Posted by: Jim E | March 16, 2013

A Road Trip…Daffodils, Pie, Flowers And The Keo Classic…Did I Mention, Blackberry Cobbler…

I really do know that winter still has a grip on much of the country…in fact, it is snowing in Snow in Minnesota 2010 November 2Minnesota…and more coming…and the low of 9 degrees for tonight or something like that…and across  the northern part of the Midwest it is about the same…tittering between spring and winter…but when that happens winter seems to stand out as the spoiler of our day…in Minnesota the boys basketball tournament is the tipping point of winter…there is always a snow storm of some kind and this year is no exception…one of our grandsons team just won to go into the state tournament, along with the snow and cold…that is the good news of this years tournament…

Road TripBut here in Arkansas we have a little different weather…now I must admit, last year we had warmer weather earlier…we were out on the porch with temps in the 70’s by the middle of February…that is early here but we enjoyed it…but here we are in the middle of March and finally the weather is warming up…so we decided yesterday, with Jeremy’s day off…it was time for a road trip…now, I have said before, a road trip to us means we can make the trip, leisurely, in one day…so it has to be fairly close…and with less, far less, than a tank of gas…there must be something to see…that may mean as easy as going somewhere we have never been…or to see something historical…or maybe something beautiful…and of course, there must be a good place to eat…preferably different than my regular haunt, Mac and Don’s…youCharlotte's Eats and Sweets know, the golden arches…

And with temperatures in the 70’s and Bluebird skies, clear as a bell…we took off on our road trip…we didn’t really plan this day…we knew we would go to Keo, Arkansas first…and go “around” Little Rock to get there, since Keo is on the southeast side of Little Rock…but after that we didn’t know how it would all go…heavens, we had the whole day…and if you were in Little Rock, which some of you are, you would have seen all the flowering trees and bushes…Sidebar: because I am still in awe living in this mid south climate…we have flowers and trees Charlotte's Eats and Sweets Historic Pharmacy interiorand bushes of one kind or another almost every month of the year…and this time of year, it is amazing…even now when they are just starting to flower…I can’t really tell you an accurate number that are flowering…it is all over…and in the next few months the number of flowering trees, bushes and flowers just explodes…End Sidebar…

We left for Keo early enough to get to “Charlotte’s Eats and Sweets”, about 45 minutes from our house…enjoying the flowers along the way…seeing Spring overrunning the landscape with color…this time of year it is mostly white flowers…but also pink,Charlotte's Eats and Sweets yellow and purple…Tulip Magnolia, Cherry, Bradford Pear…all trees and many others…all the way we saw green tipping the trees getting ready for the leaves to burst out…and we arrived in Keo…a town of a little over 200…yes, blink and you miss it…but there it was…Charlotte’s…it was before 11:00 so there was only a line of maybe 10 people…but as we closed in on 11:00, the crowd came…we got our seats…now some of you know me…bigger than the average bear, I don’t fit on the dainty tearoom style of seating…kind of like an elephant balancing on a beach ball…but we managed…we noticed right away the list of pies she is noted for…and the menu items…the inside is a historic pharmacy building, complete with and old walnut soda fountain, with antiques all around…that of course didn’t hold my attention as much as the pies…but I digress…

Charlotte's Eats and Sweets listThere are a few classic items at Charlotte’s…her pies…we chose, coconut cream, caramel and blackberry cobbler…with chaser of a piece of  Italian Cream cake to take home…Oh ya…we did have her sandwiches too…Judie had the Keo Classic, smoked turkey, Monterey Jack cheese, tomato, onion, avocado on sourdough bread…but the bread is especially good, they dip the bread in Parmesan garlic cream before grilling it…amazing…Jeremy had the Reuben…it has the Charlotte's Keo Classictaste of horseradish along with the corned beef and the sourdough bread treated the same as the Keo Classic…mine was the Club sandwich…a triple decker, sliced turkey, ham, bacon, tomato, lettuce…with the best topping, Miracle Whip…for just a bit of tang…how good is that?…we shared all around…all of it was wonderful…the “Sweets” of “Charlotte’s Eats and Sweets”, were as good as advertised…the Blackberry cobbler was great…a large bowl filled with goodness…and ice cream, of course…amazingly good…Charlotte’s is only open Charlotte's Eats and Sweets Clubfor lunch at 11:00, Tuesday through Saturday…we were glad it was Friday…

