Hello school :) This is one of my favorite times of year. Freshly sharpened pencils, Shiny new backpacks and barely worn bright white tennis shoes. Converse high tops seem to be THE shoe to be wearing this year :)
So grateful the first couple of days are done and all is good. No major melt downs. Got good teachers and friends in their classes. High school for one of them, fifth grade for the other. And so far the only damage is a few gray hairs for mom and dad.
As the school year begins, I am just kinda hangin' onto summer! We were lucky enough to get away for a bit. Both kids had camp the same week, so Blake and I were able to spend a couple days on the road. We hit the highway in search of some old general stores in the deep south. Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee did not disappoint. The flavors of the south are rich, comforting and stick to your ribs. We just ate our way through each state line. One of our first stops was Memphis BBQ Co.
I don't think I've ever been to a more authentic soda shop. It was old, and charming and better than I could have imagined. Loved looking through the old general store. Brought the kids home some good old fashioned jacks. Been playing jacks all summer. Best part is they don't even require a charger...ha ha!
Hand written menu just like the old days. PB&J, Pimento Cheese, and one of my childhood favorites...Peanut Butter & Banana. My heart did flips remembering mashing bananas with my mom and sisters.
Our next stop, Franklin, Tennessee.
We were overwhelmed with all the possibilities on new popcorn flavors! How would you like popcorn seasoned with parmesan pesto? Bucktown Brown Mustard & Honey? California Citrus? Hot Chili Chocolate? Red Thai Curry? Black Dust Coffee? Is your mouth watering yet? They had tons to choose from and inspired blends from all over the world.
This sweet little town has such good manners. Such a graceful southern charm here. I would happily hang my hat here if I wasn't born and raised in Texas. Rich civil war history, lovely little shops, and the locals are just down right friendly. Loved every bit of it.
Now on to Nashville. Although we only had a day here in Music City, we loved it. We managed to cram in some delicious eats, live music and the Country Music Hall of Fame.
There wasn't enough time to go to Graceland, but the Country Music Hall of fame made up for that. Pretty amazing to see Elvis's gold plated caddy and piano.
There was so much, it was hard to take it all in. So many artists have donated their personal items and it truly is something to see. The handwritten lyrics on notebooks gave us such a vivid image. I could just picture Alan Jackson watching the events unfold on September 11, 2001 and start scribbling the lyrics to this song. Such incredible pieces of history.
It was good to get away, but so happy to be back in Texas poppin' corn. Gearing up for Fall and our busiest time of the year. By the way did you know we now have Crave VIPop cards? 10 punches and you get a FREE popcorn of your choice! Y'all come by get ya one :)