It’s football time all over the country, but particularly in The South.  My project began as “Tailgating Through The SEC”,  but after visiting and painting all 14 SEC schools I decided to change the name  to “Tailgating Through The South”.  As much as I love the SEC, I have so many ACC friends and family.   Also what about our friends in Texas?

Last week marked the beginning of football and tailgating 2013!

We began our Gainesville trip with a great dinner at The Bistro on Friday night.  After dinner we had to visit Salty Dog to celebrate the beginning of a new season of college football.

Salty Dog Saloon in Gainesville Florida ready for football photo by Kathy Miller

  Salty Dog is the typical college bar.  I also have the recipe for their killer Bloody Marys.


  • 36 ounces V8 Juice
  • 12 ounces vodka
  • 12 dashes worcestershire sauce
  • 12 dashes (or more) Chuck’s hot sauce (sold at Wards Grocery and NW Seafood)
  • 2 teaspoons horseradish
  • 2 tablespoons olive juice (dirty)
  • 1 lemon, cut in wedges
  • 1 lime, cut in wedges
  • Salt to taste
  • Black Pepper to taste
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon oregano
  • pinch or more cayenne pepper
  • Olives as garnish


  1. In a large pitcher, mix V8 Juice, vodka, worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, horseradish, olive juice together.
  2. Squeeze the juice of the lemon and lime and add to mixture.
  3. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Add oregano.
  5. Add pinches of cayenne pepper to taste.
  6. Garnish with olives. Can also garnish with celery.


This recipe was given to me by Salty Dog Saloon in Gainesville, FL on a paper napkin with just the ingredients. No quantities were included. I experimented with the ratios. Adjust according to your spicy/hot preferences.

By Salty Dog Saloon in Gainesville, Fl via KathyMillerTime
Adapted from Salty Dog Saloon in Gainesville, FL


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Met the nicest Gator guys ready to celebrate the new football season.

Salty Dog celebration before Gator game photo by Kathy Miller

The next day our season began with the UF/ Toledo game.  An uninvited guest joined us at Pops’ Place for the exciting tailgate.

Banana spider at Gator Tailgate at Pops' Place photo by Kathy Miller

As beautiful as this spider is, my nieces are even more beautiful.  Hannah Bea and Kelly Ann

Hannah Bea & Kelly Ann with Aunt Kathy tailgating at Pops' Place photo by Kathy Miller

Remember my buttons?  A big T for my Tennessee Vols, a Gator Mom button and a “Beat Everybody” Except Tennessee.

Those 12 o’clock games in Florida are HOT!!!  We enjoyed the game.

This Is Gator Country, Gainesville Florida photo by Kathy Miller

After the game we returned to Pops’ Place to watch the Tennessee game.  A Vol Victory ensured I had a doubly good day.

Tennessee running through the T photo by Kathy Miller

8:00 same Saturday night.  Georgia at Clemson’s Death Valley.  My photo of Howard’s Rock, waiting for the players, the fans, and football.

Death Valley, Clemson South Carolina, Howard's Rock photo by Kathy Miller

Avid Clemson Fans Braddocks photo by Griff Braddock

Our Clemson  Braddock friends, Griff, Elyse, Kellis & Blair were ready for the game.

The build up for the 8th ranked Clemson Tigers and the 5th ranked Georgia Bulldogs season opener seemed a little extreme, especially watching the Clemson players ride around the stadium in a bus.  But the moment the players touched Howard’s Rock and ran down The Hill amid thousands of orange balloons, thousands of screaming fans, one couldn’t help but get caught up in the excitement.

 After watching many 1st game mismatches it is always wonderful to have a BIG Game to look forward to.  As a neutral observer in this game, I just sat back and enjoyed the heck out of a great intense game!  Go Dawgs! Go Tigers!  What a game!

I love college football!  Speaking of the ACC, what about FSU and their awesome looking quarterback, Jameis Winston?  Our good friends Rick and Joanne (my road trip buddy)  traveled to Pittsburg for the FSU/ Pittsburg game.  They were joined by son, Tim and daughter-in-law, Megan, both FSU graduates.

Megan & Tim Astor at FSU Pittsburg game photo by Megan Astor

Hope to be painting a FSU tailgate soon.

