DIY: Mr. and Mrs. Gift Set

Step One:
Gather your supplies


-Plates
-Mugs
-Bowls
-Sharpie
I got all of this stuff at Dollar Tree! 

Step Two:
Doodle up a storm!

Step Three:
Bake in the oven at 350 for about fifteen minutes.

Done!

Don't forget to post a photo of your dish set and tag us! You could be featured on our social media! 

Country Artist of the Week: RaeLynn

(foxnews.com)

Birthday: May 4th, 1994

Hometown: Baytown, Texas

Most Popular Album: Me

Most Popular Song: “God Made Girls”

Quote: “It can make you bitter, or make you better.”

 

Snack Like a Southerner: Buttermilk Candy

OP: http://home.cmaaccess.com/~dledwards/buttermilk_candy.htm

(www.texannewyorker.com)

Ingredients:

1 cup buttermilk

2tbs margarine

1tsp baking soda

2 cups pecans, chopped

2tbs butter

2 cups sugar

1tsp vanilla extract

1. In a skillet over high heat, combine buttermilk, soda and sugar. Stir constantly until it reaches a softball size. (5 minutes)

2. Remove from heat. Add mixture, butter, vanilla and nuts to a large mixing bowl. Mix together until thickened and creamy.

3. Spoon out onto buttered or greased wax paper. Let cool.

Country Artist of the Week: Hunter Hayes

(fanpop.com)

Birthday: September 9th, 1991

Hometown: Breaux Bridge, Louisiana

Most Popular Album: Encore

Most Popular Song: “I Want Crazy”

Quote: “Believe in yourself. You don’t need to change for anybody. There’s nothing wrong with being yourself, there’s nothing wrong with being different and I mean don’t change for anybody.”

DIY for the Southern Gentleman

Every week, we publish a fun DIY craft for our readers. However, more often than not, these DIY fashion ideas are for the ladies. This is a list of DIY projects for the cowboys to take a shot at, or if you would like to make something for the southern gent in your life! Don't forget to snap a pic of your craft when you're done and tag us. You'll be featured on our social media pages and you might win some cool stuff!

Men's Skinny Tie by A Beautiful Mess

(abeautifulmess.com)

(abeautifulmess.com)

(abeautifulmess.com)

 

Insulated Beer Koozies by Positively Splendid

(positivelysplendid.com)

 

Altoids Sours BBQ Grill by Instructables

(www.instructables.com)

 

Garage Shelves by Parties for Pennies

(partiesforpennies.com) 

 

Swiss Army Key Ring by GuyManningham

(guymanningham.com) 

 

Bar Made From Wooden Shipping Pallets by Aly

(pinterest.com)

 

Bacon Salt by Chopin And My Saucepan

(chopinandmysaucepan.com)

 

Mason Jar Superhero Bank by Fireflies and Mud Pies

(firefliesandmudpies.com)

 

Altoids Survival Kit by Indefinitely Wild

(indefinitelywild.gizmodo.com)

 

 

Country Artist of the Week: Eric Church

(wyrk.com)

Birthday: May 3rd, 1977

Hometown: Granite Falls, North Carolina

Most Popular Album: Chief

Most Popular Song: “Drink in My Hand”

Quote: “I have a huge chip on my shoulder.”

Snack Like a Southerner: Sweetheart Sugar Cookies

OP: myrecipes.com

(myrecipes.com, Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Buffy Hargett)

Ingredients:

1 cup butter, softened 
1 cup granulated sugar 
1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
large egg 
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 
1/4 teaspoon salt 
2 teaspoons meringue powder 
Pink sanding sugar

Preheat oven to 350°

1.Beat butter, granulated sugar, and vanilla at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add egg, beating until blended.

2. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to butter mixture, beating just until blended.

3. Divide dough into 2 equal portions; flatten each portion into a disk. Cover and chill 10 minutes.

4. Place 1 dough disk on a heavily floured surface, and roll to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut with a 3-inch heart-shaped cutter. Place 2 inches apart on lightly greased baking sheets. Repeat procedure with remaining dough disk.

5. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Let cool on baking sheets 5 minutes; transfer to wire racks, and let cool completely (about 30 minutes).

