Monday, September 5, 2011

Apples, Cast Iron Skillets, and BBQ

On Sunday, we decided to go on a day-trip with our friends Matt and Stephanie. Since the weather was a little "iffy," thanks to Tropical Storm Lee, we decided to drive the opposite direction and head north.

We started out heading to Crow Mountain Orchard, in Fackler, Alabama. This place seems like it's out in the middle of nowhere but they seriously have the best apples ever. Since we went a little early in the season, they only had about 3 or 4 kinds to choose from, but hopefully we will make another run later in October when they have lots more. We ended up getting a bag of McIntosh. Yummo! **Be sure to check out their website because they have lots of good recipes!

After the orchard, we headed to South Pittsburg Tennessee to visit the Lodge Cast Iron Store. Rob has been wanting a cast iron skillet so we picked one up while we were there. This is our second trip to this store and I love looking at all of their stuff. They have one room that is nothing but clearance. Most of the items have some type of imperfection so they can't sell them at full price. We got a 10-inch cast iron skillet for $11 because it has a TINY little indention on one of its sides. For $11, that little mark won't bother me a bit! :)

Can't wait for Rob to make some cornbread! :)
After the Lodge Store, we headed north to Chattanooga for lunch. Sticky Fingers is one of our favorite restaurants and since Matt and Stephanie had never eaten there, we decided to introduce them.

I forgot to take a picture of the building so this picture is courtesy of Sticky Fingers website.
Here are a few pictures from our yummy lunch!

We all tried the different sauces and each of us preferred a different one. My favorite is the Memphis Original! I need to find some at the grocery store and make some BBQ at home!
It was a fun day with good friends! So glad we got out yesterday because today has been rainy and nasty! Tropical Storm Lee finally caught up to us and it's just not worth it to get out in this. Needless to say, we have enjoyed a day inside, laying around. I have done a few things to get ready for VACAY - COMING SOON! :)