Lulu’s Destin: Brandcation #FinalDESTINation15

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photo courtesy of Lulu’s Destin Website

Lulu’s, in Destin, is owned and operated by Lulu Buffet, sister of the famous Jimmy Buffet. The original Lulu’s Sunset Grill was located at Weeks Bay, Alabama for five years from 1998 until 2003, when the state of Alabama decided not to renew her lease there. Lulu decided to move the entire operation to Gulf Shores on a barge! She opened the doors to the new place there at Homeport Marina on Fat Tuesday in 2004.

Our group. We had a blast!

Our group. We had a blast!

Our group of almost 30 bloggers visited Lulu’s Destin for lunch on Saturday, September 12. The menu at Lulu’s Destin is wonderful, filled with delicious appetizers, salads, sandwiches, seafood, and the famous Cheeseburgers In Paradise. There truly is something for everyone, even if you are gluten free, have allergies to shellfish, seafood, soy, dairy or eggs.

Fried Crab Claw appetizers. There was plenty for 4 people to share.

Fried Crab Claw appetizers. There was plenty for 4 people to share.

The girls at our table decided to order some Fried Crab Claws and some Fried Green Tomatoes for starters. Both of these, while not gluten free, tasted soooo good! Yes, I did.  My entree was a Half and Half platter of Fried Shrimp and Fried Oysters. The seafood was cooked to perfection! The breading was light and fluffy, and it did not overwhelm the shrimp. And oh! my goodness, it tasted like heaven! There were hushpuppies, fries, and slaw to round out the meal.

Fried Shrimp and Fried Oysters at Lulu's Destin

Fried Shrimp and Fried Oysters at Lulu’s Destin

I was a really good girl, and had half sweet iced tea for my drink, but if I had chosen to go for an adult beverage, the Cruzan Infusion Bucket, which is a 32 oz rum drink, would have quenched my thirst all day!

Cruzan Infusion Bucket. photo courtest of Denise Hoyle

Cruzan Infusion Bucket. photo courtesy of Denise Hoyle

Lulu’s Destin is a family restaurant. There is live music every night, and a playground with sand and picnic tables out back. Next time you’re in Destin, make it a point to go there. You will not be disappointed.

Located at 4607 Legendary Marina Drive, Destin, Florida, US. (850) 710-LULU (5858)

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Three Bakers Gluten Free Bread Review

The people over at Three Bakers Gluten Free Bakery asked me if I would like to try some of their bread. Of course, I said yes. I am always ready to try out a new brand of bread. They sent me three loaves of their great bread.  Three Bakers was founded in 2008, and exclusively bakes gluten free bread products.

Great Seed Whole Grain and 7 Seed Bread

Great Seed Whole Grain and 7 Seed Bread (photo from Three Baker’s Bakery website)

The first one I tried was their Great Seed Whole Grain and & Seed Bread. This bread was sooo good! It has Sunflower Seeds, Sesame Seeds, Chia Seeds, Millet Seeds, Hulled Hemp Seeds, Flax Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds. It was very flavorful and nutty tasting. Toasting it enhanced the nutty flavor. I enjoyed this bread made into sandwiches; toasted with butter; and untoasted with peanut butter. I did take several photos to show how many seeds this bread had in it. However, when my computer crashed a month or so ago, I lost them. I didn’t have any of the bread left to take more pictures, so you’ll just have to trust me when I tell you that it was chock full of seeds and grains.

In addition to several varieties of whole grain gluten free breads, Three Bakers Bakery also produces hamburger and hotdog buns; Hoagie Rolls; three varieties of frozen gluten free pizzas; pizza crusts; and stuffing mix. To find a retailer near you that carries Three Bakers products, go to their Where To Buy page. If you can’t find a retailer near you, print one of their retail request forms and take it to the store manager where you like to shop. Or, you can order online at The Gluten Free Mall.  Oh, and right now they have a $2.00 off coupon you can print off of their home page.


