Monday, December 16, 2013

You know it’s Christmas in the South when y'all hear…



-Now where ever did I put Grandma’s redeye gravy recipe

-You be sure now to put extra slices of pineapple on that ham and do put a cherry in each hole

-BethAnn’s cards this year didn’t have y’all on it anywhere, what is this world comin’ to

-I might have fell out of the magnolia getting the best leaves but I do declare the wreath on my front door the prettiest ever

-Run up in the attic and fetch Granddaddy's old Mardi Gras vest.  It'll be perfect for your Wise Man costume

- If you don't shape up, Santa's going to bring you switches and coal or Southern Mississippi football tickets!

- I'm fixin to pick up some Captain Morgan's for Nana's fruitcakes.  You know she can't do it herself on account of being Baptist and all

- Run out back and help your Daddy load Old Jake on the trailer to carry him over to the Live Nativity

- Aunt Dora Rae's on the phone.  She wants to know what kind of Cokes you want her to bring to the party

- "I had my stockings monogrammed to match my tree skirt, and the tree skirt monogrammed to match my apron, and then, they monogrammed the dog's bed for free! It really is the most wonderful time of the year!
- I'm wearing my new sweater dress to the party, so I hope they have the AC cranked, or I'll just melt!

- Sarah Beth, where is the Santa hair bow we bought at the Junior League Mistletoe Market? - Not the sparkly green one or the one with jingle bells or the one with snowflakes or the one  with …

-We're simplifying things this year and only puttin' up one tree in the family room, two in the dining room, one in the kitchen, one in the bedroom and a small pink tree in the powder room. Oh yeah, and the kid's have their trees in their rooms, but that's all. Nice and simple

- Darlin', can I borrow your Grandma's punch bowl for the egg nog?  I'm going to put the sherbet punch in mine

- "Mama, what's snow?"




- I have Lenox Holiday, but my sister has the Spode Christmas Tree.  I suwannee, it's like we came from different parents!

- When in doubt, spray paint it, fry it, or stick a bow on it!

Reagan, Auntie KiKi, Uncle Putter, Mamma, Big Joey and even that scalawag Walker Boone, wish you a Merry Christmas and, honey, do remember to but an extra splash of nog in the eggnog this year. 

78 comments:

  1. hmmmmmmmm....sounds like you're too Christmas rushed! Sit down, take a deep breath, pick up read a good book for a while - relax and enjoy the holiday! lynn@tangledyarn.com

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    1. In Savannah Christmas is a big deal. No time to relax but lots of good food and friends and family.

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  2. Sounds like a fun time to me. I need some holiday cheer

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    1. Then you got to get yourself to Savannah where it's sunny and Auntie KiKi can make you an egg nog with lots of nog. Hang in there, honey.

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    2. I have a few people you can off if you need names. LOL

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  3. Sounds like a fun book to read. Spiked eggnog....one of my favorite memories was when I worked in the Radiology Dept. The head radiologist made a wonderful spiked eggnog, he'd bring on Christmas Eve. It was mostly for the doctors but since we were radiology staff, we could have some too. Merry Christmas to all!
    dbahn@iw.net

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  4. I'm looking forward to Pearls and Poison!
    lovesdogsandbooks (at) yahoo (dot) com

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    1. Hi Carol. March is just around the corner. Thanks so much! Have a great Christmas.

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  5. Kim J
    sounds pretty interesting
    kjohnson952@yahoo.com

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    1. Hi, Kim. Something fun's always going on in Savannah with Reagan and Auntie KiKi and that scallawag Walker Boone. Just because he's handsome he thinks he can get away with anything...and often does. Lordy!

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    1. Hi, Sheila
      That is the South. Best food and friends ever.

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  7. I used to live in the south and loved it!

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    1. Oh, honey, you must come on back and visit for a spell. No place better than Savannah. God made the place when he was having a right good day. Hugs

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  8. I can remember hearing similar things when I was growing up. I still tell my girls they'll get coal and switches if they don't behave. :) Thanks for the walk down memory lane Duffy. Have a very, very Merry Christmas and add a little more nog to that egg nog ;)

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    1. Mamma don't stand for no nonsense around here at Christmas and needs to keep everyone in line. Come on down to Savannah for some great ham, redeye gravy and pecan pie. Thanks for chatting

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  9. I love Captain Morgan, and I recently discovered the Wild Turkey Honey. Yummm. Merry Christmas!

    cozyupwithkathy @ gmail dot com

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    1. Oh, honey!! If you like Honey Bourbon you simply must pick up Pearls and Poison. Guess where the poison is hidden! ;-)

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  10. I loved this. Helps take the blues away. Hope I win.

