Norm’s Amish Market and Snow White Drive In / Mount Juliet and Lebanon, TN Area

Our day was mighty fine yesterday. It did ALL of our souls good to get out and do a few things other than work and home, chores, and to do lists. Our first order of business was to stop at Norm’s, a local roadside market with mostly Amish goods from Scottsville, KY. We used to go every year but it’s a little far for us now. So it’s nice to see this place, although pricier since its the middle man. I loved the photo opportunity and these Mum’s will be in full bloom soon.

Don’t pick up the peaches! See the sign?

You know how we love to go in and “pick our produce”, smell it, feel it, inspect it, thump it – lol, well we live in a different world with the “dreaded illness” out there so….you have to approach your roadside stand with a bit of mystery. So far there were no rotten veggies in the bottom of the basket, but we’d never know til we got home. Ha! I did touch a zucchini and George quickly scaled me and pointed me to this sign below.

Of course I laughed imagining me asking the clerk, “hey could you lift this to my nose please?” My guess is they would answer your questions and sell it to you. And we spent some money in there buying jams, pies (Mom) and squash, and zucchini, sweet potatoes, and tomatoes.

There was something about these boxes that made me want to take a pic. I suppose it’s because it strikes a memory of seeing them out on the Amish farms and in the little stores there in Scottsville, KY. There were 8 or 9 stops on the Amish market routes and we would visit each one. I remember trying not to go wild at each market b/c we wanted to buy something from each one. Soon we had come to learn which markets had which veggies that were the best of the best! While they all had a bit of everything usually, one had more pumpkins, one had more baked goods, one had the best variety of beans and jams, one had better tomatoes and so forth. I treasure these memories now. It was a Saturday we all looked forward to. But we have different excursions now, although less frequent these days, and I am ok with our excursions.

An Old Fashioned Drive in Diner at Snow White Drive In

Oh we really enjoyed ourselves here. What I unfortunately did not get a pic of as too many people would have been in the photo, was to get a pic of the picnic tables outside under the awnings on the let side of the building. There were some in front too and I didn’t see if there were any on the other side. But you could also eat in your car. We were lucky and got a picnic table away from others and in the back side where there was a field and a nice breeze coming through. At low 80’s in the shade and breeze, not much humidity, it was perfect!

They have been known to have excellent BBQ but they had all sorts of things that you would expect an old fashioned diner to have. All kinds of sandwiches, burgers, fries and onion rings, salads, ice cream, and even breakfast!

We also headed out to see Mom’s house and to go to a few shops in Lebanon. We didn’t want to tire Mom out too much. George and I would have parked and shopped all day in Lebanon, lol. We just hit about 3 or 4 and then headed back home. We stopped at Aldi on the way also.

I have decided to wait and share more of the pictures during the week as it gives me something to post. So you can look forward to seeing a few things from the shops in Lebanon, TN this week.

But I do want to say again how much it helped all of us yesterday to just get out there some and see what all we could get into. We sort of had a few plans but the Amish market was a surprise stop and one of the best. So GET OUT and just GO and see what all you can get into when life just feels like it needs a splash of something different.

George and I are doing a filming video today of what all is in our freezer! We’ve been talking about it for weeks. So I need to try and do something with my hair and makeup and lighting. I ordered that RING LIGHT finally, to give more lighting. We are going to film it from two angles – using my iPhone and the camera. This should be interesting. Because we keep adding things to the top of the freezer but we have not been to the bottom in ages.

So I need to go stage this and myself! I’ve not even opened the Amazon box the RING LIGHT came in. It might be something else entirely, lol.

Later today we are going out with BIL and SIL to a brewery, out to eat, and to see their new place. Excited to spend time with them.

Meanwhile in Texas

We faced time with Little Roo yesterday. He’s so “almost there” with the crawling. But not yet. He is just turning circles on the carpet. He’s loving to eat too. We watched him eat on FaceTime too. We have spent some good time on face time and I’m so appreciative of my daughter doing this for us. It’s almost like we are there, not quite but better than nothing. Special times. We just stop what we are doing and watch. The best thing is when he looks at the phone and smiles at us. Nothing makes us SMILE so big as to when he sees us and smiles. What a joy!

What are you up to this fine Sunday?

Prepping for Fall / Tagine Cooking a Moroccan Dish with Chef George

Farmer’s Market Tomatoes, Mount Juliet, TN

What a productive Saturday! George got out and ran some errands – mainly yard sale, farmer’s market stop for tomatoes, and a store run. Then he washed his car, worked on finances and other things on his list. I enjoyed my day setting about the house, doing laundry, dusting and putting out the fall decor, cleaning out drawers in the kitchen and reorganizing a few things. It was a beautiful thing.

Do we have enough onions?

We were going to need some more onions for all the things we were making this weekend so George bought another (and probably the final) bag of Vidalia onions. We love them for their sweetness. Likely though we’ll be having to eat some baked in foil to eat before the spoil. And that is ok. They are good with butter salt and pepper and baked like that. I like them finally chopped though or at least in rings where they are thin when they come out of the oven.

I opened the drawer for something and was just appalled. I cannot stand disorganization. This was unacceptable. It’s like a hurricane went through the drawer. It’s probably been 3 years before it’s been cleaned out and organized. So yesterday, even though it was unplanned, I quickly just took everything out and reorganized. Some things did not go back in but went in other places.

