Saturday, January 26, 2013

Lunch, Dessert, and Shopping in Savannah

On my way out of Savannah after my visit with my friend Joy, we decided to enjoy lunch downtown and of course, a little shopping.  You might not find B. Matthews restaurant when you google the top 10 spots for dining in Savannah, but it's a favorite among the locals. 

"HERE'S WHAT I WORE"  Trying to remain somewhat comfortable after consuming tons of Southern comfort food while in Savannah, I wore my "fat jeans" with a yellow Ralph Lauren oxford button down and an aqua Ralph Lauren crewneck, and aqua Lilly ballet flats.

Lord have mercy, I had shrimp and grits along with a Caesar salad.  If you are ever in Savannah...go to B. Matthews and order the shrimp and grits!

B. Matthews bistro, located at 325 East Bay Street, in the historic district of Savannah, serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner.  I must confess that I really wanted to try their Black-Eyed Pea Cake time!

We decided to visit a spot for dessert that IS on the top 10 list of Savannah eateries--Back in the Day Bakery.  While cupcakes are their big draw, Back in the Day also serves a wide variety of sandwiches.

Back in the Day Bakery is a favorite of Paula Deen and after seeing several tweets about the the place from Paula's assistant Brandon Branch, I just knew I had to try it!  Of course, they have a cookbook available!

Back in the Day, located at 2403 Bull Street, serves breakfast and lunch.  It's decorated like an old-fashioned bakery from the 50's with a retail section full of vintage goodies.  The waitresses wear cute vintage aprons and the bakery is decorated in pastel tones.

Pretty antique chandeliers illuminate the bakery.

My cupcake was purse bliss...the cupcake was very moist and the icing was...just perfect!

We also stopped in to shop at Seaside Sisters.  I've shopped at this cute shop on Tybee Island before and love it.  I found some cute coastal serveware pieces.

Right around the corner from Back in the Day Bakery at 2819 Bull Street is the fabulous vintage furniture shop--Two Women and a Warehouse.  This shop is full of painted furniture and lively and colorful home furnishings.  I want to go back!!!! 

So now I'm visiting with my Mama.  I feel so blessed that I'm able to spend time with Mama.  Yesterday, we were having lunch at The Cracker Barrel and three sweet ladies stopped at our table to tell Mama how beautiful she looked.  They were so kind and will never know how special they made my Mama feel.  God bless them!  Their kind act reminded me of how much I miss the sweetness of Southern women and how they respect their elders!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Uncle Bubba's in Savannah

Hey Y'all!  You know Paula Deen's brother Bubba has his own restaurant.  Well, last week on my way to Mama's house, I stopped off in Savannah to visit my BF Miss Joy and we were in the mood for some oysters...Southern Style.  We've dined here before and love Uncle Bubba's!!!

Bubba Deen...

Of course, there's a gift shop full of souveniers to take home.

We order the chargrilled oysters and they were devine!!!

"HERE'S WHAT I WORE"  The poppy ruffled blouse is J Crew and the retro jade slacks and cardi are J Crewlet!  I wore rhinetone earrings and a rhinestone necklace and poppy ballet flats with more bling...all from Target.

Miss Joy and I did not plan to wear matching outfits...I promise!  She wore J Crew as well.

Her bedroom is just too cute!

Joy didn't have to ask me twice if I wanted this fabulous Lilly Jubilee canvas.  I can't wait to find the perfect spot to hang it!  

Of course Joy has the Alice and Olivia colorful bike from the Target and Neiman Marcus Holiday collection for her beach rides!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Shakespeare's Fine English Tearoom

I love to visit tearooms when I'm traveling.  Monday, I started my drive North to visit with my Mama and while driving I-95 through Florida, I found a wonderful tea spot in Palm Coast.  Shakespeare's Fine English Tearoom is owned and operated by an English couple who moved to Florida from Somerset.  They do not have a website, but you can find them at TeaMap.  

It's located inside the European Village at 101 Palm Harbor Parkway in Palm Coast.

Shakespeare's is styled as a "Country Manor House Hotel."

