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Southern barbecue for a Northern gal


shelley and the foodSarah thought it be fitting to have a “southern style” barbecue for her graduation party since she graduated from the University of Alabama (roll tide!). She specifically said “mom, no healthy food here!” Ha, what do you mean, you’d think I was killing my family with my “wellness makeover” and having them eat fruits and veggies all day long, but I know what she was saying, there will be butter, and yes the f-word… “Fat” in the food. And come on that’s life, learning to eat and balance all of your meals… So as I usually do I made a list and she made a list of her favorites and this is how the menu went:

Spinach dip
Hot and Spicy Nuts

Main Course:
Barbecue chicken “Nelly style”/Hot dogs/Mini Hamburgers and Turkey Burgers
Sweet and Spicy Slaw
Old fashion Potato Salad
Five Bean Salad
Fried Green Tomatoes with Basil Mayonnaise
Molasses-Baked Beans
Caribbean Cornbread
Green Salad with Gorgonzola and Green Apples
Tomato, Basil, Mozzarella

2 flavored cupcakes
Fresh Fruit salad
Chocolate Chip Cookies
White Chocolate Chip and Cranberry Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

photo credit: Pottery Barn

Peach Sangria
Raspberry ice tea
*plus the usual beer and sodas lol

And I will tell you I made ALL of the above from scratch! I know I’m a little bit like “Martha” when it comes to events! I go all out and nuts. My husband stays as far away from me in the kitchen as possible.

Yup, I made enough food to feed an army, but I had NO idea how many people were actually coming because it seems that no one rsvp’s to events anymore which I find a bit annoying, so just remember that the next time you are invited to a party, rsvp so the host having the party doesn’t have to “quess-timate” on how much food to prepare. (Ok, I’m hoping off of my soapbox lol). But I’m happy to report we only had enough leftovers for the next 2 meals… You know the thanksgiving feeling of, uhhh do I have to eat this again… But a great time was had by all and everyone loved the food!

Everyone knows I’m a “food network” kind of gal, I love the variety… Just wished they’d come knocking on my door already! LOL

I thought the Peach Sangria would make a good recipe to share with “ya’ll” today, it was so refreshing and everyone loved it! So make lots. I made 5 times the amount and put it in a huge glass canister, which got a little clogged with the fruit; I’ll have to think of another way to serve it next time or maybe take out some of the fruit and put it on the side…

Fresh Peach Sangria via Down Home with the Neelys

2 bottle of Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc chilled
½ c Brandy
1c pineapple juice
½ c sugar
4 peaches pitted and sliced
2 red plums, pitted and sliced
2 c of green grapes, halved
1 lemon sliced into rounds.

Combine the wine, brandy, pineapple juice, sugar, peaches, plums, grapes, and lemon in a large pitcher and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Add ice cubes to fill and serve immediately or refrigerate up to 1 day in advance and add ice cubes before serving. Delicious!

What are your favorite barbecue recipes? Happy summer grilling!

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  1. LOL @ "no healthy food here"
    and wow @ you made it all from scratch!
    I wish I were invited, that table looks yummy!

  2. Mazal tov! I'm a "Martha"/do-it-all-yourself kinda gal too, and was bemoaning the lack of manners (a.k.a.: RSVPs) myself a couple of weeks ago. It sounds as though your party was amazing!!!

  3. What an amazing women you are. Where do you get all of your ambition. I would love to put out a spread like that, but I think I would be completely overwhelmed.Im a bit of a perfectionist so if things dont turn out just right, I tend to get a bit of an attitude. Im following you from MBC, you left me a comment on my page. I hope you are following me.

    Have a great day!!

  4. Wow, what a delicious feast and preparation you have done here! I am addicted to food network too! I watch it daily and even subscribe to their magazine! This is just divine! And I agree with you about the RSVP..I am throwing my daughter's 2nd birthday party in 2 weeks and only 2 people have RSVP'd. Hopefully I will get more :)
    Congratulations to your daughter on graduating college :)

  5. Hey Shelley! I just wanted to say thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a lovely comment :)It's nice to hear from you! Mostly I wanted to say congratulations to you and your husband on your 25th wedding anniversary! It is a rare thing these days to see people willing to stay faithful and stick it out instead of throwing in the towel. Keep going strong :)

  6. Wow, you are Martha! It looks awesome.

    Although I see hummus on that list and I think that is considered "healthy" isn't it? :)

    And that RSVP thing? It kills me that people no longer RSVP. What's up with that? When did it become OK to just show up without letting the host know?

  7. Shelley,
    Good job on the Southern spread but BBQ chicken is good for you just the extras in moderation. Keep them on track with the fruits/vegetables.
    Congrats on Sarah's Graduation even if it's ALABAMA. ha

  8. wow.. love seeing all those food! especially the lemonade.. yummm.. 😀
    of course the rest of the food looks yummy too 😉

  9. beautiful spread!

  10. this spread looks incredible! i love your blog and just became a follower :) and would love to have you follow me on my journey at

    thank you for the warm welcome at MBC!!! Have a glorious day sweet bella

  11. Incredible!!! I can't let my husband see this because bbq's at my house are a paper plate kind of ordeal…you put me to shame! 😉

    Great site! I'll be back for some of your recipes for sure!!!

    Thanks for sharing!


  12. Visting from SITS. This all sounds great. Love your blog.

  13. I do not have a "Martha" bone in my body… but the sangria recipe sounds very refreshing and the instructions easy to follow. Your blog is beautiful!


  14. Wow, what a spread! And you made all of that from scratch?! Super mom, super woman. :)

  15. Yummmmy!

  16. OMG, I am inlove with the Fresh Peach Sangria recipe and will be making it the Sunday for lunch after church.

    This blog is fabulous and I'm delighted that I found you Shelle

  17. I must say the menu sounds great. I know everything turned out wonderful.