Wednesday, May 25, 2016

MELISSA'S SOUTHERN COOKBOOK: TRIED AND TRUE FAMILY RECIPES

Melissa's Southern Cookbook:
Tried and True Family Recipes 
Melissa Sperka
Countryman Press, $27.95
Reviewed by Teresa Hatfield
Author, Splendid Sass


Melissa Sperka, author of the blog Melissa's Southern Style Kitchen and contributor to Parade, Better Homes and Gardens, Southern Living and others, has compiled a wonderful cookbook that is full of the best of the south recipes.  

This one is a keeper, friends!  On sale now.  

Below are just a few of the recipes in the book.ENJOY!

 Cheddar Bacon Pimiento Cheese Ball

 Chess Pie

Maple Sausage Croissant Breakfast Bake

Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade

and so many others! You have to try the Fried Green Tomatoes and the Biscuits!  Can't wait to try more.
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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

STANDPOINT: INTRODUCTION



Thank you to my friends for their many comments on my previous post here, on Instagram, by DM, and Facebook message.  Of course there was disagreement from some, but that is ok.  Until people start talking about these issues with honesty, hate will be the winner.

For those of you that have not read my previous post, you will find the link at the end of this post. This is an introduction to a series of posts that I plan to write about controversial issues, from my standpoint, as a proud American, Christian, and heterosexual woman.

There is a time in everyone's life when they feel that they have had enough and have to stand up for what they believe..  That time has come for me. I plan to cover every issue from a conservative prospective.  It appears to me that our voices are being discounted, leaving many of my fellow conservatives with a feeling of intimidation. So... instead of keeping these feelings and opinions inside, I plan to attack each issue with brutal honesty.

I am certain that these posts will be met with much opposition from some, and that is expected.  What I will strive to do is keep from hurting feelings as much as possible, although there is no way to avoid upsetting some.  Exposing the ugly head of disagreement and disappointment is imminent.  Just remember that I love all people, I just disagree with many of the liberal views.  There are groups of people, those that believe in violence and hate, that I do not like, but I pray for them; something I find difficult at times.

Some of these posts will include the lifestyle of people that I respect and love but cannot support.  My purpose for writing these posts are to not only share my view from a Christian standpoint, but to try and help others understand that we do not have to hate people because of the way they are. We are all God's children. Hurting people is not my goal.

Subjects I plan to write about are political correctness, illegal immigration and sanctuary cities, legal immigration, entitlements, gay marriage and GLBT, transgender neutral actions on bathrooms, showers, and locker rooms, both sides of police brutality, hate groups and their violence, the homeless, abortion and Planned Parenthood, race relations, radical Islamic terrorism, illegal and prescription drugs, domestic violence, terrorism, refugees, veterans and their support and treatment and lack thereof, the USA military, the 1st Amendment, the 2nd Amendment, the American flag, the National Anthem, the Pledge of Allegiance, the Ten Commandments, prayer in school, Hollywood and their influence, history, child abuse and the orphanage system, socialism and other destructive practices during this administration, including the lack of respect for the Constitution, outsourcing jobs, bullying, leaders that I consider to be dividers, the use of drones in war, and any others issues that come up.  Some of these subjects with be combined.

I look forward to sharing my views and hearing yours if you choose to share.  I will write 1-2 post per week and also post on the work of my friends, my affiliate work, and my linens. I will share other things that I find interesting.

I understand that many cannot speak up for fear of the ramifications they would face.  I have already heard from some, but I hope that this will get the message across that being quiet isn't always the solution to problems.

I look forward to seeing you here for the next post, which will be on political correctness. Remember, I love you.



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Saturday, May 21, 2016

LIES AND OTHER ACTS OF LOVE: KRISTY WOODSON HARVEY



Lies and Other Acts of Love 
Kristy Woodson Harvey
Penguin Random House, LLC, $20.00
Reviewed by Teresa Hatfield
Author, Splendid Sass


Kristy Woodson Harvey's new book, Lies and Other Acts of Love, will forever be firmly instilled in my heart.  I am certain it is because there are many strong women in my family, the love I hold for my family and God, my Southern roots, and the experiences that resemble so many of those in all of our lives that spoke to my heart throughout this book.  Kristy, words cannot describe how much I enjoyed this book and admire your ability to bring words to life.

Set in Raleigh, North Carolina, this book shares the lives of three generations of a family that is not only close-knit and loving, but also strong and faithful.  The characters in the book greatly love their wives, husbands, sisters, parents, grandparents, and friends. You learn early on that the women are the backbone of this family, supporting each other with a closeness and loyalty that is heartwarming.


My favorite characters are granddaughter Annabel and grandmother Lovey, of course. When making your choice, I guess it depends on whether your favorite parts are the strength and dedication to marriage, the steamy relationships filled with love, the episodes of heartbreak, the strength of their faith, loyalty, the closeness and love of each other, or most likely a combination of the above. 


As with Dear Carolina
, Kristy has a way of bringing the senses to life like very few can. The reader feels as though they are right in the middle because it reminds them of much that has happened in their own lives, including the surroundings.

If the movie producers don't grab this up and make a movie, they are missing out.  The setting and the characters are perfect movie material. It is time for a beautiful, southern, heartwarming and real story at the box office. 


