Exploring Pennsylvania




Back at the beginning of May, Molly took off a Friday so we could do some adventuring. We decided to make our way toward Lancaster, with a few stops along the way.
First up we stopped into the Salvation Army fabric sale so she could see if there was anything left she could use on items for her shop. She ended up loading up a box, so it was great.
Then we headed to Gettysburg so we could stop into a thrift shop there (we didn’t find anything) but then I made sure to stop at the abandoned mini golf so Molly could have a look. I was so sad to see that my favorite pink mini house had been knocked down. The whole place has been pretty destroyed. It was in a lot worse shape then the last time I walked through it. The baseball batting cage area is filled with water and looks like the saddest lake. Most of the houses look like people have been trying to destroy them and there was lots of trash everywhere.
After that we made our way to Lititz for lunch at The Tomato Pie cafe. This is the same place we ate on our last Pennsylvania adventure. Their food is always so good, we both had the tomato soup and agreed it was perfection. I also had the cold brew with milk & honey, goodness it was delicious.
We walked across the street to check out the Wilbur Chocolate company. They have a shop but also a bit of a museum along the walls behind glass, lots of rurally cute chocolate molds.
Last on our trip was the Lancaster area for a few antique shops and to stop in the Craft and Flower marketplace (used to be Craft and Flower Warehouse) It was interesting and we each found some fun things, but I kind of missed the old place even though I had only been there once. Then we made the long drive back home, which of course always seems to feel like it takes forever when you are not making fun stops along the way.

May Crafternoon









May’s Crafternoon was all about English Paper Piecing, just like I did in my paper piecing necklace, but larger sizes. I love paper piecing and I should of been working on my “five year quilt”, which at this point should probably be finished considering I started in back in 2009! But instead of hexes I wanted to try out diamonds, so I have basically started a second quilt. You can see some photos of my hex quilt here and here.
Jessee was nice enough to use her Silhouette to cut out the paper pieces ahead of time. She really makes me want to buy one with all the fun things you can do with it!
I made a pan of these snickers bar brownies for crafternoon (the perfect excuse to make crazy indulgent sweets because there will be lots of people over to eat them up) The only changes I made were I did not add hot fudge to the mix and I didn’t add any peanuts. I keep the finished brownies in the fridge before cutting them, and that was great, but you can see in the photo above that once they sat out cut for about ten minutes they melted down into piles of brownie mess. They tasted really good, and someone said they were more like cadbury egg brownies. I agree, especially with out the nuts, the nougat was very much like a cadbury egg. So, very delicious, very messy, and very time consuming to make so one time is plenty.

Legos in Virginia



Last weekend B and I drove to Katie’s house in Harpersferry WV. We got to check out her garden, say hello to their chickens and then we all headed out in her car to Leesburg VA. A boy scout troop was putting on a lego event called Scouting For Bricks. It was lots of fun, like a smaller version of brickfair, but way less crowded.
There was lots of exhibitors with fun lego creations to look at, and lego vendors selling all sorts of fun goodies. The boys loved it. They didn’t get to attend brick fair together since we went on different days, so it was nice for them to get to talk to each other about everything as they saw it. They took some photos of the stuff they really loved, and things they might like to recreate for playing.
Afterwards we headed to Purcellville VA and had lunch at The Magnolia Mill. It was such a cute little town so we walked around after lunch checking out all the little shops. It was such a nice day out, sunny but still cool enough to feel comfortable in a sweatshirt, my favorite kind of weather.