Hello Everyone,

How are the folks here in Ohio enjoying all the snow we have? I heard New York also got a lot of snow. I imagine the other northern states got quite a bit as well, but I haven’t heard. The snow we had on the ground has a coating of ice on top which makes for great sledding!

The safest place to go sledding is out in an open field where there is lots of room with no danger of ramming into something you’d rather not! One draw back about sledding so far downhill is you always need to walk all that distance back up again.

This morning we had 8° and a fresh light cover of snow. The sun is shining, but a little bit hazy. It looked so pretty the way it sparkled when the sun shone and the black branches of the bare trees looked like they were dusted with powdered sugar.

Upcoming Events
• The Air Works Auction is planned to be held at Mt Hope on Feb 17th, 18th & 19th. It is a large event bringing many people into the area.
• On the 18th and 19th there is a Health Expo at the Heritage Center on State Route 62 between Berlin & Winesburg. That also holds a lot of interesting items to learn about, plus some seminars to listen to. Food will also be available. The hours the building will be open are Friday 8am-7pm & Saturday 8am-1pm.
• The second week of March is the week for the Horse Sale at Mt Hope.
• Our annual Maple Syrup Cooking Demo will be held the first 2 weekends of March (4-5 & 11-12). Our local maple syrup producer from Amber Valley Maple will be demonstrating how maple syrup is made on our front porch. We will having deals on maple syrup, freshly bottled syrup for sale & lots of maple products available for purchase!

I found a recipe that is rather simple and thought you might enjoy:

Taco Rice Skillet by Mrs Mark Hostetler
• 1lb Hamburger
• 1pt Tomato Juice
• ½Pkg Taco Seasoning (or, if you have Ashery’s Own Taco Seasoning – 2 Tablespoons)
• 2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
• 1cup Cooked Rice
• 1cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
• Lettuce
• Sour Cream

Brown hamburger, add tomato juice, taco seasoning, brown sugar & rice. Simmer 20 minutes. Put cheese on top, melt. Serve with lettuce and sour cream.
For a complete meal, I suggest also serve a side of steamed vegetables of your choice.

Here is a favorite quote:
“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass.
It’s about learning to dance in the rain.” -Author Unknown

Have a good month!