I’m going to try a couple of things here.
One is to try and add a blog post every day for the next 30 days. It may or may not be about my weight loss journey but, most likely, it will be. I’ll try not to get to depressing but a lot of my life seems to be a little bit of a struggle and food tends to be the comfort factor. Of course, there are parts of my life are pretty upbeat, too. I just need to remember them.
The other thing is that I really need to get into the habit of posting/writing, again. I used to do it all the time either here or on my real estate blog and I’ve really slacked off on both.
It has been said that even if you write a couple of hundred words a day, it’ll kick in the creativity. We’ll see.
OK. So I was tired of sitting around and not doing a whole lot that was anywhere close to fun or different.
Running around taking care of the things my business needed and doing the volunteer stuff for my local Realtor Association and the volunteer stuff for my Rotary Club. I even took a class on how to make Outlook a great and wonderful resource. It all just got a little bit old.
I got this e-mail from a place called Kitchen Kettle Village in (are you ready?) Intercourse, PA. It’s about 15 miles east of Lancaster, PA in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country. Think lots of Amish. Think quilts. Think rhubarb.
Rhubarb is in season so this little oasis of a shopping village has a Rhubarb Festival every year. The place is really very nice. They also have lots of nice shops that you just don’t run into in the Metro DC area.
Well, this was the 28th Annual Rhubarb Festival complete with a baking contest (are you with me?) that included pies, cakes, cheesckaes, cupcakes, jams and all kinds of other rhubarb delights. Of course there was raw, out-of-the-ground rhubarb which, if you’ve never tasted it, is kind of bitter/sour. It’s when you put it together with tons of sugar and other goodies that it tastes good.
Rhubarb is full of great nutrients. More potassium than a banana. Folic acid. Vitamins A and C. All kinds of good stuff. And, if you can pull it off, you can eat it like celery. Only the taste is not that wonderful. Bake it in a pie or cake or whatever and….you get the point.
Aside from the great rhubarb baking contest there was the ice cream vendor (straight from the local Lancaster County cows!), the coffee place that was selling rhubarb/strawberry smoothies, there was a fudge place (thankfully, we were able to pass up the fudge. no small feat.). Of course, there we quite a few other non-food shops.
Pretzels are also big business in Lancaster County, PA.
We stopped at Hammond’s to pick up some of the regular handmade pretzels as well as some chocolate covered pretzels (in dark chocolate and milk chocolate, of course). The regular pretzels are 70 calories a pop. I have no clue about the chocolate covered ones except that they’re….more.
I have to say, they make the best pretzels in the world.