I’ve been very lucky over the last year to be able to share my thoughts about cooking, eating and entertaining via this blog. I’ve gone on a few rants, disclosed some personal things about myself and given you a TASTE of what it’s like to live in my world.
So it’s only fitting that I spent the last few days eating, drinking and being joyful. And the best part is I have the pictures to prove it!
On Saturday I had the rare opportunity to go on a date with my husband! Although we have no children, we don’t schedule time to be alone together as often as we should. In fact, my friend Alicia and I have discussed that when you’re married with no kids it may be more important to be intentional about spending time alone with your spouse. You see, us MNK’s (married-no-kids) often take for granted that we’ll have time TOMORROW to be alone with our spouses….but then all the other obligations get in the way. I’m sure if you have kids, you’re probably thinking to yourself, “Yeah? Well try adding kids to the mix!” And I’m sure that is a difficulty….but most of the people I know who have kids make family time a priority. What’s hard to remember is that the spouses in MNK relationships ARE one another’s family.
But anyway – that was a diversion I wasn’t planning to take! My point was to express my gratitude to spend nearly a full day alone with Jeff with the sole intention of being together!
I worked at the Kitchen Shoppe in the morning, but Jeff picked me up
promptly at noon 12:30. (I <3 U, Honey). Our first stop was lunch – and it was a good thing because we were both famished by the time we reached the restaurant. We decided on Momma Spriggs in Carlisle – (1) because it is close to the KS, but also because (2) I’ve been wanting to give it another try ever since I went there with two of my co-workers for lunch.
When I went with my co-workers there was a dessert in the case that was calling my name, but that I didn’t try. It was called Chocolate Joe Cheesecake. Unfortunately, when Jeff and I went on Saturday, they didn’t have THAT dessert. Fortunately (for everything except my thighs), they had others!
While we were perusing the menu, I told Jeff about the Hot Roast Beef Sandwich that one of my co-workers ordered on our previous visit. It intrigued him enough to order it – and by the looks of his plate shortly after it was put in front of him, I’d say it was an excellent choice!
I ordered the Johnny Appleseed Burger and French fries. The Johnny Appleseed is described as a burger with “cheddar cheese, bacon, sautéed apples and red onion served on grilled wheatberry bread.” What is not in the description is that the burger is delicious. I ordered mine medium rare and it was cooked to juicy perfection and was adorned with wonderful flavors from all the toppings.
Because I knew we wanted to try dessert, I only ate half my burger. I wish I had had as much restraint with the fries, but they were so good I couldn’t stop!
While Jeff and I pondered our dessert choices, I recapped a conversation I had with my LHA buddies (thanks for a nice dinner David, Kim & Andrew) the other night about sharing food. I really wasn’t trying to discourage our sharing a dessert, but it worked out that way. Jeff ordered the Peanut Butter Pie with Chocolate Ganache and I ordered the Oreo Explosion Cheesecake.
Now I have written before about how disappointing it can be to go to a restaurant and see desserts that you think are going to be great only to order them and find that they are ordinary. I can assure you that that was not the case at Momma Spriggs. The desserts were FANTASTIC! Jeff’s pie was so rich I am surprised he was able to eat it all – but he took one for the team.
After just one bite of my cheesecake I knew I’d be taking some of it home. I was soooo good, but there was no way I was going to be able to finish it and still walk out the door. So, with a little assistance from Jeff, I ate half the piece of cheesecake. We split the rest for dessert the next evening.
After we finished our lunch, I decided to snap a few pictures inside Momma Spriggs to give you an idea of what to expect when you go, which I would highly recommend.
Momma Spriggs has a bit of a diner feel to it, but the décor is much nicer than diner décor. The colors are relaxing and welcoming and there is a decorated feel. A word about the service. On my first visit, my co-workers and I waited (what was IMHO) too long to be acknowledged and seated, but on Saturday we were greeted immediately and shown to our table by a nice young man. Interestingly, during the first visit, the table service was better than on Saturday – but that is not to say Saturday’s service was bad. I have my fingers crossed that on my next visit I will have good service all the way around!!!!
After we left Momma Spriggs, Jeff and I headed out to explore Southern Cumberland County and Adams County by car. Our objective for the day was simply to meander and take some pictures. And that we certainly did. It was relaxing to drive and talk and see the beautiful autumn leaves. And what a nice surprise it was to stumble across Reid’s Orchard & Winery, which we did quite by accident. After choosing a direction at a crossroads, Jeff decided to turn around and find the vineyard for which we had seen a sign.
I am glad he did because we had a lovely experience at Reid’s talking with Samantha and with Clair, sampling some good wines (which surprised me for PA wines because I admit I
have had a somewhat old bias about PA wines all being sweet fruit wines) and hard ciders, and exploring the beautiful property. We learned a bit about the orchard itself, talked with Samantha about the hard cider making process, had our questions answered about the label art on the wine bottles, discussed food and wine pairing, and were even able to sample a fruit we had never tried before – arctic kiwi – and a surprisingly delicious blueberry wine that was not at all the sweet fruit wine I expected.
Roaming the property was my favorite part of the Reid’s experience. It was relaxing to stroll through the rows of grape vines and apple trees. The smells were interesting – highlighted by fresh autumn air mixed with sweet, fermenting fruit.
I hope the pictures below pique your curiosity! I would highly recommend visiting Reid’s in the fall; but I’ll also tell you that Clair shared with us that in warmer months Reid’s offers live music on the weekends. Sometimes there is catered food available, but you can always bring a picnic basket filled with your own goodies. And wines are available by the bottle and by the glass. The seating area is lovely with picturesque views. I can guarantee Jeff and I – and perhaps some friends – will be checking out Reid’s on a weekend when the weather warms!
The majority of the photos below were taken at Reid’s Orchard & Winery, but some are from surrounding farms and orchards and restaurants. Enjoy!
That brings me to today. As some of you know, I’ve been trying to listen to God’s prompting to “Wait! Just Wait!” Some days this is easier than others – especially for someone as “D” as me. As driven, task-oriented, and impatient. But I’ve found a lot of joy in the waiting – especially this morning.
I got to work a few minutes before 8:00, which was the time we set to start prepping for classes this morning. When I pulled into the parking lot at the Kitchen Shoppe, there were NO cars in the parking lot. I cannot tell you how unusual this is.
But when I looked toward the Le Tort Spring, which runs behind the shop, I knew the empty parking lot was a gift from God and a wonderful reminder of the beauty that can be found in waiting! I had a peaceful few minutes to walk along the spring and take some pictures. I wish everyone could begin their day like that! It was a time to relax, breathe, center and focus. And to take in the wonder of God!
For those of you who wonder, THIS is why I try to always have my camera with me!
So as I reflect on the last year of blogging, on the events of the last few days and even on the few moments of solitude I enjoyed this morning – I am reminded to EAT, DRINK & especially to BE JOYFUL!
|I received no compensation for either the review of Momma Spriggs or of Reid’s Orchard & Winery. The ideas expressed are strictly my own based upon my experience.