Thursday, May 21, 2009

Foodie Friday

Welcome to Foodie Friday and I'm so glad to get to take part in this wonderful event hosted by our Most Wonderful Diva of Everything, Gollum. Please go to visit her at Designs by Gollum for more food players today!

During our Cousin Reunion, we all drove to Mentone, Alabama, just around the corner from Desoto State Park and had lunch upon the huge wrap around porch of The Mentone Springs Hotel. The weather was so good to us and it was cool with a little tiny breeze, just perfect for an out on the porch lunch. Look at that charger below!
You know I have to slip a little bit of my trip in here... ;) You'll still love me, won't cha? I just wanted to share a little history with you. ~ the old hotel was built in 1884 by Dr. J. Frank Caldwell of Pennsylvania. He had visited here on Lookout Mt. while ill and his health was restored after drinking the mineral spring water on the property! He sold all his possessions, moved to Mentone and built this wonderful Queen Anne Victorian Hotel, which is the oldest hotel in the state of Alabama.

There are only nine guest rooms here! Wish we had known about this place - I would have escaped a few nightmares! :) Anyway, the wrap around porch sprawls across the entire length of the building and my cousins and I had a lovely time of chatting and eating.
Now our Dear Gollum has said we can post any kind of food - made from scratch or whatever. So I'm showing you my tiny lunch.

As you can see, I feasted on this beautiful wedge salad with homemade blue cheese dressing, grape tomatoes, carrots, purple onion slices and bean sprouts on the side. Yummyness! I did share some with Mr. Precious! ;)
Guess what this is? I think it almost looks like sweet rolls of some kind. No no Nannette! It's green fried tomatoes! I had one and they were delicious!
You know I must share a little with you. Right across from where I sat on the porch was this old weather worn cupboard! Oh, if this little darling could talk ~ I'm sure she would have had many tales to tell me of what dishes she had held.
Here is a little Koi pond in front of the hotel. I just thought it was the cutest thing! Look at the fish drooling all over the place! I'm so glad I didn't see this before I ate! I could have lost my appetite! :)

More twig furniture. I love this stuff!
No place is perfect with out a rooster and here is a glorious yard bird with his little chicky!
I just had to show you the bathroom. It was so cute and a little gawdy! But hey, if I were built in 1884 I'd be gawdy too! :)
No trip is complete for me without at least one Bathroom snap! I pulled Mother into the Bathroom snap with me. What a glorious vision we are! Hey, why is my tiny face always so shiny!! Smile, Mommy!
There you have it, Dear Bored Ones, my Foodie Friday with a little of my visit to Mentone, Alabama thrown in!

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~

Mountain Music

Oh, play me some mountain music
Like grandma and grandpa used to play
Then I'll float on down the river
To a Cajun hideaway

Drift away like Tom Sawyer
Ride a raft with ol' Huck Finn
Take a nap like Rip Van Winkle
Daze dreamin' again

Oh, play me some mountain music
Like grandma and grandpa used to play
Then I'll float on down the river
To a Cajun hideaway

Swim across the river
Just to prove that I'm a man
Spend the day bein' lazy
Just bein' nature's friend

Climb a long tall hick'ry
Bend it over, "skinnin' cats."
Playin' baseball with chert rocks
Usin' sawmill slabs for bats

Play some back-home, come-on music
That comes from the heart
Play something with lots of feelin'
'Cause that's where music has to start

Oh, play me some mountain music
Like grandma and grandpa used to play
Then I'll float on down the river
To a Cajun hideaway, hey hey

Oh play me mountain music
Oh play me mountain music
Oh play me mountain music
Oh play
~sung by Alabama


  1. What a neat place :) Adorable things there! Your food looked yummy :)

    All the best,

  2. That looks like a wonderful place. I love that old cupboard! I would love to mosaic the top and the door fronts!!

  3. You and your mom look so beautiful! And I loved the combo food and tour of a beautiful place....BONUS!

  4. I do believe this was a perfect post for Foodie Friday. It looks like just the kind of place we would love to visit, and I would have tasted one of those fried green tomatoes, too.

  5. What a great restaurant, your salad looked delicious, but I can never just eat a salad! I'd be hungry in half an hour!

    Love your diva shot, great to see you mum up and about again!

