Saturday, June 6, 2015

Rhubarb in Lanesboro, Minnesota

Today is all things rhubarb in Lanesboro, Minnesota.  Laneboro is designated as the Rhubarb Capital of Minnesota and we are very proud of it!  Each year on the first Saturday in June is the annual Rhubarb Fest starting off with a Rhubarb 5k Run, then heading to Sylvan Park for rhubarb tasting, rhubarb games, and for entertainment listening to the Rhubarb Sisters sing.  The Bethlehem LYO kids sell Rhudogs - hotdogs with rhubarb ketchup/relish.  The Bethlehem WELCA as well as other churches sell baked goods with rhubarb as the main ingredient.  Bethlehem Church also offers hot sandwiches with a rhubarb mustard.  Of course, there will be plenty of rhubarb pie to eat!!

Many people attend the Rhubarb Fest in the morning and ride along on Bluffscape Amish Tours in the afternoon.  A large group from central Minnesota is bringing two coach buses down for the Rhubarb Fest and then we are offering a step-on guide to take them on an afternoon tour with Bluffscape. Since I am guiding tours today, I will have to miss the fest, but my daughters will fill me in on all the rhubarb splendor.

Below is a favorite rhubarb dessert recipe that is very easy to make.  I shared it with an Amish friend last week and she loved it and plans to make more. Yesterday I made the dessert with lemon cake mix and it was very good.  Enjoy!

Rhubarb Upside Down Cake

1 box white or lemon cake mix
3-4 cups of diced rhubarb
1 cup sugar
1 pint cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Prepare cake mix according to box directions.  Pour batter into greased 9 x 13 pan.  In another bowl mix the rhubarb and sugar.  Sprinkle rhubarb on top of cake batter. Evenly pour cream on top of the rhubarb. Bake in oven for 60 minutes, test with toothpick when done.

Serve while still warm or chilled.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

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!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

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

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 (11x15) bottom and up sides.

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!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Plan a Bluffscape Amish Tour in Lanesboro, Minnesota

Now is the perfect time to plan a trip to beautiful Lanesboro, Minnesota.  Be sure to include a tour with us at Bluffscape Amish Tours.  Your tour will depart from Stone Mill Hotel & Suites in Lanesboro to travel the rolling Amish countryside. The Amish are busy working the soil in preparation of their spring planting.  It is always a treat to see the horses pulling a one-bottom plow.  A gentleman on my tour yesterday said it reminded him of his youth as he had to do similar work in their fields years ago.  At the Amish farms we will get the chance to peruse the Amish shops for handmade reed baskets, leather belts, locally made scatter rugs, hand stitched quilts, and much more.  My favorite treat is Emma's dark chocolate covered cashew crunch--sweet and buttery!  Your guide explains all about the Amish culture and will answer any questions you may have during the tour.

As you can see by the above photo, trout fishing by the Lanesboro dam is a favorite for many folks.  This is a view of the Root River from Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Lanesboro. If the people you are traveling with like to fish and some would rather find something else to do, an Amish tour would be a great way to spend your morning or afternoon!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

A Beautiful Ride with Bluffscape Amish Tours in the Fall

After a very busy summer and fall, Bluffscape Amish Tours in Lanesboro is nearing the end of our tour season.  We continue tours daily until November 2 and will tour Saturdays, November 9, 16, and 23. Come to Stone Mill Hotel & Suites in Lanesboro to depart on a tour at 10 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.  Plan to ride along on a tour to learn about Amish living as well as shop for Amish made goods.  As of this writing there are only 61 shopping days until Christmas!  Do you have your wish list started?  Amish crafts make wonderful gifts not only for Christmas, but gifts for any occasion.

If you are not into shopping, you will learn plenty about Amish schools, church, weddings, funerals, and meet some of the Amish families at their farms. View the beautiful countryside as we drive to their farms in Fillmore County located in Southeast Minnesota.  You will love the hillsides covered in fall colors against the bright blue sky.  The golden corn fields next to the dark green alfalfa fields make a large patchwork quilt on the farming landscape.  Amish shocks of corn dot the fields in rows waiting to be harvested.  Listen for the clip-clop of horses' hooves and the crunching of buggy wheels on the gravel road as we make our way to the Amish farms and shops.  

Photos by Chris Komor

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

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.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Tour Guest Reviews Excellent Bluffscape Amish Tour

Summer fun is in full swing here in beautiful Lanesboro, Minnesota.  Our Amish tour guests have written reviews about their experience this summer on a Bluffscape Amish Tour.  Here is one recent review:

“Excellent tour with a very knowledgeable guide (Verne)”
I really learned a lot. My knowledge of the Amish was misguided at best; for 3 hours we were constantly educated by our guide and I have a much better appreciation of the lives and culture of this group. I can't say I would want to live in that manner, but it's really interesting to learn about and to see 'up close and personal'. And of course, Verne added a whole lot to the experience.
Visited July 2013

I was very happy to see Vern mentioned in this review, as he is one of the best Amish tour guides you can have on your tour.  Vern spends his personal time learning as much as he can about the Amish of SE Minnesota, therefore, he can answer many of the questions you may have about the Amish culture.  

Please read more reviews about Bluffscape Amish Tours on TripAdvisor!

Call 507-467-3070 to reserve your seat on a Bluffscape Amish Tour - the best tour in Lanesboro located at Stone Mill Hotel & Suites!