Friday, June 11, 2010

Hempstead Texas in One Day


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Yesterday was a great day to be in Texas.  My Bride and I have been itching to make our way over to Hempstead, Texas to get watermelons and visit an orchard or two, but the weather has not been cooperating.  The weather report came back a 70% chance of thunderstorms – but scattered, so we gambled and made the drive.  It was a good choice.

Hempstead is roughly 75 miles from Baytown and all things considered (like the ongoing Houston roads SNAFU) the drive can be made in about an hour and a half.  The terrain rapidly changes from the flats of the Gulf Coast to gently rolling tree covered hills and just beautiful.

Our main target was the Dilorio Farms & Roadside Market and they did not let us down.  We purchased about 15 pounds of dried peas and beans of various types for cooking later (Brown Rice, Garbanza, Pinto, Black, Great Nothern, Speckled Butter, Red potatos, and yellow split peas) – and 5 watermelons. 

My Bride graciously allowed me to search for six geocaches in the area also and I made quick work of them to keep us from becoming side-tracked from all the other places we wanted to visit and still beat the Houston traffic jam on the way back.  I was fortunate enough to get my photo next to the Big Shovel.

We became hungry after looking at all the produce at Dilorio’s so we went searching for a local café, not wanting to eat at a food mill.  Heading west on Business 290, we turned left of 13th street and headed towards the Blue Bonnet Herb Farms and to our pleasant surprise, the Garden Café’ and Brazos Bakery!  I highly recommend this place.

This small tearoom has amazing and friendly service and delicious healthy food.  I ordered jalapeno cheese soup and my Bride, the Garden Café’ Trio (chicken salad, house salad, & fruit).  We chased it all with delicious Texas tea.  She is determined to make a field trip with her lady friends very soon.  We also bought some herbs for our garden at the Blue Bonnet Herb Farm.  Great little nursery!

Our next destination was the Texas famous Chappell Hill Sausage Company and it was further west on Hwy 290.  This is where their delicious products are made and they have a public butcher shop and restaurant also.  We bought two very thick rib-eye steaks, a jalapeno and cornbread stuffed whole chicken (frozen) and a pound of delicious rat-trap cheese, pinto bean seasoning – and 3 homemade oatmeal cookies!

Turning around, we drove east on Hwy 290 looking for the turn-off to E&B Orchards – our next stop, but along the way, I had to have my photo taken next to the Big Chicken, which actually sets alongside the road at a ranch gate.  Just think how many starving Ukrainians a chicken this size could feed!

Following the signs, we made the scenic drive to E&B orchards and along the way, I made a turtle rescue.  As I was walking back to the car, my Bride witnessed 3 deer run across the road behind me.  This is what is so wonderful about field trips and something that can’t be experienced sitting on the couch in front of the television.

Arriving at the orchard, we followed the simple directions and picked blackberries, nectarines and yellow flesh peaches, all of which are sold by the pound.  We topped off the trip with a cup of fresh blackberry and peach ice cream, which honestly was a pint-sized and difficult to finish off – but we did.  A beautiful day and time well spent and I am including addresses and web site links so you too can make the trip. 

DiIorio Farms and Roadside Market
750 Highway 290 East
Hempstead, Tx 77445    
979-826-2688
http://www.diioriofarms.com/

Bluebonnet Herb Farms
2015 13th Street, Hempstead, Tx 77445,
979-826-4290
http://www.bluebonnetherbfarms.com/

Garden Café’ and Brazos Bakery
2105 13th Street Hempstead, Tx 77445
979-826-0404
http://www.gardencafebrazosbakery.com/

E and B Orchards
28268 Clarke Bottom Road
Hempstead, Tx 77445-8894
(979) 826-6303
http://www.eandborchards.com/

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Helen Thomas Announces Retirement - folks offer condolences

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- She should have retired 110 years ago when she was 60

- About 70 years too late. She won't be missed.

- Ding Dong, the witch is dead! Now if the witch can get her twin sister Pelosi to go with her America may stand a chance.

- Overdue.

- She'll always of that nice photo of her with a smiling Obama with his arm wrapped around her. Birds of feather those two.

- And in other news, Helen Thomas has been appointed by President Barack Obama to be the Czar of Middle East Affairs. Congratulations Helen!

- Now Helen can wear the Hamas colors out in public.

- She was only expressing in words what most of the democrat agenda really is. She just slipped.

- Good riddance you anti-Semite! GO BACK TO YOUR CAVE!

- It's better this happened then a house falling on top of her.

and finally, yes: - George Bush twisted her arm and made her say those things…

Customer service is not what it used to be

I was called by a local business today to pay for a maintenance service on my in-ground pool. My debit card on file had expired. ...