Friday, February 25, 2011

The Deep South Manual: March Edition

There was a lot more inspiration in the food department from this issue than the home design. I can't wait to try some of these recipes (just add it to my waiting list).

Sweets: The eye candy that SL gives us for the inside and outside of our home
Page 16 includes a breathtaking flower arrangement with a quick step-by-step. I love the floral selection with bright pops of color that somehow still seem soft and ethereal. My question is where can you find fresh cuts of peonies, ranunculus, etc without being a florist? I would love access to fresh flowers that are different than roses, daisies and hydrangea (even though the right hydrangea makes me weak in the knees).

Treasure ChestPage 65 in the upper right hand corner shows a gorgeous custom china cabinet. I would love this in a butler's pantry. All the levels of shelving give you multiple options of accessibility. The hardware is timeless and really makes the cabinet. Any carpenters out there wanting to build this beauty? 

Garden Seat, Glazed White Ceramic- Ballard DesignsDo any of you have garden stools like the milky-white pair seen on page 96? One day I would love one like this:Garden Seat, Glazed White Ceramic- Ballard Designs or this: Vivid Garden Stool in Turquoise to go between two arm chairs in my living room. Seems like the perfect place to set a drink or book, but lacks large space that would lend its arm to clutter vulnerability.

Macau Side Chairs Set of 2- Ballard DesignsThe color of the walls and the macau chairs in dining rook on page 99 is the perfect combination of traditional and contemporary.  I have always craved these chairs for to cap my breakfast table Macau Side Chairs Set of 2- Ballard Designs.

Treats: Places to travel, shops to see, and all other odds and ends to treat ourselves.

This month's scenic route was a little circle around the coastal area of southwestern Alabama. It featured quaint places to stop and try from Mobile to Fairhope to Dauphin Island. Growing up we took many beach trips down to Gulf Shores and passed these places repeatedly. Hopefully this summer we can stop and savor a little bit of their personalities rather than driving through with only thoughts of golden sands on our minds. I know the Key Lime Bread Pudding at The Wash House looked rather tempting.

There is a beautiful spread of the Texas Hill Country on pages 83-89. My dear husband might be gathering a new client in Austin and I am already planning a little weekend getaway to this area of Texas. The pictures of bluebonnets, fields of lavender, kayaking the Medina, and driving through rustic scenery are so alluring.

Eats: Pages and pages of delicious recipes.
There are six pages in this issue that are dedicated to bacon-y goodness recipes. The Bacon Herb Cupcakes, Bacon-Peanut Truffles and Dressy Saltines are itching to make it on my recipe to-do list.

My heart has a special place just for pound cakes and this issue had some beauties on pages 111-116. I think the Pound Cake with Balsamic Strawberries and Basil Whipped Cream was the most enticing.

Next week my Weekly Menu is definitely going to include the Roasted Sesame Pork Tenderloin with Asian Slaw found on page 118. It looks super easy and packed with flavor.

There is a whole page on 122 devoted to Red Beans and Rice and all the different ways you can cook them. This girl LOVES some red beans and rice. I can't wait to try their recipe for the crock pot.

Last but definitely not least, the Peach and Pecan Muffins on page 129 are going to be whipped up and popped in the freezer. This will be great to have on hand for mornings where we are crunched for time and would can pop these in the microwave.

This is where the real fun begins. I would like to give away:

One 12-month Subscription to Southern Living

  • 1st Entry:  Leave me a comment here telling me something that you found interesting from this month's Southern Living. Whether from something you read on this post or in the line at the grocery.
  • 2nd Entry: Become a follower and then leave a comment saying "I stalk Deep South Sweets"
  • Bonus Entry: If you know how to create a fan page on Facebook, email me at and tell me how (I am little technology illiterate).
Giveaway ends Friday, March 4 at 8:00 pm EST

Don't forget to check out the Chapter Five Discussion of One Thousand Gifts.

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  1. LOVE the new header and signature. You did an awesome job. My favorite thing would have to be that custom china cabinet - I think I might be dreaming about that now :)

  2. aaaaand I stalk Deep South Sweets :) - call me and I will walk you through creating a Fan Page. Better yet, send me your logo and I'll do one for you. You need to get a Twitter, too!

  3. I'm dreaming up vacation plans to TX. They look like some great places.

  4. I stalk Deep South Sweets! My favorite blog!!

  5. I stalk Deep South Sweets!! Love the new logo! And I am definitely in love with that china cabinet!

  6. The China cabinet for sure. Too gorgeous!

  7. Shut the front door...Bacon Herb Cupcakes?! What the frank?! I need those in my So, yeah, I guess you could say I find that recipe "interesting" say the least.

  8. Um...and second entry...I'm already a follower...I definitely stalk Deep South Sweets...and the writer. Haha.

  9. ...and in case Ashley hasn't done it for you's where you create a page.

  10. I love all the recipes! They always look so good!

  11. I stalk Deep South Sweets for sure! OH and check this out:

  12. The recipes are to die for :)

  13. I love the pea green garden stool! So so cute! I might have to add it to my amazon wish list. :)

  14. I stalk Deep South Sweets!!! :)