A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet by BooMama (Giveaway)

by Jennifer Sikora

Jennifer here to share about Sophie Hudson’s new book, A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet. You may know her as BooMama. We were compensated to write this post however all opinions remain our own.

I remember the very first time I landed on BooMama’s website. I found her by accident when I was looking up a television show to see if it was one I wanted to watch. She wrote a recap of the show, but it was her hilarity and the events of her day that drew me in. From that very first post I read of hers, I was hooked.

BooMama is one of those ladies that will make you laugh until you pee your pants, and then turn right around and make you cry until you are a blubbering idiot. So when I heard she published a book,A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet, I desperately wanted to read it.

I’m from the south, so I know how important those old family values are. This book just gave me the warm fuzzies all over. BooMama’s (or Sophie — her real name) book is full of extremely funny stories of family that are just overflowing with heart and love.

Most of us have grown up in families  that have quirks and expressions that would leave us all dying with laughter, but the best part is the food and a mom who taught all the women how to prepare it.

About the book:

There’s nothing quite like family–and some people would say that there’s nothing better. But in a world where we sometimes know more about the Kardashians than we do about the people sleeping right down the hall, it’s easy to forget that walking through life with our family offers all sorts of joy wrapped up in the seemingly mundane. There’s even a little bit of sacred sitting smack-dab in the middle of the ordinary. And since time’s-a-wastin’, we need to be careful that we don’t take our people–and their stories–for granted.

Whether it’s a marathon bacon-frying session, a road trip gone hysterically wrong, or a mother-in-law who makes every trip to the grocery store an adventure, author Sophie Hudson reminds us how important it is to slow down and treasure the day-to-day encounters with the people we love the most.

Written in the same witty style as Sophie’s BooMama blog, A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet is a cheerful, funny, and tender account of Sophie’s very Southern family. It’s a look into the real lives of real people–and a real, loving God right in the middle of it all.

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3 winners are going to get their chance to get a copy of BooMama’s book. Use the Rafflecopter form to enter this giveaway. New to Rafflecopter? Watch this 45-second video on how to enter!

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So what is a funny story about your family?



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Jennifer is the Advertising and Communications contact here at 5 Minutes for Mom. When she is not busy answering emails here, you can find her sharing about her life on her own blog at www.jennifersikora.com. You can also find her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jennifer_sikora or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jenandherfinelife.

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1 Crystal June 22, 2013 at 7:49 am

Pretty much everything my family does is quirky ;) we do have a Christmas tradition of hiding a hideous silver underwear set in someone’s gift – it’s been passed around for at least 15 years now! (Still new with tags, thankfully)

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2 Amy C. June 22, 2013 at 7:55 am

I can’t wait to read it myself :)

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3 Amy C. June 22, 2013 at 7:58 am

Sorry hit submit to soon :)
We have a lot of fun traditions through out the year one of them is at Christmas time one family wraps up this hideous owl statue and gives it to a different family no one knows whose turn it will be…we have a lot of fun inside jokes and stories as well.

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4 Joanne Viola June 22, 2013 at 8:00 am

I love twitter because it introduces me to authors I may never have heard of. Boo Mama is certainly one of them. I would love to read this book myself after all I have read about it & her. Thanks for the opportunity!

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5 Susie D June 22, 2013 at 8:01 am

We like to play board games, not so much quirky but we always have fun?

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6 Joanne Viola June 22, 2013 at 8:01 am

Whoops hit submit too fast :( Our family tries to guess what is in each gift before unwrapping it. So needless to say, we wrap to disguise which is hilarious at times :)

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7 Jacquelyn June 22, 2013 at 8:01 am

Love sitting on the back patio watching my kids rat watermelon. The joy on the faces when we get the first watermelon of the season is priceless. It’s the small things in life that are truly important.

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8 Tracy June 22, 2013 at 8:16 am

There’s a lot of “quirky” in our family. One thing that comes to mind that some find strange, we always eat Mexican food at our Christmas celebration (we’re not Mexican!).

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9 Angela Huggins June 22, 2013 at 8:45 am

Our family sits on the front porch and makes up stories about the people we see coming down the dirt road. We add to each others tales and most often end up laughing so hard we cry.

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10 Robin in New Jersey June 22, 2013 at 8:46 am

I would love to read this book!

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11 Michelle Wilson June 22, 2013 at 8:52 am

Funny or quirky…now THAT is a question I could write to all stinkin’ day. First thing that comes to mind (because I just did laundry) is that anytime any of our team (5) get any sort of sticker, we put it on the washing machine. We aren’t sure why we do this, just that we always have. So it’s like our whole washing machine is tattooed up with our life’s stories. In stickers, that is.

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12 Jole June 22, 2013 at 9:16 am

We have marathon Scattergories games…I’m talking 2, 3 hours long. Good times are always had :)

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13 Sara June 22, 2013 at 9:38 am

We have this clap that we all do after we play our traditional board games after Christmas breakfast. We try to see how fast we can go and it’s hilarious cause inevitably, my dad always gets off and ends up hitting someone instead of doing the right clap/high five combo!

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14 Shannon June 22, 2013 at 10:09 am

We dress up in Dutch costumes every May for Tulip Time in Holland, Michigan and march in the parade….all 7 of us, complete with wooden shoes!

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15 Ansley June 22, 2013 at 10:54 am

My family has throw down Parcheesi tournaments. They are not nice. They involve a lot of trash talking. My 96 year old grandmother always wins, but beating her is like winning the lottery.

This….is my family.

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16 Patricia Wojnar Crowley June 22, 2013 at 10:57 am

We laugh about things that shouldn’t be funny!

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17 Courtney Sloane June 22, 2013 at 11:32 am

I love BooMama’s website, and I’m excited to read her book.

