Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Twelve Days of Christmas Cards

The “Twelve Days of Christmas” quilt cards are available for purchase at the Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast. The theme for the 2014 Christmas Cookie Tour of inns was based on the timeless “Twelve Days of Christmas” song.   Chairperson, Loretta Coblentz, designed  a quilt of twelve exquisite fabric art blocks, each depicting the celebrated day that each Amish Country participating inn featured.

You may now order these memorable cards. The set of 13 cards includes a detailed image of the entire quilt as well as images of all twelve days of Christmas blocks.  Measuring a generous 5” x 7”, and blank inside, the cards are suitable as Christmas greeting cards, notes, and general seasonal greetings. They are also lovely given as Christmas gifts, especially to quilter friends.

Each unique quilt block is creatively appliqu├ęd with wool and cotton;  embellished with embroidery, fabric paint, and fabric dye and represents 40-60 hours of labor. Presently the quilt is on display at The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, and has been approved to be on exhibit at the 2015 National Quilt Association Show in Arkansas.

 The Christmas Cookie Tour of Inns, is an annual inn-to-inn charity event filled with music, Christmas inspirations, and cookies.  In the spirit of Christmas giving, 100% of the tour’s net profits are given to local charities.  To date, including 2014, accumulative charity donations exceed $100,000. Hospice of Holmes and Wayne County is one of our recipient charities, receiving monies since the inception of the tour.

Order card sets by calling the Barn Inn at 330-674-7600 or click here to order on line.   The cost of each card set is $14.95 plus tax. You may also stop by the inn to purchase cards. Cards shipped will require an additional shipping fee, of course, based on weight of order.

The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast is located centrally in Holmes County, in the heart of Ohio Amish Country, about two hours drive from both Cleveland and Columbus. The Barn Inn offers fine accommodations, down home Amish Country hospitality, and a hot country breakfast served daily to our guests.  The price of breakfast is included with the stay.   If given the opportunity, please stop by to meet us and take a peek at a room or two.

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
January 20, 2015

Thursday, January 15, 2015

2015 Northeast Ohio Sportsman Show

The 2015 Northeast Ohio Sportsman Show, featuring daily seminars on hunting and fishing and a gun auction on Saturday, will take place January 16, 8 am to 8 pm and January 17, 8 am to 5 pm, at the Buckeye Event Center located at 624 Henry Street, Dalton, Ohio 44618.  Admission is $10 per person, children ages 12 & under are free.  A two day pass is $15.00.

Much will be offered in the way of education. Noted featured professionals/sportsmen and their fields of specialty are:

Smokey McNichols – Coyote Snaring
Dick Williamson – Survivalist
Tom Mesnard – Land Management
Shawn Kotchey – Turkey Calls
James Miller – Dog Training
Gayland Grumpy – Ash Lure Appraisals

A special feature scheduled for Saturday only will be the Buckeye Big Buck Club, on site to score antlers.  Bring in your trophy antlers to get a professional score. 

 Fishing Seminars will feature:
 Ron Slater – Bass Fishing
 Still Water Outfitters – Kayak Fishing
 Michael Johnson – Spring River Basics and Ice Fishing
 David Hall – Walleye

Hunting Seminars will feature:
Roby Gilbert – Trapping Eastern Predators
Jason Amato – Whitetail Passion Perspective Pass it on
Smokey – Coyote Snaring
Bob & Tara Hanna
Alex Vedrinski – Straight Turkey Calls of the Wild
Hershberger Brothers – Chainsaws & Big Bucks

For a detailed listing please visit  Speakers, times, and topics may be subject to change.

Another great feature of the show is the Used Gun Auction on Saturday, Jan 16.  Please note that there has been a time change.  The gun auction will begin at 2 pm. Click here for the gun sale listing.

The Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast is located in central Holmes County, about 40 minutes south of the Buckeye Event Center.  The Barn Inn offers fine accommodations, exceptional country breakfasts. 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Holmes County Ohio Winter Events January and February 2015

Don't let the cold weather keep you from visiting Holmes County, Ohio. Despite the brisk winter air there are still many fun things to do in Amish Country! After a snowfall of a few inches or more head over to The Farm at Walnut Creek for a sleigh ride. Afterwards stop in at the main house for some hot cocoa, coffee, or tea.

