Molly’s Birthday Trip

At the end of May Molly and I took a mini roadtrip for her birthday to Harrisburg PA. Our first stop was at the Doll Museum. I’m not sure how Molly found it online, but I had never heard of it so I tried not to get my hopes up. Well guess what, it was amazing! I believe it was $5 to get in, and well worth it..so many dolls! If you are a fan of dolls and ever near Harrisburg I recommend checking it out.
Lunch was at Tomato Pie Cafe, while we have both been to the location in Litiz PA a few times, this was our first time visiting the one in Harrisburg. Now if only they’d open a location in our town.
After lunch we headed to Carlisle PA for antique shopping and birthday dessert. At the antique mall where we each found a few items. Next door was a little European food market so we stopped in, and bought some kinder eggs and other goodies.
We had coffee and cake (and macarons to go) at Helena’s Chocolate Cafe & Creperie. We also stopped in the cutest candy shop Georgie Lou’s Retro Candy. I actually have had their website bookmarked on my computer for awhile, so it was fun to stumble upon it.
Days like this day remind me just how much PA has to offer in the way of daytrips!

Pittsburgh

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Early in December I took a weekend road trip with Molly to Pittsburgh. She was going to be selling her adorable goods at her very first craft show Handmade Arcade. It was so much fun to get to go along and be her helper, and she did so great! She even wants to do more now, which is always a great sign.
We took Route 30 to Pittsburgh which is the fun scenic way. The weather was pretty rainy and dreary but we got to stop at thrift and antique shops along the way. We even stopped into the Pie Shoppe Bakery for some amazing donuts.
We started the drive home right after the show, but ended up stopping in at a hotel for the night about an hour outside the city. It worked out really well because Sunday the weather was beautiful and we stumbled upon Green Gables which was offering Sunday brunch and a free photo with Santa. We also hit up a few more antique malls and I’ll have to get photos of the fun things I found. A few were Christmas gifts, and a few for myself. You can see the fun salt and pepper shakers I found on our way to Pittsburgh above. Can’t wait for our next road trip!

Ice cream sundae

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On the day Molly and I hit the cake topper mother load, we did do a little more exploring around Cumberland and back up into Pennsylvania. We have this thing for sundaes with wacky names. It all started when we saw an ice cream shop inside The Craft And Flower marketplace. They had a little ice cream shop inside that was closed but the menu board advertised a “piggy back sundae” Of course ever since we have been thinking up crazy things as to what it could be. I think it could be two smaller sundaes of your choice-one on top of another, but who knows.
Okay so I decided to do a google search for the sundae before I typed anymore of this blog entry and only two things come up, but they say the same thing. It seems a piggy back sundae is a milkshake topped with an ice cream sundae! I can’t even imagine how that is possible, but I am glad to have the mystery solved.
Anyhow, we wanted to stop for wacky ice cream sundaes on our drive home and The Igloo in Everett PA happened to be on our route. Giant ice cream sundae topped building and kooky sundae flavors, we were sold. Molly had the dirt sundae and I went for the ice cream cake sundae which seemed to have a cake flavored topping, caramel, and crumbled chocolate cake.
We also hit a few antique/flea market type places. I wanted to buy the creepy strawberry but it was $18. We did however talk ourselves into each buying a $1 goodie bag. They were decorated so nicely and we had lots of laughs joking that they might have used underwear, dirty dishes that some one just didn’t want to wash, or some other garbage. We figured $1 was worth the risk. The cashier joked that they would be bricks wrapped in tinfoil. We were so excited when we got back to the car that we opened them right away. Dirty dishes might have been better then what we did get, at least there might have been cute dishes we could of scrubbed the mold off of (I really wish I could insert a laughing until I cry emoji here).
Mine had gems like a used wallet filled with receipts, a pair of prescription glasses, some keys. There was also a few pamphlets (basically junk mail). And Molly’s wasn’t any better. We dropped off all the contents at the next thrift shop. Still it certainly was exciting!! Made me wonder though if someone had a break up and packed up the ex’s things into goodie bags to sell in their antique shop booth. I hope there isn’t a little lady named Judy hunting for her glasses and keys!