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Seeing Savannah and a Surprise for You

Park in SavannahYou thought we were finished with all the spring break touring.  Didn’t you? Well guess what… there’s more! (I just gave you a little break from the trip for Easter, and I’ve saved something special for you.:))

Street in SavannahYou see, not only did we get to enjoy some wonderful places on Tybee Island for my break, but we also spent a day in beautiful old Savannah. The squares in the historic district were simply gorgeous with all their ancient trees dressed in Spanish moss, and some of the azaleas were covered in bright blooms.

Savannah GAI loved the benches there for you to sit upon and soak in the peaceful scene. (And the weather couldn’t have been more perfect.)

Square in Savannah

And then of course, we can’t forget all the amazing architecture!  We came upon a woman working on the plants there on her steps when I asked if I could take a photograph of it.  She said that she would step inside so that I could get a good shot.  Apparently this happens all the time in downtown Savannah.:)

 

Home in Savannah

Architecture SavannahThis very photogenic church was the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist.

Cathedral of St John the Baptist SavannahBeyond the beauty of the squares and the architecture, Savannah had some very fun places to shop.

The Corner Door shop in SavannahI always enjoy One Fish Two Fish.

One Fish Two Fish shop in SavannahCare to look around inside?

One Fish Two Fish Savannah

One Fish Two Fish in Savannah

One Fish Two FishYears ago, I really enjoyed Parker’s Market because they carried fresh produce and some plants.  It seems that over the years they have changed the products they carry.

Parkers MarketThere were some interesting home accessories, but I missed the store that it used to be.

Parkers market display

Parkers Market SavannahThe deli did have a number of yummy looking items though.:)

Parkers market foodsMy favorite store in Savannah is The Paris Market. It’s huge!

Talk of the House Paris market sign SavannahDoes this scene make you feel as if you are in France?

Talk of the House Paris Market exterior SavannahI couldn’t resist photographing that bicycle.:)

Talk of the House Paris Market bicycleAnd another bicycle for children…

Talk of the House Paris Market in SavannahThere were bags of coffee, tins of tea, and jars of old fashioned candy.

Talk of the House Paris Market interiorAn Easter display with baskets and bunnies greeted you in one doorway.

Talk of the House Paris Market SavannahThe downstairs area was filled with treasures.

Talk of the House Paris market shop Savannah

Paris Market candles

I would love to have those amazing cabinets there on the main floor.  That wood!!Talk of the House Paris Market shop

Talk of the House Paris Market

We didn’t stop to get any treats at the counter in the Paris Market.  What I really wanted was an ice cream cone from Leopold’s Ice Cream.  Unfortunately, when we arrived there (right down the street from the Paris Market) the line was spilling out the door and onto the sidewalk in front.  It was getting late in the day, so we decided not to wait.  I will have to save that trip to the ice cream store for another visit to Savannah.

Leopolds Ice Cream SavannahBut we did stop in here at Back in the Day Bakery. This is one cute bakery run by Cheryl and Griff Day.

Back in the Day Bakery exterior SavannahCheryl was named a “Top Pastry Pro” this year by Martha Stewart Weddings. (a major big award!)

Back in the Day BakeryTheir cookbook was featured last year in Food & Wine’s Best of the Best Cookbooks,

Back in the Day Bakery shelvesand their bakery was featured in the New York Times book, 36 Hours, Southeast Edition.

Back in the Day Bakery window

Back in the Day Bakery menuAnd you know, I just had to purchase a few things since we were there.:)…a blondie, a lavender cookie (which smelled and tasted unbelievable yummy), an old fashioned cupcake, and a “Pink Lady” cupcake.  I was very impressed with the cupcakes.  Each one tasted like a made-from-scratch cupcake should.

Back in the Day Bakery cookbook and sweetsI also purchased one of their cookbooks – autographed by both Cheryl and Griff – for you!  It is such a great cookbook, I was really tempted to keep it for myself, but I know we will be going back to Savannah one day, and I can get another copy then.  I want you to have a taste of Savannah, so to wind up my blog birthday month, I am doing one more giveaway.  There is the Back in the Day Cookbook, the Lady and Sons Just Desserts cookbook, and Paula Deen’s home decorating book Savannah Style.  I really don’t feel like I can give you a taste of Savannah without mentioning Paula Deen, and if you are not a fan of Paula Deen, then perhaps you can pass those books on to someone else. (Yes, I know Paula can be a controversial topic.)

Talk of the House giveaway Savannah booksAs usual,to enter for the random drawing just leave a comment on this post and/or any others that publish between now (4/24/14) and next Wed. night at midnight (4/30/14). Only one comment per post please, but you may comment on more than one post to be entered more than one time.:) The winner will be announced in early May. (I cannot believe May is almost here!!)

Have you been to Savannah?  If so, do you have any recommendations for us?

We’d love to hear!

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Joan - April 24, 2014 - 8:05 am

I’ve never been to Savannah, but it’s on my list! Thanks for this chance to virtually visit.

Kim - April 24, 2014 - 8:24 am

Have been and would love to go back. I spied the Antiques flea market sign that I just bought from Decor Steals. It’s in the basket in the Parkers Market shot.

