My Southern Fried Vacation & A Little Souvenir Giveaway

October has come and gone … been home from vacation for two weeks … laundry is done … suitcases are waiting to be taken to the attic.  I intended to post this giveaway along with a few vacation photos the day after my return … obviously didn’t happen ;)  Why does it take me so long to back into the swing of things?  It took me two days to do the laundry and two or three days to do all of the grocery shopping.  There were just a few things left in the fridge, including sour milk … two of my sons actually smelled it and put it back in the fridge … never understand that one!

We had a great time visiting family (didn’t take a single photo, oops!) and site seeing … been to the south many times and still find new things to see and do!  This is my Southern Fried Vacation in a nutshell … ate a lot of fried chicken at Loveless Cafe, Cracker Barrel, KFC, Paula Deen’s Lady & Sons and the best chicken fried chicken at Puckett’s Grocery.  Had fried apples at Cracker Barrel … fried apple pies at The Apple Barn (they have a permanent Christmas store!) and Muddy Pond Sorghum Mill, where we watched the whole sorghum making process … think the hubby wants to grow sorghum now!

southern fall vacation

We spent a few days with Bessie and her friends … saw some adorable scarecrows in Gatlinburg … stealing that idea for my yard next year!  I love lighthouses … stumbled across one on Tybee Island.

My hubby, the Peanut Butter Man, had his agenda too …

Hubby's favorite things

Visiting the Louisville Slugger factory may have been the highlight of his year … you have no idea how many photos we have of that huge bat!  The real biggie was … he held Johnny Bench’s bat … been a fan forever and of course we have photos!  I remember driving from California to Tennessee in 1973 … saw a billion Stuckey’s Pecan Shoppes along the highway … they disappeared … found one … hubby stocked up with one of his all-time favorites … Stuckey’s pecan logs!  Visited the Corvette Museum and saw many fancy cars, including the ones that were recovered from the sinkhole!

Fall Vacation


We visited Boone Hall Plantation in Charleston … currently a working farm.  The leaves were changing colors … beautiful countryside!   We did a lot of driving, especially at night … put about 3,000 miles on the rental car … thank goodness for unlimited miles.  I’m still try to convince the hubby that I worked on this vacation … remember the Acorns!

I’m home now and ready to really get back to work … Thanksgiving and Christmas are around the corner!

Finally … the little giveaway …

I picked up a few souvenirs for one lucky person!

My Vacation Giveaway


These items were chosen because they made me smile, fit in my suitcase and I thought … who doesn’t need a few more kitchen items?  ;)  The first dish towel came from The Loveless Cafe … where they serve great biscuits!  The second dish towel is from Paula Deen’s store … the saying made me smile :)  I found the wooden spoon at The Apple Barn … made by local craftsmen … never can have too many spoons!

How to enter for a chance to win these fun kitchen supplies!


  • Just answer the following question on this blog post:
  • What was the last thing you baked … maybe biscuits, cookies or a frozen pizza?
  • One entry per person.
  • Deadline to enter is Monday, November 10, 2014 at 11:59pm PST. The deadline has passed and the giveaway is over.
  • One winner will be chosen at random and announced on Tuesday.

This giveaway is sponsored by me.

The winner is comment #17 Cyndi, selected by  Congratulations Cyndi!  I’ll be sending you an email ;)

What was the last thing you baked?  I just can’t wait to hear from you!




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St. Patrick’s Day Review and a Giveaway

Here is a quick little review of some St. Patrick’s Day ideas …

Mint & Chip Sandwich Cookies

Mint & chip sandwich cookies

Leprechaun Hat Cupcakes

St. Patricks Day Hat Cupcakes

Make Shamrock Nonpareils

St. Patrick's Day Marshmallow Cupcakes

Beef Stew … it’s not Irish Stew, but it’s Stew!

Simple Beef Stew

St. Patrick’s Day Wee Little Giveaway …

When I think of St. Patrick’s Day, a few things pop into my head … shamrocks, leprechauns, rainbows, pots of gold, Lucky Charms and luck in general.

Do you feel lucky today?

I was feeling pretty lucky when I made this bracelet and named it “Lucky”.  I know,  it may seem weird to name a bracelet … I guess I’m weird (my GPS is Lucy).

This is Lucky

I am going to give “Lucky” to one lucky winner!

To enter, leave a comment on this post.  Tell me what your plans are for St. Patrick’s Day.  Are you having a party … going out to an Irish Pub … making green mashed potatoes … or if you are shy, just say “Hi”. 


One entry per person.  Entries must be received by Saturday, March 16, 2013 midnight (PST).  Winner will be drawn at random and announced here on Sunday, March 17, 2013.  I will also send an email to the winner.   This giveaway is now over (3-17-13).

The winner of the giveaway is comment # 9 made by Lucinda!  Congratulations and Happy Birthday … this must be your lucky day!

True Random Number Generator Min: 1, Max: 17, Result: 9 Powered by RANDOM.ORG

Let me just say … I was in shock and disbelief when I read an email telling me that I won a cute little iPad mini from Bakerella … I named her Mini …

My little mini

You just never know when you’ll get lucky ;)

Remember to leave your comment!

Giveaway … a few supplies for the holidays!

Tomorrow is December 1st … time is just flying by!

I still have leftover cranberry sauce from Thanksgiving in the fridge!

