Ask any Floridian if the game played at Halloween every year is named the Florida/Georgia game, they will say yes.  Georgia fans call it the Georgia/Florida game.  I say it is one of the most exciting game day atmosphere anywhere in the country.  Equal number of tickets are allotted to each school.  The stadium is evenly divided; half Florida fans, half Georgia fans.  My half roots for the Gators.  This year Pops celebrated in style with his newly refurbished 1948 Chrysler New Yorker.  The right shade of blue.

Pops' 1948 blue Chrysler New Yorker ready for Florida Georgia game photo by Kathy Miller

Many Georgia fans hit the Florida state line and head for Amelia Island, home of Fernandina Beach.

Every Friday before the big game on Saturday, the stores, golf courses, restaurants and bars in NE Florida are packed with fans anxious to celebrate the upcoming rivalry game.

The Plantation Shop at Palmetto Walk always has lots of events and special goings-on to entertain the fans.

Loran Smith signed copies of his new book,

 “Spread Formation:  Tailgating & Home Recipes From College Football Greats!”

Ellen and Loran Smith on the porch at The Plantation Shops Amelia Island, FL photo by Kathy Miller

Ellen Goodrich visits with Loran.  She also bought several Georgia and Vanderbilt prints from me. Thank you Ellen!

Loran Smith signing a book for Ellen photo by Kathy Miller

Early Halloween trick-or-treaters visit The Plantation Shop.

Halloween Trick or Treaters on the porch at The Plantation Shop Amelia Island Fl photo by Kathy Miller

Lynn Tennille with her precious daughter checks out the book signing.

Lynn Tennille with daughter dressed for Halloween The Plantation Shops Amelia Island, Fl photo by Kathy Miller

And this Little Pumpkin sings a Georgia song to Loran Smith.

The Little Pumpkin sings a Georgia Bulldog song for Loran Smith photo by Kathy Miller

Thank you to all the fans who visited my Tailgating Through The South showing.  “Tailgating In The Swamp” and “Tailgating Under The Arch”  fine art giclee prints were showcased, as well as the other 12 SEC schools.

Tailgating In The Swamp and Tailgating Under The Arch prints by Kathy Miller

“Tailgating Under The Arch” sold to Andrea Nesbit, pictured with her mother and father, Deborah and Dennis Nesbit.  Hope you enjoy!

Tailgating Under The Arch giclee print sold to Andrea Nesbit photo by Kathy Miller

Enjoyed visiting with Martha Faircloth and Pat McCollum, Georgia friends wearing matching red vests with Halloween appliqués.  Thank you for your purchases.

Martha and Pat in their red sweater vests with Halloween cutouts photo by Kathy Miller

2 of my favorite Florida fans dropped by, Vicki May and RuthAnne Hicks.

Vicki May and RuthAnne Hicks Florida fans photo by Kathy Miller

The cutest orange and white trailer showed up with popsicles for fans.  Orange and White, (my favorite color combination)!

Bold City Pops

Bold City Pops trailer photo by Kathy Miller

“Like our name, pop flavors are bold. Each one is carefully prepared with fresh ingredients.”

Click here to see their wonderful flavors.

Bold City Pops Rhonda and Suzanah photo by Lean Timms

Left to Right: Rhonda Ryan and Suzanah Raffield                           Photo by Lean Timms

 Suzanah says:  “I love things that are handmade and have a story. We know the woman who grows our mint and the keeper of the orange grove where we pick our citrus. Our ice pops are full of character, history, flavor and fruit. I’m here to orchestrate their delivery to you.”

rest here- Pop Lounge at The Plantation Shops photo by Kathy Miller

Many fans did just that.

Georgia fans enjoy Bold City Pops photo by Kathy Miller

Thank you to The Plantation Shop for bringing us Loran and Myrna Smith.

They have created several tailgating books and this new one is full of great recipes and even better stories.

Loran and Myra Smith at book signing photo by Kathy Miller

I will continue to showcase recipes and stories from  “Spread Formation:  Tailgating & Home Recipes From College Football Greats!”

It really is a good read and would make great Christmas gifts for your tailgating college football fans.  The Plantation Shop has signed copies in stock.

Kathy Miller and Loran Smith at The Plantation Shop Amelia Island photo by Kathy Miller

A fun day for Georgia fans to mix and mingle and shop!

Georgia fans mingling at The Plantation shop photo by Kathy Miller

Game Day!  Fans from both sides celebrating.

Neice Kelly with her friends!  The band got back together.  Molly, Kaleigh, Kelly and Emily.  Love these girls.  KD’s from UF.

