southern belle dixie peaches couture giveaway

southern belle dixie peaches couture giveaway

We love us some Dixie Peaches Couture here over a Sunny Slide Up.  They helped us out with a giveaway last year during our birthday celebrations, and now they are back with another bundle of goodies for one of our lucky fans!  One lucky person will win one of all of the items below….

“In the south, pearls are a girl’s best friend.”
Southern Belle T-Shirt
(your choice of color)


“Southern Traditions Start Here”
Elephant Decal

elephant decal southern traditions dixie peaches

“Southern Traditions Start Here”
Elephant Koozie

elephant koozie southern traditions dixie peaches


Instagram giveaway

To be entered to win, you must:


meet corey from sans map

meet corey from sans map

Thanks to everyone that entered our Instagram Giveaway with Sans Map!  Congratulations to @rockstrmum for winning this awesome bag!
Sans Map Vintage Fabric Bags

Let’s get to know Corey, creator of Sans Map!

Q:  You have such an interesting name for your company.  Where did that come from?
A:  The name Sans Map, ‘sans’ meaning ‘without’ in French, means Without A Map. I’ve travelled a great deal and have lived in many different places (and countries) which has greatly influenced many aspects of who I am. My husband is French so a big part of my life is speaking the language and enjoying French culture. I’ve always lived in a way that isn’t overly planned or mapped out…living life as it comes, enjoying and embracing the unexpected paths in life!
Sans Map Bags Etsy
Q: How do you choose the fabrics for your bags?
A: I am always drawn to certain fabrics like wools, tweeds, natural fibers and woven fabrics. I often drive my decisions not by sight alone but by touch as well…Vintage fabrics (and garments that I repurpose) have a certain tactile quality to them that is hard to find in a fabric shop. I love searching for the diamonds in the rough.
Q: What’s your most popular, best-selling item?
A: My most popular item is my Messenger Bag. The perfect size and versatile to carry everyday!
Messenger BAg Sans Map
Q: You used to live in Brooklyn, NY.  What brought you to the south?
A: We really loved living in Brooklyn and were sad when we said our goodbyes…But life in the south offers us sunnier skies, more space to run and play and the opportunity to pursue our passions in a way that we couldn’t have in NY. Happy to have our feet land on this southern soil and looking forward to what the future brings!
Q: What is your favorite place to shop in Charlotte?
A: I spend a lot of time searching for fabrics and vintage garments to repurpose (and much less time shopping for myself!). I frequent the many thrift stores and vintage shops that Charlotte has in plenty.
Tassel Key Chains Made From Vintage Leather
Q: What’s your idea of the perfect day?
A: Life certainly is busy when you run a small business and have an energetic 2 year old boy!…so my perfect days are those that I can relax, spend time outside in the sun and fresh air and have nothing planned at all – foregoing the usual routines and letting the day take me wherever I please!
Corey Dergazarian Sans Map

Sans Map is my philosophy: living life as it comes, taking the uncharted path and embracing the unexpected.

Living life without a map…

Sans Map Clutch made from vintage leatehr and fabrics

follow Sans Map on:
instagram // @sans_map_bags
facebook // sans map bags
twitter // @sansmapbags
website //
blog //

Shop Sans Map in person at the following stores:
The Frock Shop – Charlotte, North Carolina
Better Than Jam – Brooklyn, New York
Coming Soon…. Ecolicious – Charlotte, NC
Coming Soon….Amanda Thompson Design at Alexander Scott – Charlotte, NC


Sans Map Coin Purse made with vintage fabrics

Thanks for letting me  be a part of your birthday celebration Sunny Slide Up!

Corey // Sans Map

homemade fruit roll ups – alivia jane

homemade fruit roll ups – alivia jane

Today rounds out my amazing week of guest blogging for Sunny Slide Up! I’ve had a wonderful time sharing some of my favorite recipes and hope you will feel inspired to be experimental in your kitchens! Speaking of experiments, here is one more recipe that will knock your socks off: Homemade Fruit Roll-ups

I imagine almost everyone has a favorite childhood memory with fruit roll-ups involved. I loved eating Fruit by The Foot and Gushes galore! Now that I’m grown up (ah hem, sort of) I avoid eating packaged products with ingredients that are unnatural and contain preservatives, chemicals, and dyes. Needless to say, those old gummy friends and I have parted ways. Instead, I prefer to put the fruit back into fruit roll-ups by making my own at home using all-natural ingredients that taste great and are an overall healthier choice.

Homemade fruit roll-ups are easy to make and a great wholesome snack! I used a mix of strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries for this recipe, and I encourage you to personalize the recipe by using your favorite fruits. Strawberry and peach are both popular flavors.  There is a time commitment needed to create these fruity and fun snacks (5-7 hours), but the satisfaction of making your own and eating well is worth the wait.


Homemade Fruit Roll-ups


  • 3 cups berries (I used a mix of raspberries, strawberries, and blackberries)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple juice or water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon Agave (organic honey or granulated sugar work also)



Preheat oven to 150 degrees or the lowest temperature your oven will go.  My oven go as low as 170, as long as the temperature is 200 or under your fruit roll-up will dehydrate properly.  Line a baking sheet with a Silpat or parchment paper and set aside.

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Simmer for 20 minutes, until the berries have popped and the liquid has thickened.

Pour the hot mixture into a blender and blend until smooth.  Pour the fruit mixture onto the baking sheet and use a spatula to spread the mixture evenly, about 1/4 inch thick.

Place baking sheet in the oven and bake for 5-7 hours.  You will know they’re done when you touch them lightly with your finger and they are no longer sticky. If the edges get a little too brittle and dry, you can brush a tiny bit of water over it and will be good as new.

Remove from oven and let cool to room temperature. Cut into squares or strips using a pizza cutter, knife, or scissors. If you want to make fruit roll-ups, roll the strips in parchment paper. Store in an airtight container.


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butternut squash gnocchi with sage brown butter – alivia jane

butternut squash gnocchi with sage brown butter – alivia jane

Hello there Sunny Slide Up readers! Thank you for stopping by! I am SUPER excited to be sharing another new recipe with you today. Although I have not been the biggest fan of gnocchi in the past, my desire to continuously experiment and try new things lured me in to giving the pasta another try. I’m so happy I did, because the outcome resulted in this lovely dish for Butternut Squash Gnocchi with Sage Brown Butter. Although I love to make recipes from scratch, I used packaged pasta and pre-cut butternut squash cubes to save time and cut to the chase. This dish is a perfect comfort food and easy to recreate. I used warm spices like sage, nutmeg and cinnamon that gave the house an incredible scent and brought the gnocchi and butternut squash to life. I hope you enjoy!


Butternut Squash Gnocchi with Sage Brown Butter


  • 16 oz. package of gnocchi
  • 1 pound butternut squash cubes (buy these pre-cut to save time)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese, for serving



Prepare gnocchi as package indicates and set aside.

In a medium saucepan, brown the butter by cooking it over medium heat until golden, stirring often, for about 3-4 minutes.  Add in butternut squash cubes, sage, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon and allow mixture to simmer for 10-12 minutes until butternut squash becomes tender.  Taste test the mixture to ensure the spices are to your liking.

Add gnocchi; cook until heated through and coated with butter mixture, 2-3 minutes. Transfer to serving bowl and top with a sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Serve warm.


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One more awesome recipe coming up tomorrow for you!