How We Do Things in Tennessee

Fried Dill Pickles are a delicacy.


Outfits like this are totally acceptable.


Even when the power goes out, we still Git Er Dunn.

Every good Southerner has their own headlamp, ya know.


And this? Well, this needs no introduction.


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101 Responses to How We Do Things in Tennessee
  1. Jessica
    September 14, 2011 | 6:10 am

    We drove past a pink toilet in someones front yard the other day and my daughter wanted me to stop and get it. I’m hoping it is because she loves pink and not because she will be a future trash-picker.
    I’ve never tried fried pickles but have always wanted to.

    • Liz
      September 14, 2011 | 8:37 pm

      It has to be because it was pink.

      Unless you are raising a “repurposer”?!?

  2. Jenny
    September 14, 2011 | 6:11 am

    Totally hilarious!!

  3. JDaniel4's Mom
    September 14, 2011 | 6:16 am

    I love a fashion statement with red shoes!

  4. Making It Work Mom
    September 14, 2011 | 6:29 am

    YUMMM! Fried Dill Pickles. And I confess we have two headlamps and they really come in handy.

    • Liz
      September 14, 2011 | 8:38 pm

      They can be pretty practical. Totally goofy, but practical none the less.

  5. Batteries Not Included
    September 14, 2011 | 6:31 am

    I’m on the other end of the state, but fried pickles are the awesome and I walked in the MIL’s yesterday and she had a toilet sitting in her front parlor. I didn’t ask.

    • Liz
      September 14, 2011 | 8:41 pm

      Ha! Apparently there’s a rogue toilet problem in the state. 🙂

  6. A Mommy in the City
    September 14, 2011 | 6:50 am

    I miss fried pickles. When I went to FSU and lived in Tallahassee we went to a place at least twice a week for their fried pickles. I dipped them in ranch dressing with a little bit of hot sauce and they were delicious. Getting them here in NYC, they just don’t taste the same.

    • Liz
      September 14, 2011 | 8:43 pm

      Were they the slices or the spears? I think the slices are the way to go!

  7. Alison@Mama Wants This
    September 14, 2011 | 7:06 am

    Hahaha! Love the toilet picture and the fashionista one!

  8. Kmama
    September 14, 2011 | 7:08 am

    The toilet on the street is awesome!! We apparently do that in Michigan too, because my parent’s neighbors had one outside this weekend. LOL

  9. Jen
    September 14, 2011 | 7:28 am

    Well, from the looks of these pictures I need to get myself to Tennessee.

    • Liz
      September 14, 2011 | 8:44 pm

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! These make you feel right at home, eh? 🙂

  10. Life As Wife
    September 14, 2011 | 7:38 am

    Oh fried pickles, how I miss you!!

    • Liz
      September 14, 2011 | 8:45 pm

      They are pretty amazing, aren’t they? I think they are right under bacon.

  11. Amy
    September 14, 2011 | 7:42 am

    Love fried pickles.

    In Texas we’ll fry nearly anything. I’ve even heard reports of fried butter. I’m not proud; just stating facts.

    • Liz
      September 14, 2011 | 8:45 pm

      Living in the land of Elvis, known for his fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches, I won’t hate.

  12. Kimberly
    September 14, 2011 | 7:45 am

    fried pickles are the shizzzzzz.
    Love the toilet. Nice touch. You should throw in some flowers.

    • Liz
      September 14, 2011 | 8:46 pm

      Now THAT would make for a classy toilet!

  13. Alexandra
    September 14, 2011 | 7:49 am

    Fried dill pickles?

    My mouth is watering.

  14. angela
    September 14, 2011 | 8:02 am

    Is that ranch with the pickle? I am intrigued by the friend pickle idea. And I visit Tennessee about once a year. How have I missed them?

    • Liz
      September 14, 2011 | 8:46 pm

      You HAVE to get them! But they must be the slices and not spears. The slices are superb!

  15. ModernMom
    September 14, 2011 | 8:06 am

    This post made me giggle! Love that outfit and now I must find a way to try those pickles!!

    • Liz
      September 14, 2011 | 8:47 pm

      We have very mild winters. Maybe you just need to visit?

