Wednesday, October 09, 2013
hi everyone--didn't blog yesterday--had to get chores done and dogs walked and head out to pick up rosie and Patrick so we could go to the little amish town (rentown). the weather was absolutely perfect for a day out. at rentown we all stocked up--they had butter on sale for 1.75 a pound (limit THIRTY SIX) and since butter freezes and I prefer it to anything else, I got six pounds. rosie was thinking of her Christmas baking and got 10 pounds, and Patrick has only a small freezer so he just got three. it is so fun to go there--its a very old fashioned kind of market--with bushels and bags of apples all around the entrance, crates of pumpkins and squash. inside are lots of amish ointments and creams, pressure canners, sausage casings, jerky seasonings, huge wheels of cheese, baked goods, jams, jellies, salsas, bulk spices and dried fruits and veggies, tons of dime store candy, pickled eggs--all that down home country stuff that people who work hard for a living and commute by bicycle can eat without gaining much weight! I got some supplies for canning, a couple chunks of cheese for the freezer and some spices to go along with my butter. rosie stocked up on all her baking needs (rosie learned to cook at culinary school in new Orleans and she is a fabulous baker). Patrick hit the deli for the fresh sliced meats and some fixings for his mom's upcoming birthday dinner. then we went on into the small town of Nappanee to find a lunch spot I have been hearing about called the "rise and roll". just outside of town, we walked in to find lovely baked goods, cheese, jams and jellies and there were free samples of EVERYTHING even the baked goods! we ordered our lunch at a little counter, got drinks out of the cooler and settled down to eat. I had a really nice veggie wrap with vegetable chips. rosie and Patrick had sandwiches on some fresh made rolls. it was all very nice. then on into town, where we hit another amish market (didn't buy much there) viewed the quilt garden in the center of town, browsed around the big furniture store, and then headed home. it was such a fun day with my lovely friends--I am so lucky in these people--its always a grand day out with them. and in the course of our visit, I learned that neither of them has ever been to the cheese factory in another amish town, so we have our next day out planned already!
have a great day, everyone!