In July 2014 we visited the National Christmas Center in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. I really enjoyed that visit and now I am very happy that I was able to get there. I wanted to return earlier this year and discovered that they closed and were looking for a buyer to keep it going. I recently … Continue reading National Christmas Center
Here in Pennsylvania Dutch Country one of the most popular recipes to the region is the Shoo-Fly Pie. There are so many versions of this pie available including the Chocolate Shoo-Fly Pie with Peanut Butter icing over the top portion which we receive each Christmas from our Amish neighbors. That is so delicious! The one … Continue reading Pennsylvania Dutch Shoo-Fly Pie
This is Holy Week. The most important week of the year in the Christian calendar and the reason we are Christians. It is even more important than Christmas. Today is the day in which Jesus Christ was crucified and on Sunday we will celebrate with zeal His resurrection. I am not a minister; however, after reading Bible … Continue reading Good Friday and His Plan
Recently we visited the Bethlehem Steel plant which is now known as Steel Stacks. They have converted buildings into other venues for entertainment and a museum. Many of the former buildings are still standing and we were fortunate enough to take a tour on the big Steel Stacks themselves with a former Rigger for the … Continue reading Visiting Bethlehem Steel – Now Known As Steel Stacks
As you can tell from this image the Power Company has taken some of this Amish Farmer's land to run electricity through the area.
I said those words to my husband the other day; he laughed. I went to the local library to pick up a few things including a book titled Back to Basics. As I reached to grab the book from the shelf another book fell onto the floor right at my feet. I had a really bad … Continue reading God is talking to me but my husband’s not listening
You may have heard of The Grange. You may even be a member or your family was active in their local Grange many years ago. It doesn't seem to be an active organization where I live anymore but they still do exist. As a youth I had heard of the Grange but wasn't really aware … Continue reading The Order of Patrons of Husbandry a/k/a The Grange
In our Bank Barn there are several of these yet today. They were the old gas lights once used.
We have a lot of antique farm equipment due to my husband's hobby. We have some drag harrows and this is looking through the teeth to the other side. I love to get images like this. Such great perspectives!!
Photography has been a hobby passion of mine since I was a young girl. I had dreamed of working and traveling the world for National Geographic. That hasn't come to fruition but I still enjoy documenting things in my life through the lens. For the past few years I've set the camera aside to take … Continue reading A Glimpse of a Rural Life – in images – take two
My old-soul feels comforted while "wrapped up..." ...in made-from-scratch comfort foods which I made in my kitchen ...in the months from October through February ...in vintage Christmas songs ...while watching The Waltons & Charlie Brown Holiday Specials on television ...in my house watching the snow fall and wearing cozy socks ...day-dreaming of my childhood life on … Continue reading Things which comfort my ‘old soul’
I love seeking out vintage cookbooks from the early and mid 20th century. Last Spring while browsing through a book-corner in a farmer's market building I found a 1942 edition (the first edition of this book) of the Woman's Home Companion Cook Book. I don't recall ever seeing this cookbook before but was immediately captured … Continue reading Woman’s Home Companion Cook Book, First Edition from 1942
To celebrate another year in which God has kept me on this Earth we took a day trip to meander some roads which we seldom travel. It was nice to just drive along with the day being all about food, meandering and visiting a few places. As we sat watching a snow squall which happened upon … Continue reading Let us meander for a day
Does this make it any easier or less painful to sell someone else's family memories in a consignment shop? I still wonder how someone's beloved family photos would end up here. Maybe some are extras from the photo studio which took the image but other ones have personal messages/dates/names written on the back. I looked … Continue reading Family Photos
I've been using cell phones since the late 1990's when I purchased my first phone and entered into my first agreement with Cingular One. Do you remember them? My first cellular phone was a big clunky rectangular box with an antenna and certainly wouldn't fit into my pants' pockets. I was with them as they became … Continue reading Android vs. Apple
Wow, what a powerful ad for the 1970's! Ad from 1971 Modern Needle-Craft magazine
My most favorite animated Christmas television special is A Charlie Brown Christmas. I've always enjoyed watching the various Charlie Brown holiday specials when I was a child and I continue the tradition of watching all of them each year. There's something nostalgic about Charlie and his friends and I deeply love it. There is something about the soundtrack of A … Continue reading A Charlie Brown Christmas
When I received my Grandmother's cookbooks and recipes I found she had held onto several cookbooks/leaflets which were given when she purchased an appliance. I remember them from when I was a child and would look through her cookbooks. I didn't realize at that time how rare and priceless they are. Now I do. Anytime I … Continue reading Vintage Appliance Cookbooks