Sunday, October 24, 2021

The Flowers Explore - Bar Island Maine - 2021/09/16

We're in Maine and our campground is super close to Acadia National Park! We've got to go explore it! 

One of the really cool features of this Maine sea town is Bar Island! If you time it right, you can walk on the sea floor right over to this island! 

Saturday, October 23, 2021

The Flowers Explore - Narrows Too RV Park in Maine - 2021/09/14-21

Today is a travel day, and we're headed to a state that no one in this family has been to. We're off to the very top of the North East United States! Maine!

Wow, we've been to a lot of different stops on our trip so far. 

Friday, October 22, 2021

Contoocook Creamery at Bohanan Farms - Chocolate, Strawberry, and Coffee Flavored Milk - 2021/09/12

Near our Sandy Beach campground is a dairy farm that has had some rave reviews for their flavored milks. We've got to see what all the fuss is about. 

Contoocook Creamery at Bohanan Farms has been operating since 1907 and their fifth generation of farmers are working there. 

They offer three different Flavored Milk options. Chocolate, Coffee, and Strawberry. 
Their milks are sold in local stores, and even in schools, but why not make a special trip out to the farm and get it directly from them!

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Beech Hill Farms Ice Cream New Hampshire

There's so many tasty places to visit while we're in New Hampshire! Today we're stopping by a "Don't Miss" ice cream stand according to Yankee Magazine. 

Beech Hill Farm and Ice Cream Barn is celebrating 250 Years of operation! Nine generations of the Kimball family have been working this farm!

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Snickers Taste Test Comparison - 11 different flavors compared

It's no secret that Alli loves Snickers. They are her favorite candy bar ever. For a little while I've been collecting different kinds of Snickers bars whenever I see them. Now it's finally time to have the taste test!

Alli - This is going to be good! This is going to be good!

We'll be trying seven eleven different kinds of Snickers. The standard Snickers, Snickers Hazelnut, Snickers Almond, Snickers Crunchy Peanut Butter, Snickers Peanut Brownie, Snickers White, and of course the Snickers Ice Cream Bar. Yum! Alli is excited to get this party started. Let's dive in!
(Update: Now with Snickers Creamy Peanut Butter, Snickers Creamy Almond Butter, Snickers Dark Chocolate Almond Brownie, Snickers Peanut Brownie Ice Cream Bar.)

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Londonderry Rail Trail New Hampshire - Marathon Bike Ride - 2021/09/11

If we're going to hit our goal of 500 biking miles in one year, some of the rides we do are going to have to be long ones. Back when we were in California, it was easy enough to go out on the weekends and ride through the neighborhoods to get some miles. Being on the road, finding those long stretches of open road or trails has been a little more difficult. 

When Theresa found the Londonderry Rail Trail online, it looked like the perfect opportunity to make up a few of our lost miles.

The Rails to Trail initiative is trying to take old abandoned railway trails and redevelop them into biking and walking trails. They're even trying to connect the Pacific Coast to the Atlantic Coast with the Great American Rail Trail! 

Monday, October 18, 2021

Pizza at Home - Fluffernutter Pizza from Massachusetts

I already did a Pizza Night for Massachusetts, but why not another? 

The Fluffernutter sandwich was invented in Melrose Massachusetts in the early 1900s. Peanut Butter and Marshmallow Fluff are a delicious combination, so I bet it'll be good on a pizza too! 

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Couture's Maple Shop - Maple Sugar and Maple Syrup taste test

A few weeks ago, Theresa, the kids, and I were fortunate enough to visit Jake and Pauline Couture and their Maple Sugar Farm. They showed us their Sugar House where they boil maple sap to get maple syrup. Attached to their house, just off Vermont Route 100, is the Couture's Maple Shop with a whole bunch of different products they make in their kitchen and sell in their shop. 

I love maple flavor and I'm pretty sure I know who I got that from. My mother! Any time we're getting donuts, her favorite is maple, and anything maple is sure to be delicious. I was super happy that my mother was here so we could do this Maple Sampling taste test together! 

