Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Fried Green Tomatoes

This weekend, we went to the Georgia Outdoors Show (the Turkeyrama) in Perry. Of course, Wyatt and Justin had a blast checking out all of the hunting stuff. I think Wyatt’s favorite part was getting to meet the tortoises up close.
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When we finished up we headed north to Macon to Bass Pro. We were starving and I remembered that Juliette isn’t very far from there. Juliette is home to the Whistle Stop Café, made popular by the movie Fried Green Tomatoes in 1991. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café is one of my all time favorite movies and books. I was so excited to eat there for the first time. Justin was shocked that I had never had fried green tomatoes even though I’ve lived in Georgia for 20 years. They were absolute perfection and I’m afraid the bar has been set incredibly high.
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We actually did end up at Bass Pro. Wyatt was so excited to get a new camp chair.
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Wyatt and I headed out to my parents’ house on Sunday and he got to pet the new puppy. She was born to my parents’ “yard dog” (one that just came up and they feed) but she’s still pretty skittish.
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And finally, yesterday on my way home Justin called and said Wyatt wanted cupcakes (which I’m sure meant Justin, too!) so I made some butter recipe cupcakes with sprinkles. I love those two and I don’t do fun stuff like that nearly enough!

Early February

Wyatt got a taste of cotton candy at Golden Corral last weekend. Thank goodness he liked the strawberries even more.

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I always love pictures like this. My dad and Wyatt walking hand in hand.


My sister Suzi got a new house and we visited. Her soon-to-be stepson Liam and my soon-to-be brother-in-law David aren’t moving in until the wedding in July, so Liam’s room is a really cool play room right now.

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We made a last minute run to Wally World for a few things, but Wyatt enjoyed sitting on the “old man bench” with his Pop a lot better.

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Justin brought home this play kitchen from his parents’ house too. Wyatt is a nut with this. He’s always mixing up some imaginary dish while we’re cooking at night.


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Friday, February 1, 2013

AGL Session 2

AGL Session 2 kicked off with a non-traditional river boat tour from Bull River Cruises. We learned about the various factors that affect river health and those that make their living on the water. We were able to see shrimping boats as well as some prominent yacht clubs and repair stations.
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We toured the Georgia Ports Authority and learned about the importance of Georgia’s ports in Savannah and Brunswick to agriculture in Georgia. The deepening of the port in Savannah is expected to greatly increase exports, which is a great competitive advantage for the State.
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We also visited the First African Baptist Church in Savannah. It is the first African American Baptist Church in North America and it was founded by slaves. We learned a great deal of history. It was even a stop on the Underground Railroad.
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We visited East Coast Terminal, which is an independent shipper of primarily wood chips and wood pellets. Turkey is their main receiver of these Georgia Goods.
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I am reminded all the time that growth begins where our comfort zone ends. I tried my very first oyster at Bernie’s on River Street. It wasn’t offensive, probably because it was drenched in horseradish and cocktail sauce, but I probably won’t be ordering any more. Check one item off my bucket list that I didn’t even know existed!
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Meanwhile, back at home Wyatt was having a blast with Justin. He stayed at his Grandma and Pa’s house and got to play in the sink for bath time.
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We visited the Vidalia Onion Museum where classmate Kevin Cronic tried out the kids’ onion sorter simulator.
We visited several onion packing houses and learned about cooling, packing, and warehousing onions before final shipment. Because it is not Vidalia onion season, most packing houses import Peruvian sweet onions—never labeled as Vidalias, of course—to create a steady supply of sweet onions for grocers and food processors. These are at Herndon Farms.
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There are a lot of gaps here, mostly because I didn’t take as many pictures and I usually do. We learned about Ogeechee River Keepers, the Herty Advanced Materials Development Center, coastal fisheries from Georgia Department of Natural Resources Coastal Resources Division, coastal hazards preparation from Tybee Island local officials, challenges facing the Georgia wild shrimping industry at Lazaretta Packing, visited Briggs and Stratton in Statesboro and met with development authority officials, visited local schools to learn about educational challenges, visited Safe Haven—a domestic violence shelter, and several other Vidalia onion operations including Stanley Farms (including a wonderful dinner and fellowship at the Stanley family lodge), Vidalia Valley, and Bland Farms.
It was truly a great information-packed week. I can’t wait for Session 3 in the Macon/Atlanta areas!