WED: Walking, Eating & Drinking!

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Today goes down in the history books as one of the best Saturday’s ever! After the Farmer’s Market, Ben and I drove 20 minutes west, past some picturesque corn fields and farmhouses, to Adel, Iowa!

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Adel is a stop along the Raccoon River Valley Trail, which, for large portions of the trail, is completely canopied by trees and brush.

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In the summer, when the trees are fully bloomed, you can’t see any sun on the trail at all!

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The portion that we explored today was lined with these beautiful periwinkle flower clusters.

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Cute, huh?

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The trail is extremely popular with bikers because it is loooong, flaaaaat, and shaaady.

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We ran a little, but mostly, we walked.

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It was really quiet, except for the wind rustling the leaves in the trees.

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Basically, it was perfect.

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On the trail is a big bridge that Ben used to jump off of when he was in high school.

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Rebeeeeeeeel!

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Today, we stuck to picture taking. ;)

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We walked on the trail for about an hour and a half before making our way back to the car. We drove around the tiny town for a bit, and stumbled upon their “main street” situated around the court house.

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It was soooooo cute!

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The building was very “Back to the Future” if you will. Remember?

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The whole clock fiasco?!

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After playing tourist, we got down to business. ICE CREAM at the Dairy Shoppe! It used to be called the Dairy Stripe, when I was little, but alas, some things do not remain the same!

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Funnily, there were a lot of bikers at the shoppe. Apparently you’re never too tough for ice cream. ;) 

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The name may have changed, but the inside looked EXACTLY the same as it did when I was little. So many memories!

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We ordered Crunchi Creme Cones - which is basically soft serve ice cream with crunchy candy pieces inside it. Cool!

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I ordered the Butterfinger variety.

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It was amazing. Sweet, crunchy and very rewarding after our run/walk! 

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The indulging continued when we got home – I whipped up a…Mojito!

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I was going to make a Mint Julep, in honor of the Kentucky Derby, but I got a bottle of Phillips Peppermint Schnapps from Phillips Distilling, and decided a cool, refreshing mojito would be the perfect thing to sip on while Ben and I made dinner.

All I did was add 1 teaspoon sugar, 1 lime wedge and 3 mint leaves into a cocktail shaker, and muddled everything with the back of a spoon for a bit.

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Then I poured in 1 1/2 ounces of the Peppermint Schnapps and some ice, and shook what my mama gave me. :mrgreen:

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The result was a thick goo. Mmmm, thick goo…

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I topped it off with a splash of Lime soda and some more ice, then got my sip on!

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WOW – refreshing indeed! Mojito’s are my #1 favorite drink, and this tasted just like anything I would have ordered at a nice bar. Those schnapps were nice and smooth too.

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Mint Julep or not, we still watched the derby on tv.

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Congratulations to Super Saver!!!!

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After the race was over, I posted out on the back deck to enjoy my drink while Ben grilled up our dinner.

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I crunched on some homemade Guacamole – made the same way as usual – but with the addition of fresh cilantro!

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Crunched with some salty tortilla chips – yowza, it was good!

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Places were set,

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appetites were revved,

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but my steak was taking so long to cook! Yep…steak. Bacon wrapped sirloin to be exact! What iron troubles? ;)

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omg look. Sorry vegetarians – this was insane!

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We dined alfresco on one of the best meals we’ve had in awhile.

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The steak was pink and juicy,

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with an amazing crust on the outside. Ben set our grill to the highest heat it would reach, to sear in the juices and get a good crust, then turned it down. He likes to cook them slow and low – and they always turn out perfect!

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With some fresh guac on the side – there was a bit of an “odd couple” phenomenon happening, but it was good!

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Real good – I’m stuffed on guac!

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Perfect ending to a perfect day. They don’t happen often!

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Ben and his buddies are bottling the beer they brewed a couple weeks ago, but currently don’t have enough empty bottles to fill! Apparently it’s cheaper to buy beer than it is to buy empty beer bottles (I have no idea why, and I’m not sure I believe it!) so we are all drinking beer until they have enough bottles to fill back up. Got that?! ;) Twist my arm, I am currently enjoying an Anchor Steam brew, which Ben and I fell in love with during our trip to San Fran last year. Yurm!

