Have you ever been to a true deep south family reunion? Me neither, until this weekend that is. We went to Georgia for the weekend, 9 hours down, was supposed to be 8, 2 year old + sippy cup= extra hour. The little Monkey did great! We left at about 6:30 in the evening, so she slept a fair amount. Only one problem, we got to Great Grandma's house just a few minutes before her cousins, who also drove all night. The kids were just awake enough to realize they were all together, so they were ready to play. This is NOT a good thing at 4 am! Anyhow, later that morning we went to the family reunion. There were about 75 people there, and of course everyone brought their best dishes for lunch. Now, where I come from, everyone brings their best dish (singular) and best dessert. Oh no, not in the south! Most people it looked like, brought their 5 best dishes to share, and then dessert as well! We had enough food to feed at least 150 people! It was amazing! We had : pot roast, fried chicken, beef gravy, chicken gravy, mashed potatoes, cheesy potatoes, at least 3 potato casseroles, green beans, lima beans, baked beans, a couple of squash casseroles, corn pudding (yum!), 3 chicken casseroles, several fruit salads and fruit platters, green salad, cabbage salad, `2 types of coleslaw, several types of rolls, jello salads, and so much more that I can't even remember! I won't even tell you about the desserts. Suffice to say, it was amazing. Here is a photo of about half the food.
Needless to say, we all ate too much!!!!!! It was a great time, people in the south are SO friendly, and they are a huggy bunch! I grew up on the west coast, and I loved it, but there is just something about the south. They make you feel like you belong, like you've always been there, not like they just met 15 minutes ago, and oh yeah, I guess you are married to my cousin.
Anyway, the other side of the family found out we were all going to be in town, (there were 13 of us who came down from VA), so they decided we needed to do a mini family reunion on Sunday with that side of the family. So, Grandma and Auntie started cooking again. They made 2 turkeys, a HUGE pan of stuffing, green beans, homemade mac and cheese, homemade rolls, gravy. Then, of course, the rest of the family brought TONS of food as well! We had pork roast, fried chicken, mashed taters, fried okra, creamed corn, pineapple au gratin (amazing!!!!), squash casserole, and a couple other things, can't remember what all. We also had dessert, again. There were about 40 of us that day, and we could have fed 3 times that many. It was incredible! When we left around 5, they were trying to get us to eat again, we were so stuffed, there was just no way!
I can honestly say, we had a wonderful time. It has once again renewed my appreciation for everything Southern! If you ever get a chance, stop by Georgia, it is a gorgeous state, the people are extremely friendly, and they have awesome peaches!
For those of you waiting to see the Master Bedroom reveal, stop by tomorrow, sorry, at the moment, there is laundry all over the floor waiting to be washed, and other trip paraphernalia around, so I need a day to get it back in order!
Thanks for stopping by!