Anne from Atlanta - April 24, 2014 - 8:26 am

What a fun trip you had! You hit all of my favorite spots in Savannah. Thanks for sharing. Now I’m inspired to go for a Savannah visit.

Joyce - April 24, 2014 - 8:29 am

Savannah is a very special place. Thanks for sharing !

Barbara Hinske - April 24, 2014 - 8:38 am

My husband and I took a trip to Charleston and Savannah two years ago and I was instantly captivated! Can’t wait to get back there. Since I’m in Phoenix, it may be a while. These books would help ease the wait! Thank you!!

Bonnie Bryant - April 24, 2014 - 8:48 am

Paris Market is one on my favorite shops anywhere!

Debbie w - April 24, 2014 - 8:49 am

Love the posts on your travels. So pretty! Would love to win!

Anne Boykin - April 24, 2014 - 8:53 am

Hi Kelly, Wow, thanks for the great info on Savannah! I need to go back again soon. Thanks, too, for the give-away!

DiAnne - April 24, 2014 - 8:56 am

I have never been to Savannah but I plan to go soon. I love to read about. Between your blog and Dixie Delights blog I have made a long list of places I want to visit there. Love it!

cindy hattersley - April 24, 2014 - 8:58 am

I am so behind on my blog reading! So happy I stopped by to hear about one of my favorite places. The last time we were there it was April and hotter than …, but so lovely!

Gail - April 24, 2014 - 9:03 am

Hi Kelly: I absolutely love these almost weekly mini vacations I have been blessed to go on through the lens of your camera and your keen eye for photography. Thank you so much!!! Have been to Savannah three times, two of which were whirlwind walks through downtown and one by the riverfront where we ate but can’t remember the name of the restaurant. Loved the architecture of the homes! So old South! Have seen more through your post than any of those visits:-) Thank you so much! Used to watch Paula Dean so much on the Food Network, but I think she was far too over exposed and I began to lose interest. Too much of a good thing maybe? At the end of her tenor I watched more for the way she decorated her home than for the recipes. Have seen episodes where she featured Cheryl Day and her bakery. She was a good promoter of Savannah businesses. Thank you again for the great tour.

Karin Marks - April 24, 2014 - 9:04 am

Savannah is on my bucket list. Love reading your blog and all the home details.

Anita - April 24, 2014 - 9:08 am

Sure enjoyed our trip to Savannah all over again. Thank you. It was a delightful place to visit. Leopold’s ice cream is certainly worth the wait! How long has Back In The Day Bakery been open? I do not recall going there.

Loretta Hamilton - April 24, 2014 - 9:12 am

I want to go to Savannah now more than ever since seeing this post! I’m thinking a long route home from our winter home in Naples, FL to our northern digs in Illinois! However, since we’re leaving on our journey Tuesday, I’d have to do some fast talking to get my husband to agree! Some day tho…

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life - April 24, 2014 - 9:15 am

Oh I would love to visit Savannah. That is on my bucket list. I havn’t been to any of these gorgeous Southern cities, but someday. I would love the books, they look amazing. Also, Happy Birthday.

Carolyn - April 24, 2014 - 9:16 am

Love Savannah and all it has to offer.

Pat - April 24, 2014 - 9:31 am

Those shops look so delightful! I would like to spend the day rummaging through them. Thanks for posting.

Sally Gee - April 24, 2014 - 9:32 am

Love cookbooks, and would love to win these. :)

Our Home for Easter

front door with forsythia wreathI hope your Easter Sunday was a day filled with joy.  Our day was filled with food, fellowship, family, and friends.  We had a number of guests on Sunday, and everyone around here had been working for several days to have it all ready. But even with all the prep, there was still craziness running rampant in the kitchen the last 30 minutes before serving.  (I think I counted 8 of us in there at one time!) Nothing like the camaraderie of the kitchen to bring everyone together. So with all that craziness, I forgot to take pictures…

Just kidding!  There are plenty for you to see.:)

Let’s start at the front door (the door that no one comes in.)  I made a wreath for it using silk forsythia branches from Walmart (yes, Walmart!) and a grapevine wreath from Hobby Lobby. It was super easy.  I just cut off the long part of the branches (the part with no blooms), curved the branches, and attached them to the wreath with florist’s wire.  It took 6 long branches to cover it.

forsythia wreathThe foyer buffet had a bowl of jelly beans on the silver tray and bags of Easter candies (a chocolate bunny, more jelly beans, and malted milk balls)  in the jar.

Foyer Easter vignette
jar with bags of Easter candyA jar of plastic eggs with yellow paper shred was on the mantel for a bit of Easter decorating there.

Easter eggs in jarThe dining room had Easter cookies and a little rabbit that I purchased from Target last year.

cabinet for Easter

Easter cookies and bunnyOur centerpiece was yellow flowering plants (from Lowes) in an old basket with a few real eggs nestled in on paper shred.

Easter centerpieceThe table stretched out to seat 10. I wish I had remembered to have everyone sign their name on the paper runner to keep as a memento of our Easter meal together. Darn it!

Easter table (2)Each place setting had a jar with a chocolate Easter chick standing on green shredded paper.  A  few yellow jelly beans were also placed inside, and each guest’s name was written on the lid. It was a nice little take-home favor from the lunch.

Easter jar with candyMy original plan had been to serve and eat outside, but with days and days of rain last week and temperatures a little on the cool side, we opted for eating inside but serving everything out on the porch.

Here’s the big table used for all the food.

Easter brunchI did a brunch menu for this meal.  (The biscuits are not in their basket above because it took them forever to brown, and I took this photo before everyone filled their plates.)  Our menu was:  ham and sausage from my mother, biscuits with jellies and honey, grits, a fruit tray, deviled eggs (also from my mom), roasted asparagus, a baked French toast casserole (recipe here but I left off the pecans because not everyone in our crowd likes nuts,) a bacon -Swiss quiche (recipe here,) and a broccoli quiche (recipe here.)

baked French toastMy mother made two cakes for dessert – a coconut cake for my father’s upcoming birthday this week and a strawberry cake for my sister’s Saturday birthday. (I did not get photos of the cakes though. Sorry.) We were very lucky my sister was able to be here for dinner since she had an emergency appendectomy a week ago.

After everyone finished eating, the younger crowd played a new board game.

kidsAnd later they enjoyed some of their ice cream themed Easter basket treats.

Easter ice cream theme basket

For dinner we did it all over again.

Talk of the House Easter table

Who says serving leftovers can’t be pretty?Easter place setting

As usual, in the last minute rush my poor porch chalkboard ended up being simple..just Happy Easter at lunch, but I did a second one later when I had a little more time. This one was much better.:)

Easter chalkboard

The beverage area with juices, water, and coffee makings…

beverage center for Easter

Yesterday was the first day this year I’ve felt that winter was officially gone, and spring has finally arrived.  As I mentioned earlier, it had rained and rained here last week…a string of several gloomy dark days in a row, but then on Sunday, the sun began to finally shine.

Talk of the House azaleas

How fitting for an Easter Sunday when the darkness of the cross was gone, and the light of God’s love came shining through.

Talk of the House backyard azaleas

The rain from the dark days washed everything away and made it fresh.

Talk of the House spring trees

And we are so privileged beyond measure that He gives us a fresh start as well.

I hope your week is off to a fresh start.  How did you spend your Easter Sunday?

Easter

We’d love to hear.

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Cindy Ross - April 21, 2014 - 10:26 pm

Everything is beautiful as always!!! I love the beautiful yellow flowers you used as your centerpiece. Happy Birthday to your father and sister. I hope that your sister is recovering very well after her surgery. We spent our Easter driving home from Charlotte, NC. We spent the week there for the 50th Anniversary of the Mustang. Weather wasn’t so nice so it made it hard to enjoy the week for the men but I am sure they muffled thru it. The girls shopped, some at the malls, some at The Depot at Gibson Mill. OMG is that place big!!! I bought a few things. I could go back for a few more. We will celebrate Easter this weekend with my daughter and grandchildren doing the Easter egg hunt and Easter Bunny thing. I can’t wait. I think I might have to borrow your centerpiece idea. I hope you don’t mind. Thanks for sharing your day. You always have the best ideas. :)
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Thank you Cindy! Sounds like you had a fun weekend even if the weather did not cooperate. I hope your delayed Easter weekend is a good one for you and your family. Please do borrow any idea you find here! That is why I share. :)
Kelly

Cathy Norrie - April 21, 2014 - 11:02 pm

Dear Kelly,

Beautiful! Just. Beautiful!

I needed to see all of this before Easter so that I could have been inspired to be a copycat. We went out for Easter Sunday brunch with family coming from all over Alberta. Dinner was not a traditional Easter dinner, but a delicious Balsamic Chicken dish my brother made for us with broccoli with lemon and butter and some nice Basmati rice. All our lives he and I have had a bit of a competition when it comes to cooking. This time he won. Hands down.

Thanks for sharing your beautiful Easter with us.

All the best
Cath
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YUMMY! That chicken dish sounds so delicious! Sorry I couldn’t post it all before Easter. Just pin some of the images on Pinterest and you can be a copycat next year.:)
Glad you enjoyed the post!
Kelly

Sally - April 21, 2014 - 11:03 pm

Kelly, Looks like you had a beautiful day. I love all the little touches around your home! The weather was lovely here. We had an awesome Easter dinner at my sister’s — as always, thankful for Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. He is RISEN!
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Yes, we did have a beautiful day, Sally. I am happy you liked all the touches for the season around here. Thank you so much for reading and leaving your comment!
Kelly

Pinky at Designs by Pinky - April 21, 2014 - 11:06 pm

Hi Kelly, we had brunch too! Just our daughter and SIL so 4 of us. But we had alot of the same food as you. Come on over and you can see my table and food too:):) SO glad you had such a nice Easter with family. XO
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Thanks for visiting here and leaving your kind words, Pinky! I am glad you had a nice Easter as well. Your brunch looked wonderful!
Kelly

Sue - April 21, 2014 - 11:47 pm

Your table is lovely Kelly. I love the yellow touches everywhere. I have books here and there in my house and totally copied you by changing out my usual red books for yellow and white. What a difference a little change can make.
Thanks for the inspiration.
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Thank you Sue, but I think I went a little overboard with all the yellow. It’s everywhere! Good for you decorating with books! It is a little change, but you are right. It does make a difference. Glad you can find some inspiration here. :)
Kelly

Garden, Home and Party - April 22, 2014 - 12:06 am

Kelly,
You do the best tables and seasonal decorations. I loved the little jars of jelly beans with the little foil wrapped chicks. How creative. Your home always looks so charming and the white azalea (?) out front in full bloom is complimentary to the trim on your house. Thanks for the great ideas for next Easter.
We enjoyed good weather and had our appetizers outdoors before coming inside for lunch. It was so much fun.
xo,
Karen

Mimi -247 Mulberry Lane - April 22, 2014 - 12:06 am

Kelly,
I love all your special touches, as always! I have those same rabbits from Target sitting on top of my piano–they just make me smile. The hymn that you wrote on the chalkboard also makes me smile. It just isn’t Easter without hearing that beautiful song.

