Hello y’all!

“You don’t become southern, you are simply born this way.”

I saw this quote one day as I was scrolling through my Pinterest feed, and I absolutely couldn’t agree more. The southern way can be taught to anyone who is willing to sit on a porch and stay a while, but experiences and traditions are feelings that can only be embedded in the soul of a true southerner. It’s a state of mind that seems imparted at birth, and it just never leaves.

I was born and raised in South Carolina, and I say this with great pride. To me, the south means “ma’am” and “sir”, family is a priority no matter what, the appreciation of the slower pace life, the southern drawl that makes our words a little longer, but so much sweeter. It means that knowing how a handwritten thank you note can go a long way, and how lucky I am to be able to visit the beaches in the Lowcountry, and can drive to the upstate and see the hills in the same day. It means that I can gaze at the rows of live oaks with the moss dangling off the branches, and having an appreciation of the smell of pluff mud to alert me that the coast is near. It means knowing the pure joy and satisfaction of sipping on sweet tea, and rocking on the front porch for hours with your family or friends. It’s knowing that cracking open boiled p-nuts, throwing Lowcountry boil over a newspaper covered table, and heading over to a pig pickin’ are just normal occurrences around here! (yes, a pig pickin’… meaning the whole pig…head and all!) These are just some of the many things that the south means to me, and throughout my blog I will continue to share stories, recipes, and more with you.

I hope that you will grab some sweet tea, and stay a while!

The Carolina Gal