Sunday, January 14, 2018

Liverwurst, Anyone?

By Ruth A. Ringelstetter

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You probably have heard before that Joann and I eat out of our cooler whenever we can on our photography trips, whether they be for one day or our annual 10-day trips. Unless it’s raining cats and dogs, we eat out of the cooler.


Usually, any sandwiches we have are lettuce wraps, but we do make a couple of exceptions. One of those is for liverwurst sandwiches. We don’t exactly remember how often we had liverwurst, also known as Braunschweiger, when we were growing up, but we both love it. Maybe it’s our German heritage, or maybe it’s just fond memories of Sunday afternoon lunches of liverwurst or bologna sandwiches, but we consider it a treat.


We learned early on that for our 10-day trips, bread doesn’t travel well. Luckily, we can either find a healthy loaf at a big grocery store or, if we’re lucky, a fresh-baked loaf at a local bakery.


We’ve taken photography trips to Ohio many times, and twice we’ve stopped at Kennedy’s Bakery as we passed through Cambridge. They’ve been baking there for over 90 years, with the slogan, "Serving the Area with the Finest in Baked Goods Since 1925.”


On our first trip to Kennedy’s Bakery, we were anticipating liverwurst sandwiches for lunch. We picked out a fresh loaf of bread and went to the counter to pay. A smiling woman waited on us and as we chatted a little, she asked if we had plans for the bread. We excitedly told her we were looking forward to liverwurst sandwiches for lunch.


And then she made one of those faces people make. You know the face. It’s the “ewww!” face. She laughed, and then said that she hoped we enjoyed our lunch. She was kind enough not to say she thought we were wasting good bread.


We went a few blocks to the city park and made our lunch. These sandwich meals are our treat meals. Other people might have a pizza or burgers, but for us, its liverwurst sandwiches with a healthy version of our mom’s Ambrosia salad. What a treat!


Usually we buy grocery store liverwurst, but in the spring of 2017, we were going to more northern locations in Ohio, which included Amish country. And I had read about Troyer’s Trail Bologna, which has been made in Holmes County since 1912. When we stopped at an Amish store to pick some up, we discovered that they also had liverwurst in the butcher case. So, we got some of each. We also picked up a loaf of fresh, soft, sourdough bread.


And all of it was delicious! It was the best liverwurst and the best bologna we’ve ever had. We decided we would always look for local meat markets and bakeries if we could when we travel. Just one more thing to research. And I apologize if I made you make that “ewww!” face!

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Happy Shunpiking!

Ruth

Sunday, December 31, 2017

2018 Wishes

By Joann M. Ringelstetter

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It’s New Year’s Eve and, rather than making a list of resolutions, I’d like to share a list of wishes that I have for you (and for me). So here goes…

I wish you strength and longevity. And, like an old one-room schoolhouse, I wish you the ability to withstand the storms of life and to be thought of fondly by those who have gained knowledge in your presence.


I wish you inner knowing and courage, like the first wildflowers to push through the snow and leaf litter after a long, cold winter.


I wish you ease and flow in your life. Like water when it encounters a boulder in its path, may you relax and flow around your obstacles rather than push against them.


I wish you happiness and confidence….even on bad hair days. 😊


As you travel the paths of your life, I wish you time for contemplation and the ability to notice all the beautiful things that surround you.


If you’re feeling trapped or a prisoner of the negativity that surrounds you, I wish you freedom.


Today and every day, I wish you playfulness and unconditional love.


If you’ve been holding back your talents, your ideas, or your dreams, my wish for you is that you allow yourself to blossom in all your glory.


Most of all, I wish you transformation. Let the new year be the year that you emerge from your cocoon to be all that you were born to be, to remember that change is good, and that life is a dance. Like a butterfly that appears to dance as it lights upon a flower, let’s awaken to a sense of lightness and joy.


May the coming year bring you unexpected blessings and miracles, big and small.

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Joann

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

A Christmas Ride

By Joann M. Ringelstetter

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A couple years ago, we published a blog post about a Halloween Truck that we were lucky enough to find. And we were even more blessed to meet the owners of this truck, who were very kind to us. They told us to come back at Christmas time to see the truck decorated for Christmas.


Weather conditions that Christmas weren’t ideal, so we didn’t make it there until January 3rd, but we were lucky to find the truck with a lighted tree in the back. The Halloween truck had been driven by a ghoulish-looking man. If you look closely at the back window of the Christmas truck, you’ll get a hint of who was driving then.


Well, it was none other than dear old Santa Claus. And I almost thought I heard him singing, “Oh what fun it is to ride in an antique pickup truck!”


Wherever, whenever, and however you celebrate the holiday season, I wish you love and joy!


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Happy Holidays and Happy Shunpiking!
Joann