We had a very simple brunch here, and in the afternoon the National Park Service allowed visitors to go to the top of the monument free of charge. I of course chose to DRIVE to the top to take pictures, while others chose to hike up the trail. The weather was absolutely gorgeous, and it was breathtaking to see the entire valley below.

I loved your message about the fresh start given to all of us. I’d better be getting to bed so I can have a fresh start in the morning. My students take their state reading assessments tomorrow, and I need all the energy I can possibly get!

Louvina - April 22, 2014 - 12:47 am

I just took a quiet walk around enjoying every little area. I especially loved the buffet table, the lovely spread and the colors were just right. Great menu! What joy and peace we have in the Risen Lord! Thank you, Kelly, for allowing us to be “unseen guests!”:)

Tricia - April 22, 2014 - 2:19 am

Kelly, you have the most exquisite taste – what a beautiful home! I always love your beautiful handwritten chalkboard messages too, what a gift! Thank you for sharing.

Jill - April 22, 2014 - 8:02 am

Kelly, your table and meal look wonderful as always! I love your little favors/place cards….so cute! I’m bummed that I somehow missed those chocolate-looking bunnies at Target last year. I don’t know how that happened since I’m in there almost every week! I’m going to have to go looking at Walmart for forsythia. I’ve wanted a forsythia wreath for YEARS, but the branches and pre-made wreaths were always too pricey for me or else they didn’t look that great. I bought some silk daffodils at WalMart a few weeks ago and I was surprised at how nice they were.
It was a gorgeous Easter day here in Ohio….finally! We had a wonderful day celebrating the Resurrection with friends and family. Glad you had a good day too!

Cheryl - April 22, 2014 - 8:09 am

I love your Easter photos. I always get a cup of coffee and sit down to read your posts! Your screened in porch has been the biggest inspiration for my own screened in porch. I continue to go back to your porch for another look! Thank you for all of your posts and for including us your followers in your Easter! Christ is risen! Thank you for sharing your faith as well! Blessings to you today!

Cynthia - April 22, 2014 - 8:09 am

Kelly, everything is so pretty. Love the mason jar idea. Do you know they make edible grass now too! This is one idea I’m noting for next year, since I have a lot of jars. Your brunch looks scrumptious. My sis in law did a Italian spin on ours this year….except I added my polish touch…kolachkys & of course lamb cake.

Arlene@Nanaland - April 22, 2014 - 8:18 am

Well Kelly, MARTHA Stewart titled her blog, the Most Perfect Easter but I have to say, I would prefer your Easter Gathering!! :) I must say, I will be stealing your idea of the small Mason jar place card happies. So very cute. Loved everything about your Easter.

Gail - April 22, 2014 - 8:24 am

Hi Kelly: By far one of the most wonderful emails I received this morning as usual. Everything looked lovely and the food….mouth watering. I even made a mental note to duplicate that brunch next year. All of my favorites. The blackboard posting was my favorite regarding the real meaning of why we celebrate this most wonderful occasion……the Resurrection of New Life. Thank you for highlighting that! We went to church Sunday morning followed by our son and daughter-in-law coming for dinner with two grands and a dear 92 year old friend who is spry as a young chicken. What an inspiration she is! We had the traditional ham with raisin sauce, mashed potatoes/gravy, old fashioned green beans, stuffing balls, raspberry/pineapple jello salad, watergate salad and a very moist pineapple bundt cake made by my daughter-law. Needless to say, we didn’t starve. We actually needed more people to help us eat it:-)) Thank you again for this most bright, wonderful post. You are such a blessing to all your viewers!!!

Julie - April 22, 2014 - 8:52 am

Thanks for a beautiful post both in visual beauty and centering content! As many of the other comments have mentioned, I really love that you include the chalkboard posting. His triumph over death and gift of abundant life to us is amazing….I hope I never allow that truth to become routine or rote!
I have been reading your blog for awhile now and always enjoy your posts. Your home is beautiful and I love your creative style, but I keep reading for the beauty that comes from you through your words! So, I suppose this is a long wordy way to say thanks for sharing your joy with all of us!

Katrina - April 22, 2014 - 8:59 am

Love you wreath and chalkboard!! When the choir sang the Alleluia chorus on Sunday I got goose bumps. After church we ate chicken salad sandwiches,chips and dip and watermelon. While my family played in the yard and then watched “Saving Mr Banks” I leisurely got the Easter dinner ready. I kinda’ liked having dinner instead of lunch this year. We had 8 for a traditional Easter dinner. Then we all (well, my son decided a nap sounded like a better idea) took a long walk and oohed over all the spring yards and checked out two new shops downtown. The window displays had your name written all over them…buffalo checks and lanterns.
Church, family, friends, food…it was kinda’ a perfect day!!!! Think I will might try to get the supplies for that pretty wreath today.

