Tuesday, April 28, 2009

I am a treasure hunter. You are familiar with the kind of treasures that I usually find at flea markets and antique stores, but there is another kind of treasure that I enjoy hunting for, morel mushrooms.

I couldn't believe my eyes when I walked upon these little treasures. My son and I were visiting a cemetery where my great grandparents are buried when we happened upon these morels.

We were so excited! We picked them and had them fried for dinner the next evening with biscuits and gravy. That's how we eat them here in the Ozarks.

Another kind of treasure hunting I did this weekend was for this set of Fire King blue splash bowls. I have been looking for them for awhile, but they are often expensive. I found the two bigger bowls at a flea market Saturday for a price I was willing to pay :)

Then quite happily, Sunday evening, I discovered the third bowl at a flea market in Branson, MO. I was beyond excited. I now have the whole set. You can't tell from this picture what a beautiful robin's egg blue color that they are. The color makes me happy!

Sunday I, along with Lindsey and my son, Jordan went to Silver Dollar City. It is an old-timey theme park located in Branson, MO. It was our first trip of the season. We usually get season passes so we can go often. It was so good to be back. The smells are wonderful as soon as we stepped into the city.

This is what Jordan and I ate for our lunch. It's called Family Feud and has chicken, corn, fried okra, onions and peppers all cooked together in a huge cast iron skillet. There are several varieties of these food medleys around the park and they are all good. There were so many different food choices that we circled the park two times before we decided what we wanted to eat.

We enjoyed the day visiting all the usual sights. The city is filled with big tall trees and beyond those are big beautiful hills. Among the trees was this Dogwood tree.

This is the Wilderness church. They even hold services on Sundays. There is also a small school house beside the church.

My favorite shop is the pottery shop. I love looking at all these beautiful works of art.

Here, you see one of the local artists working on a piece. The shop is decorated in a country style that I find irresistible.

Another favorite of mine is the basket shop. I could have picked out several! They are beautiful and some are signed by the artist.

We had a wonderful time, but came home worn out. We are already anxious to go back though!

I hope you all are having a wonderful week! Take time to enjoy yourself! Twyla


Anonymous said...

I enjoyed the Silver Dollar City tour and that food looks fantastic!
How lucky you were to find those bowls and the morels. I didn't get to comment on Lindsey's post earlier but I have to say if I worked in that scrapbooking store, I wouldn't have a paycheck to bring home!
Blessings, Sarita

Pearl said...

Hi Twyla...
No doubt you were excited with finding some big morel mushrooms! Brought back memories for me of the countless walks in the woods with my Mom when I was a little girl... we'd pick big baskets full of morels, then I'd help her fry them for her and Daddy to eat... us kids didn't like them.

Those Blue Fire King Bowls are Awesome! Indeed that was a Terrific find for you... I've never seen a compelet set of them before.

Loved seeing 'n hearing about your trip to the theme park... I'd love to have an outdoor kitchen with that giant cast iron skillet... my husband could do some major cooking with that monster! LOL ... the photo of the Church with the Pink Dogwood in front is Beautiful... The Pottery Studio also brought back memories for me of my College days 'n the long hours I'd spend in the studio sitting at the wheel with my hands buried in cold clay... Love it!

So glad that your weekend was wonderful... Thanks so much for sharing! Hope you have a relaxing Tuesday...

~hugs 'n prayers~

Holly said...

Good morning, Twyla!

Mmmm Morel mushrooms! I miss those! We had lots in Michigan. Who would think something like that would be good?

Your bowls are so pretty and such a unique shape.

Glad you enjoyed your trip to Silver Dollar City! ♥

Stacey said...

Your entry just made me think about how amazingly beautiful that part of Missouri is! I just love it.

I guess I've never seen a morel mushroom. I can sure eat my share of mushrooms though. Fried sounds awesome.

Have a wonderful day! Oh, your bowls...it was meant to be. :)

Faye said...

Oh Twyla, What a beautiful post.You found some great things.Have a great day! Blessings, Faye

Heidi Ann said...

I enjoyed seeing all of your pictures! looks like a neat place to visit.
Oh - and those blue bowls! I know those bowls - I have admired them for years, and I have never seen them at a price I could handle! You lucky lady!

Carol said...

Hi! Love your blog! Normally you bring back memories of all my Barbies, but today I'm remembering the trips to Silver Dollar City we made when I was little and my sister lived in Hollister, Missouri. LOTS of fun! Still blows my mind how Branson has changed!

creative breathing said...

Twyla, It is my dream to visit Branson,MO. My husband has Promised me a trip hopefully next year! If I get to go, we are going to meet for lunch! My husband would never take me through all of these wonderful shops! This was such a fun preview for me today! Elizabeth

Lindsay-ann said...

Hi Twyla
Sounds like you had a very enjoyable weekend. I enjoyed all the pictures you shared. I love the pottery shop and the basket shop. The bowls you found at the flea market are lovely.
I have never seen mushrooms like those before. Glad you enjoyed them.

Linda Lou said...

What type of mushroom is that? Chanterelle??? I don't know but i love mushrooms....what a fun weekend you had, love those shops you visited, I am a pottery collector myself, and I am running out of places to put all the bowls...glad you had a fun time!!

Happy @ Home said...

How fun to find morel mushrooms while visiting a cemetery. Your new bowls looks very pretty. I've never been to the Ozarks but after reading about the area on your blog and Ruthanns ( we all know her, don't we)? I think I need to plan a trip to that part of our country.

Have a great week.

Dawn said...

Oh yum. I can smell the delicious aroma of mushrooms and your hot skillet dinner......

Looks so delicious!


Hi Twyla,

Love the blue bowls and I hardly EVER see them around here!!! SO nice that you have 3 sizes!
Yummy, mushrooms!!
Looks like Silver Dollar city was fun and love looking at old buildings.

Lavender Dreamer said...

The bowls are wonderful! Don't you love when things work out like that! I've enjoyed going to Branson in years past...thanks for the pictures and sharing your weekend!

MaryEllen said...

what a lovely little place to shop!
you're a lucky girl!
Love those bowls too! ahhh.

Sherry said...

I LOVE Silver Dollar City!!! My exhusband and I went there about 25years ago. We had so much fun!! We camped out in a tent and just enjoyed all the beauty of Branson. You are lucky to be close enough to go often! Thanks for sharing and bringing back some fun memories!!


KatCollects said...

Hi Twyla,
I love mixing bowl sets, old, new, just love them. I have 5 sets and use them alot. Wishing you a beautiful Thursday.

TattingChic said...

Look at all of those mushrooms all in a row!

That "family feud" food medley looks yummy! I can almost smell it just looking at the photo!

It sounds like a delightful outing! :)