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Shawn Rossi
Brandon, MS
I live in Brandon, MS, with my husband, my son, three cats, and three dogs. (Three IS a magic number!)
Interests: Reading, writing, blogging, designing, creating, walking, hiking, camping, exploring, breathing, photographing, cooking, boating, kayaking, canoeing, beaching, learning, thrifting, designing, thinking, loving - all of the good -ings in life!
Recent Activity
Gwynnie Bee and Le Tote. Cork Dork. Missing Richard Simmons. Hidden Brain (and sleep secrets). The Girls (and judging books by their cover). Podcast surveys. ClickList at Kroger. Your Weekend Planner: Seussical the Musical at Northwest Rankin High School Juke Joint Festival in Clarksdale Boston at the Saenger Theatre in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2017 at Poke Salad
First of all, happy anniversary to us! Two years of podcast perfection. Or learning anyways. This week, I've been listening to the Making of Oprah podcast while I am walking at night. I didn't realize how much of Oprah I missed. I mean besides Tom Cruise jumping on the couch.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2017 at Poke Salad
Shawn gets back from Seattle, Kelly from Nashville (where she picked up NEW listeners!). Shawn recommends I Love Dick (the Amazon series and the book), Into the Dark and Cork Dork. Kelly finally finds a podcast she likes: S-Town. Mississippi Easter Egg Hunt schedules in state parks As part of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2017 at Poke Salad
First of the Sunset Concert Series set for the Ross Barnett Reservoir this spring. Beautiful night! Somm on Netflix. Preview Day at MSU. Heading for Seattle. Crawfish and fried chicken. Podcasts. Audiobooks. (All of the best things in life!) Mississippi Grammy Award-winning blues harmonica master James Cotton, who was born... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2017 at Poke Salad
Shawn and Kelly both make Mississippi Gulf Coast trips. Kelly went to the Biloxi St. Patty's Day Parade. Shawn checked out Margaritaville and the White House Hotel. SHAWN IS GETTING A NEW (DOUBLE) OVEN! (Can you tell she is excited?!) Shawn went to visit her mother for her birthday -... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2017 at Poke Salad
I got to cheat on my low-carb diet on vacation and tried pretty much every pastry at Huckleberry in Santa Monica - and a breakfast burger from Shaka Shack. (Both are on my highly-recommended list!) Kelly went to DC. I got to see the Hollywood sign on Oscar night (but... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2017 at Poke Salad
Super Bowl. Mardi Gras. Galentine's Day. Pastries at La Brioche. Billy Joel concert. This Is Us. The Chemist. Upcoming trips to Nashville, Santa Monica and Seattle. We have a lot to catch up on! Mississippi Laurel will hold its Mardi Gras parade at 2 p.m. Feb. 25 in downtown Laurel.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2017 at Poke Salad
Shawn tries out Local 463 in their new place. Mississippi begins tornado relief efforts in the Pine Belt - and you can help too. Mississippi Save the date for Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival, April 1-2, 2017 at the Renaissance at Colony Park. Mississippi residents could be able to stay in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2017 at Poke Salad
Shawn went to Paris over the holidays. Kelly to Puerto Rico. We both report back! The best thing I ate this month: Sweet Potato Sundae from The Lucky Rooster in Hilton Head, SC! Most people think New Orleans when they think king cakes, but Paul's Pastry Shop in Picayune is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2017 at Poke Salad
Mississippi Free tickets are available for Mississippi residents to the inauguration of Donald Trump. Mississippians interested in tickets should submit a formal request via The deadline to submit ticket requests is November 23. Tickets will need to be picked up in Wicker’s Washington, D.C., office by January 19. The... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2016 at Poke Salad
My new sexy, raspy voice brought to you courtesy of Saints vs. Seahawks! Mississippi On Nov. 25, the city of Natchez is having a gumbo cook-off in conjunction with their lighting of the Christmas tree. No fee to enter and the winner gets a $300 cash prize. You can pick... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2016 at Poke Salad
Mississippi Halloween on the Mississippi Gulf Coast: On Friday, Hard Rock Live on the Coast will have a free showing of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. On Saturday, the Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum is throwing a Halloween party. Margaritaville Resort is having a Spooky Island Tiki Luau with fun... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2016 at Poke Salad
