A few days into the trip, when my leg was just not healing right I ended up going to the Cleveland Clinic to their Express Care. I got a tetanus shot and round of antibiotics and began the process of healing. After that we met up with Adam's brother and sister-in-law (who drove in from St. Louis) at Gandalf's Pub in Valley City.
Where I had my first pierogi. YUM! This one was regular potato and cheese.
These bad boys were reuben pierogis. Double yum.
The girls and I hit up the local antique mall while Adam golfed with his uncle the next day. I ended up getting a few vintage bottles of 4711 cologne. Though it was tough to pass up the old school nautical figurines.
After antiquing we went to downtown Medina and saw an art show.
Handblown glass pumpkins. I was *this close* to buying one but I was afraid of it breaking so I used my money to buy my mom a magnet.
We spent all of Monday in Amish country. Specifically we traveled to Berlin and Charm, Ohio.
I went nuts at this bulk foods store and bought tons of spices and jellies. These large containers of spice ran from $0.48 to $2.50 depending on the type. Amazing deal. And my spice cupboard needed refreshing. I bought: cardamom, french herb blend, mesquite BBQ seasoning, Greek seasoning, cinnamon, rosemary, sage, vanilla beans, curry, pickling spices and more.
An Amish school.
We ate lunch here. It was buffet style and very good. I picked up peanut butter spread here to mail back home with my spices and jellies and maple syrup.
Guggisburg Cheese Factory was great fun. Aunt Sue swears by their baby swiss. The German architecture reminded me of my beloved Helen, Georgia. And Deb.
We crossed the street to greet this big guy. Then headed to Hershberger's Farm.
Where we fed goats on a roof.
And I drooled over these sunflowers.
Next we visited Heini's Cheese Chalet.
It was about here that I was done with the crowds. I only sampled a few smoked swiss cheeses then went outside to get a closer look at the haystacks. Which I have never seen. In Florida, we bale hay in big old rolls, like a cinnamon roll balancing on its side.
Aunt Sue wanted to go into the huge Smucker's store. There were candles and even wax tarts but they smelled so funky I couldn't bring myself to spend $4 each on them. I know. Bad wax blogger, but you know I ain't got time for skunky wax.
It was interesting I guess, but not somewhere I would have stopped on my own. I was eyeing a couple other stores but it is hard to really do what you want when there is a flock of people you go with. One was a cool store called Moon's Harvest. It looked primitive and cute. I did get a fall decoration at Sol's but I will feature that later.
Do you have an Amish area near by? We have one in Sarasota that I have never been to but I vow to go now. I will need more peanut butter spread.