Saturday, October 16, 2021

The Flowers Explore - Couture Farms Dairy Farm - 2021/09/09

We're visiting with new friends today. This is Jake and Pauline Couture! They own a Maple Farm in Vermont that's just 5 miles south of the Canadian border! But it's not just the maple farm, they also have a dairy farm! Back in the 70s, they bought 2 cows, and they haven't bought another cow since! 

Now the cow herd is up to 150, including the cows that are milked and the cows raised for beef. They were even voted the Vermont Dairy Farm of the Year!

Friday, October 15, 2021

The Flowers Explore - Couture Maple Shop and Sugar Shack - 2021/09/09

Sometimes you just meet the nicest people randomly. Such was the case for us when we met Jake and Pauline Couture. I was trying to back my RV into our campground site and was having difficulty getting it lined up between the trees. Jake came over and gave me some help. To say thank you, I made a loaf of Rustic Bread and brought it over to their camper. We chatted for a while and Pauline asked us if we'd like to try some maple syrup. Then Pauline and Jake invited us up to their farm where they make Real Vermont Maple Syrup! How could we say no to that? 

Thursday, October 14, 2021

The Flowers Explore - Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream Factory, Vermont - 2021/09/07

It's been a full day exploring Vermont, but there's one more place that has to be on our list. The Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream Factory!

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

The Flowers Explore - Shelburne Farms, Vermont - 2021/09/07

Earlier today we visited the Cold Hollow Cider Mill. Now we're heading further West to a working dairy and cheese farm. We're headed to Shelburne Farms in Vermont!

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

The Flowers Explore - Cold Hollow Cider Mill, Vermont - 2021/09/07

We're in New Hampshire this week, but right next door is Vermont. We've got to make a stop over there! Theresa and I were here back in 2008 for a long weekend to look at Fall Foliage. That was before kids, but we always knew we'd be coming back eventually. 

Monday, October 11, 2021

Pizza at Home - Massachusetts Boston Baked Bean Pizza

This week we're in Massachusetts! What is Massachusetts famous for with food? Well Boston is known as Beantown, so why not try to make a Boston Baked Bean pizza this week? 

Sunday, October 10, 2021

The Flowers Explore - Sandy Beach Campground New Hampshire - 2021/09/05-14

Welcome to Sandy Beach Campground in New Hampshire! Today is a travel day and we're going to get in a bunch of new states today!

We're going from New York up to New Hampshire. About a 4:30 hour drive. 

Saturday, October 9, 2021

2021 Apple Taste Test with apples from Saunderskill Farms in New York

Yesterday we got a whole lot of apples from the Saunderskill Farms Apple Orchard. Having a whole lot of anything around here means that we're going to have a taste test with them! Let's figure out which ones we like the best! 

There's 11 different varieties that we get to taste today! I wonder what's going to be our favorite? 
1. Fall Gala
2. Fuji
3. Empire
4. Pioneer Mac
5. Crimson Crisp
6. Macoun
7. Red Mac
8. Honeycrisp
9. Linda Mac
10. Cortland
11. Gala

Friday, October 8, 2021

The Flowers Explore - Saunderskill Farms Apple Orchard in New York - 2021/09/04

We're in New York at Rondout Campground, which happens to be right next to Saunderskill Farms. It's a Saturday so we expect it to be busy, but we're going for it anyway! It's literally half a mile down the road. If it wasn't a busy road, we would have walked!

Thursday, October 7, 2021

The Flowers Explore - Rondout Campground New York - 2021/09/03-05

Another travel day, but this one wasn't so fun. Normally we are traveling on a Tuesday. The roads aren't too busy. The camping sites aren't busy. I don't have to worry about moving the RV around so much. But this is a holiday weekend and we're driving on a Friday. Well let's get moving. 

It's time to finally leave Pennsylvania and start heading north to hunt for Fall Foliage leaves as they change colors. Let's go to New York!