Shakespeare's offers afternoon tea, light lunches, and early dinners.  I decided to try the traditional afternoon tea fare of dainty tea sandwiches, scones, and sweet treats.

I loved the food, the tea, the service, and the ambience and I am giving Shakespeare's Fine English Tearoom my "Five Silver Teaspoons" award.  Thanks to the owners and staff for offering such an authentic English tearoom experience!

"Here's What I Wore"  Pink Cashmere cardi set with black slacks and pink and black ballet flats.  My favorite Chanel brooch with pearls and my Chanel pocketbook.

If you are ever traveling on or near I-95 in Florida, you must visit this tearoom.  For reservations or other information, call:  386.446.6323.

American Idol is Back!

Tonight is the Season 12 premiere of American Idol.  I've watched this show every season since the beginning and can't stop now.  Randy Jackson and Ryan Seacrest are returning and this year we have Keith Urban, Diva Mariah Carey--with her bodyguards to save her from Nicki Minaj.  Drama. Drama. Drama!

While I do enjoy watching the auditions, I'm not a fan of the television coverage of those who are horrible singers or those who act crazy when rejected by the judges.  I would much rather the talented individuals get the coverage they deserve.  Bring on the talented singers.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Gracie Beth Will Help You Find It!

Shop.  Shop. Shop.  I love to shop and while I do agree that the thrill of the hunt is the best part of shopping, sometimes I just don't know where to look!

Well now there's someone on Facebook who will hunt down those hard-to-find items and bargains for you.  Gracie Beth writes the blog Preppy Southern Princess and is an Engineer by day and a shopaholic by night. Gracie Beth has started her own page "Let Gracie Beth help you find it!"

The other day on Twitter I was reading Gracie Beth's tweets and she mentioned she could find any clothing item.  Well I immediately tweeted her the description of a Lilly Pulitzer skirt I have been searching for...and boom!  She found it.  I was entering the wrong words on my searches...thought the pattern was 'Midnight toile,' instead it is 'Late night toile.'  I got my cute Lilly "Late Night Toile" skirt 3 days later.  

Up next on the "hunt" are these adorable Burberry pants worn by the beautiful Anne Lake.  I love her whole outfit, but the pants are definitely on my list. {I need a size 8 or 10}
{ of Anne Lake}

I desperately need these 'Vara' Ferragamos in ivory--size 7 1/2 medium...been searching for this color forever!

I must have this Ferragamo pocketbook in ivory.  I simply must!

So if you are looking an item and have exhausted all your normal sites, stop by FB and "like" Gracie Beth's page.  Good luck on your search!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Who Will Win the Coveted Title of Miss America?

The 2013 Miss America Pageant will air this Saturday evening at 9:00 p.m. {ET} on ABC.  Laura Kaeppeler, Miss America 2012, will relinquish the title to one of the 53 contestants competing to win the coveted crown.
Laura Kaeppeler, Miss America 2012
Before you watch the pageant, you must see the special edition of "20/20," Pageant Confidential:  The Road to Miss America.  It airs right before the pageant on Saturday evening at 8:00 p.m. {ET} on ABC.  

The program will take a look at what it takes to become Miss America and will be anchored by Good Morning America anchor and former Miss America Judge Lara Spencer.  For 6 months, ABC's cameras captured candid moments of the journeys of several of the young women determined to don the coveted crown--as they are transformed from state beauty queens to the polished Miss America contenders seen on stage.

YOU have the opportunity to vote for a finalist at the Miss America competition.  On the Miss America site, there are videos for all of the 53 contestants.  I have chosen some favorites and placed my vote for my #1 favorite.  The voting will close Thursday, January 10th at 11:59 p.m. {PST}.

Here are my top five favorites going into the pageant:

Miss Colorado

Miss South Carolina

Miss Maryland

Miss Idaho

Miss Oklahoma

Monday, January 7, 2013

BCS National Football Championship vs The Bachelor

Even though we're not a big fan of either team, we are football fans and tonight's game between The University of Alabama and Notre Dame should be a great game.  Since so many of  my Southern friends are Alabama fans, I guess I'll cheer for Alabama, but husband said he likes Notre Dame's coach {Brian Kelly} more than Nick house divided once again!

