Mother’s Day Cooking Class

Gotta start off the post with some cuteness!

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Saying “Mommy!” when I was leaving.

For Mother’s Day I reserved two spots at one of the Cooking Along the Crooked Road cooking classes at the Higher Ed Center.  This one focused on heart healthy vegetables.

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Me and Mom before the class began.

We made a fruit salad, a green salad with Asian dressing and chicken stir fry with rice.

The vegetables that we used that are currently in season locally came from Deni Peterson’s farm (one of the class instructors).  She is the Learning Landscapes Education Coordinator for Appalachian Sustainable Development.

Our other instructor was Kim Evans who is a local personal chef.  Her company is Moveable Feast.

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I think I could have eaten this whole bowl of fruit.  It was delicious!20150601_195243

My fruit salad and regular salad plate.20150601_195837

The stir fry and rice.  It looked prettier before I plated it! haha20150601_202102

When we came out to get in my car we saw such a pretty rainbow.  The picture doesn’t do it justice.signature

33rd Annual Plumb Alley Day

The Abingdon Kiwanis Club organizes Plumb Alley Day every year.

You will find arts, crafts, antiques, food, spices, agricultural products, jewelry, photographs, authors, singers, bands and kids activities.  If you like that sort of thing and are able to go you won’t be disappointed.  It is a great event and it benefits at great cause.

The Abingdon Farmer’s Market was open during the morning and as always had great vendors.  I forgot to get any pictures here because I kept running into people I knew.  Maybe next time!

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Rylan enjoyed people and dog watching.  Everywhere we went he’d find someone to say “hey” to!20150523_112240

There were a lot of people here getting in on the good deals.

I found a local author that had some interesting books.So farm it has my attention!  His name is C.S. “Chuck” Thompson and he writes mystery books that are set locally.   I bought “The Night the Wolves Escaped from Bays Mountain” and I’ve just started it.   I’m anxious to really get into it.  He was a super nice and interesting guy.  If you’re interested in buying any of his books or learning more about him or his books you can visit his website HERE.20150523_110927

I bought some goats milk lotions and body butters from The Bates Family Farm.  They’re located in Jonesville, VA and their lotions are divine!

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Appalachian Highlanders Pipes & Drums Band

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Our traditional “selfie”!20150523_112826

Balkan Bakery
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I looked at these and gained weight!  Yum!
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Revolutionary War Re-Enacters at Yeary Cabin on Plumb Alley20150523_114126

The Re-Enacters are always ready to answer any questions you have and are so passionate about the Revolutionary War.  I love getting to talk to them.

We started getting hungry and we found the Bone Fire Smokehouse tent.bbq sundae

Christina got the BBQ Sundae!  That is cornbread, baked beans, pulled pork, slaw and barbecue sauce.  It looked great!20150523_120540

Apparently it was great!20150523_120544

I stuck with a traditional pulled pork sandwich.  It was delicious!  I put the Memphis Barbecue Sauce on it.  They had a spicy one but I was in the mood for sweet sauce.  Rylan literally ate almost half.

After we saw everything there was to see we decided to head to Babycakes Cupcakery for a sweet snack!
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I wish I could have gotten a better picture of their display case, it was so beautiful.  I wanted to get one of every thing!  They have so many flavors to choose from!

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It is such a cute store!20150523_131156

They even have Pup Cakes for your dog!

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Our Babycakes: Wedding Cake (Christina), Chocolate Birthday Cake (Rylan) & Red Velvet Cake (Me)

When we finished our cupcakes we thought we would take a ride to Mann Farms since we had some time before we had to be back.  They had strawberries for sale by the gallon.  I bought the last three and they’re now waiting in my freezer until I get time to make some strawberry preserves!

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They sell fruits and vegetables at their farm as well as to our regional grocery chain Food City.strawberry fields

Strawberry Fields

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On our way home we saw a lot of people mowing, raking and baling hay.  This weekend was honestly perfect for it.  This is one of my favorite sights.  To me, the first cut of hay signifies that Summer is right around the corner!

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Virginia Highlands Air Show 2014

We decided to take some time to relax this weekend and spend some time together as a family.  It’s been great and it was really needed!

Saturday we decided we would go to the Virginia Highlands Air Show.  The gates opened at 9am but we decided to get breakfast and take our time getting there and we arrived at 10:30am.  The weather couldn’t have been more perfect for this event.  We had time to walk around, take pictures, look at all the planes and still get a “front and center” seat.  The show started at 12pm with skydivers bringing down the American Flag while “The Star Spangled Banner” was played.  It was beautiful!  How anyone could watch that and not get teary eyed is beyond me!

All of the pilots/planes put on a great show!  I know we’ll do our best to go next year as well.

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Here is the schedule:

9am Gates Open

12:15pm Runways & Airport Flight Operations Closed

12:15pm Opening Ceremonies

12:30pm Air Show Begins – Star Spangled Banner – Skydivers
12:45pm Bill Finagin Pitts 2SC

1:05pm R/C Jets – Rod Snyder

1:30pm Johnny White – Extra 300

1:55pm Gordon Bowers – T-28 & Bob Ford – AT-6 Texan

2:15pm Mike Vordo – Skydivers

2:30pm Scott “Scooter” Yoak – P-51 Mustang

3:00pm Johnny White – J3 Cub

3:15pm Welmontone Transport Mock Pickup on Runway

3:40pm Redline Experimental Vans RV8

4:00pm Tony Royal – L-29 Jet & Zach McNeill – L-39 Jet Flyby

4:15pm Michael Kennedy – Vultee Valiant BT-13

4:30pm Mike Vordo – Skydivers

4:45pm Runways & Airport Flight Operations Open

20140927_133532The sky was just gorgeous!

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