Whew! Did you all have a nice weekend? Ours blitzed by — we got TheSecondChild all moved in to his hovel at school. It’s so hard to imagine that this will be his senior year — it seems like we just went through all the college admission process! I felt a bit sorry for the poor guy — he’s a neat freak and he’s moving in with some um… well, much less than neat freaks. They’ll work it out though, I’m sure.
Amid all the work, the absolute highlight of my four days of moving was stopping in to Clementine’s Dry Goods. Oh. My. Gosh!!! Those girls were hysterical! Cami was there, of course. And I was thrilled that Melly went to all the trouble to come from afar to meet me too. And then sweet Rob (by now we’re old pals) and three new blog-less pals.
I left about 3 hours ahead of my guys so I had some time to shop and sit and knit with the ladies. Cami has a perfect spot at the back of the shop with a couch and chairs where everyone can get comfy to sit and knit. Oh, and, of course, EAT. They spoiled me rotten and I felt SO special! Just look at the spread they laid out for me:
We started with Melly’s absolutely amazing Banana Cream Pie. All made from scratch. Sooo delicious. It doesn’t hurt that Banana Cream Pie is at the top of my all time favorites list — right up there and maybe even ahead of chocolate! (I can hear the gasping now LOL.) Fortunately I remembered to get my camera out before we ate it all. Melly has promised that she’ll share her recipe on her blog so keep an eye out for it.
And then Cami. Gosh. She made a delicious Rhubarb Pie (a first for me) and Fantastic Chocolate Croissants. I wish I could give you one — I’m not kidding — they belong in a bakery with Melly’s pie. And that’s not Mrs. Smith’s (pick-a-name) puff pastry there — she makes all those layers From. Scratch. By. Hand. (Oooh, and I just went to get her link for this post, and she’s letting us in on the secret behind those croissants! Thanks Cami!) I can’t even imagine how she has the time — there are 5 perfectly behaved children and a hubby and a quilt/yarn shop to run.
In between all that eating there was MUCH laughing and cracking up. What a super fun group of girls — I so wish they all lived closer. All too soon, the call came from my guys that they were passing by — my clue to catch up to them on the highway to continue our trip to Nashville. Cami was so kind to send some croissants with me for the boys. Not only were they to eat, they provided a little boredom relief as I lined them up on the dashboard of the car — they looked so pretty!
Speaking of the dashboard, there was some other lining-up. Anyone know what this is?
Anyone? Cami knows. I gave the girls some M&Ms and little snickers bars and Cami squealed “Look, she’s given me some round row counters” and Melly said “And I have some square ones!” while I sat there wondering whether they do recreational drugs at Clementines! Cami says you can use M&Ms (or chocolate chip cookies or whatever floats your boat) as row counters. Just lay out the number of rows you have to knit in M&Ms and each time you finish a row, eat one. When they’re all gone, you’ll know you’ve done X number of rows. Who knew??? I put this new technique into play with my Cracker Jacks and it worked! I’ve never been able to properly count my rows…I always forget to increment that little plastic counter or put a hash mark on my piece of paper, but I certainly didn’t forget to eat my Cracker Jacks. That Cami is a genius!
All the ladies were full of little tidbits like that and they cracked me up. I learned all about how to fix a suction problem from Melly — oh! and Cami had some cute new shoes on too — they were REALLY educational! So ladies — thank you SO much for a fabulous morning. I came away with new ideas swirling around in my head — you are all so full of inspiration. And especially thanks for all the work and effort you put into making me feel so special — I Can’t Wait until we can do it again.
If YOU happen to be traveling on I-65 just south of Indianapolis, take a 5-minute detour into Franklin at exit 90 and visit Clementine’s. Cami has lots of Westminster and Rowan fabrics and some beautiful yarns for you knitters. And I hope you’ll have as much fun as I did!
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