9/20/09

Busy, Fun Weekend and Restaurant Review: Emileigh's Table

We had a full, but fun, week-end, with two wedding receptions, a trip to Oxford, a visit from my dad and a late Sunday lunch with Dude and Aunt Jean. All events included some really good eats!!

Both wedding receptions were lovely! With the growing trend of destination weddings, these receptions are becoming a regular event in our area and, I assume, across the country. Great food was served at both! Best wishes and many blessings to both of these sweet couples!!

Emileigh's Table

Our Plate Lunches

Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie
(We momentarily dug in before remembering to snap a picture!)

Saturday, I had an errand I needed to do in Oxford. Larry and I decided to make a little morning trip of it! We drove out to the Plein Air community in Taylor, located about 8 miles outside Oxford, and ate a plate lunch at Emileigh’s Table . Everything was absolutely delicious and came served on their fun, eclectic collection of dinner plates. I had the shrimp and grits, green beans and succotash. Larry had the fried chicken, the mac and cheese, and fried okra. We were given the choice of corn muffins or cheesy garlic biscuits with a sweet butter glaze. We both chose the biscuits, which were perfect! We decided to end the meal by sharing a piece of chocolate chip pecan pie! It was very good, too!

Plein Air Farmers' Market
8 a.m. - Noon

June - October

Tin Pan Alley Antiques

We were a little late for the Farmer’s Market, which was taking place right next to the restaurant. It closed at noon, and most of the vendors were beginning to dismantle when we arrived. There was a nice variety of food and wares available, with vendors offering such things as homemade breads (strawberry, sourdough, and several other varieties) jams/jellies, relishes, pickled produce, fresh seafood and cream cheese stuffed chocolate dipped strawberries. There was also a nice blue grass band performing. Next time, we’re going a bit earlier, having breakfast and spending a little more time at the market, which is open 8:00 a.m. - noon on Saturdays from June through October. We really enjoyed a leisurely stroll through the Tin Pan Alley Antiques store, which contains lots of interesting old items and works of art. It is located next door to Emileigh’s Table.

Plein Air is a planned community, with a dozen, or so, beautiful homes, including the 2008 Southern Living Idea House, in a peaceful country setting. According to About.com, plein air is a term derived from the French phrase en plein air, which literally means 'in the open air'. The phrase also refers to a style of painting. It's a familiar concept today, but in the late 1800s when the Impressionists ventured out of their studios into nature to investigate and capture the effects of sunlight and different times of days on a subject, it was quite revolutionary. Plein Art seems a very fitting name for this neighborhood, which is strong on the arts and is located in such a tranquil area. The idea of leaving behind our fast-paced, but convenience-filled lives, to move this distance into the countryside is somewhat revolutionary for these times, as well. One of the available homes was holding an open house yesterday. Larry and I really enjoyed taking a quick tour. Very pretty!

This was a very fun morning! It you live in the area, or are passing through Oxford, be sure to take a drive out to Taylor and the Plein Air community!


The Market Basket

Pumpkins!

On our way back into Pontotoc, we stopped at The Market Basket and bought a couple of pumpkins. This is an annual tradition for us, with the kids usually taking part. Neither of them were terribly interested in doing this, this year, though, so Larry and I stopped and chose a couple of these beautiful fruits for our front porch. The kids did both say they looked pretty once we had the porch swept and the pumpkins placed beside the door!

According to Wikipedia, the word pumpkin originates from the word pepon, which is Greek for “large melon". The French adapted this word to pompon, which the British changed to pumpion and later American colonists changed that to the word we use today, “pumpkin." The origin of pumpkins is not definitively known, although they are thought to have originated in North America. The oldest evidence, pumpkin-related seeds dating between 7000 and 5500 B.C., were found in Mexico. Pumpkins are a squash-like fruit that range in size from less than 1 pound to over 1,000 pounds!

My dad came up early this morning and brought us breakfast from Hardee’s. He does this several times throughout the year, and it’s always a treat! My kids think Hardee’s Sausage Gravy and Biscuits are "the bomb!" They are pretty good!! It’s so nice for all of us to get to visit with my dad, for a while, too!

We had a late lunch with Dude and Aunt Jean today at Cracker Barrel. As usual, everything was yummy and the fellowship was sweet!

I made a new breakfast casserole for Sunday School. I’ve posted it below!

3 comments:

  1. That chocolate chip pecan pie looks to die for. It makes my mouth water.

    I love going to farmers markets. We usually go every other week to stock up on our fruits and vegetables but have been so busy that it has been awhile.

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  2. Connie,
    We plan to go to my sons in Oxford again very soon for a weekend trip, we will have to visi this community, sounds and looks so inviting !

    I will have to tell Cham, my DIL about Emileigh’s Table, that chocolate chip pie looks devine !
    Thanks for sharing all of this, I will have to check !

    I will also have to try that breakfast casserole, my husbands family has a big Christmas eve breakast, this would be great to make and take.

    ~ Hugs and blessings to you, thank you again dear friend !!

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  3. Love the look of the market!!!
    Wish we had some of those down here! or rather OVER here.

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