Sunday, April 3, 2016

MAP Ministry Helps Amish Transition to Modern-Day Society

Each morning, we, the owners of the Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast share information about the area, places to go and things to do; additionally, we often share social aspects of the society. We are supporters of MAP Ministry, (Mission to Amish People), an Ashland area ministry that assists people who wish to transition from the Amish religion into modern-day society.  Director, Joe Keim, along with his wife, Esther, grew up in the strictest sect of Amish, the Swartzentruber.  MAP Ministry offers the most comprehensive transition program for formerly Amish that I know of.  It is not surprising that Joe has become a leading resource for writers authorities, as he understands the mores that govern their social behavior.

Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast
 In the March, 2016 MAP Ministry newsletter, Joe shares a most difficult story of a  formerly amish lady and her challenge to get identification.  Within the Swartzentruber sect, most babies are birthed at home, with or without a midwife.  Sometimes birth certificates are not obtained, and even more common, social security numbers often are not applied for.  Increasingly, it is becoming more difficult for these people to secure identification since so much time has lapsed since birth. I am printing the following article with permission from the MAP:

Wedding Bells Ring Again
Amish Corn Shocks

More than a year ago, September 07, 2014, Henry Lee and Katie Shetler were married by a minister, but due to circumstances, there was no official marriage certificate filed with the state, and so Katie's legal name was still considered Shetler. Since then many have been involved in helping Katie get her birth certificate and Social Security number.

Since Katie has never had a birth certificate, progress was slow. Finally we were able to provide a census report that showed her birth name and parents' names dated in the year 2000.  This census report, along with a letter from a relative and a medical record, allowed Katie to obtain a birth certificate.  Still, her photo ID would still have been done in her maiden name, Shetler, instead of Lee. After nearly one hundred phone calls and many trips to the BMV, the courthouse, and the Social Security office, she was told she still needed a legal marriage to get her new name on her documents.
The Lees wanted to correct this situation, so on February 13, 2016, Henry and Katie went through their marriage vows again. This time they became legally married with their son, Michael, present.
They chose to have a small wedding at the MAP office, attended by 22 of their close friends.  Henry said he was going to wear jeans, but surprised Katie by wearing a suit and tie. Katie wore a long red dress with a black shawl.  Both were late for their own wedding!

After a whole year of agony and sweat, we finally drove back to the Social Security office with all the identification records and the newly filed marriage license, only to be informed by the Social Security office that they have decided that Katie's birth certificate is too new; she will need to wait five more years before they will acknowledge her as a US citizen.  Please pray for Katie an others who are in the process of being recognized as human beings in the United States. - Rene' Budd

I find it appalling that someone who was born in the US and has a US birth certificate is not recognized as a US citizen.  I spoke with Joe Keim about this and he said that it seems today, a copy of a birth certificate no longer carries the credence as it once did. I brought this to the attention of our state representative Dave Hall.  Perhaps he can give assistance in this matter.

I should add that most Amish get birth certificates and Social Security numbers for their children. Amish, as a rule, file income taxes.  If they are exempt from paying into Social Security, they get no benefits.

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
April 3, 2016

Monday, March 28, 2016

Elephant Dinner Rolls for Easter or Any Occasion

Because I volunteered to take dinner rolls to our family Easter dinner and my granddaughter loves elephants, I decided to get creative making pachyderm rolls.  It was a huge success - elephant dinner rolls for Easter or any occasion!  These are very easy to make and no two are alike.  If you have any playdough experience, you can do this!

Elephant Rolls

Refrigerator Roll Recipe
This versatile dough is what I use for dinner rolls. This dough can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for a week and used as needed.

2 eggs
½ cup sugar
1/3 cup butter
1 tbsp salt
2 ¼ cups warm water
2 pkgs yeast (2 tablespoons)
7 ½  cups bread flour

I recommend a heavy-duty mixer for bread making. This will eliminate the need of hand kneading. With a heavy-duty mixer I can mix a batch of this dough in 10 minutes.

Beat together the first four ingredients. Add yeast which has been dissolved in the warm water then add 4 cups of flour. Mix very well for about 5 minutes. Stop the machine and let the dough rest for a few minutes. Continue mixing the dough, adding flour until the dough is still tacky to touch, and slightly clings to fingers when fingers are drawn away.  Depending on humidity in the air, it may be necessary to add a little more flour. It is not necessary to knead. Place in a greased bowl and cover tightly. Store in refrigerator over night or until needed. Punch down daily.

