- Cullman, Alabama


November 1, 2013

Author, artist Mellissa Meeks returns to Cullman for Humane Society benefit

Guest cookbook author/artist Mellissa Meeks, who coordinated the Oct. 5 Community Art Event at Southern Accents, has put her many talents to good use. Not only is she a wonderfully gifted artist, but she is also a photographer, and a great cook.

Meeks will  be at Werner's Trading Company this Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a benefit for Werner's favorite charity, the Humane Society. She will turn a photo of your pet into a wonderful keepsake portrait (an acrylic painting). Sizes of portraits range from 5x7 to 24x36 and prices range from $35 to $350.

A tent will be set up in case of inclement weather.

Bring your pet, or a picture of your pet, to the event Saturday and let Mellissa turn it into a wonderful portrait keepsake. You are encouraged to bring your pet's favorite toys or a bandanna, anything that will show off your pet's unique personality.

For more information, or an appointment for your pet’s photo session, contact Werner's Trading Company at 256-734-5673.

Mellissa kindly agreed to share some of the recipes from her new, “Family Traditions Southern Cookbook” with us today. I’m sure that you will love these delicious recipes. Cookbooks can be purchased at Southern Accents. Ten percent of the sales of her cookbook will be going to Southern Accents’ Children’s Foundation.


Lime Twist Guacamole

3 to 4 ripe med. avocados, mashed

1 fresh lime, squeezed

1 sweet onion, minced              

Salt and pepper to taste

2 cloves garlic, minced                    

1 tomato, diced

Peel avocados and set seed aside, mash with a fork until the consistency you like, some prefer chunky guacamole. Squeeze fresh lime juice into avocados, mix well. Add onion, garlic and salt and pepper, and add diced tomato last, stir gently. Place seed back into the mixture – it will keep your guacamole from turning brown. Serve with your favorite crackers or chips. We prefer roasted garlic and black bean tortilla chips. Serves 2 to 4.

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