I'm The Southern Girl Who Hates Sweet Tea

I'm The Southern Girl Who Hates Sweet Tea

Yes, you did in fact read that correctly.


Hi, my name's Savannah, and I've never once in my life liked sweet tea.

I've tried it numerous times because people think I'll like it as I get older, but nope. I still hate it. For 20 years now I've hated it. Personally, I don't think I'll ever like it. Most wish I would.

I was born and raised in the countryside of Alabama, so when I say I'm Southern, I mean, I'm about as Southern as you can get. I've lived in the same place for my entire life. I hate sweet tea, though. I wear boots. I'm with farm animals 90% of the time. I love country music. Fall festivals are my jam. I love just about anything Southern, except sweet tea. I despise sweet tea. If you put a cup of sweet tea in front of me, it will go to waste. Don't do it.

I also don't like gravy or hush puppies. Both gross me out. I refuse to eat cobblers unless it's chocolate made by my granny. I don't like the thought of all that mushy underneath the crust. I'm not a huge fan of barbecue meat and coleslaw. I'll eat it, but it's not my first choice by any means. I hate onions more than I hate sweet tea. I almost throw up just at the smell of them. I really don't like pot pies, apple butter, or apple pie.

I say all of this to make a point. Most people tell me I'm not a true Southern. They say I should have been born in the north. I take that as an insult, not because there is anything wrong with the north, but because I love being a Southern country girl. You can see my Southern roots in almost everything else. My accent is thick. My boots are worn from wearing them all the time on farms. You can even see my Southern roots in a lot of the foods I do like.

Let me tell ya, I love some chicken and dumplings. Grits are absolutely incredible. Lemonade and root beer are two of the best beverages ever created (after coffee of course #CollegeKid). Fried chicken is my go to, and if you think that's a joke just ask my mama. Most don't like deviled eggs, but they're great in my opinion. I love mac and cheese, fried okra, and potato salad.

Southern food is some of the best around. I say that with confidence, or maybe just a biased opinion, but I'm gonna go with confidence. I love Southern food, clothing, and culture. I love everything about the South, and quite frankly it's an insult when people tell me I'm not a true Southerner.

I'm from the South. I love the South. Nothing will ever make me not love the South. I'm just not a fan of sweet tea, nor will I ever be. Sorry, not sorry.

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What more do frat boys love than alcohol, partying, and just acting stupid? Here are some gifts that help fulfill all of those needs for the frat boy in your life!

1. Beer holster belt

Whats better than one beer? Six beers! This fashionable camouflage accessory can be used for tailgates, beach days, formals and everything in between.

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2. Phone juul holder 

You know those cardholders everyone sticks on the back of their phones? Well, now a Juul holder for your phone is on the market! This will save your favorite frat boy from ever again losing his Juul!

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3. Animal house poster 

This Animal House poster is a classic staple for any frat boy. This poster will compliment any frat house decor or lack thereof.

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4. The American Fraternity book

Does the frat boy in your life need a good read for Thanksgiving or winter break? Look no farther, this will certainly keep his attention and give him a history lesson on American fraternity heritage and tradition.

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5. Beer pong socks 

These snazzy socks featuring beer pong will be loved by any frat boy. As for the way to any frat boy's heart may, in fact, be beer pong.

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6. Condom case

This condom carrying case will not only protect condoms from damage but also make frat boys more inclined to practice safe sex, which is a win-win situation!

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7. Frat house candle

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8. "Frat" sticker

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9. Natty Light t-shirt 

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16 Thanksgiving Meal Contributions For Lazy People Who Can't Show Up Empty Handed

When in doubt, just bring a bottle of wine.


So, you've been invited to Thanksgiving dinner at a friend or relative's home. Your parents raised you to never show up to an occasion empty-handed, but you don't have time to cook a gourmet dish. There are plenty of reasons for this, and none of them are invalid.

If you're struggling to come up with something easy to bring to Thanksgiving dinner, fear not! These 16 ideas offer some solutions.

1. A veggie platter

You can buy a vegetable platter straight from the food store, but if you don't want to be that lazy, you can also create your own. You can find carrots, celery and broccoli already chopped into platter-sized pieces. All you'll need to do is arrange the vegetables — and figure out what you want to dip them in. Ranch and hummus are probably your safest bet.

