Late Summer at Paula Deen’s

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By Brandon Branch

So its late in the Summer at Paula’s house and I took a walk around the property this morning to see how things are growing.  First stop the catfish pond, which Oprah made famous when she went fishing there with Paula.  Early in May I went a bought Lotus and Water Hyacinth for the pond.  They have exploded in the pond and the fish have loved hiding under and feeding on them.  We also go a surprise from my purchase.  Some of the plants had koi fish eggs attached to them.  They hatched and we have six eight inch koi living in the pond now.  The other fish don’t seem to mind them.  I was also at battle with the ducks early spring because they were eating my plants in the pond but the plants are now growing faster than the ducks can eat.  I did have to take out the water lilies because they almost ate them to death. I place them in the Koi pond and they have made a come back.  I think the pond just looks stunning and all the animals seem to be happy!

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Aunt Peggy’s cottage just got 2 new planters for Fall.  It’s a great pop of color on her porch and she will be thrilled on her next visit to see them.

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Walking thru the Citrus garden all the trees are loaded with fruit.  We have Myer Lemons, Lime, Kumquats, Satsuma’s, and Grapefruit.  The limes make the best Gin and Tonics I must say! Paula makes a killer sugarfree lemonade with the lemons every year!! We also have tons of pears and figs in that garden.

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The Herb garden is out of control! We have enough basil for all of Savannah. The smell is amazing when you walk by. I think we have six different types of basil growing in the garden.  My friend Nancy McCarley has been making me amazing pesto with some of the basil.  I love it on my sandwiches for lunch or on crackers with a glass of wine.

We got two new members of the family this week too. Meet the Golden Girls, two new golden chickens. These hens have really hit the jackpot at Paula’s hen house!! They have settled in just fine.

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I also have to say thanks to Live Oak Orchids of Savannah Paula has the prettiest orchids in the state!! The smell of these is just killer.  Paula and I both adore orchids and keep our homes full of them.

So late summer at Paula Deen’s is not a bad place to be to me! Every morning I spend at least 20 minutes walking the grounds and enjoying all the beauty.  So take a little time to stop and smell the roses before winter hits.

Brandon Branch is a playful Southern gentleman. His style is equal parts Yankee chic and Southern elegance all muddled together in a monogrammed mint julep cup. An invitation to one of his Savannah dinner parties is the equivalent to getting the golden ticket from Willy Wonka. Brandon holds the position of Design Director for Paula Deen Enterprises and serves as Paula Deen's Personal Assistant. He was featured on HGTV's seasonal special "Celebrity Holiday Homes" and looks forward to similar opportunities in the future. Pick up a copy of his New York Times best-selling book, Paula Deen's Savannah Style in our online store.
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You are the best...........I am so glad you are in a better place....you deserve it!!!!.......You will always be number one with me!!!...I have been to your restaurant and on your bus tour........best time of my life!!!

By Anonymous on October 04, 2013

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Hi Brandon, I love Paula Deen's living room on Turner's Creek. Can you email me the color of the walls and the names of the fabrics that were used on the chairs and windows. Thanks!

By Ann on November 16, 2012

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Hey Paula your garden is beautiful. My biggest dream would be to one day cook with you in your kitchen. You are the best and my favorite I watch you everyday. If I want a good receipe I always go to your cookbook I love them all. I hope to one day (probably wont) get to me you. You are the best. Misty

By Misty Eads on November 13, 2012

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One word - Gorgeous!

By Angela Lopez on October 25, 2012

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Paula you have a nice pond and savannah house. I wish you love y all

By Donna Eichhorn on October 23, 2012

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You have a nice house paula deen.

By Donna eichhorn on October 20, 2012

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Brandon, Just wanted to tell you that you do a fabulous job with Paula's property and all of the decorating, etc. I was very impressed to see the extent of your 'managing'....VERY impressive!! Beautiful and I love the pesto ideas! thanks for all you do and thanks to you and Paula for making us look so great here in Savannah!!

By Diane Eakins on October 12, 2012

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Paula, I watch your cooking show everyday it's on. I really enjoy watching you cook, you make it seem like alot of fun. thank you.

By carmela on September 29, 2012

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Paula, your landscaping is stunning! I think that I could nap all day there by the pond. So serene. I could sure use that peacefulness. The chicken's sure bring back memories too. We had chickens and mine was named short-comb! How original huh? I was 4 what can I say. When I was a small girl we had a big old farmhouse with a barn in Rockland, Massachusetts, before it was all built up. We had 100 blueberry bushes, all kind's of fruit tree's and vegetables. I have very fond memories of my Grandma Mik ( She was Finnish; Mikkola)sitting in that barn peeling peaches, apples and pears and all of the honey bees buzzing around. We even had bee's which we had to have a man come in to "smoke" them so that we could get the honey. Wonderful, delicious memories.I love how you share your memories and it brings me right back to my time's. I love your cookin'!I have been a Paula fan for years, even before you had your own show. You use to go to people's house's and make meals out of what they had in their refrig. and freezer's!I forget the name, but, Gorden Elliott sponsered it. Everything looks wonderful. I think that I am going to make the lime blueberry tiramisu, only I am goig to use Key lime .... YUM!!! I would love to meet you someday!P.S. I am a butter freak too! LOL! Warm regards, Karen