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    1. Tough time of year for so many. We need to focus on the good stuff. I watch Love Actually a bazillion times at Christmas. Always makes me smile. Hang in there, honey.

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    2. Tonya, I picked your name to win a book but do not have an email to contact you. Email duffybrown@duffybrown.com. Hugs

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  11. I haven't read anything by Duffy yet.

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    1. Hi, Sandy. Hope you give the Consignment Shop Mysteries a try. Nothing more fun than killing people off with a smile in Savannah. Reagan and Auntie KiKi will make you feel right welcome. Hugs

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  12. Love Regan and Kiki, can't wait for their next adventure. mlarkin@reitmr.com

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    1. Thank you, Mary Louise. I truly appreciate it. Pearls and Poison is out in March, just right around the corner. Mamma is running for office, her opponent is killed off ad Mamma gets accused of the deed. Lordy, who can think Mamma would do such a thing. Hugs

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  13. That is a great list and oh so true! jlong AT parker DOT com

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    1. Hi, Space Badger
      So glad you enjoyed it. It was fun putting the list together. Nothing more fun than Christmas in Savannah and such delish food. Lordy!

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  14. So funny!

    lauraalbert@hotmail.com

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    1. Hi, Laura. So glad you enjoyed the list and it's so true. The South has their own way of doing things and they do make it fun. Hugs

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  15. I have lived in Michigan my entire life. Loved all of the southern style merriment!

    jgbeads (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Hi, Janel
      My next series Cyclepath Mysteries is set on Mackinac Island. MIchigan is wonderful! Mackinac is great! Had such a good time there in June for the Lilac Festival. We took our bikes and had a blast. Love french fried green beans. My fav veggie of all times.

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  16. Reminds me of the movie Steel Magnolias - which I loved!
    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

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    1. Steel Mag is wonderful but I don't like to cry quite that much. Give me a happy book and a martini and I'm ready to go. :-)

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  17. Sounds like wonderful fun. I will need to check it out

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    1. Hi, Becky Thanks for checking out the Consignment Shop mysteries. I really appreciate it. If you don't laugh out loud at least once I buy back the book. ;-) Have a lovely Christmas.

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  18. Another one that looks like fun!

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    1. Hi, Carla. The Consignment Shop mysteries are fun...no angst. Just laughs and a really good time in Savannah. Thanks for chatting

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  19. Oh, now I so want a Regan and Aunt Kiki Christmas story!

    susierobertsmom at hotmail dot com

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    1. I'll try and do a Christmas story next year. What a great idea!!!!! Thanks so much for that, Susie. Hope you have a terrific Christmas and thanks for playing along. Hugs

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  20. Hi, Duffy! Thanks for taking me back to my roots with all these sayings!

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    1. Hi, Michele. Another Southern belle? Wonderful. Do you still have your pearls and can you remember how to twirl that baton? I do! LOL Hugs, Duffy

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  21. I had such fun reading through this thank you!!

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Hi Mary. I had fun collecting these sayings. Sure gets me in a Southern mood and then I go around talking Southern all day. LOL Hugs

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  22. Sounds like a good book celsaieh88@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks so much for playing along! Consignment Shop mysteries are a fun Southern read. If you don't LOL at least once I'll buy back your book. ;-)

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  23. Rattlesnake Christmas grits? For me? Well bless your heart! :)

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    1. Hi, Julie
      Don't you just loooove Southern saying. Too much fun. Love Now ain't that special. Or just plain old Lordy says it all Hugs

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  24. Always glad to find a new author especially one with humor.

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    1. Hi Sue. Thanks! If you don't LOL at least once I buy your book back. ;-)
      Have a lovely evening. Hugs

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  25. This is a fantastic series! sweetcandi32010@yahoo.com

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    1. Hi, Candace. I'm so glad you're having fun with the Consignment Shop mysteries. Nothing like great eats. a little martini and a few dead bodies to make life interesting.

