I thought I would share a little more about my day in Shipshewana and Middlebury, IN. There is a large Amish community that live in the Shipshewna area. It seems like where you find Amish you find quilts and good food. There is another great quilt store called Yoder's Department Store. They claim to have over 12,000 bolts of fabric with over 4,000 of those bolts being 100% cotton fabric. I believe them! There is so much to see and of course buy there! They have the best selection of solid color fabric that I have ever seen. If you want to make an Amish inspired quilt, that is the place to find the fabric you need. I made a mistake on the way to Shipshewana. I told my DH that I had collected enough pink and brown reproduction fabrics to make my long planned for quilt. Of course what did I see but new double pinks and browns and they all were calling my name. When DH saw what I bought he said, "I thought you had enough pinks and browns now?" I told him they were just calling my name. What was I supposed to do? Leave them at the store? I think not!
My non-quilting friend, Char has asked me if I will ever blog about something that isn't quilt related. Here it is Char! Middlebury is a neighboring town. There are treasures to be found there too. One such treasure will be mailed off to my Mother-in-law. We took her to the Shipshewana area once when she was visiting us. She bought some Yoder's Pork Rinds and claimed they tasted just like the ones she had when she was a girl. She says they are even better if you pop them in the microwave and warm them up just a little. I will just have to take her word for that! The only place we can find them for her now is in a little grocery store in Middlebury. She will be happy when she receives her surprise package in the mail.
My absolute favorite place to go to in Middlebury is Essenhause. There is a wonderful hotel, great shops, yummy bakery, and a fantastic restaurant there.
At the restaurant you have two choices. You can eat a family style all you want to eat meal or choose from a menu. We chose to eat the family style meal this time. Wish I would have had my camera with me. You would be licking your lips right about now and wishing you were there too. We had chicken, baked steak, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, noodles, homemade bread, corn and of course dessert. The dessert ended up going home with us as our tummy's were just to full to enjoy it there. My DH loves their Chocolate Raspberry pie, so he brought one of those home too. Yum!
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