Penny's Passion: Weekending - June 19, 2015

Monday, June 22, 2015

Weekending - June 19, 2015

Boy, oh boy -- could a weekend go by any faster?!?  We were pretty busy this weekend.  But, to be honest, that's how I like to spend my time between Friday afternoon and Monday morning.

Friday night we went to our first Muny show of the season.  The Muny is an outdoor theater located in Forest Park here in St. Louis and we love sitting under the stars to see the production of the week.

This week instead of sitting under the stars to see My Fair Lady, we were sitting under the clouds that kept dropping rain on us on and off most of the night.  We stuck it out to the bitter end -- which was 1:00 am.  Longest show of all time for me.  I might have dozed a little there at the end.  It was still great to spend the night with Kayla and Ian.  It's going to be a great Muny season!  This week we will be seeing Hairspray.

Saturday morning we got up and headed to my hometown to celebrate Father's Day with my dad.  My mom prepared a great lunch and then we went to see my dad's garden.  We always have a race with him to see who has the first ripe tomato of the season and I do believe ours are a bit bigger than his. We also got to see my brother's new house that he is building for his family.  Unfortunately, I didn't snap a single picture while we there - major blogger fail!

We met Kayla and Ian for breakfast on Sunday morning - Happy Father's Day to Eric!  Eckert's is the local orchard you're probably seen me blog about before and they have a great restaurant with lots of hearty things on the menu.  They have these little fried dough balls they sit on the table with apple butter - OMG are they delicious!!

After eating, Eric and I decided we weren't going to let the pouring rain stop us from picking blackberries.  We put on our boots and loaded the tram to the blackberry fields.

Just look at the size of these berries!  The bushes were loaded.  I think they are going to be picking for a while so if you're in the area and want some blackberries, you should check out their website for the picking schedule.

Twelve pounds of picked berries later, we loaded the tram back to our car.  We stopped at Walmart on the way home to get canning supplies since I wanted to turn some of those big, juicy gems into jam.

Just about the time we were finishing picking, the sun came out.  We got to enjoy the sunny (and very steamy) weather for a couple hours before the clouds returned.  Eric headed to work and Sherri came over.  We grabbed a salad to go from one of our favorite places and enjoyed it in our family room while catching up on all the latest news.

Sunday evening I canned.  I'm now the VERY proud owner of 5 jars of jelly.  I would be lying if I said it went smoothly -- the berries boiled over on the stove and it was a total mess!  But, the jelly turned out so I'm counting it as a very successful event.  It really wasn't that hard to do.  I might just do it again tonight since I still have about 11-1/2 pounds of blackberries left.

How was your weekend?  From the looks of things on Facebook, it was a very family-oriented weekend with lots of Father's Day celebrations.  Hope yours was one to remember!

Check out what others were up to this weekend.


  1. You stuck it out, huh? Read my post tomorrow and you'll see why we left. I'm bummed but we had to get up early Saturday morning and drive so it worked out in the end.

    Fingers are crossed that hairspray doesn't have the same predicament!

  2. I am so jealous of those blackberries. They are huge, you are lucky. That is one of my favorite fruits. I use to make jam when the girls were small and it was fun, but you are right, a mess. Sounds like another Perfect Penny weekend! Man, I wish we lived closer. You would be so much fun to hang with. By the way, you look beautiful in that picture in your black dress.