I just got back yesterday from a great girl’s week-end (our church’s women’s retreat up at Mahoney State Park). So, yesterday at this time, I was just getting up. (As opposed to waking up over two hours ago like today). And I was anticipating a hot breakfast with friends. (I did get to bring some leftovers home and at least had the pumpkin cream cheese French toast going for me this morning!). And while there is nothing too hectic or upsetting about today, I am wishing I could be completely irresponsible and spend the morning drinking warm drinks and reading a book. And if I lived a bit closer, one place would be my destination. Prairie Grounds Cafe and Gifts.
We intended on going in and out in a hurry, just to get our Nebraska Passport stamp. But when we entered, I suddenly was wishing that we had several hours to spend in Broken Bow. And that my husband would have a longing to spend several random hours with the kids in an unfamiliar town, so that I could just soak in the cozy environment.
We had just eaten a picnic at the park, so I did not look too closely at the menu. (I know they had soups and sandwiches). Dessert on the other hand … their homemade treats are created in the back along with a varied selection of drinks. Chelsie was the chef that day, and we left with a few of her cookies and an apple cinnamon scone. Yum! (They also carry a line of gluten free items, which can be hard to find in smaller towns, but those are made elsewhere.)
This warm and inviting living area was in one corner of the place. Most of the items were for sale, but they all add to welcoming atmosphere. Sitting inside this room with hot cocoa and a good book watching the snow fall would be lovely indeed. (Until it was time to go home, but …)
I almost missed the best part of the place. Thankfully friendly Mary Ann, who was working at the counter that day, told me that she had to show me the backyard.
The owners have a created a bit of paradise that would be perfect for whittling away a beautiful sunny day. This picture only captures part of the patio area which included tables for two, so you can dine with a friend. The next time I make it to Broken Bow, I will be going there with intention. And with several hours to spare, so I can actually get to soak up the serenity!
P.S. This lovely location is a part of the Nebraska passport program, so if you are close enough, definitely stop by today to get a stamp AND a treat! And if your family participated in the Nebraska Passport program, the program is ending for the year. The entries must be postmarked today: September 30, 2013.