Saturday, September 1, 2018

Tales of the Traveling Tote #16

It's the first of the month and time for a new edition of 
Tales of the Traveling Tote.
Welcome to Tales of the Traveling Tote #16.
Summers in Texas are hot, and cold drinks are a must!
The first Sunday in June we headed off to join "The Chef's"
twin for lunch and indulge in an ice cold milkshake.
The Peached Tortilla is a small local restaurant known for its 
simple Southern comfort food with an Asian flair.
They are also famous for their monthly 
Shakes, Burgers, and Bubbles 
brunch on the first Sunday of the month which features 
a themed milkshake in collaboration with a local vendor.
Featured that Sunday was The Tiny "Peached" Pie, 
a cinnamon and ginger snap infused vanilla milkshake, topped with
 whipped cream, sprinkles, and a peach crumb Tiny Pie.
Kevin, the Bar Manager, is a genius at mixing up cocktails as well as his signature mega shakes for Shakes, Burgers, and Bubbles.
Click here to read about the talent behind The Peached Tortilla.
As you can see, 
the twins gave it a thumbs up!
Today is September 1st.
If you are in Austin, you should stop by
 the  Peached Tortilla on Sunday.
They will be serving the Henbit Monster Cookie Shake,
a peach leaf milkshake made with pecan brittle and
topped with whipped cream, matcha powder, and
a Henbit Monster Cookie!
 When July rolled around Miss Merri Mac 
and I headed to Whole Foods Market 
to cool off with a gelato on the 4th of July.
You can read all the details here
Liberty and Gelato For All!
The big news of our summer was a much anticipated trip
to Aurora, NY for the anual MacKenzie-Childs Barn Sale.
Miss Merri Mac and I packed it up and off we went.
Attending this event had long been on my wish list.
With a milestone birthday this year, I decided
there is no time like the present to make dreams come true.
Thank you to my thoughtful husband for the gift of this trip!
We flew into Syracuse, rented a car, and 
headed south to the quaint town of Aurora, NY.
My home away from home that week was
E. B. Morgan House, in Aurora, NY.
You can read more about this beautiful property
that is part of Inns of Aurora in a previous post here.
Fargo Bar and Grill and The Inns of Aurora Dining Room are the
only options for dining in town.  Both offering delicious options, lunch and dinner was often shared wih friends at one or the other.  
 Honestly this was truly more fun than I ever imagined.
You can read an earlier post here for all the 
details on attending the actual Barn Sale.  
 Fellow Traveling Tote friend, Patti @ Pandora's Box
joined me for the sale and brought along
these adorable "shopping shoes"!
 That evening Debbie @ Mountain Breaths with Miss Aurora
and her thoughtful husband, Joe, stayed for dinner at 
Inns of Aurora.
The "icing on the cake" for this birthday trip was the 
opportunity to actually meet up with friends who 
I've known only through their blogs or on Instagram.
In addition to all the fun of the actual Barn Sale
just spending time on the grounds at the
 MacKenzie-Childs historic dairy farm was totally amazing 
~ beautiful vistas, gardens, historic farm house, and shop.
MacKenzie-Childs ~ Aurora, New York
And yes, I did return with a few Barn Sale bargains.
With everything 50 to 80 % off retail, it was all very tempting.
Many have asked for photos of what I bought.  Unlike most who 
go prepared with a shopping list, I chose to let serendipity give direction to my purchases.  I was thrilled to add to my Courtly Check ceramics and to find a few other things as well.
It's almost impossible to get a good photo of this space,
but we have a little corner in the music room with a selection
of Courtly Check pieces collected through the years.
I've had the Courtly Check Groovy canister for some time, 
so I was thrilled to find a Courtly Check Globe canister.
And well, that handsome princely Frog on Courtly Check Ball
simply hopped into my cart and insisted on returning to Texas.
I had my eye on the adorable Funny Bunny since he was first offered last spring, so I was almost giddy when I spied this guy. 
He hangs around on various things, but he's especially handsome
on the Black Flower Market ice bucket that followed me home. 
Love using this piece for fresh flowers or a potted plant.
Garden girl that I am, I had to buy this beautiful Watering Can.  
It also makes a great container for my Barn Sale bouquet of 
Courtly Check Sunflowers, and well, 
Mack the Bear was just too cute to leave behind!
Miss Merri Mac and Miz Checkers 
invite you back for the next edition of 
Tales of the Traveling Tote on December 1.  
We have a big trip planned that we want to share.
Come along and travel with:
Debbie with Miss Aurora @ Mountain Breaths 
Emily with Miss Courtney ChildsThe French Hutch
Patti with Miss Kenzie @ Pandora's Box
Katie with Miss Daisy @ Preppy Empty Nester
Linda P with Miss Lola @ Life and Linda
Rita with Miss Luna C Panoply 
(You are here) Sarah with Miss Merri Mac @ Hyacinths for the Soul
Jackie and Miss Madi K Purple Chocolat Home
Ricki Jill and Countess De Monet The Sketchy Reader
Lea and Miss Scarlett @ Cici's Corner
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  1. Good morning, Sarah. I love following your adventures. Wonderful photos! I am drooling all over my keyboard after catching a glimpse of the Monster Cookie Shake. It looks like you are having the time of your life at the Barn Sale. It's on next year's bucket list. Enjoy your weekend, dear friend. xx

  2. Your trip to NY was certainly the highlight of your summer and I am so happy I got to spend some time with you! This shakes look delish and sounds like a fun place to visit!! Great pics of your summer!!

  3. Sarah you've had quite the summer. Yum, would love one of those milkshakes!!!! Love all your pics, you look adorable modeling those boots. Love the pic of your hubs and his twin. How did you pull that off:) Goodness, what a birthday gift, going to the barn sale. So much fun and meeting up with so many new friends. It must have been nonstop fun. You really picked up some great additions for your collection. I enjoyed each pic Sarah. What a great summer. Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend ........

