Posted in Travel, usa

World’s Largest Ketchup (Catsup) bottle found in Collinsville, Illinois USA

World's Largest Ketchup Bottle, Collinsville, Illinois, USA
World’s Largest Ketchup Bottle

So…  Ever found yourself wondering where you could find the World’s Largest Ketchup Bottle??  Well, look no farther than Collinsville, Illinois USA.

This water tower was built in 1949 and stands 170 feet tall.  It’s an amazing example of the Roadside Americana era of the 20th Century.  History of this awesome structure can be found  on their website here.  In August of 2002, it was named to the Historic Places Register.

We decided to drive by and experience it on our recent road trip.  It was pretty neat, however I was disappointed that there wasn’t more to do.  I was hoping for a little museum or something that you could go in and buy souvenirs or even a nice picnic spot.  Unfortunately, we were able to just drive by it and take pictures.   It also may have been the time of the year that we went. If we had waited and went in July when they hold a birthday party for the bottle, that’s when the activities come out with ketchup tasting, eating contests and much more.   It was definitely worth the trip off the interstate ( about 5 miles) just to view it and it gave us some excellent conversation after the trip with our kids.

 

 

Brooks’ Ketchup is still around today.  To try some of it, Amazon has it for purchase here.  You can also buy it from the World’s Largest Ketchup Bottle site as well.

 

 

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Posted in Travel, usa

Branson Ferris Wheel

Branson Ferris Wheel,

My family loves visiting Branson, MO and we have been doing so for a little over a decade.  We have seen most every show, and stayed in a handful of motels/hotels.   We have been so many times, that we even had the pleasure of watching Branson’s Ferris Wheel being built.  Each time we drove by it, a new sectio
n would be in place.  When it was completed, we were very excited to finally ride it.

My family arrived on the Thursday of our area’s Spring Break Week.  It is usually a very busy time for Branson.  However, the Ferris Wheel wasn’t crowded.  We walked almost immediately up to the ticket window.  After a picture against a green screen, we were led to the waiting queue.  The first thing I noticed is that the wheel doesn’t stop to load or unload passengers.  This is a huge time saver for when the crowds get heavy.

From the ground, the Ferris Wheel, in all it’s visual wonder against Branson’s topography, doesn’t look all that tall.  However, when you reach the pinnacle during the ride up, the view is amazing.  The Branson strip can be nearly viewed in its entirety.  The Ozarks visible in the panoramic distance show just how beautiful this part of the country truly is.

The ride took 7 to 7 1/2 minutes to complete the revolution.  When we were coming down to the loading dock, remember the wheel doesn’t stop unless to accommodate a guest, a stewardess asked if we would like another trip.  We happily said “yes”!  We were able to experience the ride for a second time for the same price as only one trip around.

At night the wheel lights up the Branson strip with over 16,000 LED lights that spin and dance many different colored lights that entertains the masses for free.  The lights of the wheel can be seen from great distances.

After our ride on the wheel, we learned from the website, linked here, that the wheel is only new to Branson, but not a brand new wheel.  The Ferris wheel was originally built in 1995 as part of the renovated Navy Pier.  It served as an attraction for 20 years before being sold.  The Ferris wheel has 40 gondolas that can hold up to 6 people each.  That brings the total number of total riders at its max capacity to 240.

Adults 12 and up pay $12.00 to ride.  Children 11 and under pay 8.00 to ride.  Toddlers 3 and under are free.

If you find yourself in Branson, MO and not sure what to do between shows or one more thing before retiring for the night at a local hotel or one last thing to do before driving home, my family highly recommends that you take a spin on the Branson Ferris wheel.

Posted in Kansas City, MO, usa

Canned Food Donations- Kansas City Mall

 

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Canned Food Display – Kansas City Mall

 

Last February, we spent the weekend in Kansas City and saw an example of an amazing can food drive.  The mall had an event where businesses created a display out of canned food that represented an object or character.  All food was donated to their local food bank.

But to get even more food donated, a contest occurred with all the displays competing to get votes. In order to win, people voted with… you guessed it can food!

It was an awesome idea.  I’m wondering if our classrooms in school could do something on our next canned food drive.  (On a much smaller scale though)

 

 

 

Posted in Fayetteville, AR, Travel, usa

The Best Cupcakes… found in Fayetteville, Arkansas

Bliss, cupcakes, Fayetteville, Arkansas
Bliss Cupcakes from Fayetteville, Arkansas

While traveling, we came across this little gourmet cupcake cafe in Fayetteville, Arkansas called Bliss.  They were seriously some of the best cupcakes I have ever had in my life.  They were so good, I had to write an article about them!

You can sit inside the cafe or choose to take them on the road.  The small one in the middle is for our dog.  (Yes, they even make cupcakes for the four legged family members!)  Each day, the menu changes so if you ever get a chance to stop by, you may want to check their website located here.

Inside the box are 2 chocolate vegan cupcakes  located in the back (my son has food allergies and he absolutely thought these were amazing and the fact that they even had a cupcake he could eat made him super excited.)

In the middle to the right is a S’mores cupcake (a graham cracker cake with a marshmallow filling, chocolate frosting, a mini marshmallow, and a piece of chocolate on top.)  The one next to it is a gluten free Butterfinger cupcake (butterfinger cake infused with caramel and topped with a peanut butter frosting and chocolate drizzle plus more Butterfinger pieces on top)

On the bottom row,  a Caramel Fudge Brownie Cupcake (brownie topped with caramel cream cheese frosting, caramel drizzle, chocolate drizzle, and chopped pecans)  and a Cookie Dough Cupcake (vanilla Cake with cookie dough baked right in topped with vanilla frosting and a chocolate chip cookie)

Once back on the road, we began looking for other locations.  Apparently they have two locations in Fayetteville, one in Rogers AR, and one in Jonesboro AR but franchises available.  Hmmm……