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Summer is about to begin! Memorial Day Weekend provides the opportunity to gather with loved ones and host a  cookout to kick off the summer season. You can still enjoy a seasonal shindig without sacrificing nutritious food choices.

Last week, from May 14-18, the Southern Miss Softball Complex, home of the University of Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles, hosted the 2024 Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Softball State Championships in Hattiesburg. Fourteen teams represented various-size high schools (Class 1A – Class 7A) from around Mississippi, and the tournament pitted the state’s North Half Champions against its South Half Champions:

For years, coffee has been an integral component of American culture. Who knew that a little coffee bean would become such a beloved staple in our lives? Amongst many coffee shops in Mississippi is one called Coffee Haus. Located in the city of Columbia, Coffee Haus has gained great popularity with locals and across the state for its mouthwatering coffee selections. 

Every good biscuit is made with love. And every Southern family has that one person with the secret touch. They can get that bowl of flour and work in their fats and make a perfectly fluffy and flaky biscuit. Whether you add jam, jelly, bacon, or sausage or top it with gravy, there is no argument that buttermilk biscuits are a staple in Southern cuisine. Since 2008, there has yet to be an argument that Natchez, Mississippi, is the Biscuit Capital of the World and home to the Queen of Biscuits. 

According to Coach Grant Teaff, “The best teachers coach their students, and the best coaches are great teachers.” 

Teaff should know, since he is a College Hall of Fame Coach who spent most of his career at Baylor University, racking up some great wins and impressive stats. Probably none of those numbers were more impressive to Teaff than his 10 wins against rival University of Texas while coaching the Baylor Bears. 

Have you ever wondered about Lyon, Mississippi? This charming town, nestled in Coahoma County, with a population of just 259, is a world unto itself. We are not just ‘Lyon.’

The small town is named after the French city of Lyon, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes. With Clarksdale nearby (approximately 2.5 miles away), there’s not much to do in the tiny town of Lyon. However, they have still made their mark in The Magnolia State with delicious carnival food and a giant Sponge Bob sign that can be seen for miles off Highway 61. 

Summers in Mississippi are extra southern sometimes, aren’t they?  Now that it’s nearly summertime, the Mississippi heat is definitely here to stay…until at least October.

Luckily, there are plenty of places to cool off in the Magnolia State. Mississippi offers a variety of beautiful beaches, lakes, watering holes, and there are also several waterparks.

Charlie’s U-Pik is part of many people’s summer traditions. The farm started in the ’90s when Mr. Charlie planted too many tomato plants and advertised in the paper for people to come pick them. There are two locations of the U-Pik farms, one in Lucedale (the original) and a second location in Wiggins. Lucedale is a 100-acre farm and serves the Leakesville, Meridian, and Mobile, Alabama area. The Wiggins farm is 50 acres and serves the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Hattiesburg, and Louisiana.