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Skittles Yogurt - Original, Wild Berry, and Smoothies taste test comparison

Wait! Skittles is making yogurt now? 

As we were walking through a local grocery store in Hershey Pennsylvania, Ian happened to spot something new when we were going down the yogurt aisle. 

Ian - Daddy! Skittles!
Alli - Can we buy it Daddy? And do a taste test? 

After confirming that they had all 3 of the flavors of Skittles yogurt, I agreed. Who knew the harder part would actually be finding the Skittles to try them with. We drove to 4 stores just to find that bag of Wild Berry Skittles. 

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

The Flowers Explore - Appalachian RV Resort - 2021/08/31-09/03

It's another travel day! Our next RV site is the Appalachian Camping Resort in Shartlesville. It's also in Pennsylvania, so there's not going to be any new states added to the map today. Over the past few weeks, we've spent a lot of time in Pennsylvania! This is just going to be a short stay though of only 3 nights as we try to maneuver our way up North to see Fall Foliage.

Monday, October 4, 2021

Pizza at Home - Maine Blueberry Pizza

Pizza Day is here! We're in Maine which is famous for its Lobster! We're right by the ocean and there's so many food shacks selling lobster, but I don't care for seafood. What else is Maine famous for? Blueberries! Tonight I'm going to make a blueberry pizza!

Sunday, October 3, 2021

The Flowers Explore - Hershey Pennsylvania Thousand Trails RV Pt2 - 2021/08/24-31

Time to continue the rest of our stay at Hershey Thousand Trails! 

Any time the pool looked free, the kids wanted to stop by. Makes sense because in a few weeks it's going to get cold and the pools aren't going to be so enticing. Both kids piled on top of Ethan and he'd swim underwater with both of them holding on. 

Saturday, October 2, 2021

The Flowers Explore - Hershey's Chocolate World - Make Your Own Candy Bar

Today we're doing something awesome that the kids have been really looking forward to. We are going to be making our very own chocolate bar! They've been talking about all the different things they will add to their chocolate bar like cookies, candy, and other things. 

And it's not just us! We've got Rita, Ethan, and Aubrey here! Let's get started!

Friday, October 1, 2021

Pennsylvania Dutch Birch Beer and Polar Pop Birch Beer taste test comparison

While walking through a local grocery store (not Walmart) Theresa noticed a brand of soda she'd never seen before. Birch Beer? What's Birch Beer? I haven't even heard of it before. That sounds like it should be a taste test!

They only had Diet Birch Beer at the grocery store we were at. I couldn't find the regular version anywhere. I did find a clear version though which I saw is called White Birch Beer. 

Thursday, September 30, 2021

The Flowers Explore - Hershey's Chocolate World Pt 2 - 2021/08/28

Today we're visiting the Hershey's Chocolate World in Hershey Pennsylvania. We've already visited the Hershey's Factory Tour, but there's a whole other part of Hershey Chocolate World to explore!

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Mustard Pretzel Taste Test Comparison - Snyder's of Hanover, Dot's Homestyle, and Pop Daddy Pretzels

Who likes Mustard Pretzels? These three like Mustard Pretzels. And since we've got three different brands of something, around here that means it's probably getting turned into a taste test!

For our sampling today we're going to be trying Mustard Pretzels from Snyder's of Hanover, Dot's Homestyle Pretzels, and Pop Daddy Pretzels. 

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

The Flowers Explore - Hershey's Chocolate World Pt 1 - Hershey Factory Tour - 2021/08/28

Today we're visiting a place that I've wanted to see for a while! It's a place that's all about chocolate. Welcome to Hershey's Chocolate World!

Opened in 1973, Hershey's Chocolate World is very well reviewed, holding a 4.6 of 5 stars with over 24k reviews! 

Monday, September 27, 2021

Pizza at Home - Maple Syrup Pizza with Couture Farms Maple Syrup

Mmm, I know this Sunday pizza day is going to be a good one. With the ingredients I'm picking today, I don't see how it couldn't be. 

