Archive | May 2013

Southern Belle Reads Friday: The Next “Fifty Shades”?

I will admit I read “Fifty Shades of Gray” and I think I might have found the book to top even it.  The book I am talking about is “Bared to You” by Sylvia Day.  WOW is all I can say about this book.  In my opinion it puts “Fifty Shades” to shame.  This book is also the first of three in a series so maybe book two is totally different than book one but I don’t know just yet.  I liked book two and three best of “Fifty” because they were so much different then book one.  Maybe this series will be the same way.  Check back, I will keep you posted.

Southern Belle Cooks Wednesday: Pulled Greek Pork

Well this week I have not cooked anything.  But last week I did do some cooking.  Last Sunday I made pulled greek pork.  Here is how I did it…


What you will need:

– Pork Roast

– Greek Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

– Ziploc Bag

– Greek Seasoning

– Water

– Slow Cooker


On Saturday night I took a pork roast, I cut the fat off of it.  Then I put the pork roast into a ziplock bag with some greek vinaigrette dressing.  I put the roast in the fridge over night to marinate.  On Sunday morning before leaving for Church I put the roast into a slow cooker with a little bit of water (enough to keep it moist), some greek seasoning, and a little greek vinaigrette.  I cooked it on slow till the meat was done and falling off with a fork.  Then after it cooled I used two forks to pull the meat apart.   I made flatbread sandwiches with mine but I guess there are many ways you could eat the  Pulled Greek Pork.  A little feta cheese, a little herb mayo, and a little onion.  Boy was it good!

Southern Belle Contemplates Monday: NASCAR and Me

I love NASCAR and have for over ten years now.  I will never forget the turning point for me.  I had watched NASCAR off and on for a few years and if you asked me who my favorite driver was I would say “Jeff Gordon”.  Then Dale Earnhardt Jr came along and I just thought he was dreamy.  But even then I was not hooked.  February 18th, 2001 changed that forever.  I watched on TV the wreck that happened in the final turn on the final lap.  I heard Darrell Waltrip speak those mesmerizing words, “God I hope Dale is okay”.  And later I heard those words spoken that no NASCAR fan wanted to hear, “Dale Earnhardt was the father of four”.  “Was” not “is”.  He was gone, the biggest figure in the sport had died and I had never taken the time to really watch him drive, to see him in his glory.

I remember watching all the events of the week in awe.  I couldn’t get enough of them; I was drawn in my Dale Earnhardt’s death.  I tuned in the next week and cried when Dale Jr wrecked on the first lap and cried even more when Steve Park won the rain delayed Rockingham race on Monday afternoon.  I probably went through two boxes of tissues that week with all the tears I cried.  I was starting to get hooked but was not there yet.  Then came July 7th, 2001, a Saturday night race in Daytona, the first time back at the track since Dale’s death.  This is the race that changed me forever.  I watched in amazement all night as Dale Jr raced through the field.  And just when everyone was counting him out, with his restart position after a late race caution.  But Dale Jr was determined that night and he had a newly winged angel on his side.  When that red number eight car took the checkered flag with Michael Waltrip pushing it, the tears poured and I was hooked forever.  Dale Earnhardt Jr overcame so much there that night and I was amazed at how he did it.

Today I still love NASCAR and I still like Dale Earnhardt Jr but the sport is changing and I’m not sure if I like the direction it is taking.  There is one reason and one reason only that has me questioning NASCAR’s future, and that reason goes by the name of Danica Patrick.  In my opinion she is single-handedly ruining the sport.  I know as a female fan I should like the fact that a female driver is turning so many heads and making so much progress, but I don’t.  And yes if it was a different female drive I may feel differently but I doubt it.  For me what I love best about NASCAR is its tradition.  I love the fact that there are a few families that have been around since the start of NASCAR and they continue to be active in the sport in some form.  I like the tradition of “Gentleman Start Your Engines”, can’t say that with “her” in the field.

I know times are changing; they have been ever since the death of Dale Earnhardt, but at least after his death the tradition continued.  As much as I love NASCAR and its tradition with “her” in the field I have a hard time being the fan I once was.  To me the sport will not be the same till she is gone from it, and I don’t know if that is happening anytime soon.

Coming Soon…

I know it’s been over a week since I have posted last.  I have been doing a little soul-searching on the direction of this blog and I have decided to make some changes starting next week.  It seems like Southern Belle Cooks Wednesday is the most popular, so it will be staying.  I am going to try to include more photos of the food I cook.  Southern Belle Reads Friday will also be staying.  The thing that is going to go is Southern Belle NASCAR Monday.  While I love NASCAR and still have a passion for writing about NASCAR I’ve decided to try something new.

Mondays will now be, Southern Belle Contemplates Monday.  There still may be some posts about NASCAR.  There could be posts about stuff that I have done or happen to me.  It could be about pictures I have taken.  It could be about anything.  You’ll have to wait till Monday each week to find out what’s on my mind next.  I hope you enjoy it.

