Southern Sunday Favorite

Submitted by Christi



Join Chari at Happy to Design for Sunday favorites and Charlotte and Ginger at Blogger Spirit for Spiritual Sunday and enjoy your Sunday!

This is the day which the LORD hath made;
we will rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

This was originally posted April 28th, 2009:

Bull Shoals Lake

Sunset over Bull Shoals Lake

Yesterday, I wrote about how I enjoy being outside. After I wrote that post, I watched the news. Again, I was so grateful for the beauty of nature. The news was all about the swine flu. I looked out my window at the Spring rain (okay, sometimes storm), and everything was put back in perspective.

In these difficult times, I think it is a good thing for each of us to look for the beauty in our lives. One thing I have always loved about living in the South is the warmth. Not just of the weather, but, of the people. When I walk in my neighborhood, people wave. I know my neighbors names and enjoy sharing a wave and a smile when we see each other. There is beauty in a well set table with good home-cooked food that you share with someone you love.

I feel like Julie Andrews singing My Favorite Things :). Oh well, it worked for her, and, obviously it works for me.

I hope each of you finds beauty and a few of your favorite things in this day.

Today’s Lagniappe: Tabouli Primavera

When I was growing up, we spent many weekends at the lake. Occasionally, we would drive over to a restaurant called Neifi’s, where they had tabouli. It is a middle-eastern dish that is pretty exotic for a small town girl like me. I always enjoyed it.

2 cups bulgur
2 cups boiling water
1 cup chopped tomatoes
1 cucumber, chopped
1 small bunch green onions, chopped
1 (4 ounce) package crumbled feta cheese
2 (2.25 ounce) cans sliced ripe olives, drained
1/4 cup minced fresh basil


1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon pepper
2 teaspoons salt, or to taste


Place bulgur in a large bowl; stir in boiling water. Cover and let stand for 30 minutes or until most of the liquid is absorbed. Drain and squeeze dry.
In another large bowl, combine remaining ingredients.
Mix together dressing ingredients and pour over veggies.
Add bulgur and toss to coat.

12 Responses to “Southern Sunday Favorite”

  1. Debbie Says:

    this was a grat post. It’s soo true..sometimes we need to remember to look for the simple things and the beauty in our lives. this recipe looks great…Have a good Sunday. Blessings to you, Debbie

  2. rcubes Says:

    The recipe sounds yummy…Beautiful pic. I haven’t been watching much tv lately, even the news…It’s always depressing…The Lord’s will for His children is to remain joyful no matter what circumstances we are facing. So…I choose joy! Have a great weekend to you. God bless.

  3. Keetha Says:

    That “Sunset over Bull Shoals Lake” photo is simply stunning.

  4. Lisa Says:

    You are so right! Anybody can see the dirt…it takes someone special to find the gold.:)

  5. Denise Says:

    Enjoyed your post.

  6. Clif Says:

    Good thoughts. I’m glad you live where people smile, wave and are generally friendly. I’m sorry to say I have lived in places where this is not true. To many times today people are afraid to be friendly. What a shame. Yes, there is a lot of beauty and we have much to be grateful for.

  7. sue Says:

    I too live in the South, and know what you mean by people waving, and being so friendly. I feel like you we should look for the beauty of each day, i have this scripture where i read it first thing in the morning. Thank you for sharing.

  8. Ginger Says:

    Thank-you for this nice post. Yes, I too find beauty where I live, in all the small things.

  9. Charlotte Says:

    This is a delightful post. It’s the little things in life that are the most precious. Sounds like you have discovered that. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

  10. Mary Says:

    I so agree! If we focus on the news, the economy, Congress or the swine flu, we will surely become sick! In the midst of the most difficult times, God has given us the ability to laugh and to enjoy His beauty, in family and in nature. He is a loving and awesom God to bestow His gifts on us!

    God bless,

  11. Regina Says:

    Such a great post! Thanks for the recipe.

    “Regina’s Spiritual Sunday Post”

  12. Chari Says:

    Hi Christi…

    So sorry that I’m just now getting by to see your Sunday Favorites post…it was a crazy busy weekend for me and I’m just now getting to sit down at the computer! Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful post…it is very timely for me! We’ve had so much flu going on in our area…confirmed cases of H1N1 flu…it’s been so scary! And…you’re absolutely right about keeping things in perspective! The Lord has blessed with so much beauty found through some of the simple things…like nature! Your post reminded me that if God takes care of the sparrows…He will take care of me (through the H1N1 breakout and all)!

    I needed this post today, my friend! Thank you so much for sharing it with us for Sunday Favorites!!!

    Warmest wishes,

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