Letters from Home

October 18, 2016

Good morning everyone,

Warm weather is still with us and we are certainly enjoying these beautiful autumn days.

In looking out over the countryside we see the trees are beginning to be quite colorful. Here and there are some bright orange ones, but there are still quite a few that are green. The Spruce/Cedar tree outside my living room window is at its peak — a mixture of golden brown and green.

More of the garden is being cleaned out and we sowed oats in the bare spots for a fall cover. Hopefully that will grow instead of chickweed and purslane. The petunias and the dahlias are still pretty. Dahlias make a nice bouquet when cut and brought inside.

The farmers are taking advantage of the warm, sunny days and some are making 4th cutting hay.


Following is a recipe a friend/customer gave me to make a deer repellent. If you have problems with deer eating your plants, you may want to try this :

· 6 eggs

· 4 hot peppers (or enough to make it really hot)

· 6-12 cloves garlic (enough to make it stink)

· 5 cups warm water

Put it all in a blender and liquefy it. Pour into an old milk jug. Set it outside in the sun for a couple days to let it cook and really get stinky and hot. Strain it well if you want to use it in a sprayer. You can also pour it on and/or around the plants directly from the jug.


Now for a recipe for the fall season that humans like to eat  :-) :

        · 1 cup pumpkin pulp

· 2 eggs

· 1/2 tablespoon flour

· 1 cup brown sugar

· 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

· 1/4 teaspoon cloves

· 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

· 1/4 teaspoon salt

· 1 1/4 cup milk

Mix flour, sugar, salt & spices together and set aside. Scald milk. Separate 1 egg & beat the white until stiff, then set aside. Beat the remaining egg & yolk in a large bowl. Stir in the pumpkin. Add the dry mixture, stir well. Pour in the hot milk, stir while pouring. Lightly beat in the egg white. Pour into an unbaked 9” pie shell. Bake at 425° for 10 minutes. Then reduce heat to 375° and bake until set. Enjoy!


“Small service is true service while it lasts;

Of friends, however humble, scorn not one;

The daisy, by the shadow that it casts,

Protects the lingering dew drop from the sun.”

-William Wordsworth


Have a good day!


Letters from Home

October 03, 2016

Fall Time, Sports & the Ashery

I’m hoping this finds you all doing great on this amazing Fall day.

Here at the Ashery we are all set for our Fall season. If you haven’t gotten a chance to come see us lately, now is a great time to come and enjoy the beautiful leaves as they are beginning to slightly tint themselves in red, orange & yellow. Growing up, Fall was always my favorite time of the year and now Spring has pretty much earned it’s right for a tie on my 2 favorite seasons of the year.

Maybe it has something to do with the fact that I’m getting older and the season after Fall has gone from sledding and ice skating to shoveling snow and navigating slick roads.

There’s few things, though, that compare with the crisp, cool nights of Autumn and the harvest of pumpkins, apples, apple cider, gourds, corn stalks and all that good stuff.

I’ve probably told you before about my memories of my dad and us boys being fans of the Cleveland Indians. Growing up in our Mennonite family we didn’t have a TV but our church at the time allowed us to have radios. We made good use of the radio following the Cleveland sports teams. Because of this I still often would rather listen to the games instead of watching on TV. In fact the first time I went to a live game I remember thinking, "Wow, this isn’t as fun as I thought it would be because I didn’t have to imagine anything."

You might be surprised to know that many of the Amish community enjoy following sports as well and there are some highly talented baseball, basketball & volley ball players that are Amish or Mennonite. They will probably never be known about because of the fact that almost none of them would pursue it further than local pickup games or leagues.

All this to say that there is some excitement in the air around here with the Cleveland Indians heading into the postseason and maybe for the first time ever I’ll get a chance to go to a playoff game.

Meanwhile, I’m thinking about trying out as a walk on for the Kicker position with the Browns. I think I could do it!

See you soon and Happy Trails,  Curt