Sunday, October 4, 2015

A trip to Jacob's Cave and The Iron Forge Grill

Friday morning bright and early (well bright anyway) we headed for Jacob's Cave Flea Market, near Versailles, Missouri. We stopped in Eldon for a bite of breakfast.

After arriving and unloading our 4 wheeler, we paid the $5 to enter. It was a cool morning, lows in the 50's high only 64.

It is always so much fun, in the treasures you find.

This nail apron brought back memories of some of my best childhood friends, the 5 Nentwig girls. This wasn't from their Dad's business, but one of his cousins I believe.

This real estate brochure box would make a great neighborhood library. However it wouldn't fit in the 4 wheeler trunk.

This huge cardboard whiskey bottle made me think of my David, nephew-in-law. It too wouldn't fit in the trunk.

You know I'm always on the hunt for vintage sewing machines. These however, are way too far gone!

A turtle made from shovels and a post hole digger. You just never know what you will find!

This looks like a fun teeter totter. 

This brought back memories for the hubby. The tub, was like one they used when he was small. The long tube is a well bucket. 

After about 5 hours of looking we decided we had seen enough. It was time to find some dinner. After loading up the 4 wheeler we headed towards Versailles. We decided to go to Pioneer Restaurant (at least we think that it is still the name of it).

As we parked we saw this next door. We walked up to the door and it didn't open until 5. It was only 4 o'clock so we kept with the plan and went in next door. It was 4 o'clock straight up. We were the only ones in the restaurant. The buffet table was in front of us steaming away. The smells were so inviting. 

At $10.95 for all you can eat, that was our choice. The blacksmith immediately asked the waitress how the place next door got it's name. She right away called Dale over, who we would later find out was the owner of both the Pioneer and the Iron Forge Grill.

Dale Bentch told us his great grandfather was a blacksmith. The shop he once operated out of, is now under water at Lake of the Ozarks. He invited us to tour the restaurant after our meal. 

So let me tell you what was on the buffet this day. Fried fish, fried chicken, ham, smoked pulled pork (the best), beef lasagna, chicken and white sauce lasagna, cole slaw, macaroni salad, lettuce salad with all the trimming, pickled beets, mashed potatoes, peppery cheese grits, green beans, corn, homemade hot rolls, and probably some that we can't remember. Now for the desserts . . . warm apple cobbler, warm blueberry cobbler, carrot cake, brownies, three kinds of soft serve ice cream plus another cake that I'm not sure what it was. 

We stuffed ourselves but were still able to walk to the Iron Forge grill, through the back hall. After all both restaurants are served from the same kitchen. 

Dale is a wood worker, he and his brother did all the timber framing in the restaurant. We live in a timber frame home, so this appealed to us on that level too, plus the blacksmith shop part.

Bernie tells Dale a little about the anvil he has on display. It was a Hay Budden, about 100 pounds.

 The back corner displays very well.

 I'd love to take this bag home with me!

Dale proudly posed for a photo. His nephew, Kriston Bentch works with him in the restaurant business. He was busy popping in and out of our conversation. We hope to go back and have an evening meal there soon. You can find Iron Forge Grill on facebook. 

Thank you Dale for the personal tour! 

Let me show you some of our finds from the flea market. The skillet on the left has no name, but it is marked with what is known as a gate mark. These typically are about 115 years old! The square skillet is a Wagner. Wagners are my favorite brand.

The Amish from Windsor were selling beautiful baked goods. We quickly devoured the 4 snicker-doodle cookies we purchased. I bought myself a raisin pie and was not disappointed at all! Just like my mother in law's. Like she says, you have to cook the raisins first!

 Two freshly made arrowheads purchased for grandson Alex, the rock collector.

My $3 purchase of disposable rubber gloves and a magnifying mirror to put needles in my vintage Singer sewing machines.

Bernie found this vest for a quarter and told me I had to buy it because it had my name on it. I couldn't pass it up.

Even if it had this on the back. Stay tuned, I've already decided I will make a quilt block and applique it over the big patch.

Bernie found a regulator and a fuel filter for his two dollars.

This might have been the best buy of the day. It's a brand new Carhartt vest for $5.  I have been searching for one of these for over a year now for the blacksmith.

It was a great day!

Life is good.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Friday night in town!

Dinner's tonight was a German meal served in the Munichburg area. Tomorrow is their Oktoberfest!

After dinner, we went to the beer and wine garden for drinks and little German music.

Later we stopped by the state capitol to view the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Moving Wall. There are over 58,000 names listed.

 A night shot of Missouri's beautiful capitol.

