Wednesday, September 21

Out to lunch with the Scarecrow!

Yesterday, I met my friend, Barb, for lunch at Emma Krumbee's. It's a restaurant and apple orchard in Belle Plaine, MN and is a good halfway point for us to meet and catch up. It's also home to the annual Scarecrow contest. This is Barb with the scarecrow that stands outside the restaurant..........

There wasn't anyone around to take our picture together, so we snapped one of each of us holding hands with this handsome fella.
Barb and I have been friends for a good many years and we try to get together at least once or twice a year. It is such a gift to spend time with a good friend!!  After our long, chatty lunch, Barb headed home but I went over to Emma's General Store as I was in search of some pumpkins..........

First thing I saw when I walked in was lots of fun Halloween stuff...........

 and then straight ahead was this candy selection. Yep, I bought something here........
 and beyond that was all this popcorn and jam...........
 and then these yummy pies and fritter bread..........
but no real pumpkins so I headed outside and I as walked around the corner, I could see down the lane where the scarecrows were set up...........
It was pretty quiet as it was just a Tuesday afternoon but on the weekends, this place is packed with families! It's a very popular family destination. I've actually had the pleasure of being a Scarecrow judge on two occasions for this event. How many of you can say that you have "Scarecrow Judge" on your resume? LOL! Anyway...........I was in search of pumpkins so I continued on, past the old steam tractor and toward that building that says "Apples"............
 and in front of the apple building was the pumpkin hall...........
And so I bought three little pumpkins that will go on my front porch. I would show you what they look like except they are currently residing inside because we have winds gusting up to 30-40 MPH in our area. The gusts have blown over my birdhouses and other cutsey stuff I put on porch on Monday. I gave up and brought it all in and will hope for the wind to quiet down by tomorrow.
Now, remember that I said I bought some candy at the General Store?  It's an Old Dominion Peanut Bar which is one of those candies I ate as a kid and couldn't resist buying one. But, actually, I bought two and thought I'd share. Barb brought me some paperbacks by Earlene Fowler that she had picked up at a book sale. I have read "Sunshine and Shadow" (and it was really good) but not the other two titles...........
She shared with me, so I will share with one of you. I'll send one of you the "Sunshine and Shadow" book and that extra Peanut Bar. Just leave me a comment and tell me your favorite thing about Fall. I'll draw a winning name on Friday, September 23rd, the first day of fall (here in the U.S.). And if you want, I could wrap up the book and the candy bar in some fall fabrics. But only if you want some fabric. :-)
Edit........the winner is Mary Jane. I've sent her an e-mail and await her address. Package will go in the mail on Monday!

There was more to this day but that will have to wait til my next post.......see you then!
Sandi

18 comments:

grandmatomato said...

Looks like a fun day with the scarecrows. If the book is large print I would like to be added to the list. Always love fabric.

Beth said...

I have read all of those books ! The Saddlemakers Wife is different from her usual books, but I loved it!
The scarecrow contest looks like fun. Bet it was fun to judge the contest too.
Thanks for sharing your day.

KOcanQuilt said...

Wow this brought back memories! We would drive down to St. Peter to visit my grandma, and often had lunch at Emma's. And then it grew - with a separate building for gifts. Then the apple orchard, then the....you get the idea! The best 'homemade' bread I have ever had - slightly sweet so with butter...yummy. With Grandma gone now, I haven't been there for years. And now I have found out there are Emma Krumbee's in other places. Was this the original?

Since I won in your last giveaway, you can leave me out of this one and give others a chance!

Mommarock said...

Okay, now this is weird, but I will post it anyhow. What I love best about the fall is the smell of the leaves. Somehow every time it transports me back to my childhood years of running and jumping in that pile after raking all day to make the pile. We played in that pile for WEEKS, and no one ever said we had to pick up that pile and put it somewhere. They just let us play and play. Ahh the memories of childhoods in colorful leaves in Minnesota :)

Lindah said...

What a fun day to share with a friend. It set me to thinking of where my outta town friend and I could meet. Isn't autumn a great time of year! Besides that special autumn feel to the air, I think the colors most excite me. When I lived in VA, I called them "gawdy" colors. Purple and red and orange and lime green and coppery brown all mixed up together against the background of dark green evergreens and blue sky. Wow! Talk about pop! And knowing you had that little reprieve before winter extended its icy claws. Yep, fall is my favorite time of year.

Anonymous said...

I would have to say autumn not fall as I live in england but I love to walk through leaves and listen to them rustle under my feet

Marsha said...

My favorite thing about fall is the colors! All the deep vibrant reds, yellows, oranges are so beautiful! And I line in New Mexico so the fragrance of roasting green chilies in the air is wonderful. I love fabric, so I'd love to have my win wrapped in some! Thank you for a chance to win your giveaway!

LuAnn said...

My favorite thing about fall is the colors of the changing leaves. In fact, we planted an autumn blaze maple tree a few years ago because I missed the bright reds that we don't see much in our area.

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Anonymous said...

Love Fall time. My best memory is driving to the mountains with all the family in our Nash Rambler. We would pick up several branches we the different colored leaves. On the way back down the mountain we stopped at a farm where a lady sold Giant Mums in all the pretty fall colors and get 3 or 4 dozen. When we got home Mom filled every big vase with these beautiful decorations. Enter me for my 3 favorites, candy, books, and fabric. MaryJane at sfnutcase@yahoo.com

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Boy did you have a fun day. Love the pictures.

Ginger Quilter said...

I LOVE fall especially since I grew up in South Florida and never experienced it until college in NC. I have lived most of my adult life in Northeast Georgia hills and always love the crunch of leaves and acorns under my feet and the smell of fall in the air.
I love all of those books and I miss them now since I gave my set to the youth of our church to sell to raise money for their projects. I am a happy quilter so I would love my book and candy wrapped in fabric. I can't imagine a better birthday present since I will turn 70 on September 23.

Grammasheri said...

We used to take the kiddies (and then the grandkids) to the nearest pumpkin patch each year to select their pumpkins. Usually there was a hay ride out to the field and then back, and also hot cider or cocoa. Fun!

May favorite thing about fall? My 3 children were born in the fall: Sept, Oct, Nov. I buy a mum plant each year, remembering the fall days I brought my babies home.

Sarah or Semmy said...

The pumpkins and gourds in your photo look so pretty. Because of the drought in our area, very few grew here this year and those from other places are so expensive. E.Fowler is one of my fav, fab. writers. Thank you for the chance to own one of her books.Of course candy and fabric are welcome ANY time. Sarah in OK.

Judy1522 said...

What I love about fall is the cold, crisp, windy days where the leaves blow and rustle around you as you walk through them.

Valerie said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful time, and what great pictures, thank you for sharing. I just love this time of year! :)

Snoodles said...

Oh, what a fun day! I love traveling in the fall --- I love seeing the old tractors and shopping in unique old-timey places! (Heck, I'm old-timey, why not? LOL) I've never read one of those books, so I'd like to try it . . . and I recall those bars! Yum, talk about delicious memories! And, yes, if my number pops up, I'd love some fabric for a fall quilt half-designed in my head!

Love Of Quilts said...

Those were cute pictures of you and your friend always good to have for memories. Loved seeing all the fall things. Love fabric too. Trish

pamdux said...

My favorite thing was watching as my husband buried the kids in the leaves. Each year it took more leaves to cover them up.

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