Living in the south, there are lots of comfort foods. But sometimes on a cold and rainy day, you want something that soothes your soul. Mom’s choice for that is grits with cheddar cheese and crumbled up turkey sausage. It’s hot, gooey and delicious. I hear your naysayers turning your nose up at grits. But let me tell you something. When done right like this, grits can be delicious! 😋
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Yep, you heard me right. Hell froze over. Why do you ask? Well, we got snow in the south. Shocker huh?! We never get snow and twice this year we’ve had it. The first time back in December 2017. It wasn’t much. Hardly anything to write about. It was more of an inconvenience than anything else. Then early this week they said we would be getting snow. Of course, here in the south we laughed. I mean really think about living in the south. If we see a single snowflake, we shut down. Honestly we do. We are not equipped for snow and we don’t know how to drive in that kind of weather.
So Tuesday night, mom got a text stating work would be delayed Wednesday for two hours – report in at 10AM. No problems. Mom woke up Wednesday morning and squealed for joy. I heard her. It scared me. Do you remember when you were in school and you thought you might be having a snow day and you were so excited? Mom was exactly that for some reason. She had not even left the bed and she said it snowed. How did she know? Is she psychic? Mom said she could tell because everything was so bright inside of the Hotel Thompson. I don’t know what she was talking about. We all stumbled to the front door. She opened the door and we were in awe. Look at all of that snow! We were all mystified.
Mom then got a text saying work was called out for non-essential personnel. Mom actually jumped for joy. It’s strange seeing her do that. Really it is. Mom then went to the back door and opened it up for all of us. She told us we could go out and play in the snow. Shaking my head. Mom do you not know us at all? Houdini yawned and left to go back to bed first following by me. Trust me. I do not want snow or cold stuff rubbing against my pot belly. I’ll pass. What was mom thinking?
Then this morning she was again delayed two hours. But when she left for work, there was icicles going across the front of the Hotel Thompson. Do you see them? And mom called us when she got to work. What usually takes less than 15 minutes took mom 45 minutes this morning. The roads were still icy and full of snow. Mom said there was also some – what did she call them? – IDIOTS driving on the roads going fast like there was no tomorrow. Weirdos.
The question is why is mom/dad posting this delectable picture of goodness at the beginning of the new year? Why mom/dad? Please explain. Well, they said they had this dessert last year. Okay, sure mom/dad. Sure. It does look yummy though, right?
Mom/dad found it at a restaurant that they don’t frequent very often – but they might now because of this dessert. This delicious dessert is called a Goo Goo Cluster. It has creamy layers of chocolate fudge, peanut butter mousse and nougat cream topped with caramel, chocolate sauce, fresh whipped cream and Nashville’s original candy ~ chopped Goo Goo Cluster ®. (That’s what it says on the restaurants website).
Nods head. Mom/dad says it tastes as good as it sounds… not that she will be tasting it anytime soon this year – snorts with piggy laughter.
If happiness had to be explained in a picture – well there you go. This is one of mom’s all time favorite desserts. I know – I know. Has there ever been a dessert that mom has turned her back to? Of course not. But this one she said is exceptional.
Right now the current thing for deserts are those molten lava cakes. This is one of those with a twist. The inside of this cake is filled with caramel. Then the topping is ice cream. All of the dusting around the plate and on top – that would be salted caramel. Go ahead. I’ll give you a moment to ooh and aaw.
Mom says it’s very sweet but when you need something straight up with some extra special kick, go for this treat… the salted caramel lava cake.
Sometimes you just need a little comfort food. You know something warm to your belly and tasty… don’t forget tasty. A couple of weeks ago, mom was craving some comfort food just like this. So her and daddy went to a local pub that has what mom calls the *best* grilled cheese sandwich evah. Why do you ask is it the best? This is what it has on it: American cheese, cheddar cheese and pimento cheese… and mom added gulps bacon to it with a side of crispy french fries. Hey I can overlook the bacon when it brings a smile to mom’s face like this lunch did. Have you ever had something so cheesy and good?
Can you look at that picture and say yummo!? Mom recently got a coupon – the woman is Queen of coupons here at the Hotel Thompson. This coupon was buy one 12 piece shrimp and get one for free. Now mom/dad have gotten these shrimp at a local ‘bar’ restaurant before and they have been awesome. They usually get them medium extra crispy with a side of blue cheese. But the restaurant has recently changed their sauces. The usual sauce esd a light colored less saucy kind of yum. These were more wet and you could smell the heat before you even bit one. In fact, dad was the one that brought up the smell of the new sauce before mom did. The restaurant did not tell us about the change in the sauce before we ordered.
These were H.O.T. Mom/dad ate them but way prefer their old sauce more. Why do restaurants do this and change a good thing? They hope this restaurant brings it back or gives the patrons a choice in the future. But hey, free buffalo shrimp you still can pass up, right?
Sometimes you want food that just screams comfort to you. My mom’s comfort food when she is feeling really bad – are you ready for this – is a Happy Meal from McDonald’s. Can you believe that? She has been recuperating from her surgery, some days are good and some days are testing her ability not to scream. Well one of her friends brought her a hamburger Happy Meal ordered with extra happy for her one day. Wasn’t that awesome? I’m not sure if it was the Happy Meal or the extra happy that made mom’s day but it did.
Mom had to take this picture of everything. That is a hamburger, two bags of cut up apples (I guess that was the extra happy, you think?) a small fries, a drink and of course a girl toy. And yes, please check out the size of that fries in relationship to the hamburger. Do you think they could be any smaller? Snorts and rolls with piggy laughter.