Monday, November 15, 2010

i heart cheerwine slushies

we chose to live in our little cottage for a myriad of practical reasons: the rent is affordable, it's close to our parents, we have excellent neighbors, and the decor and style of the house is everything i never knew i always wanted. however, if we're being  honest, the selling point for me was the nearness of our little abode to the local community gas station. that's a sentence i never thought i'd say, but boy is it so true.

the station, known affectionately by locals as "kelly's" after the man who owns it, is nothing much to look at from the outside. it's your run-of-the-mill station, with pumps and a convienence store filled with beef jerky, two-liter soft drinks and styrofoam plates. however, once you step inside that store, you are one step closer to a life-altering experience. on the back wall, tucked beside coffee and drink machines, are two slushie machines. on the left, you have your typical fruit punch slushie. the owners rotate this flavor. sometimes it's orange, sometimes they go crazy and mix in mountain dew, you just never know. however on the right, in all its beauty, is the cheerwine slushie machine. has anyone heard of/tasted cheerwine? i'm not sure how prevalent it is anywhere besides the south, but here, in the land of moon pies and RC cola, it is king. 

flavored with the perfect tinge of cherry, it is an ultra-carbonated, fizzy soft drink that makes me smile simply saying its name. when i think of cheerwine, i think of the five summers i spent lifeguarding, sneaking free dixie cups of this liquid gold between breaks. i think of balmy summer nights when robert and i were dating in high school, making the trip to kelly's together. one recent morning, i was getting gas, and i had a cheerwine slushie for breakfast. that looks awful when i write it down, but it's true. they are delicious any time of the day. this sunday, robert and i stopped by this little watering hole for some refreshment.





even when it is cold outside, it is comforting to know these frozen beauties are never far away. i've walked there, ridden my bike there, and walked my dog there. i'm not above riding a sled there.

10 comments:

a whole lotta love said...

hi courtney,
you have a lovely blog here too! this is a great post. would you want to include it on 'a love train':

http://a-love-train.blogspot.com/

or i love the post you did about your swing. that one would be a great one to include too! or it would be good for 'a peace train' as well. let me know.

http://a-peace-train.blogspot.com/

lindsay said...

hello courtney! i just happened to come across your blog and just wanted to tell you that i think your vision is absolutely lovely ♥

also, i'm very curious about these cheerwine slushies...i typically don't like carbonated drinks, however i really think this would be fantastic :) i look forward to reading more from you soon!

Peaches said...

Mmm cheerwine! In high school, when I'd go on mission trips I would always look for Cheerwine and Sun Drop. These sodas aren't available in Nova so it was such a treat to have them. And you look too cute on your swing with your slushie. :)

Christi said...

Oh my... a Cheerwine slushie? Are you kidding me? You must introduce me to this the next time I see you. I think I realized my love of Cheerwine during my and Jarrett's rehearsal dinner, when we served it with BBQ in the Abbott's Creek Church Baptist Church reception hall. Now I must have it every time we make our way back to North Carolina. I'm not a huge soda ("pop," as we Pacific Northwesters call it) drinker, but I do make exceptions.

vintch said...

hi friends! so happy i could share the deliciousness that is a cheerwine slushie with you. it is one of my favorite things in the world and such a treat every time i get one (though it has become less of a "treat" and more of an everyday occurance lately...):)

e.day said...

ohhh that looks like sinful delicious in a cup! i have never heard of it before but i want to appeal to have it brought to the west! so not fair.

Signe said...

Love slushies but never tasted cheerwine.
It sure looks good though :)

MADMommy said...

Oh lord, never in all my blog reading years did I ever think I would read a post about the kelly station lol!

vintch said...

haha i know:) but you can't deny its fabulousness!

Café Bellini said...

Cheerwine - never heard of this but I love the name! It's so... cheerful :-) Following! x

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