We’re in Blacksburg, VA for the weekend for Leah’s surprise birthday party. I gave her the amazing cookbook Good to the Grain by Kim Boyce, and a whole slew of bookplates. It’s a great excuse to bake delicious pastries and breakfast items all in the name of good health- the recipes all use different whole grains like buckwheat, spelt, amaranth, oats and whole wheat.
These are some of the new bookplates I’ve added to my etsy shop. They give any book a touch of class. They’d be a great gift to give kids or adults along with a favorite book.
Personally, I won’t let any of my books out of the house without one.
For a town of Blacksburg’s size, it has a FANTASTIC food scene, and tons of options for local and exotic foods. Really, for a town of any size, the choices are impressive. This morning Leah and I made a delicious tour of the town that included,
Annie Kay’s, soooo many whole food options, and grind your own peanut butter.
The Chocolate Spike, absolutely one of my favorite stops. I always get the dark chocolate ginger bark and the aztec gold truffles. Really, one of the best chocolate shops I’ve ever been to.
Farmer’s Market, not quite hopping this time of year, but we got some delicious homemade chai tea. Can’t wait for April for the market to get in full swing.
Bollo’s, pretty much my favorite coffee shop. Home of delicious muffins and scones, and the famous Oat Fudge Bar.
We didn’t make it to Gillie’s this morning, but it is also a favorite.
…and Tractor Supply Co, where I was THISCLOSE to buy a little chick for $2.49. Not sure why I hesitated, but it’s probably best I did considering that our little house is in our landlord’s back yard and he might not appreciated the sudden appearance of a chicken coop next to his motorcycle shed. Someday, someday soon I will have a little flock of chickens, and a goat and a rabbit and a whole menagerie of functional pets.