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 For Saturday morning, or just whenever we get tired of our regulars, this is a family favorite and fun for me to make too.

 

It’s called Sweet Home Alabama for a reason – it’s sweet and it’s home to almost five million Americans. Alabama has a story unlike any other state in the nation, which is probably while the silver screen is always drawn back to the southern roots that run deep through the Alabama dirt. The movies below were all set in Alabama and are classics that shouldn’t be missed.

This time of year in the south, there aren't many cooks that don't have access to venison(deer meat), either from the hunter in the family or friends.  However, cooking with venison can be challenging at first. Proper tenderizing and seasonings need to be added to enhance the flavor and cut down on the "gamey" taste that comes along with wild game. We first started cooking with venison as a way to cut costs at the grocery store meat department when prices started to skyrocket. I also found that I liked the fact that the meat was all natural, with no steroids or other additives. The following five recipes have become family favorites over the years.

In the spirit of the holidays and giving, we wondered about some top book selections for 2016 – what are some great options for the bibliophile on your list?

And of course, we turned to Ernest & Hadley Booksellers’ Easty Lambert-Brown. She’s an expert, after all! Here are her top five book picks - and thanks, Easty!

With another University of Alabama football season just around the corner, it is a good time to take a look at the Crimson Tide's Top Five all-time leaders in a host of categories heading into the 2016 campaign.

Most would agree that cocktails in general are great for summer. So narrowing down the list for the best summer cocktails is always a challenge. The consensus is that people want a drink that is thirst-quenching, above all else. This means tart flavors and fruit mixtures that send the right amount of summer vibes for any sweltering get together.  If you’re lacking inspiration and need help staying away from your worn-out go-to drinks, we’ve got some suggestions for your next cocktail here. Cheers, Tuscaloosa!

I’ve mentioned before my love of all things movies and music, but let’s add books to the list, shall we? I just got a new Kindle and I’ve blown through a LOT of great books in recent weeks. And I’m no snob about what I read – give me a great "chick-lit" book any day and I’ll be happy. I also read biographies and smarty books, but this time of year, I’m in the mood for an easy read that’s engaging and fun and will keep me entertained as I sit on a beach or by a pool relaxing. It's all about decompressing, and escaping into another world for a little bit. I thought I'd share some finds, so hopefully one of these will suit your fancy.

It's that time of year again, the one where we send senior classes off into the wild blue yonder.  But before they go, many of them will participate in some regular traditions and we want to know what you think are our best local senior traditions?

Hi. My name is Liz, and I’m a movie addict. Some of you already knew that I was a huge music fan – I spend way too much on concert tickets but hey, who doesn’t enjoy a night out at the Tuscaloosa Amp seeing The Avett Brothers once in a while? Well, now you know my other secret: movies. I love them. Even the bad ones.

And that’s kinda what I wanted to talk about right now: Bad movies…for date night.

By Tori Linville         

 

You’re in the market to find some perfect home furnishings that reflect you and your household. But the newly built stuff just doesn’t cut it these days. Anyone who’s ever paid the tiniest attention to HGTV knows that the secret lies in the furniture with history. Antiques! We’ve got some places for you to shop in the area that will hopefully have you meeting the perfect piece soon.

 

TUSCALOOSA

 

Adam’s Antiques/The Potager

 

Owned by the same people, these antique staple stores have a wide variety of furniture from tapestries to paintings to armoires. From England to France, the owners travel all different places in for one of a kind items. To get a pretty good idea of what the store offers, visit their website.

 

·      Open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed on Sundays.

 

Capitol Park Antiques, Interiors and Gardens

 

Capitol Park allows for all kinds of items whether it’s antiques, home décor and even garden items. They have a large selection of furniture from wardrobes, rugs and even bedding. For more information on the store’s selection, check out their website.

 

·      Open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

Skyland Antique Mall

 

While it’s more like a flea market, there’s a reason the antique mall made the list. Here you’ll find Alabama football memorabilia to knock your socks off, along with tons of antique furniture and a coin collection to boot. The mall has helpful staff and even conducts moving and estate sales. See what else the mall provides here.

 

·      Open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

BIRMINGHAM

 

Hanna Antiques Mall

 

Voted as the best antique mall in Birmingham, Hanna Antiques Mall seems to have everything and anything you could think of. From antique furniture to a large selection of rugs to a huge selection of miscellaneous items, there’s always something great to buy (or at least think about buying). On top of that, an anniversary sale is going on now and ends July 31. See what’s going on at Hanna’s here.

 

·      Open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

What’s On 2nd

 

Friendly staff and eclectic finds are what’s on 2nd, according to customer reviews. Neat finds include tons of childhood toys from decades past, magazines, furniture and more. Deals and discounts are all over the place. Known to carry everything weird and cool, What’s On 2nd is a pop culture capitol right in Birmingham.

 

·      Open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 

Homewood Antiques

 

Homewood is another great find in Birmingham that has tons of merchandise to browse through. Antiques, jewelry, boutique clothing, custom nursery bedding, hand-made items and more can all be found behind Homewood’s doors. For more info, check out their website.

 

·      Open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Mondays.

           

 

DESTIN

 

De’France Antiques

 

All kinds of items and pieces are found at De’Frances such as salvaged and repurposed pieces, jewelry, collectibles and more. Check out what’s going on and even go on a tour of De’France here.

 

·      Open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Flutterby Antiques

 

Pottery, glassware, handmade jewelry and candles and more are all for sale at Flutterby. Friendly staff and gift wrap services make this antique shop one more place to visit in Destin. See more here.

 

 

·      Open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Antiques on Holiday

 

Antiques on Holiday features reasonable prices with a wide array of items to choose from. The establishment posts regularly on their Facebook page to let customers know about sales and new items.

 

·      Open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

 

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