Thursday, September 18, 2014

Margaret Mitchell House and Museum & Gladys Knight's Signature Chicken and Waffles

Hi, everyone!
Today I noticed my blog has been visited over 40,000 times! Maybe that's not a lot in the blog world, but for this Mom, who can hardly spell and writes exactly how she talks (can we say "grammar errors") I am pleasantly surprised! 
My blog originally started as a way to share with others my incredibly stressful pregnancy with Sophia and an outlet from the changes that soon followed.  2 years later it has morphed into a creative place that gives me the opportunity to share my stories of raising my family and trying to find the special moments in the day to day. Thanks for reading,friends! :) 

Miss Jenn came for a visit over the summer and Atlanta we did explore. One thing that totally caught me off gaurd was just how beautiful Atlanta is at night. I had never actually driven into the city in the evening, and was blown away when I did. The skyline just gleamed as you came over Spaghetti Junction! Driving through the city you got to see lively crowds enjoying the summers night around town. It really is beautiful.
This isn't the best quality photo, but gives you an idea. Hopefully I will have the opportunity to go back at night in the near future. 

While in Atlanta we were able to visit the Margaret Mitchell House and Museum. Miss Jenn loves Gone With The Wind, so I'm glad we stumbled upon this while walking around.

Margaret Mitchell House and Museum
990 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

Via Wikapedia:
The Margaret Mitchell House is a historic house museum located in Atlanta. The structure was the home of author Margaret Mitchell. Located in Midtown, at 990 Peachtree Street, the house was known as the Crescent Apartments when Mitchell and her husband lived in Apt. 1 on the ground floor from 1925 to 1932. While living there, Mitchell wrote the bulk of her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Gone with the Wind.[2] The house also contains a Visitor Center, and a portion of the museum is wholly devoted to the filming of the 1939 film based on the book. 
Docents guide visitors through the house and the apartment to learn of Mitchell's life in Atlanta, of facts surrounding her writing the novel, and of how the book advanced toward publication in North America and in non-Anglophone countries.
A "Making of the Movie" museum, included in the price of admission, is located in an adjacent building. Several collectors of "GWTW" moviememorabilia have donated parts of their collections for display in the new museum. Among these artifacts are photos taken during the movie's 1939 premiere in Atlanta; the original entryway to the Hollywood movie set of the O'Hara home, Tara; and, recognizable to the movie's aficionados, the portrait of Scarlett O'Hara from the Butler Mansion.
The Museum is owned and operated by the Atlanta History Center.

Sophia exploring with us

Also, there was a whole lot of talk about "Chicken and Waffles" during this visit. A simple google of where to find such southern cuisine led us to one place... and one place only... its pretty obvious, actually:

Gladys Knight's Signature Chicken & Waffles
529 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

Now, We stumbled upon GOLD in the form of golden waffles and golden fried chicken in this place! Who knew the two together could be so great? The line was out the door when we arrived but the wait was not too long. Inside its a lot smaller than I expected, so it gives you a real diner feel.
Across the walls were pictures of celebrities with Gladys Knight and Co-owner Ron Winans. We gazed at them while we stuffed our face. And of course there were many moments of butchering the song "Midnight Train To Georgia" in between courses. 

Miss Jenn's Daughter was so happy to have some
Chicken and Waffles!

Till next time!