I was invited to attend a luncheon with Paula Deen and her husband Michael Groover in Atlanta, sponsored by Springer Mountain Farms Chicken. I will tell you right from the start - that is the ONLY chicken I buy! I tried it last year and we were hooked. DELISH. So I was very excited to attend! When we (rode down with another local blogging friend) arrived at Guy Gunter Home Showroom in Atlanta, they had a gorgeous luncheon set up for us.
Guy Gunter Home is a kitchen, bath and outdoor living consultancy in Atlanta. What a perfect place for our luncheon! It's a wonderful showroom to visit if you are going to do a renovation or update in your home. They have some really cool appliances and fixtures. I had a great time exploring the showroom while we waited for the guest of honor to arrive!
Then Paula Deen walked in the front door. Michael was with her and he is just as kind and down to earth as she is. Paula is teeny-tiny and she is stunning in person. She has the most beautiful blue eyes! First she talked with us (a group of local bloggers) about her brand new network - www.Pauladeen.com, and shared a very funny video clip with us. As a member, you can watch shows, search for recipes, utilize the meal planner and much more! You can get a free trial to check it all out, too.
Here's the recipe!
You have to try Springer Mountain Farms Chicken, if it is available in your area! Once you do, I bet you will be like me, and become a loyal customer of theirs!
After she cooked for us, Paula fixed herself a plate and sat down with us to eat. We really enjoyed getting to talk with her about blogging, social media, her family, and even her pets. She was as genuine and energetic as she seems on TV! She also shared a bit about how she's gotten healthier since her diabetes diagnosis. (First she got rid of everything white in her kitchen: sugar, flour, etc. - then she re-introduced them in moderation after losing weight. Now it is all about portion control!)
Then she took lots of pics with all of us and we got to chat with both her and Michael for a bit - it was great fun! But, that is when I started having problems...
The camera on my phone is usually awesome for taking picures for JKAA. I have gotten some great pics using it! Because of that, I don't even bring my digital camera anymore. But for some reason yesterday, as the event went on, my camera went on the fritz. I didn't notice until I was in the car afterwards, how blurry my Paula & Michael pic was. Another blogger snapped it as well as 3 more, but they all are the same. (I did get a good one with Michael at least!) So please forgive the awful quality of some of these pics, they are all I have. Well, except for priceless memories of a wonderful afternoon spent with Paula, Michael, and some really awesome Atlanta bloggers! So honored to have been included in this event. What a fabulous Monday!
If you are local, don't forget Paula's Live! Holiday Show this Sunday is at the Woodruff Arts Center. Please visit www.pauladeen.com to explore her new network. Finally, check out Springer Mountain Farms Chicken and on FB (link above) to learn why they have such delicious chicken!
Thanks for letting me share this special afternoon with y'all, and check back soon for more giveaways!
I was invited to this event so I could share Paula's Holiday show and network info with y'all. I attended the luncheon with Paula, plus received tickets to her upcoming Atlanta show (some for me, some to give away) as well as the chicken products from Springer Mountain Farms in exchange for writing this post and hosting the ticket giveaway. All opinions are honest, and my own!