Shopping, Swiss & Snowfall

The #1 thing I wanted to do on our trip to Ohio was make a repeat visit to Schrock’s Antique Mall, in Berlin, for some Christmas gift-buying. I toyed with the idea of picking up that set of blue marbled cups and plates (they’re tin, which means even I can’t break them), but decided I’m all full up on kitschy tableware for the moment.

This is a Jadeite rolling pin/flour holder, which I obviously loved…but I was in present-buying mode and managed to set it down. If you like it as much as I do, you can buy one here.

Kendrick loved these Apollo 13 “Safe Return” glasses.

After the antiques mall we headed over to Breitenbach Wine Cellars, where we sampled tons of their flavored wines. Most of them were way too sweet for me, but I did really like the Spiced Apple ($9.39), which can be heated up and flavored with mulling spices and cinnamon sticks.

Amish Country cheeses are delicious. My favorite: the super-mild Guggisburg Baby Swiss ($5/lb).

We ended the day with some festivities over at Kendrick’s high school buddy Nathan’s place (above, that’s us with Nathan and Daria)…

…and a little nighttime strolling in the very first snowfall of the year.