Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Soft Raisin Cookie Recipe from Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast

If you have ever stayed at Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast you have met Carol's mother, Beverly.  Some people know her as "the cookie lady" because she often bakes the cookies that we put in the guest rooms each day.  One of Carol's favorite cookies that her mother makes is her Raisin Cookies.  They are soft, have a hint of spice, and no one can eat just one!

Raisin Cookies

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
1 c. water 
3 ½ c. flour
2 c. raisins 

1 t. baking powder
1 c. butter Crisco sticks 

1 t. baking soda
1 ¾ c. sugar 

½ t. ground cinnamon
2 eggs, beaten 

½ t. ground nutmeg
1 t. vanilla

Combine raisins and water in a small saucepan;
Bring to a boil. Cook for 3 minutes;
Remove from heat and let cool (do not drain)
In a mixing bowl, cream Crisco, sugar, eggs, and vanilla.
Combine the dry ingredients; gradually add to creamed mixture and stir in raisins.
Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls on greased baking sheets about 2”.  Bake for 12-14 minutes.

Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608 www.garden-gate.com

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast's Spring Bucket List in Amish Country

Spring time is a time of renewal and Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast has come up with a "Bucket List" of things to do in Ohio Amish Country this season.  Many people return each year and always visit the same places so we hope that we have come up with some new ideas for you:

Visit Chalet in the Valley Restaurant across from Guggisberg Cheese and try their Cheese Fondue.  Their specialty is Swiss cooking but there are plenty of options from burgers to salads to fried chicken.

Visit historic Zoar village and learn the history of how the German Separatists settled here.    There is a tour that you can take that is very interesting and informative.  Make time to stroll through the gardens and visit the greenhouse.   They are open on Sundays too!

Go to School House Winery and do some wine tasting and have a light meal.  They are literally inside a one room school house and their wines have names that reflect the school/education theme.

No visit to the area is complete without a stop at a bakery. At Hershberger's Farm & Bakery on State Route 557 you will see some baby animals and can feed the goats.  Millers Bakery off of State Route 557 near Charm is an authentic Amish Bakery with so many delicious things that you will want to take some home and freeze them for future dates. Both are Amish so you won't find a website.

Take some time to stop and "smell the roses" by going to The Wilderness Center.  They have several nature trails, a picnic area, and a wonderful nature center with trail maps, interactive exhibits, and a gift shop.  Each month they have special bird walks, flower walks, nature hikes, etc.  The perfect way to relax.

Book your lodging at Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast where you can sit around a campfire each night (unless it rains).  There are also porch swings and gliders on the property to swing, watch the birds, and enjoy the Spring flowers.  If you are a gardener please note that there is no extra charge to help pull weeds.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608 www.garden-gate.com

Monday, March 31, 2014

No Sex, No Kids, No Money

Can you imagine living in a community where you were told no sex, no kids, no money/income?  There is such a community in Ohio.  In 1817 a group of German people settled in Zoar, Ohio.  They moved to the USA seeking religious freedom and avoiding the religious persecution in their own Country.  They set up as a community that many today would consider a commune.  Houses were numbered and each family was assigned to a house.  Each day the men would gather and were assigned jobs and any income earned was pooled by the community, not in their own pocket.  At one point these Germans got a contract to work on the Erie Canal.  In order to get the contract done early and earn a bonus they wanted the women to work on it as well.  As a result their children were put in a dormitory during the week and didn't live at home.  Sex was "banned" in marriage so that no new babies would be born while they needed the women to work on the Erie Canal.  For 80 years this group of Separatists lived in this commune-like setting.  The tour of this village is quite fascinating.  You will visit the dairy, the blacksmith, the bakery, the greenhouse, and more.  There are restaurants in town so you can make a day or afternoon of your visit.  They open for the season on April 5, 2014.  They are even open on Sunday afternoon which makes a great follow up to your weekend getaway in Holmes County, Amish Country.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608 www.garden-gate.com

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Amish Driving Lessons in Holmes County

At our bed and breakfast guests often inform us while they were driving around Holmes County, Ohio, they saw Amish people in a car.  They are shocked because they have always known the Amish to travel by horse & buggy.  So here is your Amish driving lesson for the day:

  1. The Amish of Holmes County, Ohio are allowed to hire a driver to transport them where they need to go.  This is mainly the Old Order and New Order as you will not see the Swartzentruber Amish in a car.  They mainly hire drivers for getting to work, doctor appointments, and out of State weddings and funerals.
  2. Amish young adults going through Rumspringa are allowed to get a drivers license and drive a car until they are baptized and officially join the Amish church.
  3. The Amish of Holmes County, Ohio are not allowed to own a car/truck unless they are in their Rumspringa.
So there you have it . . . you are not going crazy when you see an Amish person in a car in Holmes County, Ohio.

Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608 www.garden-gate.com

Monday, March 24, 2014

Murder in Holmes County Ohio Amish Country

While Holmes County, Ohio has one of the lowest murder rates, if not the lowest, you will find murder of a different kind . . . murder mystery packages!  You can book a weekend at a Holmes County bed and breakfast and participate in a murder mystery game.  You are a suspect.  The innkeepers send you your character information/descriptions ahead of time so that you can come up with a costume for your character.  When you arrive at the murder mystery party you will be provided with all of the clues and information that you need and thus you don't have to have any acting experience to have fun with these weekend packages.  A progressive dinner is served, one course in between each round of the game.  If you love to laugh or de-stress this is the perfect weekend package for you.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608 www.garden-gate.com

Friday, March 21, 2014

One on One With an Amish Family

Many of the guests that stay at Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast do so because they are interested in learning more about Amish culture and customs. They have heard that Holmes County and the surrounding area is home to the world's largest Amish community.  On very special option for these guests is to experience dinner with an Amish family.  The B&B has a couple of Amish neighbors that cook exclusively for their B&B.  Unlike the local tour company that will send a motor coach full of guests to an Amish home for dinner where it feels more like a restaurant, this bed and breakfast may just send 2 guests to eat with their Amish neighbors.  Keep in mind that the Amish don't have cars to run out to the grocery store at the last minute for baking supplies so you should allow at least one week notice before requesting this experience.  The menu consists of homemade bread and salad, followed by meat, potatoes, noodles, vegetable, beverage and dessert.  The Amish dinner is served family-style so you will not walk away hungry.  You can make dinner reservations at the same time that you book your guest room.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608 www.garden-gate.com

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

A Tea That A Man Will Love

When ladies go on vacation something that catches their eye is a tea room.  You go inside, the decor is adorable, you eat tiny little tea sandwiches or quiches, and sip tea.  If your husband is with you that is the last thing that he wants to do on vacation!  We're going to change that . . . we have a tea package that a man could love.  Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast has 3 dates where the tea is held in an historical home and the package includes a tour of another home next door that has been turned in to a museum.
The actual tea and museum tour are on Saturday afternoon so there is also free time over the weekend for the guys to do more "manly" things.  The tea takes place at Castle Club which is the former Lessie Lee home.  After the tea you go next door for the Victorian House Museum tour.  The architecture is something that your man will find fascinating, especially the fireplaces.  The home/museum has been featured on HGTV but it's more recent claim to fame is that Ohio's Paranormal Research group has deemed this home one of the most haunted places in Ohio.  So grab your guy and come on over to Holmes County Amish Country and have some tea for two.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608 www.garden-gate.com