During one of my more spontaneous moments this weekend, I suggested to my husband that we go out to the Louisburg Cider Mill for cider donuts and coffee on Saturday morning. Submitting to the fact that it’s already October (what?!), I figured a little fall fun would be nice to inject into the weekend. I can remember way back when I was little taking school tours of the mill to see how the cider was made. Little did I know, Cider Fest was happening over the weekend.
When we arrived, a sign down the street warned of “heavy traffic” and suddenly I realized my short and sweet trip for donuts was going to be anything but that. After pulling into the field to park though (yes, I definitely live in Kansas now), we started walking around and it ended up being surprisingly fun!
Louisburg is about a 20 minute drive from my little suburb, but it feels like a world away to me for some reason. The fest was full of families, pumpkin-picking, a corn maze, hayrides, local shops and of course tours of the cider mill. Their cider-making method dates back 2,000 years and it is amazing to say the least. They were also making old-fashioned, churned ice cream for the kiddos which looked delicious.
After walking around for a bit, we finally went into their Country Store and bought our to-die-for cider donuts (the original mission), some freshly made cider, apple butter and their buttermilk pancake mix – an infamous item in our family. I originally bought a package for my in-laws when I first met them and they have been using it ever since! Even when I was living in Chicago, I ordered it online. I swear they are just THAT good. You can also make your own cider donuts at home with their specially-made mix.
Can’t make it out to Louisburg? No worries! You can try items from their Country Store by buying their goods online or if you happen to live in Kansas, they also sell some of their more popular items at Kansas Sampler.
What are you looking forward to this fall?
Since moving to Kansas City this summer, I have been exchanging some tweets with local bloggers and fellow social media obsession-ists like myself. One such lovely lady I not-so-secretly web-stalked earlier this summer and ta-da, I met Kimberly Loc, a local lifestyle and beauty blogger. Kimberly was sweet enough to invite me to her Fashionistas on a Mission event this past Saturday which she co-hosted with Jess from Mimi and Chichi at The Garment District Boutique. The shopping event raised money for Rose Brooks Center, a domestic violence shelter for women and children in Kansas City. I have a soft spot for local charities, so I was more than happy to stop by to support the cause.
It was a little scary going to an event where I knew no one (well in real life anyway). I may have changed my outfit twice and laughed a little too loud in classic “Jen is nervous” fashion, but I’m SO happy I went. Everyone was very friendly and I had a great time re-discovering downtown Kansas City shopping.
While munching on yummy macaroons, I spotted this fun antler display of rings. I have been dying to do my own DIY version to either hang or showcase jewelry for awhile now and this only makes me want one more! I also tried Kansas Whiskey for the first time. As one of the sponsors, they were serving up delicious cocktails. Although I’m not a whiskey drinker, I must say it was very smooth and different than I expected (in a good way). The Garment District Boutique is such a fun, unique destination for shopping. It has a bar right in the middle of the store, perfect for grabbing a drink while browsing around.
I had the pleasure of also chatting with Jana Meister of Style Your Life Fashion Consulting, a local business owner, personal stylist and closet consultant extraordinaire. Her Facebook page is filled with fun fashion tips and advice to check out!
Of course, I was in such a hurry to get to my niece (who also happens to be my goddaughter)’s birthday party that I forgot to buy a necklace I was lusting after during the party. Oh well, guess that means I have a reason to go back soon!
Awhile back, I took a really fun mixology class at Nacional 27. I mixed up an extra-special Mojito with the help of their bartender. However, I couldn’t tell you (or myself for that matter) how to make it again, so I found a simple recipe from Bacardi’s Facebook page to try over the weekend:
- 2 parts BACARDI Superior Rum
- 12 fresh mint leaves
- 1/2 lime in wedges
- 2 tablespoons simple syrup or sugar
- Club Soda
- Crushed Ice
- Sprig of fresh mint to garnish
- Muddle 12 fresh mint leaves & 1/2 lime.
- Cover with 2 tablespoons simple syrup or sugar; top with ice.
- Add Bacardi Rum & top with club soda.
- Stir well & garnish with a sprig of mint & a lime.
\\ Recipe Source: Bacardi //