Wednesday, August 24, 2016


 Meet Hannibal, my new mixer.  This is a commercial KitchenAid mixer and it is a workhorse.  I should have had one of these years ago.  I am thrilled with it; though the wedding cookies just became really expensive.

 The cage is to keep you from falling in.  Not really but I'm really glad it's there.

 I'm pumping out abut 150-200 cookies each day.

 At this rate, I will have about 1 dozen cookies for each guest to take home. 

 That's about 1400 cookies.

The shelter that I used to cook for is close by so they will get the leftovers. I assume there will be leftovers but maybe not?

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Heart of Amish Country

 When you see this in your front window and this in your rear view mirror, you know you are in Amish country.  Click to enlarge.

 Tooling down the road, we spotted this.

 The bastion of jam and jellies!

 Why is this guy on a sulky?

 An Amish limo.

 A convertible.

 A two wheeler for kids.

 Future sauerkraut and halushki....what's not to love about Fall?

You never know what you are going to see on these trips.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Amish Barn Raising

 Click to enlarge these.  As we were driving down back roads in Amish country, we came upon a bunch of men and boys involved in a traditional barn raising.

 I wish we could have stopped to watch the whole thing.

 They will have the entire structure up by the end of the day.

The Amish never waste time.

Sunday, August 21, 2016


 We were driving down a country road in Ohio and I spotted them from a distance.

The first pumpkins of Fall, I would bow at their feet if they had them.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Fall Decorating

I figured that if I decorated for Fall, the Autumn Gods would take notice and drop the temps a few degrees. It didn't work.  At least I'm decorated.
 Four racks of these cookies are now packed up and checked off the list.  About 900 more to go.

 I hung one of my mirror chains out front and it is magical when the sun hits it in the morning.

 We are heading out on a road trip tomorrow and I am hoping to find my first pumpkins to add to the mix.

Next year it will be time for a change in decorating.  Next year when I have something called 'time on my hands'!

Thursday, August 18, 2016


 The Blog Tech and his soon to be wife spent a week in the Seattle area attending a guess what?  Wedding! While they were there, they did as much sightseeing as they could squeeze in. Being a huge fan of the old series, and soon to be a new series, Twin Peaks, they drove up to Snowqualmie to stop by the diner for a slice of cherry pie and a 'good cup o' Joe' and then headed up to the Salish Lodge to see the falls.  While they were there they bought me this book.  They know what a frustrated wannabe bee keeper I am.

 They got me this cute little glass bee too.

 For anyone interested in bees, this is a fabulous book.  It shows you the entire history of bees and honey.

 Discusses all the different types of bees.

 Beekeeping, of course.

 How to use bees wax.

 Bee sting therapy.....NOOOOO!!!!

If you know someone with bees or someone who wants to have bees like me, this is a wonderful gift.
And the wedding baking continues!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

And It Begins

Sorry, this is all I have for you today. COOKIES!  We are having a cookie and candy buffet at the wedding and I am the baker. I have to bake approximately 1500 cookies in 2 weeks.  And wouldn't you know it?  My mixer died in the beginning of my first batch yesterday.  It groaned, then sighed and died.  I think I heard it say...."I can't do this".  Traitor.

*to answer the comment was a kitchenaid mixer, the big one!  It lasted 4 years.  This is the 9th kitchenaid motor I've burned out in 25 years.  They only last a lifetime if you use them like a normal person.