Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Our Antiques Road-Trip Date ~ Part 1!

Ok, ladies.
I'm giving you fair warning.
You are entering the super sweet zone.
Let me tell ya, my hubs is a sweetie ... a super sweetie!

You know I've been overhauling the house.
And I'm happy to say, I'm in the home stretch.
The look is coming together & I'm very ready for it to be completed {for now}.

I love to decorate our home & change things up rather frequently.
James, & even our boys, have an eye for interior detail, & enjoy nice home decor.
I've been mentioning for a year or two now how I'd like to find a couple particular pieces of furniture,
one for the living room & one for the kitchen.
Course, I'm always keeping an eye out for a few odds & ends things that are on my 'wish' lists.
Annnd, besides that, James & I love antique stores, flea markets, yard sales, etc.
We are history buffs & looking through treasures from times gone by is one of our favorite activities.

All the above combined led James to plan out a weekend get-away for the two of us ...
an antiques road trip date!
He planned & orchestrated the whole event ... & he scored, big time!
We truly had a ball!

We left on Friday evening & drove to Richmond, IN, booking our hotel stay on the way there.
{It was a surprise deal, sort of ... & as usual with us, schedules are always up in the air, so
he didn't book ahead of time just in case something came up, work-wise.}
We stayed at the new Holiday Inn ... very nice, I might add.

On Saturday morning, we started our trek.
Stop one:  not an antique store ... but at an Amish grocery store.
When we pulled into the lot & saw a horse & buggy hitched at the side of the store,
well, we knew we were at the right place.

Oh boy.
We spent more time in there than we figured ... all because it was big & well,
for lack of better words, pretty much awesomeness.
We stocked up on several things ... sampled lots of things ... bought the boys some goodies ...
and a good time was had by all.
It was the perfect way to start the day.
We were delighted to find a store of this kind not too far away from us
it's in route {sort of} when we go see our family in the eastern part of the state.
Safe in saying we'll be detouring there as often as we can.

Here's a few pics from Fountain Acres.

Perfect dried pineapple slices.

 Chocolate much?!

Homemade blueberry angel food cake.
How pretty is this?!
Reminds me of the color of a robin's egg.

This here was what I wanted to buy ... but resisted!
Woohoo ... bonus points for me!
I am a fan of all-things maple ... & I was intrigued by the idea of a brown sugar cookie.
But, James & I decided before we went in that we would not bring home desserts that would be
there to tempt us for the next several days til they were gone.
Course, these may have not made it past one day ;)

More brown sugar cookies ... of the powered variety.
I'll try a brown sugar cookie one of these days ;)

No words necessary.

Many jars of jellies, jams, pie fillings, pickles, & canned goods.

 From scratch, made on site donuts!

 Lots & lots of cheese & lunch meat, in many varieties.

James snapped this one ... and just as he did, this fella turned around. He would've never taken a pic of an Amish out of respect to their beliefs.  There were actually so many in the store, it was hard to get a pic without one.   
This section of the store showcases the beautiful handmade furniture.

And finally here's our buggy as we were checking out:
We bought some really good, high quality cod liver oil & a large bottle of detoxificant...
2 bottles each {James wanted to buy my mom some too}.
Never hurts to keep your body clear & free from toxins that aren't healthy for us.
I was just starting to run out of the spices I bought when we were in Holmes County, Ohio last year,
so I was glad to stock up on these again.
I can really tell a difference in the quality.
We bought some fruit & veggies, pickles & chow-chow, corn chips {this brand is yummy},
coconut oil, coconut pudding mix, soup base, farm fresh eggs, & 6 donuts for the boys.

And since we by-passed on all the donuts, cakes, pies, & breads, we afforded ourselves
a couple guilty pleasures to share as a lunch snack on the road to our 1st antique store.
As much as we like to fine dine, we are a couple of country kids at heart.
Not much better than a slice of fresh bologna, wrapped up in a piece of habanero & jalapeno cheese.
Throw in a chocolate chip whoopie pie & we were good to go ;)

Our expensive lunch for two:  $1.44

And here's my sweet baby cakes ... the planner of this fun road trip!
Had to sneak in a snap of him too.

Come back for the 'antiques' part of the trip!


  1. Wow! What an awesome store. It all looks so delicious. You did good to resist the temptation of buying up all those sweets!

  2. Thanks, Cathy. I was hard, to say the least! Thanks for coming by~

  3. Amish country? I miss all the baked goods we used to buy on weekends. We used to live in Delaware and not too far away was a farm stand with fresh Amish baked goods. Beautiful country.

  4. We took a trip to Shipshewana last August. Love it! Looks like u guys had a blast! Don't take it for granted ;-) Can't wait to see the antique part! Oh and I am embarrassed to say that I took my camera every where in Amish country :-\

  5. I visit Fountain Acre often, it is only about 30 minutes from my house! They have the best selection, of well, everything!!!!! :) I love the Amish and their traditions. I will be looking forward to your antiquing post, I am wondering if you visited a few of my favorite haunts! I am an antique addict! :)

  6. Now this looks so fun!!!

    Ashley from This Southern Girl's Heart

  7. We love visiting Amish country any chance we get =) Thanks for stopping by, Holly.

  8. No way! I would be visiting often too if I lived that close! I'm working on the second post - lots of pics to edit =)

  9. What a fun road trip, In Northern Maine we have a Amish store, not to the extent of yours but still a fun place to visit. We visit every summer when we take v-k. Nice hubby you have to plan a fun trip. andi

  10. The Amish stores seem to stock really good products. And my hubs, yes, I was so proud of him for planning it! Thank you for stopping by!

  11. That looked like fun! I don't think I would have been able to resist those goodies though!
    Here from Thrift Things Friday, nice to met you!

  12. Super post! Loved visiting the Amish store with you. I've been to some Amish roadside shops in PA, but this one was immense. Thanks

  13. So glad you stopped in! Blessings~

  14. It is Such a nice store. Probably a good thing I don't live super close ;)

  15. How fun!! I don't know that I could have passed on the sweets. They looked delicious. Thanks so much for sharing with Wednesday's Adorned From Above Blog Hop. Have a great week.

    Debi, Charly, Marci, and Suzan

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