Saturday, March 26, 2011

Around Amish Country In A Day

      Yesterday we made a trip to visit the Amish. Or rather, buy from people who sell in Amish territory. We like to pretend we think we are buying something from actual Amish people, which certainly did not happen yesterday. We came home with a lot of cheeses, bulk foods, and bloating. All in all, a great trip.

     Our first stop was The Oak Cupboard. It's one of  the shops at The Barn Restaurant in Smithville, Ohio. I go there for one thing. Ginger snaps. They haunt my dreams. I've never had any other ginger snap I liked as much. I need these to be happy. Because you think I'm fancy, I bet you think they are some amazing freshly made delicacy, but no. They are little hard rounds like you can buy at the grocery store. But they are way, way, better. I would send you some, but I can't because I am going to eat them all. Sorry!

     Our second stop was The Country Pantry. They have better prices than some of the other places, so it's always my first stop for bulk foods. They don't have a website, so here's some information: The Country Pantry, 8861 CR 201 Fredericksburg, OH 44627. (330)695-4102. They are open Mon-Sat 8-6.

     We were getting hungry after all that procrastinating, driving, and shopping, so we drove to The Chalet In The Valley for some lunch. This is one of our favorite places. You must partake of the golden nuggets. Just do it. You can thank me later. They just opened for the season on March 15th, and this year they have nice pretzel bread they bring to the table. I had to bring home a half dozen, and I wish I had brought more! Look at this crazy dessert they have called the Matterhorn:
      I just find this mesmerizing. 

      We left the Chalet (with my hot pretzel bread in my coat, because it was freezing outside) and walked across the street to Guggisberg Cheese Factory. It's pretty cool to watch them make the cheese through the big windows in the store. I still had my bread in my coat, and they thought I was stealing cheese. I really need a bread bjorn to carry around my goods. Anyone sell those? We got a nice lady to take our picture.

   Excuse our outfits, it was casual Friday.

     We drove around a while, stopped at a post office, walked through a hardware store, and had a rip-roarin' good time! I love driving around with my husband. We should do it more often. 
     Our next planned stop was the Ashery Country Store. They have a lot more variety and they really know how to pack it all into a small space.

     I realize some of you poor fellas don't live near me, bless your hearts. Go to Discover Bulk Foods to find a place near you. I just used it and found one ten minutes from my house.

     We stopped somewhere else. Sadly, I paid no attention to the name so we'll never find it again. They had homemade ice cream. We ate some and brought some home. We're such dorks. We should have written down the name because the ice cream was phenomenal. 

     We finally got home, around 4:30 pm. We napped. Shopping and eating and driving is very tiring.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Dictionary Dresser

I got this dresser last Spring when I stopped at a yard sale. The lady had it shoved in her garage with a lot of stuff on top of it and I asked about it when she let me take a look around. There were rabbits hopping around in there, and lots of very interesting old stuff. All of it was treated pretty much like trash, but I loved the shape of this one. I brought it home and dry brushed it, mod podged some beachy looking paper on top of it, and put it in my bathroom. When it was in there my mother convinced me to  use blue paint on it. I did it and I hated it.  Then I decided I didn't want to leave it in there, so I used Mod Podge and an old dictionary to re-do the top and put it in our bedroom.

A few days ago I decided to change it up and paint the whole thing. I was going to paint the hardware as well, but once I saw it against the creamy paint I loved it. It's not perfect by any means, but it is perfect for me.

Have you done anything you love lately?

P.S. While I was at it I painted the birdcage, too. Much better!

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Birdseed Hurricanes


I made this last fall with an assortment of dollar tree  items. I had filled them with whole coffee beans, but as Winter wore on I got ready for something a little more light and Spring-like. So I poured the coffee beans into a gallon Ziploc and added birdseed. What do you think?

*please forgive the terrible photo quality, it was taken with my phone. 

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Why I Wont Give My Husband A Ride To The Airport Again

     Every time I give my husband a ride to the airport and come home alone the little dog gets kind of miffed with me. He wont hear me when I explain that it is not my fault. I feel so guilty when he looks around me to the porch and realizes I've done it again. I've taken away his precious daddy. Daddy is the spoiler. He gives copious amounts of treats while I, on the other hand, just ask him if he wants a chicken steak. It's like having little kids all over again. Mommy = drag. Daddy = Rockin'!

     Okay, so I'll still give him a ride. But somehow I need to figure out how to get the doggie to blame the mailman.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Chevy Ohio Daily Giveaways $25 Starbucks Gift Card

They'll be here all week, folks! Chevy Ohio is giving away a $25 Starbucks gift card every day this week.

**Update: $25 Starbucks card is Monday & Tuesday. Something new on Weds. Stay tuned.

All you have to do is go 'like' them on facebook and leave a comment on their page to enter.

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Good luck!

**********Congratulations to Michele H. for winning one last week!**********

Friday, March 4, 2011

The Melting Pot Gives You The Cheesey 411! Free Fondue For Two!

Okay my little cheese loving piglets, here's the day we were all waiting for, but we didn't even know it. Cheese fondue for FREE from THE place to go for Cheese Fondue - The Melting Pot. You don't even have to buy anything else, that's how free it is!

As you know, we ate at The Melting Pot just last weekend.  It was so good, I am ready to go again. I could eat there once or twice a week.

Call today and make your reservation, you know you want it!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Chevy Giveaway Roll Call: Ohio, Houston, DFW, Oklahoma, Philly

If you're from Ohio I have great news for you! Every day this week Chevy Ohio is giving away a $50 American Express gift card. It's simple to win:

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Leave a comment.

Leave a comment daily to be entered daily. Next week there will still be daily prizes, but you'll have to wait until next week to know what they are.

If you aren't from Ohio, there's still hope. Here are the other Chevy spots giving away loot this week:

Good luck!