Becoming Conference, Biltmore House and a Giveaway!

Last weekend I went to North Carolina with a friend for the Becoming Conference. We made a long weekend of it and it was a blast, despite the rainy weather.

We met lots of new people, heard some great speakers, tried out chalk paint in a furniture painting workshop, window shopped in Asheville and Black Mountain and more. One of my goals for the weekend was to sit on a swing for a while and just be. Thankfully the rain held off long enough for me to do that.

We also got to tour the Biltmore Estate.  The views are incredible from the house, even on such a rainy day.
biltmore rain

Teresa took this photo from the porch of Biltmore House.  I swiped the picture from her Facebook page.  I was terrible about pulling out my phone for pictures, so I don’t have many.  I find that when I really relax into an experience, I tend not to take many photos.

Splurging for the Biltmore visit turned out to be a great idea.  The tickets are a little pricey, but it’s so worth it.  If you get to go, spend the extra for the audio tour.  Hearing about the details of the house and learning more about the family really enhanced our visit.

Weekend Link

I wasn’t planning to have any links for you this weekend, but I have to link to this post.  It’s been floating around in a lot of places this week and for good reason.  If you’ve been needing a new perspective on something, go read this post from The Momastery.



Another highlight of the weekend was getting to meet Christy from Southern Plate.  I bought two copies of her new cookbook, Come Home to Supper.



One copy is for me.  And one is for one of you!

Christy even signed them both:


I think you’re going to love this cookbook!

To enter, leave a comment here telling me what you’re favorite southern recipe is.  I’ll choose a random winner on Thursday 8/21.  U.S. residents only.

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  1. Ham and beans with biscuits and honey. Yummy, comfy and southern.

  2. My favorite southern recipe is Southern Fried Chicken! I don’t enjoy it too often, but I love it! Thanks for offering one of these cookbooks to your readers! Very generous!

  3. The best home cooked Southern recipe is my mother’s Squash Cornbread Dressing. It brings back memories.

  4. Susan Davern says:

    Vidalia pie for sure….love it as a meal or a side dish…always a hit….

  5. Collard greens and cornbread with a close second pimento cheese

  6. Spoon Bread –miss having it now that i have moved north —

  7. My favorite southern recipe is my mom’s chicken dumplings.

  8. Jennifer Loos says:

    My favorite southern recipe is my moms buttermilk pie . Would love a copy of the cookbook!

  9. Hands down – Southern Banana Pudding – Meringue not Whipped Cream ❤️

  10. I love Southern Plate! How fun that you were in my state, albeit on the opposite end 🙂 My favorite Southern recipe (one of many anyway, since that’s pretty much all I know) is probably Chicken Pastry aka chicken & dumplings! My MIL makes the best!

  11. My precious Grandma’s biscuits & gravy – one of my fondest food memories of my life!!!

  12. Heather B says:

    Red beans and rice and Peach jacks.

  13. Michele Behlen says:

    My favorite southern meal is fried chicken.

  14. pat mcclintock says:

    Love biscuigs and gravy. PECAN PIE!

  15. Fried Chicken ! Thank you .

  16. Heather King says:

    Fried Chicken strips fries toast and white gravy

  17. Colleen James says:

    I love fried green tomatoes! I had them for the first time in Charleston, SC 2 years ago and fell in love.

  18. I like southern-style vegetables like squash, pinto beans, and cornbread and my grandmother’s chocolate pound cake. 🙂

  19. Judy Anderson says:

    Fried okra and/or fried green tomatoes!!

  20. My favorite recipe is Low Country Boil

  21. Joellyn A. says:

    My favorite Southern recipe? It would have to be the missing recipe for Jam cake….My dad has the cake recipe but not the frosting. So rich and sooo yummy!!!!

  22. My Dad’s pinto & great northern bean recipe served with his cornbread recipe.

  23. I love good Southern BBQ and there’s some of the best in North Carolina. The Biltmore Mansion is such a wonderful tour.

  24. I love all l Southern foods. But I would love to learn to make great braised greens. I could eat a whole pot all by myself.

  25. My favourite Sothern recipe is for fried green tomatoes! I never realised how Southern I am until we moved this summer from Arkansas to Washington.

  26. I love chicken and biscuits on a cold night.

  27. Mary Beth says:

    My neighbor lady made the best garden-fresh green beans with bacon. Yum!

  28. It’s got to be chicken & dumplins! So southern, so comforting, and soooo yummy!! 😉

    We are talking about taking a family trip this fall to Asheville to tour the Biltmore Mansion. We’ve wanted to go for years, but haven’t been able to. Glad to hear you had a wonderful, relaxing time! 🙂

    Thanks so much for the chance to win the cookbook! God bless! 🙂

  29. Always enjoyed picking and cooking black eye peas with bacon.

  30. Cheryl Williams says:

    I love southern fried chicken or catfish served with collard greens, black eyed peas & macaroni & cheese!!!!!!…. Can’t forget the cha cha relish or fresh tomatoes with the greens!!!! YUMMY!!!!

  31. our household Red Velvet cake and pineapple up side down cake are favorites for special celebrations. Both originated in the south. Another in BBQ ribs, brisket, cornbread & beans.

  32. Alyssa b. says:

    Favorite southern recipe in our house would have to be chicken fried steak with whit gravy and green beans with any type of fruit cobbler, especially blackberries I’df my husband has anything to say about it!

  33. Definitely my mom and sister’s squash casserole! Barbeque is a close second.

  34. Carol Mason says:

    Chicken fried steak, biscuits, gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans and a side of grits. Now I’m making myself hungry.

