July 15, 2007


I hope you all had a great 4th of July.  We got a little wet, but it quit raining in time for the fireworks.
I had several calls about whether or not the stores would be open.....some were, some weren't, but I think there were enough open to make a trip here worthwhile.

Be sure to stop at the roadside markets as the local produce is really coming in now.  Cucumbers and zucchini are usually 3 for $1, sometimes 4.  Green peppers, green beans and corn are ready too.  Now is the time to buy melons from Indiana, too. Good eating!

Spent some time yesterday at the Doughty Run School Auctions at Wise School.  It's the largest crowd I think I have ever seen there.  LOTS of things to sell, with 4 auctioneers going at the same time.  And of course, the weather was perfect. 

They had 3 tents put up....2 HUGE ones, 1 medium sized one.  The first picture below was taken inside the large food tent.  You can see how the kids are helping. They are getting the drinks out of the cold water tanks.

The 2nd picture shows just a few of the many horses tied up at the hitching rail.  There were a lot more in the field, plus MANY, MANY buggies.

Above, you can see how they bring in lots of gas stoves to cook the noodles and keep the food hot.  In the next picture, there are a bunch of young Amish girls playing on the Noah's ark in the school yard.  Usually, the girls are all together, the boys all together.

This is just an example of the many school benefits auctions.  Though this is one of the largest, the smaller ones are just as much fun to go to.  So watch the calendar and try to come when you can go to an auction.  Even if you don't want to buy anything (we hardly ever do) go watch the people and eat some good home-made food!

Carol Sechriest

Country Dreams Bed & Breakfast

While out east of Berlin recently, I noticed a new sign where
it used to say Aunt Irma's Bed & Breakfast.  Since I had the
time, I to stop and check it out.

Mary Lee and Randy Wirick, were kind enough to show me
around.  These folks moved here from Michigan after Randy
retired and are the proud new owners of Country Dreams
Bed & Breakfast.

I was amazed at how much room they have there.  The
rooms are beautifully decorated, each with a different theme. 
I really like the Old Glory room and the Cottage Garden room,
but they are all nice and roomy with several of them having 2 beds. Of course, they all have private baths.

There's  a nice sitting area and a large eat-in kitchen, where Mary Lee cooks a full country breakfast in the morning and serves desserts in the evening.  The view across the hills from their porch should lower your stress level a couple notches.

Country Dreams is located on SR 39 between Berlin and Walnut Creek. Check out their website or call them  toll free at 1-(866)-894-4762.
Rachel Yoder - Always Trouble Somewhere

As I mentioned in the last issue, I now have Wanda Brunstetter's 2 new books about the antics of 9 year old Rachel Yoder.  If you have enjoyed Wanda's books, you will no doubt want to get these for your children or other loved ones.  They are written with 8-12 year old girls in mind.

The first one is "School's Out!".  When 9 year old Rachel Yoder isn't bringing frogs to church or taking wild buggy rides, she's setting fireflies free and trying out new skateboards in all the wrong places.

The 2nd in the series is "Back to School" and tells of freckle-faced Orlie, who wants to humiliate Rachel every chance he gets.  Can anything good come out of Rachel and Orlie's antics?

Your child may learn a lesson or two plus a little Pennsylvania Dutch while they read about little Rachel Yoder from Lancaster County, PA.

You can order these books on my website now at just $4.97, plus S&H.

7th Annual Doughty Valley Power Show

They call this the best kept secret in Ohio, the 3 day power show located between Berlin and Charm on SR557.  Starts Thursday the 19th and runs through Saturday the 21st.

This year's event will have approximately 13 steam engines and several running sawmills.  You can watch how these engines used to be used for threshing, sawmilling , shingle milling, etc.  Last year, they used 15,000 gallons of water and 15 tons of coal to keep them all running.  They will also have tractors 1950 and older.

Tickets are $4 for 16 and over; $2 for 12-16, and children under 11 are free.  Plug-ins are available for RV's and campers. There will be a hot air balloon launch if the weather is just right, flea market, and of course, food and ice cream.  Breakfast will be served Friday and Saturday from 7 - 10 a.m.

Ladies, you can drop the men off here while you go shopping!!  (Check the calendar for more information)  Men, bring your cameras.

Are you checking the Ohio Amish Country Calendar? You can check any month you like, by clicking on the arrows next to the name of the month or going to the box that says "Go To Date".
When you find an interesting item, click on it to read the details.  (A window will pop up so you can print it out to bring with you or have a reminder message sent to you.)  You can sort by Category, and select the view to by by the month, week, day or get a listing of events.  This month's calendar is sponsored by The Barn Inn, a beautiful B&B just north of Millersburg on CR 203.

On Going Sales...........
Weekly Farmer's Sales & Flea markets:

Get your  Amish Highways and Byways Map

It's a good idea to get one before you come here, especially if it is your first visit.  All of the B&Bs, hotels, cabins, inns and campgrounds are listed, complete with addresses and contact information.  Having all this information in your hands before you come, makes it easy to plan your trip.  They are $3.95 plus shipping (and tax if you live in Ohio).  You can get it on my website at www.OhioAmishCountry.com/map.html using a credit card or online check through PayPal.  You don't need a PayPal account to use it.  Just follow the directions. 

Recipe from Ohio Amish Country

Someone asked me about Amish Friendship Cake.  The only recipe I found for it comes from The Miller Family Cookbook, P. 89  It takes 10 days to make it, so you have to plan ahead.  Understand, you are making a sour dough batter that is to be shared with 3 friends, along with the recipe and directions.  Then they start the process all over again, make it and pass it along to their friends, etc., etc.

Amish Friendship Cake

1/3 c. flour, 1/3 c. sugar, and 1/2 c. milk.
Do not refrigerate....cover with lid.  On Days 1, 2,3, and 4 stir..  On Day 5 add:
1 c. flour, 1 c. sugar, and 1 c. milk
On Days 6, 7, 8, and 9, stir.  On Day 10 add:
1 c. flour, 1 c. sugar, and 1 c. milk
Stir, and take out 1 c. of mixture for each of 3 friends.  Give it to them  along with the recipe.

To the remaining ingredients add:
2/3 c. vegetable oil
3 eggs
1 c. sugar
2 c. flour
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. vanilla

1 c. brown sugar
1 tsp. flour
1/2 stick butter
Nuts, raisins, crushed pineapple can be added.

There were no directions for baking, so just mix and put in a greased and floured pan and bake at 350 degrees until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
I assume the topping is put on after it is baked, but it doesn't say.
Good luck!!

RECYCLE YOUR USED INKJET CARTRIDGES - we recycle them and send the
money to King World Missions in Zambia to help support King World School.   Thanks to the folks who have done this!  Send them to me at the address below.  PS.  These need to be
newly manufactured, NOT re-manufactured or already recycled.  HP, Lexmark, Cannon,  Apple, Compaq, and Xerox from home computers only.  Thanks!

***I now have pre-paid envelopes to ship cartridges directly to the recyclers.  Will be including one in each shipment of books or maps.

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Till next time!

Dutchland Marketing
Carol Sechriest
238 E Jackson St.
Millersburg, OH 44654

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