Here are my children, happily entertaining the waitresses at The Bakery Nook in Greenville, Illinois. What a great little breakfast place that turned out to be! We sat on the swingy chairs at the high counter next to the donut case. For those of you who can't resist a bakery display, James and Kate chose saucer size sugar cookies decorated with smiley faces, and I had part of one of those twisty donuts coated with the crystals of sugar that fall off in your lap as soon as you touch the donut. I say "part of" because my daughter took a single bite out of the forehead of her smiley cookie, eyed my extremely yummy donut, and then proposed that we switch! Eh-eh, kiddo, not giving up my donut, but I'll share. "Sharing" being an interesting term when it involves me, Kate, and a donut. . .it was a free for all to see who could grab the "biggest half." So, our recommendation would be to look at all the different faces on the smileys and then proceed directly to the donuts :)
Yummmm! Donuts, milk, and a huge side of friendly conversation. These young ladies were apparently in college, one being a nursing student, even though looked young enough to still be asking when they can take the driving test and get their permit ;) They talked Hannah Montana with Katie and tried to get James to talk to them. My seven year old still lives by the creed that "Boys rule. Girls drool." These girls get a few extra points for actually getting him to join in the conversation!
Besides talking Hannah Montana and swinging around and around incessantly in those cool chairs, the kids also begged a quarter or two for the gumball machine. You know those little bouncy rubber balls that you get for a quarter? Yep, the ones that'll bounce from the floor to the ceiling for what seems like at least ten times before careening off the most delicate piece of furniture in the room? I managed to get out of the bakery without the kids bouncing them inside, but one took off down the sidewalk and part way into the (thankfully) quiet street before I could catch it.
Here's James, climbing the ledge outside the building. . .oh, heck, I would've jumped on it as soon as I could when I was a kid. Can you read part of the sign? The building does have a turret, very lovely but hard to photograph from the sidewalk underneath it. Someday, we'll have to stop in Greenville again and take some pictures downtown.
Someday, we'll *have* to stop in a the Bakery Nook again and find out the answer to the question that has been burning a hole in my cook's brain ever since I got home and read the menu the girls gave us. I could decipher "Eggstraordinaire," "Ooo Laa Laa French Toast," and even "Hobo Hashbrowns," but what in the heck is a "Toad in a Hole"??