Dave and I will be traveling to many tailgates throughout the season.  Please follow the stories as we enjoy our trips across The South.  We will be at the Tennessee Florida game in Gainesville; no surprise who I will be rooting for.

We will travel to New Orleans for a great night on the town, expecting to see some great sidewalk music;

Singing on the corner in New Orleans photo by Kathy Miller

then to Baton Rouge for the LSU/ Florida game Oct. 12.

LSU, Baton Rouge, Tiger Stadium The Chimes photo by Kathy Miller

 Can’t wait to meet some great tailgating Tigers!!!  Want to hear from you Tiger fans.  Let us know where the great tailgating spots are.

Tailgating On THe Bayou LSU, Baton Rouge LA painting by Kathy Miller

My “Tailgating On The Bayou” painting celebrates the trinity of Louisiana cooking; onion, green pepper, and celery.

From Baton Rouge we will travel to Natchez, MS to spend time with great friends, LSU fan Pete  and Mississippi State fan, Carol.

Pete, Clara and Carol Mississippi State grad, Natchez, MS photo by Kathy Miller

Think we might hit the Corner Bar again.  This place is so wonderful they serve my wine in styrofoam cups!  Can’t beat the beer though.

Carol, Dave, Kathy, Clare at The Corner Bar Natchez, MS photo by Kathy Miller

Then on to Oxford and Ole Miss.  Dave did not make the trip with me and is so excited to experience The Grove and Taylor, MS.

Ole Miss Stadium photo by Kathy Miller

From Oxford we will travel to Starkville and Mississippi State.

Lee Hall Mississippi State Starkville photo by Kathy Miller

 Want to see some cowbells and taste the MSU cheese.

Tailgating At The Junction, Mississippi State, Starkville, MS photo by Kathy Miller

My “Tailgating At The Junction” painting celebrates the  ringing of the cowbell tradition.

 Our final stop will be a revisit to Tuscaloosa and Alabama.

Gorgas Library on the Quad University of Alabama Tuscaloosa photo by Kathy Miller

Lisa and Ann Kathryn Parrish always enjoy a good Alabama game.

 Would love to eat at some wonderful Bama restaurants while we are in town.

We are heading your way.  Need your help and advice on wonderful places to visit.  This is interactive.  Please email me at or comment on the blog.

Come celebrate with me.  I’ll save you a seat at the table.


  • Joanne Astor says:

    Great post Kathy. The experiences you will have enjoying the traditions and spirit of all the SEC schools will be ones to remember. Enjoy the ride. Would love to see tailgating in the ACC too!

  • sec1fan says:

    Will be coming to FSU sometime. Have been several times with you, but always basketball. Need to get there for a football game.

  • Dave Kempf's says:

    What a terrific way to kick off the college football season. We attended the UK/UWK game in Nashville & there are brighter days ahead for the Wildcats. Kathy you are so right about the fun & excitement of the entire experience; even though we lost we were having fun with family & good friends.

    Your tailgate paintings are wonderful & we love our UK Tailgate Print–happy tailgating!

    Dave Kempf

  • Kay says:

    Enjoyed reading your post. Love all the pics (especially the paintings). Hope you enjoy your football journey this fall!

  • sec1fan says:

    Looking forward to our travels. Go Vols!

  • CardFan says:

    So glad you decided to include the ACC to your travels. I can’t wait for the Louisville Cardinals to join the ACC next year. Great Job!! L1C4

  • sec1fan says:

    Love the ACC and all my ACC family and friends! I also love the Louisville Cardinals and are thrilled they will be joining the ACC. Like Charlie Strong so much. (We followed him at Florida). Also Aunt Vern, (Clara) from many of my stories is a huge Louisville fan after living there for many years. Go Cards!

    Thank you for your comments!

  • sec1fan says:

    Dave, Sorry about your Kentucky loss to Western Kentucky last week. But congratulations on your victory Saturday! And thank you for your support and comments. Go Big Blue (except when they play my beloved Vols).

  • Clara says:

    I have always been a huge Louisville Cardinal basketball fan but it looks like the football team is for real this year. Cardinals will be a great addition to the ACC!!

  • sec1fan says:

    You have made me a Cardinal fan. Love the city of Louisville. I like that this post is generating some ACC commentary!

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