The Bachelor is premiering tonight in the same time slot--8:00 p.m.  I just can't look away from these Bachelor/Bachelorette shows.  My late friend Teresa Jane got me into these crazy reality programs and I guess I'll watch in her memory!

Sean Lowe returns to TV tonight as the The Bachelor.  He's a handsome 6' 3" Texan, who owns and operates an upscale custom furniture business.  Emily Maynard sent him packing on the last Bachelorette even though a lot of viewers thought she would choose him.

We met Sean's family last year...Sean "wants to propose once, be married once, and live a faithful family life, like his parents."

He's a family man and loves spending time with his nephew and his niece Kensington.  Little Miss Kensington won me over last year with her fabulous air-conditioned playhouse.  The color of the house is what I want for our house, with the blue shutters and blue window flower boxes.  {We are still waiting for approval from the HOA on that turquoise blue I want}.  The little playhouse is Air-conditioned y'all!

Thank you for visiting with me today and y'all have a fabulous week!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Downton Abbey

Put the kettle on y'all!  It's time for Downton Abbey.  Tonight is the premiere of season 3 with the Crawley family and I'll be ready at 9:00 p.m. {ET} sharp!

I'm gonna get comfy and cozy and watch from my sofa with some hot tea and scones.  Tonight I'll be sippin' Harney and Sons' Jasmine Fairy Maidens.  This is a tisane...a caffeine-free infusion--not from the tea plant, but made from bark, flower, and seeds. 

My coffee table is set for a "Low Tea" with a scone, lemon curd, double devon creme, and Jasmine Tisane.

I am an avid lover of tea and yesterday I really overindulged!  I had tea in the morning with a small amount of fruit and tons of vitamins.  Then, I went out to do some errands and shopping and stopped at Chick-fil-A and got an iced tea...still no solid food.  By the time I arrived back home, I was shaking like a leaf from the caffeine on an empty stomach!  So tonight, I'm taking it easy on the caffeine, but still getting that wonderful tea flavor.

Tea Tip:  Who should not drink tea?
~Children under the age of two.
~Do not drink tea on an empty stomach, if you have a stomach ailment.
~Do not drink tea one hour before and after taking medications.
~Do not drink tea if you have a kidney problem; consult with your Doctor first.
~Do not drink tea before bedtime if you are a diabetic, elderly, or sick.

If you are a Downton Abbey fan, enjoy the show!

Friday, January 4, 2013

January is National Hot Tea Month

I'm stepping back away from the Starbucks cups for now and sippin' some hot tea.  January is National Hot Tea month and even though I'm in warm, sunny Florida, I still enjoy tea in the morning.    I'm definitely getting back on my "Clean Living Diet" and tea is the perfect beverage to add to a healthy meal, whether it's hot tea or iced tea. Tea has so many health's high in polyphenols, a type of anti-oxidant that may protect our cells from the DNA damage that can cause many diseases. Harney Tea is by far my favorite tea and this morning I'm enjoying some of their Florence tea.  It's a flavored black tea, with hazlenut and chocolate flavors.   

Back in 2009, I blogged all about tea during the entire month of January.  If you search my archives, you will find blog posts about The History of Tea, The Health Benefits of Tea, Steeping Tea, Times for Tea, Tea Accoutrements, Styles of Tea Service, Tips to Remember at the Tea Table, and Tea and Dining Etiquette.

Now is the perfect time to have tea with children and teach them how to behave at the table.

"Children's Tea and Etiquette" by Dorothea Johnson, John Harney, and Ann Noyes is the perfect book for those want to breed good manners in young minds...You'll find everything you need to know about children's tea and etiquette...from the the thank-you notes!

Ms. Johnson has also written another book...with Bruce Richardson, "Tea and Etiquette."  This book is a must-read for those who take tea for business or pleasure.  It includes chapters on tea history, tea and health information, hosting an afternoon tea at home, tea faux pas, guest duties at a social tea, going out to tea, business tea etiquette, finessing the food at tea, tea types, steeping guides, and recipes.

Please join me and lift your teacups during January to toast National Hot Tea month.  Remember, tea is considered the beverage of go steep some tea!