Wednesday, July 29, 2015


Yesterday on Elaine's birthday we headed out to Lancaster County.  Elaine's best friend, Donna, came along too.  We had a great time.  Lancaster is so pretty.

Everywhere we looked was corn.  Lots of corn!

See the wash on the line?  You can tell it's Amish.
 The first place we stopped was Dutch Haven.
 We looked around in there for quite awhile.  They had beautiful handmade furniture.  I wanted to take home so much.  I may go back and get a couple of pieces.  All I did buy, though, was a jar of bread and butter pickles for Joe and a new fairy for my fairy garden.

Then we headed on to Rockvale Mall where all the outlet stores are.  We went in only two:  Reading China and Glass and Christmas Tree Hill.  They are our two favorites.  I bought way more than I should have in Reading, but it's all stuff I can use.

Next we headed for Kitchen Kettle.  We had to go to the Christmas Shop and get our ornaments.  It's a tradition now.  Elaine and I always pick out an ornament on her birthday.

Here's my choice for this year.  Isn't it beautiful?  We both walk around the store looking at everything until an ornament calls our name.  We always know which ornament will be the one we take.

When we came out I took a picture of Elaine and Donna outside of the shop.  You have to have your picture taken on your birthday.  Don't you?  Elaine and Donna met on the first day of first grade and have been best friends ever since.

Our only other stop was the Jam & Relish Kitchen.

This is a dangerous store for my pocketbook.  When you walk in you smell them making jelly.  Or salsa.  Or baking bread.  Or cookies.  And then you look around the store.  There are samples on all the tables.  You know what you are buying.  And sometimes what not to buy if you don't like it.  We were there a long time making up our minds on what to get.

On the way out there was a farmer selling peaches that he had picked that morning.  It was getting toward the end of the day and he had just a few boxes left so he was selling them for $5 each or $8 for two.  Donna and I each got a box and we saved a buck.  I'm having them for dinner tonight but Joe has already eaten two and says they are delicious!

We went to dinner then.  Elaine wanted to go to Bird-in-Hand Restaurant so that was where we went.  We all had the smorgasbord.  It was good.  Elaine got cake and ice cream for dessert to celebrate.  Our waitress was named Diane and was so nice.  She greeted us by saying, "Welcome, ladies.  Isn't this a beautiful warm day that God has given to us?  He's so good."  Well you know that charmed the three of us immediately.

I took a few pictures as we walked around after dinner. They have a cute little gift shop with crafts, food and books.

I love this saying.

Little slates with Bible verses

Everywhere we went we saw these little chickadee figurines.  They were inexpensive too.  I wanted to buy them, but I have no place to put them.

Beautiful flowers outside the door.

We loved the weeping willows.

Across the street was Smuckers Stables.

 I took pictures of the scenery as we drove home.


Lots of farms

Goodbye Lancaster County.  Until next time.
 This morning I took pictures of my purchases to show you.

Freshly baked cinnamon raisin bread, a Thanksgiving kitchen towel, some forks (we're always running out of forks for some reason) and a can of pumpkin spice tea.  It smells wonderful!

Two bags of cookie chips (Chocolate chip and cinnamon sugar) and a box of K-cup coffee for Joe.

Tortilla chips, mango salsa, pumpkin spice cookie spread and vidalia onion relish.

We needed Plink and I got a fruit cover.  I've never seen one before but I know I'll use it.

Bread and Butter Pickles for Joe and a new fairy for my fairy garden.

A large jar of pretzels to take to work.  And an infusion water pitcher.  Another item I had never seen.  I am washing it today and I know we will use it a lot!

I love my new little "Fall" sign.  It was so unique I had to get it.  I have so many fall decorations.  I love fall.

Donna made and gave me these three bracelets.  They are so pretty.  I wore the one on the left yesterday.  It went perfectly with my outfit.
 So that is my day yesterday.  And now I have to get busy with my housework.  I can't believe it's so late already.

Before I go here is the July photo challenge.  The prompt was "blue."  I  was taking pictures of the sky when my sister said  that her purse was blue.  It was on the car seat beside me and I thought, "Yes!  This is better." So that's what I took.

I'm linking up with Kati at Kati's Little Corner of the World for this July photo challenge.



  1. Another really great day. I would have enjoyed going to Lancaster with you. There is an Amish settlement in middle Tennessee, and have been there, and also came home with several 'goodies'. Thanks for sharing with us! Goodnight.

  2. Such treasures you found! I Totally love the "Fall" sign! Elaine's purse is pretty as are the bracelets
    The nautical one is so clever,using the 'knot' in the middle & anchor as the hook. The photos are all great. made me feel like I was there. Thanks for the visit!

  3. What a great day! I would have enjoyed it.

  4. Page had to be reloaded for some strange reason so I am retyping my comment. I agree with my friend Vee. A really wonderful day. and just my kind of day. I may have to take a nice ride there myself, not as much fun, but I have really been missing Lancaster.


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