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Wolff’s Apple House

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The road to Wolff’s Apple House is a bit windy and littered with wine bottles…….

……at least the road  Tin Man took to get there is!

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You see Tin Man lives in Texas and Wolff’s is in Media, Pennsylvania

One evening (while enjoying wine with The Equestrian Wizard) Tin Man notice a large alien pod lying in the kitchen

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…thinking that perhaps too many glasses of Chardonnay had been consumed……

…….. or that the Munchkins had returned to claim their planet

one had to find the origin of this giant pod. ……… A HUBBARD SQUASH!!!

Well it was my very first encounter with such a beast and my culinary mind began to wonder what one would do with such a thing.

Okay……..anyways……….back to Wolff’s….off we went on our journey to visit the Mystical – Magical – Mary of Media

……the second nor’easter of the season was blowing in and the promise of winds and snow were in our immediate future!

AHHHHHHH………Gingerbread Hubbard Squash Soup……..says The Tin Man, with all the confidence of a world renowned Chef, inspiring confidence in the small group huddled around!

“We shall go to Wolff’s and obtain this Hubbard Squash,” announces Jim, husband of Mary…

YIKES………. they think I know what to do with this Beast!

It was easy…..I just thought…….WHAT WOULD VIRGINIA DO?……You know Virginia of Bel’ Occhio’s Blog …..

…..NO!!!        Then click on it and go visit…she is a CHARM!!   With all the confidence of Virginia, the Culinary Goddess,

I set forth on my quest…….

Wolff’s Apple House has been supplying local residents with farm fresh produce since 1910, four generations of Wolff’s have dedicated themselves to this mighty task and the goodies all come from farms within a 50 mile radius. 

Such an amazing place! 

 

Several acres filled to the brim with marvelous, fresh produce, flowers, herbs, spices and did I mention baked goods!

 

We returned home and with all the confidence of a Master Chef, The Tin Man created

Gingerbread Hubbard Squash Soup topped with Pumpkin Oil

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It was a wonderful evening and to the Tin Man’s great surprise the soup was very good and left a smile on everyone’s face

We loved Wolff’s so very much that we went back and shipped a case of apples

back to Oz in Texas and are still enjoying them!

Thanks for the confidence, Virginia!

Miss you Jim & Mary………until next time……

Reflections-A visit to Pennsylvania

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When our lives begin, what dreams do we have, what vision for our future………..what shall we become?
I often ponder our existence and the it’s meaning.

In the realm of the universe….even of our mere planet; we a so very insignificant, and yet we place such great importance on our every word and action……….what are we really?

When I was very young I read Plato‘s “Allegory of the Cave” from The Republic, Book VII,  and have often wondered if we are only viewing the shadows of reality.

The Wise and Noble Plato

You see, in the allegory of the cave, prisoners are tied up and only allowed to face forward where they see shadows on the wall……..shadows played out by actors behind them.

 

Are we those prisoners, watching a two-dimensional scenario being played out before us, or are we the prisoner who escaped and saw reality. I suppose this question rises to the surface in a more intense manner each year there is a presidential election in the U.S. The grandstanding, the lies, the shadows on the wall become so very intensified that I begin to question my own reality.  Having been raised in an isolated German community, where we still spoke German and our values and culture were German and not “American.” 

I often wonder if I moved from the sunlight to the cave when the isolation of my community disappeared and we integrated into this society. 
What is shadow and what is sunlight?

I had the great priviledge of meeting someone who undid my shackles and drug me out of the cave in 1980.

She was my undergraduate English teacher and so powerful was her gift of enlightenment….

…..  we have remained close friends ever since.

Recently I had the great privilege and joy of traveling to Pennsylvania to spend time with her.

The Marvelous, Magical Mary

She now lives in Media, Pennsylvania, in a most marvelous and charming neighborhood with her wonderful husband Jim and two enchanted dogs: Lily and Sir Winston. How grand it was to reenergize with people who are so vital and have become such close family.

You see Plato was arguing that anyone who holds a truth has an obligation to share that truth, and that is what my most wonderful Mary did.

Dining at the Table of Wisdom

It was a wonderful visit, but as all wonderful visits, much too short.

Mary and Jim
Happy in Media

We so enjoyed exploring Media, meeting Mary and Jim’s new friends, cooking and visiting.

Is it possible that many may embrace reality but few accept the perception of that same reality?

We can only say that our lives have had the shackles thrown off, even if for a bit, and we were able to see the sunlight…..

…. so when that last shadow is cast we might hold those moments in appreciation…..

…………and those ruby slippers, once so important… are no longer needed