Saturday, June 27, 2015

Georgia Home and Life Mug available on Cafe Press

So excited! Our signature mug is available on Café Press in a friend's shop On The Q-Teez. A great way to start your day with coffee or tea. You can link to the mug here, but check out the shop for other goodies that are writer related, mugs, T-shirts, etc. A peach of a deal! $11.99 plus shipping. Easy peasy to order.

Look for some fun giveaways coming soon!


Friday, June 26, 2015

Historic Home Built in 1861 for Lighthouse Keeper of Sapelo Island For Sale in Darien,Georgia

Built in 1861 as the mainland residence for the Sapelo Island lighthouse keeper.
See more photos below.
About Darien, Georgia
Darien is Georgia's second oldest city, founded in 1736. It lies on Georgia's coast at the mouth of the Altamaha River about 50 miles south of Savannah, and is part of the Brunswick Metropolitan statistical area. What makes this town so special? Beautiful water views, ancient live oaks, historic landscaped parks, cozy bed and breakfasts, birding, biking, boating, authentic colonial forts, coastal marshlands with five rivers, seafood, discovering the Gulla-Geechee culture, fishing, Scottish heritage, shrimp boats and so much more! Visit Darien's website .
About the House

4 bedrooms, 3 full baths, $220,000
Built in 1861 as the mainland residence for the Sapelo Island lighthouse keeper. Nestled among moss draped oaks in Darien's Historical Ridge Community. The main home offers 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths with a separate mother-in-law or guest suite featuring full bath and kitchenette. Wood flooring, and other original details have been preserved. Family room boasts beamed ceiling and original brick walk-around fireplace. Property also offers a 2 bedroom 2 full bath guest house with full kitchen. Mature landscaping featuring camellias, palms, and fountains are just a few of the treasures these grounds offer. Storage building with screened porch and covered patio area. Graceful front and side porch.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Good Ol' Barbecue by PEN

Nothing Fancy. Just Good Ol’ Barbecue 

This restaurant has no fancy slogan. No hype, no jingles, and nobody in a clown suit. What it does have is the best, melt-in-your mouth bar-b-que to be found in the South. 

Called, simply, Fresh Air Bar-B-Que, the restaurant is a little off the beaten path in Jackson, Georgia.  

Established in 1929 by Dr. Joel Watkins, the restaurant was purchased by George W. “Toots” Caston upon the death of Dr. Watkins in 1945. It remains in the Caston family to this day. 

One of my most fond childhood memories is of my Daddy, waking everyone early on a summer Sunday morning (and I do mean early…about four a.m.) to get in the car to drive down south a ways to pick peaches. 

You may think peaches have nothing to do with bar-b-que, but stay with me on this. 

You see, Daddy liked to make a day of it. Get up early and head down to the peach orchard first thing to pick peaches while it wasn’t so hot. Then on to Indian Springs for a nice drink of that mineral water.

By that time, it was lunch time. Time to head over to Fresh Air Bar-B-Que. The establishment itself doesn't look like much more than a shack by the side of the road. But that is the beauty of its appeal: simplicity. The Caston family focuses on the bar-b-que.

That is not to say the place is a shambles. Far from it. The interior is clean and well-organized. And the tangy smell of barbecue will have your stomach grumbling before you even walk in the door. 

The menu is limited. They do, after all, specialize in barbecue so you won’t see a variety of foods to choose from. Brunswick stew and cole slaw, along with drinks and deserts are pretty much all you’re going to find. Make no mistake, it’s all delicious and all very filling. 

As far as my father was concerned, that barbecue was well worth the drive down south. Heck, the vinegar-based barbecue sauce alone is worth the drive. 

So if you find yourself with a hankerin’ for some good ol’, award-winning southern barbecue, head out to Fresh Air Bar-B-Que. You won’t be disappointed. 

They also have a location in Macon, Ga.

The original Fresh Air Barbecue in Jackson, Georgia, is the oldest pit-cooked barbecue restaurant in Georgia still in its original location. Visit their website for more information!


Pen is a native Georgian and self-published author. Visit her website at or check out her latest novel Nero’s Fiddle at .


Saturday, June 20, 2015

Georgia On My Mind

How much do you know about Georgia?  I sure don't know squat, and I thought I did, having lived most of my adult years in this lovely state. If you know me, you know I am a house freak, always thinking I should sell my house in Decatur and move. I sneak old houses into my writing. I spend my life on Zillow. Last October, Florida was my destination, and my house was listed for sale for thirty days. Then I realized a new hip joint was in my future, not a new home.  That turned out to be good news. Kept me in Georgia, where I belong! I have started my search again - that perfect little farmhouse on an acre of land, an hour outside of metro Atlanta.  With my pack of hounds I have to find a place that would welcome us and a bit of land for peace and quiet, but not too quiet. I am a mixed up city gal who wants dogs, hens, and goats, but likes to pop into my favorite spots for dinner with friends within five minutes of my house. Go figure.

In doing my research on where to live in Georgia I have discovered wonderful towns, histories of places I never knew existed, and I want to know more! So, what better way for me to do that - start a new blog. One of my favorite things to do when not petting dogs, eating out, or trolling on the web for real estate.

But it's not just about me. It's about you, too.  Let's discover more about Georgia together!  Georgia writers, let me hear from you! A guest post is most welcomed.  Not an official 'writer', never mind, if you have some information bring it on. Check the tab above on how to contact me for your post.

As for me, my dream houses will be on these pages. If I don't find the perfect house in Georgia, perhaps you will!