Wednesday, July 28, 2010

A trip to the Amish

My boys are visiting Grandma this week and my daughter is cleaning and decorating for a Luau swim party that she is hosting here tomorrow night.  So I took off all by myself and went down the road about 20 miles to a very small Amish community.  First stop was at Ropp's bakery where I bought some more chicken base, ice cold Coca-cola in a bottle and these...

I just love their homemade buttermilk brownies!  My sister used to make these all the time when we were growing up.  I remember begging Mom to buy the "good brownies" at the store... you know... the good ones in the box that my friends were always so fortunate to have.  Hahaha!  I'm still trying to locate our recipe.  I know it's just as good as the Amish.  Could even be the same recipe.  Yep, ice cold Coca-cola and buttermilk brownies for breakfast!  Best breakfast I've had in a long time.  =]

I didn't get any pictures of Amish.  I was too busy watching an older Amish woman cradling a few dozen eggs under her arm as she hiked her leg, dress and all, flung herself up on the tractor and take off down the road.  I could just picture myself trying that... I would land flat on my rear with a few dozen eggs in my face.

I then went on down the road and came across a flea market.  I have been looking for another printer's box for awhile now.  I came across this one for $2.99!  I was pretty excited about that!  The last Amish doll I bought was probably over 10 years ago.  You just don't see them for sale around here anymore so when I set out this morning, I was determined to find an Amish doll.  And I came across this one for $4.99!  This "pigeon hole" box was also $4.99.  

I was telling the owner how I was going to tea dye the apron, clean her up a little.  She said "Honey, I can tell you like primitives just like me, you aren't gonna clean her up, you are gonna dirty her up!".  I drove around the small community for awhile and found a couple more flea markets to visit the next trip over.  My car really, really wanted to pull into the parking lot of the Amish buffet restaurant where they have the most delicious homemade noodles.  But I knew I was fixing a big dinner for the family and they would wonder why I wasn't hungry.  After a stop at the hand crafted furniture shop, which had the most beautiful furniture I have ever seen in my entire life, I headed on home.  It was a nice time.  I was wishing I had a friend along with me to enjoy the day but it was still nice to get away by myself... which NEVER happens with three kids at home!

One more thing I wanted to share.  I bought this paint rack at a garage sale a few weeks back for one dollar!!  Talk about excitement!!  I almost bought one at Hobby Lobby a few years back for $19 and that was on sale AND with my employee discount!

Since my 4.5 yr old is gone for the week, I told Rich that I was turning the dining room table into a painting table.  It's covered with projects, along with the kitchen counter.  I have been having a great week!

Well that's all for this time.  As always, thanks for coming by to visit!  You prim girls are the best and I really enjoy blogging with you.  I just wish I could have about 3 days straight of nothing but blogging... just maybe I could get caught up on my blog reading.  =]

You all have a delightful week!


Brenda said...

Sounds like you had a great day Angie, wish I lived closer so I could have shared it with you!!


colonialhomestead said...

So glad to see your post tonight. I would have loved to have tagged along on your Amish trip. You got some really great goodies at good prices. Oh yes I love to eat at Amish restaurants. We usually get to go once each summer. This summer the van has been in the garage more than not. But thanks for sharing your adventure. Dirty that little doll up. I have been showing off my goodies from your giveaway to all my family. Very much liked by all.

michelle said...

sounds like you had a great day,those moments without the kids r few and far between arent they,i know mine r ,then i sit here when there gone and miss them lol.have a great week and fun painting sweetie.blessings michelle

Angi at drakestone primitives country cabin said...

Hi Angie
Oh what great therapy..A day to yourself..naughty breakfast and some goodies tooboot LOL.. :0)

Christine said...

Now that would be a great treat! A morning in Amish land and great food plus bargains galore!
Next time I want to come!
Best wishes

Valley Primitives Gift Shoppe said...

What a great day Angie! I sure wish I could have gone with you!! You found some great goodies and your Amish doll is going to look great all "cleaned" up!

Cora said...

If I was closer to you I would have so been the friend along for this trip!!! I would love to go to all those same places! What a fun day you had even if you were by your self. Love the stuff you found too!
Have a great weekend.

Karen/My Colonial Home said...

What a fun day you had for yourself....I like those kind of days too and those brownies look soooo good. There's nothing like Amish cooking that's for sure.


Anonymous said...

Hi Angie!
Sounds like my kind of day. Yummy brownies.
You got some great things too! I can't believe the printers box.
Thanks for taking me along...

dee begg said...

Sounds like a delightfully peaceful day. The buttermilk brownies sound delicious. Sometimes it's good to get out an about by you time to think. Thanks for sharing and reminding me that I need a thinking day soon!


Hayley @ Prim it Up! said...

Wow Angie, you got some great things!!! I'm sure those brownies are to die for!

Anonymous said...

Glad you had such a nice day Angie! I hope to come see my sister when I get home next year. We will have to make a trip there together!
Hugs Brandi

Donna B. said...

Ang, save some Flea marketing time for a day with me. School starts and I'll head your way for the day...or we can meet up in Joplin and hit those! Love the found items!

Leann said...

Hey Angie

Sounds like a great trip. And that breakfast? Yum - only I would have bought one of their whoppie pies with a diet coke:)

Juts back from vacation and trying to visit a few friends!

Enjoy your week!

Liz said...

Don't I just love flea markets. I should visit the amish country I do love all there goods!

Willow said...

Hiya Angie =0) I'm tryin' to do some blog catchin' up myself and you were on the top of my list to stop by and say hello ! Sounds like you had a wonderful time there and like the gals above if I lived closer I woulda' loved to have gone with you.....What an AWESOME deal on that paint rack ! And love all your other fantastic finds ! Hope your havin' a GREAT weekend !
Prim Huggs n Blessins

Karen ~ Life In A Primitive English Cottage said...

Hi Angie, I loved reading all about your day out and the little Amish Doll is just adorable, sounds like you had a lovely time, next time you go, if you don't mind a "hanger on" let me know and I will hot foot it "across the pond" and come join you!! It is one of my wishes to visit Amish Country, maybe one day, when the girls are all grown up, I might be able to make my wish come true!

I would also like to thankyou so very much for all the lovely comments you have left for me to read, and if ever your in my neighbourhood in the Good Old UK you will be made more than welcome in our little cottage.

Have a lovely week, warm blessings,

the primitive country bug said...

It sounds like your making the best of your time without the littlest one. I wish I lived closer, I would have loved to have gone with you. I've always wanted to go visit an Amish community. Hopefully someday, especially now that my son will be attending college in Ohio. I hope you share pictures of what your painting.
Blessings~ Birgit

Cheyenne said...

Gosh, I would've loved to have tagged along with you on your day out. Sounds like it was fantastic. You'd probably like it up where we are's super hard to explain where I'm from, but we are just a way more conservative community. Lots of holdeman mennonites (old order) and if you're not holdeman, you're probably mennonite brethern...someone who wouldn't stand out on the street. Hard to explain, but you'd probably like it! :)

I always love visiting your blog!