If you’re new from sweet Allie’s blog, welcome! Her blog is pretty much the bomb diggity, so I’m flattered to have some of her readers stoppin’ by over here!
Monday was wonderful. I love playing tourist in the area I live in, especially with Allie as my company. I love that we met only hours before, yet we could chat it up about anything from food and faith, to our past stories, and all kinds of silly and humorous things in between. So happy that she is officially my “real life” friend. Joe loved hangin’ with her too! Win.
For awhile now, every time Joe and I would go and do something fun in the areas we live in, I would say “you know, we should really do this more often.” I find that I kept saying that, and realized we’ve been doing those things I said we should do more often! Ok, love that. Like when we would go to a cute coffee and tea house in Batavia and just sit and talk on a big couch facing the window, or dine at one of my favorite restaurants in Geneva, or stroll along the Fox river, or walk the streets of Chicago on a gorgeous day (some of that to come tomorrow), I just feel grateful for where we live, and encourage you guys to explore your own cities. Like I did with Allie, see some of the cute stuff you always see through fresh eyes. Trust me, you’ll like it, so go have some fun.
Moving along to our Geneva adventures, or as Allie likes to call it, Genovia (like Princess Diaries…get it?). We went to Egg Harbor for lunch, which is another favorite for breakfast and lunch-just honest (whatever that means?), good food, you know?)
I ordered the Harvest Salad
And dominated it…
I guess my workout left me one hungry hungry hippo. I loved all the different tastes and textures in there, crunch from the almonds and apples, sweet chewiness from the craisins, creaminess from the avocado, with plenty of greens, cucs, chicken, and mmm Bleu cheese-which I hated as a child and now love. Didn’t even need the dressing so I therefore give this an A+.
Allie got a yummy looking frittata with veggies galore:
Allie was a sweetheart and treated me to such a yummy lunch. Thank you again!!!
After lunch we did some strolling and window shopping, where many pictures were taken, so get ready…
Samples? Yes please!
Above: cookie dipped in peanut butter. Below: Gran Marnier Dark Chocolate Covered Pecans (which I ended up buying!) and a pumpkin malt ball. Sweet and yum!
Deeelicious ginger snaps in a creamy key lime dip and an apple butter dip.
Allie saw this:
Here’s the giant scoop…
Allie pointed this out on the growth chart right below “read” in another shop:
And this one too!
More cute stuff for my man-he loves los elefantes. It’s a puzzle!
Mmmm roasted broccoli…
Onto Cocoon, a unique home shop in Geneva.
I love those vases-and they were really reasonable-I think the yellow one was $15? One of those vases filled with flowers would be a great gift for someone.
Love those too! Maybe $20 something for the smaller one.^
Apparently I love vases. That blue one was $5.95. Deals, my friends! Deals!
YES AND YES!
When we came back home after finding Heritage Prairie Farm closed, 😦 I made us some mocktails of seltzer water and Sobe Lifewater.
Then the three of us picked up some sushi and brought it back to our house where Katie (my sis) and eventually Amelia (BFF) joined us. Fun night!
And some ensalada leftover from last night.
Then Amelia came over and we dared her to eat a tsp. of cinnamon. Why? I don’t know. It’s just what we do I guess. Katie and I could not take it all when our fireman uncle bribed us to do it…P.S. it burns the nostrils. Bad. So anyhoo, we make Meals do it and she took it like a champ! What?! Couldn’t believe it!
The night winded to an end with Allie’s amazing homemade tart frozen yogurt, a walk around the neighborhood and falling asleep full and happy.
Read this today…
“Don’t worry about everyday life-whether you have enough food to eat or clothes to wear. For life consists of far more than food and clothing. Look at the ravens. They don’t need to plant or harvest or put food in barns because God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than any birds. Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? Of course not! And if worry can’t do little things like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?” Luke 12:22-26
Thank you, Jesus.