June 18, 2009

Take Me There Thursday

Road Trip

Week 3

We dragged ourselves rose cheerfully from bed and prepared for another day on the road. Initially, we were completely determined to take advantage of the hotel’s continental breakfast – and were very disappointed to find a couple of baskets of packaged donut sticks and really bad coffee. So instead we just decided to get on the road and see what we may see on our way. The best decision ever. While waiting at a stoplight in Foley, Alabama we were stopped next to the cutest looking bakery – so I just pulled out of line and grabbed a parking spot!

Sweetie Pie’s Bakery

The wonderful aroma tempted us the moment we opened the door. I was ecstatic to see racks of cookies, pies, cinnamon rolls, and bread pudding – ahhhhhh. The owner was incredibly friendly – we chatted about the bakery, Foley, our first time being in Alabama, and my hair. I was so exhausted that morning, her sweet comments how my ‘cute hair!’ just made my morning.

Also, the discounted second day pies. That also made my morning. Just look at that meringue! (These are first day pies...)We purchased two slices of pie to consume immediately – I chose Chocolate and Hubs chose an Egg Custard. Then we grabbed a cookie, cinnamon roll, chocolate macaroon and blueberry muffin to snack on the rest of the day.

The chocolate macaroon was a wonderful surprise – it appeared to be a chocolate cookie surrounding the sweetest, most moist macaroon!

Look at the size of that Chocolate Chip Cookie!

We didn’t eat the cinnamon roll or muffin until the next day – and they were still perfectly soft and delicious.

We loved Sweetie Pie’s – she has been featured in Southern Living magazine more than once and we completely understand why. Sweetie Pie’s will see us again!

Burris Farm Market

Not long into our morning, we passed a huge farmers market. I love visiting markets – all the fresh produce is just beautiful! We did purchase a bag of boiled peanuts (we keep seeing signs for them everywhere!) but once we opened the bag and took a peek…… neither one of us was willing to eat it.

We drove all afternoon until finally reaching our night’s destination – Tunica, Mississippi!! I have been plotting planning a trip to Tunica for a year now and was incredibly excited when Hubs added it to our itinerary. Why you might ask? PAULA DEEN! The Paula Deen buffet in Harrah’s Casino! Harrah’s was very nice – this was the nicest room we had the whole trip:

Paula Deen’s Buffet

The restaurant is decorated and arranged to resemble Paula Deen’s house. Here is the entrance: (and no that is not actually Paula Deen – just a cardboard cutout for photo opp’s. We actually missed seeing Paula Deen by just a couple of days!)

Part of the gift shop that looks like her kitchen where she films her Food TV show:
Round #1 – I like to get little bits of everything so I can try as much as possible without getting too full too quick! Buffets require strategy….

Starting at 6 0'clock and working clockwise: Chicken and Dumplings, Squash Casserole, Turnip Greens, Fried Green Tomato, Mac'n'Cheese, Catfish, Creamed Corn, Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, and Hamburger Meatloaf.

Round # 2

Again - 6 o'clock and clockwise: Fried Pickles, Frog Legs, Onion Rings, Hushpuppy, Mussel, 2 types of boiled shrimp and Tartar Sauce. The bowl is Seafood Gumbo.

Dessert Round #1

I couldn't eat everything - but these were the smallest portions offered that allowed me to try several things! Starting at the bottom right and working around - Chocolate Ooey Gooey Butter Cake, Sugar Cookie, Peach Cobbler and Bread Pudding.

Dessert Round #2

Ooey Gooey Butter Cake and Strawberry Pie

I also had several glasses of wonderful sweet SWEET tea!


After dinner we spent some time on the casino floor – now I am not a big gambler. In Vegas, I just put $5 in a penny machine and play as long as possible while sipping a free ‘beverage.’ And I only play machines that let you play games… So I played my $5, hubs played some – and won some! We weren’t ready to call it a night – but didn’t want to gamble anymore – so we grabbed a drink at the bar and just relaxed for a while. I wish I could have taken more pictures of the bar – but you can’t take pictures inside a casino where the slot/games are visible.

Once we sat still and relaxed, the exhaustion from our travels hit us…. Plus we knew we knew we had breakfast to look forward to :)

Join me next week as we experience more of Tunica and make our way through Tennessee!

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Lilfix said...

Great pictures! I got hungry just looking at those sweet rolls and all that food from Paula Deen's...wow!

Sounds like a fun trip!

Anonymous said...

Oh Girl!!! I am living vicariously through you!! Can I go on a road trip with you guys, sounds like fun. Maybe we can meet in the middle.