Check Out The New LEGO Scooby-Doo Sets and Enter To Win A $200 Gift Card

To introduce the new and amazing Scooby-Doo stop motion videos created using the brand new LEGO Scooby-Doo sets, WB Kids  is giving away  four (4) $200 Gift Cards, one each from Target, Wal-Mart, Toys R Us & Amazon!!  New videos will be uploaded weekly – so be sure to visit and subscribe to the WB Kids YouTube channel.

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Unicoi Lodge, Helen, Georgia


Fabgrandpa and I recently spent the night at Unicoi Lodge, at Unicoi State Park in Helen, Georgia. In the past, we have camped at Unicoi State Park many times, and spent four winters during our workcamping “career” as volunteer campground hosts. We had never stayed at the lodge before, though.

The lodge has 100 guest rooms, a dining room, and several meeting rooms that  you can reserve for your functions like corporate retreats, weddings, or reunions. I once attended a quilting retreat there. I reserved our room online and received a lower rate than I would have if I had called the reservation desk. We went during Oktoberfest, which I had forgot about, so it was a peak demand weekend in the area, but we only paid $176 for a Saturday night in a tourist area.

Our room was handicap accessible

Our room was handicap accessible

We were lucky in that we got the last available room. It had two double beds, and was handicap accessible.

The TV and Dresser

The TV and Dresser

There was a desk, a large dresser, a flat screen TV, a chair and a side table. This room was comfortable, as were the beds. There was plenty of room to move around in, and I imagine someone in a wheelchair would have enough room. Wifi and cable TV were both available in the room.

The bathroom

The bathroom

The bathroom is where I really need for a hotel room to be handicap accessible. This one was really great, with a shower that had no barrier: you just walk in. There was a shower seat and grab bars, and a hand held shower head.

The sink

The sink

The lodge provided plenty of towels and washcloths. The sink area was a bit cramped but functional. Our room was clean, and did not have a smell like some older hotel rooms can have.

Map of the area

Map of the area

Unicoi State Park and Lodge is located at 1788 Highway 356, in Helen, Georgia. There is a buffet restaurant on the premises, and many restaurants nearby in Helen. Visitors to the state park can hike, bird watch, ride bikes, fish for trout, and take part in ranger programs provided by the staff. There are many other attractions located in surrounding areas, including the Appalachian Trail, Brasstown Bald, Babyland General Hospital (the home of the original Cabbage Patch Kids), the Dahlonega Gold Museum, and a Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia in Sautee Nacoochee.



My Mother-In-Law Passed Away

Nana with  my father-in-law and Fabgrandpa in July of 1949

Nana with my father-in-law and Fabgrandpa in July of 1949

The week before I went to Destin, we got a call from Fabgrandpa’s  younger brother telling us that Nana was in the hospital again. He said her kidneys were shutting down, and that it didn’t look good for her. We drove up to Gainesville, Georgia to the hospital, to visit her.

She told me she was ready to go. She did not want any more blood drawn, no more medications given, no more IV’s. She just wanted to go. We talked about how she didn’t think it would be so hard to die. She said she had always thought that when the time came, all she would have to do would be to just tell her body she was ready to go, but it didn’t work like that. Then she laughed a bit, and said she knew it really wasn’t like that but that she was ready.

I told her that she had lived a long, productive, meaningful life. She had raised four sons who were kind, loving, helpful, and respectful to their wives, and who loved her very much. That she had nothing at all to regret, and that while I would miss her and grieve for her, that she had been in pain and had suffered enough. That it was ok to go.

With Poppa in 1993 at our house.

With Poppa in 1993 at our house.

Fabgrandpa and I told Nana we were going to the cafeteria to get some lunch. She said “I won’t be here when you get back.” But she was. We talked a little more, then the doctor came in and gave her a powerful pain med, and she drifted off to sleep. Arrangements were made to move her back home and into hospice care.