6. Whisk together meringue powder and 2 Tbsp. water. Brush cookies with mixture, or dip cookies in mixture, and sprinkle with sanding sugar.

For jumbo cookies: Cut rolled-out dough with a 4 1/2-inch heart-shaped cutter. Bake at 350° for 15 to 17 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Makes: about 1 dozen.

For bite-size cookies: Cut rolled-out dough with a 1-inch heart-shaped cutter. Bake at 350° for 8 to 11 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Makes: about 20 dozen.

Cowboy Casanova and Southern Belle Seductresses: Valentine’s Day Edition

Valentine’s Day is a time to celebrate the ones we love and hold dear in our lives. It’s a day of romance and beauty. Sometimes it can be a challenge to come up with the perfect Valentine’s Day date or one that won’t break the bank. Here are some suggestions to help you and your significant other feel that southern spark!

 

  1. DIY Valentine’s Day

            Make some gifts or activities from the heart to show your gal or guy how important they are to you. Here are some fun DIY ideas to do together:       

-Temporary Tattoos: take an hour or so to sit down with one another at the table and design a temporary tattoo for each other. Don’t let the other see it until it’s applied. Then reveal! Check out the temporary tattoo tutorial here. It’s fast, easy, safe and cheap.

-Paper Airplane Love Notes: fly them to each other from across the room.

-Go old school and burn each other a CD with songs that remind you of one another. Check out some of our playlists for inspiration.

-A Bag of Kisses: go to the craft store or Walmart and purchase a small gift or satin bag, on little pieces of paper write down different types of kisses (kiss on the cheek, lips, make out, French, etc), fold up the notes and put them in the bag. Later in the evening, pick each piece out and try out all kinds of kisses!

-Mason Jar Notes: fill a mason jar with love notes for your special guy or gal. These notes can range from qualities you like about him/her, song lyrics, I Love You, funny quotes, love quotes, or simply little messages to help improve his/her day.

-Scavenger Hunt: create a map with clues and stash gifts or notes for your SO to find.

-Coupon Books: it seems a bit juvenile but it’s the thought that counts. You and your SO can make these little booklets with coupons good for “taking out the trash” to “dinner and a RomCom for two on me” to perhaps some more interesting things like “one body massage” and more!

 

  1. Dinner and Dessert

            The food of Valentine’s Day is almost as important as the romance part. Need some recipe ideas? We got you covered. Check out our Spoiled Southern: Valentine’s Recipes article for a list of easy southern delicacies guaranteed to make your significant other feel special.

-Picnic Inside

Set up a picnic blanket or table cloth in the living room outfitted with candles (wax or plastic), flowers and a nice dinner for two. Play some soft music in the background to set the mood.

            -Recreate Your First Date

Take your SO out to the same place you both went on your first date together. Reminisce about how you asked her out, if it was crowded, was the food bad or good, and perhaps even talk about the infamous first kiss!

            -Romantic Dinner for Two at Home

You could play this a few different ways. You may want to to stay at home and cook with each other, prepare the meal yourself and then invite the SO over or even hire a professional chef to come to the house for an evening and prepare dinner for the both of you.

            -Bake Together

Valentine’s Day is a super sweet occasion and it can be even sweeter when you guys bake together. Get in the kitchen and pull out some fun recipes to make heart cookies or something chocolaty.

            -Dinner for Two in Bed

Order some take out or whip up something quick and simple and wine and dine in bed together. Keep the moment intimate and enjoy your meal. You’ll need the energy!

 

  1. Gifts

            Remind your significant other how special he/she is with gifts from the heart. You can go big and get the ring or watch or even do something as simple and sweet and making something yourself. Check out our Spoiled Southern: Gifts article if you need some more ideas!

            -Presentation

Present your gifts in a creative way and make them even more special!

            -Cards

Don’t forget the card. This is pretty important because it’s your words from the heart and will be treasured by your SO for a long time.

 

Make this Valentine’s Day romantic and have a lovely holiday!

 

Spoil your fancy redneck with Redneck Couture this Valentine’s Day? Take a pic of your date or of your SO and their Redneck Couture and tag us. You’ll be featured on our social media!