Taking place on Martin Luther King Jr. weekend at Berlin Hiland High School is the 11th annual Classic in the Country Challenge powered by Under Armour, beginning on Saturday at 10:00 am. and continuing nonstop through Monday with the final game at 8:30 pm. There will be 20 games played, with 30 elite teams competing. There will be some of the best high school girls basketball players in the country, as well as Ohio's top teams featured at this event, including three of the four reigning state champions. Click here for more information on this event or to purchase tickets.

On January 31, 2015 is the Pajama Party Sale in Berlin. Wear your pajama's or robe to receive discounts in participating Berlin merchants.

Saturday, February 21, 2015 is the Annual Girls Night Out in Historic Downtown Millersburg. Receive pampering in all the stores, food, music, and refreshments. All the things that will make this a fun filled pick-me-up evening to remember. Click here for more information.

Lodging for any event is available at The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, located only minutes from Downtown Millersburg and Berlin, Ohio.

Submitted by: Elizabeth Schlabach
January 7, 2015

Friday, January 2, 2015

Loretta's Twelve Days of Christmas Quilt

Featured in this year's Christmas Cookie Tour of Inns, Loretta's handmade, one-of-a-kind quilt showcases her incredible sense of creativity. Loretta Coblentz is one of the Innkeepers at the Millersburg, Ohio Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast.

Each of the 12 Inns participating in the Cookie tour was given one of the days of Christmas as their theme. The corresponding quilt block was then blown up to a giant banner that hung outside each inn all through the month of December.

In addition to being the artistic centerpiece for the Cookie Tour, Loretta's quilt blocks for each day were made into a set of holiday greeting cards, currently for sale at the Barn Inn.

Now finished with the quilt, Loretta is working on "quilter-friendly" patterns for each block. Feel free to contact the Barn at reservations@thebarninn if you would like your name to be added to the list of those interested in the quilt block patterns

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Things To Do In Ohio Amish Country Over New Year 2015

Here is information on things to do in Ohio Amish County over the 2014-2015 New Year's holiday up to and including Old Christmas. Some businesses keep irregular hours and there are also some scheduled auctions immediately before and after New Year's Day.

Homestead Furniture, 8233 State Rt. 241, in Mt. Hope will be open New Year's Eve Day until 2 p.m. On New Year's Day they will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  At the time of this post, this is the only business that I've found that will be open on New Year's day, 2015.  Because they are an Amish business, they will be closed on Old Christmas, January 6, 2015.

Kidron, Ohio Hitching Post

Keim Lumber, our most significant lumberyard and "Everything you might want for your house store" will be open Monday, December 29 and Tuesday, December 30.  They will be closed New Year's Eve Day and New Year's Day.  They will open January 2 & 3, closed on January 4 because it is Sunday, open January 5, and closed January 6, 2015 for Old Christmas.

The normally held Thursday livestock in Kidron, Ohio, will instead be held on Friday, January 2, 2015.

Lehman's Hardware and Warther's Museum will be closed on New Year's Day, as will the typical retails stores in Berlin and throughout the county.

Auctions taking place:
Sports Memorabilia Auction, December 30, 2014, 4 p.m. at the Kaufman Auction House, 3149 SR 39, Walnut Creek, Ohio. Lots of significant signed memorabilia.  View items.

Troyer Auction, Tuesday, December 30, 2014, 10 a.m., selling at the Sprunger Building located on the Kidron Auction grounds, 4885 Kidron Road, Kidron, OH.  They will be selling primitives, collectibles, and many tools.  See advertised listing here.

Hochstetler's 13th Annual Antiques, Tools & Collectible Auction, January 3, 2015, Sprunger Building at the Kidron Auction grounds (behind auction barn).  Farm primitives, antique tools, farm toys, and much more.