Becky in 'Bama - April 22, 2014 - 9:48 am

Okay… I am immediately going to copy the centerpiece idea of the basket, flowers, REAL eggs. (and next Easter may also copy the breakfast brunch) The clear cookie jar with the straw – are THOSE real eggs? Easter was a whirlwind of church, picnic, and the five grandkids in the park. Loving that MY Kelly and family have been in town for an extended visit. I so enjoy that the grounds around your house are as lovely and inviting as your home. Thanks for sharing.

Cheri - April 22, 2014 - 10:46 am

I need you to decorate for me…all of your holiday decorations and little favors are so cute. I have gotten lazy because other than Christmas, (our children and grands live in different states) we don’t get together. You should be in a magazine.

I love your beverage bar…actually I am jealous. What do you keep in all those baskets above? Just curious.

Gina - April 22, 2014 - 11:00 am

I always love your posts about decorating for holidays and your meals, menus, and table decor!! :) We always host my husband’s large family the Saturday before so we had 46 this year!! Thank goodness everyone pitches in and brings a dish or two. I even caved and we used paper plates this year. I love setting tables with dishes but it was just too big of a crowd. I colored six dozen eggs to decorate with and my daughter picked up some flowers at Trader Joes before coming in. :) I was hoping to decorate with dogwood and redbud blossoms but they weren’t fully blossomed out. We were thankful for beautiful weather. Easter day we prepared a much simpler meal after church. :)

Michelle G - April 22, 2014 - 11:17 am

Beautiful as always! I love how you style your dining room for the seasons/holidays – always lovely!

Patty in Michigan - April 22, 2014 - 12:11 pm

Enjoyed a beautiful Easter service at church with breakfast. Came home and enjoyed a beautiful day in Michigan…..finally! Company came and we served beef tenderloin, roasted redskins, roasted asparagus, homemade applesauce and lemon tarts for dessert. I have the same bunny from Target. I will need to add some jute to the neck of mine…cute! Sounds like your day was lovely. Thank you for sharing all the pics. Beautiful!

Carolyn - April 22, 2014 - 1:18 pm

Happy Easter. You house is so beautiful and your meal looked yummy, too! I spent Easter at church, eating ham and potato salad, taking a pontoon boat ride and looking at family photo albums with my husband, sons and my mom and dad. It was a beautiful day and we spent it all outside. To cap off the most special day of the year, I celebrated being three years cancer free! I have a lot to be thankful for. I know you do too.

Debra - April 22, 2014 - 2:26 pm

Wow, look at how everything is blooming in the South. How wonderful that you had good weather and not the rain you were anticipating. Our grass is the only green but the bushes and trees are just now starting to show some buds. I was sorry to read in this post of your sister’s appendix. Oh what a recovery, poor thing. Your family once again was able to enjoy the “Kelly Touch”. It all looked delicious and simple enough and it always helps when you get a few dishes provided by family members, doesn’t it? I made baskets for the grandbabies of course and cellophane bag filled goodies for the adults. I handed them out after we ate. Our brunch was delicious and the weather reached almost 80. Our Midwest Easter was so enjoyable. I was able to spend the afternoon in the yard a bit. My husband transplanted a Rose of Sharon bush which was found back by the wood pile. Oh, and for the record, I crumbled. I did plant yellow pansies, daffodils and pussy willow stems in a few urns too. The garden center just made me crave those spring flowers after brunch. Toasting that Spring has finally arrived!

Debra

Jayne - April 22, 2014 - 5:49 pm

How beautiful, as usual, Kelly! Everything is lovely! Now I want to do Easter at my house next year! I love every idea! The Lord did give us a glorious day, didn’t He? Your yard is lovely! I love azaleas! It was a beautiful day to celebrate His resurrection! We are truly blessed!

Karen - April 23, 2014 - 8:44 am

Hi Kelly
It all looks beautiful.
Just love all the lovely details in your home they really don’t build them like that here in Australia.
Kind Regards
Karen

Barb - April 23, 2014 - 11:15 am

Alright that’s it…..next year I’m spending Easter Sunday at YOUR house!!! Every little detail is just beautiful. We share this quote at work and it certainly applies here “To create something exceptional, your mindset must be relentlessly focused on the smallest detail”. How I love all your details! Happy Spring!

Jenn - April 23, 2014 - 4:58 pm

Kelly, I love your blog so much! You are inspiring me to start entertaining. I get overwhelmed and don’t know where to start, what to serve, etc… I am going to start with baby steps and use your blog for great tips, tricks and recipes. :)

Leslie Anne @ Fairhope Supply Co. - April 23, 2014 - 6:29 pm

Everything looked wonderful, and I especially love the jar / place card idea! It is absolutely adorable, and now my brain is spinning with possibilities . . . shells, candy canes, candy pumpkins . . . Thanks!

