Thursday, August 27, 2009

Amish Country Part 2

Yoder's Kitchen was a big highlight of our trip. The food was AMAZING, and the atmosphere was wonderful. It was our favorite place to eat AND to shop. I had one dessert the entire trip and it was at Yoder's Kitchen. Worth every calorie, I had the best piece of coconut cream pie I have ever tasted!!! There was a bakery on site and the smell of fresh baked cinnamon rolls filled the air. I bought one for Kyle...yes, just one. I also purchased a loaf of homemade bread and homemade apple butter. Chocolate chip cookies and peanut butter cookies also found their way into my bag. Amish peanut butter and apple butter are in dishes on every table in Yoder's kitchen. They put white Kayro syrup and marshmallow whip in their peanut butter! Their gift shop is beautiful..... We visited several Amish furniture stores, but this one in Tuscola was the largest.My mom wanted an Aggravation game board (the wooden kind) and they make them in Amish Country. This was the store that had them. They also had these incredible wood carved Hymn pages.....they were HUGE and cost $528 dollars!I spent my share of money, but did not bring home one of these beautiful pieces.
I will show you some of my purchases....I bought these Moda charm packs (Gooble, Gooble) and the matching solids, along with 3 brown fat quarters. I bought these at the quilt shop in town. It had a definite "Dry Goods" feel to it!!!I also bought a new thimble (not pictured) and a couple of stencils....they had a GORGEOUS selection of MANY stencils. Stencils are not too easy to find around here!The scalloped shell will go in the border of my Pink and Brown....I had been looking for just the right one and I think this is it!! I love the braid too!
My mom bought me a wonderful gift at the Wood Loft. It is a bread slicer.....It is AWESOME!!! I sliced my Yoder's Kitchen loaf in it and the slices were PERFECT!! I used my electric knife (like the man told me to) and it was a breeze!!! Perfect sandwich slices. You can go every-other slit for a thicker slice!! See the butter dish? I got that for $3 at the consignment shop. I love it. I had been looking for one to replace my hen dish...the lid always fell into the butter. This one is much better!
I also bought for the grandkids and my kids. I bought Zach an Amish play set....He has not stopped playing with it!!He really loved that the Duggar family visited an Amish community and he played along while we watched them last night. It dawned on me while the Duggar family visited an Amish home that the lighting at the quilt shop I mentioned yesterday was probably battery operated....we saw no wires going to the house.
Charlotte was easy to buy for....a traditional Amish bonnet. She LOVES it.For a day and a half she would not take it off...she put her hair in a bun and wore clothes yesterday that had no print on them. She was so cute...until she asked if she could watch a television show. I told her "Amish people do not watch TV." She thought hard (you could tell) and then said, "Well, I 'm really not Amish." Sweetheart and I laughed!!!
I did get other purchases...not interesting enough to show....Mrs. Meyer products were in abundance there (I can not get them here), hand crocheted dish cloths, books for Kyle, and other little odds and ends. It was an amazing time of stomach hurt like I had done 1000 situps!....and a memory of time with my mother that I will hold dear for my entire life. Someday Charlotte and I will take that trip together....mother and daughter, out for a jaunt before the school year starts for her own children. Thanks for stopping by to see the pics and stories of my wonderful trip.
I wanted to show you one last picture. I took this for TJ....he will think it is fun that there is a town named after his Paw Paw!!!!


Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I love going to Amish Country. Your pictures are great and the tour was interesting. I have a dish just like the one you are using for butter, but I use it for a candy dish ;-)

Copper's Wife said...

What lovely things! Oh, Bren, the carved wood hymn pages are gorgeous!! I can't imagine how beautiful they must have been in person. So glad you had such a great trip with your mom.

Susan said...

Oh, my goodness, I LOVE those carved hymns! They're gorgeous!

The bread slicer will come in handy with all the bread you make. I'm going to have to look for a butter dish like that; my lid keeps falling in the butter too.

Love Bears All Things said...

I love the bread slicer.
Sometimes the Amish use generators. Maybe that was what they were using in the store attached to the house.

Today I attended the Senior group at the church my daughter attends and we have been visiting. They have a trip planned to the Amish community in Lawerenceburg, Tennessee. I went there years ago and have wanted to go again. I hope I'll be able to go with them.
Mama Bear

One Christian Mom said...

It looks like you had a truly wonderful time. I have been looking for a bread slicer like that for a long time. We are going to the Amish Country here (about 2 or so hours) in october with my women's group at church,I just found out. I can't wait to go :)

Crispy said...

Oh Bren, you had such a wonderful trip. I would love to do that some day :0)


Donetta said...

Oh the bread slicer is something I now must have!
How cool is that!
It is a wonderful gift to have a Mother to share the trip with.
Bren you are rich.

Donetta said...

I sent them an inquiry on that bread slicer to ask of the price to have one sent over the online process... I just love that! What a great tool!

Melzie said...

I've loved visiting via your pics :) I covet the bread thing! how neat! xoxo mel

Gail said...

The wood carved hymn pages are stunning!

Meggie said...

Very nice posts Bren. I would love to go day. It does seem that modern must catch up with them some times, & really, it is unnatural to be shunning the 21st Centtury. The quilting is said to be amongst the world's finest.
Lovley that you got to spend time with your lovely mother!XX

Andrea said...

Oh Bren - you write such lovely posts - don't ever stop blogging. Charlottes bonnet story is a gem xxx

Anna said...

Hi Bren,

I thought I'd stop by and check in and see what you are up to.

I'm glad you enjoyed Amish Country. I live 15 minutes away from the heart of Amish Country in my state. It is nice living so close when you need a unique gift or furniture. ;0)

I could use your advice on a quilting project. I have never quilted other than completing baby quilts from The Gingham Goose, but those were more applique than quilting I would say. I have done a few doll quilts with my kids.
I would like to make a quilt for my bed as I am tired of spending money on comforters that don't last. What I need to know is what would be some good books or projects to start with for a beginner? I don't know anyone who quilts in my area except the Amish and I would like to use my sewing machine that has electricity hooked up to it! ;0)

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


Andrea Cherie said...

I loved every ounce of this post!

The dessert sounded fabulous! Esp. coconut cream pie! It's my fave!

Those giant hymn carvings are "Amazing" would be gorgeous on my wall!

The bread slicer- I need one of those since I make all our bread! I'll have to google it a bit more and get Jason to build me one!

Love Charlotte's comeback about not really being Amish! Ha!

And last but not least, you don't have Mrs. Myers stuff nearby???? That's horrible! I will have to mail you a whole much in the near future. Geranium is my absolute favorite scent from her!

Have a great day, Bren!

Marilyn R said...

What a fun trip! Spending time with one's Mother is always fun, but you got to get some quilt shopping in too. That must have been double fun!

Alesha said...

I'm so glad you had such a nice time with your mom. : )

The quilts are incredible, as are those hymn plaques! I wonder if those are done by hand (with tools) or if they are done with a computerized program? Wow! they are amazing!

Thanks for sharing your trip with us. Charlotte is so cute in her bonnet!!! : )

Obtaining Mercy

Lisa@End of the Lane said...

Hi Bren!
I have been a 'lurker' on you blog for sometime now, and have laughed and sometimes cried, learned, tried out recipes, and found some other great blogs through your postings.
Thanks for sharing!

Guðrún said...

I loved to read about your trip. Thanks for sharing.

Karen said...

Wonderful trip!