Refer to a January, 2012, Barn Inn post about how the Amish observe Old Christmas.

The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast
The Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast provides fine country accommodations, exceptional breakfasts, and warm Amish-Country hospitality.  We are centrally located and provide touring information for visitors to Holmes County.

We've recently updated a few guest rooms.
Barn Inn Guest Room
We are continually painting, cleaning, and redecorating our rooms to provide comfortable and pleasing accommodations for our inn guests.  When you visit Holmes County, drop in to see any rooms that might be available for showing. 

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
December 27, 2015

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Decorate Santa Christmas Sugar Cookie Recipe and Instructions

Here at the Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, I decorate Santa Christmas sugar cookies each holiday season.  I'm including my favorite sugar cookie recipe, my decorator icing recipe, and instructions. Make them production style, and it really doesn't take too long.  I bake the cookies in advance, usually put them in a freezer, then on another day decorate the cookies. Now gather up all your supplies and plan for a fun time of creating Santa cookies!

Santa Christmas Sugar Cookie

                                                    Sugar Cookie Recipe

     1 cup sour cream
     1 cup butter, softened (not melted)
     2 cups sugar
     2 eggs
     2 teaspoons vanilla
     1 teaspoon baking powder
     1 teaspoon soda
     5-6 cups flour

Mix sour cream and butter until creamy, then add sugar; beat in eggs.  Add vanilla. In a separate bowl mix 5 cups flour, baking powder, and soda.  Gradually add the flour mixture to your butter and sour cream mixture.  Add up to another cup of flour as needed.  Cover dough and place in refrigerator for several hours or chill over night.

To roll out, I place about 1/4 cup of flour on board or counter.  Spoon out dough onto the flour, with large spoonfuls tight beside each other.  Sprinkle flour on dough and pat down a bit before using rolling pin. Roll to 1/4 inch thick.  Cut out round circles for Santa faces.  I use a 2 5/8" round cookie or biscuit cutter.  Place on a non-greased baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees until done.  Bake until, when touched in the center it springs back (does not leave indentation).  Don't over bake - no brown edges.

                                                     Decorator Icing

     2 lbs. powdered sugar
     1/2 lb. Crisco 
     1 teaspoon salt
     1 teaspoon vanilla (I use white vanilla from baking store)
     1 teaspoon butter flavor
     1 teaspoon almond flavor
     1/4 cup coffee creamer (regular or french vanilla flavor)
     1/2 cup water

In an electric mixer bowl combine powdered sugar, Crisco, and salt.  In a measuring cup combine water and coffee creamer and flavorings.  Add liquid to powdered sugar mixture and beat for a full five minutes to insure no lumps. Stop mixer and scrape down sides of bowl to insure that every last lump is dissolved. You will be using decorating tubes, so you must make sure there are no lumps. If the icing is a little too stiff, you may add a few teaspoons of water.

To decorate your Santa faces, you will need:

  • Two #18 Wilton Open Star Decorating Tips.  You will want to have one for white icing and one for red icing.
  • Wilton disposable decorating bags
  • Wilton concentrated gel/paste red food color for Santa hat
  • Mini chocolate chips for Santa eyes
  • Red hots for Santa nose
  • White chocolate, to use as face; block about 4" x 5"
  • Ivory or Rose color Wilton concentrated gel/paste food color to tint white chocolate
  • Luster dust in a shade of pink for Santa cheeks
  • Small amount of Vodka or lemon juice for luster dust
  • Clear edible glitter (if desired)
Now the fun begins.  Step 1:
In double boiler melt the white chocolate.  Add a few tablespoons of vegetable oil to the white chocolate to make it of flowing consistency.  I put my white chocolate in my gas oven a few hours before beginning.  The pilot in the oven melts it nicely. Tint the chocolate a peach-pink/flesh color.  With a teaspoon, put a swath of flesh-colored chocolate across the low/mid area of the cookie as shown.  Before the chocolate sets, place chocolate chip eyes and red hot nose.  Tweezers may be helpful. This is a good time to employ the help of a friend.  One person applies face, another eyes and nose.