Mississippi Fair officials announced a record attendance of 733,151 visitors for the recently completed 2016 Mississippi State Fair. Congratulations to Dak Prescott - who made the cover of Sports Illustrated again. This time as a pro football player! October 16 was World Food Day - and during the celebration Wallet... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2016 at Poke Salad
Poke Salad Podcast Show Notes: Mississippi Southern Living recently named Jackson chef Jesse Houston's Saltine Oyster Bar in its 2016 list of the 25 best new restaurants in the South. John Newcomb, the nephew of Newk's Eatery owner Don Newcomb, made his own entry into the restaurant business this summer... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2016 at Poke Salad
Mississippi Brittany Wagner — the athletic instructional adviser at East Mississippi Community College in Scooba — is one of the stars of Last Chance U. It premiered July 29 and takes viewers behind the scenes of the Lions’ championship football program at East Mississippi Community College. Dak Prescott still has... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2016 at Poke Salad
Mississippi News We lost Pete Fountain this week. Happy 15th birthday to The Shed. Southern Miss has announced their Seats for Soldiers Campaign. Alex Eaton, executive chef of Manship Wood Fired Kitchen in Jackson, won the crown Saturday at the 13th annual Great American Seafood Cook-Off. David Raines, most recently... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2016 at Poke Salad
Mississippi News Andrew Sullivan, a Coast guitar player also known as Six String Andrew, is taking the South by storm. And he’s only 10 years old. When Mississippi’s open container law came into effect, many businesses said it would be good for business. And one month later, they're still saying... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2016 at Poke Salad
Shawn reports back from New Orleans and Orange Beach (and gets ready to head to Tennessee and Arkansas). Kelly reports back from Tuscany. Tax-free weekend coming up (but I already got my new rose gold iPhone anyways). Mississippi news Willie Seaberry, the owner of Po' Monkey's juke joint in Bolivar... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2016 at Poke Salad
I spent the weekend binge listening to More Perfect - one whole episode was on the death penalty and the lethal injection drugs they use (and why) - and then one of the headlines this weekend is about two Mississippi death row inmates filing fresh challenges to the state’s lethal... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2016 at Poke Salad
Mississippi Congratulations to Gulfport native and long jumper Brittney Reese. Not only did she qualify for the Olympics, but it was the longest jump in the world this year. Congratulations to The Biscuit Pit in Grenada. It’s housed in a BP gas station and was named to Southern Living’s Best... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2016 at Poke Salad
I cannot NOT take a sunset picture! Seriously. Kelly goes to hear Richard Grant talk about Dispatches from Pluto. And I still can't get over Martha Foose being such a big part of it. Audible seems to have figured out an evil algorithm. My son and I start off Shark... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2016 at Poke Salad
Mississippi You MUST try a Captain Crunch Milkshake from Ed's Burger Joint in Hattiesburg! Movies I'm going to see this weekend: Free State of Jones and Finding Dory. Movies I'm going to see in July: Ghostbusters. Movies I'm going to see in August: Pete's Dragon! The brand new Margaritaville Resort... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2016 at Poke Salad
Mississippi According to the website Credit Donkey, these Mississippi cities are the happiest. Remembering the Isle of Caprice Bello Nock, who is known simply as Bello or the "world's greatest daredevil," is now spending most of the summer in Biloxi. He is a member of DreamCast Entertainment's production of BraVeau.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2016 at Poke Salad
Mississippi Jacob Scott, 12, of the Ubon family, is now among seven remaining competitors in the Food Network's new series Kids BBQ Championship, airing Mondays at 7 p.m. (via The Clarion-Ledger) Rich Grain Distilling Co. — the state's third distillery following Cathead in Jackson and Charboneau in Natchez — had... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2016 at Poke Salad
Mississippi Anthony's Neapolitan Pizza in Tupelo (via Daily Journal) Mississippian Jernard Wells on Food Network Star (via Times Free Press) Grenada Railroad rolling in for June (via Hotty Toddy) 2016 Sun & Sand Film & Music Festival set for June 9-12 (The Sun Herald) The Governor did sign the Go-Cup... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2016 at Poke Salad