Month: December 2017

The Mud Sales Are Coming!

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Furniture finds at the Mud Sales

We bought this beautiful piece of furniture which now holds the coffee and snacks

Do you know about the Mud Sales?

Mud Sales are a Lancaster County “Thing” and a pretty big thing too.  Every weekend from the end of February straight through to early April there is a mud sale somewhere in Lancaster County.  Each community fire department has a mud sale where people bring items to auction off.  Think high end garage sale – you can find antiques, hand-made quilts, outdoor furniture, indoor furniture, sewing machines, buggies, food and even horses!  If you are looking for it – it can be found at a Lancaster County Mud Sale!

Tips to help you enjoy the Mud Sales

Last year was our first year in Lancaster County and our first experience at Mud Sales.  We have some tips:

  • Go early – either the day before or prior to the start of the sale to get your bidder number and have a little look around
  • Know your spending limits – mud sales are auctions and it’s easy to get carried away with the excitement of it all
  • Have a shopping list in mind – if you only need a sled to decorate for the holidays – look at the sleds and not the swings 🙂
More Mud Sale finds you can't live without

I loved this set of metal wash bins

Schedule of the February and March Mud Sales

I’ve put an asterisk* by the sales we attended.

  • Strasburg Spring Mud Sale* – February 24, 2018
  • Bart Township Mud Sale – March 3, 2018
  • Gordonville Spring Mud Sale* – March 10, 2018
  • Airville Fire Co. Spring Mud Sale – March 17, 2018
  • West Earl Fire Company Mud Sale – March 17, 2018
  • Farmersville Mud Sale* – March 22, 2018
  • Gap Fire Company Mud Sale – March 24, 2018

Honestly – Farmersville was our favorite of the bunch.  It was smaller and in the evening.  But Strasburg was amazing and Gordonville is huge and very well known.

 

Short video of a Mud Sale Auction

Tips for attending:

 

  • Dress warmly – you never know what the weather will be
  • Bring your checkbook – most of the fire departments will take a personal check and many will add a surcharge for using a credit card
  • Stay someplace where you can get a good hot breakfast to keep you going all day.  We will be offering a hearty grab and go hot breakfast during mud sale season
  • Book your room early – the mud sales are very popular and people come from far away to attend.  Last year we met people from New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky during the mud sales.

Holiday Table

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Holiday Dishes at Carriage CornerAs I set the holiday table again – I think about tablescapes and how to make the table really visually interesting.  For me – simple is better.  I find if I try to do too much – it all goes south pretty quickly.  So, some pretty placemats and a beautiful napkin along with sparkling china and the table is ready to go.  But – I really, really needed some holiday china to really set the perfect holiday table.

My love of beautiful china runs deep.  If you’ve ever stayed with us – you may have noticed the wall of china in the office.  There are 7 sets of china in the office and 2 more in the kitchen.  In all honesty – they all get used and rotated through pretty regularly.  That being said, I’m pretty sure I’ve acquired the last set of china that I’m going to for some time.  My latest purchase was the holiday china –  I searched and searched and searched finally settling on Pfaltzgraff Winterberry.  See, while I’ve wanted holiday dishes for a long time – I didn’t want something that screamed Christmas, I actually wanted something that could be used from Thanksgiving through February – if I wanted.

These dishes are just the ticket for a beautiful holiday table that can be dressed up or down.  They come in many different shapes – round, oval and square.  You can get plates with sayings on them or pictures in the middle – like is shown here.  You’ll see what I ended up with a little bit further down in the post.

Along with the plates – I also added some new green placemats and napkins and red placemats to the cupboard that holds those things.  The red placemats work really wellWhite China with tree napkins make a beautiful Holiday Table with the tree napkins that I made last year for our holiday table.  I’ve also added some beautiful red fruit bowls.  We’ll used the dishes and placemats right through until February – but the napkins will be retired at the end of December for another year.

If you are interested in knowing how I made the napkins – hop on over to my personal blog for the details.

We look forward to having you join us at our holiday table and have a couple of special offers going on to help entice you to do so.  During the month of December, book a 2-night stay and receive 25% off your stay – you can either book directly (use code Happy Holidays) or give us a jingle at 717-768-3059 and we’ll be happy to make the reservation for you.  We also have our Winter Rates in effect from January through March – some exclusions apply (like holiday weekends).  There is no code necessary, the rates have already been adjusted.  Finally, did you know that we sell gift certificates?  These can be purchased in any amount or for a specific weekend – again – give us a call and we’ll take care of getting the gift certificate right.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Square Winterberry plates with ruby red bowls make a holiday table that's good through February

 

Christmas Candy That Will Make You A Hero

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Most people spend a day or more making Christmas Cookies – but in our house we make Christmas Candy.  It’s all gluten free and everyone can sample and enjoy it.  And because both of the recipes for Christmas Candy that I’m sharing contain almonds – they’re basically totally healthy – right?

My warning to you with the Burnt Sugar Almonds is this:  Beware of Traditions That You Start.

Years ago, I stumbled upon the recipe for Burnt Sugar Almonds over at Pioneer Woman.  That year, I made about 4 cups of Almonds – I packed them up pretty and gave them to the neighbors with their Christmas Cards.  The next year, I made about 10 cups of almonds and gave them away to my co-workers.  The third year, I wanted to do something different – but everyone wanted to almonds – with the exception of last year (our first year in Pennsylvania) I’ve made close to 20 cups of almonds annually since that third year.  They aren’t hard to make – but if you don’t want to be making them year after year – don’t start 😉

In our house, we find Burnt Sugar Almonds to be like potato chips – bet you can’t eat just one.  This is how I make mine:

sugared almonds

I think – you should be able to click on the recipe and print it.  At least I hope so.  I also want to share the Lavender Lemon Bark that I made for the Belsnickle Tour.  We had almost 200 people through the Bed and Breakfast last weekend and it was so much fun.  Meeting new people, finding out what they were doing for the holidays and sharing our home and Christmas Candy.

Lavender Lemon Christmas Candy

So – I’m going to try and make all the recipes printable from now on.   During our downtime this year – I’ll go back and edit the previous recipes.  I’d love your feed back on the layout of the recipes.

If you make either of these recipes – I’d love to hear how they turned out.  Happy Holidays everyone.