Sunday, February 14, 2016

Our Valentine's Day Adventure

We celebrated Valentine's Day yesterday, because today we'd be busy with church and Sunday school and such.  So we drove up into the Shenandoah Valley and visited our favorite little restaurant-and-gift-shop, The Apple House, for lunch.  They serve the most amazing apple butter doughnuts -- made from the same recipe they used in the 1960s when they first opened.  It's a family-owned-and-operated place, with lots of other yummy food besides the doughnuts, including the best barbecue I've had north of North Carolina.  Also, the best bacon I've ever had anywhere.  The kids usually want breakfasty stuff involving pancakes there, so we got them that.  I tried their tomato-basil soup for the first time yesterday, and like everything else we've ever had there, it was delicious.


And they have a gift shop with quirky, wacky (and sometimes a little off-color) stuff for sale, like signs and t-shirts.  They have different stuff every time we go there, and yesterday I took pictures of a bunch of the signs I liked best:






I was really tempted to buy that last one.  But I bought a sign last time we were up there a couple months ago, one that says "I should have been a cowboy."  It's in my living room now, because "cowboy" was my dream job when I was little.

They sell lots of yummy food items in their gift shop too, some of which you can see in the above photos.  We came home with only two things yesterday (besides doughnuts for breakfast):  a bottle of hickory syrup (which we've had before -- so amazing!) and a jar of "traffic jam," which we bought because here in northern VA, we have a lot of traffic, so the name made us laugh.  Here's a shot of all of them beside the flowers Cowboy gave me for Valentine's Day:


Yellow roses are my favorite, and have been ever since I was a teen, thanks to the movie Indiscreet (1958) and the Bobby Darin song "18 Yellow Roses."  Cowboy gave me 18 of them the day he proposed, we had them at our wedding, and he gets them for me on special occasions when he can find them :-)

So anyway, that was our day-early celebration of Valentine's Day.  Not sappy-romantic, just lots of fun, which is how I like it!

12 comments:

  1. Happy Valentine's Day!! And aww, your story about yellow roses is so sweet. :) Thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Happy Valentine's Day to you, Natalie!

      Delete
  2. Looks like you had a ton of fun! The apple butter donuts sound yum! (Hehe, I just like all sweets.) And, gosh, those yellow roses are gorgeous! My parents got me three red roses for Valentine's Day this year. (Which, incidentally, I actually got yesterday.)

    Happy Valentine's Day!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Mary, we did! And those doughnuts are melt-in-your-mouth glory. (I like pretty much all sweets too.)

      My dad always got my mom red roses for Valentine's Day and her birthday and their anniversary, so I think of those kind of my mom's flower, which is probably why I'm drawn to yellow. Hee!

      Happy Valentine's Day!

      Delete
  3. What a fun trip! I believe that Valentine's Day should be more of a family holiday instead of a two-person situation.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ivy Miranda, I think so too. Maybe it's because I didn't date until I was in college, but I think Valentine's Day should be about celebrating all kinds of love, not just romantic.

      Delete
  4. Sounds lovely! My mom made us jam tarts for dessert to celebrate--they look a little bit like hearts, and they taste SO GOOD. Best Valentines ever :-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Jessica, I love tarts! I should learn to bake them. Were they strawberry tarts, by chance?

      Delete
  5. Aw, sounds like you and your cowboy had a lovely Valentine's weekend - and those roses are gorgeous!

    Ps; thanks so much for the recent Dreaming Under the Same Moon blog visit, Hamlette. You're welcome anytime. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Rissi, we did :-)

      I had a really busy fall and early part of the winter and cut my blog-reading way down for a few months. Life is calming down now, and I'm able to go back to reading more blogs again. Including yours :-) For a while there, I was struggling to keep up with the blogs of my 3 close friends. So glad I'm not as busy now!

      Delete
  6. Sounds like a great Valentine's to me! And apple butter doughnuts? I've never heard of the like, clearly a roadtrip needs to be in my future. :) And those roses? Tell Cowboy he did a great job, their beautiful!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, you need to roadtrip there. ASAP. You can check out their website for the address and to see more yummy pics.

      Message relayed :-)

      Delete

Agree or disagree? That is the question...

(Rudeness and vulgar language will not be tolerated.)