I traveled to Oklahoma today, with my mom and daughter Elissa, to meet up with my sister Debbie and niece Ashley. They live in the charming town of Broken Arrow, Tulsa’s little sister community.
Here’s a pictorial post of our girls’ afternoon out.
It was a gorgeous day to be outside. We walked in downtown Broken Arrow, where a Rose Show and Cinco de Mayo celebrations were underway on Main Street. I love how this community has revitalized their downtown. The energy was lively on Main Street as people shopped and listened to music and dined at cafes and bistros or an assortment of food trucks.
We chose to have lunch at Toast, a cafe featuring breakfast and brunch. I enjoyed an avocado caprese salad, with basil pesto, hold the mozzarella please! It was delicious.
The group visited Southern Magnolia next, a flea market with booths full of vintage items. We browsed but did not make any purchases today.
My sister and niece suggested a special treat, afternoon tea. I approved that idea! We tried out a new tea and coffee shop, All About Cha, away from the busy downtown area yet still in Broken Arrow. Debbie and Ashley had not visited this bistro before either, so it was a first experience for all of us.
All About Cha serves an assortment of breakfast, lunch and dinner meals, including sushi, and coffees, teas and sweet treats. Ashley’s Caramel Macchiato, presented beautifully, is pictured above.
I sipped on hot Jasmine tea. Served in a glass teapot, the jasmine flower bud blooms as it steeps. That was fun to watch. Mom and I savored gluten free, low sugar, dark chocolate treats with our teas.
We lingered over our afternoon tea, chatting as we sipped our drinks and sampled our treats. I appreciate this traditional pause in the day, especially when it includes family.
Back at Ashley’s house, we played with puppies! How many puppies, you ask? Eleven of them! Ashley, her husband Jon, and Debbie are involved in fostering rescue dogs. Sometimes that means the dog who desperately needs help is a mama, with a litter.
These nine little guys and two little ladies are three weeks old. They are just beginning to explore their surroundings and express themselves with squeaks and mock growls and tiny yaps. We took turns snuggling pups and passing them around. And we laughed often, at their baby antics.
What a fun afternoon! It was good to get out of town, connect with family, and try out a couple of new cafes. And who can resist a pile of adorable puppies? Not us.