A TRUE SOUTHERN
- Bev Allen
- Springfield, Missouri, United States
- Being Southern is more than where I am from, it is who I am. I love the South with its great beauty and wonderful deep-south traditions. I am Bev Allen, a true Southern Belle'. I am married to the love of my life Rick Allen, we are Assemblies of God US Missionaries. We lived and raised our two children, Chris Allen and Teresa Mosley (married to Randy) in the Great Southern states. Family is important and my grandkids Lexi and Lane are our most precious treasures. We love God and people and devoted our lives in His service. This blog is to share a little of what I enjoy and experienced, a little Southern Joy!
Friday, August 27, 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Thursday, August 12, 2010
A true Southern tradition that came from country churches in the South. This expression defines a well bountiful common meal usually done outdoors "dinner on the ground". They are most of time, right after Sunday's morning service and can last for several hours. It is a time of social conversation, fellowship and always interesting food dishes. Dishes like chicken & dumplings, black-eyed peas and hog jowl, fried okra, corn on the cob, apple cobbler, banana pudding, …..am I making you hungry? There will be rows of tables lined with casseroles dishes served on paper plates with plastic silverware. Many church ladies specialized in a certain dish. This sometimes leads to church-founded cookbooks as fundraisers.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Manners matter and are an important part of life in the South, it goes hand-hand with respect. Children are taught early to say, “yes Ma’am” and “no Sir.” They are taught not to interrupt a conversation, to act like little adults. Above all, say “please” and “thank you.” Being friendly, neighborly and sociable with everyone you encounter is a normal way of life in the South. It is not unusual for people to wave to total strangers. A common phrase from a “porch sitter” to a nearby neighbor, “come on in…sit awhile”, which would lead to long spells of conversations and slices of apple pie. These are all expressions of putting others first and not getting in a hurry, but spending time with another. There is just nothing like Southern hospitality.
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Friday, August 6, 2010
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
The only drink for a true Southern Lady is Ice Tea. I make it by the gallons. My children started drinking tea in their bottles. It is cool like a nice breeze, refreshing like a summer rain. I pray Lipton never goes out of business. Some like lemon, lime or some kind of berry. Not me! Best served in a pint jar with lots of ice. I am and will be forever faithful to the Southern art of sipping ICE TEA!