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Amish Trip Day 2

Well we woke up a little later than the family probably did but we got downstairs around 9 a.m. We hadn't slept well, well the girls did, but my friend and I well that is something totally different. We both woke up at 3 a.m and then again around 6 a.m. then tried to fall back to sleep. When we finally got dressed and I got the girls ready to go downstairs we all went down and they were ready for breakfast. YUM!!! We had these huge sausages, scrambled eggs, homemade bread that was toasted, homemade preserves, homemade grape juice and orange juice. Breakfast was so wonderful. After breakfast we sat down with the Patriarch of the family and he told us some good places to go and how to get there. We first stopped at the candle shop and picked up Hannah's carved lighthouse candle and then stopped in Berlin at Sol's and the IGA to pick up some special ginger ale for the sick kids. We stopped at the Helping Hands quilt store, and there are some beautiful Amish handmade quilts in there (for anyone who loves me and wants to get me something nice for my birthday LOL) it makes definitely want to make more quilts that I can pass on to the girls at some point. We ate lunch at the restaurant they both recommended called Grandma's Restaurant in Charm. I had my first taste of butternut squash with caramel sauce and it was yummy. So we left Charm and headed to Kidron. Kidrom is where Lehman's Hardware is located, and it is so much more than hardware, very nice store. The girls each got matching t-shirts and Hannah picked up some small plastic cats and then she remembered the new baby so she picked one up for the new baby. I would have liked to buy some canning supplies but couldn't really afford it at the time, but I have a birthday coming up and I told Don that is what I would like. After spending some time in Kidron at Lehman's we headed back 'home' and had another good dinner cosisting of a soup with hamburger in it (very delicious) and I believe we had cake that night for dessert. I almost forgot on the way to Lehman's we stopped off at Heini's cheese factory and picked up some cheese, fudge and some candy–all Amish made. We stayed up and had devotions. Our hostess gave me some good herbal advice to take for my lack of energy and also for my migraines and after some questions on child training we turned in. Both the girls, my friend and I were very tired and we knew we had church the next day. Tune in later to read more about Day 3.

God bless.

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Amish Trip Day 1

Hello! This is part one of our trip to stay with a New Order Amish family from March 17 to 19th 2006. The girls and I left our house around 6:30a.m on the 17th and went over to pick up my friend, Mary, we loaded her stuff and off we went for some Tim Hortons TimBits and coffee and milk for the girls. The coffee was nasty but I also forgot to ask for sugar and creamer. After that we got to driving. We took 40 to 316 to 62 which took us right into Millersburg then we jumped onto 39 which took us to Sugarcreek OH. We arrived around 11:30a.m that icluded getting through Downtown Columbus, making a few turn arounds, and one stop for the girls to get out and stetch and bathroom breaks. We got into town and ended up having to call the family because we couldn't find their house. One thing we learned is that roads are not well marked so you have to look very carefully. We arrived and were welcomed by our hostess (I am not using names, to protect their anonimity) we got unpacked and then her husband stopped by for lunch. We ate a great lunch (I was so tired from driving I can't remember what we had, I will have to ask Mary) and then they helped out map out some authentic places to go. Hannah had a bad time of it and screamed and I literally had to drag her from the house because she didn't want to leave her new friends. We stopped at our host's friends place who makes candles and we got to watch her son make a carved lighthouse candle for Hannah. These are the ones that use oil so the candle stays preserved. We got to pick it up on Saturday as it had to be glazed and drilled after the wax settled and cooled. We also took a tour of Carlisle Press publishing company which is where the magazine I get Keepers At Home is published and also they do a kid's magazine called Nature's Friend which I think I will end up getting for Hannah and Bethanne later. We then went to the Amish and Mennonite Heritage Center to see the Behalt mural but found out they charge $6.50 for adults so we didn't end up seeing that but we got lost on the way and found a bookstore so we went back to the Country Furniture and Bookstore which was owned by our host's uncle and is now owned by his cousin. They had beautiful furniture and some great books of which I picked up a few and now wish I had picked up more. By this time it was time to get back to our host's house for dinner and for dinner we had salad a noodle casserole and a few other side dishes, dinner was just as good as lunch. I laid Bethanne down around 8:30p.m. and then Hannah decided to lay down but as soon as I left the room she sat up and told me she was scared which in turn woke up Bethanne so I got them up and we went downstairs and while the girls did not sit still for devotions we did do them with the family. After devotions Mary, the girls and I turned in for the night. Mary and I read some of our new books and chit chatted for awhile. I learned how to light a gas lamp. We both woke up at 3a.m and talked some more and then fell back to sleep. I think we awoke around 7:30 or 8a.m the next morning.

You will have to stop by again to see the pictures I post and read day two and three.

God bless,



Spicy Sweet and Sour Cocktail Franks

2 packages cocktail franks (8 oz each)

1/2 cup ketchup

1/2 cup apricot preserves

1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce

additional hot pepper sauce (optional)

Combine all ingredients in slow cooker; mix well. Cover cook on LOW 2 to 3 hours. Serve warm or at room temperature with cocktail picks and additional hot pepper sauce, if desired.

Don and I just spoon them into a bowl and eat them with a fork, makes a nice quick meal if you pair it with a bread or veggie.

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Mealworm Mania at Cox in Dayton

Hello friends and family.