Southern Belle Cooks Wednesday: After Vacation

This week so far nothing has been cooking.  With just getting back from vacation I have been to the store yet.  I should make some lemon bars this week and I want to make some jerk pulled pork, but those may have to wait till Sunday.  I need a vacation from my vacation.  Hopefully next week I will get back to cooking.

Sothern Belle NASCAR Monday: The Lady in Black

Mother’s Day weekend equals no Sunday race.  It used to be that they didn’t race at all on Mother’s Day Weekend but a few years ago that changed and now they race on Saturday night and not on Mother’s Day it’s self.  So Saturday night the boys and girl of the Sprint Cup were in Darlington, SC trying to tame the lady in black.  In the end Matt Kenseth was the one that tamed her, getting his third win of the season.  Joe Gibbs Racing finished One-Two with Denny Hamlin finishing second.  Jimmie Johnson had a top ten finish so he continues to lead the points.  Up next the All Star Race this Saturday night.

I’m Back!!!!!

Sorry for the lack of posts last week.  I had hoped to have posts scheduled to post while I was on vacation but that did not happen.  Last week I ate, slept, and breathed Mickey Mouse.  That’s right, I was in Disney World last week.  This Southern Belle stayed in a Southern Plantation Hotel.  It was a great week filled of fun and many memories.



Southern Belle Reads Friday: “30 Things Every Woman Should…”

So next year this Southern Belle turns the Big 3-0.  So preparing for that I have been reading “30 Things Every Woman Should Have And Should Know By The Time She’s 30” Pamela Redmond Satran & Glamour.  So I thought I would take a look at the list and see where I am at.

By 30, you should have …

1. One old boyfriend you can imagine going back to and one who reminds you of how far you’ve come.  No

2. A decent piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in your family.  No

3. Something perfect to wear if the employer or man of your dreams wants to see you in an hour.  No

4. A purse, a suitcase, and an umbrella you’re not ashamed to be seen carrying.  Yes

5. A youth you’re content to move beyond.  Yes

6. A past juicy enough that you’re looking forward to retelling it in your old age.  No

7. The realization that you are actually going to have an old age — and some money set aside to help fund it.  Somewhat

8. An email address, a voice mailbox, and a bank account — all of which nobody has access to but you.  Yes

9. A résumé that is not even the slightest bit padded.  Yes

10. One friend who always makes you laugh and one who lets you cry.  Yes

11. A set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra.  Yes, No, No

12. Something ridiculously expensive that you bought for yourself, just because you deserve it.  Yes

13. The belief that you deserve it.  Yes

14. A skin-care regimen, an exercise routine, and a plan for dealing with those few other facets of life that don’t get better after 30.  No, No, No

15. A solid start on a satisfying career, a satisfying relationship, and all those other facets of life that do get better.  No, No, No

By 30, you should know …

1. How to fall in love without losing yourself.  No

2. How you feel about having kids.  Yes

3. How to quit a job, break up with a man, and confront a friend without ruining the friendship.  No, No, No

4. When to try harder and when to walk away.  Yes, Yes

5. How to kiss in a way that communicates perfectly what you would and wouldn’t like to happen next.  No

6. The names of the secretary of state, your great-grandmothers, and the best tailor in town.  Yes, No, No

7. How to live alone, even if you don’t like to.  Yes

8. Where to go — be it your best friend’s kitchen table or a yoga mat — when your soul needs soothing.  Yes

9. That you can’t change the length of your legs, the width of your hips, or the nature of your parents.  Yes, Yes, Yes

10. That your childhood may not have been perfect, but it’s over.  Yes

11. What you would and wouldn’t do for money or love.  Yes

12. That nobody gets away with smoking, drinking, doing drugs, or not flossing for very long.  Yes

13. Who you can trust, who you can’t, and why you shouldn’t take it personally.  Yes

14. Not to apologize for something that isn’t your fault.  Yes, but I still do it on a daily basis

15. Why they say life begins at 30  I think so but not 100% sure just yet


So I guess I am not ready to turn 30 next year maybe I will have to put it off another year.

Southern Belle Cooks Wednesday: Corn Salsa

Today was another food day at work and today I made Black Bean and Corn Salsa to take to work, plus a Red Velvet cake. But I am focusing on the Black Bean and Corn Salsa right now. It was a big hit. Here is how I made it…

1 can of summer crisp corn drained
1 can black beans drained and rinsed
1 can rotel drained
Cilantro to your liking
Red Onions to your liking
Juice of 1 lime (maybe 1 1/2 if small)

Mix everything together and serve. (It is better if the salsa has time to cool before serving but may not always be an option.)



Please Note: I found this recipe on the internet somewhere a few years ago and do not remember where.

Southern Belle NASCAR Monday: Saturday Night VA Style

Saturday night was the first of two Richmond Races.  Short track Saturday night.  Kevin Harvick won the race while Jimmie Johnson added to his points lead.  Dale Jr got another top 10.  Brian Vickers filling in for Denny Hamlin qualified second but didn’t finish as well.  Danica had another rocky race.