Family Time Down South Means Eating

Despite not writing much during the new year, 2013 has been very busy for me. Just this past week I was back down South, visiting with my family… and gaining weight.

Seriously.

One of the reasons I love going back South is the food. When I’m down there I always stuff myself with some good ol’ Southern cooking. This trip was no different, except for the fact that I only actually ate one “home cooked” meal, and I was there from Sunday thru Friday.

The first meal I had at my Mom’s house was Monday morning. She was already gone for the morning but had left breakfast food out for me. Despite eating alone I had three biscuits and five pieces of bacon, real bacon at that.

I can’t remember the last time I had real bacon because I always buy turkey bacon and after eating five pieces I was reminded why.

Lunch on Monday consisted of food from Danver’s, a Tupelo establishment that’s been around for over 20 years. I went over to my sister’s (Goob) Monday night to watch Monday Night Raw with The Boys and had my only real home-cooked meal of the week, BBQ chicken breasts, homemade garlic mashed potatoes and fried okra.

Tuesday morning was a microwaved sausage biscuit, one taco for lunch and dinner at the Fresh Market Cafe. It had only been two days and I was feeling like a needed some vegetables.

My dinner at the Fresh Market Cafe: fried catfish, squash, corn casserole, black eyes peas and corn bread.

My dinner at the Fresh Market Cafe: fried catfish, squash, corn casserole, black eyes peas and corn bread.

The first Big Bloke of the night.

The first Big Bloke of the night.

Wednesday morning I took my nephew to Waffle House so I could get me some hash browns (scattered, covered, smothered and chunked).

I then met my step-brother, also named Jason, and his wife, Melissa, for dinner at Outback Wednesday night.

I had only been there for three days and I already felt like I had eaten so horrible that I decided NOT to get the Aussie Cheese Fries or their delicious wings.

Instead I went with the Seared Ahi Tuna and a side salad.

If I had know what was in store for me on Thursday, I would have eaten two salads.

Since my Mom owns a grocery store, she was going to “The Food Show” (I don’t know what it was officially called). On our way out of town we stopped at a Sonic Drive-in for breakfast and I got a giant breakfast burrito.

The Food Show is where a bunch of vendors set up their food displays and let store owners/managers know how much a pallet of their goods cost.

They also provide samples, a lot of samples.

This was the first thing I sampled, around 9 a.m.

This was the first thing I sampled, around 9 a.m.

Some of the delicious goodies...

Some of the delicious goodies…

Cookie sammiches...

Cookie sammiches…

Fancy cakes...

Fancy cakes…

Mother’s Day cakes

Mother’s Day cakes…

Easter cakes

Easter cakes…

Fancy strawberry cakes...

Fancy strawberry cakes…

Cupcakes that look like a pizza.

Cupcakes that look like a pizza.

Then there was the 15-foot strawberry cake.

Then there was the 15-foot strawberry cake.

I ate so much sugary sweets from 9 to 10 that morning that I seriously thought I gave myself “the ’betes.”

We kept plodding around the food show as I felt myself slipping into a sugar coma.

Then around 11 my Mom started talking about eating lunch. I wasn’t hungry but I made myself eat anyway (jambalaya and a brat).

Mom looked at some of the pricing for a few minutes after lunch but it wasn’t long before she started talking about wanting some of that giant, 15-foot long strawberry cake.

We made our way back over to the cake and started looking over our pieces.

I figured we’d just split a piece, but I was wrong. We each ended up with a piece of strawberry cake and added a piece of coconut cake too.

My piece of the big strawberry cake.

My piece of the big strawberry cake, with a side of coconut cake.

I was so full I only at one peanut.

I was so full I only at one peanut.

We wrapped up our trip at The Food Show, ran a few errands in the Memphis area and around 4:45 Mom mentioned eating dinner. Surprisingly I wasn’t really hungry, but I decided we should get something to eat.

We stopped at a Colton’s Steak House and Grill and I was so full that I literally ate one peanut from the can they left on our table.

But I wasn’t so full that I couldn’t devour the ENTIRE rib eye steak I ordered or the sweet potato fries and fried okra.

Friday morning I got up and had breakfast with my Dad at Hardee’s, which is never a healthy way to start anyone’s day.

I didn’t help matters any on my way home.

I had never seen these before so I HAD to get it, right.

I had never seen these before so I HAD to get it, right.

I also HAD to get the new flavor of the month at Dairy Queen, chocolate covered strawberry.

I also HAD to get the new flavor of the month at Dairy Queen, chocolate covered strawberry.

I’m still not sure if I gave myself the diabetus, but I am certain that I added a few pounds and a few inches to my waist.

I’m also certain that I had a good time with everyone down there.

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9 Responses to Family Time Down South Means Eating

  1. Mint MoonPies?! That’s brilliant! Love all the pretty cake photos.

  2. CaptKitty says:

    I’m slobbering right now like a hungry savage. Sharing is caring. You can’t just pictures of all those sweets and not share. **Wiping off the drool**

    • JWo says:

      It was crazy and I only sampled a handful of the items. They had a whole section of candy, like theater candy, that Mom told me to take stuff from but I was so sugared up that just the thought of it made me sick. haha…

  3. Did you HAVE to include all of those yummy pictures? I just gained 20 pounds reading your post.

    • JWo says:

      Tell me about it…. Mom wanted me to take pictures of all the cakes and pies (not pictured) as ideas for the bakery.
      I’ve been scared to weigh myself since I got back.

  4. Pingback: Our Next Great Adventure | The Life of J-Wo

  5. I want the Big Bloke! Looks refreshing.

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