Paula B. - April 23, 2014 - 7:21 pm

Beautiful Easter decorations and the brunch menu sounded so yummy! Have I mentioned that yellow is my favorite? Love to see all the forsythia finally begin to burst forth. Thanks for sharing your family’s holiday with us. I think we all wish we had been there. Here’s to enjoying some more spring before the heat of summer is here.

Anita - April 24, 2014 - 9:16 am

Lovely Easter table. I cooked a turkey and all the trimmings and set a Easter themed table with lots of flowers. If it’s not Spring yet it can look like it:)!

Tybee Island..Some House Gawking, Sightseeing, Eating, and Shopping

Tybee Island housesWhen we are in a new place one of my favorite things to do is to ride around and just enjoy looking at all the houses in the area.  (I bet you do that too; don’t you?)  Although we were staying in the perfectly amazing Ebbtide Cottage on Tybee Island, there were still many homes to see there.  The ones above were on the north end of the island.  Aren’t they gorgeous?

Tybee Island houseAnother one with that luscious turquoise accent color.  It’s a beauty.:)

Tybee Island homeWe also saw the lighthouse near the north end of the island…

Tybee Island Light Station

and historic Fort Screven, located in the same area across from the lighthouse.

Fort Screvenwikimedia.org

Near Officer’s Row (on the same end of the island) was this very interesting looking building.

Tybee Arts CenterNow let’s talk about food on the island.  Our first lunch was at this little place right on the beach…North Beach Grill.  It is not very easy to find because you have to go on the other side of the fort.  You can see the lighthouse there in the background.

North Beach GrillThere is no doubt that you are in an old beach place when you see this interior.  During the winter, all those walls are wrapped with plastic on the outside for insulation.  The day we were there, they had just taken down all the plastic for the season, and they were opening up the windows for the beach breezes to blow through.  In fact, my husband helped them open up the big old windows to attach to the ceiling hooks.  Welcome spring!

North Beach Grill interiorA hamburger and some horseradish cole slaw for me and a fried fish sandwich with a basket of sweet potato fries for my husband.

North Beach Grill lunchFor our dinner one night, we dined here at Sundae Cafe.  It is located in a strip shopping center beside a gas station and a liquor store.  I know that doesn’t sound very promising, but if you go, you MUST eat here.

Sundae Cafe tybee islandsundaecafe.com

And this is why:  This dish…this pan fried pecan chicken with  peach chutney. OH MY GOODNESS.  I know you don’t go to the beach for fried chicken, but when you are allergic to shellfish you have to find something else to eat.  But, even if I could eat shrimp, I would still get this chicken.  It was THAT good…melt in your mouth tender.  I would have never thought to pair peach anything with fried chicken, but trust me.  It works.  The mashed potatoes were also great, and the succotash was divine.  You must try this.  Okay?? (Can you tell I liked it?:))

Sundae Cafe pan fried pecan chickenNow let me warn you.  Sundae Cafe is small.  And it is crowded, but we got lucky lucky lucky.  When we arrived (with no reservation) there were 2 seats available they offered us at the end of the bar. (Otherwise it was a wait of an hour and a half.:()  So we took our seat there (and we don’t drink, but it was fine.)  With our backs to the rest of the restaurant, it was actually kind of cozy and private.  The lady next to me finished her meal and left, and no one took her seat there, so it wasn’t crowded at the bar at all.  We had a wonderfully attentive server in the bartender lady (who actually graduated with someone from our hometown…how is THAT for a small world?!)  Bread was served with a yummy garlic parmesan butter dipping sauce before our meal, and we ordered a slice of Snickers pie for dessert that we had for a late night snack at Ebbtide.   Their desserts are not to be missed.  (I knew they sold out early so being the smart girl that I am, I placed my dessert order when I ordered my meal.:))

Sundae Cafe dessertsThere was another place that I had really wanted to eat while we were there – the Tybee Island Social Club – famous for their fish tacos (and I dearly love fish tacos!)

Tybee Island Social Club exteriortybeeislandsocialclub.com

Unfortunately, the day we had planned to eat there, we pulled into their parking lot around 11:50 for lunch…not a single car in sight.  So I thought they were not open for lunch that day.  Wrong.  They opened at 12, and everyone was parked in the back.  We ate somewhere else, and when we came back by, the parking lot out front was full.  I will just have to enjoy their fish tacos the next time we visit the island.

Tybee island Social Club interiortybeeislandsocialclub.com

And just for fun…The couple who started the Tybee Island Social Club, Sarah Lanier and Kurtis Schumm, were married almost two years ago (this month).  If you like reading about weddings (like I do:)), you can find out all about their fun and pretty beach ceremony here and here.

weddingsavannahmagazine.com photo by leeann ritch

Okay..now what were we talking about?..Oh yes, Tybee food!  I don’t know if you have been able to tell from my photos, but Tybee Island is not like other beach towns.  There are no tall condos on the beach…no outlet malls.  Going to Tybee is like stepping back into time to a beach town from decades ago.  Case in point:  The Sugar Shack.

The Sugar Shack Tybee IslandIf you need an ice cream treat, this is one of the places you can go on the island. It began its life 30 years ago as a beach side ice cream stand by four brothers…the oldest of whom was 14 at the time.  Today it looks to be stuck a few decades back in a time.

The Sugar Shack menu Tybee IslandIt still has an ice cream menu, but it also serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and it is still run by two of the brothers – along with help from their mom.

