Playlist to Get You to the Weekend 8/14

  1. “Cheap Wine and Cigarettes” by Jess Moskaluke
  2. “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” by Trace Adkins
  3. “Little Moments” by Brad Paisley
  4. “Before He Cheats” by Carrie Underwood
  5. “I Don’t Even Know Her Name” by Alan Jackson
  6. “Red Solo Cup” by Toby Keith
  7. “What Might Have Been” by Little Texas
  8. “Chillin’ It” by Cole Swindell
  9. “Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck” by Kip Moore
  10. “Good Girl” by Carrie Underwood
August 14, 2017 by Lexx Fusco

Playlist to Get You to the Weekend 8/7

  1. “The Mercury” by Turnpike Troubadours
  2. “Man! I Feel Lik a Woman!” by Shania Twain
  3. “Ocean Front Property” by George Strait
  4. “Hell Raisin’ Good Time” by Tim Hicks
  5. “Settle for a Slowdown” by Dierks Bentley
  6. “Boy’s ‘Round Here” by Blake Shelton
  7. “Summertime” by Kenny Chesney
  8. “East Bound and Down” by The Road Hammers
  9. “Friday Night” by Eric Paslay
  10. “I’ve Got a Tiger by the Tail” by Buck Owens
August 07, 2017 by Lexx Fusco

Dorm Room: Southern Style

Moving into a new place can be both an exhilarating and frightening experience, so it's good to be prepared for anything! Whether you're off to college to move into a cramped dorm room, a fancy loft, a studio apartment, or your first home, check out these tips, sites and essentials to make your living place feel like a home...which is the Southern Style.

Checklist
Here is a basic guideline checklist to get you started. If this one doesn't seem to fit your needs perfectly, use it as a template for your own! Making a checklist of what you need, what you have and what you have to buy is a really great first step in moving.

Appliances

When it comes to buying appliances there are plenty of factors that come into play: price, convenience, look, practicality, etc. When I went shopping for my dorm/apartment, I went to Walmart and grabbed things that were in my price range and that's all that I looked for. This made my wallet happy, but I wasn't all that surprised when my microwave crapped out on me half way into the school year--not dissing Walmart microwaves by any stretch of the imagination, I just didn't check ahead to see the wattage compatibilities from the microwave to my room! Who'da thunk? Keep a few factors in mind when shopping for your home.
Important Before You Buy Appliances Tips

Appliances You May Need to Consider:
Major Appliances-
-Washing machine
-Dryer
-Refrigerator
-Dish washer

Other Appliances-
-Toaster
-Microwave
-Toaster oven
-Coffee maker
-Blender
-Juicer
-Crock pot
-Food Saver Sealer

Tech Appliances-
When it comes to shopping for tech, make sure these purchases aren't made on a whim. Do a bit of research before selecting these items, especially to see if you can get student discounts and such.
-Laptop
-Desktop computer
-Speakers
-DSLR camera
-Cell phone
-Television
-DVD player
-Blu Ray player

Shopping for Appliances in Stores:
Walmart
HH Gregg
Best Buy
Home Depot or Lowes
Sears
Target
Home Goods
BJs
Costco

Shopping for Appliances Online:
Amazon
Walmart
Target
Overstock
US Appliance
AJ Madison
ABT 

Kitchenware

The kitchen can arguably be one of the most important implements of any living space--especially southern style. So, whether you are cramming into a dorm room that doesn't even have a counter top let alone a kitchen, or a house complete with a six place stove and oven, these tips should help!
Setting Up a Functional Kitchen
Kitchen Essentials Guide

Stores:
Home Goods
Target
Walmart
Sears
Ikea
Kitchen Kapers

Bakeware:
Casserole dishes
Baking pans
Mixing bowl
Mixer
Hand mixer
Tablespoon/teaspoon set
Measuring cups (dry)
Measuring cups (wet)
Rubber spatula
Oven mitts
Pot holders
Cooling racks
Baking stone

Cookware:
Whisk
Spatula
Mixing spoon
Serving spoon
Ladle
Pots
Pans
Skillet
Tongs
Ceramic bowl
Microwave safe items
Cutting/carving knives
Cutting board
Tupperware

Silverware:
Forks
Spoons
Knives

Eatware:
Bowls
Plates
Cups
Mugs

Other:
Dish towels
Place mats
Broom
Swiffer
Dust pan
Trash can
Sponges
Dish soap
Spice rack
Paper towels
Drying rack

Living Room

Even in a small dorm you may find that you have some type of common area or living room. This is kind of like a second bedroom that you share with the world--what the heck does that mean?! Well, this room is a homey reflection of how you feel about your home and how you would like your guests to feel while they are in your home. This is a fun room to decorate, furnish and have fun in.

