Amish Religious Holiday – Ascension Day

This Thursday, May 14, the Amish observe a religious holiday, Ascension Day.  Ascension Day is recognized 40 days after Easter and is the day that Jesus Christ ascended into heaven.  It marks the end of the Easter season.  Amish always take this day off from work, therefore, they do not do business on Ascension Day and no tours will be given.  Everyone will be back to work on Friday, including Bluffscape Amish Tours.

One of the many Amish-made crafts you will find on a Bluffscape Amish Tour are the colorful rugs pictured above.  They are made of a knit/polyester material and come in a variety of colors and designs.  The Amish ladies sew the rugs using a treadle sewing machine. One of my favorite rugs I have seen in their shops is in the design of a sunflower.  The rugs look almost too pretty to step on!

Pecan Tassie Bars Mady by SE Minnesota Amish

How many of you enjoy a delicious piece of pecan pie? If you like pecan pie, then you will enjoy this recipe I received from an Amish friend. The original recipe for Pecan Tassies creates small individual bite-sized treats. But, the Amish ladies turned this mini treat into yummy, easy-to-make bars. This recipe isn’t as sweet as a typical pecan pie recipe, but just as tasty!

Pecan Tassie Bars

Crust:
1 8 oz. cream cheese (softened)
1 Cup butter (softened)
2 Cups flour

Beat cream cheese and butter until creamy. Gradually add flour to butter mixture. Cover and chill for one hour. Press dough into bar pan (11×15) bottom and up sides.

Filling:
1 1/2 Cups brown sugar
2 Tbsp. butter
2 Eggs (lightly beaten)
2 Tsp. vanilla
1/8 Tsp. salt
1 Cup finely chopped pecans
1 Cup finely chopped walnuts

Stir ingredients together–mixture will be dry. Spoon into crust and spread. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or until set.  Grab a cup of coffee or a glass of cold milk and you are ready for a snack.

*The recipe didn’t come with many details, so you may want to keep an eye on the oven as it is baking.

Amish ladies are wonderful cooks and when they serve their bars you better be hungry! Most bars that I have been served when I visit them are at least 2 x 2 inches in size!

Find Amish Garden Produce on Bluffscape Amish Tours

Summer vacations are winding down and school is back in session, but Bluffscape Amish Tours in Lanesboro is still offering fun, educational Amish tours.  Take a look at the photo above.  Can you imagine yourself sitting on a porch this fall in an Amish-made hickory chair?  While out on our tour you will have a chance to sit in one of these chairs to feel how comfortable they really are to relax in.

Currently, the Amish women are busy picking produce out of their gardens and processing canned goods for use in their meals this winter.  There is rarely an idle moment in an Amish woman’s kitchen.  Some of the Amish farms will have fresh produce for sale as well.  I have been picking up zucchini and onions to saute in butter or roast on the grill.  I’m also planning to make a chocolate zucchini cake!  The tomato plants are starting to produce red, juicy tomatoes and cucumbers seem to be plenty.  Refrigerator pickles may be fun and tasty to make, too.
Hopefully, you can make plans to ride along on a Bluffscape Amish Tour and pick up a few vegetables to use in your favorite recipes this fall.  Stop by Stone Mill Hotel & Suites in Lanesboro or call 507-467-3070 to reserve your tickets for an Amish tour in SE Minnesota.

Autumn Bluffscape Amish Tours in Lanesboro

September and October are one of the premiere times to ride along on a Bluffscape Amish Tour in Lanesboro.  As autumn arrives the Amish of Southeast Minnesota are harvesting their crops of corn and picking late summer produce out of their gardens.  You may see shocks of corn drying in the fields while your Bluffscape tour guide drives you along country roads to visit the Amish people while narrating about their simple lifestyle.  While out on a Bluffscape Amish Tour, you may want to purchase buttery, sweet cashew crunch made by the Amish.
Bluffscape Amish Tours depart Lanesboro daily at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. from the Feed Mill building and Stone Mill Hotel & Suites.  Please call now to reserve your seat with Bluffscape at 507.467.3070 or learn more about our quality Bluffscape Amish Tours at www.bluffscape.com.