Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Playing tourist!

This past Friday, Mr. T had some errands to do at a building supply store in a nearby town, and asked me if I’d like to go along. This lovely town is built around a gorgeous lake and is quite the tourist destination. He left work early and we got to the town around four. He dropped me off at one of my favorite consignment shops while he went to do his errands.

I found some neat things, including a hardcover Gooseberry Patch Christmas book, a More Make Your Own Groceries book, a Victoria decorating book, and more -- a Mitford Christmas mug, some unusual cookie cutters, and a really cute jumper for myself.

When his errands were done, Mr. T came back and picked me up, and we then moved the car to a public parking lot and went for a walk. Beside the lake there are charming paths with benches and picnic tables, so we sat on a bench for quite awhile in the shade of a tree, just enjoying the breeze off the lake and watching the boats. We felt quite like tourists, just soaking in the beauty of a late summer afternoon by the lake!

Then we window-shopped for a bit in a beautiful shop featuring Adirondack-style furniture. Finally we walked back to our car and headed home, stopping at a favorite summer take-out spot on the way home for supper. We were home by 7:30 -- and, although we’d only been gone for a few hours, we felt wonderfully refreshed!


  1. Anonymous10:19 PM

    Sounds wonderful! Day trips can be so refreshing, can't they? You could work for the Chamber of Commerce, you know that don't you?
    LOL Makes me want to visit New England with every post!
    Blessings~ Patty

  2. You found some great "treasures" at the consignment shop. What a blessing to be able to enjoy the beautiful New England scenery. I miss it so much sometimes.
    In reference to your previous post, the cheeseburger meatloaf recipe sounds fantastic. Do you have that posted somewhere? I think that my family would really enjoy trying it out sometime:). Have a great Wednesday!

  3. Hi ladies,

    so nice to see you both here!

    Patty, sure wish you could visit New England! If it ever looks possible, let me know -- we would give you and your hubby the grand tour of our area!

    Rachel, the cheeseburger meat loaf sandwich recipe is from Taste of Home, but I made so many changes in it (to reduce the fat) that I've just posted it for you as I made it. I should add that the ground beef I used was ground round, and was extremely lean. These are indeed very tasty!

    Have a wonderful rest of the week!

  4. Anonymous7:12 PM

    Hi Mrs. T,
    Would tell me nore about the book More Making Your Own Grocies. Do you have thier first book? I am thinking about getting both of them.

  5. Elizabeth,

    So sorry to take so long in getting back to you! Yes, I do have both books. They are both good. Here's what I wrote about them on my blog some time ago:

    "MAKE YOUR OWN GROCERIES and MORE MAKE YOUR OWN GROCERIES are both by Daphne Metaxas Hartwig. They contain some great ideas. I've gotten many of my recipes for homemade seasoning mixes, salad dressing recipes, cake mixes, etc. from these books. The author's standard is that the recipes for homemade groceries must cost less and taste as good, or better than, the convenience products they are replacing."

    So that is just a bit of general information, but it gives you an idea what the books are like. I have found the recipe instructions very clear and easy to use.

    Hope this helps! If you have more questions, feel free to ask -- and I promise to be more timely in answering them!

    God bless,


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