Carolina Creole on a Bed of Grits

Carolina Creole

I’m a Carolina girl. I was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina. Growing up, grits were a weekly breakfast or dinner staple. Just the way I like it!

Being that I live in South Carolina (I always accidentally type South Caroline), it’s only natural for me to support locally made Carolina goodies. This Creole base is made right here in Georgetown, SC.

The flavor is delicious and really didn’t need dressing up. The vegetable-lover in me just couldn’t stay away from the summer veggies! It’s not too spicy, either. Liam even loved it! Liam wasn’t too sure about the grits, though. He’s got a thing with textures. We have to work on him!

Carolina Creole

The Carolina Creole is just one of the goodies that the all-local, South Carolina based fundraising method, called Local Happiness, sells. Local Happiness creates a place for schools, groups, churches and organizations to be able to raise money without having to have a national catalog full of frozen, out-of-state cookie dough. You know what I’m talking about!

Local Happiness is spreading the word about all of the great local businesses SC has to offer and every dollar raised stays in the state of South Carolina! Sorry to the non-South Carolinians.

I can remember it like it was just yesterday, going door-to-door with my catalog for band (I played flute and piccolo and was the drum major!), selling frozen cookie dough, cheesecakes, wrapping paper…you name it to raise money for my band account. I just love the though of staying local and helping out small businesses in the process. Plus, the Local Happiness catalog has something for everyone! I’ve got my eyes on the nana purses.

Carolina Creole

The generous folks at Local Happiness are offering you a little giveaway! You could win this package of goodies:

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Carolina Creole {on a bed of grits}


  • 1 cup stone ground grits, cooked to packed instructions
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 medium zucchini, diced
  • 1 medium yellow squash, diced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 jar Carolina Creole
  • 1/2 pound local shrimp, peeled and devined (I had tails left on to make it look prettier)


  1. Cook your grits and have them simmering while you make the rest of the dish.
  2. In a large sauce pan, sauté the onion, zucchini and squash in the olive oil until tender.
  3. Add in the Carolina Creole and bring to a simmer.
  4. Add in the shrimp and let simmer until the shrimp are cooked through and pink.
  5. Serve over the prepared grits.

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  1. The boyfriend and I have a wedding to go to in Charleston in October and I REALLY hope we get some real grits while down there! These look SO good!

  2. I did quite a bit of fundraising in college with my sorority and also as an adult. I’ve raised money for different charity races.

  3. i never did fund raising while growing up and unfortunately was not blessed with my own childern so i never got the chance to it then either.

  4. Yes – fundraising was a huge factor growing up in the the 80’s… although I think it’s so much more now, as back then there was more funding for schools.

  5. Oh, yeah have some fundraiser memories. I played competitive travel fast pitch softball so we had car washes, meals at local restaurants, candy boxes and I can’t remember what else, so that we could travel to bigger, better tournaments. My highlight was getting to play at the Disney Wide World of Sports, all thanks to having successful fundraisers.

  6. Oh yes. Girl Scout cookies, lollipop & candy sales, wrapping paper, magazines…most of them were either for Girl Scouts or school fundraisers. I’m an awful salesperson, though!

    This creole looks SO good! My husband has the same texture issues with grits, but I love ’em!

  7. My most traumatic childhood memory was from a fundraiser! My brownie troupe sold chocolates for a fundraiser and in a clear case of chocolate-craving induced insanity, I ate a box. My mom made me call and apologize to everyone who bought a box! Horribly embarrassing, but I never pulled anything like that again!

  8. Believe it or not, I’ve never had grits! I really want to try them though!

    We did fundraising as a kid, it was usually candy bars and stuff 🙂

  9. I have done lots of fundraising with my twins- now age 14. We have done it for band, which was selling candies of all sorts. We did a Yankee candle fundraiser for wrestling and it was awesome due to the fact many people love Yankee candles and liked purchasing thru my children to support their school activity

  10. Used to sell Girl Scout cookies but I think that was it. Oh, maybe band fruit! Still am doing that! 🙂 And I love anything creole, or from the South and would love those goodies to try! Southern girl…that is me too!

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