Come along with me…

by Cindy on May 13, 2011

Would you like to take a little day trip without having to leave your home?   I’d love to take you to one of my favorite bakeries and then on a visit to a National Historic Landmark home.  On Mother’s Day, we spent the day in Leesburg  (yes, yet again), and visited these places and more.  Leesburg is the best local destination around and I go as often as I can.  I’ve blogged about this town here, here and here. 🙂

Let’s keep our priorities straight go directly to Mom’s Apple Pie first.  No sense in peeking, we’re heading in!


Ah, Mom’s signature cookies.  Yes, they make a zillion flavors of fantastic pies, but I’ve been crazy about these frosted cookies for years.  I used to buy them for the kid’s teachers when I lived near their Occoquan location.  Flowers, frogs, hearts, ladybugs, you name it, they frost it!



Take a look at their bright berries, picked fresh for their pies!


Oh, and don’t forget to look up.  Just love the ambiance every where you look….including the whimsical pie tin ceiling.


Are you wondering what I chose (other than a frosted cookie)?   A Whoopie Pie!  And I can’t say that I felt too guilty eating it, because if you were with me you’d see how the boys each wanted a bite.  And then another one.  It sure was as good as it looks though!


Directly across the street from the bakery, there stands a stately yellow home.  As many times as we’ve visited Leesburg, why have we not discovered this home?  Come with me then and explore the home of General George C. Marshall, known as Dodona Manor.   You just may feel the same awe that I did as you walk the grounds and home of this famous American.  George C. Marshall -Soldier of Peace- was a VMI graduate, Army War College instructor, Chief of Staff of the Army, 5-star General, Secretary of State, President of the American Red Cross, Secretary of Defense, and most notably, the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (1953) for the Marshall Plan.



Katherine Marshall purchased the home as a weekend retreat when her husband was the U.S. Army Chief of Staff.  Our docent shared the story that Katherine put $10 down on the 4-acre home.  She purportedly hit the “for sale” sign in the bushes.  The original cost was $16,000.


As you stroll around the home you’ll quickly notice the beautiful gardens.  The Marshalls were known to be avid gardeners.





I couldn’t resist these pictures as well….



I think I’m officially on a roll now visiting famous American homes.  I’ve found the perfect combination:  my fascination with old homes, and learning more about history.

Now you know when you’re in Leesburg, there are plenty of great stops for antiques.   When one of my friends wished me a Happy Mother’s Day, she added that she hoped that there would be some antiquing involved.  Oh she knows me so well.  Just had to share these beautiful, ornate door knobs.   Can you imagine being greeted by one of these beauties when you walk in to your home?  Oh the stories they could tell…


I have to show you what stole my heart.   I’m crazy about primitive American country -type furniture:  simple, painted, chipped paint, wooden, shabby…..  Not only do I have a thing for old pie safes, but something about old dry sinks draw me in too. Two are currently residing in our home. *Sigh*  When I saw this sweet piece painted the perfect shade of blue…..  but alas, there’s just no place for me to put it.  But I’ll admit a few days later, it’s still on my mind and I can’t help but wonder if it’s sold yet….


Thank you for coming along with me to a nearby town.  I hope you enjoyed the trip!


Now there’s just one thing before I sign off from this very lengthy post.  I recently asked which of my Bead Trends designs you liked best and it was just about a 3-way tie. I truly appreciate all of the feedback (and kind compliments) that you gave me.  I’m glad that many of you picked my wirework necklace, as it really takes me back to my jewelry designing roots.  I wanted to point out that I happened to use a sweet little ceramic owl in that piece.  Incidentally LeAnn of Summers Studio is having a sale in her Etsy shop right now and if you’d like, you can pick up an owl of your own!


And last but not least, the WINNER of the May 2011 issue of Bead Trends is Shelby Foxwell of Sundown Bead Designs!

Congratulations, Shelby!!

Thank you for stopping by and taking a trip with me.  Until next time —


{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Lana May 13, 2011 at 3:47 am

Hi Cindy, that was an amazing trip i wish i had smellascreen, your photos are amazing as usual & your little man is a cutie pie,& Jack came through his surgery well he’s in quite a bit of pain though we expect he will be back on skates by fall thanks to the amazing Doc’s at the sports clinic thanks for the well wishes ttfn L:)

esther May 13, 2011 at 3:48 am

congrats Shelby and beautiful pictures Cindy!! thanks for sharing!

maureen May 13, 2011 at 5:57 am

Hello there my friend and happy belated Mother’s Day! The unthinkable has happened- my hard drive died and I’ve been morning the loss of my “stuff” for a week now!. Anyway, I’m back online and “popped in” to check out what you’ve been up to! Glad to read you had a nice day. You know those lovely door knobs
you’ve photographed? Well they make a great coat hanger if you take four or five of them and put them on a vintage piece of oak wood. I had my father-in-law do just that for me and it’s one of my treasured pieces. I’ll send you a picture one day of it- but first I have to take off all of my hats from it!!! Be well.

