Southern Fried Pickles with Chipotle Ranch.

ALDI Summer Road Trip: Fried Pickles

I was born and raised a yankee. Did you know that? Here I am, a native of the Chicago area, blogging at The Southern Institute. How did that happen, you might ask? Pretty typical, really… college. I moved to Nashville in 1993 and, except for … [Continue reading]

A Mid Summer Party.

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Although I homeschool Abby, she spent last year attending a homeschool tutorial program, which was a huge blessing and just exactly what she needed. Honestly, it was an answer to my prayers. As moms, we can all remember what it was like to be a … [Continue reading]

What Do You Do When Your Child Doesn’t Excel In Sports?

kids and sports

What do you do when your child is in sports but they aren't very good at it? What can you do to encourage them when their heart is just not in it but they still have to finish out the season? That's what I'm sharing about at the Wishing Well blog. … [Continue reading]

My Trip to the ALDI Test Kitchen.

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I was compensated by ALDI for this post. All opinions are honest and my own. If you don't know it by now, I should tell you that I'm a HUGE fan of ALDI stores. I started shopping at ALDI last fall and I have grown to love it more and more with … [Continue reading]

Dark Cherry and Pistachio Chocolate Bark

Dark Cherry and Pistachio Chocolate Bark from www.thesoutherninstitute.com

I love good, dark chocolate. This wasn't always the case! It has been an acquired taste for me, but I'm glad that I've come around. Lately I've started experimenting with making my own chocolate bark with healthy mix-ins. We all know that dark … [Continue reading]