If you’ve never been caught in the midst of an airline snafu while traveling, consider yourself lucky. I was one of the fortunate ones whose Delta flight was only changed six times and delayed over five hours. Even that inconvenience didn’t damper the wonderful time I had in Georgia with my son and his family. I could have spent weeks shopping and cooking in Atlanta for these guys!
Upon arrival I went into full mom/grandma mode. Hubby wasn’t able to make this trip with me but I upheld the tradition of making the first stop to the grocery store. Of course there were supplies at the house, but not my supplies. Meaning, things I want to cook/bake. To say that my Georgia family was overjoyed would be an understatement. My daughter-in-law is not a baker so her kitchen wasn’t equipped or stocked with what I needed. This was a situation where when in Rome go the semi-homemade route with baked goods.
When grandma comes to visit you have glazed doughnuts dipped in a heavier glaze and coated with Fruity Pebbles for breakfast. A bit over the top? Yes! The two pounds of bacon I cooked disappeared in a flash and so did the waffles.
The fur babies; Jake (we always call him Jake from State Farm) and his sister Lady Tabitha waited patiently for the tiniest crumbs to fall to the floor. Instead of making tacos we had nachos, much quicker to make and less standing. Everyone was waiting for Saturday which was gumbo day. I had promised my son I would make gumbo when he came home for Father’s Day but my injury was too fresh at the time. This was my opportunity to make it up to him.
In between taking over the kitchen I made it to a few of the places I wanted to visit. The Mall of Georgia is huge and we barely skimmed the surface. The first stop was the Godiva Shop. Casey thinks this place is heaven sent!
We wandered in and out of a few more stores including Williams Sonoma but I was itching to get to World Market and it did not disappoint. It was foodie heaven! Good thing I didn’t drive because my budget would have been shot.
Bakers have the ability to spot a boutique bakery a mile away and I spotted one in a strip mall. Of course we had to go in. The menu was filled with all sorts of tempting flavors, unfortunately they were out of chocolate and vanilla which nixed pretty much any flavor or combo that we wanted. No worries because the next day I made it to Cami Cakes. It’s the bakery that I’ve wanted to visit for a long time and their cases were filled with every flavor I could dream of plus more. I’m going to do a review but for now just let me say it was off the hook!!!
Finally, it was time for Gumbo and the last semi-homemade treat. The tedious part of making gumbo is the prep. There’s lots of veggies to be chopped, plus slicing the sausage and getting the chicken ready for browning. My daughter-in-law does have a set of the most gorgeous stock posts that were just the right size for me to make a trough full. Trying to get a shot of a simmering pot of gumbo with your smartphone is no easy feat let me tell ya!
Earlier in the morning I made chocolate chip cookies and froze them. Partly so they would be cold enough for the ice cream, and to keep them away from my cookie monster grandsons. While the gumbo was simmering I made Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream Sandwiches and rolled them in mini chocolate chips. That’s what I call going big before you go home. Everyone was full and I was so happy that I had the chance to spoil them. Shopping and cooking in Atlanta was a major success!
We’re already making plans for Christmas and this year I will really try to get a head start on everything. Come October please remind me that I said that.
I’m sharing my Atlanta adventures at the following parties.