Molly, Kaleigh, Kelly and Emily meet up at Florida/Georgia game photo by Kelly Hawkins

Florida side

Florida side at Florida Georgia game photo by Kathy Miller

Georgia side

Georgia side Florida Georgia game photo by Kathy Miller

This year we homegated.  That’s right we tailgated in our home in front of the TV.  Pops was excited about his newly refurbished  car and our Gator decorations.

The Gator group with the 1948 Chrysler photo by Kathy Miller

Even Sheldon got into the back seat for a ride!

Sheldon rides in the 1948 Chrysler New Yorker photo by Kathy Miller

Love the radio and remember learning how to shift gears….Oh the clutch.

The clutch in the 1948 Chrysler photo by Kathy Miller

Dave, Anne and James in Gator orange photo by Kathy Miller

I mentioned The Palace Saloon in my previous post.  We served the original recipe for Pirate’s Punch developed by the original Palace Saloon owner,  Aubrey Williams.  I don’t know the secret recipe, but Anne Coonrod brought it to us in large liquor bottle.  I found these red and black striped straws and thought they were appropriate for our Georgia friends.  Didn’t know the Pirates were included, but fit perfectly with the Pirate’s Punch.

Pirate's Punch with Georgia Black and Red straws photo by Kathy Miller

Goes down easy!

Pirate's Punch from The Palace Saloon photo by Kathy Miller

I served carrot hummus from The Southern Tailgating Cookbook by Taylor Mathis.

Orange Carrot Hummus for the Gators photo by Kathy Miller


  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 2 (15 1/2 ounce) cans garbonzo beans, drained reserving liquid
  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 6 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup grated carrots


  1. In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, cook the chopped carrots in water to cover until fork tender. Drain and add to the bowl of a food processor.
  2. Add the garbonzo beans, 4 tablespoons of the reserved bean liquid, tahini, lemon juice, olive oil, grlic, salt, paprika, lemon and orange zest, Tabasco, cumin, and cloves. Process until an orange hummus of desired smoothness forms. Add bean liquid or olive oil if needed.
  3. Add the grated carrots and pulse a few times.
  4. Store in the refrigerator overnight.

By Taylor Mathis
Adapted from The Southern Tailgating Cookbook


Recipe Printed from www.kathymillertime.com

This was a hit!!!!!

And a version of his Pimento Cheese Ball.  I didn’t have time to make my own pimento cheese so I bought my favorite”Palmetto Pimento Cheese”  and used that in honor of Tennessee playing South Carolina, the Palmetto State.

Pimento Cheese Ball photo by Kathy Miller

Our home was a happy home on Saturday.  Duke won in double overtime, Florida won in a game that no one expected them to win (except Dan Hicken), and Tennessee won in overtime way past my bedtime!

For my Georgia friends, I know it is heartbreaking.   I have been on the losing side so many times this season,  yet always try to see the positive.  There is nothing like school traditions, school loyalty, school pride, school bands (I love you), school empathy with the players and coaches who try so hard to please the fan base.

I love college football.  I love the SEC.  I love Ole Miss’s rise this year and congratulate Auburn for winning, but also feel the pain of an injury like Laquon Treadwell’s.  He is in our thoughts and prayers.

South Carolina’s Marcus Lattimore announces he is retiring from the NFL after a 2 year stint due to problems stemming from his horrific injury during the 2012 South Carolina/Tennessee game.  He is in our thoughts and prayers.

Thank you to all my college football tailgating friends.  I always appreciate your thoughts and comments.

Come celebrate with me.  I’ll save you a seat at the table.


  • gina Stromberg says:

    Love the photos. Love that friends and family can meet and greet, regardless of fanhood. Love the recipes and paintings. Keep them coming.

    • Thanks Gina. I feel the same way. Always support great fan relationships. What would the game be if we couldn’t feel comfortable traveling to away games? I love visiting the many schools and enjoying their hospitality. Missouri is great at that btw. I had more Florida fans last year and Georgia fans this year tell me how wonderful the Missouri fans were, inviting them into their tailgates. LSU also invited my big Gator crew into their tailgate last year.

  • Jane MacDonald says:

    Great Pictures- Love the new car – looks like Sheldon does too.

  • Kathy:

    You are amazing! I love your blog with your photos; the colors are so vivid.
    I look forward to trying some of these yummy recipes.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you, Dave, Clare & clan!

    RuthAnne Hicks

    • Thank you RuthAnne. It was so great seeing you at the Amelia Island Plantation. Hope to see you again at a Gator game. Loved the PB Outfitters. Pennington & Bailes store in Gainesville is the perfect place to get really nice Gator clothing. Thanks for telling me about them. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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