Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Backroads of America “Russell Stover’s”

We took a drive to visit 2 Florida State Parks we had never been to before.

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Imagine our surprise when the road between the 2 Parks had a Russell Stover’s Candy Factory!

We had heard about it years ago but then forgot about it.

So we pulled in to enjoy the air conditioning and the wonderful smells of deep dark chocolate!

There was a big section just for sugar free candy. I don’t eat sugar at all and I limit artificial sweeteners but who can resist THIS?!!!

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I was in candy heaven.

I even found a little Honey Bear, Brownie to come home with me.

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So what’s in the bag?

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And a few days ago, I went to my favorite thrift store. (my first trip out on my own after getting hurt and staying inside for over a week. I got my hair cut and went to the thrift store. lol)

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I was hoping to find a ‘new’ tea cup but found a Bambi coffee mug instead. It’s ‘made in Japan’ and has the prettiest blue inside. I fell in love with it!

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It’s so nice to feel so much better and get out in the real world again. You’ll always see something interesting traveling the backroads of Florida!

I’m joining the Vintage Inspiration Link party HERE,

and Roses of Inspiration.

42 comments:

laurie said...

my oh my,,, that would be a wonderful experience , visiting the factory!!! I had no idea they made sugar free,

your cup is truly lovely, they just don't make things like this anymore,


continued healing,, stay safe, no more falls!

Cranberry Morning said...

Diane, I'm so glad to hear that you're feeling better! Stopping in at a Russell Stover's should help anyone feel better. :-) Sweet finds at the thrift store. I liked your choice of simple recovery comforts. Have a wonderful day!

Karen Ann said...

oooh, that's my kind of place too. And I have to catch up with yourposts, did not know you were hurt!! Glad you're feeling better -

Musings from Kim K. said...

I'm glad you had a fun couple of outings. I'm imagining the smells of chocolate in that store. Pure HEAVEN! Hugs!

boopnut said...

Sorry to hear you were hurt. I must have missed that post!
I love Bambi and RUSSEL STOVERS! I am not sure where RS is, but I want to find it! Have a sunny day!
Deb

Diane said...

What fun!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Yay for getting out of the house!! Love the coffee mug. So happy you are feeling better. I am heading back to the hospital, they admitted my Mom yesterday for low blood pressure. She is feeling a bit better today but they will be doing tests.

XO
Linda

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Diane, so glad you are feeling better and had a fun little outing. Great variety of candies and I love that sweet cup.
Have a great day.
Hugs, CM

Sylvia said...

What great finds, candy factory and Bambi! Visiting from Roses of Inspirations.

Linda Kay said...

We passed a candy factory on our trip through Missouri this past weekend, but didn't stop. I remember seeing the Russell Stover's places in the past along highways. Too tempting!

Sam I Am...... said...

So glad you are feeling better! I didn't know you didn't eat sugar...how do you do that? I'm not a candy person but I do like a cookie or some pie and ice cream is my true downfall.
Glad to see you "thrifting"...I always love your treasures!

Nancy's Notes said...

What a trip! Anytime one can find a candy shop on a trip, it's like hitting the jackpot! I'm so happy to know you are out of the house, cabin fever just happens, doesn't it? Now look at you, what a cute find, love your Bambi coffee mug! Take care!
Nancy

Sandra said...

beautiful cup. i am not supposed to eat sugar, but can't eat sugar free, the soribtol they sweeten with gives me stomach cramps. I do eat chocolate but only once in a blue moon.

Betty said...

What a wonderful mug. I'm a sucker for anything Bambi.

Pamela Gordon said...

What a surprise treat that Russell Stover store was for you! Did you make it to the parks? lol

Jane and Chris said...

Bet you were like a 'kid in a candy store'...*groan* sorry, I couldn't resist.
Jane x

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

Russell Stover reminds me of my uncle who had a drugstore...and always sold Russell Stover there

When I was young I'd stay with them for a week every summer and dust all of the shelves in the store and make about 10.00 : )

Conniecrafter said...

Good to hear you were feeling well enough to get out and about and pick up some yummy treats, and do a little bit of shopping, Love going and seeing new places and finding some gems to shop at! Have a great week!

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

SO glad to hear you're feeling better and getting out and about again.

