Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with These Irish Recipes

Homemade Irish Beef Stew

You don’t have to be Irish to enjoy the food and fun associated with St. Patrick’s Day. These simple recipes are guaranteed to make your St. Patrick’s Day feel a little more authentic.

Irish Lamb Stew

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 pound lamb meat (cubed)
  • 1 large onion (sliced)
  • 1 pound potatoes (peeled and sliced)
  • 1 large celery stalk (sliced)
  • 1 large carrot (peeled and sliced)
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley (chopped)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Layer the meat, carrot, celery, onion and potatoes in a casserole dish. As you’re layering, season each ingredient with salt, pepper and parsley.
  3. Pour the beef stock into the casserole dish and cover.
  4. Bake until the vegetables and meat are tender (roughly 1.5-2 hours).
  5. Garnish each serving with fresh parsley and enjoy.

Fried Irish Cabbage and Bacon

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 small head of cabbage (finely chopped)
  • 1 package bacon
  • 1/4 cup bacon grease
  • ground black pepper

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Fry the bacon in a deep skillet until crisp (5-7 minutes on medium heat).
  2. Remove the cooked bacon from the skillet and place on a paper towel to the side.
  3. Drain the bacon grease, but leave 1/4 cup of grease in the skillet for frying.
  4. Stir cabbage into the skillet and fry for roughly 5 minutes until it is wilted.
  5. Crumble the bacon strips over the cabbage and continue stirring the mixture until the bacon is warm.
  6. Season the cabbage and bacon mixture with black pepper and serve.

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Fun Events Near Newnan This March

wing festival

Stop by SouthTowne Motors of Newnan, Georgia, to test drive a new vehicle and then make plans to attend some March events around Georgia. If you’re not ready for a new car yet because yours is only a year or two old, be sure to at least have it serviced before you head out anywhere, especially if you’ve got Spring Break plans outside of town.

Georgia Wing Fest – March 18

Head over to Albany, Georgia, for the Georgia Wing Fest, which will be held at 810 S. Westover Boulevard. Enjoy a wing competition, live music, a kids’ zone, plenty of food, a wing eating contest, clucking contest, food vendors, and craft vendors. The fest starts at 11am and tickets cost $5. For more information about the 8th annual Georgia Wing Fest, call (229) 869-0364.

18th Century Colonial Market Faire – March 29-April 1

From March 29 through April 1, head over to 210 S. Broad Street in Winder, Georgia, for Fort Yargo Living History Society’s 9th Annual 18th Century Colonial Market Faire. Enjoy blacksmith demonstrations, woodwright demonstrations, candle-making demonstrations, cooking demonstrations, and more. Food and craft vendors will be on site. The event costs $5 for adults and is free for children 12 and younger. There’s also a $5 parking pass. For more information call (770) 867-3489.

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You Know You’re From Georgia If…

You know you're from Georgia

Obviously you know if you’re from Georgia. Whether you’re born and raised, just raised, or you moved here and are making up for lost time, a Georgian is a Georgian. But if you catch yourself doing some of the following, if you can nod knowingly, then you can know you’re truly from Georgia, regardless of how you came to be here.

  • If your own twin brother is 30 seconds older than you, you probably fight the compulsion to call him “sir.”
  • You listen to the weather forecast before getting dressed. Bonus points if you’ve brought an alternate set of clothes for later.
  • Stores don’t have bags or shopping carts, they have sacks and buggies.
  • You’ve been attacked by fire ants and lived to tell the tale.
  • Fried chicken is a major part of your diet and you know the best place in Georgia to get it (and no one else quite agrees with you where that place is).
  • You can properly pronounce Senoia, DeKalb, Dahlonega, Buena Vista, Chickamauga, Valdosta, Okefenokee, and La Fayette.
  • Coca Cola is a big deal in Georgia. It was invented in 1886 in Atlanta by John Pemberton. Any Georgia schoolchild can tell you that.
  • Speaking of Coke, every carbonated beverage is a Coke. Sprite? Coke. Dr. Pepper? Coke. Coca Cola? Definitely a Coke.
  • If you don’t want a Coke, of whatever variety, you can always order and iced tea. If a restaurant doesn’t have iced tea, they’re doing something wrong.
  • A Lexus or BMW aren’t status symbols – a Chevy Silverado Extended Bed Crew Cab is. You also know that SouthTowne Motors is the place to shop for a new truck.