If you really want to get fancy, you can also make a turkey out of your vegetables. But then, you probably wouldn't be looking at this list if you wanted to work that hard, now would you?

2. Slow cooker mashed potatoes

OK, so you don't want to be the person who shows up with mashed potatoes straight from the box. That's understandable.

Luckily, you don't need to go through too much trouble to make mashed potatoes from scratch. If you own a slow cooker, it will do most of the work for you.

3. Maple-glazed carrots

With this recipe, you might succeed at getting your relatives to eat — and even enjoy — their vegetables this Thanksgiving. All you need to do is marinate carrots in maple syrup. It doesn't take long, and it tastes delicious!

4. Cranberry sauce

Cranberry sauce is a classic Thanksgiving side, and it's one that's super easy to make. For a simple cranberry sauce like this one, all you'll really need is a bag of frozen cranberries, lemon and sugar. Of course, if you do have a little extra time, you can also add some flavor with pomegranates or other fruits.

5. Salad

Bringing a salad might sound boring, but you actually have plenty of options when it comes to making one for Thanksgiving dinner. You can go the classic route, bringing a basic salad with balsamic vinegar dressing. Or you can spice things up with fruits or less-common vegetables.

Whatever you decide to do, the guests dieting through Thanksgiving will be grateful for your contribution.

6. Macaroni and cheese

If you're above the age of 18, it's probably best to avoid bringing Kraft or Velveeta to Thanksgiving dinner (unless you relish in hearing your relatives complain about 'these damned millennials').

Don't fret, though. Believe it or not, homemade macaroni and cheese isn't so difficult to make — even if it does take a bit more effort than making it out of the box. Plus, you can add whatever toppings you want and use the slow cooker to help.

7. Garlic bread

Given that garlic bread often comes with fancy Italian meals, you may associate it with gourmet cooking. But it's simple to make on your own — and the only ingredients you really need are bread, garlic powder, parsley and butter.

Bring some oil or marinara sauce to dip the bread in if you want to look like you really gave this some thought.

8. Stuffing

Let me guess. You love stuffing, but you don't want to make the one out of the box. The guests will notice, after all.

You're in luck. With this easy stuffing recipe, you'll have homemade stuffing in no time. Who knew you just needed to mix and bake croutons and bread with the other ingredients, then bake?

You can cut out the turkey, too, to make this vegetarian-friendly and even easier on yourself.

9. Corn on the cob

Corn on the cob blends surprisingly well with other Thanksgiving side dishes, and you can seriously just buy it at the store and bake it. As long as there's plenty of butter, the guests won't care where it came from!

10. Monkey bread

OK, monkey bread is a delicious dessert that does require some effort to make. But, in comparison to most other desserts, it's not so time-consuming.

All you'll need to do is cut up biscuits, marinate the pieces in sugar and cinnamon, and bake them in a pan. So, yes. It's a bit more effort than the other recipes on this list. But once you try it, you'll realize that it was so, so worth it.

11. Fruit kabobs

If you're searching for a far easier dessert, bring fruit kabobs to Thanksgiving! These require absolutely no cooking on your part. Just chop up your desired fruits and put them on a kabob stick. It's actually that simple.

12. Chocolate covered strawberries

You can also stick with one fruit and make chocolate covered strawberries. This will be significantly easier if you own a fondue pot, but there are also recipes that make do without one.

13. Mini pies

Everyone loves dessert, and mini pies are easy to make (and transport). All you need to do is grab mini pie crusts and whatever filling you want — apple and pumpkin filling are usually available in the supermarket, so you won't even need to do much preparation.

Bring ice cream or whipped cream to really "wow" Thanksgiving guests.

14. Candy corn cupcakes

We can probably all agree that cupcakes are not much of a hassle to bake. And for the holidays, all you need is a little zest with the toppings. Add orange and yellow sprinkles or candy corn to the top, and your cupcakes will look great with all of the other Thanksgiving desserts.

15. Apple cider sangria

If you're the person who likes to bring alcohol, but you don't want to just bring a bottle of wine this year, try making this apple cider sangria. It's festive, and once you've done all the chopping and mixing, the majority of the creation process takes place sitting in the refrigerator.

16. Wine

When in doubt, you can always just bring a bottle of wine. Showing up with wine is always deemed classy, especially if it's a decent brand. And whose relatives don't want to be smashed for the holidays?

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