Not Acceptable (BEFORE)
Ahhhh, much better (AFTER)

I counted NINE things of tape. I had bought more because I thought we were getting low. HELLOOOOOO, they were just hidden.

Ummmmm, really?

So yeah it’s nice to have the right size stopper for a wine bottle and a short one so it will go in the fridge. But, ummm, do we usually have this many open at once? I mean, really?

Saying Good-Bye to Summer Decor

I put away some of the springy items. I’ll put these back in January after Christmas for nice clean fresh look. With so much going on downstairs, I think I’ll just pop this box over in the sunroom out of the way until January. Probably no one will notice nor care. We are not in there much. But the sunroom is clean though for these fall days where we will temporarily get to enjoy some time in there.

I also picked out a few cookbooks to pick some fall/winter recipes for the next few months. My cooking is minimal but I like to find recipes to fix. Sometimes George will fix them or I will fix them. More often than not, it will go on the board or a list for months before I ever fix it – if I even do. But it gives me great fun to think about it. I just have a tendency to overplan my life and fleshing it out is harder to do, but I enjoy thinking about it and planning it anyway. But sometimes I really do end up cooking and a few things have become a classic or fixed again: BBQ meatloaf, Irish Stew, Spaghetti, Alfredo, Amish Pork Chops, Air Fried Hot Chicken, Soups, Salads, and Chocolate Fudge Pie. We’ll see what happens, but these are on the coffee table by my recliner – well Mom sits in my recliner and I have a sofa end recliner, temporarily. lol. I’ll look through and pick some meals. Maybe I’ll make a list like George. What am I saying? He has a whole excel spreadsheet!

George’s Tagine Cooking

His dish looked so pretty last night as he prepared and cooked a beef, leek, and onion dish with peppers and tomatoes.

It cooks in the cone shaped clay cookery called the “Tagine” (Moroccan type of cooking and also his Christmas present). You kinda stir fry the meat and veggies a bit with the “diffuser” so the clay doesn’t crack with the heat. You can see the handle of the diffuser coming out of the back. Then he puts the lighter veggies like tomatoes on top and it steams it when you put the cone on and the steam comes out the top. It looks like a volcano. It cooks pretty quickly. I think the main thing is like any other dish – the chopping and dicing has to happen first.

Yeah the spoon is on the wrong side I think right? But we don’t pay any attention to those rules here! As long as there are utensils near by we are good! I had these other place mats underneath, already there as I wasn’t sure these would show up (delivered by Amazon) by dinner time. I just set them on top of the other placemats. I think I kinda like it that way! It also keeps them from sliding around so much and gives it more depth. What do you think? With the other place mat or by itself????

So the fall placemats came in yesterday mid-afternoon – just in time for the fall decor! The are reversible. I think there are poppy’s on the other side? I didn’t spend a lot of time looking at the other side, but I think it will be cute for February placemats with the red. Anyway, I loved the look of the placemats. I also added a can of silverware to the table since I had two sets. Now to make sure the correct set gets added back to the “can” on the table so it’s there when we need it. I’ll have to manage that one.

Of course this dining room table is big enough to house us on one end and George’s office on the other end. He is working one day a week from home. It was a “summer thing” and not a “dreaded illness avoidance” type thing. Anyway, we are graced with the back of a computer while we eat (rolling eyes) but what can you do? His other personal office is in Mom’s bedroom, LOL. Bless him, he gets to go in there when Mom’s in her recliner. I told him we could move out a china cabinet or move something around in the living room temporarily or even in his bedroom if he could let go of some stuff but he didn’t want to change anything around. We’d already moved a lot. But this table was about the only quick option for his work. I’ve worked there before too and it is a good set up for temporary time frame.

I’ve shared so many photos already in this blog post. So tomorrow I’ll share some of the fall decor pics.

I’m not sure what today’s plan is. I’ll see – we had talked about having a big breakfast today. But then Mom and I said we might grab lunch out before going to the store. I’m going to the store. Not sure if she is going with me or not. I am going to get a few things for the work week mainly. I don’t really want to go anywhere tomorrow on Labor Day. I guess a store will be open for a few hours but I’m not getting out tomorrow.

Today’s plan still a bit up in the air for the brunch or lunch but I’ll be doing these things today:

  • Ironing
  • Soaking the beans for tomorrow’s baked beans
  • Changing George’s sheets
  • Changing my watch band to the tan one instead of the white.
  • Work on some Christmas lists, shopping ideas – I might not have time later
  • Pick out my free audible book for September
  • Unset my alarm for tomorrow morning
  • Might start the puzzle
  • Work on photo/video files
  • Pick out 3 recipes for the future so I can be ready to go
  • Help plan the menu board
  • Work on the project list if any time left
  • Kinda like to make some homemade bread but thinking that is planning too much – depends on time. 😉

Coffee tastes better on a morning when you don’t have to rush out the door. I’ve already done my devo and reading for the day. It’s currently raining and will likely continue over the next few hours or so – I think. I’ve not really checked the weather. I just checked radar and it’s here!

What are you making for Labor Day? And When are YOU fall decorating?

Meanwhile in Texas

River goes to a college football game

I had to google which game it was. I think it was AT&T stadium – Stanford vs K-State. Look at this little booger! He is half a person already! I’m sure he is heavy! He is a big buckaroo for sure! ;-). Bless him. Those legs! I have to show you his football shirt! I guess he’s gonna love football!

And we’re off….Hope you all have a wonderful Sunday! This 3 day weekend has been such a blessing so far.