My family has been here for over a decade, but yesterday we made our very first trip to the Southern Christmas Show. To say it was overwhelming would be a bit understated. So many exhibitors, so many people, so many cool things. We went on the last day just by chance, but it could have paid off as some exhibitors were offering special deals for the last day. None of the exhibitors we purchased from had any discounts, but we noticed quite a few at up to 50% off.
My main goal was to find Angie's Door Decor and pick up a new holiday wreath. I 'met' Angie when scouring the marketplace on Facebook looking for some decor. She is incredibly talented and I waited weeks to get it, but I am absolutely obsessed with my new wreath. I'll be calling Angie for a new wreath each season until I have one for each!
There were three halls at the show, the first we went through was 90% Christmas-related decor, crafts, gifts, etc. The second hall we went through had a few exhibitors with Christmas-specific items, and the rest was a lot of vendors like you would find at any other show. We made just a quick run through the third hall as we were getting pretty tired. I was SUPER excited to see a Nothing Bundt Cakes and while waiting in line overheard that these particular ladies were from the SOON TO BE GASTONIA LOCATION! Yes, it's true. Nothing Bundt Cakes is coming to Gastonia next summer, where they are clearing land across from Chick-fil-A on Franklin. While I intended to get you all the details about the Southern Christmas Show, I never dreamed that I would get information this great!
The Southern Christmas Show is definitely a place where you can find holiday decor, Christmas gifts, and tons of random things for yourself. I was surprised at all of the clothing. Wallets everywhere were on fire. Most of the vendors took a card, which is really the only way to be successful in 2018. I was also really impressed with the food court. There were tons of options, something for everyone. You can definitely take a break for lunch or a snack, but seating was a challenge.
My advice - don't bust your wallet right out at the first thing you see. Take the time to look around and see what's out there, but NOTE where you saw something you liked. If my show experiences taught me anything, it's to look above to the aisle number note which end I was on and what was there. We found cheaper items, or items we liked more further into our time at the Show and wouldn't have been able to make those purchases if we had bought the first thing we saw.
My final piece of advice is do your best to leave strollers at home. We were trying to get through the show with a wheelchair and people are really inconsiderate. Navigating through the crowds was a challenge. Find a sitter, leave the kids at home if they can't walk on their own, and go enjoy the show without that extra stress. ALSO, if you are attending a show like this, have some manners and be mindful of where you are walking and who you are inconveniencing for no reason.
Housewives in the City is making all of your holiday dreams come true with a complete Thanksgiving Dinner plan! Not many of us really WANT to spend the whole day cooking and the entire night cleaning up the mess we made. Last year, my family decided to simplify the Thanksgiving dinner process by purchasing a cooked Turkey, Ham and Potatoes and just making our favorite family recipes to go with it. I cannot even begin to tell you what a burden was lifted, mostly from my mom, and slightly for the rest of us. Last year, my brother was at basic training so this year we are excited to have him back home on Thanksgiving and our top priority is spending time together, not cooking. So, I'm sharing the details on my favorite local sources for Thanksgiving Dinner!
Nellie's southern kitchen
Nellie's is one of our favorite dinner spots as it is, but their Thanksgiving offerings have our mouths watering! They offer turkey or ham (or both, no judging here). Then they provide a great selection of your favorite, homemade, southern sides. It's just like momma cooked it, but you will be the hero when she doesn't have to! This selection has me saying paper plates and cups and I'm not doing any dishes on Thanksgiving, thanks to NSK!
PEACE N HOMINY
If you're looking to do something a little different this Thanksgiving, Peace N Hominy is a great choice. The food is always delicious and they've got some different options to shake things up this holiday - brunswick stew and banana pudding! They will also be open Thanksgiving Day from 7am-3pm for "Brunch & Pig Ups"!
Get more information from the PNH website, by clicking here.
HONEY BAKED HAM
I sometimes forget about this delightful lunch spot. There truly is no better ham for Thanksgiving Dinner than a HoneyBaked Ham. I highly recommend the boneless ham. You can get it sliced, so it really is as simple as heat (or not, our family likes it either way) and eat! The leftovers make the best sandwiches! - Getting hungry just thinking about it! - This year, HoneyBaked Ham is offering a bunch of new sides to accompany their popular delight. You can now order: Cheesy Au Gratin Potatoes, Tuscan-Style Broccoli, Country Cornbread Stuffing, Creamy Russet Mashed Potatoes, Double Cheddar Mac & Cheese, Green Bean Casserole, Loaded Smashed Potatoes, Maple & Sweet Potato Souffle, Roasted Turkey Gravy and Baked Cinnamon Apples. They also offer dinner rolls and desserts. Basically, they've really up'd their Thanksgiving menu! Our local store info is here, for your convenience!
Cracker Barrel has a variety of options, depending on the size of your party. Their Heat N' Serve Holiday Family Meal To-Go serves up to 10 and can be ready in as little as 2 hours! It comes with: two oven-roasted turkey breasts, cornbread dressing, turkey gravy, cranberry relish, sweet yeast rolls, pumpkin pie, pecan pie and your choice of three country sides. Pumpkin pies are available from 11/17-11/25, while supplies last. Usually those warnings mean that they will sell out, so don't wait! You can order online here.
I could not deprive the world of my knowledge that Dickey's Cajun Turkey is seriously the most delicious turkey you will ever eat in your life. The catch is that the closest one is in Hickory. It's really an easy drive, straight up 321, and worth every mile, but Gaston County is still deprived of this cajun experience. If you are intrigued, I bet you won't be disappointed and you can get your entire Thanksgiving meal while you are there. Check their locations map if you are traveling, and you just might find there is a Dickey's where you need it! You cannot skip the baked potato casserole, it's worth all of the calories! They've got the dressing, gravy, rolls, pie and sweet tea by the gallon. It's my favorite one-stop shop for Thanksgiving Dinner.
From your local housewives in the city team,
I love Thanksgiving. I love the time with my family. The time to reflect on everything I have that I should be grateful for. The football. The weather. The food. We can't forget about the food, so I'm sharing my favorite Thanksgiving recipe with you - Stuffing Balls. They're delicious. They're super easy.
2 bags of bread (I buy the $.88 loaves at Walmart)
2 cups of onion
2 sticks of butter
1 regular can creak of chicken & mushroom
1 regular can chicken broth
Cut bread into cubes
Chop celery - par boil 10-15 minutes
Sautee onions in butter
Add egg, onion and celery to bread cubes
Add a dash of salt, pepper and garlic
Mix all ingredients well
Add a splash of milk so mixture holds together
Mix cream of chicken&mushroom and broth together, cover bottom of baking pan with mixture
Form baseball-sized balls of stuffing mixture
Pour remainder of soup/broth mix over top
Bake at 375 for 1 hour
I'm Katie and I'm so excited to be bringing Housewives in the City to Gaston County! I'm a resident of Mount Holly. I absolutely love traveling, sports and I'm always up to learning something new. I cannot wait to meet all of you!