Monday, September 26, 2011

how many is too many?

One of the best things about fall in Oregon is the abundance of fresh fruits and veggies. Local farms dot the landscape throughout small rural towns. Some of these are only open during the months of September and October. An array of goodies piled high in large wooden boxes obstruct entrances to farm stand stores. Shoppers are tempted with mouthwatering samples of the sweetest fruits, apple slices drizzled with warm caramel sauce, fresh from the fryer applesauce doughnuts dusted with cinnamon and sugar, the aroma of freshly baked pies. All the produce is grown on site and harvested within hours of purchase. It doesn’t get any fresher than that!

On Saturday morning, my brother, sister-in-law, Mom, daughter and I all stuffed ourselves into my brother’s car and headed southwest. Our destination was Nye Beach near Newport Oregon. It took us six hours to make the two and a half hour drive. We stopped at farm stands along the way, had lunch at Cafe 22 near Salem, shopped at Double “H”.


Apparently onions grow large here.


Apple desserts will be baked in my kitchen this week.

I scored some awesome cowboy boots.
A girl can’t have too many boots, right? It rains a lot in the Northwest. I need you to help me justify my purchase, because this was not an absolute NEED. It was more like these boots spoke to the cowgirl in me. Thank you Dan Post! My birthday is coming up soon...

I preempted anything negative my husband (who was working at home) had to say about my purchase by texting him a photo of my new boots. Our conversation went like this:

Me: I bought two of these.
Hubby: Are they more than $25?
Me: x 11
Hubby: Wow. $36!
Me: That’s times, not plus
Hubby: Where’s my heart medicine?
Me: I thought you’d thank me for doing your shopping for you.
Hubby: Thank you!

Thank you Honey! I love my new boots!



The six hour drive (actually for me it was a ride) was all worth it when this was placed in front of me at Nana’s Pub in Nye Beach. This is a black n’ tan, made with Swithwick’s and Guinness. If you like beer that’s more malty than hoppy, and more dark and rich than light and flavorless, this combo is for you.


Just out of curiosity, how many pairs of boots do you own?


nolookyloo said...

I own 12 pairs of boots......still on the hunt for some RED cowboy boots! You GO girl!

happygirl said...

LOVE the boots. Love Guinness and I don't think you can have too many of either. wow, HUGE onion. I guess you make a Bloomin' onion outta that one. :)

Michaele said...

No way! That onion is the size of a small pumpkin! I have sported a cowboy boot or two in my time. I grew up in Wyoming afterall.

Cindy said...

nolookyloo, I just counted 12 pairs of boots in my closet as well. I'd still like to have a pair of semi-dressy boots with heels. Red cowboy boots! Hell yeah!

Cindy said...

happygirl, I have to admit I'd never heard of a bloomin' onion, so I googled it and found a how-to video. Very cool! I definitely need to make one.

Blooming onion and a Guinness on the side! Yum!

Cindy said...

Hi Michaele, I love Wyoming! It speaks to my inner cowgirl.