Good Afternoon,

It is a sunny, spring-like day in January. We have 52°. Even though we think we should be having snow, I will enjoy this weather while it is here. Seems like we should do something outdoors, but there really isn’t anything to do except dig carrots out of the garden for fresh eating.

A new year has begun. Like a new book as we turn a page for a day, what will we find. What will the new year hold for us? Do we face it with anticipation, enthusiasm, excitement, or anxiety and apprehension? I choose the first three. How about you?

On my trip to town I noticed some folks had laundry hung out on the line. One place had bright orange hunting gear, so I imagine hunting season is over. I hung some out as well before I left and we can look forward to fresh, clean smelling clothes when we bring them back in.

In the parking lot in front of German Village in Berlin I met a couple that comes into the Ashery regularly and they were planning to stop at the Ashery this afternoon.

One of the employees has gone to West Virginia this week to help on a clean-up job from storm damage.

I see the school children are walking home from school, which means the day is more than half gone. It is a good thing that they wear those yellow reflecting vests. It makes them more visible to motorists.

I hope everyone had a good Christmas and New Year.

Here is the recipe for Apple Crisp that I served warm with homemade ice cream for a family dinner. I got it out of Healthy Choice Cookbook.

Apple Crisp

8 apples, juice of 1 lemon, 1 tsp cinnamon, 2 tbsp sprouted spelt flour, ¾ cup raisins, apple juice ( approx. 1 cup)
Topping: 1-2/3 cup quick oats, 1 cup rolled oats, 1 cup sprouted spelt flour, 1 tsp salt, 4 tsp cinnamon, ½ cup honey, ½ cup maple syrup, 1 cup butter melted.

Preheat oven to 375°. Shred apples. Mix apples in a bowl with lemon juice, cinnamon, flour, and raisins. Pour into a greased 13” x  9” baking pan. Pour apple juice over apples in pan. Stir honey and maple syrup into melted butter. Combine topping ingredients in a bowl then stir in butter mixture. Mix well then pour on top of apples. Bake 25 minutes or until apples are soft. Serves 8-12 people.

Events at Mt. Hope

• January 16th – 18th the Sportsman Show
• January 23-24 North Central Grazing Conference
• January 25th Stallion Presentation and Fund Raiser
• February 13-14-15 Air Works Consignment Auction and Tool Show

At the Heritage Center along 62: February 14-15 Health Expo

Quote from a flip Calendar

“Every job is a self portrait of the person who did it.”

Have a good day!