It's Fall Harvest Time!

Pa Dutch Country Insider October 2010 issue #005

Fall is one of my favorite times of the year, it is actually my favorite time for vacation. It is a great time to visit PA Dutch Country! A time to relax, unwind, and take in the scenery. The weather is sunny and cool. The leaves put on a spectacular display of beautiful shades of red, orange, and yellow. Pumpkins abound around every corner. It is a great time to stay at a PA Dutch country bed and breakfast and be pampered like The Artist's Inn bed and breakfast or visit a corner pub like Brendee's or check out a farmer's market and enjoy some delicious comfort foods like J.R.'s Fries

Below I have listed some attractions and events that you don't want to miss.


Fulton Theatre - America's Oldest continuously operating theatre. Check out the show Death trap sure to be a great thriller. Fulton Theatre

Wilbur Chocolate - Nothing like walking through Lititz on a cool fall day and catching the delightful smells of chocolate wafting through the air.

Cherry Crest Adventure Farm - is a great place to spend a cool autumn day with the family. A corn maze and 50+ fun farm activities.


October 9 & 10 The National Apple Harvest Festival is in full swing in Arendtsville, PA Adams County. 300+ vendors Apple Harvest Festival

October 16 is the York Book and Paper Faire. Many used rare and out of print books, music, photographs, postcards and much more. York Book and Paper Faire

October 17 the 36th Annual Oyster Festival. Good eats, history, live music, and artisan demonstrations. Oyster Festival

October 29 & 30 Strasburg Rail Road Walking Ghost Tour Strasburg Rail Road Walking Ghost Tour


Mmm Pumpkin, I pretty much love pumpkin anything. Below I have shared a recipe for pumpkin whoopie pies that was in the newspaper. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

2 egg yolks
2 cups brown sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
2 cups cooked pumpkin (can use canned or fresh)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 cups flour

For filling:

8 ounces cream cheese
1 cup shortening
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/2 pounds 10X powdered sugar
milk as needed

Beat egg yolks, brown sugar and oil together until smooth. Add pumpkin. Sift together dry ingredients; add gradually to wet mixture. Mix well.

Drop by heaping tablespoon onto a greased cookie sheet, 3 inches apart. Spread slightly with back of spoon. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes. Cool.

While cookies are baking, mix together filling ingredients in medium bowl. Add milk as needed by the tablespoon for correct spreading consistency — mixture should be thick. When cookies are cooled, spread the filling between two cookies and form a sandwich.

Depending on the size, you’ll get from 10 to 18 sandwiches.

Tip: These freeze well, and could be used for ice cream sandwiches; replace the filling with slightly softened ice cream

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