If making rolls after mixing the dough, place in a greased bowl, cover with a clean towel, and set at room temperature and allow to rise until double in size. Shape the dough into balls and place in greased pie pans or 8” cake pans. Cover and allow to rise until double. Bake at 350 degrees for 11 minutes on the bottom shelf, then carefully move to the top shelf and bake for another 11 minutes.

Here are my step-by-step instructions.

Shape a piece of dough, hand roll it into a ball approximately 2" in diameter and flatten slightly.  Place onto a greased baking sheet.  You can see, pressed down a little, it measures about 2 1/4".  Next take a smaller piece of dough for the head.  Here is where your playdough skills come into play.

Elephant Head and Body

The dough will have a lot of elasticity.  It won't be too sticky, so you won't need flour to form your masterpiece.  Just roll limbs to the proportion you need and stick them onto the elephant body.

These are simple and fun.  For the elephant's ear, take a small piece of dough and flatten it to about the size of a quarter.  If the ear droops, wad up a small piece of tin foil and prop it up from behind.  Of course, leave the tin foil prop in place until after the elephant is baked.

For eyes, use about 1/3 of a raisin, ball it up and with a sharp object poke the eye into position.

Dough Elephant Construction
Fill your pan with elephants, cover with a clean kitchen towel, set at room temperature for an hour or two or until raised.   I lightly placed a small piece of tin foil over the elephant trunks so they would not bake too dark.  If you want the trunk lightly browned, remove the foil half way through baking. Bake elephants at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes.  Because oven temperatures vary, I suggest you keep an eye on them to make sure they they bake until lightly golden in color.

Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast
This blog is brought to you from the kitchen of the Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, located in the heart of Ohio's Amish Country and the largest community of Amish anywhere in the world.  We are a destination community, full of culture and beauty.  Plan to visit, and when in the area, stop by The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast for a tour of unoccupied rooms.

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
March 28, 2016

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Ohio Bed and Breakfast Re-Purposed Shutters and Patchwork

I, the quilter and proprietor of the Ohio Amish Country, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast in Millersburg, Ohio, have re-purposed antique shutters with a framed patchwork primitive horse quilt block inspired by an antique weather vane. For an interesting wall feature, I joined two colonial-era shutters with hand-wrought hinges and dry brush painted them with an off-white paint. I use these shutters to feature seasonal decor.

Quilted Primitive Horse Block

I design my own patchwork with whatever inspires me.  This block is made of 100% cotton except for the horse, which was cut from hand-dyed wool.  The tail and mane are made with some type of yard that has hair-like characteristics, something I picked up at a shop, some time in my past.

 To create interest, I like to incorporate geometric and curved elements in my patchwork as well as embellish with embroidery or dimensional applique.

Weather Vane Quilt Block

For additional interest, I always use a combination of light, medium, and dark colored-fabric, and I like to use one fabric that is larger in scale.  It is fun to incorporate a fabric that has writing on it or something of interest.  Keep in mind that contrast can be achieved with the use of complimentary colors.  Here, a red-orange triangle compliments the greens in the block.

This 12" block (plus 1/4" on each side) fits perfectly in a shadowbox frame that I purchased at Michael's.  This frame has the capability of adjustment to whatever depth you desire, and is perfect for dimensional patchwork blocks.

The frame was white, which I sprayed with Rust-Oleum brand
Camouflage 2x Ultra Cover spray paint, which has the capability of bonding to plastic. It is a flat paint with a non-reflective finish, which I picked up at my local Walmart.

If you have occasion to visit Holmes County, Ohio, plan to stop by the Millersburg, Ohio,  Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast to view rooms and some of the creative works.  Here at the barn, we serve a full country breakfast with each night's stay, and each morning I share an information orientation to the area and/or announce special events taking place.

The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
February 27, 2016

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Ohio Amish Country Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast Update Accommodations

In maintaining a standard for excellence, luxury, and comfort, we at the Ohio Amish Country Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast yearly update our accommodations.  January is the month in which we deep clean, paint, and make major improvements; all to create added value and contribute to guest experience.

