've always found so intriguing. It was the location for a butcher for a while, was empty and now it's filled with chocolates, … Continue reading Love And Chocolate At Tsuru Sweets & Coffee In Fuquay-Varina, NC

How To Make Old Fashion Fluffy Southern Buttermilk Pancakes

by Nikki Terpilowski Pancakes are the ultimate in comfort food. Wonderful at breakfast paired with whipped cream and fresh fruit, as a side to scrambled eggs and sausage or bacon but perfectly delicious alone with butter and Maple syrup. One of the ways Southerners have traditionally prepared pancakes is with buttermilk, which gives them that … Continue reading How To Make Old Fashion Fluffy Southern Buttermilk Pancakes

Drinks At The Blind Barbour In Raleigh, NC

by Taylor Brooks I enjoy visiting new bars and was excited to visit The Blind Barbour. Pulling up to the strip mall, I had to double check my GPS to make sure I put in the correct address. At first glance, you wouldn’t expect a bar to be behind one of the doors, but it doesn’t take … Continue reading Drinks At The Blind Barbour In Raleigh, NC

We’re Reading Southern Lady Code by Helen Ellis

by Angela Garrison Zontek Southern Lady Code by Helen Ellis is a literary cocktail of hilarious insights, snark, and shockingly good advice—best consumed with a vodka lemonade (and a shortbread cookie). Helen Ellis is the beloved author of Eating the Cheshire Cat and American Housewife. In her latest book, Southern Lady Code, she speaks to her readers … Continue reading We’re Reading Southern Lady Code by Helen Ellis

Six Ways To Get Your Child To Bed On Time

by Anika Williams As a mother of a three-year-old boy, I’ve had my fair share of nighttime throwdowns. Sometimes it would start right away, and he would refuse to clean up his toys in order to stay awake longer. Other times I would get all the way out of his room before he would have … Continue reading Six Ways To Get Your Child To Bed On Time

A Visit To Page 158 Books in Wake Forest, NC

by Anika Williams   I’ve always loved books and I often seek the refuge of bookstores in my area. There is a mixture of big-box chain bookstores and independent bookstores in the greater Raleigh-area and I thought I'd visited them all. So I was pleasantly surprised when  I stumbled upon an independent bookstore in Wake … Continue reading A Visit To Page 158 Books in Wake Forest, NC

Three Best Places To Eat Pancakes In North Carolina

Who doesn't like fluffy buttery sweet pancakes for breakfast? Or lunch? Or dinner? It's one of those meals that can appease the finickiest of eaters, both child, and adult. We know it's pretty hard to mess up pancakes and they're actually really good, whether you get them at a drive-thru window at a fast-food restaurant, … Continue reading Three Best Places To Eat Pancakes In North Carolina

Our Three Favorite Bookstores In Raleigh, North Carolina

The capital city of Raleigh is host to good food, great shopping, interesting historical sites and a diverse collection of independent bookstores. Raleigh is fortunate to be able to sustain more than one bookstore and we're happy to support them all. Here's a look at three of our favorite bookstores in Raleigh. Quail Ridge Books … Continue reading Our Three Favorite Bookstores In Raleigh, North Carolina

We’re Reading No Good Tea Goes Unpunished by Bree Baker

by Anika Williams Don't marry into murder. No Good Tea Goes Unpunished is the second book in the Seaside Café Mysteries series by Bree Baker. Set in a coastal community, it’s a fabulous breezy mystery for anyone looking for a little fun with a side of danger. Tea shop owner, Everly Swan is back home in Charm, North … Continue reading We’re Reading No Good Tea Goes Unpunished by Bree Baker

Lunch At Halgo European Deli & Groceries in Durham, NC

by Debra Burdick Early afternoon on a Saturday, a woman stands in front of the counter at Halgo speaking Polish, ordering kielbasa and other meats. A couple proudly tells Ziggy Gorzkowski, the proprietor, that their families are from Poland and they are transplants from Michigan in search of good Polish food. But customers don’t need … Continue reading Lunch At Halgo European Deli & Groceries in Durham, NC

Why Do Southerners Love Biscuits So Much?

Growing up in the south, that is the southern region of the United States, the humble biscuit is beloved like a member of the family, recalled as fondly as a favored pet and evokes nostalgic feelings of comfort, happiness and warmth. If you're from the south and you move away, a really good biscuit can … Continue reading Why Do Southerners Love Biscuits So Much?

