Thursday, November 08, 2007

It's Paula Deen Y'all!

Lyndi and I had a wonderful time tonight with Paula Deen! This event was a fundraiser for GraceWay. GraceWay is "a non-profit, faith- based, long-term substance abuse treatment community for women. GraceWay provides a spiritual home environment that empowers residents to become productive members of their families and society through intensive application of the Twelve-Step methodology."

The evening started with a silent auction. There were 145 things to bid on. Lyndi won a 4-D Ultrasound valued at $350 for $50!!! That is a steal! Anyway, we had a wonderful dinner consisting of fried chicken, mashed potatoes, collard greens, butter beans, mac n cheese, and flat cornbread. It was DELICIOUS! (There's a lot of goodness under the cornbread too!)

Paula was there in all her glory! She is such a hoot. She spoke for about 15 minutes about her battle with agoraphobia years ago, and the hope that her friends and family gave her to pursue a dream. She related that with the women that come to GraceWay for help and how they find hope there. They then auctioned off a goodie basket of all of Paula's books, spices, and things. The biggest auction was a trip to Savannah along with 4 tickets to Paula's Party. That went for $3000 and her brother, Bubba, matched it! Too bad we're broke because I would have bid!! :)

Afterwards Lyndi and I waited in line for autographs. Not only did we get them, but we also got a picture with her! She's the best y'all! :)


The Englands said...

how fun!!!!!! i'm so jealous! you guys all look so pretty. jamie you dont even look like you've been sick and word you are the hottest pregnant woman ever! :) ml

Aunt Beth said...

Tony and I are jealous too! Tony cooked a seafood lasagna tonight that he saw on her show earlier this week. It sounds like you both had tons of fun!

Aunt Sherry said...

Glad you had a good night out with your sister-in-love. The food looks YUMMY!

Lyndi Soles said...

Fun, Fun, Fun!! I posted the same picture- just without the food!! I'm hungry just looking at it! I'm so glad you went with me- it made the night great!!!

Stephanie said...

What fun! I love Paula Deen - and I love how good her food is! :) Sounds like you had a great time!

Holly Owensby said...

You look so pretty here Jamie. We miss you guys.
Love you,

Kelley said...

Hey Girl! I love to Paula Dean. Do you have any of her cookbooks?
Love you! Kelley

P.S. I can't wait for our Starbucks outing! HA!

jamie b said...

Thank you Holly! You're so sweet!

Kelley-I have 3 of her cookbooks, I think. It's either 3 or 4. :) I had her sign one of them. Do you have any?

I can't wait for our Starbucks outing either! I had no idea Bubba was coming to hunt this week. We are at my parents and I could have had dad give him all those Karen Kingsbury books for you to read! :)

The Carter's said...

Oh I wish I had thought about that too! I need some good books to read. I don't have any of the Paula Dean Cookbooks. Do you use them alot?