August 1, 2007


Don't you just love this time of year?  Our refrigerator is full of fresh produce.....watermelon, cantaloupe, green peppers, sweet corn, cucumbers, tomatoes, zucchini, and cherries.....all bought at a local market.  The sweet corn was kind of small ears, but the recent rains will really help that. They spread the plantings out over a several week period, so it doesn't come in all at once.

Every Saturday morning, there's several Amish that bring their produce in to Millersburg and set up in one of the parking lots downtown.

We went to the Rainbow of Hope Auction last Saturday.
We like to get our Saturday morning breakfast at these
events. It's usually by donation and you get plenty to eat
with most of it cooked right there under the tent.  The
weather could have been better. It actually felt
a little cool early in the morning.  But they sure had a good
crowd with lots of nice items donated as usual.  The picture
above shows one of the "cars" made of barrels in the train
that goes around and around the auction grounds. (Right)

Glazed donuts are made and "dunked" in frosting then brought over to the breakfast table to be eaten while they are still warm!  

The next picture shows some of the smaller items that were to be sold and the third one shows a
motorized ice cream freezer to be sold.    Would be great for a money-maker for some organization!

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) just go watch the people and eat some good home-made food!

School will be starting before we know it.  English schools start about the 21st here.  The Amish schools will probably start about the same time. 

Carol Sechriest

Bigham House Bed & Breakfast

I recently had a nice visit with Jeanne Horton, owner of
Bigham House B&B here in Millersburg.  It sure brought back a lot of

Way back in the early 90's there weren't very many places to stay
overnight here. (That's hard to believe now) My niece and her
husband owned this beautiful Victorian home and decided to open
one of the first bed & breakfasts in the area.  It was quite a job
getting it ready to open, putting in bathrooms, painting and
wallpapering.  (Yes, I helped hang those loooooonnnng  strips of wallpaper in the front entry!  It's
still just a beautiful as it was back then!)

Jeanne and her husband Dick recently re-opened the Bigham House, named for Dr. John Bigham, who built the house in 1869.  It had been closed for about a year I think.

There are 4 beautiful suites in the home, including the honeymoon suite, shown above, complete with a fireplace and jacuzzi.  (This was added a few years ago).  A full breakfast is served in the dining room.  Check out there website and give them a call.  It is easy to find, just a block south of the main street in downtown Millersburg.  (330) 231-6819

Amish Dolls & Potholders

Just a reminder that the faceless Amish dolls and the potholders on my website make great gifts.
They are hand made and really nice quality.

The gal that makes the dolls has been doing so for nearly 20 years!  I show all girl dolls, but you can get a matching little boy with the straw hat if you want.  It isn't on the order, but it is the same price, so just order 2 dolls and then let me know if you want one of them to be the little boy.

The potholders are made by a dear little Amish lady in her "daudy" house.  I don't know how she can get so many potholders made.  She has them in several stores.  Just be aware that the patterns may vary some from the pictures and if I don't have them in stock it may take a week or 10 days to get them. 

Holmes County Fair, August 13-18

There's nothing quite like an old fashioned county fair. And Holmes County seems to have a pretty good one judging by the attendance each year.  Lots of good entertainment in the grandstand area, many fun rides and of course, lots of 4-H animals on display and for sale.
There will also be sewing and craft items, flowers, etc. on display, plus of course, all the typical fair foods.  We usually go to the Pork Producers building to get our supper and top it off with ice cream from the Dairy producers.

You can walk through all the barns and see the kids with their animals they have raised and hope to win a prize.  There will be turkeys, ducks, rabbits, chickens, hogs, goats, llamas, dairy and beef cattle, and who knows what else.

We usually go for the livestock sale on Friday evening.  This is where the kids find out if their hard work paid off. Starts at 5:30 with the smaller animals, ending with the dairy and beef steers.

I will put more detailed events on the Ohio Amish Country Calendar as soon as I get the schedule, so check there if you are interested.

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 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

Ever heard of a Whoopie Pie?  It is  a pretty common item seen in the bakeries and/or bake sales.
Mostly made of chocolate, although I have seen them made of pumpkin.  Basically, it is 2 soft cookies put together with a filling in between.  Your kids will love them.

Whoopie Pies

1 1/2 c. oleo (butter)
3 c. white sugar
3 eggs
1 c. cocoa
3 tsp. soda
1 1/2 c. buttermilk
3 tsp. vanilla
5 c. flour
3 tsp. salt
1 1/2 c. hot water
Cream oleo (butter) and sugar; add eggs and vanilla.  Add other ingredients.  Stir in flour last.
Mix well. Bake (on a cookie sheet) at 350 degrees.

3 egg whites
3 tsp. vanilla
1 c. Crisco
5 T. milk
3 c. powdered sugar
Beat egg whites stiff; cream shortening well and add sugar.  Add vanilla and milk.  Then add
egg whites; beat vigorously and fill (between 2 cooled cookies).
Makes 50-60 cookies. (I am assuming this means it makes 25-30 finished whoopie pies)

This recipe is on P. 223 of the The Country Blessings Cookbook.

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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