Fall Festival: Apple Butter Makin’ Days!

Apple Butter Makin DaysThis month we went to our local, annual Apple Butter Makin’ Days.   The weather couldn’t have been better!

One of the nicest things about Mt. Vernon, Missouri, where this festival takes place, is the Clock Tower on the square.  A picture could not do it justice though.  I don’t ever get tired of the small town squares and their unique architectures.

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Fall Arts & Craft Festival!

Lynn and I went to the Fall Arts and Craft Show this weekend in Ozark, Missouri. It is nestled in a beautiful valley on the banks of the Finley River.  The weather was perfect for a trip to the craft show.  Not a cloud in the sky and it was warm and sunny!

There were over 300 booths! I really enjoyed just walking through the booths and tents admiring all of the fall decorations, cute baby stuff, pottery, and so many other great craft items.  I had to get some handmade cards…that is always something I look for!  I also found a couple of Christmas gifts – planning ahead! Then it was on to the mums…look at these!

It really feels like fall when we go to this craft show and see this beautiful display of flowers and yard ornaments… this vendor and many more are here every year.

Did I mention the food?  Oh my!  My favorite part of any fall festival!  Caramel apples, pies, cinnamon rolls, and of course…kettle corn!  And the sweet tea was amazing!  We had the hardest time trying to decide where to eat lunch…we finally decided on the Mossy River Pie Hole!  I had a Frito Pie and Lynn had beans and cornbread.  It was delicious!

I can’t wait for next weekend…another awesome fall festival to go to in Mount Vernon, Missouri…Apple Butter Makin’ Days!  Lynn will post soon about our trip to get some apple butter!

by Angie

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Road Trip: The Lodge of the Pioneer Woman

The Lodge

Visiting The Pioneer Woman‘s Lodge was, to say the least, a highlight of my year!  Yes, I can actually say I was giddy! I soaked in the whole experience and enjoyed every minute!

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Road Trip: The Mercantile

It was a beautiful August day for a girls’ day out road trip!  Lynn and I headed to Pawhuska, Oklahoma to visit The Mercantile.  The Mercantile is a deli, bakery, and wonderful shopping venue owned by Ladd and Ree Drummond, of the Pioneer Woman.  They have transformed a huge old building on Main Street in Pawhuska.  See Ree’s website (The Pioneer Woman) for the details of all of the work that they did to the building. 

Ree and Ladd Drummond opened the Mercantile in October of 2016.  The store area is spacious and is modeled after an old fashioned general store.  You can shop directly from the shelves and cabinets filled with beautiful dishes, kitchen linens, and colorful accessories for the home.  There are decorative pillows, lotions, and seasonal items as well.  You don’t want to miss the clothing section which also has a great selection of children’s toys and gifts.  I had a really hard time trying to decide between a red mixing bowl and the array of tiny red bowls and measuring cups!

Next on our agenda was lunch at the deli!  We only waited in line for a short time; sometimes the lines can be very long!  We were starving and everything looked amazing.  We finally settled on sandwiches and hand cut potato chips.  The flavored lemonades and teas were die for!

Next was the long anticipated trip to the bakery and coffee shop upstairs!  This is a beautiful open area with lots of seating just inviting you to get something yummy, sit down, and stay awhile!  For me, the main attraction was the cases with a wonderful array of pastries and desserts.  There were lemon bars, homemade biscotti, and so many others…it was almost impossible to choose!  I finally decided on a pecan sticky bun and it did not disappoint…as evidenced by the picture below..I couldn’t wait to take a bite and then I took the picture!  It was amazing!  

What a great day at The Mercantile!  We shopped a lot, ate delicious food, and had a great time as you can tell by the picture below.  However, our day wasn’t over yet…next we headed to The Lodge where the Pioneer Woman cooking show is filmed for the Food Network…more on this next week!!

Pawhuska Bench

by Angie

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