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Stop by SouthTowne Motors to test drive a truck, SUV, or sedan and to learn more about Chevy models and you’ll see first hand why you should buy a Chevrolet.

Take a Weekend Resort Getaway

Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you can’t hit the road to somewhere fun. Even if you don’t have a lot of time, you can get out of town. Sometimes that’s all you need: a breath of fresh air.

This mountain resort destination is perfect if you don’t have a lot of time. If you’re in the Atlanta metro area, like SouthTowne Motors in Newnan, all you need is a free weekend.

Check out Forrest Hills Mountain Resort the next time you need to get away from it all. The perfect combination of natural beauty, peaceful solitude, and all the conveniences and comforts of home, Forrest Hills Mountain Resort should be on your radar.

It’s the kind of hidden gem you might be surprised to find in the state of Georgia, one that experiences snowfall on average more than the rest of the state. Nestled in the mountains near Dahlonega, Georgia, it forms the backdrop for a wonderful and relaxing weekend.

Enjoy such diversions as a horseback ride (there’s an onsite horse stable called Gold City Corral) to the awesome hiking trails. Whether by horse or foot, the trails pass by some spectacular waterfalls in the forests.

The rooms are deluxe and cozy with well-appointed decor that will make you feel like you’re in an upscale cabin. Most rooms even have a private hot tub.

The public dining room is intimate and relaxing and serves up some delicious food for guests.

Do yourself a favor and book your room today, then drive up in a new vehicle from SouthTowne Motors.

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DIY Holiday Car Decorations

Wooden car carrying a christmas tree

This year, take Christmas decorating to a whole new level. Don’t just decorate your house: decorate your vehicle, too. Whether you have a brand new vehicle you just picked up from SouthTowne Motors or you’re driving one that’s a couple of years old, have fun with decorating it.

Mobile Christmas Tree

You wouldn’t want to put a big tree up through the moon roof as that would definitely restrict your vision, but you could put a small tree in the vehicle. Decorate the tree to the hilt, but make sure it doesn’t block your view in the mirrors or out of the windows.


Add a wreath to the front of your vehicle. The grille allows air in to help cool the air conditioning condenser and the radiator, so be sure the wreath doesn’t block too much of the air flow. Decorate the wreath with bows or large Christmas bulbs.

Big Red Bow

Another great way to show the Christmas spirit is to add a big red bow to the front of your vehicle. Add sparkles to the bow to add a bit more decoration. You could also add small decorations to the bow, including small wreaths, which would be set off by the red color.


Add Christmas lights to the bottom of your vehicle. Wire them in to light up when you turn the ignition on. Or you could wire them to a switch so that you could turn them on and off when needed. Use lights made for underbody lighting; just choose red and green or multiple Christmas colors.

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Stop by SouthTowne Motors to test drive a new vehicle for the holidays. Once you have your new vehicle, you’ll be able to decorate it with festive decorations. If you are not ready for a new vehicle because your current vehicle is only a year or two old, be sure to call our service department for an appointment to have maintenance completed or to have your vehicle, including the tires, checked for the winter.

Add a SouthTowne Vehicle to Your Wishlist

Christmas is right around the corner and that of course means that you’ve got to consider who’s been naughty and who’s been nice this past year. If you’ve got someone extra special in your life who you think deserves an extra special gift, consider getting them a new or pre-owned vehicle from your Newnan auto dealership, SouthTowne Motors. Besides a vehicle, most everyone appreciates thoughtful accessories to enhance their driving experience.

Put a New Vehicle Under the Tree

Stop by SouthTowne Motors this December to check out our inventory of new and pre-owned cars, trucks, and SUVs. A vehicle makes for the ultimate gift, but be sure to get your shopping done early so you can have it in the driveway in time for Christmas. Then again, you can always drop in before or after Christmas with that special someone and let them test drive some vehicles so they can pick out one for themselves.

Ideas for the Interior

Choose from all-weather floor mats, illuminated or non-illuminated door sills, cargo protectors, cargo nets, a console safe or cargo locks. Cargo locks hook onto the carpet with Velcro and can be moved around to accommodate the size of the item or items you want to hold in place. Additional ideas include an ash/coin cup, gear shift knobs and sport pedals.

