After a good night's sleep, our hostess and the tired travelers were to bed early Friday night, they being tired from the trip, me tired from some long duty days and early mornings this week.
Saturday morning, I awoke before anyone, and baked some pastries, set out to rise overnight, assembled a couple of days prior then put in the freezer.
Homemade croissants, these from my Croissants Pain au Chocolat recipe with a tiny dab of sweet and fragrant almond paste replacing the chocolate in the center.
Then it was off to half priced books!
I think the audience is either housebound soccer moms or hormonally overactive young teens (In my day, we just went and rode the horse around for a while). Still it it made me smile to see the mix of what was in the aisle.
Then it was time for lunch, meeting a couple of friends, including Scout26 and offspring for lunch at one of the area Irish pubs. Miss D., on the left had the corned beef and cabbage, the rest of us trying less traditional fare, including a barbecue flat bread pizza the kitchen made up for young R. even if it wasn't on the weekend menu!
Then it was "girls afternoon out", while Miss D. and I took the bat truck and headed into the city. We'd invited Tam and Roberta X. to join, but they were out of town with other plans, so we did the solo trek to some of our favorite haunts.
But for now? Bacon and chocolate gelato? Oh my. . but alas, we are still full from lunch. Next time.
So many good flavors, carrot cake with cream cheese, frosting, Turkish coffee and others. It was tempting, but we still have mead tasting and dinner together later.
We were very warmly greeted and made to feel at home. There's a beautiful sitting area and gourmet foods and desserts to try if one would like a little food with their sampling. They also have honey products from Wildflower Ridge Honey, LLC and other places (honey sticks in watermelon flavor. . oh yes). We really try and do our business with local artisans and craftsmen. I will gladly drive a ways further, and pay a little bit more to keep our local small businesses successful/ Big Box Mart and the Chain Restaurants rarely, if ever, see my hard earned money.
So many different meads and ciders from which to choose.
I was driving so I took just the tiniest of sips of the ones I'd not tried. The Cranberry one definitely was coming home with me to share with our supper, and another bottle of blackcurrant carbonated mead for another special occasion.
We got to pick six different meads and ciders to sample. Then it was home, to craft the light supper, while we caught up on stories, (the perils of chicken ingestion in a low flying fighter engine and how NOT to get the handle of "Coop", how Barkley and Oleg's Cat combining forces in "the Royal Order of Dander" would be dangerous, and the merits of a REALLY good blue cheese with our crackers and wine).
After more mead and perplexing Barkley with the Jedi Pocket Knives, (a gift from Santa in my stocking), we were off to sleep. For some strange reason, everyone slept in this morning, the house chill as it got down to the low teens during the night. Brrr, kick that heat on! But before Miss D. and Peter hit the road, there was breakfast at a great little Indiana restaurant, a ways from me, but worth the drive. Emmy's pancake house in Avon, Indiana.
It's in what was once a totally vacant strip mall, where a large Oriental buffet used to be. Now there's a small college auxiliary campus and a VERY busy restaurant in the old giant buffet area. The flaming dragon/neon fixture decor can only be described as Terminal 2 at Kai Tek airport in Hong Kong with some bottles of maple syrup and retro oatmeal tins lying about, but it's SO worth a try. Much of the menu is standard breakfast fare, but they have some menu items that top anyone's in the area, the eggs Benedict and pancakes being the best in town and the crepes we saw coming out, looking wonderful!
Taken with D's cell phone camera Peter's Florentine eggs Benedict with spinach.
And my breakfast scramble with hash browns and pancakes. (scrambled eggs with ham, pineapple and Cheddar, throw on a dash of Shirachi, and it's even better)
We made a drive around the local area, commenting on how winter IS the best time to buy a house as you can really see by the obvious bare patches in rooftop snow, who has decent insulation. The worst homes for roof insulation, apparently the $189,000 and up, pricey for Indiana, homes in a new subdivision, the older brick and bungalows snug as a bug with their roof snow undisturbed, even around chimneys.
Barkley food was picked up at the pet supply place and then we had our nice long drive home, while Miss D. entertained us with stories of bush flying in Alaska.
The weekend was drawing to a close too soon. The blog meet is this afternoon, but I have an invite to a colleagues for a housewarming, and my guests need to hit the road, for work very early tomorrow. It was a great time. There may be a treadmill and a salad in my future tomorrow but it was worth it.
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Brigid and Barkley