  16. Evonne
    September 14, 2011 | 8:11 am

    Those red shoes really compliment her outfit!

    Toilets outside aren’t just a Tennessee thing. A few weeks ago I came across one walking my kids to school. It was that pukey, 1950s green.

  17. Amanda Austin
    September 14, 2011 | 8:15 am

    Girl you’re in the south. Turlits in the front yard are a way of life 🙂

    • Liz
      September 14, 2011 | 8:48 pm

      OMGOMGOMG – Craig ALWAYS (jokingly) calls them “turlits”. I CANNOT believe you typed that on in this comment!

  18. imperfectmomma
    September 14, 2011 | 8:28 am

    I’ve always wanted to try fried pickles. And your lawn ornament? Totally fashionable 😉


  19. Julia
    September 14, 2011 | 8:58 am

    We don’t have fried pickles in Maine (but I want to try one!) but we DO have headlamps — practically live in them during the dark winter months so I know the feeling!

    • Liz
      September 14, 2011 | 8:49 pm

      …and when the power goes out from snow and ice storms?!?! 🙂

      Hey, Mr. Bacon arrived today!

  20. julie gardner
    September 14, 2011 | 9:11 am

    Fried pickles sound delicious, headlamps are a must, and yes. We have had a toilet in our side yard for sure.

    But I live in California. What’s wrong with that picture?

    p.s. Speaking of pictures…ha! I did it! I think…

  21. Frelle
    September 14, 2011 | 8:18 am

    I loooooooove fried dill pickles. Im going to have some tomorrow at Mimi’s Cafe for my birthday 🙂

    • Liz
      September 14, 2011 | 8:48 pm

      That sounds like a FAN-tastic birthday treat! Spears or slices?

  22. KLZ
    September 14, 2011 | 9:18 am

    Where, exactly, is an outfit like that not acceptable?

  23. Barbara
    September 14, 2011 | 9:27 am

    Hysterical! I love the toilet in the front yard, it doesn’t get classier than that!

  24. Carri
    September 14, 2011 | 9:29 am

    I’ve never had a fried pickle. Also? Never had a Chicago Dog. I need to rectify this situation.

    • Liz
      September 14, 2011 | 8:49 pm

      OK, if you keep talking crazy talk like that, we might not be able to be friends any longer. EAT THEM. NOW.

      • Carri
        September 14, 2011 | 9:04 pm

        Californians are allergic to fried foods. Did you not know that?

  25. Manho Chutney
    September 14, 2011 | 10:01 am

    Cute. And do southerners all have knee pads with a lite helmet? Lol

  26. Jen {at} take2mommy
    September 14, 2011 | 10:05 am

    I’ve never had a fried pickle but I’m sure I would love them. Pretty much anything fried is delicious, right?
    I’m guessing that toilet is on the curb to be disposed of? You could always put a potted mum in the seat. That would look real purdy.

    • Liz
      September 14, 2011 | 8:50 pm

      That would be VERY purdy-like! 😉

  27. Miss Marina Star
    September 14, 2011 | 10:17 am

    My little one, Amelia, loves fried pickles. Me, not so much. Someone should invent a fried pickle/onion ring, now I could get on board with that.

    BTW – love this new link up meme!

    • Liz
      September 14, 2011 | 8:50 pm

      Thank you! And thanks for joining in!

  28. Jackie
    September 14, 2011 | 10:25 am

    My daughter loves fried pickles! I on the other hand think they’re kinda gross….

    And the outfit is very common here in Michigan with small children and rednecks alike!

    • Liz
      September 14, 2011 | 8:51 pm

      Does that mean I’m raising a small redneck?! 🙂

  29. Grumpy Grateful Mom
    September 14, 2011 | 10:26 am

    I love the outfit! Not just anyone can pull of that look. And fried dill pickles sound intriguing, but I’m still on the fence. I’ll have to try one some day. 🙂

    • Liz
      September 14, 2011 | 8:51 pm

      They are DIVINE! But slices, not spears. It’s gotta be the slices!

  30. Jayme (RandomBlogette)
    September 14, 2011 | 10:33 am

    I am obsessed with fried pickles. Whenever we go out to dinner if they are on the menu I buy them. We tried making them at home but they didn’t turn out that great. Food is always better when someone else makes it!