  6. Awwwwwh gosh golly! I ADORE fried green tomatoes! So far I've been a total failure at my attempts to fry them at home however - wish someone would give me a "no fail" recipe!
    You are just the cutest bathroom diva of them all! (I still need to give that a try!)
    See ya!

  7. Neat old hotel, Shelia!! Your lunch looks wonderful.

    You and your mother are beautiful!! Lovely Bathroom Diva's!

    I posted my lunch with Jeanne. No cooking, this week!

  8. Terrific!
    From the top, through beautiful, yummmy vedge salad (I'm really hungry),
    marvelous old furniture
    Very Pretty Divas!Really great shots!

    Have a great and blessed weekend, Shelia!

  9. Hi Sweet Shelia, I love the food and the tour...but best of all are those 2 beautiful ladies!!
    Oh, I would had to have carried those chairs right out of that bathroom...that are too pretty!
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend! Nancy

  10. What a neat place to visit! It looks a little run-down in the yard, but I'm guessing that's just because the growing season has only started.
    You and your mom look SO cute today. Wow, she looks really great for her age. And your face is shiny because it's GLOWING with health and youthful beauty!

    Justiney :o )

  11. Shelia, you and your mom are so cute. I'm always amazed at how you look just like her. I know she loves every minute with you.

    The place looks really neat!

  12. I love this place--one day I would love to visit all these old hotels and B&B's! That cupboard is something--no aging required there. loved your picture and your mom looks great! Your fried GREEN tomatoes look heavenly--we both have tomatoes on our mind!

  13. What a neat place! And your dinner looked reallllly good! I love the pic of you and your sweet Mom! :-)

  14. The salad looks so good and I've never had fried green tomatoes. They look good too!


  15. O, dear sweetness one with the tiny do look so much like your tiny little momma..both of you are precious.
    I loved this post..every single bit of it...
    xo bj

  16. Looks like you had a great time with your cousins and Mom. The Inn looks so interesting and the food yummy!

  17. You're a great tour guide...and Foodie Friday participant...loved those I want to go there...

  18. I don't live too far from where they filmed the movie "Fried Green Tomatoes"...and they are delicious! Happy Foodie Friday! Have a great weekend ~ Susan

  19. That food looks great, Shelia, and it looks like you all had a great time! Love the bathroom divas!


    Sheila :-)

  20. A great looking salad and fried green tomatoes -- I don't think a lunch could get better than that!

  21. Great post, the place, the food, your dear mom, all wonderful!

  22. Shelia, I absolutely adored this foodie trip. I live in the south and haven't heard of this place--what a joyful discovery. I loved the picture of you and your mother!
    I'm sending you happy Memorial Day weekend wishes, dear one!

  23. What a beautiful place to have lunch!
    And I love your "bathroom snap" idea!
    ~Really Rainey~

  24. Oh those green fried tomatoes are making me drool. But then again anything fried makes me drool. Stop by and visit my food post; if you like what you see, click on the "Follow" button on the right. Also, think about placing my boutique button on your site for easy access. It's the Gold Frame on the top right side that has porcelain roses. Should you want me to add you to my Food Blog list, just leave me a message.

  25. You have just the cutest smile, Shelia! Your name is just as fun as you are... ;-) Love that place you stayed at. Definitely will be on the "must go to" list for another time. Have to stay put this summer...

    I'm being a sweetie, and much hugs to you... Chandy

  26. Fun post. It looks like you had a fabulous time. You and your mom are the ultimate diva's ♥

  27. What a beautiful hotel - I LOVE the porch! Your lunch looked quite yummy & you & mom are adorable! ☺ Diane

  28. I so enjoyed the tour. I hope you had a truly wonderful time. Enjoy the long weekend.

  29. What a gorgeous hotel! So many beautiful things, but I really love the twig furniture. And that porch is to die for. Your lunch looked wonderful, and those are the prettiest fried green tomatoes I've ever seen! Just add some fried pickles and I'd be in heaven. Kathy

  30. Morning Shelia~

    I'm so glad you shared your trip with us...what a lovely story that goes with this hotel, too. I love the cupboard but the twig still my heart. :)

    Hope you have a wonderful Memorial weekend!

    Hugs~ J

  31. P.S. Love that picture of you & your Mother~ your both stunning....she looks like she is doing really well! So happy for that!

  32. Thanks for taking us on a trip to Mentone :-) The hotel looks like a wonderful place for a getaway. Love the charger plate and the old weathered cupboard. They really give you a feel for the history of the hotel.

