The ice cream social holds a very special place in my heart. The first one was in 2009, and it was the first time I ever went to Miss Eff's. I was seriously in a daze. At the risk of sounding saccharine, I'm going to say that the farm felt like home. And I don't mean like my childhood home, I mean like the abstract, can't-put-your-finger-on-exactly-why-it's-so-perfect "home." You can scroll down past the recipes on this post if you want to read about my maiden voyage to Miss Effie's. It was the start of a beautiful friendship!
As has also been mentioned a couple times, Laura's getting married in October! My mom and I had planned a trip to Iowa to help her get the invitations ready, and it just so happens that that trip coincided with Miss Eff's Third Annual Ice Cream Social! It was amazing to be back on the farm, but also kind of bittersweet. So much has changed! Take Miss Eff's retail shop, the Summer Kitchen, for instance:
|What the Summer Kitchen looked like when I left...photo credit Cathy Lafrenz|
|What an amazing sign!|
|The Summer Kitchen today|
It was great to see how far the farm has come, and visiting with Cathy and Cliff is always a treat. They raised over $500 for their local food pantry at this event! But for Laura, nothing topped the goats from Zen Goaties:
|Laura getting in touch with her motherly side...|