Summer is in full swing!

Hey everyone!

As you can imagine, I’m getting excited for fall. I’m sick of sweating all the time and generally not being super comfortable. I like needing a sweater or a little jacket! That being said, I’ve been making the most of the “good” weather. Since going to OK and MO, I’ve once again gone to Shipeshewana with the ladies in my family. We missed my aunt so much, but still had a nice trip together. The weirdest part of this? I’ve been getting advertisements on Pandora for Shipshe! WHAT. They knew.

Since we do the same things there each year, I figured I’d focus on the food for this post. The first night of our trip, we always go to Das Dutchman Essenhaus. Now, you’re looking at this website thinking “hmm a buffet, sounds great!” but I’m telling you NO. Get the family style. You get all you can eat, but they bring the food to your table and everyone gets dessert (my mom and I always do the up-charge and get an apple dumpling for dessert which we then eat in the hotel after spending some time in the hot tub). Lauren always gets a fresh fruit pie. Sarah is the only person that varies what she gets. We usually pick ham for our “extra” meat. The family style meal comes with salad and awesome dressings (I usually go with ranch), fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, chicken broth noodles, and your choice of bacon-induced green beans or corn.

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We also usually spend time at Davis Mercantile and get pretzels from a little shop called JoJos there (I like ranch flavored–this is a theme, isn’t it?). It’s best for everyone in your group to get different awesome pretzels and eat a bit of each:

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Oh, there hasn’t been enough food, you say? Why then, head on over to Rise’n Roll Bakery for breakfast! The biscuits and gravy are meh…but the Cinnamon Caramel Donuts are why people go here…SO GOOD. I’d recommend the donut holes, as they melt in your mouth and it doesn’t feel like you’re eating as much:

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Here’s a picture of my sister & mom buying awesome popcorn:

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Finally, there is the motherlode of smoked meats and cheeses at Yoder’s Meat and Cheese. My suggestions are buffalo jerky and smoked habanero cheese. Just do it. Here is my haul:

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Of course, we went to the flea market. The winner for weird shit at the flea market this year goes to:

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Overall, it was a great trip!

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Mom, Sarah, and I were also able to go see Death and Harry Houdini at the House Theater. A show with real magic? This was a seriously cool production!

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I went to a Milwaukee Brewers’ game for the first time. That stadium was really well laid out and it reminded me of a conservatory. We sat right behind the bull pen, which I’ve never done at any stadium. We also tailgated with brats and beer, as it seemed fitting. Thanks, Chris for getting everything together and driving up! It was awesome!

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Matt and I also went out to celebrate his dad’s 60th birthday. Check out the cool cake his sister-in-law, Kim, made (here are other examples of her work through her business, Sweet as Cake):

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Speaking of birthdays–I was able to celebrate mine in a few ways! Matt and I went to Fogo de Chao for dinner. For those of you who haven’t been, it is unlimited meat being carved and given to you at your table. I hadn’t gone before and it was a great experience. Plus, creme brulee for dessert which is one of my favorite desserts. Matt made me one of the best breakfasts, eggie in the basket (with Yoder’s Canadian bacon!), and we spent the day at the beach celebrating with friends and family grilling:

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I hope you all are enjoying the sweltering heat ;). See you all when it’s sweater weather.

Amanda

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