The Sugar Shack ice cream menu Tybee IslandThat’s my generous serving of a coffee ice cream cone being held by my husband for me.  He had a milkshake. The service was good for us, but I understand the lines are slow and out the door in summer.

coffee ice cream cone at the Sugar Shack Tybee IslandThe Sugar Shack isn’t the only place for breakfast on the little island (nor is it the only place with a line.)  Here’s the most popular place, and they have a line of folks wrapped around the building every single day – The Breakfast Club. It’s not much to look at, but the breakfasts there are great.

The Breakfast Club Tybeesource

Here is part of their menu so you can get an idea of what they serve.

menu from the Breakfast Club on Tybee islandthebreakfastclubtybee.com

And here are a few more places for your dining pleasure.:)

Beach Bites Tybee Island

Seaside Sweets Tybeevoices.yahoo.com

And now we can talk about shopping. With all the house gawking and eating, we did not do a great deal of shopping.  There is a typical beach-town downtown area.

Tybee downtown

But there was one shop I really enjoyed for shopping…Seaside Sisters.Seaside Sisters shop Tybee Island

Seaside Sisters shop interiorThey carried many (all?) of Mary Kay Andrews’ books in this cute store.

Seaside Sisters book sectionAnd Mary Kay has her own booth there full of vintage goodies.

Seaside Sisters in Mary Kay Andrews booth

Do you spy a little iron in front of the yellow toy kitchen there on the bottom shelf? She was just too sweet to resist.

toy iron

I brought her home to live here.:)And I am hoping that one day we will have a laundry area where she can be used for decoration.  In the meantime, I am happy to have a reminder of our fun trip to Tybee and Mary Kay Andrew’s house.

So who won the Mary Kay Andrews’  books?  you might ask. There were 256 entries, and the  lucky comment was …

winning numberand it belonged to this comment:

winning comment

Congratulations Paula! I will be getting in touch with you to mail your prizes to you very soon.  And thank you to all of you who left comments on the posts and to those of you who shared the house love by pinning the photos on your Pinterest boards.  I appreciate it so very much!

leaving TybeeSo let’s say goodbye to Tybee Island for a little while and turn our attention to Easter Sunday. We have a big outside lunch planned here for the day, but rain is on its way again.  (Have I ever had a party when it didn’t rain???) I hope your weekend is full of blessings.  Do you have plans?

We’d love to hear!

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Andrea - April 17, 2014 - 11:23 pm

The Sundae Café has the BEST fish tacos!!! Seaside sister’s was a great place to shop! You hit all the best stops at Tybee!!! What a great post!
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Andrea, as much as I love fish tacos, I don’t think I would choose them over that chicken dish. LOL…maybe the tacos for lunch and go back at dinner for the chicken! I am glad to know I hit the best places.
Kelly

Pinky at Designs by Pinky - April 17, 2014 - 11:33 pm

We just got home from a …AHEM….vacation in Fl. NOT the vacatin we had planned or hoped for. However we made the best of it and are now home as of today. Loved seeing Tybee! I will put that on my list of places to go!
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I’m sorry it wasn’t the vacation you had planned, but at least you were able to go somewhere Pinky. :) Do add Tybee to your list of places to visit. (And when you go, eat some fish tacos for me, please.) ha ha.
Thanks for reading and leaving your comment.
Kelly

Louvina - April 18, 2014 - 12:01 am

Almost missed this latest post— glad I saw it— but now I am soo wanting coffee ice cream!! At midnight!:) And that little iron– I had a pretend one but it didn’t heat. As a young girl, I loved to iron and was taught how by my grandmother doing hankies and pillowcases. We had sprinkling bottles made out of Pepsi bottles and the ironing had to be sprinkled down the night before and rolled up so it would iron up nicely. Remember, wash on Monday, iron onTuesday—:) Sweet memories! Big plans for Sunday, with an old friend coming for Easter dinner– have known her for 50+ years. Have some special activities planned— I dyed eggs tonight (found dye -able ones that look like real eggs) so I gathered special craft items to use, painted black chalk ones from WS to use as place settings, a candy -off which the girl’s find the most disgusting holiday candies to try (yuck) and a really fun jousting peeps game— 2 peeps with a toothpick as a sword placed in the microwave and — well, let’s just say it is the funniest thing ever!! We’ve never grown up!! Hope you have a wonderful family time on this Holiest of all holidays. Peace and love to all.

Mimi - 247 Mulberry Lane - April 18, 2014 - 12:14 am

Kelly, thanks so much for all the wonderful Tybee Beach posts. Just by reading them I feel like I had a vacation without the hassle of packing, traveling, or added expense. I’m loving this vicarious vacation experience!:-)

One of my favorite pictures is the white clapboard church–now that’s my idea of a great wedding venue. So romantic!

As for the vintage booth, I think I spy a duplicate of my first grade lunch box hiding in there, and my mother had an iron similar to the one you brought home. I am just telling myself that I’m not getting old–I’m vintage! Have a blessed Easter weekend!

L.J. - April 18, 2014 - 1:47 am

Kelly, thank you for sharing Tybee Island with us. I feel as if I’ve had a mini-vacation. I do know for sure that coffee ice cream looks so good–I could lick it right now before it starts to melt–hmm-mm-m dee-lish!

