Saturday, July 16, 2016

My visit to our local candy store with my daughter Alisha and granddaughter Savannah. Their new downtown location, is in the lobby of Center in the Square, beside the Roanoke Weiner Stand. Find their website here...The Candy Store. The Weiner Stands Facebook page can be found here...Roanoke Weiner Stand. Stop by the Roanoke Weiner Stand for lunch and then visit the candy store next door!
An endless variety of candy, truffles, novelty items like bacon toothpaste and body wash (shown below) soft drinks and more! A great place to visit with family and friends!

Bacon bodywash

Bacon toothpaste

Rows and rows of colorful candy, with a candy description label on each jar!

For our drinks, I chose a Big Red, it tasted like a cream soda, Alisha's choice was a prickly pear, she said it was a combination of pear and watermelon, and Savannah's pick was a Dog Drool drink! She said it had a orange and lemon flavor.

My granddaughter Savannah really enjoying her first Dog Drool drink! She is brave like her mom, and will try things, I wouldn't try :)

They have more drink flavors to choose from like Sweet Corn, Ranch Dressing and Pumpkin Pie. 
 My fisrt visit to the Homeplace Restaurant

My daughter Alisha and granddaughter Savannah took me to the Homeplace restaurant for a belated birthday dinner. This was my first visit to the restaurant and I enjoyed it very much! I like the old 1907 farmhouse, the decor and country landscape. We even spotted a black bear for a brief moment just as we where arriving at the restaurant! It's not every day we see a bear, so that was exciting for all of us! The Homeplace's Facebook page can be found here...The Homeplace
The restaurant is located 4968 Catawba Valley, Dr. in Catawba, Va. 
I look forward to another visit soon!

 Above is the menu for the Homeplace restaurant with their hours, menu, prices and a picture of the restaurant, along with a little history.
They serve your meat and side dish selections, which included fried chicken, roast beef, mashed potatoes with gravy, green beans, macaroni and cheese, coleslaw and biscuits, with apple butter, in individual bowls, at your table, just as you would if your were enjoying a meal at home with your family. And don't forget the sweet tea.
We enjoyed blackberry cobbler a la mode, for dessert.

My meal, delicious home cooked food, enjoyed with my family, while creating wonderful new memories. Thank you Alisha and Savannah for a delicious dinner! I enjoyed every minute of our time together!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

 Blackberry Pecan Streusel Muffins with Peach Glaze

Its that time of year again! Fair time, family time, fun and excitement! This is my blue ribbon winning entry in the King Arthur Flour "Berry Good" contest at our local fair. A very special, "Thank you!" to Teresa of Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen, blog, for generously giving me her permission to use her wonderful recipe for my entry in this years fair! Her recipe can be found here...Blackberry Pecan Streusel Muffins. The only change I made to her recipe was to add a peach glaze in place of her vanilla glaze!
Congratulations to my sister look-alike for her second place winning King Arthur flour, "Berry Good" entry, Mini Berry Lemon Tarts, baked in canning jar lids and her first place winning entry in the Red Star Yeast, "I'm Stuffed" contest, chicken salad stuffed bundles! Congratulation's also to my daughter Alisha for her second place entry in the, Red Star Yeast, "I'm Stuffed" contest, for her peanut butter and jelly sweet rolls! And last but not least, congratulations to my daughter Ashley! For her first place winning entry, banana butter pecan cupcakes with maple buttercream, in the Wilton's, "Creepy Crawlies" cupcake contest,  Here is a link to all special contest winners with photos of each winning recipe...2016 Salem Fair Special Contest Winners 
Congratulations to each and every ribbon winner! See ya next year at the fair!

Dana's blackberry pecan streusel muffins

Denise's mini berry lemon tarts

Denise's chicken salad bundles

My daughter Alisha's peanut butter and jelly sweet rolls

My daughter Ashley's cupcakes