My friend M and I took a field trip this afternoon while our husbands were studying for MBA finals coming up this week. We figured it was a good day to get out of the house.
It’s besides the point that it was 26 degrees and started out the day snowing.
It seemed like a good idea and a great time to try out my new silk long underwear before the London trip!
M had heard there was a Cookie Walk event in a little town south of St. Louis called Kimmswick. This historic town has a lot of charm and is always having various fairs and festivals – this time of year, it’s the Old Fashioned Christmas Festival. The stores are all decorated for Christmas, there’s lot of carolers and Santa and Mrs. Claus make an appearance. They also had tours of the various historic homes as well.
And this year, there was a cookie walk. You paid $10, got a cookbook and at various merchants got a free cookie when you shopped during the festival!
Well, that is, if you were able to get a ticket. Apparently it was VERY popular this year (first time they’d ever done it) and so when we went this afternoon, they were sold out.
But that didn’t stop M and I from wandering around the town and doing some shopping! :)
Here are some pictures…
There were so many neat Christmas decorations, but I fell in love with these trees to tell the street number of this little shop!
Almost of all the stores look like this – adorable names, great Christmas decor and gift ideas. I could have spent SO much more money, but I behaved myself.
And then there was this shop. Oh sure, it looks most innocent from the outside! And then you go inside. Not everything was like this, but I had to take a picture of a mug that I’m SURE my husband would want me to buy…
Needless to say, this mug did not come home with me. But I had to take a picture. When I showed Husband the picture, he said he was going to drive back to Kimmswick and find it. ;)
A few hours into shopping, M and I got a bit hungry and she said no trip to Kimmswick is complete without eating at the Blue Owl Restaurant. Well, since it’s the only restaurant in town, I figured we might as well.
I am SO glad we did. Everything in this place is homemade – and tastes amazing. I had roast beef, mashed potatoes and creamy corn hash and it was INCREDIBLE. Just when I thought I couldn’t eat anymore, our wonderfully perky waitress K asked if we wanted dessert.
M gave me a look that said, we HAVE to have some pie. You don’t have to tell me twice! Here’s what we ordered…
Yes. That’s M’s apple pie and my French silk pie.
This is a Blue Owl staple – Levee High Apple pie. I wish I had got a picture of it, but I didn’t have my camera with me in the bakery. They claim this apple pie contains 18 full granny smith apples to make up that amazing desserts.
All I can say is wow. We definitely took home some pie in doggie bags.
We saw this sign at the last place we stopped. It just says it all. :)