  31. Elaine
    September 14, 2011 | 10:49 am

    Now I want fried pickles. Or mushrooms. Or anything fried. Yum.

    • Liz
      September 14, 2011 | 8:51 pm

      …and with a side of proper dipping sauce, too!

  32. Leigh Ann
    September 14, 2011 | 10:55 am

    Man, our shrits/panties outfits are incomplete! We need red sparkly shoes!

  33. kim/reluctant renovator
    September 14, 2011 | 11:13 am

    I had fried pickles. Once. In Tennessee.

    • Liz
      September 14, 2011 | 8:52 pm

      And this is where I guess you tell me Nashville. Because that’s the response I usually get.

      My first taste of this heaven was BB King’s on Beale St in Memphis.

  34. Amy
    September 14, 2011 | 11:38 am

    Reminds me of Texas! Heck, fried EVERYTHING is a delicacy, am I right?

    • Liz
      September 14, 2011 | 8:53 pm

      Truer words have never been spoken.

  35. Sherri
    September 14, 2011 | 12:16 pm

    Oh, I love this! And I have to get me some fried pickles…

  36. Julie
    September 14, 2011 | 1:21 pm

    Mmmm fried pickles!

    And I love me some Southern idiosyncracies.

    • Liz
      September 14, 2011 | 8:53 pm

      So you aren’t buying the “delicacy” label, eh?

  37. Emmy
    September 14, 2011 | 1:52 pm

    That outfit is the best! I have never had fried pickle before- sounds good. And come on, doesn’t everyone have a toilet on their curb?

  38. morgan
    September 14, 2011 | 1:58 pm

    Love the balloon hat … it compliments the ruby slippers perfectly!

    • Liz
      September 14, 2011 | 8:53 pm

      It’s supposed to be a peacock, if you can make anything of it.

  39. Mad Woman behind the Blog
    September 14, 2011 | 2:06 pm

    I need to get me some of that!

    I’ll leave what “that” to your imagination. Hee!

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  41. angie
    September 14, 2011 | 2:38 pm

    Oh, I bet fried pickles are tastey!

  42. Jamie
    September 14, 2011 | 3:21 pm

    I have yet to try a fried pickle (though not from lack of wanting to). These are hilarious. The only thing missing is a petunia in the potty. (I have seen that not too far from here.)

  43. Kir
    September 14, 2011 | 4:19 pm

    Every picture was better than the one before it!!! I giggled at the “outfit” and the fried pickles sound delish…they really do!

  44. Missy
    September 14, 2011 | 4:22 pm

    All I can think about now: fried pickles.

    Mark has a headlamp, too. Surprising how often it comes in handy.

  45. Greta @gfunkified
    September 14, 2011 | 4:34 pm

    The fried pickle sounds YUMMY. And that outfit? Adorable. And also something that I might see here in KS. In my house.

  46. Kimberly
    September 14, 2011 | 4:39 pm

    I have never tried fried pickles, but I am pretty curious.

    The toilet looks nice but I think some flowers around it would be the perfect touch. 😉

  47. JamieAnne
    September 14, 2011 | 5:39 pm


    • Liz
      September 14, 2011 | 8:54 pm

      Have you ever made them, Miss Domestic?

      • JamieAnne
        September 14, 2011 | 10:32 pm

        I have not. I had them at a restaurant in Arkansas. I fell in love. I need to figure out a good home recipe. The ones I had were spears, not rounds.

        Do you have a recipe to share?

  48. Becky @ Accidental Southern Mama
    September 14, 2011 | 6:55 pm

    I’ve only had the pickle spears, but everyone tells me that the pickle chips are sooo much better! We still need to get ourselves a headlamp…are we going to be considered Yankees until we get those headlamps? Ponderous.

    • Liz
      September 14, 2011 | 8:56 pm

      Oh heck yes! You so need to try some slices!

  49. Poppy
    September 14, 2011 | 7:01 pm

    One more reason to visit Memphis, fried pickles? Maybe St Judes 2012.

    • Liz
      September 14, 2011 | 8:55 pm

      Um, you could have done this year if Craig wasn’t such a wuss.

