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Living My Dream in Amish Country-Part 2

by Marcia Eichhorn

Bright Morning Star Bed and Breakfast is located 6 miles east of Middlebury, IN and 2 miles west of Shipshewana.  It nestles in Northern Indiana Amish country and Bright Morning Star lies among beautiful Amish farms.  It was designed and built in 2007 by myself, Marcia Eichhorn.   The builder was from Goshen, Indiana.   It was built here and brought to the location in six boxes.

It was comforting to know that after the boxes sat out in my pasture over the weekend, nothing was disturbed.  Just a lot of curious lookers.  On Monday morning a crane came and by noon all the pieces were safely put together.

The garage, roof, and porch were added that same week.

There are four bedrooms named after states where I have lived.   Each room has an attached private bathroom.  The comfortably furnished rooms feature handmade quilts.  The Iowa Star has two twin beds, or they can be made into a king.  Illinois Star has a queen bed, a full bed, and a twin bed.

Texas Star features two queen beds.   Amish Star has one queen bed with a private sitting room.   There is a Retreat Room in the lower level.  Quilt groups enjoy the great work space, and the chance to be so close to the Amish scenery and many quilt shops.

Looking out the window you might see a team of horses plowing, baling hay, or harvesting corn.  Just like in the “old days”.

The front porch is the favorite place for guests to sit and watch the buggies and horses go by.  Come, sit, and sip on a glass of tea.  Let the adventure begin.

Meet My Neighbors:

My neighbors, Harley and Linda, have 7 children.  It is their horses that you see running in my pasture.  Everyday when weather permits, I see the three youngest children driving their ponies pulling carts.  Harley shoes horses and is a cabinet maker.  He loves getting a pair of Belgians ready to sell at the Topeka Draft Horse Sale, a semi-yearly event.   They also bottle feed young calves to a certain weight.  Linda always has a smile, and is ready to visit or help me when called upon.

They were a big help to me a few years ago when the electric went out for two days.  He brought a generator to run my freezers and refrigerator.   There is a natural spring a mile from me where the water runs into a horse tank.  I had to go there to get pails of water.  I truly felt like the woman at the well.  Many times they have brought me a meal to enjoy.  Imagine homemade pizza.  Their 15 year old daughter, Darlene, loves to bake.  I am the benefactor of sugar, chocolate chip and buttermilk cookies.  Linda has shared with us another cookie recipe:

Soft Molasses Cookies

½ c. butter, softened                   ½ c. shortening

1 ½ c. sugar                                 ½ c. molasses

2 eggs, beaten                             4 c. flour

2 ¼ t. baking soda                      ½ t. salt + 1 ½ t. grd. ginger

2 t. ground cloves                       2 t. cinnamon

  1. In a large mixing bowl cream together butter, shorting and sugar until fluffy.
  2. Beat in molasses and eggs. Set aside
  3. In another bowl combine flour, salt, soda, ginger, clove, and cinnamon. Blend.
  4. Gradually mix flour mixture with creamed ingredients until smooth.
  5. Roll into 1-2 inch balls. Dip in sugar.
  6. Drop on greased cookie sheet and bake 350 degrees for 11-12 minutes
  7. When done, cool, dip in melted chocolate

Bright Morning Star is meant to be a destination where people come to unwind and relax away from the busyness of “life”.   With electronics today, such as iPhones, computers, email, and texting, this is a place you can see how life “used to be” over a hundred years ago.   May your spirit be refreshed, and your stay memorable.

Marcia Eichhorn is the owner of Bright Morning Star Bed and Breakfast which is nestled in Northern Indiana Amish country among beautiful Amish farms.  Her guests often ask questions about the Amish & Amish recipes and she is happy to share what she has learned throughout the years from her Amish friends and neighbors

Small Town Festival-Big Time Fun! Mayfest in Shipshewana!

The annual Shipshewana Mayfest celebration is a fun mixture of local festival and tourism season kick-off.  The shops have Mayfest promotions and the town is filled with old-fashioned fun.  This much anticipated event always takes place the first Friday and Saturday of May, which this year takes place May 4th & 5th.   The food tent is filled with locally-made concessions, and the entertainment tent is a popular destination with magic shows and live music both Friday and Saturday.

A benefit Pancake Breakfast and 5K Run start the Saturday festivities.

The ever popular Mayfest parade steps off at 10am and always boasts of plenty of horses, wagons and tractors.    The parade is followed by a Mayfest tradition- The Shipshewana 500 Buggy Pull Race.

A 3 on 3 basketball tournament, corn hole tournament, softball tournament, human hamster wheel race and kids games in the Wolfe Building keep families laughing, and enjoying good-humored fun.

Everyone is welcome to join in on the fun and games.

For more information about Shipshewana Mayfest click here.

Written by Laurie Sherck