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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus Tickets Giveaway! Ends 1/16/14

My family will be attending this show free of charge in exchange for promoting this to my readers. 

The circus is coming the circus is coming!! I remember as a child saying those famous words over and over the minute we saw a circus commercial on television! The same rings true for my kids now. Lucky for us, the show is coming to Nashville's Bridgestone Arena January 24-January 26 and I have got a special treat for you, my readers! The generous folks over the media part of the circus has agreed to give 3 lucky fans 4 tickets of their own! 

To enter simply follow the Rafflecopter form below. Giveaway open to Nashville, TN area residents age 18+, void where prohibited. Giveaway ends January 16, 2014 at 12:00 am EST. 

Good Luck!

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Friday, November 8, 2013

The Bean Bag Chair Outlet Large Royal Sack Giveaway

As part of our 2013 Holiday Gift Guide, Southern Mom Media and Down South Savings will be hosting some amazing giveaways throughout the season. 

Our first gift guide giveaway is sponsored by The Bean Bag Chair Outlet

Dash of Southern has teamed up with some of your favorite Southern Mom Media bloggers to bring you this awesome giveaway!

The Bean Bag Chair Outlet is a family owned and operated American made business. I just love supporting family owned and operated businesses. I've always gotten the best customer service and best quality products when buying from family owned businesses. They take pride in what they do and it shows in their products. You can read Down South Savings' full review HERE

They have generously agreed to give one lucky fan their very own Large Royal Sack just in time for the Holidays! Who wouldn't love to lounge around in front of the fireplace on one of their awesome Bean Bag Chairs? 

To enter simply follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter form below. All claimed entries will be verified so thanks in advance for your honesty.

Giveaway is open to US Residents age 18+. Void Where Prohibited. 

Giveaway Dates: 11/9/13 ~ 11/19/13
Both times 12:01 AM EST

Interested in having your products in our 2013 Holiday Gift Guide? Check out the details HERE.

Let Southern Mom Media host your next event! Email April at downsouthsavings@yahoo.com

Disclosure: Dash of Southern received no compensation for this publication, nor are we responsible for sponsor prize fulfillment. This giveaway is not associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or any other social media network. Any questions about this event should be emailed to April at downsouthsavings@yahoo.com

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Homemade Pickles

I love making anything homemade. Not only does it save me money, but it also assures me that I know exactly what is going into the mouths of my family. This year our garden really did us well in cucumbers so I have been making pickles! There are numerous recipes out there to try and so far I have made two different batches. 9 pints yesterday, 15 pints today.  

I lined up my 15 sterilized jars and lids. (Be sure to follow the proper sterilization procedures) In each jar I tossed in 1 clove garlic, 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper, 1/4 tsp poppy seed, and 1 tsp dill seed. Adjust these seasonings to your taste. In a glass pot on the stove, I added 8 cups water, 4 cups apple cider vinegar, 4 cups white vinegar, and 10 TBSP Morton Pickling Salt. While simmering the brine, get your canner or large pot to boiling. Fill with enough water to cover the tops of the jars by at least 1-2 inches. I sliced my cucumbers different ways. Some jars I used slices, some spears, and some chunks just for a little variety. You are free to slice them any way you wish. 

Pack each jar with the cucumbers as tight as you can leaving a little "headroom" at the top of each jar. Once the brine mixture has combined well, pour the mixture into each jar. Make sure the brine covers the ingredients in the jar leaving 1/2 inch of headroom at the top. I then take a cake spreader to release any air bubbles from the jars and top with the metal ring. Screw on the lid (just hand tight) and place each jar into the canner/pot of boiling water. Place the lid just on top and process in the boiling water for 10 minutes. 

You can safely remove the jars by using specialized canning tongs or any other utensil that you have available that is safe, avoiding burns. Place each jar on a cooling rack or dry towel and allow to cool undisturbed for 24 hours. After 24 hours, make sure you get a proper seal by pressing down on the top of the lid. (This doesn't always happen immediately) If it doesn't move up and down, it sealed, if it does , it didn't. For those that didn't seal, place in the fridge and consume within 2 weeks. (2 weeks is the deadline in my home) Finally, ENJOY! At first it is a little time consuming but after a few times, you will get the hang of it and it comes natural. These total 24 cans has saved me approx. $45 over store bought and we eat a lot of pickles. Also accomplished getting 3 gallons of squash preserved today as well!

Disclosure: I strongly advise reading thoroughly on proper sanitization requirements before canning. Not all vegetables can be canned using the water bath method as described above. 

Thursday, July 25, 2013

It's A..... Boy? Girl?

 After a long 11 month wait, Whiskey FINALLY had her sweet baby! I'll let the picture say the rest!


Both Mom and Baby are doing well!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

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Dash of Southern receives free products for review purposes, and may sometimes be compensated for posts. Posts may also contain affiliate (marketing) links . 
All opinions expressed are solely from Dash of Southern and were not and will not be influenced by any form of compensation. 

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Free Fathers Day Card! #ad

If you missed the FREE Father's Day card offer from Treat earlier this week, I have good news for you..

They extended it through the end of the month!

If you're not familiar with Treat, they are just like regular greeting cards except much better.. You get to choose your own message, add photos, and even pick your own fonts. 

To get the card totally free, have it shipped to you. Then you can sign it and write a message in your own writing. For the cost of a stamp, you can have Treat mail it directly to the recipient. And since it's still a few weeks to Father's Day, you can even choose the delivery date. 

Here's how to get the deal: 

1. Check out their selection of nearly 500 Father's Day designs and choose your favorite card. 
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That's all there is to it. 

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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Homemade Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe

My 12 year old Daughter and I are spending Mother's Day Weekend making homemade foods! Today we are doing Peanut Butter Fudge! 


3 cups Sugar
1 teaspoon Cocoa
3/4 Cup Water
1/2 cup butter
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 Cup Peanut Butter

In a large mixing bowl add sugar and cocoa and mix well. In a saucepan bring the 3/4 cup water to a boil on high heat. When boiling, reduce heat, and pour in sugar mixture. Cook to soft ball stage (about 10 minutes) . Reduce the heat to low and add butter and vanilla. Stir until butter melts. Remove from heat and quickly add peanut butter. Stir until just blended. Immediately pour mixture into a greased 9x9x2 baking pan. This time my 9x9x2 pan was already in use so I used (2) 8x8x1 pans. Score into 1 inch squares while still warm. Let cool about 20 minutes and cut when fudge is firm. ENJOY!