Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Country Drive

Dan-the-Man and I took off for a wonderful country drive this Saturday. Various c.d's where selected for the drive, sunscreen lathered on, cold beverages to enjoy and off we went. Top down on the bug-de-doo we hit the Highway and had Styx blasting in the bug (when those bands are etched in your memory from High School, you have to rock out sometimes). I had 3 or 4 Farms for us to visit in Missou-RAH, and it's always an adventure getting to them, especially when the address starts as "RR 1", you know you will be on some gravel roads hoping that map quest doesn't fail you! Of course we always come upon the loveliest homes in the country, especially when passing through small country towns that make me wish we lived far, far away from the bright city lights. Above is my dream fence and flowers, just as cute as a button. We changed gears and were listening to Italian instrumental c.d by now as we floated through the country roads, watching the fields change from one patchwork of farmland to the next...Heavenly!

We stopped at Beckner's Orchard and Farmer Beckner had some healthy looking produce. Although the big sell is peaches, his candied onions were to die for. He said they are so sweet, you can eat them like an apple. His favorite sandwich isn't a BLT, it's a BOT (onion). We had some in our garden salad for dinner and they were out of this world!

Here's another beauty of a stand....oh they had trouble items! Fresh baked breads, cinnamon rolls, produce and all sorts of little canned things you just can't say no to. We bought the best blueberry syrup and had them on pancakes Sunday morning. Three ingredients....blueberries, sugar and lemon juice....just the right consistency and so yummy!
Missouri believe it or not, has some excellent wineries. We stopped at two that day and found a new favorite Baltimore Bend . Everything we tasted was delicious! After we had the bug loaded down with a whole watermelon, cantaloupe, tomatoes, cucumbers, bread, cinnamon rolls, honey, blueberry syrup, salsa, pickles, salsa, wine, and did I mention salsa? (someone has an addiction ....DAN!) we headed home. Now, if only i could find a job where I could get paid for scouting out the best roadside stands and wineries. Public Television DO YOU HEAR ME????



10 comments:

Jeanneoli said...

Sounds all so wonderful...and the peaches...oh, I love fresh peaches!!! Let me know if you ever go to Galena!!

Gary and Elizabeth~ said...

What a lovely day, I love the white fence too!. Isn't nice to just sit back in the car and enjoy the ride, music and a wonderful husband!. We would have bought all the same yummies.
Take care and enjoy your day,
Elizabeth

Domestic Designer said...

You two take the best road trips! I am jealous.The goodies you got sound wonderful.

Country Dreaming said...

What would you do if you didn't have "road trips to take. I know we have fun on our trips
down the road.:)

Jules said...

I hear you on the job thing. I would love to do that as well but need to figure out how to get paid for it and trying new recipes too. I need to be working for a test kitchen not counting beans at the county. Lol....

Old Centennial Farmhouse said...

I didn't know you had a convertible BUG!?!? Can we see it somewhere on your blog? I wanna see it! It sounds like a wonderful job, taste-testing your way through the countryside. I think I shall have to get Sally (67 Mustang convertible) out and make her carry us over the country roads looking for blueberry syrup and salsa....oh my!
XOXO
Joni
GREAT post!

Michelle said...

I just found your blog and had such a nice visit.. I'm from Kansas so I enjoyed seeing familiar sites.

Have a great day!

Michelle

this little light said...

I love the feel and music of your blog....I feel like I'm just stepping back into time...Wonderful.

Elizabeth said...

I think it is so fun to go on drives like that in the summer. My favorite place to do that around here is Napa and Sonoma. The lighting and all the beautiful country side is dreamy:) Looks like you had a very nice time.
Hey, that is too funny that you bought that Heather Bailey pattern too!I was thinking of buying some of her fabrics to make them. I just finished Caitlin's dress,and I'm on to the black one now.

Elizabeth said...

Just read your comment on my blog...That is so cool that your nephew lives off the square in Sonoma!! LUCKY!!! I adore that little town. Have you guys ever gone to "The Girl and The Fig? I Love that restaurant. Oh, please do give me buzz when you ever come into town :) It is so fun to meet fellow blogger.