Monthly Archives: April 2013

A Little More Ankerstein

Last July I wrote a post about one of my hobbies. Building with Ankerstein.

Since that time I have written several posts about my hobby, usually around the end of the month.

That is usually when I am thinking about Ankerstein as I am curious to see what building my friend George will write about on his website.

This month he has pictures and details about a castle with a moat.

This got me thinking about water and how I took a small set of Ankerstein with me on a cruise to Antarctica.

Ankerstein - Antarctica - Anchor Blocks - Toy Building Blocks - miniature set

This little set of Ankerstein can be taken with you when you travel so that you can build while you are away from home. There is not as much variety in the stones, but you can still make something that looks nice. I am sure that not many people have built with Ankerstein while in Antarctica. Maybe I am the only one?

The icebergs started to look the same after awhile and building with Ankerstein was a nice little diversion.

Iceberg in Antarctica - Melchior Island - Melchior Strait - Antarctic Cruise

While thinking of small stones, I also thought about the Ankerstein mosaic set that I have. Many of the plan books have designs where you can use the small mosaic stones to decorate the floors of the buildings.

Ankerstein - Mosaic Set - Mosaic Floor - Fresco Floor - Decoration - Anchor Blocks

I used the mosaic stones to make a floor for this small chapel. The floor is a nice little touch that really enhances the way the building looks. Thinking back, this was the first building where I used a mosaic floor. I had received the box of mosaic stones in the mail and was eager to build something. I am looking at the picture now and I can see where I didn’t pay too much attention to detail while I was building it. I was just wanting to get it built so I could take a picture with the mosaic floor :-).

Ankerstein - Mosaic Set - Mosaic Floor - Fresco Floor - Decoration - Anchor Blocks

I also took a picture of what the floor would look like if you were able to shrink yourself down and were ready to walk into the building. Here you can see the detail of the mosaic floor, and the different shapes and colors that are used to create the pattern.

I may have to dig up more pictures of the mosaic floors and write another post about them. I know that I have a few, including some where the building is in progress.

I hope that you enjoyed where my mind wandered this evening.


p.s. An interesting coincidence. While I was writing about and inserting the pictures from Antarctica into this post, I received a comment on another post that mentioned Antarctica :-).

Amish Blue Cheese

When I was at Target on Saturday I noticed a new cheese in the dairy case. The week before I had been looking for something just like it, but had settled for something else. Plus, since I am 1/4 Amish I had to try this cheese once I saw it.

Amish Blue Cheese Crumbles - Richland, Wisconsin - Salemville - Amish - Amish Cheese

One of my favorite salads contains blue cheese crumbles, and I was looking for some so that I could make the same salad at home. I have been trying to eat a little bit healthier at home :-).

Last week I settled for some feta cheese crumbles, but they just don’t have that nice taste of blue cheese.

Amish Blue Cheese Crumbles - Richland, Wisconsin - Salemville - Amish - Amish Cheese

My focus is a little bit off in this picture, but you can see the little blue specks of goodness in the cheese.

Buying this cheese also brought back some good memories. The Amish Blue Cheese Crumbles are produced in Wisconsin, and I remembered the good Wisconsin Amish cheese that my cousin would sell at his Amish Market stall in Kansas City. The Amish cheeses all had such good flavor. It also makes me think of the Twin County Dairy near Kalona, Iowa and the great cheese that they have there. Umm, Cheese Curds. I have also done some work in a few cheese factories around the country. I used to work for a packaging company, and would work on their vacuum packaging machines.

Now back to the salad.

I bought a package of greens and spinach leaves for the base of the salad. A third of a package makes a nice size salad for me.

Spring Mix Salad - Spinach Leaves - Salad - Eating Healthy

I then topped them with ranch dressing, dried cranberries and the Amish Blue Cheese Crumbles.

Spring Salad - Spring Greens - Spinach Leaves - Dried Cranberries - Amish Blue Cheese Crumbles

A much better salad with the blue cheese instead of the feta. I also snuck in a few sliced banana peppers after I took the picture. They add a little zing to the salad.

Maybe I will get some walnuts to add to my next salad. They often add them to this type of salad.

What is your favorite salad?


p.s. You can read more about my Amish heritage in some of my Religion in Family History posts.