Delicious Pumpkin Pecan Cupcakes

JD's Yummy Pumpkin Cupcakes

JD’s Yummy Pumpkin Cupcakes

Everyone who knows my wife Wanda and I, knows that she’s a pretty incredible homemaker, cook, and baker. She learned most of what she knows from her mom, who in turn, learned from her mom. It’s a generational thing.

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Amish Country Fall Foliage and Horse and Buggy

Amish Horse and Buggy in Ohio Amish Country

Amish Horse and Buggy in Ohio Amish Country

A couple of days ago I was traversing the back roads just south of Millersburg, Ohio; on township roads I had never traveled before. I just happened upon this scene in the late afternoon. The golden, sunset created this dazzlingly splendid scene just as a horse and buggy was cresting the hill.

Fall Foliage in Amish Country Voted #3 by National Geographic

Amish Country Ohio Fall Foliage Voted #3 by National Geographic

Amish Country Ohio Fall Foliage Voted #3 by National Geographic

It seemed to me that the colors this fall have not been as vibrant in Ohio Amish country. However, this weekend that began to change. More and more trees are turning from green to orange, yellow, and red colors. When the late afternoon sun hits them, the leaves just glow. It’s lookin quite lovely. Recently, National Geographic selected the top 10 places in the world to see fall foliage. Holmes County Ohio Amish Country came in at number three. Pretty impressive! I think the peak of the color will be this coming weekend however, things should still be pretty good for another couple of weeks. The weather here has been absolutely gorgeous, not a lot of rain and plenty of sunshine. We’re looking forward to enjoying every day for the next couple of weeks before the trees once again shed their leaves. Here’s a link to the Nat Geo article: Top Ten Places for Fall Foliage by National Geographic.

Hershberger’s Farm and Bakery Fall Family Night

Hershbergers Farm and Bakery Fall Family Night

Hershbergers Farm and Bakery Fall Family Night

Today was the annual Hershbergers Farm and Bakery Fall Family night. This is a very popular destination for visitors to Ohio Amish Country. See listing at Hershberger’s Farm and Bakery.

Japanese Film Documentary of Amish Country

Duo Creative of San Francisco Filming in Amish Country

Duo Creative of San Francisco Filming in Amish Country

Today I happened across a film production company, Duo Creative of San Francisco, shooting footage in Berlin, Ohio. They proceeded over to Kauffman’s Country Bakery in Bunker Hill, where I met up with them. I spoke briefly with one of the directors of the project from Duo Creative, Naomichi Hosoya. They’ve been here since Sept. 28 shooting footage of the area. Their particular interest is to capture footage of the area and the Amish lifestyle. Naomichi stated fifty years or more ago, the Japanese culture and lifestyle was more like what they’ve seen here in Amish country, but modern life in Japan is much more hectic, especially in the cities. The film will be a Japanese language documentary of life in Amish country and will be broadcast on Japanese national television. Naomichi said this is his, and the crews, first trip to Amish country. They have had a great time here capturing the simple life.

Fall Foliage in Amish Country

Amish-Country-Fall-FoliageThe transformation from green to vibrant colors is just beginning here in Ohio Amish Country. This morning while traversing the county roads of Holmes County I saw this scene. Most of the trees are still green but this one was vivid with color. Let the magic begin!

Gettin’ Ready for the Fall Season in Ohio Amish Country

Homestead-Furniture-Company-Mt-Hope-OhioToday my travels took me north of Mt. Hope, Ohio. The fall season, the busiest time of the year in Amish country, is just beginning. Drivers-by can’t help but notice this pumpkin staircase at Homestead Furniture in Mt. Hope, Ohio. Fall is my favorite time of the year. Lookin forward to the beautiful Amish Country fall foliage and all the fall festivals. Good times!

Amish Girls Volleyball at Baltic Homecoming

Amish-Girls-VolleyballSeveral weeks ago Wanda and I headed down to Baltic, Ohio to eat at Miller’s Dutch Kitchen. It had been a while since we made the short trip south of Berlin to eat there. On the way there, we saw lots of horse and buggies and Amish young people riding bikes, on their way towards Baltic. Unbeknownst to us, it was the first night of the Baltic, Ohio Homecoming. After a delicious meal at Miller’s we headed on over to the park area and spent a bit of time there and had some home-made ice cream. The main event was the Amish girls volleyball tournament. [Read more…]