Friday, August 30, 2013


This is the brand new Mennonite 2 Seater Deluxe Buggy that was for sale at the Haiti Auction back in June.  When Marilyn asked what is that thing that looks like a step to get into the buggy and I answered a step, she told me to take over doing this post.

Brand new, this buggy costs about $8000.00  That is not me looking into the buggy (picture one).  When Anna saw the color of the interior, she said it would be to hard to keep clean (picture two).  Picture three shows the dashboard of the buggy.  There is a reflection of wood that was put in the buggy so people wouldn't go in it - it didn't work - adults and children were in and out of it before it sold. Fourth picture shows the interior floor of the buggy. Next four pictures show the reflectors that we have to have on buggies in New York State.  Sixth picture shows the step that Marilyn asked about.  Last picture shows buggy ready to be auctioned off.  If you look close at the reflection on the front of the buggy, you can see Marilyn taking the picture.

Michael and Edward tried to talk David and Jean into bidding on this buggy. They wanted it as their courting buggy. David and Jean didn't agree.  I think that is why they and Marilyn left early - not to give the boys any ideas.  Anna and I stayed to watch the bidding that was hot and heavy.  I can't remember the exact price, but if my memory serves me right it went for about $7,000.  It went home being pulled by the new owner's horse.  We are not suppose to have pride, but sometimes you can't help it a bit, winning a brand new buggy like that.


What we forgot to mention is the buggy and tires are mostly fiber glass.  Most of them are made that way today.


Thursday, August 29, 2013



1 Package Jello Instant Chocolate Fudge, Sugar-Free pudding
1 2/3 cups fat-free milk
8 ounce container Cool Whip Lite

Mix instant pudding with milk following package instructions.  As pudding thickens, add Cool Whip, blending well.

Spoon into desert cups, garnish with fruit (cherry or strawberry), refrigerate 1 hour

Serves 8


Chocolate Almond Mousse
Add 1/2 teaspoon almond extract to pudding mix.

Cappuccino Mousse
Substitute Instant Vanilla Sugar-Free pudding in place of chocolate.
Add 2 teaspoons instant coffee, regular of decafinated, dissolve into milk
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon, blend well into pudding mix - follow directions.

Nutrition (per serving)
Serving Size                     1/2 cup
Calories                           80
Cholesterol                       0
Dietary fiber                      0
Vitamin A                         2% DV
Iron                                  0
Total Fat                          5%
Sodium 65mg                   3%
Sugars                              5g
Vitamin C                         0
Carbohydrate 13g                4%


2 2/3 cups coarsely chopped cantaloupe or watermelon-seeded, peeled
1 2/3 cups coarsely chopped kiwi (optional)
2-3 Tablespoons sugar
2 Tablespoons lime juice
2 cups water

In a blender, puree fruit with sugar and lime juice until smooth.
Combine fruit mixture and water in a large pitcher.
If desired, pour through a strainer to eliminate pulp.
Cover ad refrigerate for up to a week.
To serve, stir well and pout into tall glasses over ice.

Serving Size  1/4 of recipe
Calories                                      60
Saturated Fat 0g                           0
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg                            0
Sugars                                          14g

Hope you enjoy the Chocolate Mousse and the Fruit Slush.  Most people don't know the taste difference between the fat free Jello and the regular Jello.  Thought you might enjoy the Fruit Slush while it is still hot here.

Be With God,

Wednesday, August 28, 2013



3 c. thinly sliced zucchini
1 c. Bisquick
1/2 c. chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 c. Parmesan cheese
1/2 t. salt
dash of pepper
2 T. parsley flakes
1/2 t. oregano
4 eggs, slightly beaten

Mix all ingredients together.
Pour into greased 9" x 13" pan
Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes,


Tuesday, August 27, 2013


            TOMATO FUN

What to do with cherry tomatoes besides tossing in a salad? Roast them!


                 12 oz cherry tomatoes, fresh, or store bought ( use an even pound!)-cut in half
                  3 T olive oil
                   1 T vinegar (your choice)
                   1 t sea salt, or coarse salt
                    1/2 t ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil.
Place tomatoes cut side up, on baking sheet, set aside
In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, and vinegar.
Drizzle over tomatoes. sprinkle salt and pepper over.
Bake 45 mins., or until they are slightly charred.
Remove from oven, let cool slightly, serve warm, as a side dish veggie!


1 1/2 lbs. plum tomatoes ( I double this recipe, sometimes triple it! This year will be a triple year!)
1 t sugar
1 T balsamic vinegar (Doreen!!!!)
or, you can use red wine vinegar

Heat oven to 225 degrees F.
Slice each tomato in half, then in half again, lengthwise, for four slices each.
Spread in single layers on parchment lined rimmed baking sheets.
Sprinkle with sugar and vinegar-separately. Vinegar first, then sugar.
Bake, 2 1/2 hrs. Turn each slice once after the first hour.
remove from oven, let cool

Now, you can eat these right away, store in the fridge for a bit, or freeze them. I usually have a lot at this time of year, and come Dec....there are no fresh tomatoes, I can pull these out. They thaw quick and are great in salads, or anything you cook on the stove or in the oven, where you want a tomato!
Get a length of parchment paper, and lay one tomato slice down, fold paper over, add another slice, fold paper over, add another slice, and on, til you have a good bunch! It will be a little narrow, and long- it all depends on the container you are using. I use old bread bags, so I can lay a filled length of parchment paper in it, and add several more to the bag. Then you remove just what you need in the winter..the parchment unwraps easily. Pull out what you need. Sometimes if I know I will be doing a mixed salad, I will get out, oh, a dozen slices, for 3 people.....they can be eaten hot or cold.
They will darken in the oven, more like a char look, and shrink a bit...they are a type of candied tomato.....but not so sweet.