Have a great night everyone!

~~~~~

What are some of your favorite cocktails?

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Comments

  1. Evan Thomas 05.01.2010

    Ice cream with the candy bits already mixed in sound SO GOOD.

  2. Sara 05.01.2010

    Everything about your day sounds perfect! I was stuck inside studying for finals :-/ Glad you were able to enjoy your day though!

  3. sassy molassy 05.01.2010

    Fun day! That butterfinger cone looks delicious! As does your guac. I think i’ll be making some tonight w/ our chicken burritos. Yum.

  4. Rachel 05.01.2010

    Ice cream is the only thing missing from my day, and your cone looks delicious!

    As for cocktails, my all-time favorite is the White Russian (and yes, it is because I love The Big Lebowski that I drink them). Red Devils/Cape Cods (aka vodka & cranberry juice) are a close second.

    • heather 05.02.2010

      i only drink white russians for the same reason. the dude abides(and so do i). cheers!

  5. penny. LA 05.01.2010

    What a cute little excursion! The trail reminds me of the Wabash Trace in SW Iowa…

    And the Dairy Shoppe. Love those old ice cream places! <3

  6. Dawn 05.01.2010

    Could you possibly be any more cute if you tried??? You both are so cute, Iowa IS SO CUTE

  7. Dawn 05.01.2010

    I love your pictures. You guys remind me of when I was in my 20s.
    Anyway.. lovely pictures, beautiful day and wonderful! Just wonderful.

    I am posting twice because I have had some Pinot Nior and whoopsie, its so hard to type! LOL..

    Anywayl.. thanks for sharing!@! lol Yay SATURDAY NIGHT!

  8. Wowzers, that mojito is makin’ my mouth thirsty ; ) It must be the beautiful pictures. Hope your Sunday is just a splendid!

  9. Margarita 05.02.2010

    Mmm, that dinner has me salivating! I could put guac on almost anything! Favourite drink? I prefer some white wine, the mixed drinks can get a little crazy for me, but margaritas are always good to me too !

  10. What a gorgeous trail! Darn you had the best day!!
    I’ve only ever had one cocktail…I can’t believe I call myself a woman!

  11. Anna 05.02.2010

    I love mojitos too :) awesome with some lime mint, if you can find it!

  12. Stephanie 05.02.2010

    Have you had a Ginger Rogers? Oh man, elixir. Amazing. Loved this post today; my grandparents lived in Redfield (just a hop and skip from Adel). I miss my Iowa visits! And the Dairy Shoppe! I miss the dip cones! Going to have to go raid the freezer to see if there’s anything to help…

  13. Brittney 05.02.2010

    I’ll be arriving back in Adel from Germany in… 5 days! I worked at Subway for a while and we would trade sandwiches for ice cream with the Dairy Shoppe employees haha. My family used to be big Dairy Stripe fans, but after the switchover, we like a little ice cream shop on the old downtown triangle in Waukee better.

  14. Kayla 05.02.2010

    ahh this reminds me of the “crunch cones” I had when I was a kid almost every day in the summer!! There was the cutest icecream shop in my town, but it got torn down for roads to build. ugh!

  15. Diane 05.02.2010

    Hey – I’m from Minburn! I remember the Dairy Stripe – painted with side red white and blue stripes. There was one in Perry too. Crunch cones are still my favorite.

    Looks like you had an amazing day!

  16. I love periwinkles! Just the name makes me smile. :D

    That soft serve ice cream looks AAAAAAmazing! :shock: WANT!

    Jenn

  17. Jessie 05.02.2010

    My sister & her family live in Adel & I lived there for a couple years! LOVE IT!!! The sweet Corn festival is so much fun! I love the bike trails & parks too! Wow . . . need to make a trip down there soon :)

  18. kate 05.02.2010

    Ive live in Iowa for 3 years & still havent made it to Adel. Perhaps I need to!

  19. Brynne 05.02.2010

    I don’t think I could live without margaritas – but I enjoy a mojito once in a while too :0)

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  21. Kaitlin 05.02.2010

    Crunchi cream cones sound to die for! I love plain ol’ soft serve, but having candy pieces in it would only up the experience about a hundred times. Looks like y’all had a great day!

  22. I agree. The ice cream looks yummy…

  23. Dawn Hutchins 05.03.2010

    Looks like a great weekend!

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  25. MarMica 05.28.2010

    Mixed some Peppermint Schnapps (not Phillips, sadly) with fresh mint leaves from the garden, Nellie and Joe’s Key West Lime Juice and La Croix unsweetened (but carbonated!) berry flavored soda water. Going to enjoy margaritaville.com’s Buffett concert tonight with this! And drawing in my sketchbook…

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  27. Beth 12.31.2011

    WOw- just saw this ! I follow your blog and I think I must have missed this one…I am from Adel- Did Ben grow up there? I know many others who have jumped off that bridge too. Do you remember the eyes they used to put on the cones at the Dairy Stripe? Memories!

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