All American and life down in the deep South where everything is BIG. A lot bigger than in Europe. Houses with beautiful southern front porches. You see a lot of flags now like the one in this picture. Flags that state which football team you are for. Collage football is huge and the biggest teams in Alabama are Alabama and Auburn, two rival universities.
Love love love the produce section at grocery stores. So delightful so see the neat and fresh rows of fruits and vegetables. The produce section in Sweden just always comes far behind compared to the ones found here.
Again the question of size. Both apples are actually American. The smaller one was from a big bag that I bought and the larger one are considered the more regular size.
We also got the opportunity to have a Costco moment. We used to be members. I like Costco. They have lots of great stuff to good prices. On weekends they always have a lot of different things to taste. You can actually snack yourself a free lunch here.
At Costco everything is sold in big format. That is what cuts price down. The shopping carts are big and the asiles are wide.
Big packs of spinach and rice. Sacks of rice of about 11 kg. If you are a big family or if you have a lot of space for storage/big pantry you can make good deals.
The sweet corn of the South is so delicious! Also very cheep. You can get six or eight corns on the cob for 2 dollars.
Churches are big down here. Both going to church and the size of the churches themselves. Wednesday evenings there are bible studies and on Sundays there is of course church. Sundays around eleven you got the streets and stores pretty much to yourself. You see people dressed in their finest clothes coming or going to church. Churches are much more than just for religious purposes. They organize a lot of activities for kids. The church is a community in itself. People pay 10% of their salary to church down here so churches are rich and can offer a lot of things to their members.
Here is another more regular size home in our old neighborhood. I like the New England style it has. Regular size homes are still really large. You get a lot for your money when it comes to living if you live down here. Passed by a house about this size or slightly bigger right by the golf course that was for sale for about 500,000 dollars. We had the big house when we lived here. In my opinion you should stick to the right size. Too small is not good but too big can also be too much. A big home still requires more time and more money to keep it up.
The all American crock pot. Add what ever you want for your soup, stew, chili or whatever you are making in the morning and then it is done by the time you come home. I have started to see crock pot versions come to Sweden lately.
Ooooh the ice cream section is to die for! I can just loose myself completely here and practically stand and drool. M'am can I help you find something I heard behind my shoulder as I stood here. The friendly Publix guy approached me. No I am fine (just admiring the ice cream) I thought to myself. All you living in the US you just don't know how lucky you are to have these kinds of ice cream shelves in the store. Well it is not just one shelve it is really a whole aisle.
Of course we made sure we got plenty of our favorite brand. Edy's is just the best ever!
There is this small sub division of town houses in our old neighborhood that I just love. I think they are really cute. This would have been the perfect size of a home for us. The house was too large but something like this would have been just right. In the back they all have a large decks so you can hang out and enjoy some good BBQ but without a big yard to take of.