Sue Ellen’s Girl Ain’t Fat, She Just Weighs Heavy by Shellie Rushing Tomlinson- The bestselling author of Suck Your Stomach In & Put Some Color On! returns with more helpful how-to's and keen observations from Dixie.
This book was truly and laugh & cry out loud book. It was truly made for women. I loved that she covered topics such as Raging Inferno Syndrome "hot flashes", big boned, SRC "straight running crazy" and "bubba whispering." Each chapter ended with "Tips" and "Recipes." The tips cracked me up more than the actually stories in the chapters. The tips were the "Thus Saith The belle Doctrine" and just were incredibly hilarious. A few of my favorite tips were "Thou shalt not give plastic surgery as a gift unless it has been requested,"Humor is a great Band-Aid, but thou shalt use respect lest it stick to someone's bobo" and "Carying matches in thy purse is considered a welcome sign of public consideration."
My favorite chapter was the last chapter "If All Else Fails, Laugh!" She pointed out that you can find humor everywhere if you just look for it. So no matter what the situation is, you can find something good in it. I thought that was a great way to end the book. This is a must for your summer reading list. Pick up several copies and pass along to a girl friend that needs a pick-me-up!
I lived in New Orleans, LA for 5 years so I really appreciated the Southern humor and way of speaking. It brought back a flood of memories (we left when Hurricane Katrina took over our neighborhood), good and bad. Some of which I wish I would have let myself see the humor in at the time. The recipes all look DELISH and I plan on trying as many as I can. Here is one that I tried. I will be blogging more of her recipes over the next few months!
Spinach and Strawberry Salad (Click for printable recipe)
2 bunches of spinach, torn into bite size pieces
4 cups fresh strawberries, cleaned and sliced
1 cup pecan halves
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1/4 cup paprika
1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon minced onion
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
Combine washed and prepared spinach with strawberries and pecan halves. Prepare dressing by whisking together olive oil and white wine vinegar. Stir in sugar, paprika, Worcestershire sauce, minced onion, sesame seeds and poppy sees. Drizzle salad with dressing and chill before serving.
My Kitchen Notes: I've always loved this salad but had never made it before. This recipe is so easy and very tasty! I love the paprika in this one and it is now on my family list of recipes to eat over and over again! Yum and healthy.
About the Author: Shellie Rushing Tomlinson and her husband Phil live and farm in the Louisiana Delta. Shellie is the author of Lessons Learned on Bull Run Road, Twas the Night Before the Very First Christmas, Southern Comfort with Shellie Rushing Tomlinson, and the Penguin Group USA release, Suck Your Stomach In and Put Some Color On, voted Nonfiction Finalist of 2009 by SIBA Independent Booksellers Alliance.
Tomlinson is owner and publisher of All Things Southern and the host of the weekly radio show All Things Southern as well as a weekly video segment by the same name. Listeners also hear Shellie in her All Things Southern radio segments aired across the South. Shellie writes a weekly inspirational feature in Newsstar and a monthly print and online column for Lousiana Road Trips.
When Shellie isn't writing, speaking, taping her show, answering email or writing content for the next deadline, you can find her playing tennis with Dixie Belle, (the chocolate lab who thinks she is in charge of running Shellie's life).
Thanks to LifFuse for including me in, yet again, to another book tour! I was given a copy of the book to participate in the tour. My own tasty words and opinions were expressed here.