Let’s see, what shall I share with my fellow Word Press bloggers now that I have decided to get back to writing and let the pandemic and other worldly issues stay in the background. Other than keeping with staying safe by practicing social distancing, wearing our mask and only going out in public if it is truly necessary – what else can we do.

Seeing that we have a lot of stuff that should be gone through and gotten rid of, cannot think of a better time to do it. So, purge away we go.

But you didn’t stop by to hear what I am going to do with my days so being from Pennsylvania allow me to share with you questions that many people around the country (outside of Pennsylvania) have asked Pennsylvanians.

What questions am I referring to? Well, the first one that comes to mind is: Just what is Shoofly pie and why such a weird name? Both my wife and I enjoy Shoofly pie and as a matter of fact, one of my sisters worked for a well-known Shoofly bakery in Reading, PA called Wixon’s Bakery.  Unfortunately they are no longer in business as they closed a few years ago after being in business 100+ years.  The pie is made with molasses and as such attracted flies when it was cooked in outdoor ovens. Another story was that when the bakers of this concoction placed the pies on the windowsills to cool, flies wanted to land on them to get a taste and the bakers would shout: “Shoo flies! You get the picture. In any case, the pies are delicious and if ever in PA, especially in the Berks County area, seek out this tasty dessert. You will wish they made it wherever you live.

And then if you like Diner eating, when travelling through PA, stop by a diner for breakfast. You will see scrapple listed on the menu. Here is my suggestion, order it, eat it and if you like it, let it be. If you don’t like it, you may want to ask what it is made of. Chances are, when told, you will tell yourself, “Now I know why I don’t like it. Scrapple’s ingredients include the organs of pigs, including the heart, head, and liver. Personally, I like it but would I have a steady diet of it – NOPE – once or twice a year while in PA visiting satisfies my taste buds until the following year.

Okay, one more interesting fact about Pennsylvania. Many people over the years (while we were living in PA) used to ask the question – “Don’t you ever just want to leave PA for good?” Let’s see, how shall I answer this question – the misconception is that many Pennsylvanians are just stuck living in PA. Not true. They are not – they live there because they want to live there. Some, like me, leave for a while or for good BUT we always return.  No, we don’t go back for good. We go back to visit and to enjoy being back home. I know this is true about some people just wanting to live there and never leave because I am but one of eight children and am the only black sheep, so to speak, of the family. I left PA in 1969 and have now been in FL longer than I ever was a resident of PA. But all my siblings are still in PA and I doubt seriously that any of them will be leaving PA anytime soon.

Hope you enjoyed this little piece of PA history. Something different to rant on about. Now what will I come up with next week.

Until then though, stay safe.

10 thoughts on “Questions about Pennsylvania!

  1. I loved the pic. of the little boy in suspenders and a straw hat. Reminds me of the Mennonites or Amish communities here in Canada. Refusing technology and living a more simple life instead.

  2. Never heard of those foods! We have lots of molasses in the house, I may have to see if I can make us some shoofly pie. Thanx for the info!

    1. Hi Ren: Quick question that has puzzled me for some time now and I thought you might know the answer. Have you ever used Mail Chimp and what is the benefit of using such a tool? Just curious as one of my followers suggested I use it but I’m not sure it is something I would find beneficial. Just curious! No rush in responding as it is merely an idea I have been thinking about. Stay safe.

      1. I have not ever used Mail Chimp and have little knowledge of it. Maybe you could search WordPress for other bloggers who may be able to enlighten you.

  3. As you, I too wrote just yesterday about food! And like you, I have settled down in Pune and despite all my family living way down South, I have no intention of leaving for good,

    1. The picture of the food looks delicious. I am hoping this recent move will be our last. At age 80 and my wife age 82, there are some things we just shouldn’t have to do anymore and moving is now at the top of my “No-no” list. Have a great day and stay safe.

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