You might be a redneck

We had a fish fry at my mom and dad’s house last night. I just thought I’d share this heartwarming picture with you ladies.

If you serve your family ice cream with a garden spade because you couldn’t find the ice cream scoop – say it with me now – you might be a redneck! (Note from Beth: The weirdest part of this is that Keith wasn’t even trying to be funny. He was simply being practical. I saw his handiwork on the counter, motioned for AJ to look as fast as she could and she just happened to have her camera. I’m not sure he ever knew what the big deal was. Welcome to my home.)


200 Responses to “You might be a redneck”

If you'd like your own pic by your comment, go to Click the first button "Get your gravatar today ->", and it will walk you through a simple process to select a picture.


  1. 51
    Annabelle says:

    LOL That’s too funny!

  2. 52
    deb w. in MI says:

    That is ABSOLUTELY GREAT!!!!
    I am all about being practical so I solute your man Beth!!!
    Thanks for sharing all your fun, zanny, life moments!! I KNOW it makes all of us SMILE!!!! ;0)

    Blessings to you ladies and gentle rednecks in TX and GA!!!
    It takes one to know one and I don’t even live in the south! ๐Ÿ™‚
    We Love you!!! ;0)

  3. 53
    Luv2Praise says:

    Oh no, now I am going to have to hide all my gardening tools. All too often my husband is reading your blog over my shoulder!! He will love this one. Ice cream is his favorite dessert and that would be one big heaping portion of ice cream!! Just think of what he could do with my bulb planter, one big deep helping of ice cream. I best go now I hear the garage door opening, I must rescue my tools!! (Thanks for always making my day!!) Lori

  4. 54
    willblogforshoes says:

    I’d eat Blue Bell’s vanilla ice cream with a DIRTY garden spade!

    Too funny!

  5. 55
    tami in la says:

    Too funny! My hubby is a redneck through and through. I laugh and shake my head sometimes, but truth is, I know that if anything ever happened that took away electricity and modern conveniences, our family would survive solely on his ability to think outside the box!

  6. 56
    Emmy says:

    I LOVE it! : )

  7. 57
    mburkum says:

    Too funny!

  8. 58
    Sharon Brumfield says:

    That is too funny!
    Hubby would have tried the same thing. Only instead of homemade vanilla it would have been Moolenium.
    Thank God for Bluebell! \o/
    Well, until it comes time to put on my summer clothes. ๐Ÿ™

  9. 59
    fluff says:

    I am sooooo jealous (for you, not of you, but for you) to be eating Blue Bell ice cream! I live in Virginia, and much to my dismay, you can NOT get Blue Bell ice cream in Virginia. I had never heard of the Blue Bell Brand until I was visiting dear family in Baton Rouge. They could not believe I had never heard of, let alone tasted, Blue Bell. I assure you though, after the first spoonful, I tasted a lot of it while I was there (but that was June 2005!). Just delicious!

  10. 60
    Amy says:

    LOVE IT!

  11. 61
    Jaime says:

    Hysterical. I Love that. Too bad we can’t get Bluebell here on the east coast. If we did I wouldn’t serve it with a shovel, I’d eat it off a shovel. Dig in!!

  12. 62
    Jina says:

    I love that God brings such funny things into our lives. Thank you for sharing another of yours!

    My dad would have done the same thing. My husband…. Not so much. He went to his first opera at the age of 6. He’s not nearly as tightly wound as he sounds, but I think he had too much etiquette instruction to pull that off! Praying for God’s protection!


  13. 63
    georgia tarheel says:

    I do believe that is a first for me. I have seen some redneck photo opps, even created my share of them, but that is one that would have never crossed my mind. I might have thought—wooden spoon, slotted spoon, tablespoon, measuring cup…but I am fairly certain that a garden spade would not have entered into the choices!

    I love it though!

  14. 64
    Anonymous says:

    As an newlywed, I tried to stop my husband from cutting some carboard with “a bread knife.” He informed me that he had often cut down trees with it!

  15. 65
    Ceffie says:

    if it works use it. it’s a man thing and as long as they are willing to help don’t question the motive.

