How does home-made chicken noodle soup, fresh from the oven whole wheat buns, pumpkin bars and gorgeously wrapped caramel apples sound? Oh, and picture this: a fall table, decorated with miniature pumpkins, acorns, bittersweet, and oil lamp lighting. Add one aunt, 4 cousins, and my sister, and you have the perfect fall get-together. This was the scene on Friday, the beginning of a very nice family weekend.
Saturday we journeyed south to Hastings, Red Wing (for some shopping), Wabasha (for The National Eagle Center and lunch at Slippery's - and a garage sale!), then onto La Crescent (the apple capital of Minnesota - to buy apples, gourds and Indian corn), Canton (where we shopped at the small general store of my Amish friend, Lovina, whom I met 20 years ago this past Spring), Harmony, and finally joining 2 dear friends and my brother at the Branding Iron in Preston for dinner. The Branding Iron is set on the top of a bluff - giving us a view of the gorgeous fall foliage in the town below.
Riding together in a van for 12+ hours provides lots of time to laugh and visit and just plain catch up. It is always SO MUCH FUN!