Vintage Rose Mural
Since I am in charge of "All Things Beautiful" at the inn, I have a license to do whatever I wish to create beauty.  I had never before done a mural with clouds, so this was an exciting experiment that resulted in much satisfaction and pleasure.

This mural, in the Vintage Rose Suite, proved to be a dramatic, yet soft transformation. My first step was to change the vanilla-colored walls to Sherwin Williams color number 6213, Halcyon Green.  For the mural I drew a base line 36" from the floor.  I also determined the width and placement of the background.  I researched how to paint clouds on then began my adventure.  I hand painted the clouds, hills, and foreground, then stenciled the trees with a mural stencil set from cutting edge stencils. Their video for the mural stencil set, on their website, is very helpful.

Mural Clouds
I am not an expert, just brave enough, or foolish enough, to try something challenging.  For the clouds I used white paint to which I added some of the SW Halcyon Green.  I also added glaze. Glaze will extend the window of time needed to work the paint.  In other words, with glaze added, paint dries slower, allowing more time to manipulate.  For the clouds I mixed three different values of white and green; the lightest had just a little bit of the Halcyon Green in it. I discovered that it was best to paint the clouds starting at the top, pouncing with a round stencil brush that measured about 1 1/4 inch in diameter.  It is important to allow some of the background  color to peek through the clouds.

Close up Mural

The clouds and landscape background were the most challenging.  By following the steps on the video on the cutting edge stencil site, you will learn to place smaller images to the rear and larger image in the foreground. Another important element when painting murals is to paint distant images in a lighter color.  Larger images in the foreground should be painted in a darker color.

Rose Garden Bathroom
Additional 2016 updates include new tile flooring and tub surround in the Rose Garden Room.  It was exciting to remove the bland white tile around the garden tub and replace it with elegant, beautiful tumbled marble.

Additionally, the old vinyl flooring, installed in 1997, was removed - hallelujah!  For the flooring tile, we chose tile that looks like rough sawn barn planking. It's just fun to look at!  Finally, I stenciled the back wall for a truly garden feel.

Tile that Looks Like Wood Planks

 Additionally, we installed new carpets in several other guest rooms.

Take the opportunity to visit  Ohio's Amish Country.  When doing so, be sure to visit the Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast.  We will be happy to give you a tour through any unoccupied rooms.

Stays at the Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast include a hot country breakfast and an area orientation.  Plan several days in Amish Country, as there is much to see and do.  This is the largest community of Amish in the world.  There is no zoning in Holmes County, so Amish entrepreneurs can be found on many of our back road county and township roads.

The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast
Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
February 11, 2016

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Ohio Amish Made Products; Stoves, Windows, Chicken Nests

Many guests visit Ohio's Amish Country to purchase Amish Made products; stoves, windows, chicken nests, and much more.  In this post I am listing some unique Amish-owned businesses.  Our Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast website hosts our Amish Business Directory. Amish businesses do not have websites or a telephone within easy reach.  The best way to contact is to visit in person or write the old-fashioned way.  Some have access to telephones, so leave a message and they will return your call, usually within 24 hours.  All Amish businesses are closed on Sunday.

Pioneer Stove in Amish Home
Winter is a time for wood-burning stoves. For the best price and exceptional advice and service if shopping for a wood-burning cooking and heating stove, visit Troyer's Repair, 7655 SR 241, Millersburg, OH  44654.  Hours are Mon-Fri, 7 am - 7 pm; Sat 7 am - 4 pm.  They carry high quality wood stoves and inserts at lower prices. Some brands are Osburn, PSG, and Drolet. They are located 1 1/2 miles west of Mt. Hope on SR 241.

Coalway, 12001 Dover Road, Applecreek, OH  44606 offers gas heating stoves and nearly every other kind of specialty stove your heart should desire. Their phone 330-857-3098.  They are partnered with Home Traditions located on SR 557 in Charm, Ohio.

County Line Windows and Doors produces custom built vinyl replacement windows.  They carry vinyl shop and basement windows in stock as well as tempered glass barn windows.  With barn windows protection bars are not needed.  They also stock #1 fiberglass entrance doors with composite jambs that carry a 25 year warranty.  Roy A. Swartzentruber offers free estimates and is located at 10800 Fryburg Rd, Fredericksburg, OH  44627.
Maysville Harness and Shoe Store

Maysville Harness Shop also carries a vast selection of family footwear for all Amish family needs. Located at8572 Mt. Hope Rd (Co Rd 77), Apple Creek, OH  44606. Located 4 miles North of Mt. Hope; phone 330-695-9977.  They also carry a large variety of straw hats. Mon - Thurs 6 - 5 pm; Fri 6 am - 8 pm; Sat 7 am - 4 pm.

