Sunday, March 13, 2011

PEACHES to BEACHES


On Saturday Mr. Chatter and I went on an adventure....

PEACHES to BEACHES  is middle and south Georgia’s counterpart to THE WORLD’S  LONGEST  YARD  SALE.  It begins in Barnesville, GA and travels all the way down Highway 341 to the coast at Brunswick.  We had never participated but decided this year we’d give it a try.  We left home at 7:00 a.m. and took in about 7 or 8 towns and surrounding areas. 



There was definitely a lot of “junque” along the way with people set up on both sides of the highway.  Many places we passed on by, but we made quite a few stops and picked up a few things here and there. 

                I always think of my sister-in-law when I see Raggedys...but she likes the "real" thing!

                                                          Isn't this just the cutest thing? 
 

 We even found a food stand selling FRIED GREEN TOMATOES and they were awesome!  If you’re not a Southerner you might not have ever eaten this yummy treat but trust me...they’re delicious.  (We were so busy devouring them, I forgot to take a picture!)


Here are the things that came home with us....
        These are both candle holders...the big one was $7 & the small one $3 (after I bargained for them!)

We also found an Estate Sale along the way and Mr. Chatter bought this antique oak table to refinish for his office.

Mr. C. loves birdhouses and he found this one for $5.00  We also found some beautiful plants and just had to buy some Gerber Daisies.


I have been wanting an antique watering can for ages but whenever I  found one I wasn't willing to pay $50 or more for it.  I got this one for $15 (again I bargained!)


I also found this cake stand ($2)....you can change the ribbons for whatever season or theme you want ...and 8 salad plates ($4) to match some I already have.

It was an absolutely beautiful spring-like day and we even ran into some homefolks we knew.  With gas almost $3.50 a gallon (and all the tasty treats we gobbled up), I’m not sure we really came out ahead with our good deals, but we enjoyed our day together and will definitely go again next year to see what “junque-ing” treasures we can bring home!

And in case you want to try them, here is my favorite recipe for
FRIED GREEN TOMATOES:
(from Southern Lady Magazine)

5 medium green tomatoes
1 Tbsp. plus 1 tsp. salt  /  1 tsp. pepper
1 cup cornmeal
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 tsp. hot sauce  (optional)

Slice tomatoes 1/4 inch thick.  Place on wire rack & sprinkle with 1 Tbsp. salt.  Let stand 15 minutes.        In medium dish combine cornmeal, flour, 1 tsp. salt, & pepper.   In medium skillet add 1/2 inch oil and heat to 350 degrees.     In shallow bowl combine buttermilk and hot sauce.    Dip tomatoes into this mixture and then into cornmeal and flour mixture.    Place into heated skillet and cook 3-5 minutes per side or until golden brown.  Drain on paper towel and serve immediately.
Yield:  12 to 15 slices
Now that's some good Southern eatin'!

11 comments:

yaya said...

Now that looks like a heap of fun! I started to cry when I saw blue sky, no heavy coats, boots or umbrellas, but I'm OK now. I make fried green tomatoes every summer..my Mother-in-Law was from Florida and taught me how. However, I do like the hot sauce option and will try it next time I make those! We made bacon, lettuce and fried green tomato sandwiches one time and they were tastey! Of all the things you bought, my fav is that cute cake plate..love it!

Molly said...

Just another thing that me and my favorite uncle have in common... I love birdhouses toooo!!

There are two hanging outside my window. They have some exquisite birdhouses at hobby Lobby.

Glad you had a successful peaches to beaches day!! I had a successful one too! My goal this year was to not get into a wreck with a peacher to beacher. Last year I t-boned a lady that pulled out in front of me in FV when I was on my way to work. I could see the building I was going to. I was so close to getting there! Oh well! I got to drive a beautiful Jeep for a while! :)

Gail said...

I bet that was a fun outting! You came home with a few great treasures. Love the watering can and your little oak table.

Have a wonderful day,
Gail

Mind Movies Reviews said...

That looks like a lot of fun! I bet there's a lot of great finds and treasures in there.

Theresa said...

I looked on-line about this wonderful event but couldn't work it out! Remind me next time, I would love to put that on my calendar!

Love all of you sweet finds! Have a blessed day my friend, HUGS!

Kelly said...

This looks like too much fun! I lived in GA for 26 years and never even heard of this!!

Kelly

Mary said...

What a fun day you had...I love "Junque"..You really found some good treasures...really love the cake plate !

Shellbelle said...

I have never heard of this before, but I'll be looking for it next year. Looks like the weather was fabulous and any day I can have fried green tomatoes without making a mess in my kitchen is a good day in my book!

I LOVE that cake plate and what a steal it was and that green candle holder with the dragonfly cutouts is wonderful.

I'm actually taking a break this week, but when I read Peaches to Beaches, I just had to drop in and see what it was all about, since they are two of my most favorite things!

Hugs

Donna @ The House on the Corner said...

I'm so jealous!! I would love to visit endless miles of awesomeness - surrounding me everywhere I looked....table after table of treasures just waiting for me to find them and bring them home to live with me......but I digress ;-)

Great Stuff!!

dana said...

My mom used to fix fried green tomatoes....and I recall that they were amazingly awesome. Wow! I would have loved to have gone to that sale. There was one close by us that advertized as a 40 mile sale, also going from small town to small town. We didn't find much (my pal and I) but we sure had fun trying!

OMG....I love your previous post. What a treasure you have in that scrapbook...and I do think you and your aunt look a bit a like!!

Have a great day!


dana

The Painted Garden said...

Hi,

It is so nice to meet you and thank you for entering my giveaway. What a fun blog you have - loved your photos and going along on your "junking trip" with you.
Have a lovely day.
Blessings,
Erin