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Some of you may have noticed a new domain name in the address bar: Amish365.com I put a lot of thought into the change, convened a focus group or two, and just generally pondered. Of course, like anything online, a lot of great names are already taken. Oasis Newsfeatures is my business name and I suppose I'll continue to use it in some form, but the name means little to anyone.When I began this business at age 18 I had high hopes that it might morph into some large multi-faceted media company. That never happened. But where did the name come from anyway? Read More…

  • Amish Reality Stupidity and Here’s To Alaska

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    Some of you may remember the "My Amish Reality" ebook installments I wrote a couple of years ago (stay tuned, the installments will be offered again soon!).  Yes, for newcomers here, I got roped into the Amish reality TV machine for awhile.  My Amish Reality was my ebook account of the experience. Nothing came of it, but during the summer of 2012 I was a popular guy with reality TV production companies who were all clamoring for a piece of the popularity that the Amish were exuding.  Ultimately, I wanted a respectful show (which production companies translated as "boring") and they wanted something more sensational, so we parted ways. Reality TV goes in "flavor of the month" cycles.  Now the craze is Alaska.  Has anyone noticed how many reality shows are airing that focus on Alaska.  It makes sense.  With the dramatic landscape and remote location the state itself becomes the star.  In the weeks after Aster was born, when I had some middle-of-the-night rocking-her-to sleep sessions I plead guilty to becoming slightly addicted to the show Alaska State Troopers.  But there are shows Read More…

  • Homemade Chocolate Crunch Easter “Eggs”

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    This is a really intriguing recipe that came to me from an Amish woman in Vanceburg, Kentucky. There is a small but growing settlement in this rural northeastern Kentucky community.  Homemade candies are a fun but low-key way to celebrate the Easter holiday, which is why these are popular in Amish kitchens. The recipe looks super easy.  This picture is not of the homemade eggs in the recipe but of Amish-made "chocolate eggs" from Malinda's Candy Shop in New York State.  See more photos here. Homemade Chocolate Crunch Easter "Eggs" Print Ingredients 1.25 cup graham cracker crumbs 1 cup shredded coconut 2.5 cups powdered sugar 1 cup crunchy peanut butter ½ cup (4 ounces) melted butter 1 tsp vanilla ¼ tsp salt ½ lb chocolate candy coating Instructions Preheat the oven to 325, and spread the coconut on a small baking sheet. Bake until the coconut is golden brown, stirring after every 2 minutes to prevent browning. Place the toasted coconut in a bowl along with 1 cup of the graham cracker crumbs, and 1.5 cups of powdered sugar. Stir vigorously for 5 Read More…

    Easter and the Amish: Sweet Scenes

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    It's one of the most somber and  holiest days on the Christian calendar: Easter.   Yet that doesn't stop many Amish from enjoying the day's more secular trappings.  I think it all comes down to the individual, much as it does in non-Amish society.  Secular symbols like colored eggs and the Easter bunny are very much embraced by many Amish.  They are able to do this confidentially because most Amish deeply steeped in the religious reasons behind the date, so they don't feel threatened by also injecting a little levity into the occasion. Of course not all Amish feel that way, so it'll be an individual decision, just like it is in the rest of society.  There are, however, also commercial reasons for embracing the secular side of Easter.  I thought I'd share some scenes from a confectionary in the Conewango Valley of New York.   This is one of the state's oldest, largest, and most conservative settlements. And even here the secular side of the holiday is celebrated in some quarters.  Take a look at these scenes captured by my wife in Malinda's Candy Shop, 12656 Youngs Road, in Leon, New Read More…

    Amish in the News: Who Is This “Amish Woman?”, An Amish Singing, and How The Amish Thrive…

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    There are several items of interest in the news starting out the week, all worth reading. AMISH WOMAN? I am not making light of this, because it's not a "funny" story, obviously the individual the cops were trying to catch was depraved. Rather this story shows the lengths police officers will go to capture the bad guys.  Police don't always receive a lot of positive press, but I do think they went above and beyond here and I'm glad the perpetrator has been caught.   Click here to read why this police officer was dressed as an Amish woman.  Odd thing is, he sort of passes for the part...maybe it is the facial structure, I'm not sure...what do you think? AMISH THRIVING?   Why is the Amish church growing so fast?  Babies.  Lots of babies.  The Amish traditionally have big families.  Researcher Cory Anderson  says Amish communities nearly double every 20 to 30 years as “Amish women have children younger and more frequently than the national average."  Read more here. AMISH SINGING:  If you are anywhere near Kenyon College in Ohio and have free time tomorrow morning,this would be Read More…

    Amish Cook: Chocolate Chip Cookies

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    THE AMISH COOK BY LOVINA EICHER It’s already Thursday, the deadline for me to get this column out in the mail.  This week our 5 children are home on spring break.  The boys have been cleaning out the barn and hauling manure. The girls have been helping with the spring cleaning and also cleaning up the yard. We’ve had a few nice days this week now.  It gives you the eagerness to want to plant the garden.  Our garden hasn’t dried up enough yet but with these nice sunny days maybe it will soon. I am also hoping to see the dandelion greens pop up. I always look forward to those fixed into a salad with diced hard boiled eggs and a homemade sour cream dressing. We like the dandelion greens over steamed potatoes. I haven’t been out to check if any rhubarb is peeping through yet. A friend of daughter Verena is here today. She came last night and stayed the night .  She used to be in the same school  and grade as Verena but they moved to another school district. They still keep in contact and she has come to visit before. They always enjoy each other’s company. My husband Joe Read More…

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