Do you have plans to do some holiday baking?  Of course you do! :)

Do you need a few supplies?  Of course you do! :)

I have a few supplies to give away to one lucky baker !!!

Here they are …

Christmas giveaway

  • Silicone spatula … you can never have too many!
  • Decorating tip #1M … makes frosting cupcakes a breeze!
  • Stripped straws … for crafts or drinking you favorite holiday beverage!
  • Bakers’ twine … to tie up your baked goods!
  • Snowman cupcake papers … because everyone loves snowmen!
  • Variety pack of paper cups … because you never know what size you need!

To enter this giveaway simply tell all of us … what are you planning to bake for the holidays …  leave your answer as a comment (click at the top of the page) .  Only one entry per person.

You must leave your comment before 11:59pm (pacific time) Sunday, December 2, 2012.

Winner will be selected at Random and announced on Monday, December 3.  The winner must contact me by Wednesday or another winner will be drawn.

I have been absent for a while due to “technical difficulties” … it’s been me vs. the machine … I think I’ve won … probably a temporary situation ;)

I actually did tell one tech how I wanted to throw this computer out the window … he didn’t even laugh :(

Now … I’m getting back in the kitchen and hope to give you some new holiday ideas :)

The Giveaway is now over

We have a winner …

Thank you to everyone for entering the giveaway :)

It was so nice to hear from you :)

There were such a variety of vacation plans :)

I just got home yesterday after five days of camping at Morro Bay … finally a trip to the beach!  Now … I need to clean out my closets, garage, etc.  ;)

Oh yes … we do have a winner … she is Cathy (comment #18) … congratulations!  Cathy, please send me an email ( with your mailing info!

I’ll be posting something “a little different” in a few days!

Friday Fun Stuff … it’s like show and tell!

I am always amazed and impressed by the creativity of others.

I know this very talented young man (I know his mom), Louie, who crochets … sells his creations, patterns and has a great blog with free patterns too!  He has such a variety of ideas … hats, bow ties, mustaches …

So, I just want to share a very generous giveaway from my friend, Louie at Louie’s Loops … please stop by for a visit …

Awesome June Giveaway!!

Hey guys, I’ve got a really big giveaway for you guys today! The biggest giveaway I’ve ever offered actually, and there are a bunch of ways to win!

So basically, throughout all of June, I’m going to be posting some new stuff, mostly patterns, but also just blog posts. So I figured why not try to launch off summer with a cool giveaway?

Lets start with what you can win: I’m giving away a $50 (US) gift card to my shop on Etsy to buy what ever you want! It can be a couple hats, patterns, bow ties, even custom orders, what ever you want! Winner will be selected at random. Now, here are a few ways for you to enter the drawing to win! ………

Please visit Louie’s Loops for the rest of the info :)


I just wanted to share my not so brilliant discovery …

A few years ago, in Tennessee, I visited Bass Pro Shop for the very first time.

I love gadgets … especially for cooking … camping too.

I found this S’mores Maker … it was hard to fit in the suitcase and on the plane … in fact I was surprised that the TSA didn’t question it … but I had to have it!  We camp every summer with two other families where we all break out our new camping gadgets, games, cocktails, etc.

Well, the truth is, we like making s’mores the old-fashioned way … with the marshmallows on the fork.

We do like to grill asparagus … so here is my brilliant discovery …

Just drizzle the asparagus with a little olive oil, salt and pepper … grill one side for 5 minutes … flip it over and grill for 5 more minutes.

I knew that I really needed this gadget … I just didn’t realize how I would use it!

Do you have any other suggestions for my s’mores maker?



We have a winner!

Before the winner of the spatula is announced … I have a few comments …

  • I read all the entries … but didn’t comment
  • I totally enjoyed the comments … and laughed a lot
  • I counted my spatulas … I have 12 in my kitchen and 3 in my trailer
  • I think we could start a “love of the spatula” organization or support group … I’m not sure which one
  • I love my spatulas … it appears that I am not alone

So … drum roll please … the winner is #23 – Jen :)   (I’ll send Jen an email)

I’ll be posting more Valentine’s ideas … and did you know that Monday, January 23 is National Pie Day?

Road Trip and a Giveaway!

Last weekend we drove to Las Vegas.

It was a nice little trip that can be summed up as a story of “lost” & “found”.

  • I lost my voice … then…
  • I found great chicken noodle soup at a deli in the Venetian Hotel.
  • I lost track of everyone that we were with … then …
  • We found this awesome chocolate fountain at the Bellagio Hotel …

  • I lost $20 in a slot machine … then …
  • I found out that I am a much better shopper than a gambler (I already knew that :) )

This is one of the reasons I like to go to Las Vegas …

Who cares about Vegas … when you can go to the outlet mall?  Afterall, we have to drive right by it.  We may as well stop … right?

So … since I’m not a gambler … I did a little shopping.

I really like (and already own) several Williams-Sonoma silicone spatulas.  I found this one at the outlet store … with a cute little ladybug on it.  I bought it for one lucky person!

If you would like an opportunity to win her … tell me – how many spatulas do you own?   Leave your response in the comment section and you will be entered to win the spatula.  One entry per person, please.  All entries must be received by 11:59pm (PST), Wednesday, January  18, 2012.  A winner will be chosen at random and announced Thursday, January 19, 2012.  Good Luck!

This giveaway is now over