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Birmingham ranks as one of brainiest cities according to Forbes Magazine

Birmingham ranks as one of brainiest cities | Birmingham Business Journal. This comes as no surprise to me, but it may to the rest of the country who think of most Southerners, especially those from Alabama as uneducated, red-neck hicks. Sorry folks. Time for a world view adjustment. And welcome to our well kept surprise… Continue reading Birmingham ranks as one of brainiest cities according to Forbes Magazine

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And then I had Chowder…, by Beverly Hicks Burch

The day broke and I could see the aftermath of last night’s “winter weather event”. I was a little leery to peek out of my blinds this morning because I heard  sleet and freezing rain blowing up against my bedroom window all night into the wee hours of the morning…yes, we’re talking until about 4:30AM… Continue reading And then I had Chowder…, by Beverly Hicks Burch

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A Snowy Night on Little Mountain Top in Northeast Alabama, by Beverly Hicks Burch

Here it is…the start of what’s being called the biggest winter weather event in our parts since 1996.   Arrival – finally!   Ummm…did someone say “blizzard”?   Jeremy’s Stairs – I call him my red-headed step-son and he’s already fallen down theses stairs once this winter because of ice when he stayed overnight to… Continue reading A Snowy Night on Little Mountain Top in Northeast Alabama, by Beverly Hicks Burch

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Liberty and Freedom US 411 Style, by Beverly Hicks Burch

This little scene captured my eye the other day when Tall & Handsome and I were passing by on US 411. It just leaves me with one thing to say…Who says we don’t take Freedom and Liberty seriously around here in these parts? 😉 It decorates some of our lawns… Yard of the Free… Liberty… Continue reading Liberty and Freedom US 411 Style, by Beverly Hicks Burch

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At the BamaSteelMagnolia’s(TM) Bistro – Red Velvet Cake Made Easy, by Beverly Hicks Burch

Today I'm serving on the menu over at The BamaSteelMagnolia's(TM) Bistro a recipe for Red Velvet Cake Made Easy. This cake is a Southern perninnal favorite and I've made it for years from scratch. This new recipe is a quick and easy recipe I've adapted using some low-fat products. I also include a little background… Continue reading At the BamaSteelMagnolia’s(TM) Bistro – Red Velvet Cake Made Easy, by Beverly Hicks Burch

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Elephant on the Roof…or Storm in My Hair, Part Two, By Beverly Hicks Burch

Elephant on the Roof…or Storm in My Hair Part Two By Beverly Hicks Burch If you missed Part One…you can catch it here… For years I was my family’s advanced warning system when it came to storms…in other words it took me a while to recover from the experience of Memorial Day Weekend 1973...the tornado… Continue reading Elephant on the Roof…or Storm in My Hair, Part Two, By Beverly Hicks Burch

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Kung Pau USA, by Beverly Hicks Burch

Kung Pau USA By Beverly Hicks Burch Tell the children to leave the room. Their eyes just may be too young and tender to read and accept the following…the Fortune Cookie is not Chinese. If you travel to mainland China, good chances are, you will have a hard time finding a fortune cookie. In Hong… Continue reading Kung Pau USA, by Beverly Hicks Burch

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Ouch, by Beverly Hicks Burch

Ouch By Beverly Hicks Burch Tag sale…yard sale…car boot sale…garage sale…rummage sale…what ever you may want to call it, Tall & Handsome and I have just survived our first one together. We held it at the end of a rather hectic week of getting ready for this move. Yes, “the” move. It seems like this… Continue reading Ouch, by Beverly Hicks Burch

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You Don’t Say, by Beverly Hicks Burch

You Don’t Say By Beverly Hicks Burch I am a hard sell. I don’t know if it’s the Scotch-Irish in me, or that teeny, tiny touch of Cherokee purported in my latest DNA test. It could even be the frugal German. Better yet, a throw back to the East Tennessee Mountain roots that run deep… Continue reading You Don’t Say, by Beverly Hicks Burch