You hit this one to the moon, Kristy! It was a pleasure to read.



About the Author 


Kristy Woodson Harvey holds a degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master’s in English from East Carolina University. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and son.




and other bookstores near you.
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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

TIME FOR CHANGE ON SPLENDID SASS

As many of you already know, I will be starting a series on subjects that are important to me, many of them controversial, and will at the same time will be restructuring my blog.  The first post, which will be the introduction, will most likely be the longest of the posts and will include the subjects I intend to write about.

In addition to an issue with my eyes that I have been dealing with, which will soon be taken care of, I have lost much interest in posting.  The problem: I have been promoting everything but myself and my business!  I have been writing posts on talented people that I don't know and many that I have no respect for as people, the majority of the time without so much as a thank you, not to mention that they have never mentioned my work or my name. I have also posted the work of many friends over the years and their work.  This will continue, of course.

I love people.  I love to share. I love to help people.  I love my blogging, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram friends.  That will never change.

In order to stay true to myself and my values, and to write the posts I will be sharing, I am going to hurt some feelings.  Know that from the bottom of my heart this is not what I want to do!  I am just being honest. I am a Christian, heterosexual conservative that believes in the Bible. I believe that Jesus Christ is my savior, and that you can't choose to believe only the parts of the Bible that fit into your lifestyle. 

I am not judging anyone.  I have certainly committed more than my share of sins.  I fall everyday, just as we all do.  I am just trying harder these days.

So with all of this said, I will be posting on issues pertaining to our country and world, politics, and the current issues we face.  I have been politically correct for too long.  It is not in my DNA to do so.  I have kept many of my views to myself so that I wouldn't loose clients, friends, readers, and followers.  I have been lying to myself while trying not to hurt feelings.  I love all of you.

Starting next week, I will begin sharing these posts, my daughter will continue to contribute, and I will concentrate on my work and the work of my friends.

Just remember that I love you!
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Sunday, May 15, 2016

FULL STEAM AHEAD


Starting next Monday, I will be writing a series of posts on controversial topics that we as Americans are now facing. I hope that you will join me and talk about the issues.

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Angela has begged to take the stage today to review her favorite new product below, so please give her a warm welcome.

Say hello to my desert island product (if that desert has electricity), along with lip balm and the stack of books on my nightstand that are half-read. I hate ironing. Hate it. I somewhat circumvented this problem with a $10 steamer purchased in college, and I thought I was doing all right in life. That is until this product entered my mother’s life and I promptly stole it from her. Conair'sTurbo ExtremeSteam® Handheld Fabric Steamer is literally the holy grail of steamers (I can’t believe I’m so passionate about a steamer…well, my friends can believe it).

This gets rid of virtually any need to iron—everyone rise for the Hallelujah Chorus, please. In addition to being extremely powerful in its own right, it has a crease function. A CREASE FUNCTION!!!!!!  This was the thing missing from my dumpy steamer, which inevitably left me trying to use my flat iron on collars and cuffs as I was 10 minutes late for work (I do not recommend this), and was forced to iron pants (if they were lucky) and other things that needed a crisper look.  It’s a game changer. Basically, I owe getting my life together to this product—I look more professional at work, I’m saving a ton of time by not having to iron everything, and I’ve picked up a new hobby because using this thing is kinda fun. This is worth every. single. penny. I can’t promise it’ll make you get your life together, but it sure will help you look good in the process.

You can find this at Target and Walmart. Check out the video below for a million other cool things this steamer does that I'll probably start obsessively doing this weekend.




P.S. Don't forget to enter the Splendid Sass + Beautycounter giveaway! You have through Monday, May 16 at 11:59pm EST to enter.
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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

FRINGE BENEFITS

Congratulations to Katherine from Glamour Begins at Home for winning the Beautycounter Mascara giveaway!

For samples or to purchase, email me at angelaparmerduke@gmail.com or visit my website beautycounter.com/angeladuke.


More than three years in the making, Beautycounter finally released mascara last week! If you follow the industry and/or Beautycounter, you know what a feat this is for the company and consumers (read more here), because it's high-performing AND safe. The formula is amazing—no flaking because of how conditioning it is, and SO buildable. It's a monumental occasion, so to celebrate, I'm hosting a giveaway on Splendid Sass! One lucky lady will receive a tube of our long-awaited, coveted mascara. Aren't you glad you hopped over here today?


This launch is about so much more than mascara—it's about challenging the naysayers and not accepting the status quo. We're just lucky the product of this is a fabulous beauty staple!






I'm so excited about this launch and can't wait to share with y'all. Enter by commenting on the post and let us know why you're excited about Beautycounter and this new launch. You have through Monday, May 16 at 11:59pm EST to enter.

To shop, visit beautycounter.com/angeladuke, and as always, email with any questions at angelaparmerduke@gmail.com.

Now get ready to bat those lashes!! 
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Monday, May 9, 2016

MONDAY'S ROOM OF THE DAY


As always, I admire the work of Richard Hallberg. I will be adding this room to my keep forever file. ENJOY!
Photography by Max Kim-Bee
Veranda Magazine May/June

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