  4. You've had a fun summer! The milkshakes are to die for and I really can imagine you going to town in NY at the MC event! All so good!

  5. What a post! You and the baker:) So lovely that pic..smitten w/ the boots and I must say the lady and dog artwork? OMY:)♥
    You have had adorable is that burger I am on a quest LOL!
    Loved seeng all the faces you met..and that place you stayed is just tops.

  6. Such a busy summer and a wonderful trip to the Barn Sale. I love all your finds but that frog is my favorite I think!!

  7. Looks like you're having a great summer Sarah! Lovin' your new funny bunny and I'm glad to hear you enjoyed your trip to the barn sale:@)

  8. So glad you finally made it to Aurora Sarah☺

  9. Sarah, oh my the milkshakes look unbelievable. I know your trip to the Barn Sale is truly a highlight for this year. Happy Labor Day Weekend!

  10. Another great post - I love seeing you (and this time M and his twin) having so much fun together.
    Enjoy this holiday weekend Sarah. . . . . . and I'm happy to know you have an exciting adventure planned!
    Mary x

  11. The Peached Tortilla sure looks like a fun spot to dine, Sarah. How fun for the twins' birthday!! Of course, the Barn Sale must've bee the highlight of your summer, and such a great birthday gift from the Chef. Happy Labor Day weekend to you and your sweet Chef.

  12. Sarah, your photos from Aurora and the MacKenzie-Childs Barn Sale are fabulous. I'm so jealous because I would've loved to have met you and the other Northern TTT's!!! I know y'all had a blast! I really want to go to The Peached Tortilla. But I'd need to fast for a week before eating there!

    I hope you have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend!


  13. Sarah I am so envious of your trip to the Barn Sale! It is still on my list!!! Don't you look fabulous in your boots! I need a pair of those to make my gardening more fun! How fun to meet up everyone.
    Don't be mad at me! I told my sister Jean and my friends that I needed to stop in Austin to say hello and give you a hug, but they outvoted me! Next time I come and visit my sister without the added friends I will force her to, but I thought of you as we drove by! So sad to miss you!

  14. I bet that barn sale was soooo much fun! I love all of the items you bought.

  15. Sarah, Austin has the best places to indulge and eat a work of art! Those milkshakes are truly amazing. What a treat to eat at The Peached Tortilla!
    The pictures of you in Whole Foods and at the Barn Sale are all so good. I enjoyed your travel adventures to MC Barn Sale.
    The picture of you should be in the MC catalogue.

  16. Sarah,
    All of your adventures this summer with Miss Merri Mac looked like such fun. The Barn Sale was a perfect milestone birthday trip, and I am looking forward to the December installment of Tales of the Traveling Tote.


  17. Sarah, I'm having trouble with blogspot comments this morning, I write and they disappear. Love seeing another post on your wonderful Barn Sale birthday trip. So many wonderful treasures you brought home...I have CC envy! Fun to catch up with friends too, Patti's talent and shopping shoes are too fun. That milkshake looks oh so decadent and a wonderful way to stay cool. Happy Labor Day to you, the Chef and Sadie. ♥

  18. Miz Sarah you have had way too much fun this summer! Loved the photo of M & his twin with their milkshakes, I would never be able to get the SP to even hold one of those sweet treats let alone try a bite. I'd have to eat it all myself! Loved seeing more of your Barn Sale adventure and drooling over the wonderful pieces that made it to Austin without damage.
    Will Miss Merrimac be heading to Brittany soon?
    Happy Mosaic Monday, m'dear.

  19. Oh Sarah, I know your birthday trip was such a dream, and I love what you chose to bring home...I am crazy about the frog prince and the curious bunny! You had so many wonderful experiences, what a fabulous place to stay and explore, not to mention spending time with friends! I love how everyone dresses up in their black & white checked finery and proudly carries totes and bags. And those over the top milkshakes are so popular right now, we have a local spot that has them and I've been dying to try one! You always look so cute in your photos, I'm so glad you had a wonderful summer,

  20. Sarah, what a fantastic summer you have had! Starting with the MCK Barn Sale that you have wished to attend for so long! It was great spending time with you in beautiful Aurora. You must tell your photographer friend that I absolutely love the photo of you and Miss Merri Mac at Whole Foods Market with a gelato on the 4th of July.

  21. Hello Sarah - it looks like you had a wonderful time in NY visiting with like-minded friends. Those milkshakes look really rich and sweet!

  22. Sarah, I love the black and white checks. The watering can is a great buy. Have a great week. Sylvia D.

  23. Dearest Sarah,
    What a lovely event for having lunch together with the Chef and his twin!
    You had me laugh with the milkshake photo where the Chef's straw points at a funny spot...
    What a lovely series of photos with your Miss Merri Mac tote and those DARLING boots!
    Sending you hugs,

  24. A lovely post from beginning to end - although it was hard to read any further than the Peached Tortilla food and drink pictures!!!

  25. Hello, it’s wednesday and I will visit the friends of Mosaic Monday...’s a wonderful Post for this theme! The ceramics are fantastic - especially the bunny. Where can I get them?

    1. ErocaSta. you can order the Funny Bunny from the MacKenzie-Childs web site. If you don't know this company, take a look. They have beautiful, whimsical things.

  26. Wow, Sarah, so many lovely photos. you and Patti must have had a blast. i hope to visit the MKC barn sale in the future. Love your checkered shoes. The lunch with the twins is quite fun! Love that yummy dessert. How fun and so creative. I know I commented from my iPad, but it is not showing up, so here I am again. Happy Thursday.


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