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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Taking a Christmas Break

(A photo from our ice storm Sunday.)
 
 
Things are so busy here at The Sticks that I am going to take a Christmas break from blogging.  When I'm back in January I'll have new recipes to share, project updates, more stories from The Pilgrimage to MN and WI, updates on Little Bird & Little Hoss... and much more.
 
I wish for blessings of this season of Jesus' birth for you and yours.
 
Merry Christmas and a joyful New Year!!!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Photo Album: From the road trip

There are always good photos taken along the trip that don’t make it into a blog.  The ‘Pilgrimage’ trip is no different.  So here are some of the ones I’d like to share –
 
 
Corn shocks in an Amish farmer’s field.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Beautiful autumn fields.
 
 
Ponds… thawed…
 
 
and frozen.
 
 
 
 
More autumn.
 
 
OK…not a great shot but he was fun to see!
 
 
First snow geese I’ve ever seen.
 
 
Snow geese flying in a V.
 
 
 
A friend’s barn cats.
 
 
 
Lovely horses.
 
 
 
Faded flowers
 
 
 
And a faded home.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Favorites: Roadside Produce Stands

One of my favorite roadside stops during traveling is at a local produce/fruit stand.  Not only do you get to sample different fresh local produce, it gives you a chance to visit with people from the area. 
 
 
This stand is on the large side…but it was still a fun stop.
 
 
There were so many apple varieties available to purchase!
 
 
Most were packed in bags with each variety in a different section of the large tables.  There were also small baskets with each variety for you to taste.
 
 
Want more than a little bag?  There were bushel boxes for sale too.
 
 
 
I always look for a variety I’ve never had.  This year it was “Ambrosia”.  I got several bags and sent one to Missouri for the babies.  They are very good and do hold up to baking nicely.
 
 
Besides produce, this stand had a bakery.  Their apple cider donuts were fantastic, as were the turnovers.
 
 
There were also many handmade items for sale, such as this quilt.
 
 
Outside were pumpkins and gourds.
 
 
In a separate area caramel candied apples were being dipped. 
 
 
Himself sneaked back in and snagged one of those caramel apples! 
 
Yep…it was a good stop!!