Monday, August 5, 2013

I'm a Little Bit Country....Our Tour of an Amish Farm

I love old barns. I took this photo in Gettysburg, PA while we were walking around the memorials and the cemetery. This old red barn is so beautiful standing alone in the field. I couldn't help but feel humbled by the beauty and history of the area. I will share more photos of Gettysburg later. This post will contain the photos I took during a tour of an Amish Farm and a drive through the country side.

We toured this beautiful farm. I believe we were in Lancaster, PA but I could be mistaken. At any rate it is in the Lancaster area.

I absolutely love this photo. It was a cloudy day with a little drizzle. A little rain did not stop me from wandering around the farm. It made me a little envious of "the simpler life."

A closeup view of the barn, silo and windmill....

We strolled along the path, visited animals in the barns and went inside the school house.

These guys just ignored us!

Continuing our tour.....

This sign is for "directionally challenged" people like ME!

Loved this little flower garden and rail fence.

so pretty....

These sunflowers kept calling me.....I can picture myself sitting among them with a piece of straw in my mouth. I confess that I am a little bit country.....

Had to get a closer image!

Later we drove through the countryside. I have never seen so much corn in my entire life. We were completely surrounded by corn on both sides of the road. Could not even see over it!

Just one of the many beautiful farms along our country drive.

We enjoyed this road trip so much...We drove by Amish homes where the children were all outside playing, enjoying the outdoors, running around the yards. Made me really stop and think about our children today--sitting inside completely absorbed with texting, laptops, computer games, etc.

I am definitely going back someday for a longer visit. We really did not have a lot of time to explore and see all that this area has to offer. It is such a beautiful area and really makes me yearn for a much simpler life in the country! I cannot wait to go back.

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There's No Place Like Home!

Slow Baked Chicken (AKA Joanne's Chicken) and Crunchy Veggie/Fruit Slaw

I have been away for a week and we just got home last night. Today I have been catching up on laundry and had to go grocery shopping as we had no food left in the house. I was anxious to cook a real meal as we have been eating out for almost a week and (I don't know about you) but I sure get tired of restaurant food. The portions are huge and I tend to over eat and then feel blak! If you have ever overeaten, you do not need me to define the word "BLAK." You know exactly what I mean!

The weather here today is glorious! The sky is a perfect shade of blue, no clouds, high 70's to low 80's and no humidity. This is the kind of weather that makes me feel so energized! It is also cool enough to use the oven once again so I have chicken slow baking in my oven in a sweet bourbon marinade. I made a crunchy veggie/fruit slaw as well. Later I will oven roast some baby red potatoes. YUM!

The chicken is very easy to prepare. Purchase chicken pieces. (I used nice plump, all-natural drumsticks with skin and skinless all-natural chicken thighs.) Then add your favorite barbecue sauce or marinade (I used sweet bourbon marinade) and bake for 3 1/2 hrs (covered with foil) at 300 degrees. After 3 hours, remove the foil and bake an additional 1/2 hour so the chicken browns nicely. 

The chicken is tender, moist and falls off the bone. Delicious!

This slaw is very easy to prepare as well. I "throw" together almost a full bag of shredded cabbage/carrots, a 1/2 bag of shredded broccoli slaw, chopped celery, chopped broccoli, chopped cauliflower, dried cranberries, chopped green apple and walnuts. Red grapes are also yummy in this slaw but I forgot to purchase them today! Then I add "Marie's" brand cole slaw sauce--just enough to fully moisten. You can also make your own sauce if you prefer. Mix together....

Look at all that crunchy goodness....

The dried cranberries, apples and walnuts make this extra yummy!

I have made this slaw several times over the summer. It is especially nice to have on very hot days as it is cold and refreshing when hot food just doesn't hit the spot. My family loves this!

After our long drive home last night from Pennsylvania, it feels wonderful to be home again. It's nice to have a home cooked meal after so much dining out. 

I was also anxious to pick up Ellie. Her vet kenneled her for us during our week away. They said she was quiet, very well behaved and just hung out with them.

She was so excited to see us! After being home for only a half-hour or so, she found a plastic bag full of Spanish moss and proceeded to shred the plastic bag. She then managed to spread the moss over every square foot of my back porch floor as well as the furniture! It's good to be home and back to normalcy! There really is no place like home!

Could you really get mad at that face? Not me! 

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