“Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation”
When you think of the South, you probably think fried chicken, sweet tea, and Southern Living magazine. You can find the fried chicken and sweet tea on our dinner tables, and Southern Living on our coffee tables. But one of those things is not exclusive to the South. No matter where you live, you have probably heard of, or maybe you’re even a subscriber to the popular magazine. And chances are, you have heard that they recently released their 50th anniversary edition. I have been a subscriber for more years than I am willing to admit, and it truly is a picture of what living in the South is like. With the release of their golden anniversary edition, it really hit close to home, and today I want to share with you how my life and Southern Living have had a beautiful intertwining through the years…
There were four covers for their February edition…and you cannot imagine our excitement when they chose a local venue for their anniversary celebration! All 4 covers were taken at J & D Farms in Southside, Alabama owned by our friends Danny and Jana McEachern…but why is that important to us?!
…and then there’s Rick Bragg. You may remember the post I did on him…you can read it here. Each month when I receive my magazine, the first place I turn is to the back cover to see what he has written! He grew up in the county next to mine and the places and things he writes about are in my world, making the words he writes come to life and evoke such memories. I guess you could say “his people” are “my people”! I was able to meet him and get his newest book autographed a few months back at the mall in my hometown!
He writes about his Mama and life in the South. Rick Bragg is known all over the U.S, and he grew up right here in the Appalachian foothills…another example of how Southern Living runs parallel to my life!
The Southern Living Hotel Collection is a group of one-of-a-kind, upscale, and most delightful hotels that the South has to offer…and it just so happens that some of our favorite places to visit fall into this category! And they are all within driving distance of our home! We are excited to visit another one of the places in their Collection later this month!
A foodie’s paradise located in the beautiful Smoky Mountains, Blackberry Farm is one of our favorites! You can see the post from our anniversary last year here.
Grove Park Inn is a historical hotel with a beautiful world class spa! We visited just as the leaves were changing last year and you can see more here!
When you walk through the doors of my favorite French bistro in Birmingham, these beauties greet you at the door. One of Frank Stitt’s restaurants that we love and have blogged about, Chez Fon Fon, has a beautiful display of desserts including these lemon meringue tarts…
…that were featured in the 50th edition! Dolester Miles is the pastry chef at all four of Chef Frank Stitt’s restaurants and the recipe for the mouth-watering tarts is included in the magazine! You must get your hands on this!
And the gardening…there is no telling how many Southern Living inspired gardens there are….
It’s not everyday that you open a magazine and the pages come to life. From Rick Bragg to recipes, Southern Living hits very close to home. They write about the places and things that I love…and it’s the South that they write about that I get to call home.Linking with Pieced Pastimes, Silver Pennies, Life on Lakeshore Drive, Thoughts From Alice, Coastal Charm, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Dwellings-Heart of Your Home, Savvy Southern Style, Ivy and Elephants, French Country Cottage, From My Front Porch To Yours, Stone Gable, Confessions of a Plate Addict, Worthing Court, Between Naps on the Porch, Cedar Hill Farmhouse, A Stroll Thru Life, The Charm of Home, Cornerstone Confessions, A Delightsome Life, Imparting Grace, Posed Perfection, Katherines Corner, Rooted In Thyme, Share Your Cup, The Enchanting Rose, 21 Rosemary Lane, Northern Nesting, Cozy Little House, Rattlebridge Farm, Rustic & Refined, My Romantic Home