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  26. I ain't from the South, so around here (North Dakota) you know it's close to Christmas when ya have to start plugging in your vehicles! :D

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    1. Hi, Marsha. Holy cow you made some switch. You are a brave girl. You'll need to got to Savannah from time to time to get you y'all fix and pick up some pralines. Keep warm up there. Hugs

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  27. We have snow here in Ohio if you want some! We got a few inches on Saturday and may get an inch or two more. Tell Aunt Dora Rae my favorite kind of Coke is Diet Cherry Coke or Cherry Coke Zero.

    catbooks72(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Hey Michelle, I live in Cincinnati so I know about the snow. Thank heaves it melted today. I loooove Coke zero. Am totally addicted. Why can't water taste like Coke zero. ;-)

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  28. That eggnog sounds good. I don't know what my other self drinks. I can hardly wait until I find out about me in Pearls and Poison. I'd be glad to send anyone some snow. We have too muh of it here right now. rblerner@ptd.net

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    1. Hey, girl!!! Great hearing from you and you are certainly in Pearls and Poison. Hope you're not the killer or a victim. Yikes.

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  29. Love the Christmas from the south sayings!! As a northerner transplanted to the south, I can apply them to several people I've met!

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    1. Hi, Shelia Yes, things are certainly said differently. Aint' she just precious does not mean she's precious at all. LOL
      Hugs, Duffy

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  30. The best egg nog I ever had was Chocolate Egg Nog, with whipped cream folded in too. Wow!

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    1. Holy cow, Karen.
      Where ever did you find this delish egg nog. Sounds totally amazing. Yummmmm

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  31. since I don't drink (anymore), I know I'm missing all of the fun............oh well!!!!

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    1. Hi, Cyn. Give me an ice tea or Coke and I'm good to go. Lots of fun to be had out there and I figure all the calories I save from the booze means I can eat more. Pass the cocoanut cake and fried chicken.

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  32. Okay I'm having trouble doing replies, it's not that I'm ignoring anyone. Hope to get this fixed. Thanks.

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  33. Your books are fantastic, Duffy, and I am anxious to read Pearls and Poison as soon as the holidays are over and I have time to read again. I don't think that I have ever had red eye gravy so need to find out how to make that although I don't think anyone here in MA will be asking for it for their mashed potatoes. I love all Southern style foods so should add to my recipe file. Keep up the great writing Duffy. Much success in 2014. Cynthia ceblain(at)tmlponline(dot) net

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    1. Hi, Ceblain
      Thanks so very much for all your kinds words and I'm so happy you're enjoying the series. MA has their share of terrific seafood. Here's a recipe for red eye grave. Sounds horrid but really great. Hugs

      Take a slice of uncooked ham with most or much of the fat left on. Fry the ham in its own fat until nicely browned on both sides. When it is cooked, transfer the ham to a warm platter and add boiling black coffee to the skillet, scraping to dissolve the particles that cling to the bottom and sides.

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  34. I love your books, but I have lived in south GA and in TN, my motto was always 'no grits, no gravy.' Bless your little heart anyway. Keep that red-eye gravy all to yourself. Me, I will eat turkey gravy and I grew up where I know what snow is and can even drive in it. LOL

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    1. Hi, LIz
      I think red eye grave is a bit of an acquired taste but I do loooove shrimp and grits.

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  35. You had me at redeye gravy and brought back memories of my dad. He always said "I suwannee''....this sounds like a delightful series. I am eager to check it out now.

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    1. Hi Ellie
      Your dad sounds like a great guy, a little local color is good for the soul. Hope you enjoy the Consignment Shop mysteries. Have a lovely Christmas.

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  36. South Jersey and Southern California is about all the south I know. And, other than the mountains, we don't have snow in So Cal. But I don't know those sayings. I do love the books with all the southern sayings.

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    1. Hi, Linda
      I'm sure there are some great sayings from S. Cal and S. Jersey. Every local has it's own and both great places to live those I have to say the S. Cal is my fav. Perfect weather all the time.

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  37. Oh my, I love the list. I grew up in the north but some of those sound familiar. We were threatened with the coal in the stockings a few times, lol.

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    1. HI, Debbie. I married a Kentucky guy and he used those a lot of Southern saying. Loved finer then frog's hair and slick as snot on a doorknob. Too funny.

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  38. sounds like home sweet home ... but not one "bless your heart?" the crick has surely risen ...

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    1. Hi, Ellie. I use bless her heart in my books all the time. Says so much in just a few words. I love the South. I'm a belle at heart and have the pearls and baton to prove it. Have a wonderful 2014.

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