The Lititz Chocolate Walk

Three guesses as to where I just went!  That’s right, it’s The Lititz Chocolate Walk.  It’s a walk for charity AND you get chocolate. This was the 12th year for the Lititz Chocolate Walk, held in the beautiful town of Lititz, PA, and the proceeds from the Chocolate Walk are distributed to local organizations that assist children. The first thing was at the train station to pick up tickets and a button. 2013-10-12 10.33.11 (1280x960)Once we (my friend Chris was with me) had our tickets and button, we headed to our first stop.

  • Stop #1Wilbur Chocolate Company
  • Treat #1 — Wilbur Buds and a raspberry chocolate creation (Note: many places had several options, I am putting in the ones that I chose as there were too many to remember for all of the places).

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The Artists at the Wilbur Chocolate Company

The Artists at the Wilbur Chocolate Company

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A little taste of the craftsmanship

While there we also met Kathy Blankenbiller, who regardless of saying she is not a professional chocolatier, created an absolutely gorgeous, not to mention edible, scene containing 13 nursery rhymes.  The pictures don’t do it justice, but here are a few – from what I hear the scene will be part of the Christmas display at Wilbur Chocolate.  If you have a chance to see it, I definitely recommend it.

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A fun addition – can you see what Humpty Dumpty has next to him? It’s Super Glue!

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Even the note on the Nursery Rhymes book is edible!

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The Old Woman in the Shoe - She knows what to do now - she has a satellite dish on the side of her shoe!

The Old Woman in the Shoe  knows what to do now – she has a satellite dish on the side of her shoe!


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  • Stop #5 – Greco’s Italian Ices and Homemade Ice Cream
  • Treat #5 – A sample of Italian Ice or Homemade Ice Cream – the options range from Chocolate Italian Ice, chocolate marshmallow ice cream, chocolate peanut butter ice cream and their newest ice cream flavor “Taste of Lititz”.

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  • Stop #6 – Freeze and Frizz
  • Treat #6 — a mini-Lititz Chocolate Sundae, featuring Sturgis pretzels and a Wilbur Bud, drizzled with amazing hot fudge and topped with whipped cream.

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My friend Chris

  • Stop #31 – Dosie Dough
  • Treat #31 – Scrumptious triple chocolate brownie – a bar with a brownie bottom, a chocolate chip center and chocolate fudge topping.

While at Olio’s I was able to try quite a few olive oils and basalmics, they have a wonderful “try before you buy” setup which was awesome.  If I hadn’t known that I had a lot more walking to do I would have purchased several different kinds.  As it is, I have plans to go back or order online – go online and you too can get Bittersweet Chocolate Orange Balsamic.

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  • Stop #27 – Main Street Peddler
  • Treat #27 – A dark chocolate treat from Lily’s Sweets

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  • Stop #25 – Cafe Chocolate
  • Treat #25 – Dark Chocolate brownie bite featuring dark chocolate chunks, drizzled in dark chocolate
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Almost 1/2 way – my feet are happy – my taste buds are sad.

2013-10-12 12.24.06 (1280x960)2013-10-12 12.24.57 (756x1280) 2013-10-12 12.25.00 (960x1280)   One thing was a bit confusing about the Moravian House Antiques though.  While they claim to be pet friendly – there was a sign restricting one type of animal . . .

See - claims to be "pet friendly"

See – claims to be “pet friendly”

But apparently has something against Puffins - I wonder if they allow Penguins?

But apparently has something against Puffins – I wonder if they allow Penguins?

Of course, I am kidding about that.  I think it is nice and saw signs at several of the local businesses in Lititz that allow animals.

  • Stop #23 – Lititz Moravian Church Fellowship Hall
  • Treat #23 – An amazing demonstration by Chef Frederic Loraschi who was creating a Chocolate Show Piece

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  • Stop #22 – Linden Hall School for Girls
  • Treat #22 – Cupcake from Lancaster Cupcake – Lancaster Cupcake was a finalist on “Cupcake Wars” and has the only Cupcake Truck in town making stops around Lancaster County.  How cool is that?

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  • Stop #21 – Pots by de Perrot Studio and Gallery
  • Treat #21 – Stroopies from Lancaster County Stroopies — what is a Stroopie?  Chris and I were wondering as well.  Well, let me tell you, they are good.  Stroopies are a Dutch tradition that originated in the Netherlands, but are now made locally with all natural ingredients.  Stroopies are cinnamon wafers with a chewy homemade caramel on the inside.  Made to be a companion to a favorite hot beverage as you can set your Stroopie on top of your cup to help keep your beverage warm and to heat up the caramel in the Stroopie.

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  • Stop #20Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery
  • Treat #20 — Tom Sturgis Little Ones Pretzels layered in Peanut butter or vanilla caramel and dipped in Wilbur milk or dark chocolate
  • Stop #19Whiff Roasters & Lititz Coffee Company
  • Treat #19 — Chocolate Coffee and a piece of Mocha Java Crunch Bar – While I don’t personally like coffee, Chris said it was really good and even though I don’t like coffee I did enjoy the Mocha Java Crunch Bar.

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Morton Fine Furniture has some beautiful pieces.  I would love to go back sometime and spend some time looking at all of the fine woodwork.  As for Achenbach’s Long Johns – quite yummy.