By Karen P. Leary on September 26, 2012

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Paula I just love the beautiful views that you have at your home. I love the peacefulness and especially your chickens. You having chickens brings back lots of memories for me. My beloved and deceased grandmother had chickens and was an avid gardener of vegetables, fruits and she especially loved her flowers. On days when I feel depressed, I will look and your beautiful views and know that my granny (Dora) is looking down on me from heaven. Thanks for your love of "good ole" southern cooking and sharing fond memories of your Aunt Peggy and other family memories. I would love to have the oppurtunity of meeting you and your sons one day. Again with sincere thanks, Sherrie Morris

By Sherrie Wright- Morris on September 22, 2012

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i just want to thank you and that i love the way you cook

By crystal mondragon on September 22, 2012

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I enjoy all you shows & I wish I could been at yourshow in Dallas. You have A beatiful home. I have made three or four of you dishes & they were very good. Hope you enjoyed yourself in Dallas. Truly a fan. Thanks Christine

By Christine Berg on September 19, 2012

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Pauls me and 3 of my sisters and 3 of my nieces came to Tybee Island on vacation 2 wks.ago and we came to The Lady and Sons rest. and had lunch there we were very pleased with the food and service we got, we went to your gift shop and purchased some items... On Friday nite we had dinner at Bubba Seafood rest. and we sure did enjoy all the fresh seafood there,,,We also took a Horse and Carriage ride in Savannah, we Loved the town there..I love the pic of you garden I am a outdoor farm girl we have a garden and we love the fresh veggies....

By Mary Garland on September 19, 2012

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I watch your show almost every time it is on. Enjoy it very much.

By Joan Bruyns on September 19, 2012

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YOUR GARDEN LOOKS LOVELY I LOVE THE OUTDOORS AND PLANTING THINGS MINE DON,T LOOK LIKE YOURS BUT IT,S MINE FOR NOW .JUST LOVE TO WATCH YOU YOUR THE BEST IN MY BOOK TAKE CARE AND KEEP UP GOOD JOB. THANKS DORIS MCINTURFF

By Doris McInturff on September 19, 2012

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Paula, I love the picture of your place because I love the outdoors too. And living in the city makes me home sick for the country and the sweet smells of outdoors.

By Julie McGary on September 18, 2012

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I love Paula Dean She is such a beautiful and smart woman

By patsy .martin@live.com on September 18, 2012

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beautiful i just love the outdoora. The Lord has really blessed you and I really love to watch your ahowa

By Anonymous on September 18, 2012

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beautiful i just love the outdoora. The Lord has really blessed you and I really love to watch your ahowa

By Anonymous on September 18, 2012

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Love all her shows and the ones she guest on. I use a lot of her recipes have for years. I would change the sugar to splends or splenda blend to cut back on sugar long before I heard she was a diabetic. Most of my family have dealt with this so I have tired lot of sweetners in the recipes. Splenda was a God send for us when it comes to baking. Keep the recipes coming. Still can't get Not my Mom's Cooking but do get Home for Dinner it's great. God's Blessings from our House to Yours

By Edna Anthony on September 18, 2012

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hi! wink i was wondering if you could share the recipe for the chiken/grape salad-the one that is pictured on the croissant above? thanks! wink sandra
Sandra Neuheimer-Huller in Chicken Salad: A Southern Staple on April 19, 2014 at 9:37 am

Where do I buy these magazines
in A Basketful of Traditions on April 19, 2014 at 7:22 am

I WISH I COULD COOK. COULD I COME WORK FOR JUST ROOM AND BOARD AT YOUR NEW RESTURAUNT IN PIGEON FORGE FOR THE SUMMER? I WENT TO COLLEGE NOT FAR FROM THERE - HIWASSEE COLLEGE. YOU WOULDN'T HAVE TO PAY ME, I WOULD WORK FOR FREE JUST FOR THE EXPERIENCE. TAMMY LEVAN 19 SPENCER WAY KINGS PARK, NY 11754 HAPPY EASTER! CHRIST IS RISEN!
TAMMY L LEVAN in A Basketful of Traditions on April 19, 2014 at 3:31 am

Hi Bubbles, You have some great tips. Can't wait to read your other blogs! Please give Aunt Peggy a big hug from me and here is one for you! (((HUGS))) See you in May!
Jaci Pardun in 10 Quick Household Tips on April 18, 2014 at 10:05 pm

Paula, I am glad to know that I am not the only person who makes Easter Baskets for their adult children and mail them across the United States. My Daughter lives in Long Beach, CA and I not only sent her a basket but her husband and my granddaughter Reese. We also buy special Russel Stover Bunnies for each child too. My husband has the list in his phone... Sara .. Cookies 'n Crème.... Sidney and Stephen.. Peanut Butter Etc. It one of my favorite things to do for my kids.. no matter how old they get. And passing it along to my Grandchildren. It's even more special to me knowing we share a family tradition. Blessings and Happy Easter!!
Sharon Cason-Card in A Basketful of Traditions on April 18, 2014 at 10:03 pm