We are officially in the season of Fall. Such a beautiful time of the year! Already trees are changing colors and there are mums and pumpkins all around! Another 'sign of Fall' is Oktoberfest! Due to COVID, Oktoberfest was cancelled for this year. However several smaller weekend events/activities have been planned! Here is what will […]

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Innkeeper Bonnie says, "This recipe was shared with me by my mom and granny.  My granny made chunky applesauce - it was delicious!" Applesauce - chunky - freezer Apples Dutch oven or large pot Sugar Containers Peel and quarter apples, discarding the core and seeds. Cut the quarter slices into chunks and put in dutch […]

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Innkeeper Bonnie says, "I learned this recipe from my mother-in-law. My family always enjoyed the “taste testing” time of making applesauce as we all had multiple tastes to determine how much sugar and cinnamon taste good to us! " You can set aside 1 cup amounts of UNSWEETENED applesauce to use in cookie recipe posted […]

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Innkeeper Bonnie says her mother-in-law taught her how to make this pie filler.  Apple Pie Filler - Frozen Apples of your choice Sugar Flours Tin pie pans Aluminum foil Wax paper Peel and quarter apples. Put in a bowl  Depending on the size of the apples, approximately 6 - 8 medium sized apples per pie. […]

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This recipe was submitted to the West Liberty Sesquicentennial Cookbook in memory of Freida Sanders. Peach Slacker Pie 6 or 7 peaches (fresh, chunked) 1 c. sugar 2 T. (heaping) flour 1 ctn. half & half Put chunked peaches into pie crust. Mix sugar and flour together and sprinkle over peaches. Pour half and half […]

Another week has gone by, and another full day on Saturday cleaning up our back yard. We were fortunate to have help again this weekend.  Our daughter enjoyed using the chainsaw so much that she was back to use it again!   Her fiance, his daughter, and his parents also came along to help.  We got […]

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This recipe was submitted to the West Liberty Sesquicentennial Cookbook in memory of Shirley Larson. Shirley was the friend of Innkeeper Bonnie's mother-in-law. Watermelon Pickles rind of 20 lb. watermelon 1 gal. cold water 1 T. salt 2 c. vinegar 7 c. sugar 1 T. whole cloves 2 or 3 cinnamon sticks Choose a melon […]

As you probably know, last Monday, Iowa experienced a 'Derecho'.  While we've not heard that term before, there was no mistaking the definition of that word - "....a line of intense, widespread, and fast-moving windstorms and sometimes thunderstorms that moves across a great distance and is characterized by damaging winds." I was at our home […]

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This recipe comes from Edith Hoover, Innkeeper Bonnie’s great aunt.  Dump Cookies Melt ½ stick oleo in oblong 9 x 13 cake pan.  Sprinkle on: 1 C graham cracker crumbs 1 C. cho. chips 1 C. butterscotch chips 1 C. coconut nutmeats Pour 1 can Eagle condensed milk over this.  Bake 25 min at 375 […]

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Innkeeper Bonnie got this recipe from some ladies at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Iowa City when she was part of a liturgical dance program there in the 1980s.  Peaches and Cream Combine and beat 2 minutes ¾ cup flour 1 T soft butter 1 egg 1 box reg. vanilla pudding ½ tsp. salt ½ […]

Welcome to Our Blog

Thank you for checking out our blog at Zuber’s Homestead Hotel! As owners we have the daily pleasure of visiting with our guests. Often we are sitting in our Wagon Wheel Room and have our conversation over a cup of coffee (or tea)!

Our blog will be a reflection of those conversations. We often share stories about Zuber’s Homestead Hotel and the history of this wonderful place! We also share information about events and happenings in the Amana Colonies.

We invite you to enjoy these stories by reading our blog. Feel free to ask us questions and we’ll do our best to give you an answer. So sit down, grab your cup of coffee (or tea) relax, and share in our stories.

We look forward to the day that you’ll come and experience Zuber’s Homestead Hotel, and the Amana Colonies for yourself!


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