Ideas for the Exterior

You’ll find many ideas for the exterior of your recipient’s vehicle, including covers, protectors, body kits, deflectors, deck lid panels, exhaust tips, door handles, locking fuel plugs, aluminum fuel doors, racks, mirrors, carriers, grilles, graphics, trim kits, stripes, scoops, louvres, running boards, splash guards, sliding rear windows, spoilers, step bars and trailer towing accessories.


You can add features to a car or truck if it did not come with those features. This includes auto-dimming rearview mirrors and keyless entry. In addition, manufacturers also carries audio accessories, DVD systems, lights, parking assist systems, phone products, speed control, remote start, security systems, alarms, perimeter security systems and remote access.

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Be sure to visit SouthTowne Motors of Newnan, Georgia, to pick up a new vehicle or give our service department a call to schedule an appointment for service or maintenance.

Make Some Unique Halloween Treats

If you are planning a Halloween party, you’ll want some unique Halloween treats. You might have many of these ingredients, but if you don’t, kill two birds with one stone and have your vehicle serviced at SouthTowne Motors, and then head out to the grocery store to pick up the ingredients for these unique party treats.

Halloween Party Mix

  • 1 Egg white, large
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbs. Packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tbs. Chili powder
  • ½ tsp. Salt
  • 5 cups Unsalted popcorn, popped
  • 2 cups Mini pretzel twists
  • 2 cups Roasted peanuts, salted*

* If any of your guests have peanut allergies, substitute another type of nut or more pretzels.


Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Using a whisk, mix the egg white, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, the chili powder and the salt in a large bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients and toss everything together, making sure all of the snack food is coated with the liquid mixture.

Spread the mixture on the baking sheet and bake it until it’s crispy, about 20 minutes. Stir the mixture once or twice during the baking time. Cool in the pan on a wire rack until the mixture is completely cooled.

Parmesan Bread Stick Brooms

  • 2 1-pound pieces of frozen pizza dough, thawed
  • 2 tbs. Milk
  • ¼ cup Grated Parmesan cheese


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Roll out each piece of dough into a 6-inch by 10-inch rectangle. Flour a chef’s knife and cut each piece into six 10-inch strips. Make 3-inch cuts lengthwise at one end of each of the strips. Keep the cuts about ¼ inch apart. These are the broom straws. Twist and pull the uncut part to form a broom handle. Transfer the broom sticks to the pan, keeping them a couple of inches apart. Spread out the cut ends. Brush the bread stick brooms with milk and sprinkle them with the Parmesan cheese. Bake until the sticks turn golden, about 15 to 18 minutes.

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Tailgating With Your Truck

Now that football season has officially started, it’s time to get your truck ready for tailgating. Stop by SouthTowne Motors to test drive a new vehicle that lends itself to tailgating; or give our service department a call to set up an appointment for serviced or to have your vehicle checked before you head out.

What to Pack

When pack for a tailgate party, you’ll need to be organized – you don’t want to forget something as important as the football! Bring a canopy to protect everyone from the sun. Make sure you have plenty of chairs for everyone who is going to party with you or have people bring their own chairs. Be sure that the grill is big enough to cook for everyone in your party. It’s no fun waiting for your food to cook while the other half of the party is already eating.

Remembering the food is the easy part. Don’t forget the condiments and the sides, though. If you are serving hamburgers, don’t forget cheese, lettuce, tomato and pickles. And, plates and plasticware. Don’t laugh – it’s been forgotten somewhere in the world. Also, bring wipes and napkins to clean your hands and face.

When to Arrive

You’ll want to arrive at least three hours before the game. This will give you time to set up your spot, heat up the grill, cook and eat. And, that should give you enough time to get in the stadium a few minutes early so you’re not tripping over everyone to get to your seat. And of course, you’ll want some time to throw a few passes. After all, what is a tailgate party that doesn’t include some football?

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Be sure to stop by SouthTowne Motors to have your vehicle serviced or checked before you head out to the games this fall. Or, if you are thinking about getting a new vehicle, now is the time to stop by to test drive a new vehicle to tailgate with.

Some of Georgia’s Best Outdoor Areas

Visit some of Georgia’s best outdoor areas before the summer is over.

