A Couple Weeks in Pennyslvania

After we completed our visit through the New England states we spent a couple of weeks in Pennsylvania. Our first stop was only for a couple of days in the Pocono area so we could visit the Pocono NASCAR track. At some point we plan on chasing NASCAR all over the country to see the races live, but in the meantime we’ll keep visiting the tracks along the way. We actually got to ride in a pace car from the fan store to the track for a tour. 

NASCAR Pace Car

NASCAR Pace Car

On days that the track is not hot, they actually take you on the track, but unfortunately the track was being used on the day we visited. At this particular track you can drive a stock car by yourself around the track. They put you through a training session before they put you in the car, but then your strapped in and able to drive as fast as you want to go. Our tour guide said an 84-year-old lady had done it and went 135 MPH around the track. Neither of us participated in this activity, but it was tempting and something we might give into in the future. I mean why not what have you got to lose?

More pics from our trip to the Pocono Raceway…

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From here we headed to Lancaster county. I was looking to see some Amish country and more. We took a day to head to Lancaster and done a buggy ride that took us through farmland, a working farm and more. We both enjoyed the tour and wished it had actually been longer. If you ever get a chance to go, do yourself a favor and do the private ride, so you don’t have to share your time with others as some people are not always polite during events like this and when you pay money for something, if your like me, you want to get your money’s worth, which means I like to hear the tour guide talk, not the others on the tour.amw_9782

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At the farm, we stopped and got to walk through several of the barns, one being where the calves are stored once removed from their momma. Some were barely a month old. As you can see from the pics below, they were completely adorable. The next barn was the milking barn, which had all the milk cows. The milk cows produce as much as 10 gallons of milk per day. The Amish use a machine on the udders to gather the milk, which goes into a big vat that houses the milk until the trucks show up to get it and take to the factory for further processing. The cows are only given an hour of outside time per day.amw_9793

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In addition to the cows, we saw chickens, mules and miniature horses. The children attach a wagon to the miniature horses to be pulled around. One of the things that sets an Amish property apart from others is the long clothesline in the yard. I miss having an outside clothesline as when I was growing up that was the only way we dried clothes. 

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I put the pics below in black and white as it gives them that ole’ time look and reminds me of days gone by.

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We spent a day at Hershey’s Chocolate World. We were thinking the tour would be more of a behind the scenes type of tour, instead it’s a narrated ride telling you how things are done. There are several types of tours you can do as well as a trolley ride through Hershey; however, we opted to spend money on gifts for the grandkids, no chocolate, but something just as good.

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We spent time looking at covered bridges, the farmlands and just resting up for the rest of our journey. Overall it was a great stay and one that I could do again. From here we head back to Ohio to pick up the new RV before picking back up on our journey in Washington DC and then down the eastern coastline.

Our Favorite Furbubies, Oscar & Harley

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We like snuggling in Mommy’s Florida State blanket!!!!

We have two adorable chocolate Dachshunds. Our oldest, Oscar, we’ve had since March. He was born in January and weighs 13 lbs. He is a big boy and spoiled big time. The baby, Harley, was born in May and we’ve had her since July.  She is a doll baby and as cute as can be at only 8 lbs. Oscar is very set in his ways already. He knows what he wants and does whatever he has to to get it. Harley on the other hand is very laid back. We got a seat cover to put in the back seat of the truck, so when we’re traveling they can just hang out and have all the room in the world to sleep and play.

Hanging in the backseat waiting to go potty!

Hanging in the backseat waiting to go potty!

Prior to getting this cover, Oscar would hang out mostly on the center console, so he could look out the front window. Harley on the other hand would be in mommy’s lap snoozing. Now that we have the seat cover, it has been an adjustment to get Oscar to stay in the back seat. I bought a piece of fabric that has holes, like the kind you would use to make a fruit bag or grocery bag out of and stretched it from seat to seat and hooked it in using the neck rest from the front seats. It was a good idea, but Oscar likes to jump over it, so he can get in the front seat, while Miss Harley just lays out in the back seat enjoying lazy time. I know it will take time to get Oscar use to doing something different as he doesn’t like change very well.

Oscar in his favorite spot looking out the window for daddy!

Oscar in his favorite spot looking out the window while waiting for daddy!

 

 

We messed up and put Oscar in our bed the first night we brought him home, which wasn’t bad when he was only 5 or 6 pounds, but now that he’s gotten so long and an instant heater, we were bound and determined Miss Harley would not make it in to our bed.  How has that worked for us, you ask? Not too bad. We started right from the beginning putting her in a small dog bed right next to our bed ON THE FLOOR and blocked it off so she couldn’t go anywhere. She was easy to train on the potty pads as the breeder had already been using those. So in her little spot she had her bed and potty pad.

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We love our big bed!

After a couple months of this I finally bought a bigger doggy bed and made Oscar start sleeping with Harley. The first night he wanted to fuss, but after about 15 minutes, he laid down and was fast asleep with her. Waiting for him to get use to her being around and for her to grow up some was worth the wait as now they really get along and pretty much stay right next to each other all day.

He doesn’t fuss about going to bed and now Mommy and Daddy have their bed back or at least until early morning.

The dogs usually get up between 5 and 6 am, which is too early to get up when you don’t have to go to work every day, so I take them out to potty and then they get spoiled having mommy and daddy time in our bed. They sleep for another couple hours and sometimes I have to make them get up as they are so snuggly they just want to stay there all day. Harley is getting a lot longer and even more adorable, if that’s possible. They both let us know when they want attention. Even though they sometimes drive me crazy, I wouldn’t want it any other way. They are my babies and I love them. Only a real pet lover can relate to how I feel about them.

Please share information about your furbabies in the comments below as I love seeing others pets and hearing about how their life revolves around the ones they love.

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Oscar enjoying his pool time!!!

Hope to see you on the road…

Chocolate Pound Cake Recipe

Time for another mouth-watering recipe. This time I’m baking a cake. A Chocolate Pound Cake to be exact. It was an opportunity for me to not only use my little RV Oven, but to also get a chance to use my Kitchenaid Mixer my sweet hubby got me. I wasn’t sure if I would like the mixer or not, but after using it a couple of times, I wondered why it took me so long to get one.  Recipe included below.

Chocolate Pound Cake
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Ingredients
  1. 3 c. Sifted Flour
  2. 1 c. Butter or Margarine
  3. ½ c. Cocoa
  4. ½ c. Vegetable Shortening
  5. ¼ tsp. Salt
  6. 5 Eggs
  7. ½ tsp. Baking Powder
  8. 1 c. Milk
  9. 3 c. Sugar
  10. 1 ½ tsp. Vanilla Flavoring
Instructions
  1. Sift flour, cocoa, salt and baking powder together, set aside.
  2. Cream sugar, butter and shortening until light and fluffy.
  3. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each egg.
  4. Alternately beat in flour mixture and milk beginning and ending with flour mixture.
  5. Stir in vanilla. Pour into pan.
  6. Bake at 325° for 1 ½ hours or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  7. Cool in pan 10 minutes, turn out and cool completely.
  8. Sift powdered sugar over top of cake.
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Mixing the batter!

Mixing the batter!

Pour it in a pan!

Pour it in a pan!

Bake it!

Bake it!