June 2017 Newsletter

Mrs Yoders Restaurant in Amish Country, Ohio

Last month I wrote a tribute to mothers and the important role they play in the family unit. But does all the responsibility lie on her shoulders? No – Dads’ roles are equally important. My dad was a dedicated family man and I don’t remember him ever raising his voice at me. He very protective of me, which sometimes irritated me, as I felt like I missed out on a lot of things. He didn’t like for me to go swimming because he was afraid I would drown, and I wasn’t allowed to ride horses for fear that I would fall off and break something. He once told me that he had waited so long for a girl and now that he had me, he didn’t want to let anything bad happen to me. While dad was at work during the day, I was at home with my mom, but when he came home I spent a lot of time with him feeding all the animals and helping him with other odd jobs outside. Something else that he did that was pretty special to me, was that he allowed me to ride in the Holmes County highway truck with him. When he was working on the roads in the eastern part of the county, as he went past our house he would blow the horn, then on the way back he would stop and pick me up. I felt oh, so important sitting up high in the big county truck, and we would go to the gravel banks and get gravel to spread. Dad also loved to take long, leisurely Sunday afternoon drives through the countryside. To this day I still enjoy that very thing, looking at the scenery, seeing new places, and just watching the animals in the fields is very relaxing to me. I guess that is something I learned from my dad. Dad worked on the Holmes County Highway Dept. for 43 years and the people who lived along his route to the county garage said they could set their clocks by him because he was so punctual. So thank you dad, for all the love you showed me, and for making our home a HOME.

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May 2017 Newsletter

Mrs Yoders Restaurant in Amish Country, Ohio

Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1908 when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother at St. Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia. Her campaign to make Mother’s Day a holiday began in 1905, the year her own mother died. Her mother had been a peace activist who cared for wounded soldiers on both sides of the American Civil War, and had created Mother’s Day Work Clubs to address public health issues. Anna Jarvis wanted to honor her mother by continuing the work she started, and to set aside a day to honor all mothers, because she believed that they were “the person who had done more for you than anyone in the world.” In 1914 Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating Mother’s Day be held the second Sunday in May, as a national holiday to honor all mothers.

This special date, the second Sunday in May, has been set aside to honor our mothers. And it is good to honor our Mother’s on this day, however, it is love returning love that honors our mothers all year long. You will never regret the good things you do for your mother while she is living. I can remember all the sacrifices that my mother made for me and my three brothers. If there was only one piece of cake or a single cookie left she always saved it for me. If there was a special event going on at school that required a new dress she sewed it for me or bought one before anything that she may have needed. She taught me how to work, how to can food, and how to bake and cook. We did things together, and she made it fun for me as I was learning these new skills. We always talked while we worked and she would tell me about her growing up years and all the mischief that she and her sisters got into. I don’t remember ever being yelled at or spanked as a child when I disobeyed. She would always talk to me in her quiet voice and I could tell that I had disappointed her, and that was a worse feeling than a good sound spanking.

In 1986 when my mom was visiting her sister in Springfield, her home was broken into and all her earthly possessions were stolen. She very calmly said, “If they can get to heaven with those things, then maybe I can make it to heaven without them.” She forgave whoever committed this crime against her, even though we never did find out who the perpetrators were. She then moved in with us and lived with us for 23 years. She adapted to our way of doing things and watched Trent, our son, grow from a small boy to a teenager, and on to becoming a young man. She made his friends feel welcome and tolerated his loud music and drum practice with a smile on her face. As long as she was able, she would have food on the table for us when we came home from work. I remember when we bought a dishwasher she didn’t like it because she rather enjoyed when it was just the two of us doing dishes and catching up on the day’s events. There were times when I didn’t feel like talking but I knew it meant a lot to her and after being alone all day she needed the close companionship. She kept busy even into her later years, doing whatever she could to help out. When she was 95 she made 623 potholders that summer for my gift shop. After that, she gradually started losing her eyesight, but she was still interested in how everyone’s day had been. She passed away in 2006, just before Mother’s Day. I miss her a lot, and there are days when something happens that I would love to be able to sit down and talk to her about it, but I wouldn’t wish her back for the world. I am just thankful I had her for a mother, and the legacy that she left behind. Thank You Mom!