  • Stop #13EcoLoco
  • Treat #13 — Chocolate from Divine Chocolate

Stop #11 originally was The Curiosity Shop, but was moved to the Teddy Bear Emporium.  The Teddy Bear Emporium has way more than just Teddy Bears, it was hard to focus on the goal of the tour — the Chocolate Chip cookie from Sandy’s!

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And with that last stop, we reached the end of the 2013 Lititz Chocolate Walk.  I am pleased to say that we reached ever stop and that we walked over 3 miles in all and collected all sorts of chocolate goodies to eat along the way, or to bring home and share and saw all sorts of great shops.1393806_10200821442798737_1058988666_n



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So – who wants to come next year?  Start making plans now!  What kinds of fun ways can you think of to raise money for charity?

Mark your calendar for the 13th Annual Chocolate Walk on October 11, 2014!!!


HEAV Blog Post!!

Hello all -

Guess what – I am going to be writing posts for the HEAV Blog.  These posts will be about science, hands on fun, field trips and whatever else I can get away with.  :-)

My first post will be appearing tomorrow — 10/8/13 — WooHoo!!

But as my loyal readers you get a preview of what’s going to appear . . . Just a little one though –

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Intrigued yet?  Good – be sure to check out the HEAV blog on 10/8 for my post.  If you can’t wait, go check out the post from last week from Kyndra Steinmann who blogs at Sticks, Stones and Chicken Bones.  Last week Kyndra wrote a post entitled “Are you Being Kind?”  It was a great post – be sure to go check it out.

See you tomorrow at the HEAV blog.

We started school!

So up until this point I was either preparing for school and then starting school.  So, it’s been busy.  However – just a treat – here are a few of the things we have done and things that I will hopefully be posting about soon.

Also – awesome news – I am going to be guest posting on the HEAV blog about science stuff.  I love science stuff – whenever I do a post there I will post a link here – HEAV is so awesome – Thanks for letting me talk science!!

So here is what has been going on around here lately -

Rearranged rooms so Bug now has a room on the same level as Princess and the Oldest has his own space.

Rearranged rooms so Bug now has a room on the same level as Princess and the Oldest has his own space.

Made homemade butter in the mixer

Made homemade butter in the mixer.

Made a necklace for my sister's birthday!

Made a necklace for my sister’s birthday!

Went camping with Princess and American Heritage Girls.

Went camping with Princess and American Heritage Girls.

Visited Va Soaps and Scents.

Visited Va Soaps and Scents.

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Sewing at Grandmommy and Grandpa’s house.

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We did a bit of driving . . .

Found a great nature crafts book at the library.

Found a great nature crafts book at the library.

Visited Six Flags Grand Adventure and Safari using our free tickets from  the Read to Succeed program!

Visited Six Flags Grand Adventure and Safari using our free tickets from the Read to Succeed program!

Cub Scout Bike Rodeo

Cub Scout Bike Rodeo

Made Butter Milk Cinnamon Rolls -- NOTE: The recipe said "Easy Peasy" -- this was NOT Easy Peasy, but it was tasty.

Made Butter Milk Cinnamon Rolls — NOTE: The recipe said “Easy Peasy” — this was NOT Easy Peasy, but it was tasty.

Cub Scout camping at the Reading Phils Stadium.

Cub Scout camping at the Reading Phils Stadium.

Got a new pet - Hoppy the American Toad

Got a new pet – Hoppy the American Toad

Built a construction site for Bug's birthday.

Built a construction site for Bug’s birthday.

Ok, so here is the thing — I like them all – so what do you want to hear about first?  Do you want to know how to make a contained construction site?  How about camping with American Heritage Girls, Cub Scouts, or Boy Scout Summer Camp?  Do you want to know how to get free tickets to Six Flags?

Let me know . . .




The Changing of the Rooms

So – Bug doesn’t like to sleep in his room.  Why – because he is 4 and it is upstairs and not close enough to Mommy, plus he currently shares with his brother who is 13 and doesn’t always appreciate the toys all over the floor.

While we do have guests we have decided to change out guest room into Bug’s room and then when guests come, they can sleep in his room.  This makes more sense as Bug is here all of the time and the guests are here occasionally.

So here are a few shots of the before and during – once I get to the after (whenever that may be) I will post those as well.  Actually – I didn’t take before before pictures – so I guess I am really posting during and a little later during pictures.  But you get the idea.  :-)

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Yes, the sofa bed is blocking a door – why is that ok?  Because it is a door to a closet that was in the original part of the house and the door is about 2 foot off of the floor.

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The box on top is trash, the dresser is Bug’s dresser and is going to be moved soon.

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Princess and Bug were playing fort in the guest room at one point – here are all of the blankets and pillows and such that they were using.

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Yeah!  The bed has been moved and even made!  He is so excited to sleep in his new room!

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From the doorway – the shelf and sofa are staying on the left – the puzzle shelf between the sofa and bed is going . . . somewhere.  The dresser is going to be moved farther back to the right so that it is up against the wall.  The pile of pillows and foam in the middle is currently a hiding place – both Princess and Bug were in there when I took the pictures!

How often to you rearrange?  Do you rearrange for fun, for a change or for function?

mcrooker – Homeschooler On The Edge