Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Columbus Temple and Amish Country

 On Veteran's Day the courthouse was closed so we took the opportunity to go to Columbus to the temple.  As you can see it is a very small temple but it is very beautiful.  When we got inside we were delighted to see the Marietta Bishop's wife in the lobby.  She had names she needed help with so we were able to take some names through for her. Small in size certainly doesn't mean small in spirit.  This is a temple many people travel hours to get to and sometimes only are able to make it a few times a year.  The spirit in this temple is huge! The people who serve there are so humble and sweet. I don't think I've ever seen a more beautiful chandelier than is in that tiny celestial room. What a special experience!  We hated to leave.
On our way home we went to Costco since the only Costco anywhere near us is in Columbus.  David wanted to get some sugar-free Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate.  Wouldn't you know, they didn't have it!  They just had the kind with sugar in it.  It's OK though, he gets it at Walmat, just not in the huge quantities.
On Saturday we went to the Amish country about and hour and a half north of Marietta with the Grammers.  We let them show us their favorite places.  We went to a cheese factory and tasted a ton of different cheeses (Yum)!  We went to a huge fabric store with super cheap bolts of fabric.  One thing they had I couldn't believe was 30 yd rolls of 5" wide lace for $5. No, I didn't buy any. I don't know how I'd get it home.  We went to an Amish bakery and David bought fry pies.  We went to an Amish woman's garage where she makes noodles and bought a bunch of her noodles.  Then we went to another woman's garage and Carolyn bought sleeves of canning jar lids at about half the regular cost. I think she said there are 30 dozen in a sleeve for $30.
There are small free newspapers available in most of the businesses that have lots of Amish recipes inside.  I have tried a few and they are worth sharing:
Pumpkin-Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 t. baking soda
3/4 t salt
1 3/4 t cinnamon
1/4 t nutmeg
1/4 t ginger
1 C butter, softened
1 1/3 C packed brown sugar
2/3 C. sugar
1 egg
1 t vanilla
1 1/4 C canned pumpkin puree
1 3/4 C semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 C chopped pecans or walnuts
Preheat oven to 350. In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, oats, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger for 30 seconds, set aside.  In the bowl of an electric stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, whip together butter, brown sugar, and sugar until creamy.  Blend in egg then blend in vanilla extract and pumpkin puree.  With mixer set on low speed, slowly add in dry ingredients and mix until combined.  Mix in chocolate chips and pecans.  Let batter rest  5-10 minutes.  (This gives the oats time to absorb the moisture).  Scoop dough out and bake in preheated oven 12-14 minutes.  Allow to cool on baking sheet seeral minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup
2 C dry medium egg noodles
1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 1/2 T olive oil
1 medium chopped yellow onion
3 carrots chopped
3 stalks chopped celery
3 cloves garlic minced
2 14.5 oz. cans chicken broth
3 T. chopped fresh parsley
2 bay leaves
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4 C butter
1/4 C + 2 T. all purpose flour
2 1/2 C milk
1/3 C heavy cream
Prepare noodles (you want the noodles to finish the same time the soup finished cooking) and drain.  In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat.  Add onion, carrot and celery and saute until tender, about 3-4 minutes, then add garlic and saute 1 minute longer.   Add chicken broth, parsley, bay leaf and season with salt and pepper to taste.  Add chicken breasts and bring soup to a boil over medium high heat. Reduce heat to medium, cover with lid and allow soup to cook until chicken has cooked through, about 10-15 minutes longer (cook times will vary depending on thickness of chicken breasts).   Remove Chicken and allow to rest for 5 minutes, then shred into bite size pieces.  Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat, add flour and cook stirring constantly , 1 1/2 minutes.  While whisking slowly add in milk and whisk vigorously to smooth lumps.  Whisk in cream and bring mixture to a boil, stirring constantly.  Pour milk mixture into soup mixture and return chicken to soup along with cooked noodles and stir.  Serve warm with fresh bread or crackers if desired.
A typical Amish farm
Some Amish buggies

Today the truck carrying the National Christmas Tree stopped at our courthouse on it's way to Washington D.C.  The truck is a half a block long.  At the back of the truck there is a "window" so you can see the tree.  The High School choir came and sang a Christmas Carole for the event  The Grammer's granddaughter was in the choir.


  1. Looks so fun. I love the picture in front of the temple. It's good to see you. I miss you both so much. I love you. :)

  2. Love it!! That is all so awesome. Love you two!

  3. The temple looks beautiful. Happy Thanksgiving to the two of you!!!
    Miss you both.
    Much love, & best wishes always.

  4. I think that is amazing you were able to go to the Columbus Temple! It is beautiful! I wish I could see the chandelier. I know how much I love the one in the Mount Timpanogos temple. I would have loved to see the Amish Country as well. I remember reading that book, way back when, (series) about the girl who was Amish. I have to say I am a bit star-struck (for lack of a better word) of you guys getting a glimpse of the White House Christmas tree. I love you both so much. We all miss you & are incredibly proud of the work you are doing.