Please bear with me as I make some new changes to the blog this month. Somedays you may see something new and the next day it may be gone....I'm experimenting...all for the better I hope!
It's road trip time!.....seems like I have been all over the state of ol' Virginia this past month. And I would love to share with you. One day I drove over to peanut country. Did you know America's first commercial peanut crop was grown right here, just a few miles from this store. I discovered salt n' pepper peanuts here, this past summer....my new favorite taste sensation in peanuts. ☺
roasted redskins, jalapeno, bbq, lemon crab, sweet and spicy, cajun, salt & pepper
Just down the road is The Virginia Diner, a place for folks who love southern fare cooking, and serving since 1929. It began as a refurbished railroad dining car and as its popularity increased, dining rooms were added. Serving every single day of the year, morning, noon, and night, except for Christmas Eve and Day, its parking lot is always full. We had lunch there and enjoyed my personal favorite, apple salad with peanut dressing. Yummo!
After lunch, just wandering down unknown country roads, I drove by many fields, dotted with fluffy white cotton, ready to be picked.
Several days later, off I went in the opposite direction, heading towards the mountains.........it's
Apple Picking Time
Heading up to the apple barn, you are going straight up the mountain. You'd better keep your eyes on the narrow winding road, 'cause it's a shear drop down the mountain side with no rails. ....yikes!
Arriving at the orchards, you are treated to this view. I was a little disappointed that there wasn't much color in the leaves yet, probably due to the wet wet summer we had.
This orchard grows many different varieties of apples, but Stayman's are my all time favorite, so that's the grove we headed to (quite a hike I might add....got my exercise that day! )
Wish they had ladders to climb.....using the apple pickers was hard for me!
An old building, maybe an abandoned hunting cabin, in the orchard.
Back down the mountains, you just know I had to make a few stops (okay more than that) of antiquey places I ran across. I don't know what this building originally was, but it was many many rooms to wander through. Great stuff and I picked up some pretty sweet vintage Christmas items.
Back home, I made one more stop that day and it was to take a photo of this gorgeous drive that leads up to an old home out here where I live. Isn't this pretty?!!! The maples are the most gorgeous Fall trees.
And the fruits of my labor, after picking those apples. An apple pie for Bobby G. Now I know you all probably have a favorite apple pie recipe. I cheat and use a Pillsbury frozen pie crust. :) But I will tell you a little secret that I add to my pie filling. Caramel ice cream topping......Try It. :)
BNOTP ~ Metamorphosis Monday, Coastal Charm ~ Tuesday, How Sweet the Sound ~ Saturday, French Country Cottage ~ Friday, Common Ground ~ Friday, White Lace Cottage ~ the Scoop ~ Tuesday