Spoiled Southern: Recipes for The Perfect Valentine's Day Southern Inspired Courses

Dinner Options:

Pan Seared Steak

(allrecipes.com) 
(Wine Option: Red)

Chili-Glazed Salmon 

(delish.com)
(Wine Option: Rosé)

Roasted Chicken Breasts

(foodnetwork.com)
(Wine Option: White)

Eggplant Parmesan

This is my own personal recipe, and it's worked out really well in the past.

Ingredients:
1 Eggplant
Flour
Bread crumbs
2 eggs
Parmesan cheese
Garlic powder
Salt
Pepper
Oil
Mozzarella cheese
3 jars Classico Four Cheese Sauce
1 jar Classico Alfredo Sauce (optional)
1 box Angel hair pasta
3 large Ziploc baggies (optional, you could also do a 3 bowl dip system, but the bags will make your life much easier)

Preheat oven to 365º

Step One:

Slice your eggplant. Bake in the Oven for about 3 minutes on each side. Let cool, LEAVE OVEN ON.

Step Two:

Prep your bags while the eggplants are in the oven. The dry ingredients, such as the flour, bread crumbs and spices you can eyeball or add as much as you prefer. For me, I like A LOT of garlic and parmesan cheese. Crack the eggs into a small bowl, add a splash of milk if you wish, and beat them.  

In one bag, dump the flour.

In the second bag, the two eggs.

In the third bag, dump the bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, garlic, salt and pepper. 

Step Three:

Toss in 1-3 slices of eggplant, depending on size, into the bag of flour. Shake the bag and make sure the eggplants are coated. Remove them from the flour bag. Plop them into the bag with the eggs, squish around until wet. Remove them from this bag and drop them into the bread crumb mixture. Shake around until coated. Remove from bag and place on a plate. Repeat until you are out of slices. 

Step Four:

In a medium frying pan, heat up your oil. When it's hot, place 2-3 eggplant slices--depending on size--into the oil. Fry em up! It may take about 1-2 minutes on each side. Flip eggplants over using tongs to cook both sides. Remove from pan and place on a paper towel to soak up the oil. Repeat.

Step Five: 

Place fried slices on a baking sheet about a half inch apart. With a table spoon, dish out a dollop of sauce onto each slice. Sprinkle on parmesan and mozzarella cheese on top of sauce. Place sheet(s) in oven. Bake for 15 minutes.

Step Six:

While the eggplant slices are in the oven. Make the pasta. While the pasta is boiling, you can make the makeshift vodka sauce. This sauce is made by mixing Classico Four Cheese, Classico Alfredo, parmesan cheese and a sprinkle of sugar.

Step Seven:

Remove eggplant from the oven when done. Mix sauce into pasta. Serve and enjoy!

(Wine Option: red)

 

Side Dishes:

Roasted Vegetable Mac n Cheese

(countryliving.com)

Braised Collard Greens

(delish.com)

Ricotta Mashed Potatoes

(countryliving.com)

 

Desserts:

Shortbread Tiramisu 
(
countryliving.com)

Creme Brûlée 

(foodnetwork.com)

Red Velvet Cupcakes

(pinchmysalt.com)

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

(foodnetwork.com)

 

We hope you have an absolutely delicious Valentine's Day!

Spoiled Southern: Valentine's Day Gifts for Your Cowboy

Premium Poker Set, $68.59

(amazon.com)

 

Bacon of the Month Club, $6.00-$195.00

(baconfreak.com)

 

Old Fashioned Beer Bottle Opener, $22.00

(TheHenryHouse etsy)

 

Beer Holsters, $28.00

(bourbonandboots.com)

 

Redneck Couture Tee, $28.00

Fancy Shaving Kit, $25.00

(gifts.com)

Handmade Personalized Flask, $199.99

(jacobbromwell.com)

 

Personalized Wood Handle Pocket Knife, $12.99
(lazerdesigns.com)

 

The Guide To Urban Moonshining Handbook, $19.21

(hiconsumption.com)

Have a happy Valentine's Day and don't forget that if you order your Cowboy Casanova or yourself anything from Redneck Couture, shipping is FREE!