Saturday, May 27, 2017

Travels to Indiana Amish Country

On Saturday's when we don't have any definite plans, I always want to venture out somewhere to eat.  We usually end up in Bowling Green, Louisville, Nashville, or somewhere in Indiana.  Today we decided to drop the Explorer off for an oil change and then we drove to Rose Hill Cafe in Newburgh for breakfast.  After that we picked the Explorer up and left Shawn's car for an oil change, and then we hopped on the interstate and headed an hour north to Montgomery, Indiana.  I dropped Shawn off at Country Oaks to play golf and I drove around for the next three hours on country roads looking for the Amish and trying to photograph their lifestyle!  I absolutely am fascinated with the Amish and their way of life.  I love their simplicity, yet hard work ethics.  They have some of the most beautiful homes with meticulous landscaping and yard decorations, and such large working farms.  Their horses are such beauties as well.  And they appear so friendly waving as you drive by them at their homes or in the buggies on the road.  After Shawn was finished golfing, we headed for dinner at the Gasthof Amish restaurant and then stopped in a little shop there and bought the most gigantic hanging plant basket ever!  Love taking little road trips and hanging out with my hubs!

See ya later Shawn!  Have fun golfing!  

I'm ready to stalk!

I encountered this little guy running along side a country road.  I'm not one to bring in strays, but he was so, so tiny and I had to contemplate him for a little bit.  I didn't know if he was a stray or belonged to someone.  I definitely didn't want to take someones pet.  He ended up running into someones yard and up by their house so I'm hoping he lived there.  

Oh be still my heart!  They were having a pony auction at Dinky's this afternoon!  Amish jackpot!!  Every Friday evening they have an auction and people say it's something else.  Since we have summer hours on Friday at work, Shawn and I will definitely be making a trip up there to partake in the festivities!  

I'm not sure what the purpose of putting plastic bottles on these poles is.  I've seen it around here too.  If anyone knows, please let me know and settle my curiosity!

Empty beer cases and cans are all over those country roads.  I'm thinking those Amish like to have a good time.  After watching Amish Mafia, I'm sure it's true! 

There are so many amazing horses and baby horses!  Such beauties!

This horse had a heart on him!<3 nbsp="" p="">

This guy had them packed in that truck!  There was 5 of them in the back, count the hats! 

I bought this hanging basket at one of the shops at the Gasthof Village.  This picture definitely doesn't do it justice as to just how big this plant is and how huge those geraniums are.  Those Amish definitely know how to grow plants.  I'll probably kill it in three days!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Nashville Road Trip with Friends

For a couple years now, Heather and I have planned on taking a day trip to Nashville to walk on the pedestrian bridge and drive around downtown in music row.  Whether it was one thing or another, we kept missing out on opportunities to go.  A couple weeks ago, her husband had to work and mine was out of town, so Heather, Zoe and I loaded up the car and headed south for the day.  We planned on going to Marcy Jo's Mealhouse for breakfast which is about an hour on the other side of Nashville and then to drive back into Nasvhille to walk the pedestrian bridge.  The weather on this day was pretty chilly, but beautiful and sunny!

An unattractive selfie at a Tennessee rest stop.  Did I mention it was sunny and the sun was in our eyes?  That coupled with the wind and my jacked up selfie stick and this is what you get!

I had seen pics of Marcy Jo's before and thought it would be a neat road trip to go eat it, and the pics of the food looked delicious.  It wasn't until I started following the blog of Joey and Rory that I realized that Marcy Jo was the sister of Joey.  Joey and Rory lived just down the road from the restaurant so we wanted to drive by their house too.  Earlier this year, Joey passed away from her two-year battle with breast cancer.  You can read all about them in their blog. If you are a reader of their blog, the restaurant and their home will be all too familiar.

The following was taken off of the back of the postcard I bought while there:  Marcy Jo's Mealhouse - On the corner on Highways 99 and 431, in the small community of Pottsville, TN sits a refurbished old mercantile store built in the 1890's.  Once a major gathering place for the farmers and families of the area, it's now a charming country restaurant, thriving with new life, great fellowship and food.  Opened in January 2007 by sisters-in-law Joey Martin and Marcy Gary, the eatery has quickly become one of the most popular restaurants and music venues in middle Tennessee.  Whether it's the breads and bakery items that are homemade every morning or the gourmet country cooking that came from family recipes, you're sure to love your visit.  You never know, Joey and Rory might even pull out their guitar and sing you a song while you're there.  If you're in the area stop in and visit.

Our breakfast was really good.  The three of us shared this huge cinnamon with delicious cream cheese icing.

Heather and I both had the french toast breakfast - mine was stuffed with strawberries and cream cheese, hers was plain.

And then Zoe had the biscuit and gravy breakfast.  While my breakfast was good, that biscuit and gravy was really good!  This place is definitely going to be added to our stop anytime we travel south for vacations.

And this is Joey and Rory's Tennessee farm.  Once again if you are a blog reader of theirs, then you will be familiar with their farm.

Traveling back down the road I noticed alot of turkey's in the field.  Upon closer look, they were vultures...

...mealing on a buffet of cow!  BLECH!

We finally made it back into Nashville to walk the pedestrian bridge.  It was definitely chilly on the bridge that day and really windy.  Our hair can attest to that!  Not the most flattering pictures to follow, but we had a great time making memories!

And as cold as it was, I couldn't believe all the people out and about hanging out in Nashville listening to tunes and enjoying their drinks of choice.  

Tuckered out.  It's hard work sitting in the back seat and doing nothing.  

We stopped in Bowling Green for dinner at one of my favorite restaurants - Chuy's.  Thanks Heather ;)