So we took leave of Keo…home of pecan farmers…they have three orchards in and around Keo…I don’t know if they even call them orchards…but they are fruit trees of a sort, so why not…but I didn’t think they would be that large…they are well tended though…pecan pie is big here in the south…and pecans are sold all over on the side of the road during harvest time…as we left Keo…we drove around the streets…it didn’t take a lot of time…only a few streets with 200 plus people…weCharlotte's Eats and Sweets Blackberry Cobbler stopped by Morris Antiques, famous all over…didn’t buy a thing…and left as they say, “Fuller n’ a tick” (fuller than a tick)…

We took a wrong turn…and went the opposite way we came…it took us around the other side of the city but moving west…so we circled the entire city to get to where we wanted to be…now, I should give you some perspective…this is not New York or Cleveland or Detroit or LA…it is not even Minneapolis/St. Paul…this is Little Rock, Arkansas…it is not a city of a million or even 500,00…it is a city of 180,00…not small, like Keo-small, but small enough to easily go around the city in a short time…and we ended up near home in no time at all…and saw some new territory…then I asked, “Want to go to Wye Wye Mountain Daffodils 2013Mountain?”…”Sure”, came the reply…so off to Wye Mountain we went…this weekend is their Daffodil Festival, so we knew the flowers were blooming…up the mountain we went…and the flowers were not at their peak but certainly beautiful…you can see for yourself…in the middle of the 8 acres of Daffodils is a huge old oak tree…no leaves yet, but this Cherrybark Oak has been named “Wye Mountain Daffodil Oak”…surrounded by acres of daffodils this time of year…we loved the time there…

I am certainly happy you came along for this road Charlotte's Eats and Sweets Caramel Pietrip…that is if you are still with me…if not, you lose, if you are still here, wasn’t that a fun day trip?…great food, great sights, learned a few things along the way…and came home better than we left…can’t beat that…have a great Spring…

 

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  1. Hi Jim, yes I’m still here I see all is well with you and your family. Counting down the days until spring break. Things are good here the puppies are still keeping me busy. Can’t wait for the weather to break so I can get out and take pics and enjoy the great outdoors. Take care

    Saun in Ohio

    • Saun…good to hear from you…yup, all is well here…I still visit your blog…and still love to see the dogs, puppies no more…well, to you they will probably always be “your puppies”…good pictures…and I visit Ohio on another blog as well…it’s funny, some of the people we met following “Mr. Green” across America still visit each other from time to time…I think it was on your site I saw an “Ohio barn”…I see them from time to time on sites…I think that was done for a centennial celebration of some kind, maybe more than 100 years…but they painted barns across Ohio…it is good to see they still exist…as a teacher, you are still one of my heroes…keep up the good work…I know how hard that work is…so enjoy that much anticipated Spring break…and the best to you and your family…hope the snow stops and warm weather steps in and takes over…flowers and green grass…that’s the ticket…Jim E

  2. Hi Jim,
    What a great road trip! I googled Charlotte’s, as you had suggested in your last post’s notes. The pictures and the reviews were amazing. I wish we lived closer so the girls and I could enjoy some of those sweets. The weather here in Cincinnati is still crazy. The past few nights, the lows have been in the teens. Tomorrow’s high is supposed to be near 50. But then Sunday night into Monday, we’re supposed to get 6 inches of snow. It’s hard to believe that Easter is a week away and we’re still getting snow. But these types of weather changes are normal for this area. As they say “if you don’t like the weather here, stick around because it’ll change in an hour”. Have a great weekend!
    ~Julie

    • Julie…yep, Charlotte’s was a good trip…we owed Jeremy that one…he was looking for “somewhere” to “go”…the last few weeks…so we took advantage of the day off…but weather here has been “iffy” too…the last few days have been cloudy and cool…only getting to the upper 40’s…but there is nothing either here or with you, in Ohio, that will stop Spring from coming…maybe a bit late but the sun is getting too strong to hold it back…so hang on…next week will be better…that must be the last cold coming down from Canada and into Minnesota…I remember those well…we always waited to see if there was anymore cold that could come down into Minnesota…the problem is, part of it comes as far south as Ohio and Arkansas…but no fear with all the flowers around here blooming and the Bluebirds checking out our nesting box in the courtyard…Spring is coming…I noticed the Bluebirds are in and out of the birdhouse again this morning…one of these days SOON they will lay some eggs…we have had success with a couple of batches the last few years…so hold on, Spring is coming…Jim E


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