Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Mark Twain, Wine, and Beginning Beekeepers!

This weekend was a busy whirlwind! Friday I left bright and early to head to St. Louis, MO for a Honey and Wine tasting event that night. On my way there I stopped in Hannibal, MO to eat lunch and to visit some of the Mark Twain stuff. I had been there when I was a kid but that was many years ago! After the Honey/wine tasting I made it part way between St. Louis and Columbia to spend the night. Early Saturday I traveled on into Columbia to attend a Beginning beekeeping class. It lasted all day so I wasn't able to drive all the way home so I crashed at my cousins house about half way home! It was a crazy weekend that didn't last long enough. But I had fun at both places I went!

Here are several pictures from my weekend!

Huckleberry Finns House

Mark Twins Boyhood Home. 

This random sign on one of the buildings in Hannibal. 

Bale of cotton

Norman Rockwell Paintings!! They had 14 ORIGINALS!!! I was so excited he Is my favorite artist!

Stopped in here to get some Ice Cream

Huckleberry ice cream on top and some butter pecan on bottom. Both very good!

The Mark Twain Memorial Light House. I climbed up the stairs to the top to see the view!

The View from the top of the hill where the light house was. 

Another view from the top of down town Hannibal. That's my car at the bottom.

Where I ate Lunch

Some homemade root beer complete with a frosty mug.

My Lunch at the Mark Twain Dinette. It's a Made Rite Burger and some onion rings with Chili ranch sauce. Delicious!

I got to sell raffle tickets at the honey/wine event

The Food that was made by the Culinary institute of St. Louis

Each table had 2 different honeys and 2 different wines.

The head Chef.

Me Speaking at the Beginning beekeeping class in Columbia.

Students putting together wooden ware

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Christmas in the Country Gift Reveal

First off I want to say thank you to Laurie, Jamie and Robyn for letting me be involved with the behind the scenes stuff for this years Christmas in the Country!! I had a blast and I think we were very successful! We had almost 70 people participate from all over the United States and Canada! I can't wait to see what we can do for next year!!

Last year I got a package from North Dakota you can read about it HERE. I got to send my package to Heather from Double H Photography. She was really fun to shop for!! I hope she enjoyed her gifts.

 This year my package came from Virginia! I got home one afternoon and had a package sitting on my front steps! I was excited to see who my package was coming from.

My package came from Jan Thomas who blogs over at the Tip Garden and The Frugal Pantry

Inside was a letter from Jan telling me who she was and about the items in the box. Here is what I received!! 

Inside was a beautiful and soft scarf, an apron and a pair of socks.

Some post cards and a magnate from Virginia! I collect both so I was thrilled to see them. 

Some honey roasted peanuts combining my love of bees and me being the honey queen and something from her state. 

Some homemade drink mixes that she made.

Some cinnamon apple candy that was made locally and that was soooo delicious and I'm really sad that I ate all of. I'm gonna have to look them up and get a case sent to me they were that good!! 

Finally a planner another thing that I didn't mention I liked in my info that got sent to her but is perfect!! I love planners and organizers and purple too! 

I was so excited and happy to receive my package and to make friends with Jan!

Thank You to everyone who participated this year and made it great! I hope that you too were able to connect with new bloggers and make new friends. Be sure to link up with us at the bottom of the page so everyone can read about what you received!!