August 15, 2007

Hello again!

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The "dog days of summer" really hit hard this past week.  Nearly 100 degrees one day, high humidity. Then the rains came and cooled it off, but it was miserable there for awhile.  Tornado warnings one night with a touch down and damage north of here in Wayne County.

Labor Day will be here soon, schools are starting and we are heading into the busiest time of the year around here.  So if you are planning on coming here, especially in October, you'd better get your reservations made NOW.    While I think of it, MOST stores will be open for Labor Day. 

Speaking of stores being open, the large grocery store in Berlin, behind Berlin Antiques and Sol's Exchange and Craft Store, will be re-opening very soon, maybe this week yet.  The Gospel Book Store has already moved in right beside it and Mast Pharmacy will be opening soon, all in the German Village Center building. That should be a good combination.  There are other businesses in the lower level, too,  including Spector's Fabric store, so check them out, too.

The kids seem to like Wanda Brunstetter's new books, "School's Out" and "Back to School", that I mentioned in a previous email.  Check out what one little girl said on the book page.

The Holmes County Fair has started and as always, there are plenty of people who come to see and hear the shows, ride the rides, eat the typical fair foods, etc.  One fairly new event is the Dock Dogs competition.  I guess it is really fun (will see it later this week).  The dogs run off a dock and jump into the water as part of a nationwide Dog Track and Field type competition.  (You can find more information about the fair and the dogs on the Ohio Amish Country Calendar

Here's the latest in OAC!  Hope you like it!

Carol Sechriest

Winesburg Carriage

I have stopped at Winesburg Carriage several times and I can't seem to find the owner in. But I decided not to let that stop me from telling you about it!!  Normally, John will take you on a tour, but the day I was there, they were short handed, so it was self guided!

You can see buggies, carriages and sleighs and even covered wagons, in all phases of construction or repair, and even watch them doing the repair work and upholstering.

He has quite a collection in the large 2 story building behind.  Some very unusual and quite old.

Below are a few of the pictures I took, mouse over for description.

Winesburg Carriage is located on CR 160.  From  US 62, which is the main road through Winesburg, you turn at the corner by the large stone building across the street from Whitmer's General Store.
There is a sign there that  says CR 160.  It's only about 1/4-1/2 mile out side of town.  It will be on your right and sets very close to the road.  It's at the red star on the Amish Highways & Byways Map at 8/9 - MN.

This would be a great place to take a small group of school kids, or any other group.  You probably should call ahead though if you have a group.  Open 8-5 daily except Sunday.  The phone number is  330-359-6411.

By the way, Winesburg's Annual Fall Gathering is Sept. 15th.  More on that in the next issue.
Bulk Food Stores

Unless you are new to this part of Ohio, you already know that bulk food stores are a very popular stop for the tourists (and me).  I have several favorites in the area, but  you can find them in nearly every little town and even off the "beaten path".  Other stores may even have a bulk food section.

Some of the larger stores will carry hundreds and hundreds of items in bulk, many packaged right there in the store.  You can find all different sizes from the smallest up to 25 or 50 pounds of flour, etc.  Cereal is packaged in large bags, with some granola-type cereals made locally.  I buy most of my spices and nuts this way.  I think they are better and a little bit cheaper than the name brands.

You can also get cookie mixes, soup mixes, pasta, candy, fresh ground peanut butter, beans, syrups, honey, snacks, dried fruits, etc. And of course, runion mix!

The meat and dairy cases usually have plenty of different kinds of cheese, sausages, bacon, etc.  We buy all our bacon at the Ashery Country Store north of Mt. Hope.  We think it is the best and we like to get it sliced on number 7, kind of thick..  And don't forget the Trail Bologna and fresh butter.  You just might be able to get a hand-dipped ice cream cone before you leave,  too! 

Speaking of bulk food stores, I recently came across about a dozen copies of a cookbook  called  Ruth's Bulk Food Cookbook.  It's 176 pages of recipes using the various mixes you find in a typical bulk food store.  I got a good buy on them, so you can get one for just $3.  The covers have a minor spot on them where the price tag was,  but otherwise in new condition.   I will mail the best ones out first, so order right away to get the best ones.

Mrs. Yoder's Kitchen

We were in Mt. Hope recently and decided to stop in at Mrs. Yoder's Kitchen to try their breakfast buffet.  Wow!  It was good.  We had eggs, pancakes, French toast sticks, hash browns, fried mush, bacon, sausage, scalloped apples.  That was just on the hot bar.

On the other bar, there were all kinds of coffee cakes and pastries, jello, fresh fruit and cracker pudding.  And the best part, you get all this for just $6.49.  Children 3-5 eat for $2.29 and children 6-10 get it for $3.99.  Of course, the drinks are extra.

They have this Country Breakfast Buffet on Wednesdays and Saturdays and on any other horse sale day at the Mt. Hope auction, which is just across the road.  (Remember, Weds. is sale day at Mt. Hope).  You can order breakfast off the menu the rest the other days at real reasonable prices.

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.  Be sure to give Loretta a call!

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

A Stranger's Trust is the name of the Devotional on P. 56 of The Simple Life Devotional by Wanda Brunstetter.  I really like how this little book is laid out....a devotional, followed by Food For Thought, followed by a Recipe from Amish Country.  Bookstand price is $7.99, but you can get it on my website for just $4.97.  There is even a presentation page in the front for gift-giving.

Food For Thought

Faith is not belief without proof but trust without reservation.

Food For the Body

Chocolate Mocha Pie
1 T. gelatin
1/4 c. cold water
2 T. cocoa
1 tsp. instant coffee
1 1/4 c. milk
3/4 c. sugar
1/8 tsp. salt
1 c. whipping cream
1 tsp. vanilla
Chopped nuts
Pie shell, cooked

Soak the gelatin in the cold water.  Set aside.  Combine the cocoa, coffee, milk, sugar, and salt in a saucepan, and bring to a boil, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat.  Add the gelatin mixture, cool until slightly thickened.  Beat the cooked mixture until smooth.Remove from heat and cool.  In a separate bowl, beat the whipping cream and vanilla.  Fold the whipped cream into the cooled pie mixture.  Pour into the baked pie shell and top with nuts.   (Submitted by) Lizzie Miller

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

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Following the rest of the family in the buggy
Carriage being repaired
Sign out front
Part of repair shop inside
Here are some sleighs for sale.