It's Sunday and while our RV is parked in New Hampshire, we've taken multiple trips across the state line into Vermont, so I think it's totally fair that I should do a pizza tribute to the state of Vermont. 

Now if there's one delicious food I love from Vermont, it has to be their Maple Syrup. And the best Maple Syrup both Theresa and I have had has come from Couture's Maple Shop in Westfield Vermont. I will have a whole write-up coming for them in the coming weeks. And there's no added fillers or corn syrup here. This is Pure Vermont Maple Syrup, directly from the Maple Trees on the Couture Farm. 

Sunday, September 26, 2021

The Flowers Explore - Hershey Pennsylvania Thousand Trails RV Pt1 - 2021/08/24-31

Today is a move day! And guess what? We're headed to some place chocolatey! It's time to go to Hershey Pennsylvania and the Hershey Thousand Trails Camping Resort!

"Welcome to Hershey! The Sweetest Place on Earth!"

We're staying in Pennsylvania, so there's no new states today. 

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Snyder's of Hanover Factory Store - 2021/08/23

We're in Hanover Pennsylvania and Theresa had a sudden realization. Her favorite pretzels ever are Snyder's pretzels, and the bags don't just say Snyder's; they say Snyder's of Hanover. I wonder if that's this Hanover? Sure enough, it is! 

Friday, September 24, 2021

Utz Daisies - Chocolate Covered Pretzels

After visiting the Utz Factory and the Factory Outlet Store, I knew we'd likely come away with a few things to do a taste test with. 

Today we're going to be tasting the Utz Daisies. They are pretzels that have been covered in something tasty. 

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Utz Cheese Balls taste test

Earlier we were able to visit the Utz Chip Factory in Hanover Pennsylvania and visit their Factory Outlet Store. Ian was super excited because his favorite Cheese Ball ever is the Utz brand. I think he remembers back in California getting a few mini-packages for Valentines day. 

From the Factory Store he was able to buy a giant barrel of the Orange Cheese Balls! And if we're going to be doing a comparison, we'll need something else to taste along with it. We're going to try it along with the Official Salty Snack of Major League Baseball, White Cheddar Cheeseballs, called Baseballs. And Utz is celebrating their 100th anniversary and they've released a few different Birthday Cake flavored items. This time they're making Birthday Cake Puff with Rainbow Sprinkles! Oh my!

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Utz Factory Outlet Store - 2021/08/23

After having just gone on the Utz Factory Tour, we were all excited to head over a few blocks to the Utz Outlet Store. In the Utz Factory, they showed a whole bunch of different products they make, and we want to buy them! 

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Utz Potato Chip Factory Tour - 2021/08/23

We're around Gettysburg for a few days, and while we were out doing our weekly grocery shopping, I noticed a sign for the Utz Factory. Do they make those near here? Yes they do! But do they have factory tours? Yes! 

Let's go!

Monday, September 20, 2021

Pizza at Home - New Hampshire Dairy Farms Ice Cream Pizza

Happy Sunday! Pizza day is taking a little bit of a different feel today. That's because we're in New Hampshire and one thing we've been seeing a lot of in New Hampshire has been dairy farms. We've stopped at 3 so far! Many of them have ice cream to buy, so for today, I'm making a New Hampshire Ice Cream cookie pizza!

Sunday, September 19, 2021

The Flowers Explore - Gettysburg Cemetery - 2021/08/21

Today we're taking one more trip to the Gettysburg Battlefield. We saw the Battlefield, but there's one more place that has history in this location. Abraham Lincoln was here and gave his famous Gettysburg Address when the cemetery was dedicated on November 19, 1863. 

Saturday, September 18, 2021

The Flowers Explore - Gettysburg National Military Park - 2021/08/20

For today's post, we're stopping by a place that's very important in American history. Chi has wanted to come here for years but never did make it. Now that we're mobile, they can come visit and go on some adventures with us!