hello school, goodbye summer

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 :)

Just a few of our best friends sporting high top chuck taylors....they were swarming  the halls in Murphy, Texas! 

Just a few of our best friends sporting high top chuck taylors....they were swarming  the halls in Murphy, Texas! 

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.

Time please stop...this just makes my heart ache...they are way too old.

Time please stop...this just makes my heart ache...they are way too old.

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.  

This place is amazing. A Memphis must.  It's been seen on the hit show Diners Drive-in's & Dives.

This place is amazing. A Memphis must.  It's been seen on the hit show Diners Drive-in's & Dives.

They serve pork rinds as an appetizer instead of chips & hot sauce.

They serve pork rinds as an appetizer instead of chips & hot sauce.

Fried mac ' n cheese was just heavenly!

Fried mac ' n cheese was just heavenly!

Seriously? You gain a few pounds just lookin' at this, right?

Seriously? You gain a few pounds just lookin' at this, right?

A. Schwab's is the oldest store still open on Beale street.   

A. Schwab's is the oldest store still open on Beale street.   

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!

Sippin' ice cold Barg's root beer and singing along to "My girl" was dreamy to me.

Sippin' ice cold Barg's root beer and singing along to "My girl" was dreamy to me.

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.

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A little research at the Savory Spice Shop.  The smells in this little shop were intoxicating.  Blake's heaven.

A little research at the Savory Spice Shop.  The smells in this little shop were intoxicating.  Blake's heaven.

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.  

They let you taste them all too.  Just dump a little in your hand, taste, and toss it on the floor.

They let you taste them all too.  Just dump a little in your hand, taste, and toss it on the floor.

The Carter House is a plantation where the battle of Franklin took place.  The tour was amazing.  The folks that run the tours are passionate about the history and describe the battle and the family in incredible detail.  Definitely take this tour!  You will love it.  

The Carter House is a plantation where the battle of Franklin took place.  The tour was amazing.  The folks that run the tours are passionate about the history and describe the battle and the family in incredible detail.  Definitely take this tour!  You will love it.  

Cold beer in a mason jar.  Yes!

Cold beer in a mason jar.  Yes!

Boats glued to the ceiling at Puckett's Boat House.  Look at the detail...swimsuits, picnics, tackle.  

Boats glued to the ceiling at Puckett's Boat House.  Look at the detail...swimsuits, picnics, tackle.  

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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. 

Biscuit Love.  That's exactly what it is...love in the form of dough.

Biscuit Love.  That's exactly what it is...love in the form of dough.

These are called Bonuts.  Where biscuits meet donuts and they are absolutely nuts.  So good!

These are called Bonuts.  Where biscuits meet donuts and they are absolutely nuts.  So good!

Walls and walls of gold and platinum. 

Walls and walls of gold and platinum. 

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 :)