Yoder Window & Siding has a showroom at 7846 Harrison Road, Fredericksburg, OH  44627.  They manufacture their own windows with heavy duty virgin vinyl.  The windows feature welded frames and sashes as well as heavy duty balance system.  They serve Wayne, Holmes, and surrounding counties.  Call 330-695-6960 for a free estimate.

Country Windows and Siding.  John Yoder or Paul Hilty operating at 8194 E Moreland Road, Fredericksburg, OH  44627; or leave message at 330-621-3032.  They offer double hung windows with compound tension balance for easy sliding.  All their windows and doors have a lifetime warranty.  They also produce custom screens for shop and/or garage doors.

Are you cutting your own ice this year from ponds?  Well, if you are you can purchase ice house kits and ice boxes from QualitySIPs, 8691 Twp Rd 561, Holmesville, OH  44633.  Contact them for a free information packet; phone 330-279-2345 for Fax at 330-279-2090.  Additionally, they also offer products and solutions for radiant floor heating.

So how are your chickens producing this year? Country Metal Products makes front and rear rollaway nests in two sizes; and will help protect the eggs from breakage. 15709 Jericho Road, Dalton, OH  44618. Call 330-857-0360.  This product is great from homesteaders.

D & R Engine Repair can convert your small engine to natural gas.  They sell engines and kits. 8778 Senff Road, Dundee, OH 44624 (in Mt. Eaton).  They are also a tractor and lawn mower dealer. Mon - Fri 6 am - 5 pm; Sat till noon. 330-359-0671.

Yoder's Sharpening, 14280 Durstine Road, Dundee, OH  44624, phone 330-359-0767 sharpens woodworking blades at competitive prices.  They make solid carbide spiral bits, carry woodworker supplies; insert tooling.

Many Amish are now utilizing compressed air for many applications.  See Yoder Hydraulics, 12317 Dover Road, Apple Creek, OH  44606 for hydraulic and air systems, fabrication, welding and machining needs.  Call 330-857-0001 for catalog and prices.

MHP Flooring, 7598 Twp Rd 652, Millersburg, OH  44654 produces custom hardwood flooring.  They custom hand plane and offer distressing.  Toll Free 888-549-2524.

There are hundreds of small Amish businesses scattered throughout Holmes and Wayne Counties.  If, after checking our Amish Business Directory on our website, you cannot find what you are seeking, give us a call at 330-674-7600 and we will be happy to try to assist you.

The Barn Inn

On your next visit to Ohio's Amish Country, plan a stay at our Berlin and Millersburg area Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast for the best in accommodations and hospitality.

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
January 27, 2016

Thursday, January 7, 2016

DIY Mittens Made from Upcycled Sweaters at Ohio Bed and Breakfast

One of the featured DIY inspirations for the 2015 Christmas Cookie Tour was mittens made from upcycled sweaters.  In other words, "Smittens".  Our Millersburg, Ohio Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast was a featured property showcased on the charity benefit tour.  As chairperson of the tour, I made a sample pair and found myself eternally hooked.  Perhaps it's an addiction, but I can no longer go into a thrift store without looking for wool sweaters, or sweaters with at least some wool content.  It's the love of the "Hunt".

Mittens Made From Repurposed Sweaters
My large inventory of sweaters offers plenty of variety to selectively coordinate pleasing color combinations.  I like to incorporate two or three different sweaters in one pair. I never know just how each pair with turn out.

Pine Branch Mittens

I made this pine branch pair of mittens using a deep purple-brown colored men's 100% wool sweater. With metallic silver thread, I embroidered along lines in the sweater fabric. For more interest, I free-hand embroidered pine branches and pine cones. I sewed a set of antique silver buttons onto the cuffs.  These mittens required several hours of stitching, and the price for these is higher.