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April 2017 Newsletter

Mrs Yoders Restaurant in Amish Country, Ohio

As I sit at the kitchen table digging through my recipe box looking for a recipe, I am flooded with so many memories of the past. Good memories of special people. My niece called me and asked for the refrigerator cake recipe that my mom used to make for all the family get-togethers. I thought of our neighbor lady who gave it to us. She called it ice box cake because her way of cooling it was in the ice box. We were fortunate because we had a refrigerator, so my mom changed the name to refrigerator cake. I haven’t made it all that often, but the few times I did, the grandchildren just loved it. I consider it more of a summertime dessert because it is light and refreshing. During my search I came across the recipe for my aunt Alma’s Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies. Alma kept these in a big glass cookie jar in the pantry and every time I visited I was treated to sugar cookies and milk, and to this very day I still have to eat my sugar cookies with milk. I think of these people with fond memories. A lot of the recipes are tattered, torn, and stained, but it is in their own handwriting, which to me is special and irreplaceable. I found my Grandma Arnold’s recipe for cassia bud pickles and I thought of how old that recipe was, yet it has withstood the test of time. I had bought a big box of recipes at an auction and it was entertaining to read through them. The measurements were a small pinch of this and a big pinch of that. Some of them had little notes written in the margins; the one noted that this is what Aunt Helen brought to the reunion. It made me feel like I was going back in time. I remember when we opened the restaurant, I wanted a recipe for date nut pudding, so I came up with my grandma’s cake recipe. It was a bit challenging because it called for butter the size of a walnut, and a dash here and a pinch there. I got that figured out, but when I went to use Eli’s mother’s recipe for the caramel sauce, it called for butter the size of an egg, but not a big egg, only a medium sized egg, so I had to figure that out too. It makes for a good laugh now, but that’s what worked for them. You can go online and find most any recipe nowadays, but it’s not tattered and stained, and in someone’s handwriting, and it’s missing all the memories!

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March 2017 Newsletter

Mrs Yoders Restaurant in Amish Country, Ohio

Well, here we are, the start of a new year and it’s time yet again for our newsletter. How quickly time flies by. My favorite part of this time of year is receiving those much anticipated seed catalogs in the mail. I actually received my first one the day before Christmas; alas, there was no time to look through it then, but that’s what these long January and February days are for. So I dug in and started making my lists. I make it a point to plant some new vegetables and flowers every year, and this year is no exception. I’m going to try an early salad tomato that matures in 45 days, and also something really new for me, of which I know very little about, and that is Goji Berries. This little fruit that grows on a bush is packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and amino acids. The leaves can be eaten as a vegetable or used to make tea. The company I will be ordering from will even send me a cookbook with 131 recipes for Goji Berries. Thank goodness! I will need all the help I can get. A new perennial that caught my eye is called Red Birds in a Tree. This is a small shrub that has red flowers that are shaped like cardinals. I can’t wait to see that in full bloom. Another plant I will be ordering is a White Feather Hosta. I have tried this once before and just as it was peeping through the ground, my dog destroyed it, so I will try again this year. Last year a friend gave me a flower called a popcorn plant. This is a tall plant with striking yellow blooms, but best of all, if you rub the leaves it smells like buttered popcorn. I put my order in for some more this year. Hopefully I’ll get enough to share. So if you have a green thumb, or even if you don’t, I hope you’ll try something new and exciting this year.

On a different note, there are new things happening in Mt. Hope! There’s a new building just east of Mrs. Yoder’s Kitchen that’s being shared by Mt. Hope Harness and Shoe, and the Country Health Store. One stop shopping! The shoe store was previously located on the south end of town, and the Country Health Store expanded from their original space, and now carries many more items. So they will be our new neighbors, we welcome them and wish them much success. Be sure to stop in and visit them the next time you’re in town. The Mt. Hope Event Center opened their doors the first of the year with much success. Mrs. Yoder’s catered their first event which was the Mid-Ohio Growers Meeting. Next came the Sportsman’s Show, which totaled close to 15,000 people over the course of the three day event, the following week it was the North Central Dairy Grazing Conference. A very successful opening indeed! Mt. Hope is officially on the map! If people don’t know where Mt. Hope is, they will soon find out.

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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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