Stores:
Target
Walmart
Ikea
Home Goods
Five Below
Ashley Home Furniture
Raymour & Flannigan

Online:
Target
Walmart
Ikea
Amazon
Overstock
Wayfair
Rooms to Go
Hayneedle

Furniture:
Couch
TV
Entertainment center
Storage (cabinets, drawers, table/shelf hybrid, etc)

The most important thing you can do for your house/dorm/apartment is to make it a home. Surround yourself with your comforts, memories and the necessities, and you'll be okay.  

 

 

Snack Like a Southerner: 5 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

5 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies by A Clean Bake

(acleanbake)

Ingredients:
-1
cup natural unsweetened peanut butter see notes
-2 large eggs
-1/2 cup coconut sugar
-1/2 tsp baking powder
-1/4 tsp vanilla extract
-Pinch salt

Step One:
"Preheat the oven to 350F and line a cookie sheet with parchment."

Step Two:
"In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the beater attachment or in a large mixing bowl using a hand mixer, whip the peanut butter for a minute until smooth, and then mix in the eggs."

Step Three:
"Add the sugar, baking powder, vanilla and salt and mix until smooth."

Step Four:
"Scoop 2-3 Tablespoon portions and roll them into balls. Place them 2" apart on the prepared cookie sheet, then use the back of a fork to gently press twice in opposite directions to flatten the dough balls slightly."

Step Four:
"Bake for 13-16 minutes until firm on top (the centers will still be soft). Allow the cookies to cool for about 10 minutes on the cookie sheet (during which time they will firm up slightly) before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely."

Enjoy!

Playlist to Get You to the Weekend

  1. “Let’s Get Drunk” by The Honeycutters
  2. “You Look Good” by Lady Antebellum
  3. “Slow Burn” by Tim Hicks
  4. “Jolene (cover)” by Miley Cyrus
  5. “Hometown Girl” by Josh Turner
  6. “I Walk the Line” by Johnny Cash
  7. “Think a Little Les” by Michael Ray
  8. “Buy Me a Boat” by Chris Janson
  9. “Here in the Real World” by Alan Jackson
  10. “Road Less Traveled” by Lauren Alaina

Playlist to Get You to the Weekend

 

  1. “Bow Chicka Wow Wow” by Meghan Patrick
  2. “Bonfire” by River Town Saints
  3. “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” by Willie Nelson
  4. “Real Life” by Jake Owen
  5. “We’re American Proud” by Richard Lynch
  6. “Ring of Fire” by Johnny Cash
  7. “Back Against the Wall” by Son Volt
  8. “Dibs” by Kelsea Ballerini
  9. “The Weekend” by Brantley Gilbert
  10. “Long Stretch of Love” by Lady Antebellum

Playlist to Get You to the Weekend

  1. “Dirt on My Boots” by Jon Pardi
  2. “Head Over Heels” by The Washboard Union
  3. “Fast” by Luke Bryan
  4. “Any Ol’ Barstool” by Jason Aldean
  5. “Highway Queen” by Nikki Lane
  6. “Where Love Goes to Die” by Lisa Nicole
  7. “Let Me See Ya Girl” by Cole Swindell
  8. “Barn Burner” by Dan Davidson
  9. “Till the Summer’s Gone” by Emerson Drive
  10. “Folsom Prison Blues” by Johnny Cash

Playlist to Get You to the Weekend

  1. “Bring Down the House” by Dean Brody
  2. “Guitar Town” by Steve Earle
  3. “Hurricane” by Luke Combs
  4. “Yeah Boy” by Kelsea Ballerini
  5. “In Case You Didn’t Know” by Brett Young
  6. “Anything Goes” by Florida Georgia Line
  7. “Dream Walkin’” by Toby Keith
  8. “Young & Crazy” by Frankie Ballard
  9. “Friends in Low Places” by Garth Brooks
  10. “I Got This” by George Canyon

Playlist to Get You to the Weekend

  1. “It’s Friday” by Dean Brody
  2. “Red Dirt Road” by Brooks & Dunn
  3. “It Takes What It Takes” by Lauren Adams
  4. “Do I Make You Wanna” by Billy Currington
  5. “Every Time I Hear That Song” by Blake Shelton
  6. “I Like It, I Love It” by Tim McGraw
  7. “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?” by Shania Twain
  8. “We Should Be Friends” by Miranda Lambert
  9. “Stuck Like Glue” by Sugarland
  10. “She’s Country” by Jason Aldean

Playlist To Get You To The Weekend

1. “Move” by Luke Bryan

2. “Cherry Bomb” by River Town Saints

3. “Bow Chicka Wow Wow” by Meghan Patrick

4. “Where Love Goes to Die” by Lisa Nicole

5. “Barn Burner” by Dan Davidson

6. “In Case You Didn’t Know” by Brett Young

7. “Damn Drunk“ by Ronnie Dunn

8. “For Her“ by Chris Lane

9. “Jolene“ by Pentatonix and Dolly Parton

10. “Whiskey And You“ by Chris Stapleton