Mitten cuffs can be made from the cuffs from the sweater. When I shop for sweaters, I check the sleeve ends to see if they look good good.  If they are tattered, I do not purchase the sweater.  Typically the bottom of the sweater is ribbed and offers enough length for two pairs of mittens.  I've also fashioned cuffs from collars.

Because sweaters come in so many diverse designs, there is no limit to the possibilities.  Embroidery, appliques, and embellishments add additional interest.  The oak leaf mittens shown in the photo above were original with the sweater.  I fashioned the acorns from wool fabric and attached for a nice touch.
Snowman Mittens

The images in the snowman mittens are just as they were in the sweater.  I added no additional elements. This was a sweater that had very little wool content, but I loved the possibilities.  Sometimes I will purchase a sweater with no wool content if the sweater has interesting features or I can see a creative application.

Notice on the left-hand snowman mitten that I pieced more of the sweater fabric under the snowman, as he was positioned near the bottom of the sweater.  The fact that I pieced below the ribbing did not detract from the beauty of the mitten.  In fact, I believe it added interest.

Reverse Side Sweater Mittens

For complete instructions and a pattern for making these mittens, go to our Cookie Tour tutorial link. Now, go have fun!  Ask your friend and family to give you their old sweaters that they no longer need.  Also ask them to collect old buttons for you.  Now let the mitten making begin!

If visiting Ohio's Amish Country, stop by The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast to tour a few rooms.  Experience warm hospitiality, fine accommodations, and a great breakfast, served over great conversation.

Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
January 7, 2016

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Ohio Bed and Breakfast Christmas Cookie Tour of Inns

The Millersburg, Ohio Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, with halls decked out for the holidays, was one of twelve properties showcasing a "Hand-Crafted, Heart-Felt Christmas" in the 8th Annual Christmas Cookie Tour of Inns.  Approximately 1,250 guests enjoyed the charity benefit, two-day event December 12 and 13, 2015.  Guests traveled from inn to inn sampling tasty treats, sipping beverages, and of course, picking up their packaged cookie at each stop. Live music at several locations added holiday cheer and give a reason to pause and enjoy the moment.

Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast Cookie Tour
This year's "Hand-Crafted, Heart-Felt" themed tour reflects the newly adopted marketing logo and brand tagline of Holmes County.  That tagline is reflective of the many crafts and products made in Holmes County along and the love and passion in our community.  A repurposed, upcycled, or a DIY inspiration was featured at each location.

Want to be creative?  This is very exciting!  You can get patterns and tutorials for all of the tour's featured inspirations. The Barn Inn's Poinsettia Pillow instructions and pattern is on this link.
Poinsettia Pillow

The twelve inns showcased were the Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, Berlin Grande, Berlin Resort, Carlisle Country Inn of Berlin, Carlisle Inn of Sugarcreek, Carlisle Inn of Walnut Creek, Comfort Suites of Berlin, Guggisberg Swiss Inn, Miller Manor, Stone Cottage Inn, Victorian Suite, and the Wallhouse Hotel. The tour is a collaboration of member properties of the Amish Country Lodging Council and helps partners to showcase in a way that we could not do alone.  It's a lot of work for all of the properties involved, but it is fun and festive, and in the end, charities and all of us are blessed.  This year's tour will take our eight year charity donations over the $100,000 mark.

Christmas Cookie Tour of Inns

We again appreciate Jubilate for providing music, which resonated to the soaring 33 feet high rafters of the inn. This year the Barn Inn's cookie was a cut out in the shape of Ohio.  It was a labor intensive job, but volunteers came and helped get the job done.  We have stainless steel Ohio shaped cookie cutters for sale for only $4.95 each.  The cutters were made for us by a local Amish man. 

To make my Ohio-shaped cookies, I first piped around the perimeter with royal icing, then allowed that to dry.  Next I filled the surface of the cookie with color-flow.  That had to dry overnight.  I applied frosting sheet decals that I printed with a printer with food color ink.  (You have to use a printer that has never used regular ink).  With making 1,400 cookies it was more cost effective for me to purchase a printer and make my own cookie images.  In most cases you could go on line to one of
the many companies out there and order your images.  Images printed on icing sheets will offer more clarity than those printed on rice paper or wafer paper. (Rice paper or wafer paper are used interchangeably and, for the most part, mean the same thing).

See the Holmes County edition of The Bargain Hunter for an excellent article on this year's tour.
Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
December 19, 2015