  35. Peach Cobbler hands down!!!

  36. I’m surprised no one has mentioned sweeeet tea. I do love soft shelled crabs. I’m glad you had a good time at the Biltmore. We have been there in the spring- they bring in whole blooming trees. We have also been there for the candle light Christmas tour. Both times were beautiful.

  37. Purple Hull Peas (field peas) with fried okra and cornbread is the best southern food.


  38. Becka Loach says:

    It’s hard to choose just one, but I do love fried okra. 🙂

  39. For me and my husband fried catfish is awesome!

  40. Christy Spurlock says:

    Black eyed-peas with stone ground cornbread with sweet potatoes and pork chops.

  41. Judy West says:

    My mother’s bread pudding–I have the same recipe and hers was always better.

  42. Kris Gamertsfelder says:

    Fried chicken

  43. Linda Patton says:

    My favorite is my comfort food. It’s soup beans and cornbread. I grew up on this and fried chicken and as much as I love fried chicken it’s not favorite, soup beans and cornbread is. It brings back all my good memories of my childhood. My parents are gone now but the good memories will remain.

  44. One of my favorites has to be pineapple cheese casserole. Such a weird combo but so good.

  45. fried chicken! Thanks for the giveaway

  46. Pecan pie, pound cake, greens with fatback like my Grandma used to make, honey cornbread, angel biscuits, and anything from the garden that’s been “put up”

  47. Jeannie McGehee says:

    My favorite southern dish would have to be Pound Cake…so good by itself or with butter on it…Thank you for the chance for the new book!

  48. My favorite would be my Moms country
    Ham with red eye gravy, green beans
    Slow simmered with smoked ham hock,
    And buttermilk drop biscuits!! YUM!!

  49. Gail Bowen says:

    My favorite is Fried Green Tomatoes & Red Beans & Rice. YUM!!!

  50. pecan pralines is my favorite!

  51. My favorite southern recipe is collard greens with cornmeal dumplin’s. But it is so hard to choose.

  52. Dian Rosier says:

    Gotta love me some Macaroni & Cheese! Thanks!

  53. My favorite southern food is shrimp and grits!

  54. Sammie Quiggins says:

    My favorite Southern meal is Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes with the Chicken Gravy, Fresh Green Beans, Corn and Sliced Tomatoes and Chess Pie. Yum, Yum…..

  55. I’d say my favorite is either cheesy grits or chicken fried steak with gravy.

  56. LOVE biscuits and gravy!

  57. I love chicken and dumplings made the way my grandmother made them. Lots and lots of dumplins and no shredded chicken. The chicken need to be kept seperate.

  58. My favorite southern recipe is pound cake. My son even asked for it for his b-day cake last year.

  59. Gracie Kime’s pound cake. Melts I. Your mouth.

  60. Meant to say in your mouth.

  61. I had a very hard time choosing, as food from the ‘ South ‘ is sooooooo delicious.
    I have several that I love…… biscuits and gravy, cornbread anything,chicken and dumplings, fried chicken. and fritters of any kind.
    Wow!!!!! Could not decide on just one, as you can see.

  62. Just rode 55 miles on a horse at Biltmore. It’s beautiful there.

  63. kristen mcclary says:

    my favorite southern recipie is biscuits and gravy i make it from scratch and my family loves it

  64. Biscuits and Gravy

  65. Grilled Cheese Sandwich how my Granddaddy used to make. Macaroni and Cheese how my Grandmother used to make. Fried Cornbread how my Grandma used to make. So many wonderful choices…..

  66. Love me some fried okra!

  67. sreandeau says:

    gotta admit I love southern fried chicken but also any veegtable soup with okra!

  68. My favorite Southern recipe is chicken fried steak. I make it very rarely but have never had a failed attempt using Alton Brown’s recipe. It’s been FOREVER, and now my mouth is watering!!!

  69. Peanut pie!

  70. I live 2.5 hours from Asheville and my husband’s family live there. I have always wanted to go to this conference, but that is the week we go to the beach. Glad you employed your visit to NC

  71. “Enjoyed”

  72. Fried Okra!

  73. Southern Fried Chicken!!

  74. My first “Southern” recipe that I ever ate was Banana Cream Pie and Nilla Wafers……

  75. I don’t know what my favorite recipe would be b/c I was born and raised in PA but recently my 16 yr old daughter has taken an interest in all things Southern – music, clothing, colleges – it would be great to get this book and whip her up some good Southern food! Thanks!

  76. Sweet tea, cornbread, and good BBQ pork equal Southern food to me!

  77. My favorite is chicken and dumplins!!!! Yum…maybe cornbread and beans is a very close second!!! I LOVE MOMASTERY!!! The one you put the link to was fabulous!!!!

  78. Mary Allen says:

    My mother was born in 1903 and I still make her chicken and cornbread dressing. I still can ‘t make her good dumplings tho.

  79. My favorite southern recipe is Collard greens with pot liquor dumplings. Mmmm, now my mouth is watering!

  80. Fried chicken, biscuits and white gravy. Thanks for the chance! Amy

  81. Chicken fried steak is a favorite at our house.

  82. Carolyn s says:

    My favorite southern dish is buttermilk pie.

  83. Frances Perry says:

    It’s a tie! Can’t choose between southern fried chicken , pecan pie or sweet tea!

  84. Ham, baked beans and banana cream pie.

  85. Corn Pudding is the fave around here.

  86. barbara n says:

    My favorite southern recipe is sweet potato pie!