|Debbie, I tried to steal your photo on your blog. Smart lady, it wouldn't copy.|
Debbie is a beautiful and talented lady and I treasure her friendship. Debbie is the first of my wonderful blogger friends with whom I have met. She has so many skills and talents I only hope I can do justice.
So that I won't sound like her agent or biographer I will scatter her many ventures and adventures throughout.
During our conversations we discovered that she lived within fifteen miles of my daughter Kim. With that a plan was hatched. We would meet this July when I visited my daughter. She was sweet enough to drive to Kim's small town. We met at a little sandwich shop on the square called the BUZZ. My daughter Kim came along with me and Debbie's daughter Nicki was with her. We had a great time and felt like old friends.
|Nicki, Debbie, me and Kim|
Please excuse the quality of the photos. I didn't seem to have any good ones. I was passing the camera to anyone who walked by. Debbie, hopefully you got some good ones and can share them with us. I, however, am going to show you some of the goofy ones!
|We couldn't get the open eyes thing going. On the previous shot my eyes were closed and Kim said "Mom open your eyes"|
|Debbie still has that beautiful smile and I am impersonating a prune. Did a pretty good job, huh!|
Debbie opening some "Savannah" gifts!
This awesome lady is the Executive Director of Carbondale, Illinois Convention and Tourism Bureau.
She has been active in this industry for over thirty years.
|Such a lovely pair|
Would you believe this lady has more than, much more than, sixty-six set of dishes. I am fainting about this time. Of course there are accessories and serving pieces that compliment each set. I am still on the floor. We won't discuss where she stores it all.
|I love this lady. Being in her presence makes you smile.|
Debbie has written numerous cookbooks. You can see
and purchase these on her blog. Here
She gifted these to me. I can't wait to try some of the recipes.
|This book has some of the best local lore and history you would ever find about a region.|
It is like reading a history book but eating between each chapter.
|These are great seasonal books.|
Debbie has owned and operated a restaurant and catering business. She is an event planner and has hosted many theme dinner parties. One featured "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" and another on "The Titanic". I would have loved to be at either one of those galas.
The four of us enjoyed visiting and getting to know one another over iced tea. All being southerners, we had a major discussion regarding "Iced Tea". The conclusion? In the south, there are only two types of iced tea. "Iced Tea" and "Unsweetened Iced Tea". The recent use of the term is NOT old south. "Sweet Iced Tea" is superfluous as "Iced Tea" is "Sweet Iced Tea " in the south. I am so glad I got that out.
This discussion is and was absolutely a non event for anyone but us. However, we were in agreement, just saying!
I can't wait for our next visit. I hope we can have more time to discover her beloved Southern Illinois. I may even have a personal docent on the "Shawnee Hills Wine Tour".
Please hop over and visit this talented lady and browse her fun blog. I can guarantee, you will be inspired Here.