April 2015 Newsletter

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Amish Restaurant in Ohio A Shocking Suprise

These past few months while I was wintering in Florida, something caught my eye. I noticed numerous homeless people standing on the street corners asking for food or money. It really got me to thinking; what’s their story. What happened in their past and how did they end up here. When I was a young girl, I can remember my parents talking about the hobos and tramps that passed through the area. When they were first married mom would invite them into the house and feed them whenever they came around. If she didn’t have leftovers on hand she would fry them an egg sandwich, and there was always cookies on hand. She then packed some more food for them as they went on their way again. They always left satisfied. I personally had never experienced this, and am not sure it would even be safe in the world we live in today. Two opportunities came my way this winter in Florida. As I was leaving K-Mart, I was approached by a homeless man who said he was hungry and asked me for some money, I thought very quickly and told him that he could go to the Wendy’s next door and order whatever he wanted and I would pay for his meal. I didn’t want to hand over cash that could be used for alcohol or drugs. He seemed very pleased by the offer and after I had paid he thanked me and I must say, it felt pretty good! The very next week while at the Pinecraft park I noticed a grungy looking man sitting at the picnic table doing a word search; I said “Good Morning” to Amish Restaurant with Buffet in Mt Hope, Ohio him and he seemed pleased and surprised that someone acknowledged him. I decided I’d go back the next day and see if he was there and maybe find out more about him. The next morning I went back and sure enough, there he was, sitting at the same picnic table, so I asked him how he was doing and what he does for a living. He told me he travels with the fairs from March through October then spends the winters in Florida. I asked where he lives and he said, “right here under the stars if I don’t get run out.” He pointed out a wooded area where he sometimes sleeps, and said he also sleeps on the porches of the some of the homes that are winter residents if no one reports him. He asked me if I was here for the winter. I told him yes, I was here for five weeks and that it was really cold back in Ohio where I’m from. He then asked me if I knew where Sugarcreek was; I was shocked! That’s a mere 10 miles from where I live. So what do you know about Sugarcreek Ohio, I asked. Turns out he grew up not far from there in the small town of Baltic. Now I was really getting curious! I asked him his name, and now get this, He’s a Yoder! I couldn’t believe it, I told him that I too, was a Yoder and was raised in Mt. Hope. “Oh, I’ve been there many times,” he exclaimed. He continued to tell me his life’s story and how he was raised Amish. (Turns out I know some of his family.) He proceeded to tell me how as a child he never really fit in at school and was picked on a lot, I guess today we would call that bullying. After a nice talk we parted ways and I left, still in disbelief. In today’s society we are always being warned, don’t talk to strangers! I am always being accused of talking too much, and making people wait on me, but that’s how I find out who people are and I have made some lifelong friends that way. We definitely live in a different world that my parents grew up in; they used to say they never met a stranger, for they always talked to everyone. My mom always said “they are some mother’s child.” So sometimes we need to relax our guard and take the time to get to know someone, you never know what an impact that might make on someone’s life or when a chance encounter will turn into a friend for life.

Ohio Amish Country Dining Buffet

Here are some new recipes that I had the privilege of partaking in while I was in Florida this year. We had the honor of being dinner guests at the home of one of our managers, John Raber, and his wife Ruth. The meal was fantastic and I asked her if she would share her recipes and she gladly obliged.Ohio Amish Country Dining Buffet

Corn Chip Salad
5 hard-boiled eggs, chopped Fried bacon (as much as you like)
8 oz Colby cheese, shredded
1 head lettuce, chopped
Corn chips
¾ cup salad dressing
3 T. vinegar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3cup white sugar
First combine salad dressing and vinegar. Mix together milk and sugars and add to first mixture. Pour over salad, top with corn chips.

Taco Squares
2 cups Bisquick mix
½ cup cold water
1 lb. ground beef
1 green pepper, chopped
2 T. onions, chopped
1 pkg. taco seasoning
8 oz. tomato sauce
8 oz. sour cream
1/3 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Combine bisquick mix and water, stirring with a fork. Press in bottom of a greased pan. Bake at 375° for 9 minutes. Brown beef with peppers and onions, stir in taco seasoning and tomato sauce. Spoon over crust. Combine sour cream, mayo, and cheese. Spread over meat mixture. Bake at 375° uncovered for 25 minutes or until lightly browned.

Sour Cream Raisin Pie
1¼ cup raisins
1-3 oz. pkg instant vanilla pudding
8 oz. cream cheese
¼ cup milk
¾ cup powdered sugar
Cool whip
Baked pie crust
Cover raisins with water and cook until soft, but not mushy. Drain and save the water. Cool. Mix one small box instant vanilla pudding with liquid from raisins and enough milk to make 1¼ cup. Let set until thickened. Mix together cream cheese, milk, and powdered sugar, then add to vanilla pudding. Add cooled raisins and a little bit of cool whip. Spoon into pie crust. Top with additional cool whip.

Amish Restaurant with Buffet in Mt Hope, Ohio

8101 State Route 241 Mt Hope, OH 44660

Phone: (330) 674-0922

Restaurant Hours:
Monday - Saturday 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Closed Sunday

Email Us: info@mrsyoderskitchen.com

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