Hannah making her mealworm container

I took the girls to Mealworm Mania at the Cox yesterday in Dayton. The people at Cox had station based projects for the kids to learn about the mealworm. Microscopes, story times, and they got to make their own observation unit with three mealworms in it!! Hannah didn't want to touch the worms so the volunteer just laid hers in the container, she got more used to the idea when she figured out they wouldn't bite or get out. They are still thriving today or so it seems. Eventually these mealworms will turn into a beetle, which will probably be turned loose instead of having more baby worms in the house. LOL We went to the activity with my friend Pam and her four kids (they are in the pictures).

Yesterday was also Don't birthday, he turned 36! Of course he doesn't look it, not to me anyway.

So that was our day yesterday. I pray you are having a blessed day. Oh by the way ignore the date and time stamps on the pictures I forgot to set it.

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Some catching up to.

Hello friends and family. I am playing catch up! This week has been busy, a lot of appointments and a fun activity for Hannah to do. We learned about Beavers at the Narrows in Beavercreek, Ohio. It was very interesting, the program was entitled Book 'Em which is where they are read a story and then do several hands on related activities. Then the kids do a craft. This time they made a beaver out of a pringles container, very neat.

Then on the 1st we had the girl's well child check ups. Hannah is doing great and recieved her DtAP, mumps, measles and polio vaccines. She cried so much, it was very painful to watch her. She developed an allergic reaction to the mumps shot so we had to go back today (3-3) so that the Dr. could document the reaction. The nurse practitioner also said we need to avoid all tomatos and red dye/food coloring as chances are her red cheeks after eating these foods does indicate a food allergy to these things. I already knew this but wanted to double check. Bethanne to is doing great she got no vaccines as she is done until kindergarten! Yeah. Hannah passed her hearing and eye test.

On Thursday I had my appointment at Miami Valley with the diabetes management people 😦 Hannah got to spend some time with her friends who live in Fairborn while I took Bethanne with me. Of course all is well, God is good! The nurse though made it sound like I was being sick all the time and that is why I have lost 20lbs so far. The dr came back and was very concerned until I explained I am losing weight because I am following my diet plan and I had been sick about three weeks ago with the stomach flu and had woken up with a migraine that morning of my appt. This is the nurse I had problems with when I was pregnant with Bethanne, thankfully she doesn't play a major roll in my birthing choices. She is very pro c-section, which angers me some. So overall it went okay except for that nurse.

Today we had the appt for Hannah's allergic reaction. Bethanne got her custom ear plugs made today so hopefully things will go better now at bath time with these. She didn't like getting them made though.

Well I think I am about caught up 🙂 of course I will think of something in the a.m. when I can't sleep because of Hannah kicking or hitting me, but I will wait and see.

Until next time…….

God bless,


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Tomato Bisque

Heat one can (10 3/4 oz) condensed tomato soup as directed on label with 1 soup can of water.

Stir in 3 oz. Cream Cheese until completed melted. Sprinkle with black pepper if desired.

Makes about 3 servings about 3/4 cup each.

Don and I really liked this paired with the grilled cheese sandwich.

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Classic Turkey Sandwich

2 slices bread (we used wheat)
1 Tbsp mayo
1 lettuce leaf
2 thin tomato slices
5 slices deli style oven roasted turkey breast (we used the Kroger brand)

spread 1 of the bread slices with dressing
top with lettuce, tomato and turkey, cover with remaining bread slice.

Makes one serving.

This is the sandwich that Don and I paired with the creamy chicken rice soup.

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Creamy Chicken Rice Soup

There is nothing like a hot soup and sandwich on a cool fall day

Heat 1 can (10 3/4oz) condensed cream of chicken soup as directed on label with 1 soup can of water.

Stir in 3/4 cup of uncooked minute rice (you can use wheat or white) cover, let stand 5 minutes. Stir

Makes 3 servings about 3/4 cup each.

This was also very good and Don and I paired it with the classic turkey sandwich.

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Ham and Cheddar in a Loaf

1 lb. frozen pizza dough or bread dough, thawed (you could make your own too)
1 pkg (9oz) deli style shaved smoked ham
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (or any that you like, I used spicier cheeses since we like that)
1/4 cup mayo
1 egg beaten
1 Tbsp grated parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place dough on lightly floured surface; flatten slightly with hands then roll into 12 X 8 in rectangle

Top dough evenly with ham, slightly overlapping slices and leaving 1/2 inch border on all sides.

Mix cheddar cheese and mayo spread evenly over ham

Moisten edges of dough with water. Starting at one of the long sides of dough fold one third of the dough over the filling then repeat with other long side. Firmly pinch end of dough together to seal. Place, seam side down, on lightly greased baking sheet.

Cut 3 diagonal slits in top of dough. Brush top evenly with egg and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 10 minutes before cutting into 6 slices to serve.

YUMMY!!! We had this last night and it was simple and delicious. Bethanne ate a half slice and ate it all!!! I guess if she liked it then it means it is good.

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Chinese Pot Roast

3 lb boneless beef pot roast, trimmed of fat
2 TBSP flour
1 TBSP canola oil
2 large onions, chopped
1/4 cup light soy sauce
1/2 cup water
1/2 tsp ground ginger

1. Dip roast in flour and brown on both side in oil in saucepan. Place in slow cooker
2. Top with onions
3. Combine soy sauce, water, and ginger. Pour over meat.
4. Cover cook on high 10 minutes reduce heat to low and cook 8 to 10 hours
5. slice and serve with rice

You could also add garden blend veggies.

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