Playlist To Get You To The Weekend

1. “Room to Breathe” by Chase Bryant

2. “Walk the Line“ by Johnny Cash

3. “East Bound and Down“ by The Road Hammers

4. “Shirley Jean“ Kiefer

5. “Cheap Wine and Cigarettes“ by Jess Moskaluke

6. “California Wildfire” by Just Dave Band

7. “Honky Tonk Badonadonk“ by Trace Adkins

8. “It All Started With A Beard“ by Frankie Ballard

9. “Take A Little Ride“ by Jason Aldean

10. “Barefoot Blue Jean Night“ by Jake Owen

Snack Like A Southerner: Hot Blueberry Cheddar Dip

Hot Blueberry Cheddar Dip by How Sweet Eats

1 (8oz) block of cream cheese, softened
8oz white cheddar cheese, freshly grated
1/4tsp nutmeg
1 heaping cup of blueberries
1 loaf of sliced French bread
2-3tbsps olive oil

Step One:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Place two oven racks on the middle and lower level. Slice bread and place on a baking sheet, drizzling it with olive oil.

Step Two:
In a bowl, mix cream cheese with grated cheddar and nutmeg. Fold in blueberries. Place in an oven-safe dish, then set on the top oven rack.

Step Three:
Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until cheese is hot, golden and bubbly, and blueberries and bursting.

Step Four:
At the 20 minute mark, place baking sheet with bread on the lower rack  to toast, checking and tossing every 4-5 minutes. Serve immediately! With white wine, of course.

Enjoy! Thanks, How Sweet Eats!


Playlist To Get You To The Weekend

1. “Lipstick” by Runaway June

2. “It’s Friday” by Dean Brody

3. “Boys ’Round Here” by Blake Shelton

4. “Make You Mine“ by High Valley

5. “Hell Raisin’ Good Time” by Tim Hicks

6. “If I Told You“ by Darius Rucker

7. “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!“ by Shania Twain

8. “Let It Roll“ by Emerson Drive

9. “Come On Down“ by High Valley

10. “May We All“ by Florida Georgia Line

Snack Like A Southerner: Olive Cheesy Bread

Olive Cheesy Bread by The Pioneer Woman


1 loaf French Bread
8oz, weight Pimiento-stuffed Green Olives
8oz, weight Black Olives
2 stalks Green Onions (scallions)
1 stick Butter, Room Temperature
1/2 cup Mayonnaise
1lb Monterey Jack Cheese, Grated

Step One:
Roughly chop both black olives and pimiento-stuffed green olives. Slice green onions into thin pieces. 

Step Two:
Combine butter, mayonnaise, cheese, olives and green onions in a mixing bowl. Stir together until thoroughly combined. Spread mixture onto French bread that has been sliced lengthwise.

Step Three:
Bake at 350ºF for 20 to 25 minutes or until cheese is melted and browning.

Mixture can also be refrigerated (up to two days) and used as a dip. Great with crackers.

Thanks Pioneer Woman for another spectacular recipe!

Playlist To Get You To The Weekend

1. “Kick The Dust Up“ by Luke Bryan

2. “If the Boot Fits“ by Granger Smith

3. “Stompin’ Ground” by Tim Hicks

4. “Dirt” by Florida Georgia Line

5. “Love Triangle” by RaeLynn

6. “Celebrity” by Brad Paisley

7. “The Booze Cruise“ by Blackjack Billy

8. “The Weekend“ by Brantley Gilbert

9. “5-1-5-0“ by Dierks Bentley

10. “A Little More Country Than That“ by Easton Corbin

Snack Like A Southerner: Lemon Cake Batter Truffles

Lemon Cake Batter Truffles from Simply Suzanne's.


1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup LEMON cake mix, dry
Zest of 1 small lemon
1tsp vanilla
3tbsp milk 
1/8tsp salt
2tbsp sprinkles
16 oz white dipping chocolate or Almond Bark
Step One:
Beat together butter and sugar using an electric mixer until combined. Add lemon zest. Blend in vanilla.
Step Two:
Add cake mix, flour, salt, and vanilla and mix thoroughly. Add 1 Tablespoon of milk or more, if needed, to make a dough consistency. 
Mix in sprinkles by hand.
Step Three:
Roll dough into one inch balls and place on a parchment or wax paper lined cookie sheet. Chill balls in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to firm up.
Step Four:
While dough balls are chilling, melt almond bark in the microwave in 30 second intervals until melted. Stir between intervals.
Step Five:
Using a fork, dip truffles into almond bark and shake of excess bark by tapping the bottom of the fork on the side of your bowl. Place truffle back on the cookie sheet and top with sprinkles. Repeat with remaining balls until finished. 
Step Six:
Chill cake batter truffles in the refrigerator until serving. 
Check out Simply Suzanne's for more delicious delights. 

