This is a bit old but I haven't been able to upload my photos on this rascal computer until now.
When we first moved to Oregon we discovered that one of our favorite natural food companies Bob's Red Mill was in the area. Not only was it in the area but it's right down the road from K's school and we pass by it every day (They even donate to our school)! This was very exciting to us. Bob is a much loved celebrity in our household. The girls call our flour 'Bob flour' because his picture is on the package (I actually don't mind this tiny bit of commercialism that is in our house).
Kevin had a week off of work and we thought we would finally take the free tour at the Mill. It seemed like the perfect time as K was very interested in learning how the wheat she saw in her garden at school became the flour we use to bake our bread.
The girls seemed to enjoy the tour. Kevin and I were a bit disappointed that it began with a half hour video but the girls showed no interest in it and we wandered around until it was over. We asked if we would be able to meet Bob himself there but the answer, unfortunately, was no.
Watching the process
One of the stones used to grind the grain was on display for us to see up close
The large cloth flour bag you see in the picture above (on the far right) was one of the bags used in Frontier House. Bob's Red Mill was one of their sponsors. I let out a little squeal when I saw that. Frontier House is one of my absolute favorite shows, Kevin and I watch the dvds (after the girls go to bed, of course) at least once every couple of months for inspiration.
The tour guide asked if anyone knew the name of the show and we were the only ones who did, so we received a token for a free cookie at Bob's restaurant. It was as if they handed us gold :)
When the tour was finished we went to the store to buy flour (they have 25 pound bags of whole wehat flour there! Perfect for us with all of our baking - we go through so much a month) and then had brunch at the restaurant, my oh my, was it delicious! To top off our wonderful food you will never guess who came in and sat at the table next to us...
Yep, Bob did! K couldn't contain her excitement but was much too shy to talk to him. Again - I have to stress this was like seeing a movie star for them. Kevin spoke to him for a bit and he was just as inspiring and amazing as we thought he would be.
It was quite the field trip. I think we may have to do it again sometime soon.
Happy Monday everyone!