 A full moon was shining down.

The ammo boxes held so many memories from those that served.

It will move you to tears. I was thankful for those that served. But so glad my husband never went.

Friday, September 4, 2015

A Week of Girl's Days

Just like the past 42 years, come the 3rd weekend in August, the blacksmith leaves me for a week. 

 Or so they said a week, looks more like a month worth of stuff. 

Tim, Bernie, and Terry are off on the annual muzzle loader squirrel hunt. They do this near Blue Springs on the Current river in southern Missouri.

So what am I to do?????

Sunday, the day they left, I went antiquing. I found this sheet of dress maker pins. The Jacobs store was located just a mile from our house. It was in business from about 1888 to 1924 when it was sold to the Hirschman family. 

Besties from high school!

Monday I surprised my high school girl friend in Washington, Missouri with a visit. Her sisters, Ruth and Betty, helped me pull the surprise off. It had been years, way too many years, since we had seen each other. 

We first went for lunch at Aldo's Pizza. After lunch we checked out several antique and resell it shops. 

It was then decided to treat ourselves to a little dessert. Joe's Bakery in Washington Missouri was the place!!

 It was a hard choice . . . pies and more pies.

 Coconut macaroons. . . .

Strawberry shortcake . . . 

But in the end, we all decided on coconut pie. Thank you Ruthie and Betty for helping me surprise Linda!

Tuesday morning I went to quilt at church. This is a beautiful quilt. It's called something mountain. But it's a stinker to quilt. The backing is tough!

At noon I met my friend Deanna (forgot the picture) for Chinese buffet. I gave her some chambray shirts to embroidery.

After lunch I headed north by about 10 miles to meet my friend Di, in person for the first time! Yes, we met through Facebook, via a friend who knew we both quilted. Thank you Rita H.!

She is a wonderful talented quilter. She loves hexies, the smaller the better. These are smaller than a dime!
 This is a work in progress. I only wish I would have taken a picture of her hand applique work. 

Our first stop was a Satin Stitches quilt shop. I have been looking for word fabric. I really scored here. We bought some of the cities of Missouri fabric. Now I'm playing where's Waldo (only with city names).

We then went shopping at Quilt 4U, a new shop to us both.  Our last stop was Apple tree Quilting shop. Whew, three shops in a short period of time. 

 On Wednesday I had to take some time with my hairdresser. A girls best friend!

Thursday I picked up Mara in Ashland and headed north to Moberly to meet Tammy. Tammy chauffeured us all through Amish county in Clark Missouri. Here were two barefooted boys herding cattle on a gravel road. We guessed them to be about 6 and 10 years old.

Their businesses are all lighted by gas lights. Look at all the kerosene lamps. 

We stopped in Centralia at Grinders bakery for lunch. Become friends with Grinders Bakery on FB, you will drool everyday!

It only took me two stores to find the blue jean rag rugs I love. They wear like iron, can be machine washed and hang to dry. The most expensive was $27.50.  What a bargain.

I also bought a jar of spiced apples, only they are really made out of cucumbers. My son Jeremy loves them! I made them some years ago. It's a long process of soaking in lime, draining, rinsing, soaking, etc. When you can them you also use a whole package of red hots. 

Friday was a sort of girls day. I spent it with a few of my cousins, my mom and my sister. Cousin Ronnie had passed away and he had requested a dinner be held at his house. If you have to leave this earth he chose the right way to go out. Pool side, BBQ, music and drinks. 

Now let me back up a day here, and show you how moving Ronnie's visitation was. He was a Vietnam veteran. His fellow service men came out to honor him. The sidewalks were lined with flags and veterans.

 Ronnie was a great musician, as is most of his family. Here is a video of him singing a song he wrote. Grab the tissues. 

Rest in peace Ronnie Saucier 1947-2015.

Friday evening my grand daughter Lizzie, and daughter in law Lori, and I dined al fresco at Madison's Cafe. By the time dinner was over the moon filled the sky. It was such a beautiful evening. 

Saturday again my grand daughter, daughter in law, and I went to town, for lunch this time. We had real Coke.  You know Coke, it's the real thing?!  Made in Mexico with real sugar.  We ate at Mi Pueblo Bakery and Taqueria. 

I had my favorite, Taco Al Pastor. It is spicy pork, sometimes served with pineapple, onions and cilantro. 

Lori and Lizzie had chicken tostados. 

That my friends, was my Girl's Week!  On Sunday, the squirrels hunters returned about 1:00 PM, 47 squirrels later. From the stories I heard, he had just as much fun with his guys as I did with my girls!