Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Make Easter Nest Cupcakes

Easter in Ohio Amish Country, is simply the celebration of the resurrection of Christ. The Amish hold Good Friday as a holy fasting day.  Easter is celebrated; however, not ostentatiously, but may include coloring eggs,  Easter egg hunts. and a special meal.  Here at the Berlin area, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, I have created delightful Easter egg, nest cupcakes.  Make these easy cupcakes and place them at each guest place setting for a special Easter treat.

Easter Egg Nest Cupcakes
Supplies need are:
Wilton Gum Paste mix
Wilton Nature's Design flexible fondant & gum paste mold
Jelly beans (speckled, pastel colored)
Shredded coconut
Chocolate to melt
Wilton jell food colors - green and brown

In advance create mini chocolate nests.  I made nests using dark chocolate and nests made of white chocolate.  For this application, I prefer the milk or dark chocolate. Melt a small bowl of chocolate and pour in enough cereal and stir to coat.  I used a round tablespoon for the mold. Simply place a small piece of tin foil into  the measuring spoon and place a rounded teaspoon full of chocolate-coated cereal into the foil, making an indentation.  This is a simple "No fuss" step.  Don't be too fussy when forming the nests.  Lift the foil from the measuring spoon and set aside to set.  IMPORTANT - When heating your chocolate, be careful to heat to the correct temperature to temper.  See tempering chocolate instructions.

Make Chocolate Bird Nests
Once your nests have cooled, you can simply pull the foil away from the nests.

Take about 1 cup of gum paste mix and mix in enough water to make a stiff, yet pliable modeling dough. Keep the gum paste in a plastic bag to avoid drying out.  Divide gum paste material into thirds.  Keep 1/3 white. Using gel food color, tint 1/3 green and other 1/3 brown.  Using the Wilton Nature's Design mold, with white gum paste, create tiny white blossoms; with green gum past, create green leaves; with brown create branches. Set them aside.  They will dry within several minutes.

You can purchase the Wilton mold and Gum paste at Walmart. Make gum paste glue to adhere leaves and flower to branches. For glue put a little gum paste powder in a small bowl and add enough water to make to a glue consistency.

Delight yourself and your friends with this Easter creation.

The Berlin, Ohio area Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast is a Select Registry property offering fine accommodations, located in the heart of Ohio's Amish Country. This is the largest community of Amish anywhere in the world where our products and services are heartfelt and handmade. Visit our website or drop by if your in the area, we would love to show you our fine Inn.

Submitted by: Loretta Coblentz
March 31, 2015

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Holmes County Ohio Events March & April 2015

After a long and cold winter spring is finally just around the corner in Holmes County Ohio. If you are tired of being cooped up all winter come stay with us at The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast and take in all the sights and activities that Holmes County has to offer. Listed below is a schedule for upcoming events that you may want to consider when planning your trip to Amish Country.

Choose our "Love is Timeless" package of wine and roses along with a night's stay

Friday, March 27

Ryan & Friends - Comedian and Ventriloquist  at the Amish Country Theater in Walnut Creek with special guest Taylor University Chorale. For more information Click Here.

Dinner at the Doctor's House - Join us for a step back in time to the 1800s. Come with us to The Doctor's House 334 N. Whitewoman Street, Coshocton, Ohio. Enjoy the hospitality of Roscoe's leading citizens as you have the pleasure of dining in Dr. Johnson's home. During your visit
you may learn about dining etiquette or cooking practices of the 1800s along with humorous tales of the canal. Your meal will consist of 1 appetizer, 1 salad or soup, 1 entrée, 2 side dishes, 1 dessert, beverage, bread and rolls with Butter or olive oil & herbs for dipping. Dinner will be pre-ordered for your guests. All members will be served the same meal of your choosing. A generous menu is offered in addition to a historical menu. Cost of this unique experience is $45.00 per person. Minimum group of 4 ~ maximum group of 8. For more information call ( 740-622-7644) ext. 20.

Saturday, April 11

Easter Adventure - Easter eggs will be dropped from a Helicopter at The Farm at Walnut Creek. Call (330-893-4200) for more information.

Gospel in The Barn -  John Schmid & Mercy River will be performing at The Amish Country Theater at 7:00 pm. Click Here for tickets and more information.

Saturday, April 25

Berlin Barnstorming - Everyone loves a scavenger hunt, but in Berlin its a hunt for barns. Join the fun as participants race around town to find small wooden barns hidden in participating shops. Sign up for prizes including a grand prize.

Comedy Calamity - Join internationally-acclaimed Ventriloquist Ken Groves, and stand-up comedian Lynyrd, for a night you’ll never forget at The Amish Country Theater! Click here for tickets.

Be sure to visit our calendar for more upcoming events in the area. thebarninn.com/calendar

Submitted by: Elizabeth Schlabach
March 24, 2015