Laura Twiford May 13, 2011 at 7:45 am

OK you HAVE to go back for that dry sink! It’s wonderful and it’s calling your name, or , wait…. maybe that’s MY name I hear! 🙂 Of course I love the garden pix as well and I am learning so much from your travels, thanks for sharing. I picked up the bead trends while in Salisbury the other day and your article is fantastic, congrats again!

Kerry May 13, 2011 at 8:14 am

Such a wonderful post! I feel like I was there with you in Leesburg!! And oh my, that dry sink is awesome. I can see why it is still on your mind. I have a piece on my mind too from my antiqueing last weekend. *sigh* but at 10ft tall, there is really no place I could put it, lol. I agree with Laura… you should go back for it!!

Melissa M May 13, 2011 at 9:29 am

I agree with Laura – go get that dry sink! It is gorgeous. I have a thing for pie safes as well – I lost the bid for my Mama’s old one, but it is in a good home with one of my sisters. I always love your history lessons 🙂

Tracy May 13, 2011 at 10:19 am

Hi Cindy.

I have the out of town guests coming again and we are going to be taking a trip over to LightFoot Restaurant in old town Leesburg – which will most certainly include a trip to Mom’s Apple Pie. I love it too! The doorknobs are divine! Love the picture of your little guy – such great color and composition! Have a great day.

Brandi May 13, 2011 at 11:44 am

I want to see more! It’s like a little virtual vacation, and I love it!

Stefanie May 13, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Thanks for taking us with you on your trip! Love your pics and the cookies look so yummie! And Congrats to Shelby!

sandra May 13, 2011 at 2:02 pm

thanks for sharing your trip with us. all the photos are just lovely!

Alice May 13, 2011 at 3:22 pm

Cindy, what a wonderful trip! I love touring old homes, but the family is not always as enthusastic. And I love the pie tin ceiling in Mom’s Apple Pie–so clever!

Thanks for sharing your trip with us, and have a wonderful weekend!

Erin Prais-Hintz May 13, 2011 at 3:38 pm

I really like armchair traveling, and you are a most engaging guide (along with those handsome squires!), but I would give anything to acutally go anitiquing for real with you!
Enjoy the day!

Patty May 13, 2011 at 10:10 pm

Oh those doorknobs are stunning!!! We used to be near a fantastic pie place ” Grandmas Pies” how I miss thier banana creme pie with hard dark chocolate lining the shellof the pie! I am jealous!

Riki Schumacher May 14, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Hi Cindy! I loved taking that wonderful trip with you. Your boys are getting to be so big, wow. Love the pie tins on the ceiling, get that blue pie safe girl! Oh, wouldn’t we have a time antique shopping. You might need to do RT, it is such a trip. Guess you guys have the biggest antique show in the US in Boston I hear. Sob, sob for me. Love your designs, congrats again. Have a wonderful weekend. Hugs, Riki

cat kerr May 14, 2011 at 4:27 pm

Thanks for taking us many cool things to see…I really loved the pie cieling..the door knobs made me giggle with delight..Gotta love that Hardware and that woopie pie..oh mouth began to water.Your photos are so lovely..You dont miss a thing!! Big Hugs Friend,Cat

Sandy Richardson May 14, 2011 at 7:21 pm

Now that was very intresting trip to Leesburg. You make a great tour guide. And congratulations on being published in Bead Trends. and a belated HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY BE BLESSED

thefarmerfiles May 15, 2011 at 12:16 am

Wow…as in Leesburg, VA??? I used to live in Fairfax County for 5 years!!! If we are talking Leesburg, VA one of my favorite places there is Raspberry Plain. I went to two beautiful weddings there!!!

kim May 15, 2011 at 8:06 pm

Oh to be able to visit all of the history you have so close to home….the boys are growing so fast! I really like the aqua sink too!

Janet May 16, 2011 at 12:24 am

What exciting travels Cindy! All those wonderful things to see!
Those pie tines how neat…and the door handles wow I would of wanted to bring home a few of those I bet they were pricey?! Your designs are really wonderful and so Original Cindy! xx

lynn gonzalez May 16, 2011 at 8:40 pm

Wow what a wonderful journey, I love the photos you took… The flowers are so pretty, and I can almost smell them!!! Lynn

Sweet Cottage Dreams May 18, 2011 at 12:06 pm

Cindy, I would LOVE that dry sink, too.

Thank you for taking us along with you on this post.
Now I want a cookie…but may opt out for homemade
apple crisp.


Christine Damm May 19, 2011 at 7:18 pm

Hey Cindy, thanks for the nice link to my blog! What a nice surprise! I LOVE that blue dry sink– I think you should get it and save it for a nice garden studio retreat for yourself. I showed my husband that post with the cool cake you made for the “Fort Wimmer” b’day party and now he wants one! Yummmm! You and I could get in a lot of bakery trouble together!

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