Letters from Home

January 31, 2014



      Wow folks, you are probably wondering if I’ve fell off the face of the earth. Some accuse me of sleeping and some accuse me of always being on vacation. If you want to know the facts, check with my wife. It’s been since early December that I wrote a letter from home and a lot of exciting things have happened since then.


      We were able to spend some great times with family over Christmas & New Years that we don’t get to see too often. I trust you all had a wonderful Christmas time and a great beginning to 2014!


      Like pretty much everywhere else we have been trying, with a degree of success, to stay warm around these parts with the brutal temps. It would seem most of you have been doing the same as the Ashery has been kind of quiet with the weather beinga little challenging for getting out on the road. Just know, as soon as you’re ready to come, we will be here to see you.    


      Speaking of being here, a heads up to mark on your calendars. There are 2 days that we are closed in the Spring that people often do not realize. The first one is Good Friday, April 18th, the day we commemorate the death of Jesus, and the second is Ascension Day, Thursday, May 29th, the day we celebrate the ascension of Jesus as spoken of in Acts 1:9-11. These 2 days are kept as holidays by the Amish and you won’t find a lot of places open around these parts on those days. Just thinking of Easter makes me shiver wishing for warmer weather.


      As we are looking forward to the last 11 months of 2014..... yep, one month is gone already, we are excited for the opportunities we see coming up here at the Ashery. It’s almost too cold to talk about the one I’m thinking of right now. Beginning this Spring, The Ashery will be offering a soft serve frozen custard. The employees are all very excited about this as they will be involved in the perfecting of the recipe. AKA Taste Testing!


      Around here though, it’s never too cold for Ice Cream, just the thought makes me smile.  We are looking forward to seeing you all.  


                   Until then, Stay Warm and think about Ice Cream!

                     Happy Trails, Curt


Letters from Home

January 15, 2014

Good Evening Everyone,   

     I hope everyone is doing well on this mild winter day. How many of you noticed the sunset? I was pleasantly suprised when I looked out the kitchen window. The western sky was colored in shades of orange and then it turned into a pinkish red as the sun sank lower. I believe God enjoys sharing His beauty with us. It inspired me to go on a walk, but by the time I was ready to go it was dark. The moon was shining and only a slight breeze was blowing. By the light of the moon I could see the exhaust of a jet streaming out behind it. A few stars were twinkling and the longer I stayed out the more they became visible. It was an absolutely beautiful evening to be outside and I was refreshed in the quiet and peacefulness of it all.   

    Outside work is pretty much at a standstill except for farmers hauling manure and doing chores. NOw is the time to get some sewing done and any inside work. Also time to try out new recipes. Since wintertime is a good time to make homemade ice cream, using the snow we get, I am including a receipe.  

Homemade Ice Cream


1 cup white sugar

1 cup brown sugar  

2/3 cup instant vanilla pudding

1 TBSP vanilla extract

2 cups half and half

4 cups milk

Beat eggs for 6 minutes until light and fluffy. Add sugars, beat well. Add vanilla pudding, vanilla extract, half and half, and milk. Pour into a 6qt ice cream maker. Serves 6-8
Note. This receipe includes raw eggs. You may want to make sure your eggs are fresh and you know where they come from.  

"Obstacles are the things we see when we lose sight of the goal."

                                Have a healthy winter,