Last Tuesday, Andrew and I left Dallas and headed to Savannah, Georgia so that we could hang out with Jamie and Brooke Deen and be a part of the new Paula Deen Network.
About two and a half years ago, Brooke Deen reached out to me because she had seen my blogs and thought we had a lot in common. Over the last few years (through really good times and really bad times), we have cemented a truly genuine friendship.
Back before Christmas, Jamie reached out to me and tipped me off that they were going to be creating a Paula Deen Network and that he’d love me to be a part of it…so, now that the network is about to be launched (it launches this September), they invited us out to film.
As a side note, back in 2005, Andrew and I went to Savannah on vacation just to eat at their restaurant The Lady and Sons. To say this was a full circle moment would be an understatement :).
Savannah bound 🙂
When we landed in Savannah and were walking to baggage claim, I looked up and saw these two really sweet ladies Cheryl and Lauren waiting for me :). They had seen my Instagram pic earlier in the morning (the first pic on this post with my flight info on it) and wanted to say hi to me and welcome me to Savannah. They were sooooooo sweet!! Thank you so much ladies! You made my morning!!
After we checked into our hotel, we headed to a lunch at a pub (nothing better than a pub burger!).
As we were walking back to our car, we went past The Lady and Sons restaurant (the famous restaurant Paula and her sons started 25 years ago). Seriously, when we went to Savannah 9 years ago, it was pretty much just to eat at this restaurant.
When we got back to our hotel, Jamie had dropped off a goody bag filled with things he and Brooke love in Savannah (soaps, honey, beer and cookies…perfection!).
And then that night, Jamie and Brooke picked us up at our hotel and we went to dinner at Pacci. Listen, the trip was a total blast but my very, very, very favorite part was just hanging out with Jamie and Brooke on Tuesday night. We are so much alike, we raise our kids the same way, we have the same values and beliefs, the same interests…we are truly good friends.
If you’re in the Savannah area and haven’t eaten at Pacci, you should! This is the secret garden area behind the restaurant. And listen…order the short ribs. Seriously. Order them.
Mr. Deen and Me 🙂
So, the next morning, we were to be at Paula’s house at 9:45. Paula used to film everything in her real house (the same kitchen/backyard and such you see on her TV show), but then a few years ago she got tired of living and filming in the same house, so she moved down the road. We went to her studio house to film segments for the Paula Deen Network that begins this fall.
Andrew was sitting out in the audience (yes, they bring in an audience of about 30 people for each taping and they sit in her living room area) and Jamie asked him to come participate. They made some fancy grilled cheese sandwiches together.
So cool! This is the Paula Deen kitchen I have seen a million times on TV and all of MY ingredients for MY recipe are sitting out on the counter for me to make! So stinkin’ cool!
Introducing me before my segment begins 🙂
Paula Deen was just as sweet and wonderful in person as I had wanted her to be. I felt like I had known her forever and that we were old friends. She was so sweet! And I loved that she wanted to see pictures of my kids…and I showed her pics of all of them…all three of them :).
I’m not going to spoil any surprises…but we taped 5 segments that day and they were so much fun. When I have air dates and recipe information, I will share it with you. Let me just say this…at one point, Paula fed me a meatball…while I was blindfolded. Things got crazy ;).
Around 3:00, we were done taping, so Andrew and I hit the streets of Savannah for some walking and looking.
And then the Deen family treated us to The Lady and Sons for dinner that night.
Andrew and I had the VERY best time being a part of The Paula Deen Network! If you haven’t signed up for it, you should! This new network works off of your Smart TV and digital device and I really think it will revolutionize how we view cooking shows, download recipes, create shopping lists and so much more. Click here to sign up today!
Andrew and I loved our Savannah trip. The best part though was just spending time with the Deen family. They are as sweet, thoughtful, grateful, humble and sincere as you would think. They truly are friends for life.
So…what’s cookin’ in my kitchen this week? Well, it’s Meal Planning Monday…
…click here to see the simple and yummy meals I have planned for your week.
And I showed you Paula’s kitchen today…so tomorrow, I think I’ll show you my kitchen too :).