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I’m So Glad Spoons Cafe In McKinney Is In My Neck Of The Woods!

Y’all know by now that I’m a gal who likes to eat. If I find a restaurant I like, I’ll go out of my way to visit. “Spoons,” in McKinney, is one of those places. I had visited it more than a year ago during an Arts Walk night in the town. I loved it then and had been dreaming of it ever since (and drooling in my sleep!).

Left to my own devices, I decided to try Spoons again last week when I went to the Heard Museum and walked in the Wildlife Sanctuary. Go ahead and click the links if you want … I showed you pictures of the trip.

I got parked and to the restaurant door just as church was letting out … and in Texas, if you want to eat out on Sunday, that is very bad timing. Especially when you are visiting a place as popular as this one. Spoons is THE place to eat a Sunday brunch in Collin County, Texas.

The lunch crowd filled the room

The lunch crowd filled the room

Even looking at the crowd in front of me, I was determined. The young woman at the door asked me if I wanted to sit at a stool at the bar, and I declined. I wanted a table to myself! Perhaps that was selfish of me, but my money is green, and I tip well. I didn’t want to be scrunched up and rushed to eat. So, I waited.

Karen Klassen, owner of SpoonsAfter about 15 minutes, the owner of Spoons, Karen Klassen, stepped over and said, “Shelly, if you’d like you can eat in The Garage, we just opened it up.” She told me I had to step outside in the heat and walk around the building. The Garage??? Now, that didn’t sound too appetizing, but the aroma of the food cooking was making me light headed. I wanted to eat soon and I figured that the Garage had to be better than sitting on a stool. I was skeptical, but I trudged outside and around the corner.

If my garage looked like this, I'd never come inside!

If my garage looked like this, I'd never come inside!

That’s what greeted my eye! Alright! Shoot, that looked better than my own living room.

I could drink coffee here all day!

I could drink coffee here all day!

I ordered my lunch and wandered around the room admiring the funky artwork on the walls and the goodies they had for sale.

Shelves filled with stuff to buy!

Shelves filled with stuff to buy!

Those lips were painted by a little kid.

Those lips were painted by a little kid.

But, when my meal got delivered, it was time to get serious! I chowed down.

Chicken salad sandwich, sweet potato fries, and potato salad

Chicken salad sandwich, sweet potato fries, and potato salad

I did slow down long enough to have a chat with Karen (who has a delightful blog you might want to visit). She has grand plans for that “Garage,” and is working at scheduling live music and other entertainment. Next time I go, it might be packed in that room, sigh.

If you go there to eat, anything on the menu is reputed to be fantastic, but I loved my Chicken salad sandwich, sweet potato fries, and potato salad. OK, maybe I overdid it on the carbs, but it was worth it. Every bite was scrumptious. Only … I filled up too much to eat a piece of pie! Dang! That means I’ll just have to go back.

“Bre’r Fox, pleeease don’t throw me in that briar patch!”

Interlude

“The sun rose to a cloudless sky and what seemed to be an endless sea of waving grass. The prairie goes on forever as far as the eye can see. The wildflowers make it look like a floral tapestry woven with threads of yellow, white, blue, lavender and pink” ~ Nellie Morgan, 1855.

Prairie at Wildlife Santuary in McKinney, Texas

Prairie at Wildlife Santuary in McKinney, Texas

Back in 1855, the prairies in Texas might have stretched forever, but these days they end at a line of trees or a wall of houses. These scenes are from The Heard Wildlife Sanctuary in McKinney, Texas. In addition to the dinosaur bones I showed you that are on display in their museum, you can see a tiny bit of prairie that has been preserved. Unfortunately, at this time of year the wildflowers don’t weave such a lovely tapestry, though it has a different kind of beauty.
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Prairie Wildflowers

Prairie Wildflowers

The cliche picture of a bee on a thistle.

The cliche picture of a bee on a thistle.

More prairie

More prairie

Path through the woodlands

Path through the woodlands

One of many enormous trees

One of many enormous trees

The swamp at the wetlands

The swamp at the wetlands

View of the lake

View of the lake

The Sanctuary has several miles of reasonably well maintained pathways for you to enjoy. When hiking in Texas, remember:

  • Wear a hat and sunscreen.
  • Wear insect repellant! The mosquitoes are big enough to carry away a small child.
  • Take water … drinking fountains are not provided on the paths.
  • Carry your camera, so you can take pictures … don’t “take” anything else.
  • Leave nothing behind but your footprint on the pathways. If you have “trash” it should go right back home with you.

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Some folks have asked why I haven’t been writing some of my longer, sassier posts lately. If you miss them, don’t worry. They’ll be back. You can choose any or all of the following reasons for this lapse in my writing:

  • I’m having fun with my camera.
  • It’s too hot to think.
  • I’m busily finishing the Good Medicine Project so we can deliver medicine bags to kids with cancer at Camp Sanguinity next month. Yes, we did reach our goal, but now I have to sort them according to the ages of the kids (I’ll try to have an update tomorrow — no promises).
  • I’m at the coffee house.
  • I have the attention span of a gnat.

I hope you don’t mind that in the interlude I post a lot of photos. Thanks for visiting.

Jurassic Texas

Dinosaurs!

Proper flossing is a must

Proper flossing is a must

I encountered a small exhibit of them at The Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary in McKinney, Texas, which is right here in my neck of the woods.

My children went through a period when they both loved anything to do with prehistoric reptiles. I delighted in this interest, because I had wanted to be an archaeologist for a short time when I was young — which was two decades before Indiana Jones made archaeology seem exciting.

Dinosaur nursery

Dinosaur nursery

The Heard had an impressive collection for such a small museum, with fossils, crystals, and even a display of live reptiles. My children would have loved the place, and would have been begging to play in the “dinosaur dig.” It’s basically a giant sandbox that has been “seeded” with surprise “fossils” so the kids can discover them as they pretend to be archaeologists.

Unfortunately, the idea of digging in the sand is what kept me from being an archaeologist. You see, we had a sandbox in our back yard when I was young. The neighborhood cats “seeded” it with surprises — but believe me they didn’t leave “fossils!”

It looks like a sculpture, but it is fossilized flowers!

It looks like a sculpture, but it is fossilized flowers!

Because my kids loved digging in the sand so much, when they got older I thought they wouldn’t mind the chore of scooping out the cat litter boxes. Every time they complained I told them, “Pretend it’s the dino dig.” Trust me, this doesn’t work on teenagers.

I’ll tell you more about the wildlife sanctuary part of The Heard in another post. If you are parents of small children (and traveling in this part of Texas) you will want to check out the exhibits. McKinney is a delightful town for a visit, and I’ll have more information on that, as well.

This is Monochrome Monday at Aileni’s blog. Visit some other photographers (ones who can actually shoot photographs!) who are smitten with black and white photos.