The Sun, The Rain, & The Apple Seed {Weekending}

Does anyone remember the Johnny Appleseed song…ya know the one you learned when you were little?!
Yea, me either. But Google did & oh how fitting it is!

The Lord is good to me,
And so I thank the Lord, 
For giving me the things I need,
The sun, the rain, & the apple seed,
The Lord is good to me.

So what in the world does this have to do with me or Monday?!

Well, here’s a fun fact, Johnny Appleseed – renown apple planter – actually died in Fort Wayne, Indiana 149 years ago!
It’s no surprise that there’s a park & a minor league baseball team named after him here, but my favorite nostalgic thing – the festival. If you’ve been around these parts long, you know I am a sucker for an outdoor event – especially when there is food and/or crafts involved!

Yesterday after church, Luke &  I decided to just run to the festival for lunch…four hours & two bellies full of delicious apple concoctions later, we made it home.

Hot Apple Cider + a GIANT apple smoked turkey leg.

To give a little background, the festival is not only a tribute to the apple man himself, but it also captures a simpler time. The vendors are not allowed to use any sort of modern conveniences. All the food is cooked over an open fire & without propane – who even knew that was still possible?! They are required to wear attire from the 1800s, sell products, demonstrate trades, & entertain just as the settlers would have in those times. 

I’ll sure tell ya though – there was no shortage of food or fun at the event!

Buttered Sweet Corn on a stick.

Fresh Carmel Corn popped & sweetened right over the fire!
Trendsetting Bonnets – of course! 
The Infamous Carmel Popcorn
Live Entertainment – on of the seven (or so) stages at the festival 
Fried foods are nothing new to this southern gal, but these apple petals? – to. die. for.
Melt in your mouth Apple Dumplings – that I miiiiight have bought more than one of to bring home!
Some good physical activities for the kids
(maybe for the adults to work off all the apple goodness!)
Our new friend – Mr. President
The monument of the man who started it all!

And if you missed this Insta post yesterday, the fall weather + hot apple cider was perfection.

We managed to make it out with several fresh flowers, only a pumpkin or two, & several apple delights! The old timey crafts, kids games, & FOOD was incredible! Spending the day taking in the sights with my husband was even better!

So to wrap up with song I started with, you can see why it’s lyrics held true for this fun day!

The Lord is good to me,
And so I thank the Lord, 
For giving me the things I need,
The sun, the rain, & the apple seed,
The Lord is good to me.

How about you?! How was your last official weekend of summer?!

Frankly my dear…the Lord is good to me!

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What has God taught you about encouraging others in the blog world/real world?!
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