  16. 66
    Kristen says:

    This is hilarious…and totally reminds me of something my dad would do. He has a pocket knife he uses for EVERYTHING, and has often offered it to me to cut an apple or some other type of food. After seeing what all it has been used thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. 67
    elaine @ peace for the journey says:

    Did he clean the spade before digging it into the icecream?


  18. 68
    Karen says:

    I don’t get it-

    Maybe because I was born and raised in East Tennessee- I am not a hillbilly however, I am an Appalachian American.

  19. 69
    Kathy (In Arkansas) says:

    That is fabulous! I needed that laugh so bad! In response to Melissa’s post yesterday….

    Today was a horrendous day!!! A dear friend told me I needed chocolate and a gun. Well, I had the chocolate, got rid of the guns last month (true!) and I went for a coke which I have been off of since fall!!!!

    The day did not get any better…
    Had a horrible tongiht and did not go to choir either…

    Thank you for sharing what could very well be my house as well!! I needed that!

  20. 70
    Stephani says:

    If it’s ice cream– get me a shovel!

  21. 71
    Amanda says:

    Very funny! Thanks for the smile today!!!

  22. 72
    Darlene R. says:

    That is stinkin’ funny! LOL!

    Please tell me that was at least never used in the garden??

  23. 73
    Kecia says:

    We’ve served punch out of a huge plastic paint bucket before, because it was the biggest thing we could find! Whatever works…

  24. 74
    Jill_in_AL says:

    Tell Keith he has great taste utensils and in ice cream….not even diet Blue Bell! Way to go!!!!

    Great post =)

  25. 75
    Lucy says:

    And to think…..I get fussed at for using a coffee cup to hammer a nail into the wall!!!

  26. 76
    Anonymous says:

    Bluebell’s Homemade Vanilla…does life get any better than this? I’d use a rake from the toolshed if that is what it took to get a scoop of Brenham’s finest export!

  27. 77
    crittyjoy says:

    hey when it comes to homemade vanilla ice cream by Blue Bell I say what ever works!

    Creative and handy…love it :o)

  28. 78
    Tara says:

    Hilarious! Loved the story and I’m so glad that you included a picture- AJ, way to go! I’m so happy that you had a camera to capture that!

    We have some friends from Texas who have told us about this Blue Bell ice cream- Must be good stuff if you need to dish it out with a spade! One smart fellow, I think:)

    One question though: How did the spade get in the utensil drawer? He must be one serious gardener:) He he!

  29. 79
    Jennifer says:

    That is the funniest thing I have ever seen! I think he should get extra points for being so CLEVER! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  30. 80
    Bobbie says:

    Thanks for having your camera at the ready! This picture is priceless–the best of both worlds! I would say your Dad’s pretty smart or had quite a hankerin’ for some Blue Bell!

    Blue Bell could be served with any instrument and it would still be the very best there is!

    For all of you (including myself!) misplaced Texans, if you have an Outback Steakhouse nearby, you have Blue Bell just as near!! They serve Blue Bell!!!!! We made this discovery about a year ago and go once a month-split a meal and get our own dish of BB! Yummy

    Ya gotta love those Redneck’s-they’re so creative!


  31. 81
    Michelle ~ ~ says:

    I am so jealous! I miss Blue Bell ice cream. Tell Keith we’ll all come over and eat Blue Bell with the garden spade any day of the week … transplanted Idahoians at the moment!

  32. 82
    Christina L says:

    Too funny!!!

  33. 83
    Mommy Dot Com says:

    He’d be twice the redneck if he was eating out of the carton with the thing… You didn’t see him take spadeful did you?

  34. 84
    katiegfromtennessee says:

    Eatin’ BlueBell with a spade…whatever works in a tight spot, right? I love Bluebell Homemade Vanilla!! When I visited my sis in TX this past March, I tried it for the first time. I thought East TN didn’t carry it, but lo, and behold, they do! I just can’t eat too much, you know, everything in moderation:) Ya’ll’s crazy household antics are fine with me:) You make me smile:)


  35. 85
    Elaine says:


  36. 86
    DigiNee says:


  37. 87
    Kerin says:

    Since I don’t actually use our gardening tools – that seems like a perfectly good use for that item. See, I don’t even know what to call it. When we bought our first house, I decided to plant some flowers. Not having any “tools”, I used a kitchen spoon to dig the holes. I believe my husband made fun of me. I don’t think it’s redneck at all. He’s a very practical man!! God made all kinds of people – some who know how to use gardening tools for their correct usages and some who use those tools in ways that were never intended but oddly work out for that off-beat use. Usually, there is one of each kind of person in a marriage. “God loves you dearly, and he has called you to be his very own people.” (Rom. 1:7) Some of us are just a little more “inventive” than others. I just hope he washed the “instrument” before using. I threw my spoon away after my one and only gardening attempt.