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18 Kerrie Mayans June 22, 2013 at 1:03 pm

We cut our ham in to the shape of states and have other people at the table guess what state the ham is. My seven year old seems to be the best at guessing other peoples ham shapes

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19 OneGirl June 22, 2013 at 2:45 pm

We always have the same breakfast for Christmas – we refer to it as Christmas morning rolls. :)

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20 Laura June 23, 2013 at 12:24 am

We call putting something in the laundry “throwing it down.”

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21 Anne June 23, 2013 at 11:32 am

We used to make our own special family treats and games.

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22 Diana June 23, 2013 at 9:16 pm

We are all funny looking, does that count LOL!

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23 Charlene S June 24, 2013 at 3:30 am

Pajama day Saturday.

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24 Lauren June 24, 2013 at 4:07 pm

My family LOVED charades when I was a kid — they insisted on playing it at every family gathering, much to my chagrin.

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25 nannypanpan June 24, 2013 at 10:24 pm

we all have a tendency to hum when content

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26 Brandy W. June 24, 2013 at 11:51 pm

John & I like to use Deprivation Tanks! It’s super relaxing and mind opening.

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27 Marilyn June 28, 2013 at 6:37 am

Instead of exchanging gifts at Christmas we play BINGO for funny prizes!

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28 Lori H June 28, 2013 at 7:06 am

Looking forward to reading this book!

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29 Kandi Sullivan June 28, 2013 at 7:51 am

I can totaly relate to the “a little salty to cut the sweet” because my Mom always saves a little piece of meat to eat after dessert. And now…I find myself doing the same thing.

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30 laura June 28, 2013 at 8:07 am

I love Boo-Mama’s blog and would love to win her book!

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31 Tracy June 28, 2013 at 8:46 am

When we’re at a park or a public location, we’ll pick out people and make up a pretend, humorous story about them & their life! It’s all kind-natured and silly! We enjoy ourselves and makes the time go fast, especially when you’re waiting in lines, etc….

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32 Sarah June 28, 2013 at 8:55 am

We are not allowed to decorate the Christmas tree unless Amy Grant’s Tennessee Christmas CD is playing on the stereo… it’s been that way for years!

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33 Sara June 28, 2013 at 9:33 am

We have odd annual trips and special dinners for different occasions – dinner at Old Country Buffet before school starts, DQ for blizzards after school conferences, fried chicken and brownies for Elvis’ birthday.

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34 April June 28, 2013 at 9:56 am

I love BooMama!

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35 Beth June 28, 2013 at 10:18 am

Oh my….funny and quirky. My grandmother cannot leave her house without every electrical outlet unplugged from the source. I would like to say it is because she is 99, but in actuality, some neighbor told her to do this in 1972, and by gum, we still do it.

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36 Robin at Recess June 28, 2013 at 10:28 am

My family used to go coon hunting on Christmas Eve!

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37 Laura W. June 28, 2013 at 2:01 pm

Every Easter after our big egg hunt we have an egg toss! It’s so much fun & even my 83 year old Maw-Maw plays, with her apron on & everything! Of course there’s lots of trash talk & laughter as the eggs break & the game is played out :-)

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38 Jessica T June 28, 2013 at 2:51 pm

We eat Lutefisk at Christmas!

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39 Lina June 28, 2013 at 7:57 pm

There is a now famous story about my Father when we were growing up. My own grandson now knows this story and as of last year it has outlived my Dad. Hopefully it isn’t too inappropriate to tell. The story goes that my Dad and I are sitting at the table talking about how potty humor effects kids and I (age 10) say “well of course Dad all little kids think those words are funny” to which he says “really?” and proceeds down the hall to my younger sister’s room to test my theory. He knocks on her door and the minute she opens Dad starts in with a slew of kid potty words in a long procession to see her reaction. My sister who is totally blown away by this behavior her eyes wide naturally begins to laugh thus now proving my point… It probably doesn’t come across the same way in writing that it did in that moment but you probably have to know the players too. Anyhow, it is often replayed whenever a family gathering starts to get silly and the family stories come out.

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40 Mandy June 28, 2013 at 9:23 pm

Our family has the uncanny ability to get lost in parking garages. Seriously. LOL!

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41 Kim June 28, 2013 at 9:43 pm

We speak in goofy languages!

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42 BethA June 29, 2013 at 9:15 am

Well, I actually was having a hard time coming up with something quirky about my family but we are like several commenters above: we are famously geographically challenged in parking garages (SEVERAL times over the decades, we’ve had to finally resort to getting a guard to drive us around on the Cushman cart to locate our car). Secondly, we hum when content. I LOVE Sophie’s blog and would be thrilled to win a copy of her book!

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43 Christine June 29, 2013 at 9:41 am

One of the funny stories about my family involves my youngest of four children (2 at the time). She decided she was done eating the french fries she had asked for but I wanted her to finish them so when she thought no one was looking, she stuffed them into her older sister’s back pocket! She thought she was quite the NINJA and wouldn’t get caught. The look on her face, and her sister’s, was priceless!

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44 Amy June 29, 2013 at 12:32 pm

I love BooMama and can’t wait to tea her book!

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45 Katie June 29, 2013 at 3:05 pm

Would love to win a copy! BooMama is one of my faves!

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46 Shannon June 29, 2013 at 11:45 pm

I don’t know how quirky this is but it’s a thing we do: when we complete something, whether getting through a church service (my littles are 4 and 8) or other “project” we say “good job, Team {our last name}.”

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47 Tammy J. June 29, 2013 at 11:48 pm

We always put our Christmas tree up the day before Thangksgiving since both of our families come to our house. That way, when we are all worn out, the task is out of the way! The day after Christmas, we always go eat Mexican for lunch.

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