I got my hair cut today too! xo

QUILTING IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

I love dark chocolate!! and it is the only chocolate I eat--otherwise am not a sweets kinda person--nor sugar---salty crunchy things though are my weakness!!
Love the cute mug--
and always enjoy your photos--
the surfer one was delightful in yesterdays post--glad you are out and about again--
smiles--

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Diane, sorry you were hurt and glad you're feeling better. I don't eat much sugar, but when I do it's real sugar. I just make everything with less sugar and then eat a small portion.

Arlene said...

So glad you are recovered Diane!! That Russell Stover candy would perk anyone up!!

September Violets said...

Diane, I had to search back a ways to find out what happened to you. I'm sorry I missed the post when it was fresh. Oh dear, poor you!! Not a nice thing to happen to you, but I'm so glad that you are healing up nicely and are now able to get out and about. The older we get, the harder we fall :( I'm so glad the kind lady helped you out, and that your husband was kept calm too. So nice that your kids and grandkids made Mother's Day very special for you too. It seems the candy heaven found you at just the right time. You picked up some good things (chocolate!!!) and that little bear is a cutie ;)
Take care of yourself my friend, and good for you for tossing the flip flops!
Wendy xoxo

NanaDiana said...

I am so glad that you are able to get out in public again. You had a long "down" time there and I am sure it must have seemed even longer than it was.
Great cup and what a fun factory to visit. xo Diana

Dewena said...

Backroads are the best, and a new haircut and a thrift store visit sound like a good Rx to me.

Take care!

Debby said...

Does the bear smell like chocolate. I loved going to Hershey Pa. The whole town smelled like chocolate.
I am glad you are recovering. That was a nasty accident. Scary for your husband too.

Danice said...

Yes, so glad that you are feeling better now. A Russell Stover factory! Now I bet that was really fun to visit. 'Love Brownie the bear :)

Debby Ray said...

I'm so glad you are feeling better and getting out and about, Diane. I do like Russell Stover sugar free candy. My faves are the turtles and chocolate covered mints!

Primitive Stars said...

Evening, so happy to hear your feeling better. Oh my, Russal Stover, yum yum. I love that Banbi mug, so cute.Blessings Francine.,

Scrappy quilter said...

Nice to hear you could get out and about again. A russell Stover factory would be delightful for anyone to visit.

Mildred said...

That cup is a real treasure...so sweet. I am thankful you are feeling better. John loves the RS sugar free dark chocolate.

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

Oh I could not resist that store, but I would have to put limits on myself, lol. Love your Bambi cup. I always look for mugs at the thrift. Its fun to have a variety.

Sure is good to get out after being cooped up. Looks like you had fun.

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

I'm so glad you got out - and what a darling Bambi cup. I love love love Russell Stover candies - I wonder how then get them from Florida to way out west without them melting. When we lived in Kansas City we'd go shopping at christmas and always managed a stop at the Russell Stover Store.

Kim said...

My goodness me...who would've thought there could be so much sugar free candy. I have never seen such a thing. What a pretty part of the world in which you live. The Honey Bear that went home to live with you is very sweet. Love your Bambi mug; it brings back memories of my childhood. 'Tis lovely to have happened upon your lovely blog.

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

What a sweet surprise, I'd have a hard time controlling myself in there. Thanks for sharing your thrift store find and candy at Vintage Inspiration Party. Good to hear you're feeling better!!

Red Rose Alley said...

Diane, I chuckled when I saw the box of Whitman's chocolates because my husband used to buy them for me when we were dating. How fun to see the Russell Stover candy factory! You must have come home with lots of goodies. And I like your Bambi cup. :~)

love, ~Sheri

cynthia lee designs said...

So glad that you are feeling better and got out for a while. How fun to go into a Russell Stover Candy Factory Store!! I've been doing Weight Watchers and Russell Stover candy is the little treat that I have when I get a sweet tooth. Your Bambi cup is adorable!!
hugs,
Cindy

Elizabeth said...

Oh Diane, I just went back and read the post about your fall! I am so sorry but so Thankful that you were not hurt any more than you were.How wonderful that someone was there to help you.

Maureen Wyatt said...

I'm not big on candy but I sure would like to have that bear. Glad you are well enough on the way to mending to be out and around!

Linda H said...

So glad to hear you are getting back to normal activities after your fall. Getting out feels good, no matter the destination. Even something as simple as a haircut is an accomplishment after being cooped up inside... :)

Kelly Deal said...

Sounds like a wonderful day Diane! Glad you're feeling better!

Stephanie said...

Oh my, oh my, oh my! I wish I could have gone with you :) I am so glad you're feeling better, sweet friend. Thanks for sharing with Roses of Inspiration. Hugs!