On Shopping Locally

Christmas is almost here!
With the crazy rush of the season I was happy to take some time
to visit with some bloggy friends and taste some goodies from
Chef Brian telling us about some of the goodies from their catering menu.
We sampled:  
  • Buffalo sausage bites from Ratchford Farms in Marshall, AR (well, I didn’t try them as I don’t eat red meat, but they looked good) 
  • Wonderful Coconut Shrimp with Cranberry dipping sauce.  (Argenta Market has very fresh seafood flown in weekly from the Gulf- see their website for what’s in this week!)
  • Lovely fruit and cheese tray with Honeysuckle Lane Arkansas cheeses from Daley Dairy in Rosebud, AR. 
  • White Chocolate and Cranberry cheese ball with cookies from a mix by Resident Chef in Maumelle, AR.  *I normally don’t like sweet dips but this was so yummy.  Like a cheesecake on a cracker!
  • Spinach Parmesean dip also by Resident Chef.  Everyone loved this but I thought it had a tad too much onion for me.  My hubby would love it.
  • Croque Monsieur- a lovely Monte Cristo-esque sandwich made on jalapeno cornbread by Arkansas Fresh bakery, with Petit Jean ham, Argenta Market’s smoked turkey (my kids ADORE this,) and chipotle mayonnaise.  It’s dipped in an egg wash and panko breadcrumbs and oven-fried.  (Again, I didn’t try this but it had rave reviews by fellow bloggers!)
Need fruit or cheese trays in a hurry?  I’ve gotten entire fresh smoked salmons for parties that are DELICIOUS.  Just give them a few days notice as they smoke meat once a week I believe.
Entire holiday meals are even available!  
Small Turkey Dinner (serves 10-12) – $89.99
Large Turkey Dinner (serves 20-24) – $149.99
Small Ham Dinner (serves 10-12) – $99.99
Large Ham Dinner (serves 20-24) – $169.99

Dinners include meat, gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, dressing, cranberry sauce and rolls.

Pie is also available (a necessity.)
Call 501-379-9980 to order!
(Ordering information can also be found online.)
For Christmas dinner the deadline is December 14th and pick up by December 24th at noon. 

 My family adores Argenta Market.  It’s on the way to school so if we have time we stop for snacks or last minute dinner ideas.   One of those local places where people remember you and 
make you feel at home.  My kids beg for their smoked turkey. 
 It’s also a great place for lunch!  During the season it’s across from the North Little Rock Farmer’s market (all organic and local!) 
Our favorite cashier! 

We were given wonderful gift baskets to sample.  The baskets are made in Little Rock and contain all Arkansas made products.  Beautiful and already wrapped!  They have two options available and both are limited so call and reserve yours today! (I’m going to!)

My basket had:

  1. K-Bee’s Cream Honey & Blueberries great on fresh biscuits
  2. My Brother’s Salsa (medium) 
  3. The Resident Chef’s Spinach Parmesan gourmet dip mix
  4. Stutzman’s Pantry Peach Jam
  5. War Eagle Mills– Hot Roll Mix
  6. Southern Girl Soapery’s Home Brew Soap (made with Diamond Bear beer!) Great manly gift!
It was so nice to see my AR Women Bloggers friends again and get great holiday ideas.
Thank you Stephanie and Argenta Market!

For more Arkansas goodness enter for a chance to win a Petit Jean gift basket
on Arkansas Women Bloggers.


Millions of Peaches

We went to Peach Picking Paradise this week to obtain some of nature’s most perfect foods…
(They don’t have their own website, but do have a facebook fan page.)

The Red Haven and Early Loring’s were in

We only picked a bushel and a half this year (150 lbs!)
Of course 75 lbs were for others (and yes, we can eat 75 lbs probably before I get them canned or frozen.)

This song kept going through my head…

Not so Wordless Wednesday: Kindergarten Woes

Yesterday Jac had to take his kindergarten “entrance exams.”  (Yeah, I know.)  He is REALLY not wanting to go to school, which starts in July by the way.  Being the youngest of three, he knows most of the kids & teachers at school already.  First he wouldn’t get out of the car.  He was not a happy camper and then refused to go into the room to take the test.
We tried:

  1. Bribery with lunch with mommy & Max
  2. Told him he could feed the snake in the science room
  3. Told him he could see the chinchilla in said science room
  4. They told him they would make a volcano with him
  5. Bribery with candy

You know what worked?  (Hint- None of the above!)
I had to go get Max from his classroom to go with him to take the tests.  They did make a volcano and I think they both ended up having fun. (Thank you for sweet, patient teachers!)

I took the boys to lunch at Your Mama’s, a busy “blue-plate” diner nearby.

Can you tell we don’t eat beef at home?
“Mom, these are the best rolls EVER!”

Later I asked little man if he was excited now about being at school with his brother and sister- his response was…


My thinking is that they don’t have the playground installed/purchased yet.  I mean, I don’t want to even go to a school with no playground.  All I can really remember about kindergarten was baking, playing dress-up, getting in trouble at naptime, and playing on the playground (chasing boys.)  I think it’s a sad state of affairs when No Child Left Behind has taken away all but the playground part, and most of that.  Being a parent of a now 8th grader who started kindergarten when this wonderful education plan started I can’t tell that it’s improved anything.