Saturday, July 18, 2009

Saturday Morning Fun

On a lark, we decided to take the kids to Das Dutchmen Essenhaus for breakfast, in Middlebury.
Let's just say I could no longer ignore the siren song of Apple Cinnamon French Toast.

I quickly skimmed through an entire cookbook while we waited - Down Home Cooking, then after eating, we went to check out one of the area's Quilt Gardens, which happens to be right onsite.

Each one features the pattern of an Amish quilt. This one is huge and includes grassy walk-ways so people can get up close and personal.

Like this.

If you're ever in the area, (and really, who isn't?) be sure to stop in for a meal at Essenhaus. For dinner (don't tell anyone you meet that I gave you permission to call it dinner) they have an option where you eat family style for around $16 bucks a person (kids are way cheaper) and you would not believe the spread! It's down-home cooking at its best. And it includes a slice of any pie your heart desires at the end. I typically have to unbutton my britches and politely ask for a to-go box.

There is also a gigantic "Amish" bakery. (I bought a loaf of Apple Cinnamon bread today and threw it in the freezer for a rainy day.)

And the waiting area spans the perimeter of the restaurant and offers every kind of "Country" kitsch you could imagine. Given the love many of you have for the Cracker Barrel gift shop, this would quite possibly send you into palpitations.

There's lots of room to wander around outdoors and check out stuff like this.

So, bring your camera. And try not to eat for approximately 8 hours prior to your arrival. Your belly will thank you for it.


  1. Amazing pictures! Thanks for sharing...


  2. Oh I love me some Amish food...good choice for the day. I hope you ate enough for me too;)

  3. Well, it is official: I envy your farmgirl life. I have just spent a lazy afternoon perusing through your posts, new and old, and I am enchanted. I think it's funny that I grew up in the country and couldn't wait to get to the city and now of course I'd love to have that 20 acres and the white farmhouse I grew up in (just a little closer to the mall!). Anyway, what a lovely life and what lovely food you make. I could never think of stuff like that...I'll keep checking in on you and maybe I'll learn something.

  4. ahhhhhhhhhhhh nothin' better than comfort food and flowers. ;) hope you had a good weekend!

  5. I am so happy to find your blog! I grew up in Elkhart and can relate to so many of your posts. My parents are still in town but I have moved to the east coast and miss my midwest home. Essenhaus is my grandfather's favorite restaurant and I have many fond memories of family meals there. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

  6. Is Essenhaus the Amish Warehouse?
    I'm dreaming of dumplings!