Three Best Places To Hike In Hillsborough

There are two things we like to do in Hillsborough, NC. One is touring historical sites and the other, hiking. While there is much to learn from this area's historic houses and museums, today we're focusing on hiking with three unique trails.   Riverwalk The Riverwalk is just like it sounds, a beautiful paved greenway … Continue reading Three Best Places To Hike In Hillsborough

Five Best Bookstores In North Carolina

North Carolina has so many wonderful bookstores, it was a real challenge to find the best of the best. But we've come up with an excellent selection of bookstores that are bound to please even the finickiest of book lovers. With curated book collections, helpful staff and creative spaces, we think you'll agree these are … Continue reading Five Best Bookstores In North Carolina

Five Best Biscuits In North Carolina

There's nothing we love more than a soft, flaky buttery biscuit. Whether you're making a sandwich of it with fried chicken, slather it with butter and molasses or use it as a side to a traditional southern entree, there's nothing quite like it. And we absolutely had to compile a list of the best biscuits … Continue reading Five Best Biscuits In North Carolina

Three Best Places To Find Polish Food in North Carolina

Isn't it annoying when you're mad for some good Polish food, you do an internet search and find a bunch of German or vaguely European restaurants? Hello, they're not the same. Don't worry, we've done the search for you - hey, we know how hard it is to find a good Polish place to eat … Continue reading Three Best Places To Find Polish Food in North Carolina

Three Best Places To Find Fried Chicken In Raleigh

Just as beauty is in the eye of the beholder, good fried chicken is subjective. If you were born in New Jersey, your idea of fried chicken will not be the same, as say, someone who grew up in South Carolina. Well, we're southerners, and our bar is high. We're not looking for fancy-pants fried … Continue reading Three Best Places To Find Fried Chicken In Raleigh

Seven Best Burgers In North Carolina

It's not difficult to make a good burger and every restaurant and diner seems to have one, and yet some burgers are just better than others. We've done our research, cross-referenced the results and finished off with the ultimate in taste tastes. Hard to believe it, but we've compiled the seven best hamburgers in North … Continue reading Seven Best Burgers In North Carolina

Where To Go: Smithfield, NC

Every now and again, we like to put together a fun day trip agenda for our more adventurous readers. Bored? Not sure what to do? Leave it to us and we'll help you explore the small towns around you and the communities within larger cities. Today, we're talking Smithfield, North Carolina. Yes, as in Smithfield's … Continue reading Where To Go: Smithfield, NC

Six Cozy Mystery Series Set In The South We Love

There's just something about a nice cozy mystery. If you've read one, or two or three, you know what I mean. They are a bit addictive with the cute town, eccentric cast of characters and mysteries you want to solve for yourself. And let's not forget the themes! It's so entertaining to read a story … Continue reading Six Cozy Mystery Series Set In The South We Love

Six Best Places To Find Boozy Ice Cream In The South

I remember discovering craft beer. And then I realized I was a porter and stouts kind of gal. The darker and the thicker the brew, the better. And almost immediately after that, I recall thinking that the stout beer I was drinking would probably taste awesome in a cup of vanilla ice cream. I immediately … Continue reading Six Best Places To Find Boozy Ice Cream In The South

Everyone Is Talking About Mindfulness… So, What Is It?

In a world dominated by smartphones and other handheld devices, society seems to have developed a need to be constantly entertained. We scroll through social media on the bus, read a book while waiting in line or, if all else fails, pull up a game to pass the time. Our minds are always busy, but … Continue reading Everyone Is Talking About Mindfulness… So, What Is It?

Five Best Breweries in NC

Craft beer is booming everywhere, but it's fairly blossoming in the Tarheel State. You can't walk for tripping over a brewery. And just when you think you've got a grasp of all the breweries in your neighborhood, a new one pops up. We've done the footwork for you (someone has to) and made a list … Continue reading Five Best Breweries in NC

Have You Visited Tryon Palace in New Bern, NC?

Whether you're interested in the Revolutionary War, a fan of Outlander (if you've read the book or seen the television series, you know what I mean) or just interested in learning more about North Carolina history, the Tryon Palace is a great destination for your day or weekend trip. Completed in 1770 for Royal Governor William … Continue reading Have You Visited Tryon Palace in New Bern, NC?

Five Must Visit Fried Chicken Festivals In The South

We are always down to celebrate the awesomeness of fried chicken. And what better way to enjoy some good eatin' and travel the south, than to plan your travel around three of our favorite fried chicken festivals. If you live in Louisianna, North or South Carolina, Tennessee or Georgia, these events might not be new … Continue reading Five Must Visit Fried Chicken Festivals In The South

Best Southern Fiction of 2018

With so many good books to choose from, we wanted to keep it simple for you. Here are four of the best examples of southern fiction published in 2018. Well reviewed by critics and readers alike, these stories set in the south are sure to resonate with us. If you read one, let us know … Continue reading Best Southern Fiction of 2018