Place White Chocolate Faces on Santas

With red icing in decorator bag with #18 decorator tip, zig zag two rows for hat.  (Notice I left gap between red hat and face.)
With white icing in another decorator bag and the other #18 decorator tip, zig zag your first row of beard as shown; then add a second (outside/lower) row of beard.

Next pipe a white hat cuff, covering up the gap between the face and hat; followed with a "Puff Ball" on the right side of the white cuff.  It's so easy and fun!

As you decorate, move cookies around with a spatula, otherwise you will accidentally bump icing.

Santa Face Cookie with Mustache

Now pipe the mustache with the same white tube.  And now you are ready to sprinkle on the edible glitter.  I prefer getting it on the red hat and beard.   Try to keep it off the cheek area where you will want to paint his cheeks.

This whole piping experience is easy because you will use only these two colors and these two tubes throughout the process.

By this time the faces should be set and firm and you can prepare and paint on pink cheeks.  I used a little luster dust mixed with lemon juice, brushed on with a clean art brush.

Paint Cheeks on Santa Cookie

Now you're done.  How beautiful!  I let them air dry for a few hours.  This icing will dry a bit so that you can slip them into individual cookie bags, and carefully close with a colorful Christmas twist tie or ribbon.  I place them on cookie sheets in the freezer, freezing them in layers before stacking.  DO  NOT STACK cookies before they are frozen.  Now have fun.

So Many Santas

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
December 1, 2014

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Purchase Gift Certificate for Ohio's Amish Country Bed and Breakfast

Purchase a gift certificate from the Millersburg, Ohio Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, a full-service bed and breakfast in Ohio's Amish County, and you will give more than an overnight stay.  You're giving an experience.  Gift certificates are sent out in same day or next-day mail, are valid for three years, and can be made for whatever value desired. Gift certificates can be requested on line; or for more personalized service, call our helpful staff at 330-674-7600.

The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast is centrally located between Berlin and Millersburg, Ohio, and is situated close to many points of interest in both towns and across the county.  The Barn Inn staff serves up a hot country breakfast each day of the week, including Sundays.

Breakfast served Daily at The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast

We here at the Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast are known for our morning  orientations and discussions about the culture and unique people here - the Amish and the Mennonites. Every morning after breakfast, we innkeepers, Paul and Loretta Coblentz, distribute our listing of preferred places to visit and give a short orientation about the area that highlights some of the lesser-known locations in Amish Country, as well as providing meaningful insights into the Amish way of life. A sampling of a few of the questions and topics we address are:

   What is the difference between Amish and Mennonite?
   Do you know a man is married because he has a beard?
Amish boys walking home from church
   Why do the Amish men not have mustaches?
   How do the Amish resolve conflict?
   What about cell phone use?
   How many sects of Amish are in the area?
   Can one marry someone from another sect?
   Can non-Amish people join the Amish?
   Why can one person use things and another not?
   Do the Amish pay taxes?
   Do the Amish utilize modern medical services?
   Do the Amish still shun?
   What about the use of solar?
   What language do they speak?
   How far do they go in school?
   Can someone who is Amish become a doctor or lawyer, etc?
   Do they have a central bishop over all their people?
   How do they select their ministers?
   Are marriages arranged?
   What about church traditions?
   What about tobacco use or wine consumption?
   Do the Amish vote?

There are many more subjects that could be discussed.  All of the above topics are gateways and often lead to extensive discussion.  Each morning, only one or a few can be touched upon. Topic after topic and story after story simply lead into more stories.  We recommend visiting the Amish and Mennonite Heritage Center in Berlin for an informative European history of our people.

You can be assured that your loved ones will enjoy a special getaway here at The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, and certainly will become more informed.

Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast in Winter
The Barn Inn has received many certificates of excellence for its well-maintained property and exceptionally clean and tastefully decorated rooms.

As a special promotion in the winter until mid-April, if you stay for one night on Sunday-Thursday, you can stay a second night at a 20% discount.

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
November 26, 2014