Thursday, January 14, 2016

Work Lately

I love my job and the ability to travel all over the state to meet some of the coolest folks! I have literally been from state line to state line, north to south and east to west. I have hit all four borders of the state of Georgia since November. While the long hours in the car and being away from home get tiring, I wouldn’t trade it for the world!


Goodson Pecans in Leesburg, Georgia makes the most amazing thing ever: pecan butter. It is perfect for my little rascal that is allergic to peanuts and I can just eat it straight from the jar with a spoon!

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I spoke to a group in Hiawassee about my experience in my ag leadership program, AGL, and told them about my job across the state. Of course, I had to stop in Ellijay for some fresh Georgia apples. The “pink lady” variety was just in season and it is my absolute favorite.

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The Savannah Food and Wine Festival was a great time to promote Georgia Grown. I got to hang out with Yumion the Vidalia onion mascot and snagged up the last jar of Abby J’s sweet fire pickles. They are divine.



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I spent a few trips meeting with my favorite girls at White Oak Pastures. I was able to stay at one of the on-farm cabins and even snagged a “locally grown” onesie for our newest addition.


I visited the E. D. Rivers house in Lakeland.

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We also got to visit Still Pond Winery and Distillery in Arlington.

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Gin Creek hosted a group I was with for a tour and tasting (none for me though!)


One of my very first clients Lauri Jo from Lauri Jo’s Southern Style Canning is introducing several new flavors this year. I bought two different ones to try.


And finally I got a new experience: south Georgia winter strawberries at Southern Grace Farms in Enigma. It was amazing to have fresh berries in January!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Tennessee Mountain Christmas Trip

I mentioned that we had a mini Christmas gift exchange at Suzi and David’s house before Christmas. That is because Mama and Daddy decided to rent a cabin just outside of Townsend, Tennessee for a week between Christmas and New Year’s. Never fear, I still got my beloved Chick-Fil-A calendar and card from Mama! It has become an annual tradition.

On the way north, we stopped at the Varsity for Wyatt’s first visit. Justin found an old-school barber shop and got a traditional straight razor shave and a haircut. Poor Wyatt got buzzed a little too short thanks to my miscommunication with the hair stylist.

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We had a ton of fun but managed to miss out on a single family group photo. We had a house full: Mama and Daddy, Sami, Suzi, David, Liam, Aunt Patty, Uncle Roger, our cousins Phillip and Claire, and the three of us. We managed to not kill each other and the guys managed to down several jars of Smoky Mountain ({legal) moonshine.



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I swore I would never take those old timey photos where you dress up like a saloon patron but I remember finding some from Justin’s Papa and Granny and the laughs they conjured up were worth the crazy experience.

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We were on our way back from the flea market when Justin saw the helicopter service that we used for a tour on our honeymoon. They were advertising rides for $9 a person. I told him it was too good to be true but he called and that’s exactly what they were offering—a short up and down trip for about 10 minutes. Wyatt had never been nor had Sami so we took advantage of the deal and had a great time. Wyatt especially liked it because he got to sit in the front with the pilot.


Justin, Wyatt, and I got up long before dawn to visit Cades Cove in hopes that we would see lots of beautiful animals. We were blessed too! We got to see handfuls of deer, turkeys, and even a coyote. Wyatt enjoyed swapping between his binoculars and his gun to pretend he was hunting.

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I didn’t get too many souvenirs. Most of the shopping I did was practical. I checked out the maternity store and stocked up on a pretty decent wardrobe. I was fortunate, however, to find this gorgeous tobacco basket. It is probably 4 feet square and I snagged it for $20! We had a great time and I look forward to seeing what other adventures hold for us in 2016.

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