Playlist To Get You To The Weekend

1. “Hometown Girl” by Josh Turner

2. “Day Drinking“ by Little Big Town

3. “The Woman in the Wings“ by Andy May

4. “Redneck Woman“ by Gretchen Wilson

5. “Record Year” by Eric Church

6. “Bottom of the Sea“ by Sean McConnell

7. “Goodbye Earl” by The Dixie Chicks

8. “Homegrown Honey“ by Darius Rucker

9. “Beautiful Life“ by Doc Walker

10. “Shake It If Ya Got It“ by Kira Isabella

Snack Like A Southerner: Pomodoro Fresco Pasta Salad

Pomodoro Fresco Pasta Salad by The Parsley Thief.

2lbs ripe tomatoes, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1tsp kosher salt
2tsp balsamic vinegar
1tsp sugar
A hefty pinch of red pepper flakes
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1lb pasta {your choice}
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil leaves

Step One:
Add the tomatoes, garlic, salt, balsamic vinegar, sugar, red pepper flakes, and olive oil to a large mixing bowl. Stir and let sit for at least 1 hour, to let the flavors develop.

Step Two:
Cook the pasta in a large pot of salted water, using the package instructions for timing. I recommend cooking it about 1 minute less than al dente as the pasta will soak up liquid from the sauce and soften further. Drain the pasta.

Step Three:
Right before assembling the salad, stir the chopped fresh basil into the bowl of tomato sauce. Add the drained pasta to the sauce, give it a stir to coat, and serve.

Check out The Parsley Thief for more amazing recipes!

Playlist To Get You To The Weekend

1. “Kill a Word“ by Eric Church

2. “I’m A Fire“ by David Nail

3. “Yeah Boy“ by Kelsea Ballerini

4. “Shut Up and Fish“ by Maddie & Tae

5. “Sleep Without You“ by Brett Young

6. “Different For Girls“ by Dierks Bentley

7. “Crushin’ It” by Brad Paisley

8. “Workin’ On Whiskey” by Jessica Mitchell

9. “Freestyle” by Lady Antebellum

10. “Rocket Girl” by Doc Walker

Blushing Belle: The Wedding Guests

5 Things To Consider When Writing Your Guest List

1. Write down the "dream list" and work backwards.

First thing, write down absolutely everyone and their mother that you would want at your wedding, and total it up. You could have a ballpark number anywhere from 60 to 600 people at the end of this. I suggest utilizing an Excel sheet, for it helps with the math BIG TIME. (BOOM BONUS CONSIDERATION!). This dream list will be a tangible list to work off of so you can't accidentally forget to invite Aunt Margret or something like that. However, you can tell from your budget how many people you can accommodate or not. Work backwards from here. After you write down your dream list, consult your parents--especially if they are paying for the wedding in any capacity. They will want to have some say in people that come to the event. Not everyone on the list will be able to go, so the list will shrink naturally. Then you can cross off as you go.


2. There will be guests there that you don't like.

Kind of screwed up right? Well, so are people. There are inevitably going to be guests at your wedding you wouldn't even share the same oxygen with if you had the chance, but they are going to be there because they are important to someone you love, or were a big part of your life, or they're great at first--but it's just when they start to drink or eat enough shrimp or "Gingham Style" comes on, they become absolutely insufferable. When you are creating your final guest list, the best option you have is to mark these people down. That way you'll be able to know for sure whether or not you'll have some kind of headache at your wedding. You also have to remember that there are plenty of people that are going to try and ruing your day, but you have to simply remember that it is YOUR day.


3. Kids or no kids?

There are only about 13 things worse than a screaming infant in the middle of trying to say your vows to your future spouse. When you are planning your wedding, consider how many children will have to come, how old those children will be, etc. Do you want kids there? If so, what kind of environment are you presenting for them? Kids can complicate things, but they are still a part of the family. However, it is just something that you may want to think about when coming up with the guest list.




4. Don't forget the entertainment/vendors.

Some vendors and entertainment individuals should be considered on the guest list for food costs. For some venues, the venue charges per head for food. If you do not include your photographer, DJ, and any other vendors you might know that will be participating in the reception for the whole time, then they may not be fed--which would really be NOT cool. Be sure to keep track of how many vendors you will have at the wedding/reception in order to prepare accordingly.


5. Pick a seat, not a side--unless you're going to kill each other.

The beauty of wedding planning is that you have the opportunity to control a lot of things. Remember earlier when I mentioned the fact that there are going to be dumb people at your wedding? Well, sometimes people only get dumb around other people--so separate them. If you know your Uncle Tony doesn't get along with his Aunt Lydia, then seat them as far away from each other as possible. There are going to be a ton of people at the wedding, make sure the tables make sense. The key to great tables, is allowing for at least three people at a table of seven to know each other really well, at least five people kind of know the others, and everyone can basically pick the others out of a line up if they had to.

6. Who and how many do you want?

You and your spouse get to decide how large or small you want your wedding to be. You get to pick the size of your wedding parties, if you want to do a 10 person courthouse wedding, or a 400 person gala. At the end of the day, the guest list comes down to your preference, budget and mind.