Lemons are cheap at the market now, and will be cheap in early winter.....something to do now, for the holidays.

(basic recipe- can be doubled, tripled, according to how many lemons you have)

1 lemon- sliced very thin, seeds removed.
1/2 c simple syrup
 (simple syrup- 1 c water, 1 c sugar- boil water, add sugar-stir constantly til syrupy-syrup will stream off spoon-just like your pancake syrup)
  Heat oven to 225 degrees F
Dip lemon slices in simple syrup
Place on parchment paper lined baking sheet
Place in the preheated oven, and turn oven off. Let stand in oven overnight.
Take out of oven the next day, and you can wrap them in parchment paper for the freezer, the same as you did for the plum tomatoes.
These are fun to add to cakes, in, or on top of the icing, cupcakes, anything you want! Even eat as they are! A sweet meat.
even if you cannot get a lot of lemons for a good price ( we have them in 1 lb bags right now for 99c), you can always do at least 2...and have them at the the ready.....They last 4 mos in the it is just in time for Christmas and New Year's- if you make them now.

I was watching  a PBS show last night and they were over in Asia of the "stan" countries...what caught my eye, were the peppers! They were showing markets, and there..strung on thread were peppers!!!  Banana, poblano, anaheim.....some were already turning red! Which is a good sign,you want that in the drying process...and, I thought of all my NY State of Mind pals.....out picking, or buying their peppers, and stringing them!!!! So, even across the ocean....they hang their peppers!!! 

 One last treat, since they are plentiful now, and cheap-( they are 99c a lb here- 4 med size makes a lb.)
           EASY PLUM CAKE

2 eggs
1/2 c plus 1 T sugar
1/2 c plus 1 T flour
1-2 T butter-chilled
4 ripe plums , red or black or purple
Beat eggs in mixer til fluffy
Beat in sugar til blended well.
Beat in flour til JUST not over beat- I use a spatula to blend in any flour in the bowl, after a gentle beating with the mixer.
Pour into a greased 8 " pie pan.
Arrange plums over the top- no need to skin, but take pits out, slice them in fourths, nice little half moons.
Top with dabs of chilled butter...all over the top.
Bake 400 degrees F, 20 -25 mins- til tooth pick comes out clean.
serve warm, or cold. Can dust with 10x sugar, or serve with ice cream.
The batter poofs up over and around the generous with the plums.....arrange them in a circular, or however you want- fill the top of the batter up!!!! remember, you can freeze anything!!! so make 2 or 3 of these cakes, let cool completely wrap in parchment paper, then in plastic wrap, then in an old bread bag.....this makes a nice breakfast treat- instead of pancakes....

Monday, August 26, 2013


The difference between the Amish and Mennonite that I am explaining is between Jean's Old Order Mennonite and my Old Order Amish.  There are some Old Order Mennonite who don't have electric and telephones and also there are some Old Order Amish that do.

Both Old Order Amish and Old Order Mennonite basic beliefs are based the same as I explained in How the Amish and Mennonite religions were founded.  We believe in the simplicity of our faith and the separation from the outside world.  But, in some ways, we express ourselves different.

For example, the Amish feel our church services are more simple as they are held in our member's homes.  Old Order Mennonite have their services in their meeting houses.  Mennonites do missionary work throughout the world,  Old Order Amish mostly keep the work of helping others within the United States and Canada.

Also the Old Order Mennonites are more progressive with the outside world.  As you know they have electric and telephones in their homes.  Also, they drive gas farm equipment while the Amish use horse drawn. An interesting fact, I didn't realize until recently is that more Mennonites own farms than Amish do.

In our way of dress is difference, also.  The Amish women wear their dresses in solid dark colors as black, brown, blue, green, etc.  Old Order Mennonite ladies dress are light colors with prints such as flowers on them.  Old Order Mennonite men clean shave.  On the few Mennonite exceptions of the rule like Jean's Grandfather that does not shave his beard, he does trim it.  Old Order Amish men do not shave their beards nor do they trim them and let them grow as they are..  Also Old Order Amish men wear suspenders and Old Order Mennonite do not.  I could go into more details in the way we dress, but you can see the difference.

Some of the differences that separated the Mennonite and Amish back many years ago, still do today.

Trust God's Wisdom,


Sunday, August 25, 2013


I went down to the Erie Canal today to take some pictures for a future post.  I saw the water fall I had forgotten was there.  Also, I saw all these ducks floating around.  The pictures aren't too good as I tried to bring them in as close as I could, but I guess it wasn't close enough.  Hope you enjoy them anyway.

Saturday, August 24, 2013


This is the last of our parade.  I hope you enjoyed it.  There are two more parades next month.  One of them is the horse parade.

Friday, August 23, 2013


As you can see, not all fire trucks are red.  Surrounding oour town is farming area, so they have tractors, 4-H and more in our parade, I had to have Farmington Volunteer on here as they were founded in the year I was born.  Ambulances are important, too.  Of coure, we had lots of bands  Fireman's Part III will be on tomorrow.

Thursday, August 22, 2013


Usually I don't do two posts in one day, but I couldn't help it today.  Since the fire, I have driven by that scene everyday.  Well yesterday morning I went by and there was the vacant lot with wood laid out of the building plan.  I didn't go by yesterday afternoon, but a friend called and asked me if I had seen what was going on.  When I hadn't, they said I better go look.  Here is Mark's Pizza's new building on it's way up.  I was shocked.  From where there was nothing to this in one day !!!!! They may have it opened by Halloween like Mark wants.  KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK !!!!


Here is the start of our Fireman's Parade that we have every year on Friday of Fair Week.  We have a bit of everything starting out with military, bands, horses, Fair Queen, Firemen, antique cars and more.  It is going to take more than this post to show you our parade.