September 30, 2014


Saturdays are at times, filled with the activities of being parents and grandparents. This makes our lives so joyful! The Oktoberfests have begun in the great state of Texas along with the infamous Texas State Fair! 

After seeing our one and only granddaughter play in her volleyball tournament, we headed over to north Dallas for two festivals. We began our first stop in Dallas at this Parkfest! 

Of course, I take every opportunity to snap a memory photo of father and daughter! 
We still cannot believe she is now in high school......where have the years gone?

Miss Abbie enjoyed this huge pretzel! Well.....she was kind enough to share with all of us! 
"Pass the mustard, please!"

The manager brought us over a slice of their infamous Butterscotch Pie......oh my.....delish!

Then it was on to Addison for their huge Oktoberfest! 
Let's begin by a beer tasting! 

This handsome guy was certainly enjoying the sights along with a 
delicious looking roasted corn on the cob! 
I think he was on his way to get his stein refilled! 

This festival is fun and huge! Addison is a beautiful city close to Dallas! 

Beer steins for sale! 
Some of these are incredibly beautiful and tell a story in their carvings!
 Son#2 was fortunate enough to attend the real Oktoberfest in
 Germany a few years ago, so he has already started a small collection of steins! 

Oh, the aroma of Kettle Korn.......smells like the fair! 

They chose the beer.....I chose white wine! 

We saw this Crepe booth and made a mad dash to stand in line......hmmm...
strawberries and cream might be just what our heart desires! 

Unbelievably good! 

Strudel? Yes, please.....are we eating our way through Oktoberfest or what?

Wish I could do that......

Inside the festival tent, there was music, dancing, laughter and a whole lotta drinkin'!

A trio of German Gents! 

The darling and son #2 went on search of Brats and Sauerkraut!
 I was people watching while waiting on dinner!

The children had been patient enough....time to hit the rides and games. 
The atmosphere was just electric and exciting! 
It had been some time since we had visited a festival! 

Did you ever win a big bear at the state fair? 
Those carnies.....rather interesting and hard-livin' people! 
Always entertaining! 

Nick is so good....he took the children on any ride they wanted.
Oh my....this was the beginning...round and round...faster and faster....
after beer and brats.........

The darling and I decided we would do best keeping our feet on solid ground!

Round four I think.......

No one got sick....they walked a little crooked for a minute, but all was good! 
In fact....they rode this ride three times!

Nick asked me if I ever made Butterscotch pie? 
As a matter of fact, this was a speciality of Grandmother Grace.....
I make her recipe, but not often. So it seemed like the perfect time to remember Grandmother and serve up her version of this delectable pie! 

3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 T. flour
3 egg yolks (save the whites for the meringue)
1 1/2 cup water
2 T. butter
1 t. vanilla

Combine the dry ingredients in a saucepan. Add enough of the water to blend and make a paste. Mix in the egg yolks, and the remaining water. Cook on low to medium heat, stirring constantly until you have a thick pudding consistency. Remove from heat, add butter and vanilla. Pour into a baked pie shell. Top with meringue and bake at 375 degreed F.  for about 10 minutes until the meringue is brown on top. 


  1. It is the season for fairs...love them in the fall! We are trying to decide if we're going to the fair this week...could swing either way. Now that pie looks seriously yummy!

    1. Hi Vee! Notice there are no pumpkins, wheat sheaths or scarecrows.....very different in Texas than in New England! Fun though...food was really yummy and the people were having a great time! Thank you for visiting today!

  2. My hubby would go nuts over this pie; he prefers butterscotch to chocolate any day. I love the photos of "Fair Food." I know people who just can't wait until the county fair is upon them so they can eat their way through it. XOXO

    1. I can safely bet you have your own special recipe for his favorite butterscotch pie Susan! County fairs are such fun aren't they?

  3. We missed our State Fair this summer, it is always so hot! I wish it took place in the Fall! Your pie looks so yummy, we love butterscotch! Have a great week!
    Roxy xo


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