If you ever need a map of time zones, here is a good map that not only gives the different zones but also the time and date in each zone. It’s especially good for those who are traveling to Hawaii. It’s been a while since we went to Hawaii with our family after our daughter graduated from high school, but I can remember trying to figure out the time difference. For example, looking at this map I can see that Hawaii is five hours behind us here in Central Mountain Time. I’m a visual learner, so it helps me remember to look at an actual map.
We discovered Dad’s Original Scotch Oatmeal Cookies while visiting the famous St. Louis Gateway Arch two summers ago. These unassuming cookies we bought at the gift store appeared to be just your average cookie, something to snack on until we had supper later that evening. We were pleasantly surprised how delicious these crispy, brown sugar oatmeal cookies tasted.
After researching, we were disappointed to find out that these cookies are only sold in the St. Louis area. However, you can order them online. This year, we wanted the experience of visiting the actual bakery, Dad’s Cookie Co., where the cookies are sold. Once again, these unassuming cookies originate in an unassuming bakery. This location is over 100 years old and carries a lot of history with it. Upon visiting the bakery, it was not what we expected (very small and not updated). However, it was an enjoyable experience that surprised us just like the cookies did.
If you visit the actual bakery, they bag up the cookies the way they always have: in a brown paper bag tied with string. And you get a much better deal on the price: 1 pound of cookies (we got 35-36 cookies) for $3.69 plus the cookies they sell out of their cookie barrel in the store are larger cookies than the pre-packaged ones they sell online. We were pleasantly surprised again!
I talked to a St. Louis local earlier this year and found out she has relatives who make it a point to get Dad’s cookies every time they come to visit. After reading online, there are Dad’s Cookie Co. fans all over the country. I told the local lady that these cookies remind me of ones my mother used to make when I was growing up. She said a lot of people say that!
Here’s what I wrote about our first encounter with these famous St. Louis Cookies, Dad’s Original Scotch Oatmeal Cookies.
We have a family tradition when we go visit my mother-in-law, and that’s to take a day trip and travel to Arthur to see the Amish buggies on the road and visit the little downtown section (and I do mean little). We also have a tradition to eat at Monical’s Pizza. Yum! They have one of the most delicious super thin, crispy crusts I have ever tasted.
For those of you who like to listen to books while traveling, I found a site that has free online audio books. Looking through their list, I already see one that would be interesting to me, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice which is the most famous of her novels.
I read the book several years ago and have the movie on DVD (the long version starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle). It’s such a great story! (Actually, our daughter and s-i-l gave me the movie years ago for Christmas, and Christi and I stayed up late watching the movie. It was that good!) I imagine the audio book would recreate flashbacks of the movie for me, and it’s good to know about this site in case I’m ever in the mood to listen to the book online.
Colorado has always been my very favorite place to visit since I was a young girl. What would be a dream of mine would be to live up in Colorado during the summer months in a nice cabin with a porch or deck with rustic outdoor furniture and a beautiful view of the mountains, a complete kitchen (dishwasher included), complete bathroom (absolutely no out-house), and nice neighbors. I would love to get up every morning and sit on the deck while drinking a cup of tea and looking at the gorgeous scenery. I guess I’ll just have to keep on dreaming!
If you happen to be traveling to Fort Worth, here are a few ideas from a Metroplex Area local. When we travel, we like to visit the one-of-a-kind, local places as much as we can, so here are some tips that I hope will be helpful in planning your trip:
These museums are located in close proximity to each other:
There are many, many other restaurants, but here are just a few ideas (several are family owned)..