Katrina - April 18, 2014 - 5:50 am

Oh shoot, I didn’t win…..but I am on page 200 of “Beach Rental” that I checked out from the library! Love all the food pics…remember I’m the one who loves it when skinny people like you enjoy a good meal! I am hosting Easter meal at our house for family and two best friends…one of which had a birthday yesterday so dessert will be cake. I am kinda’ cheating because I am buying a heavenly ham but I will make the rest from scratch.I debated making your raspberry ribbon salad but decided on a strawberry salad instead as we have so many strawberry lovers. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Easter!!! Oh and I am happy you bought your vintage iron….baby steps to thrifting!!

Arlene@Nanaland - April 18, 2014 - 7:37 am

Oh how I love Tybee Island and I hope the secret does not get out!! We have been eating ice cream at the Sugar Shack since my kids were little. And Sundae Cafe….so delish. I do wish it would move to a place where the parking is better. My sis in law’s beach house is near the light house. Actually her home is part of old Fort Screven. In many of our family pictures made at her house, the lighthouse is in the background. I think MK Andrews would love their place because it is really retro and old time beach house. Next time I am at Tybee I hope to get by Seaside Sisters. Of course, I will have to bring home a special treasure like you did Kelly!! Looking forward to seeing your Easter Tablescape….I am sure it will be charming.

Jill - April 18, 2014 - 7:55 am

Thanks for taking us along on your vacation Kelly! Those Tybee Island people need to tap you to work for their Department of Tourism. Ha! The wonderful cottages sold me, but the food put me over the top. Everything sounded so delicious.
I hope you have a wonderful Easter! I’ll be hosting dinner at my house too.

judy - April 18, 2014 - 8:51 am

i was hoping you included Tybee Social Club in your list and was so glad to see that you did! last time we went to savannah/tybee island my sweet friend amanda of the fabulous blog dixie delights recommended tybee social club and their fish tacos….i have yet to find any that can hold a candle to the ones there. didn’t you love the way that place looked? when we were there it was in february so the plastic tarps were still up in places. i know what you mean about parking…we were lucky enough to find one out front but had a hard time at first finding the place…it was kind of hidden (small).

hope you all have a wonderful blessed easter with your family. all kids and grandkids will be here so i better get off the computer and go to the grocery store!

Cheri - April 18, 2014 - 10:40 am

As always…wonderful pictures and suggestions. We have been to Savannah many times but never to Tybee (shame on us). Hope to get there some day. I love that scale you showed in MKA items, wish I knew how much it was. Have a wonderful Easter.

Dawn - April 18, 2014 - 10:49 am

Kelly,

WE will be going to my In-Laws Saturday to celebrate Easter and then to my parents Lake house for Easter Sunday. I am looking forward to both. My Mom always does traditional Easter meals but my Mother-in-Law never does. I am looking forward to the desserts the most. Mom is making strawberry pie at my request instead of angel food cake with green coconut grass and candy eggs. My Mother-in Law is making homemade sugar cookies! Have a happy and rain free Easter!

Nancy McLendon - April 18, 2014 - 11:38 am

Kelly, what a wonderful “trip” down memory lane for me. Sandy and I LOVE both Savannah and Tybee and go several times a year … usually just for fun. Sometimes just for the day; other times for several. You highlighted a number of our favorite spots, too. Next time, try the Sundae Cafe during the day. Totally different experience.

Keep writing!

Bonnie Bryant - April 18, 2014 - 6:07 pm

The Sundae Cafe also has great fish tacos! Just like you don’t think of chicken at the beach, you don’t usually think of pizza, either. HucaPoos pizza ( on hwy. 80 in the Tybee Oaks shopping area) is a real “dive joint”, but you can eat outside. Their pizza is some of the best I have ever had and is reasonably prices.

Debra - April 19, 2014 - 4:30 pm

Looks like your trip was not only very visually stimulating, but oh so delectable. You have to love casual, easy beach town living, if only for a short trip. Looks like you had a wonderful time. Thanks for the share of life in the south. I hope the rain holds off for your Easter celebration. We are suppose to have sun and possibly 70 degrees tomorrow. I’m so happy to finally have some wonderful spring days. Well, no cooking here, as my husband is taking the whole family out for Easter brunch. It is at a charming Garden/Event venue made from an old brick warehouse. We did Mothers Day there last year and enjoyed it so much. Have a Happy Easter with your loved ones Kelly. Will there be an Easter post of your holiday décor? Hope so…

Debra

Leslie - April 19, 2014 - 5:13 pm

Great post! My family can’t wait to try out all these places in Tybee this August! Thanks, Kelly for all of the pictures and ideas. Happy Easter!

Kitty - April 21, 2014 - 12:21 pm

What perfect timing on your post. We are headed to Tybee the second week of May – to stay in another of the Mermaid Cottages. Looking forward to checking out your recommendations!

Paula B. - April 22, 2014 - 4:26 pm

Kelly, again thanks so much for the birthday surprise, I’ m still celebrating the big “60″ one week later. As you know – I am a devoted fan and think the world of your blog. What more can I say, it was serendipity that I’d be the winner on the 13th! Someday I will visit Tybee along with so many of the other wonderful places you take us to via this amazing blog.

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