Winding Down in Amish Country
Berlin, OH - Events of Monday, October 3 to Tuesday, October 11, 2016
With the sun finally out and the weather warming up a bit, we went out on Monday to run some errands to pick up a few food items we wanted to take with us when we left Berlin. Our first stop was at Hershberger's Farm Market to get some pasta sauce. They carry a brand that is not only delicious, but it is a lower in carbs and sugar than most.
Hershberger's is where we got our hanging basket of flowers shortly after we first arrived in Berlin. They had a huge selection of plants last spring that made a showy display, but they really outdid themselves this fall. There were mums, pumpkins and gourds as far as the eye could see.
After looking around a bit and then getting our pasta sauce, we headed next to Ashery Country Store to stock up on some spices and flavorings. Then it was on to Winesburg Meats for some beef snack sticks and some smoked sausage patties for the freezer.
Margery had an appointment for a haircut on Tuesday afternoon. Paul went along so we could stop at Der Dutchman for the salad bar for lupper on the way back. Everything was delish.
On Wednesday, we made a trip to Pittsburgh to see Lora, J. Michael and Lydia one last time before heading south. We arrived early so we could babysit Lydia because Lora had an appointment in the morning. Lydia loves to be outside, so we went for a short walk, blew some bubbles and eventually ended up at the swing.
When Lora got back, we all had a bite to eat, and Lydia went down for her nap. During the afternoon, Lora, Margery and Paul chatted off an on. We also played around with our iPads and computers, and Lora actually got some Mary Kay work done. Lydia woke up from her nap just before 5:00, which was perfect timing to meet J. Michael after work at Bahama Breeze for dinner.
Bahama Breeze has half-price appetizers between 4:00 and 6:00 so we had a mixture of appetizers, salads and entrées. Most notable was Margery's Cobb salad. It was huge! The Cobb salad was loaded with chicken, bacon, grated cheddar and jack cheeses, avocado, tomato and egg. There was probably some lettuce in there, too.
After dinner, there were hugs all around before we headed back to Ohio.
Except for running a couple of quick errands, we hung around the campground most of the time on Thursday and Friday working on re-routing our trip to Florida. On Saturday, Paul ran out to Der Dutchman Bakery and brought back cream sticks for breakfast and fry pies for dessert that evening. Then we did our weekly cleaning chores before heading out to Walmart to restock the larder prior to hitting the road.
We spent most of Sunday watching TV switching back and forth between the NASCAR Sprint Cup race and the Steeler game. There were two NASCAR races from Charlotte that were run back to back on Sunday. Both the Sprint Cup race from Saturday evening and the Xfinity race from Friday evening had to be rescheduled for Sunday because of rain from Hurricane Matthew.
On Monday, we headed out to Der Dutchman for the breakfast buffet one more time. Everything was yummy!
After breakfast, we made a stop at Walnut Creek Cheese to stock up on some meats and cheeses before we headed south. They have excellent meats at very reasonable prices. We sure are going to miss grocery shopping in this area!
We spent most of the rest of the day Monday relaxing. On Tuesday, Margery remembered a couple of items we forgot to get at Walnut Creek Cheese the day before, so we headed there after breakfast. Since we had to go right past Der Dutchman Bakery, we stopped and split a cream stick and also picked up some fry pies for dessert that evening. We just couldn't pass up the opportunity to have our favorites "one more time!" We quit counting how many "one more times" there were.
One of the things we needed was smoked Gruyere cheese for a recipe for an upcoming meal, but Walnut Creek Cheese didn't have any so we decided to stop at Heini's Cheese to look for it. Heini's is only a few minutes from the RV park, but we hadn't found the time to stop there all summer.
At Heini's, you can watch through windows to see cheese being made in big vats on weekdays. There are overhead video screens that explain the process.
One reason we don't go to Heini's too often is that it is usually crowded, especially on Saturdays. The big attraction is you can sample almost every kind of cheese they make. Fortunately, it wasn't very crowded when we were there on Tuesday.
Unfortunately, Heini's didn't have smoked Gruyere either, so we ended up substituting smoked Swiss. They make several kinds of Swiss cheese, and we chose a type with a somewhat nutty flavor similar to Gruyere.
We spent the most of the rest of Tuesday getting ready to hitch up and head south on Wednesday. We'll tell you where we went in our next post.