Thursday, September 18, 2014

Back to School...or Maybe Recess!

It doesn't matter in which direction you drive.  Once you leave Terre Hill, you're bound to pass by a one-room schoolhouse.  You can usually tell the percentage of old-order Amish and Mennonite kids attending these schools by the number of bikes (Mennonite) or scooters (Amish) parked outside.

And it doesn't matter what time of the day you drive by.....I have noticed that they are very fond of recess.  I've seen so many cute pictures that I couldn't bring myself to take - an older boy teaching a younger one how to swing the baseball bat, kids eating their lunches as they sit on the ground next to the outhouse, teachers pitching softballs,, two girls giggling while they swing.  They all seem to get along...no matter what the age. 

Perhaps there's a lesson here for the rest of the schools. 

We hope you enjoy these pictures - taken by several of our guests (with long, long lenses).  Feel free to post any favorites of your own.

And, the next time you stay at The Artist's Inn, we hope you notice that the local kids are not only back to school....but also at recess here in Lancaster County!







 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Melon Mania in Lancaster County

It's been a great summer for eating.  And there's nothing sweeter than Lancaster County melons. 

 
Farms stands and the local produce auction are exploding with several kinds of watermelons, honeydew, cantaloupes, canary melons and....my favorite - honeylopes.  They are a cross between a honeydew and a cantaloupe.



 
So, whether you're ready to buy one, a dozen, or fifty, the time to enjoy the bounty of Lancaster County is now!



Here's a pretty way we serve the melons at The Artist's Inn:


Melons with Mango-Plum Sauce:

Peel and place one mango and 2 unpeeled plums into a blender.  Add two tablespoons of sugar and 1/4 cup of your favorite juice (we use white cranberry peach).  Blend until fairly smooth and spoon over three slices of melon.  Garnish with violas.   So pretty!

Friday, May 30, 2014

Yes, You CAN Zip Line in Lancaster County!

 
Even if you aren't particularly fond of heights - as in the case of my husband, Bruce.

 
The guides will handle all the hooking and unhooking
 


 And then you are free to fly between the trees!

 
They will teach you how to slow down, hang upside down or free fall.   Or to just enjoy the ride.



 

Family and friends can watch from below,


And they have a really cool way of getting you back to the ground. 

Available at Refreshing Mountain, about half an hour north of The Artist's Inn.

Tell them we sent you!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Need a Broom? Head to Lancaster County!


How about a rug?  Need any of those?
I discovered a place this week that has a nice variety of both.  And they are all made in America.  In fact, they are hand made right here in Lancaster County by the Amish.
Here's a peek inside the shop area where the brooms are "born":



 
 
There are all sorts of brooms - long handled, wisk and even old-fashioned cake testers.
 
There's also a room that displays the woven rugs, table runners and placemats.  I couldn't resist this blue rug for the cottage.  It is perfect and didn't have to be shipped from overseas, or trucked across the country.
 
Most importantly, it supports several local Amish families. 

 
So, the next time you find yourself in need of a rug or broom, head to Stoltzfus Carpet Shop in Lancaster County.  You'll find them at 39 Pequea Valley Road in Kinzers - about half an hour from The Artist's Inn and Gallery.
 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Pansy Mania in Lancaster County

It's been a long winter.  So the first windy day of 65 degrees swept me into a greenhouse oasis filled with spring.   Black Creek Greenhouse is about ten minutes from The Artist's Inn and Gallery

There were flowers everywhere, but I knew that it was a little too early to plant anything but pansies.  No problem - there were enough varieties to keep everyone happy!



 
Frilly ones!

 
And, my favorite - blue striped.  Don't they remind you of seersucker material and summer?

 
The best part of this greenhouse is their imagination.  Every year they feature a whimsical display.  This year it's Goldilocks!


 
I hope this has inspired you to grab a girlfriend or your mom and go find some pansies!

 
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Monday, February 3, 2014

Spinach and Quinoa Salad

Our friend and neighbor, Kathy, brought this salad to our annual New Year's Eve Party at The Artist's Inn.  I promised to share the recipe!  It was quite yummy and pretty healthy.  Hope you like it!

Salad

1 cup quinoa (or orzo pasta)
4 - 6 oz. baby spinach (cut up)
1/3 cup oil packed sundried tomatoes (chopped)
small cucumber peeled and diced
1/4 cup Kalamata olives - (cut in half)
3/4 tsp. dried oregano
3 oz. feta cheese

Red Wine Vinaigrette

1/2 tsp. chopped garlic
1 tsp. chopped shallots
1/4 tsp. dried oregano
1/4 tsp. dried thyme
1/2 tsp. sugar
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup canola oil

To prepare the vinaigrette, combine all ingredients in a jar - shake to mix.

Cook orzo or quinoa according to package directions.  While that is cooking, combine spinach with sundried tomatoes, cucumbers, olives and oregano in a large bowl.
When the pasta or quinoa is cooked, drain under cold running water until room temperature.  Toss quinoa and the other ingredients with mixed vinaigrette to taste (I don't always use the entire dressing mix).
Serve at room temperature, topped with crumbled feta.

Makes 6 - 8 servings.

 

Monday, December 9, 2013

Christmas at American Music Theatre


If the recent snow hasn’t put you in the mood for Christmas, then head to American Music Theatre.  Their production of The First Noel WILL!
Jam-packed with songs and dance, it also doesn’t forget the real meaning of Christmas.  The sets are breathtakingly beautiful and, when the cast dances down the aisle, you’ll feel like you’re part of the show.

My favorite song comes when the orchestra belts out The Wizard of Winter like a hurricane of song, lights, and energy.

This show is sure to delight kids from 1 to 92.

Don’t forget – guests of The Artist's Inn enjoy discounted tickets.

The 2013 Christmas Show