|Me in front of one of the two wagons they used.|
|Ron in front of the wagon.|
|Me in the wagon and ready for the ride.|
|This is an added part of the house where they serve the meal and is a general purpose room at other times. In the corner you can see where she does her wash.|
|The other side of the area where we ate.|
|This is their living area in the huge room. The stove is used to heat the whole house.|
One of the questions someone asked at supper was why they do these meals besides a way to bring in a little extra income. They said they cannot have children and they were lonely and decided to try this and love doing it. They work with several bed and breakfasts in the area and serve meals at least 3 nights a week.
For supper we started out with a salad and bread with apple butter and zucchini apricot butter for the bread. Then we ate family style with Mr. Gingrich passing the bowls of food around the table and he would not take anything until last. We had mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, chicken and noodles, baked fried chicken and meatloaf. Everything was simply delicious. Then for dessert we had pumpkin pie, apple pie and vanilla ice cream. This also was passed around the table and you served yourself. During the whole meal they answered any questions that were asked and encouraged everyone to ask anything they wanted to know, we were one of four couples as their guests.
After everyone was done Mr. Gingrich gave everyone a tour of the house. The house had very few furniture items but what they did have was all Amish made furniture and was lovely. He even asked if anyone wanted to see the basement where Jane has stored all the items she cans. She cans a variety of vegetables, jams, jelly, fruit, and lots of meat. She uses the items she cans in the meals she serves. I was the only one who was interested in seeing the basement. She has everything arranged so nice and neat.
It was time to say our goodbyes and I asked Mrs. Gingrich who runs the store who came over to help clean up and do the dishes if I could give her a hug for telling us about this. I cried and told her that this was like a dream and was something I will never forget and would be back next year to shop at her store and for sure will be eating here again. Also told her I will keep in touch and I want to know when they open their bed and breakfast so I can come and stay with them. She said next time we come up we can make arrangements to stay with her until her son and daughter-in-law get their bed and breakfast opened. I just might take her up on it.
|Me in my new hat I bought today.|