  38. 88
    Ashton says:


  39. 89
    S says:

    Oh Man, yall really do things BIG in Texas, huh? ROFL…….

    I live in an area where we buy milk at the bait shop…and non-locals think we be very strange! ROFL…………..

    sharon in alabama ๐Ÿ™‚

  40. 90
    Melana says:

    OK, I’m really tired from all the wedding planning (10 more days!) and end of year concerts and school programs, so I might have been laughing just a little too hard….but that’s funny!!!!!

    Melana in Wyoming

  41. 91
    Wendy says:

    too too funny! We just bought an electric ice cream maker and are making the yummiest homemade! But, it is too soft to use a spade (wink), however sometimes we just stick a straw in it and slurp!
    Question for anyone who can answer…I’m starting Daniel as a summer study, I got the book and my darling hubby bought me itunes so I could download the lectures. Should I do all 5 days of the first section and then listen to the lecture? Any help will be appreciated. THANKS GALS!


  42. 92
    Patty says:

    How perfect!!! I can promise you we have all had redneck moments from time to time.
    Blue Bell, my favorite!!

  43. 93
    Tabitha says:

    My husband walked by the PC and exclaimed…”WHAT IS THAT?”


  44. 94
    Momma 2 5 says:

    How funny is that!!!! And of course eating the BEST ice cream on the planet!!!!!

    Thanks for sharing!
    Love YA!
    Amanda in SC

  45. 95
    jennyhope says:

    That is hysterical!!

  46. 96
    Anonymous says:

    Oh my goodness, how funny is that??? Y’all just crack me up!!!

    I only wish that we could buy Blue Bell ice cream up here in good ole Wisconsin. That is the Number 3 reason was I miss about not living in Tx anymore. Number 1 would be my former church “home/family” HFBC; and Number 2 are all of the friends that I met down there…

    In Christ’s Love,

    Jennifer O
    Southern Wisconsin

  47. 97
    Jenelle says:

    Oh, man I hope that was a new one! ๐Ÿ™‚

  48. 98
    Bewildered says:

    I am loving it. At least it looks clean…but then again a little dirt never hurt anybody…RIGHT?

    I don’t know IF I can stop laughing…….

  49. 99
    One Thing... says:

    A friend of mine used a leaf blower in place of a hairdryer she left at home to dry her hair for a wedding. Is that redneck?

    I only wish I could think of “creative ways” to get things done. I would have just used a spoon and bent it and ruined it. Some people call it redneck, I like the word creative. Thanks for the laugh!!!!

  50. 100
    vonda says:

    oh I wish I could post two photos here. Picture my 67 yr old father trying to open his first ever bottle of red wine (suggested by his cardiologist for his heart after 2 stints) — mind you, he buys the wine, but not a bottle opener — the first picture shows him and my husband using a 3″ drill bit and pliers attempting to get the cork out… the second picture shows them using an 8″ drill bit and a hand auger (it was successful I might add). Mind you, my dad lives right across the street from a Walmart where he could have bought an opener in half the time it took to do it his way! all of that, and then of course he didn’t like the taste of the ‘medicine’ ๐Ÿ™‚
    Actually, that one pales in comparison to the photo of the ladder in the raised bucket of the skidsteer in order to reach the top branches in the tree he was cutting down…

    Bless you all for being so normal! We a r e the normal ones, right??
    (BTW, I will NOT take my Blue Bell for granted anymore after reading some of your comments… the Moolineum Crunch and Homemade Vanilla with Strawberries are my favorites.)

    Love you all, and wish I could be with you at the Siesta Fiesta for my birthday,

    Vonda in Atlanta

Leave a Reply

To receive a daily digest of comments on this post, enter your email address below: