Friday, November 22, 2013

Echo Hill

Every year around the middle of November, we make a pilgrimage to Echo Hill for holiday baking supplies.  It's a quaint little country store in Fleetwood, PA that sells a ton of bulk foods and other wonderful stuff.  They've got all sorts of local, organic, and specialty ingredients that are difficult to find elsewhere in the area.  And the prices are great!  It used to be a quiet little place to shop, but it seems like a lot of people have discovered it in the last year or two.  It was nice to have it mostly to ourselves, but I'm glad they're getting lots of business!  Here are some photos we took while we were shopping.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Sycamore Springs Holiday Open House

Last weekend we went to the Holiday Open House at Sycamore Springs in Reading, PA.  This has been a sort of unofficial start to the holiday season in our family since we were little kids.  It used to be held on Black Friday, but it's been happening a bit earlier in recent years.  This is fine because Thanksgiving weekend gets a little too busy anyway, what with Black Friday shopping, Family Dessert Night, and Small Business Saturday shopping.  Plus, it's nice to have some holiday decorating inspiration ahead of time, which I imagine is their point!

Here are some of our favorite scenes and ideas this year, as photographed by Kylie.