Fresh Rye bread, straight from the Amish bakery at Shiloh General Store, Troyer corned beef, purchased in the deli section, with melted provolone and homemade sauerkraut and thousand island dressing.
My birthday treat
For my birthday, my husband likes to take me to the Amish general store in a nearby Amish community. I love to shop. He loves the fried pies! Cherry for him and lemon for me. As is our tradition, he then offered to take me out to a nice restaurant for supper.
But this time my mouth was watering over the still warm rye bread from the bakery and the juicy corned beef from the deli. So, we skipped the fancy meal and went home for a classic Reuben on rye with homemade sauerkraut and a side of sour pickles from last summer's garden. (We'd already had dessert--those amazing fried pies.)
All we had to do was slice and butter the bread. Place it on a hot griddle to toast with cheese on top to melt while the corned beef warmed on the other side of the griddle. Then, add the sauerkraut and dressing just before sandwiching the two sides together. Simple, so fresh, and incredibly delicious.
To me, a birthday doesn't get any more satisfying than that!
Do you have a similar Amish market near you? Or have you visited one? I'd love to hear about your experience or what draws you to visit an Amish store.
I love Spring!
Here, in the southeastern US, signs of new life begin as early as mid to late February, but in March we can depend on a whole flurry of color to begin a show that lasts for the next eight months.
This pink japonica hangs among hundreds of other blooms on a giant bush in my front yard. The house was built in 1955. And while I have no way to know when the bush was planted, the size indicates it's at least a few decades old.
Every year I look forward to the opening spectacle of these beautiful flowers, the very first after the drab winter months. Even before the daffodils, which are coming soon, these bright beauties open up and sing the song of Spring.
Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
Matthew 6:28b-30 ESV
Amy spent her childhood in Melbourne, Australia, where her parents were church planters. After returning to the States, the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwest Virginia became home.