      How’s the laptop?

  50. Diana
    September 14, 2011 | 7:28 pm

    Fried pickles sound really good to this pregnant lady.

    My Dad bought a headlamp just so he could venture deep into the darkness that was behind his entertainment center-he wanted to deal with the mess of cords.

    Phun photos 🙂

  51. Anna ~ Random Handprints
    September 14, 2011 | 8:25 pm

    great pics! i heart fried pickles.

  52. Elena
    September 14, 2011 | 8:37 pm

    The first pic is the main reason I have to visit Tennessee. I have never had fried pickles. Will we have those at Blissdom?

  53. Tatter Scoops
    September 14, 2011 | 9:48 pm

    I have never try fried pickles. Don’t think they have ’em back in Dothan, AL 😀

  54. Hopes@Staying Afloat!
    September 14, 2011 | 9:54 pm

    Ha! Ha! Ha! Love the second picture!! LOVE IT!

  55. Rach (DonutsMama)
    September 14, 2011 | 10:12 pm

    I love fried pickles! With ranch dressing too.

    What’s up with that curbside toilet??

    • liz
      September 18, 2011 | 2:13 pm

      You mean you don’t have curbside toilets in your neighborhood?

  56. Bridget
    September 15, 2011 | 12:29 am

    The thing I miss most about the south is fried pickles. And sun. I miss fried pickles and sun together.

    • liz
      September 18, 2011 | 2:25 pm

      Whenever we move away from here, I’ll miss the fried pickles, too. I’m sorry you don’t have sun where you live! 🙂 That would make me sad.

  57. Tracie
    September 15, 2011 | 1:58 am

    Fried pickles are the most amazing food ever invented…and they are nowhere to be found where I live.

    so sad.

    I am drooling looking at your picture.

    Please excuse me while I go clean off my keyboard!

    • liz
      September 18, 2011 | 2:26 pm

      The truly are amazing, aren’t they?

      Each bite tastes as yummy as the last.

      I’m sorry for your lack of fried pickle-age.

  58. joann mannix
    September 15, 2011 | 6:59 am

    And that outfit is one of the many reasons I love Tennessee.

    Fried pickles are one of them, too.

    And the friendliness of the people. I have never met such friendly people. Shoot, look they leave their toilets right on the curb for you in case you’re passing by and need to take a tinkle.

  59. John
    September 15, 2011 | 7:43 am

    I truly <3 fried dill pickles.

    And people don't own headlamps?

  60. Mrs. Jen B
    September 15, 2011 | 9:17 am

    That is one fashion forward child. I love the shoes, they really complete the look.

    Now I need to fry pickles this weekend. The end.

  61. Stefanie
    September 15, 2011 | 10:49 am

    I’m loving the outfit!

  62. Paula@Simply Sandwich
    September 15, 2011 | 10:39 pm

    Thanks Liz for giving me a laugh today! Never had fried dill pickles but they sound soooo yummy! 🙂

  63. Kristin
    September 16, 2011 | 7:30 am

    Oh I love me some fried pickles. My favorite TN food!

  64. Just Jennifer
    September 16, 2011 | 11:02 am

    Haha, great pics, Liz! I’ve never had fried pickles, but I would love to.

  65. Lady Jennie
    September 16, 2011 | 3:43 pm

    Is that your outhouse? har har

    I’m glad that you can git er dun over dere, headlamp and all. 🙂

  66. Cori
    September 16, 2011 | 9:36 pm

    whats wrong with the outfit?? that’s what im wearing now 😉

  67. Practical Parenting
    September 16, 2011 | 10:53 pm

    That outfit is completely acceptable in LA as well.

  68. Ado
    September 18, 2011 | 7:32 am

    I’ve never even HEARD of fried dill pickles! What a great idea. I love pickles + fried-bad-for-you things so I think I’d love ’em. (-:

  69. Leighann
    September 18, 2011 | 8:34 pm

    Fried Pickles?
    Are they good?

  70. Laura
    November 17, 2011 | 10:19 am

    MMMMM fried pickles! As a fellow Tennessean I can totally relate to all of these.

    New follower!

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