Thursday, April 17, 2014

Dining Family-Style at Mrs. Wilkes' Boarding House

I'm visiting my friend Joy on Tybee Island and today we headed over to Savannah to have lunch at Mrs. Wilkes' Boarding House.  Dining at Mrs. Wilkes is one of the top 10 things you must do when visiting Savannah!  Mrs. Wilkes operated the old time family-style dining establishment from 1943 until her death in 2002 at the age of 95.
Mrs. Wilkes

Crowds gather early to line up for the 11:00 a.m. opening of the boarding house dining.  Reservations are never accepted.  No ma'am!


Tables set for 12 are loaded with the most favorite of Southern dishes...fried chicken, cornbread dressing, sweet potato souffle, black-eyed peas, okra gumbo, corn muffins, and biscuits.

Family-Style Dining Etiquette Tip:  Of course, family-style dining is only appropriate in an informal setting.  The food is placed on the table in serving dishes and is passed around by each guest.  The table is usually very crowded and it's up to each guest to make sure all the dishes are passed...to the right. {If the guest to your left request a dish, you may pass that dish to them directly instead of going all the way around the table}.  It's considered proper etiquette to pass a serving dish with the serving utensil facing the receiver.  Always use the serving utensils provided, not your personal utensils!  Remember to pass the salt and pepper together...they are married.  Oh, and one more tip...don't try to grab food before it's passed to you!

If a blessing is said at your table, regardless of your beliefs, you should bow your head.

At the end of the meal at Mrs. Wilkes', the waitstaff announces that "it's a tradition in boarding house dining rooms to take your own plate, glass, and utensils out to the busboy waiting at the kitchen door."

There are Mrs. Wilkes' cookbooks containing the recipes for all that down-home Southern cooking available for purchase.

 
  
"Here's What I Wore"  The shorts are by Lilly Pulitzer in the 'Coralina' pattern and the cardi is also by Lilly P. 

 

The staff at Mrs. Wilkes could not have been friendlier and this young lady provided our table excellent customer service. 
 
Mrs. Wilkes' Boarding House is located at 107 West Jones Street in Savannah.  Be there early to get a place in the line.  The doors open at 11:00 a.m. and the meals are served until 2:00 p.m.  Call 912.232.5997 for more information. *Only cash is accepted*

I would have been very shocked if the food at Mrs. Wilkes wasn't the best Southern cooking ever.  I'm happy to say that it was every bit as good as I expected.  Mrs. Wilkes definitely receives my "FIVE SILVER SPOONS" award for keeping it homecooked and Southern!


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Masters

 
Last week was a great week for me.  We bought another house in Georgia and then closed out the week attending The Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta.  The Masters is truly a tradition like no other. The course is pure perfection. The employees are gracious. The golf is the best in the world!




 
The famous sign at the entrance to Magnolia Lane...

The Augusta National has strict rules on conduct, customs, and etiquette.  Those rules are followed by all the patrons for fear of losing their cherished patrons badge! 

I decided to dress for comfort and wore Lilly skorts and tennis shoes.

 

 It was fun to be back in my hometown!


Everyone wants Masters food, so I took the famous sandwiches home to my friend Joy.










 I was cheering for both Fred Couples and Bubba Watson and was thrilled to see Bubba win.  Here is Bubba and is son Caleb on the 18th green right after he won...on his way to receive his 2nd green jacket.
 
 



One of the many reasons I love Bubba...he celebrated his win at The Waffle House!

 
I'm spending the week on Tybee Island with my friend Joy, then traveling back to visit with my Mama.  Hope y'all are having a beautiful Easter week.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Miss Georgia Peach

Congratulations to Caroline Rowland, a junior at Warner Robins High School, who was crowned Miss Georgia Peach during the pageant held last month in Fort Valley, Ga.  

From left, Little Miss Georgia Peach Lily Barfield, Kathleen, Ga.; Teen Miss Georgia Peach, Malone Powell, of Albany, Ga.; Tiny Miss Georgia Peach, Olivia Rozelle, Bonaire, Ga.; Miss Georgia Peach, Caroline Rowland, Warner Robins, Ga.; Junior Miss Georgia Peach, Emily Rowland, Warner Robins, Ga.  

In the pageant world, young ladies who receive titles from the same pageant are referred to as "sister queens."  This was especially true this year as the Queen's sister, Emily Rowland, was crowned Junior Miss Georgia Peach.  Beauty definitely runs in the Rowland family.  Their mother Brandi Durst Rowland was Miss Georgia Peach 1993.

The Georgia Peach Festival will be held June 6-14 in Byron and Fort Valley, Georgia.  The Queen and her court will spend the next year as official ambassadors of the Georgia Peach Festival and the peach industry. 

Friday, April 4, 2014

Mimosa and Monroe Blog

I would love to share with y'all a fabulous new blog.  It's Mimosa and Monroe.  Anna and Sarah are two beautiful ladies who are best friends and they are blogging about fashion, design, and travel.  If you have not visited their site, you are missing out!  It's full of colorful decor and fashion.
They wear the cutest, most colorful outfits and dress very ladylike.


Both ladies are Kate Spade lovers, so you'll being seeing lots of dresses, shoes, jewelry, and handbags from Kate Spade.








Just one of their many Kate Spade handbags...that I need.


Love their cork cap toe ballet flats!


Their decor is very tasteful...love the hot pinks and blues!



Here's a peek inside one of their closets...

I hope y'all enjoy their site!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

International Cherry Blossom Festival



I am going to Mama's in a couple of weeks and will just miss the International Cherry Blossom Festival.  It is underway in Macon, Georgia and will continue until March 30th.  There is something for everyone to enjoy...concerts, a parade, a 5k race, the Military Ball, and shopping...think Pink Pink Pink!

Of course, every festival and parade in the South has a Queen and the 2014 Cherry Blossom Queen is the beautiful Miss Chandler Peavy.

There is also Cherry Blossom Royalty...The Queen with her Princesses--Ambassadors for the festival and city of Macon.

One of my favorite Maconites, Mark Ballard will be coordinating The Color Pink Fashion Show and Champagne Brunch, scheduled for March 27th at 11:00am, featuring celebrity guest models, local Macon fashionistas, and Cherry Blossom Royalty.  You can find more information about this event here.

Smallcakes Macon is offering all kinds of cherry cupcakes to celebrate the festival...this one is a cherry bomb cupcake!

The Macon-Bibb County Firefighters host a Pink Pancake Breakfast during the festival and will be serving up pink pancakes again this Saturday, the 29th.

Today, I  am enjoying the Cherry Blossom Tea from Harney Teas.  This is a blend of green teas and the vibrant flavor of plump, fragrant cherries.  The easy-to-use tea sachets are stored in a pretty pink tea tin.

Check out the Cherry Blossom Festival website and also 'like' their Facebook page for all the information you need to know to celebrating Spring in the South and the beautiful cherry blossoms!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Garden and Gun's Best Southern Town

Garden and Gun magazine is holding their own March Madness...32 Southern towns are up for the Greatest Southern Town Championship!


Go here to vote for your favorite by March 24th and see if your town moves on to Round 2...The final round is April 2nd.

I am torn between Savannah, Thomasville, Oxford, and Thomasville!  Love them all.