    Kelly @ DesignTies

  33. Hubby and I stayed in that hotel one night probably about twelve (?) years ago. My son was filming a movie that was being shot in Mentone, and we were extras in the film. The scene we were in was shot in the ballroom of that Hotel. Alas, we wound up on the "cutting room floor" thus nipping our promising movie careers in the bud!

    It was a real dump back then, but not long after that, an interior designer from Birmingham bought it, and renovated it, and turned into a great B&B. I have heard that it has become quite the charming place with really good food.

    Your post makes me want to go back.

    One final thought: at the time they had an "antique" shop -- really a collection of dilapidated old junk originally from the hotel. The owners at that time were undercapitalized and were trying to raise money any way they could. I am still sick that I didn't buy a very long wicker sofa which was only about $100! I thought it needed too much work, so I passed. Now I would grab it in a heartbeat!


  34. What a cute post!!! I love the bathroom shot - wonder what's behind that shower curtain? I'm plagued by shiny skin too... 40 years old and I still have oily skin... grrrrrrr!

  35. I love this post!!! Full of all kinds of fun things to look at. Pardon me while I covet that old cupboard. It is fabulous!!!!! Gimme...gimee...tee hee..

    Have a lovely weekend,

  36. What an amazing place. And the food looked so yummy too!

    The Raggedy Girl

  37. What a charming place. But not nearly as charming as you and your mommy. Ya'll are just cute as buttons! Seeing the two of you in the bathroom mirror put a smile on my face and warmed my heart. :)

  38. Hi Sheila
    Thanks for taking me on a little trip to Alabama. I love that hotel. What an amazing place. I love the porch. Your food looks delicious.
    Have a lovely weekend.

  39. What a wonderful trip. That salad...I think I am going to make that this weekend....presentation is everything! And, that still my heart! Thank you for sharing...and you are not are GLOWING sister!

    Smiles ~ Ramona

  40. Hi Shelia,
    I love Mentone Alabama and have eaten at the Mentone Inn lots of times!

    Looks like you all had a great time.
    :) Diane

  41. I was thrilled to recognize this hotel. About 14 years ago Nalley and I along with my parents went to a craft show in Mentone and I remember this hotel. Glad to see that it has been refurbished and seems to be thriving now. I can just imagine enjoying lunch on that beautiful porch. Your salad looks so good! Always good to see you and your Mom together. You both are just radiant. Have a great weekend.

  42. Sweet Shelia...I loved your Foodie Friday post and I loved the pictures of the room and bath. Now, the drooling are right about that one. was interesting! Now your post was NOT boring...I mean..good grief! Did you see mine? Nothing! Nada! Yes, I do have nice new bloggy dress to do me through the 4th of July...but nothing much else. ~smile~
    I am going to be busy through the weekend...Grad stuff...and other things.
    Your posts are always the cutest...and your Mommy is adorable!
    Have a wonderful weekend my friend!

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  44. You and your mom are just too cute, Shelia! Love that hotel, it looks very itneresting....Christine

  45. Hello Sweet Sheila, I just love coming to your blog. You've had the most beautiful posts since I've been here last. I loved your post with your Mom. How pretty you both are! Your foodie posts always look so yummy. I love your new little Crossed Stitched Gal! GIve Chloe Dawn and hug from me!
    Bless you, Shirl
    Shirls Rose Cottage

  46. What a great place and your lunch looked delicious! I've never had fried green tomatoes, but I'd love to try!


  47. Delicious!
    The photos are all gorgeous.

    Happy Memorial Day! :)

  48. May you have a wonderful Memorial day weekend my friend...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  49. Want the cupboard. Love the pond. And the chickens. And the food. Take me next time.

  50. That place looks awesome---and so did that lunch, especially the fried green tomatoes!! YUMMY!!

    You and your mom are so danged cute in that Bathroom Shot!! I laughed so loud when I saw it my little kitty fell off my lap in fright!! That's true!

    I love your new banner!

    Hope you and yours are enjoying the weekend. L, Dana

  51. Shelia, this looks like such a quaint and wonderful place to visit. I enjoyed getting to see it. laurie

  52. That hotel looks really cool! It must have been so fun to have lunch there! The food lookd delicious. I'm sure I'd leave stuffed!

    I think my favorite thing is that weathered cupboard. I also love the koi pond!

    What a great pic of you and your precious mother! You two look so happy!


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