Monthly Archives: January 2010

School

Amish One Room School Houses

The Amish believe that the one room schools, best served the educational needs of their people; the basic education in the “Three R’s.” Their schools do not have electricity or automatic running water.

The children go to school until the 8th grade. The teachers are generally single Amish women who are chosen by a local school board of parents for their academic ability and commitment to religious values and Amish views. With the practical training that the children recieve at home and in school, they are equipped to accept full time jobs by the time they leave school.

Therefore, after formal schooling is completed, Amish children typically receive some vocational schooling, or “education by doing,” once a week. They learn about the operation and techniques of farming, or the trade of their father. Boys start helping out with plowing and other related jobs at an early age, and girls work with their mother and sisters. To read more about Amish education and work, click here.

Millers

Miller’s Smorgasbord

My sister Abby came to visit me this past weekend. I knew she was arriving Friday night, but I wasn’t sure what time, so I planned to go out to eat with her. She ended up not getting in until later, so we just ordered pizza, and decided to go out for lunch on Saturday!

I wanted to pick a restaurant that she hadn’t ever been to, and she wanted PA Dutch food, so I picked Miller’s, one of Lancaster County’s finest smorgasbords! One of the things that I really like about Miller’s, and something that surprised my sister, is that most buffet style restaurants are one flat price, not matter what you plan to eat. Miller’s offers different meal options, so if you’re just going to have soup & salad, you pay a lower rate than having the whole smorgasbord!

When you go into Miller’s they’ve got some of the history on the walls (with photos, etc.). Did you know that it’s been around since 1929 – almost 100 years! The food is amazing. They’ve got hot entrees, a soup station, a salad station, carving stations, dessert, bread, appetizers, and much more! I got my favorite, mashed potatoes (made from REAL potatoes, not just a box), with fried chicken, squash, green beans, a roll, and some other great food. For dessert, I had a slice of apple pie. All delicious.

One other great thing about heading to Miller’s is that they buy local – everything is cooked from scratch. And, they’ve added wine, beer, and cocktails to their menu – including some made from their own Genuine Shoofly Liqueur. We’ve got a bottle of the Shoofly Liqueur – and it’s not just good in drinks – it’s fantastic over vanilla ice cream! I think it will be great in the summer, when it’s too hot for me to want to make a pie, but I’m missing the taste of shoo-fly – I can have it over ice cream!

After we were done eating, we stopped out at the bakery & gift shop – where you can get tons of different things, including some of Miller’s canned jams, chow-chow, beets, fruit, and much more. To see more of what they have to offer at the store, click here.

 

Winter

Snow Covered Amish Country

The past month or so has brought a lot of snow to Lancaster County. We’ve had a few coatings of snow, like this morning, and we’ve had one pretty big storm (some places getting up to 2 feet of snow!). Lancaster County is the perfect destination for a nice, cozy, weekend winter vacation for family or friends. It’s a different experience to see the Amish horses out pulling sleighs instead of buggies – and you can even ride in one, when there’s enough snow covering the ground!

If you’re like me, and not the type to want to go out when it’s cold outside, tons of the bed & breakfasts, inns and hotels have fireplaces in the rooms. I can’t think of a better way to spend a relaxing vacation than to curl by the fire, watching the flames, and the snow falling outside your window. The kids can go to the indoor pool, or outside to play and get their energy out while you relax!

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