What could be more fitting on Pink Saturday than the ultimate pink house? This beautiful pink stuccoed home, built is 1771, has be been a private residence, a bank, a tea room and the headquarters of one of Sherman's generals. Today it is a fabulous restaurant! We were able to tour this historic beauty before it opened and we were amazed at all the historic dining rooms and the much in demand ballroom- a perfect spot for a wedding reception. If you love pink, this is a must see on a trip to Savannah!
Situated on Reynolds Square, it graces Savannah's historic district. It is especially striking when the pink azaleas are in bloom.
We had a wonderful dinner eating in the carriage house connected to the main house. The food and the atmosphere made our eating experience a memorable event!
Wouldn't you love to live in a pnk house? Well, in historic Savannah you could!
I am participating in Pink Saturday, hosted by my dear friend Beverly at How Sweet The Sound.
It's only been a little over a week ago that I was in my self appointed adopted second home~ Savannah. Oh, how I love this beautiful city! I always say it is like finding the Mothership! I just love the style, hospitality, decor, history, the dialect and the fabulous people. They are MY people. And at this time of year Savannah is decked out in it's floral finery. I could gush on and on, but that is for another time.
One of Savannah's transplanted treasures is Paula Deen. Each year I take the Paula Deen Tour by Old Savannah Tours. Elizabeth has been our absolutely delightful and wonderful tour guide. She is just adorable and knowledgeable about all things Paula.
Paula has lead a colorful, hard and yet successful life. And she has done it with laughter, grit and grace!
She is what you see on TV... what you see is what you get. She loves her family and loves to cook. Never one to shy away from butter, she slathers it over everything, just like the love for people she generously spreads around.
While in Savannah we ate at both Uncle Bubba's Oyster House and The Lady and Sons.
Uncle Bubba's sits on the coastal marshes right outside the city of Savannah. And as you can see it is a rustic and comfortable establishment.
The Lady and Sons is a cozy unpretentious eatery with just the absolute best southern food! Our fun group of five ate a fabulous buffet lunch...but not before we went on a shopping spree at Paula's store next door!
The store, connected to her restaurant, is a delight and packed full of everything a fan or cook would want or need.
Notice the wrought iron - it is a frying pan design! So clever!
Just through this door to a mecca of merchandise.
After we helped the economy of Savannah we had a wonderful lunch. We all decided to eat from the buffet. The atmosphere was very homey and quaint. As they say in Savannah, "You can't eat atmosphere".
The fried chicken (and collard greens, sweet tea, biscuits...) was the best chicken I have ever eaten. Three pieces later, I was so full but still had to restrain myself from getting a wing! Thank goodness we walked everywhere for the five days we were there.
I have not made this juicy succulent chicken yet, but it is on the menu for next week. I thought you might like the recipe too!
This recipe is from the food network, and appears in Paula's cookbooks.
Click HERE for Paula's 5 star FRIED CHICKEN recipe.
Best Dishes from my kitchen to yours!
I am participating in Foodie Friday hosted by Michael Lee at Designs By Gollum. This is the weeks premiere blogging cookbook!
An Island or Worktable in your kitchen should do more than be a food prep table, quick meal dining surface or catch all for clutter. Your kitchen island can be a surface to decorate and add beauty to your kitchen as well as serving as a wonderful buffet surface for entertaining.
I recently visited one of my favorite local home decor and gift shops. The Olde Millhouse Shoppe, just opened the historic old home next to the mill as a decor showcase. I was thrilled to see this country kitchen so beautifully staged with colorful dishes and clever design details.
This kitchen is full of dishes and goodies to buy, but I also thought that it could give us many wonderful idea about decorating an island.
One thing I noticed right away was that almost every inch of this L-shaped island was filled. Also the use of a limited color scheme and repeated elements keeps our eyes going from one detail to another. There is so much interest here! The dishes used on the island are very reasonably priced, too!
Using red, green and yellow as the primary colors in the islandscape, keeps this detailed packed island from looking too busy. Don't you just love the pineapple flatware?
Think outside the box by using something in an unexpected way for a big statement. A tiered plate stand is used to stack complimentary tea pots. This not only is very appealing but gives height to the island arrangement.
Bringing different heights to an island by using little tables, plate stands and shelves can be so much more visually pleasing than everything on the same level. Staggering heights one of my favorite decorating tips.
Using an object de arte, or a fun unexpected piece, like this fabulous coffee mill, can be the Wow factor of your islandscape. For years I had a huge round white birdhouse on a tall architectural pillar on the island in my kitchen. It got so may compliments!
Using greens as "filler" and "fluff" will take your island from plain to full and lush. This is another tip I find so useful.
Don't forget a pretty runner, placemats, unexpected elements and small details. Plate holders, large bowls, flatware tied together with a coordinating ribbon are just some fun ideas you can use too!
This beautifully decorated island is full of basic lessons we can study and learn to use in our own homes.
A very special thank you to The Olde Millhouse Shoppe. There are so many beautifully put together tablescapes, rooms and unique home decor. You can visit them and shop on-line by clicking HERE.
I am joining Susan at Between Naps On The Porch for Tablescape Thursday. There is so much talent and creativity going on over there. Check out all the inspirational Tablescapes!