Saturday, December 18, 2010

Amish Peanut Butter Creme Spread

This is a spread that we grew up eating when going to any large Amish gathering.  From funerals to weddings to family reunions, we would find this in bowls down the middle of the table next to platters of sliced bread.  We just helped ourselves.  Funerals and weddings took place in the home of one of the family members and without enough space to feed everyone at once.

Long tables were set up with chairs down both sides.  In the middle of the table were the bowls of peanut butter creme spread, platters of sliced bread, bowls of pickles and then a variety of whatever else the family thought appropriate.  We would go through the food line to fill our plates, grab a glass of water, coffee or tea and sit down when it was our turn.  Women volunteers would be available to assist with refills on the beverages while we ate.  When we finished eating we picked up our plates and glasses, filed out and the next group of family to be feed would come through.

This spread is a nice addition to any gathering large or small.  It's also a big hit for kids - we loved helping ourselves to this, making our own sandwiches and cleaning our plates with something we knew was special!

The recipe is simple:

16 oz    Peanut Butter Smooth
13 oz    Marshmallow Creme
2 cups   Light Corn Syrup

Combine all three ingredients into a bowl and stir until mixed well.

I hope you like it and that your kids enjoy it as much as I did growing up!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

A Different Christmas Poem

A beautiful poem in honor of those who protect our Nation, please take the time to read it.

If you have friends, family serving in the military or know someone that does, please do something extra special for them this Christmas to let them know you care.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Winter Warmer Beer Festival 2011

Need something to “Shake Up” the Winter Blahs?
Join us for the 4th Annual Winter Warmer Beer Festival!

Mark your calendars for the 4th Annual Asheville Winter Warmer Beer Festival on Saturday, January 22, 2011, from 3:00 - 7:00pm - provided to you by co-hosts: ThreeSheets:Design, Brews Cruise, Inc., and French Broad Brewing Co.

This year’s Winter Warmer event will still be in Downtown Asheville, but we are finalizing our permits and location - due to such a successful previous year, we wanted our festival goers to have plenty of elbow room for this year’s enjoyment, so we are working on a larger venue.


We highly recommend purchasing tickets in advance, as the last two year’s event sold out. This year’s venue allows for more to attend, but we have already received many inquiries about this year’s festival, so don’t miss out on this wonderful Winter Warmer!

Tickets are available for online purchase NOW! Purchased tickets prior to January 14th will be mailed, with any tickets purchased online from January 16-22 available at will call.
To buy tickets online now, CLICK HERE

Bands playing at the event are still being decided, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated our 2nd year participant - the local non-profit organization, River Link.
Please check back soon to see more details for this event.

Tickets are $38pp and will include a souvenir mug, samples during the event, and food provided by a local caterer (still being determined at this time.)

For any additional information, or questions about this event,
please email us at

Brewing Participants include:
From Asheville and WNC area:
French Broad Brewing Co.
Highland Brewing Co.
Green Man Ales
Pisgah Brewing Co.
Asheville Pizza & Brewing Co.
Heinzelmannchen Brewery
Appalachian Craft

Piedmont & Durham area:
Catawba Valley Brewing Co.
Big Boss

Nashville, TN:

Atlanta, GA: