I felt like a kid this week. I played hooky! I tossed my responsibilities aside for a day, kidnapped my Mom, and took her on a surprise adventure.
Our first destination was Bass Lake Cheese in Somerset, Wisconsin. Bass Lake Cheese is a family owned and family run award-winning cheese factory owned by "Master Cheesemaker" Scott Erickson and his wife Julie. Bass Lake Cheese has a fun display of old dairy memorabilia as well as a large window to watch cheese-making. Sadly, they were not making cheese the day we were there. We will just have to visit again. Like two kids in a candy store, Mom and I studied all the cheese cases, sampling several varieties, trying to make a decision on what kinds to take home with us. I decided to buy provolone and green olive cheddar, but the cranberry cheddar was tempting too.
Following our cheese excursion, we traveled on to River Falls, Wisconsin, home of the Best Maid Cookie Factory. I guess you could say this was our second "candy store." Along with the factory, Best Maid has a wonderful retail outlet store with delicious cookies, that we HAD to sample. Chocolate chunk, oatmeal raisin, sugar cookies, the only thing missing was the cold glass of milk. Wow! Even while playing hooky I think about dairy. Once a farmer, always a farmer.
After purchasing several cases of cookies, (Yes, I said cases. Hey, there was a sale!) we settled in for a good visit over lunch at a neighboring restaurant. Mom and I had a great day. I never played hooky as a child. If this is what it's like, I might just do it again. What are you doing next Wednesday, Mom?