Holy cow I think that this has been my longest blogging break ever! We have been having an incredible summer with long beach days and playdates galore. Next week we leave on a fun European adventure, so prepping for that has been a big time sucker too!
Before we leave, I wanted to share a fun adventure we had a few weeks back. Every year when the middle of May arrives, I eagerly await the email saying that the cherry orchards have opened. It is an extremely fast picking season with only a couple of weekends open to the public. Because it is a 3 hour drive to an area that endures extreme heat, I rarely find people that are as excited about it as I am.
This year however, I found a group of friends that are new to the area and always up for an adventure. After seeing the forecast for 107 degree weather, our mini road trip almost didn’t happen (no AC in the car). However, the stars always seem to align for me and I received an email from the kind folks at DriveShop asking me if I would like to experience one of their new cars.
The Friday before we left, they delivered this BEAUTIFUL new Volvo XC90. I am pretty sure that when he drove up I began to drool. This car is everything that I could ever want in a car and more. The sleek black exterior paired with the classy brown leather interior is the definition of luxury. Being the North American 2016 SUV of the year and IIHS Top Safety Pick, this seven seater car was the perfect road trip vehicle and would make an amazing family car.
Seeing as how 2 hours of our trip was spent on what is know as “Death Highway” I loved having the Pilot Assist. Pilot Assist automatically maintains a set speed or distance to the car in front, as well as giving gentle steering inputs to keep you properly aligned within your lane markings. Every time I would get too close to the lane next to me the car would automatically veer away!
The sound and navigation system in the car are superior as well. The folks at Volvo actually replicated the sound from the Gothenburg Concert Hall, taking 800 individual measurements to reflect the purest possible sound. The amazing sound system, combined with Sirius XM, made for the most amazing 90’s flashback trip we 30 (somethings) could ask for!
Minutes after we got home, my husband took the car for a spin. He is quite the car fanatic and had a field day testing out the car’s performance. While I loved the 360 degree camera that provides a bird’s eye view of everything surrounding the car on the center display and the park assist (I am horrible at parking!) my husband loved that with the push of a button the car could go from a cruise setting to turbocharged! The Volvo XC90’s smooth drive, high performance, and advanced accessories make it truly the perfect family car!
After returning home with over 50 pounds of fresh cherries, we knew some recipes were in order. First on our list were these Cherry Hand Pies. I love mini/handheld food! Since we were already making and canning cherry pie filling for our Thanksgiving pies, we thought that testing out the filling was the right thing to do 😉
These hand pies are perfect for a summer BBQ or picnic. They are also perfect to have 5 minutes of silence while your kids enjoy them with a large glass 0f milk! Don’t let summer escape you without enjoying one of its most delectable gifts (fresh cherries) in pie form!