I got the call on Saturday morning from Fabgrandpa while I was in Destin. Nana passed away in her sleep at home Cleveland, Georgia. She was ready.

Nana with three of her sons last year at Poppa's Celebration of Life.

Nana with three of her sons last year at Poppa’s Celebration of Life.

It was her wish, the same as Poppa, to not have a funeral. She did want to have a viewing at the funeral home, so we went back up to Cleveland on Tuesday. After the viewing, she was cremated per her wishes. Then, on Saturday, September 19, we all gathered at her home in Cleveland for a Celebration of Life. It was the last time that we will make that journey, to their house, to Cleveland, as a family. I am sad that Nana is gone, and sad that that part of us is gone forever.


SweetWorks Candies Dress Up Your Autumn Baking

This is a Fashionista Event and a promotional item was provided to me by Sweetworks. Hosts for this event are Still Blonde after all these Years and ModlyChic.

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Autumn is in the air, and it is officially fall. I love this time of year because the temps cool down, and I can bake good things to eat and not swelter in the kitchen. I especially love gingerbread, and I have a quick and easy gingerbread cake recipe for you, using Sweetworks Pearls in Autumn colors to dress it up.

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Easy Gingerbread Cake

1 package of your favorite gingerbread cake or cookie mix

OR 1 batch of your favorite gingerbread cake or cookie recipe, gluten free or regular, such as this one I found for gluten free gingerbread.

1 container of cream cheese frosting mix, or 1 batch of your favorite cream cheese frosting

2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

1 container of Sweetworks Pearls in autumn colors

Mix up and bake the gingerbread according to package or recipe instructions. Let it cool completely. Open the container of cream cheese frosting, or mix up a batch using your recipe. Add 2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice and stir until mixed in well. Frost the gingerbread cake with the Pumpkin Pie Spice Cream Cheese frosting. Add on a generous amount of Sweetworks Pearls, and you will have a not so ordinary gingerbread cake that looks as good as it tastes!

Pumpkin Spiced Gingerbread Cake dressed up for Autumn with Sweetworks Pearls

Pumpkin Spiced Gingerbread Cake dressed up for Autumn with Sweetworks Pearls

Sweetworks wants to make it even easier for you to decorate your home and your baked goods with their pretty autumn colors, by giving away  25 prize packs of their candies, each worth $50! Each of 25 bloggers, including me, will be giving one away. You can enter the giveaway here on Fabgrandma by using the Giveaway tools form below. Then, be sure to scroll all the way down, to the linky, where you will find the links to all the bloggers participating in this great giveaway! Enter them all for 25 chances to win!

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Good luck! You can enter every day from now thru October 16th at 12:01 a.m.! Just look at all the goodies included in the prize pack:

  • Foiled Semi-Solid Turkey        1                  $ 2.00
  • Harvest Sixlets Laydown Bag 1                  $ 2.00
  • Milk Pumpkin Spice BAP        1                  $ 3.00
  • Dark Orange BAP                     1                  $ 3.00
  • Caramel Apple Gumballs Bag 1                 $ 4.00
  • Autumn Mix Gumballs Bag    1                  $ 3.00
  • Autumn Mix Pearls  Jar           1                 $ 4.00
  • Autumn Mix Sixlets  Bag        1                  $ 4.00
  • Mint Ovation Sticks                 1                  $ 3.00
  • Orange Ovation Sticks            1                   $ 3.00
  • Sixlets Bowling Coupons        2                 $ 12.00
  • 3705 Sixlets 9oz  Bag               1                   $ 3.00
  • Halloween Mix Sixlets Bag    1                    $ 1.00
  • Foiled Milk Choc.Hall. Balls  1                   $ 3.00
  • Jack-O-Lantern Discs             1                   $ 3.00
  • TOTAL $  53.00 * Substitutions are at the company’s discretion but value will be $50 or over

Here’s the linky to use to enter all the other giveaways in this campaign!