Chattahoochee Bend State Park

Chattahoochee Bend State Park features 2,910 acres with 25 RV campsites, 10 tent sites that you can drive to, 12 walk-in campsites, 8 riverside platform campsites, 8 riverside back country campsites, Adirondack group camping which includes four screened shelters and a central fire pit, two picnic shelters, a boat ramp bathhouses with hot showers and a gift shop.

The park is great for those who like to paddle the river, camp or fish. It has 5 miles of river frontage and over 6 miles of wooded trails for hiking and nature photography. If you do decide to camp, you will need a reservation.

The park is located in Coweta County at 425 Bobwhite Way, Newman, Georgia, 30263. The park is open fro 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. and gates are locked at 10:00 p.m. The office is open from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Parking is $5, but annual passes are available.

Skidaway Island State Park

Enjoy trails, the smell of the Intracoastal waterway and wildlife. If you do want to camp, the park features 87 camp sites and three camper cabins. It also features five picnic shelters, a group shelter and three pioneer camps. Bordering Skidaway Narrows, the park features a boardwalk to an observation tower, trails through forests and past salt marshes and an interpretive center for learning about the local wildlife.

The camper cabins feature air conditioning, screened porches, kitchen, bathroom with a shower, a kids’ sleeping loft and a master bedroom. You’ll need to bring your own towels, linens, cooking utensils and dishes. Outside of the cabins, you’ll find a grill, picnic table and a fire ring. You can bring your pets, as they are allowed in the camper cabin sites, but not in the cabin itself.

The park is near Savannah at 52 Diamond Causeway, Savannah, Georgia, 31411.

Etowah Indian Mounds

The Etowah Indian Mounds site is 54 acres and was home to several thousand Native Americans between 1000 A.D. and 1550 A.D. The site features borrow pits, the village site, a defensive ditch, a plaza and the six earthen mounds.

The museum features artifacts that show how the Native Americans lived and dressed themselves. You’ll see hand-carved stone effigies, items made from seashells, stone and woods, shell beads, and evidence of how the people decorated themselves with paint and complicated hairdos.

You can also follow a trail along the Etowah River where you’ll learn about V-shaped fish traps the Native Americans used and learn how they used trees for medicine and food.

Only nine percent of this site has been excavated, including Mound C and the surrounding artifacts. Mound C is a 63-foot earthen knoll and it was most likely used as a platform for the priest-chief’s home. Excavators found nobility buried in elaborate costumes and with the items they might need in the afterlife in another mound.

The Etowah Indian Mounds site features a gift shop, museum with a film, 20 picnic tables, riverside benches and the six earthen mounds. The site is located at 813 Indian Mounds Road, S.W., Cartersville, Georgia, 30120.

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Stop by SouthTowne Motors of Newnan, Georgia, to test drive a new vehicle. If you are not ready for a new vehicle, give our service department a call to schedule an appointment for maintenance.

Exploring the Night Sky

When you decide to explore nature, you might think of going to a park to see some wildlife and see how many different types of plants you can find. You may even connect with nature by hunting, fishing or hiking. Many people forget about the other part of nature: the night sky. Learn more about the night sky at parks across the nation, starting in nearby parks. Visit parks in other areas of the country when you take a road trip. Before you head out on a long road trip, be sure to have your vehicle serviced or checked at SouthTowne Motors.

According to the Organic Act of 1916, the National Park Service has to “conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wildlife therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.” Scenery includes the night sky since you can only find many of the dark, non-over-lit skies in national parks.

If you live in the city and have never been camping in the wilderness, you might not realize how beautiful the night sky is. When you plan your next camping trip to a national park, you may want to bring a telescope to help you pick out individual stars.

Many of the national parks have stargazing programs so that you can learn more about the night skies and what you can see. Stargazing programs include star parties, the bat flight breakfast at Carlsbad Caverns National Park, telescope viewing at Rocky Mountain National Park, moonlight hikes at Bryce Canyon National Park and the Observatory at Chaco Culture National Historic Park.

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Before you head out on a road trip, put together a plan and a list so that you can see everything you want to see and so that you don’t forget anything you want to bring. Part of planning for your trip includes having your vehicle checked at SouthTowne Motors to ensure things such as belts, hoses and brakes are not going to break or wear out on your trip.