Welcome to Amish365.com!

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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…

  • Homemade Amish Pizza Burgers

    This is one of these fun for kids recipes that makes for a great quick summer supper or lunch.  I don't have a photo of the recipe, but it's pretty basic.  It was sent to me by an Amish woman in New York State.  Many Amish cooks will have their own home-canned, homemade pizza sauce on hand for this and, wow, that probably makes the meal extra delicious. But you can use store-bought stuff. Enjoy! Homemade Amish Pizza Burgers Print Ingredients 1 lb. ground beef 1 medium onion, chopped 1 can (8 oz.) pizza sauce or equivalent homemade ¼ tsp. garlic salt ¼ tsp. oregano ½ lb. cheese Hamburger buns or English muffins Instructions Saute ground beef and onion until browned. Add spices and pizza sauce. Cool before adding cheese. Spread on halves of buns or English muffins. Place under broiler until cheese is bubbly and edges of buns are toasted. 3.2.1275   Read More…

  • School’s Out!

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    This shot was taken by Terry Prather of the Ledger-Independent in Maysville.  The nearby Amish settlement of Mays Lick is a rather progressive one.  Children here ride bikes (not something permitted in every Amish settlement) and, as you can see, the clothing is a bit brighter.  Generally the Amish are more permissive of children being photographed since they are not church members yet.  This photo obviously was taken with permission.   This seems a little early to be letting out of school for the final time, don't you think?  So I might have to do a bit more digging on that.  But this photo was taken on the final day of school on Tuesday, April 22 near Scenic View Amish School outside of Mays Lick.  Ah to be young, wouldn't you celebrate also if you had months of free time before you?:)  (okay, Amish children as a rule aren't going to be spending their summers on Facebook and at the pool, but, still, it is a carefree time)  And kids are kids, Amish or not, love the "no hands" biking by some of the kids! Read More…

    Somerset County, PA – Part II

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    Thanks to Susan for sharing these photos!  We have a couple of shots of a school-house and shed for the teacher's horse (a notable difference from Mahlon Miller who bikes to school).   The Amish community in Somerset County is an old one, but it's not one I am terribly familiar with.  I've passed through Somerset County on numerous occasions and even gave a talk once at the Meyersdale Public Library, but that's one settlement I just haven't been able to explore.  It's not terribly far from me, so I'll put it on my list!:) I have also reposted the picture of the Amish meeting house because reader Lisa Suit gave some background on this neat building yesterday: My Grandparents attended that church, my Grandpa was baptized there. That church district used to have two churches, the other is in Springs PA, only about 15 mins away from there. When the Old Order/Beachy Amish church split in the 1920's they decided to share church houses, and would alternate which group met at which church. I don't know exactly when that stopped, but now both churches are only Old Order churches. Read More…

    Amish and Art: Some Gorgeous Portraits You Won’t Want to Miss!

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    Amish life is generally very family and chore driven.  The daily rhythms of keeping a household humming are enough to keep anyone packed busy.  Pleasure pursuits like reading are often at a minimum among the Amish. And even pleasure pursuits often have a utilitarian purpose, like quilting for a woman or fishing for a man (using the traditional gender roles as examples, but I do know of Amish women who fish and hunt and some Amish men who quilt) can at least be justified by being useful.  For instance, quilts will end up on the beds during winter and fresh fish feeds the family. If the pursuits happen to be enjoyable, so be it.   But painting or drawing?  I've actually run into my share of Amish artists over the years.   Art is a very natural, low-tech way to express oneself, channel creativity, and have fun, so in that sense it is a natural for the Amish lifestyle. An Amish artist named Alan did some beautiful pencil drawings for one of our cookbooks years ago.  He was also an accomplished painter.  At the time my brother lived in Los Angeles and I thought that a painting would bring Read More…

    Haystack Salad?

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    We've talked about Amish haystacks on this site plenty of times.  Haystacks are an Amish culinary staple, a fun meal of layered foods piled on a plate. There are breakfast haystacks, (my personal favorite) made with eggs, biscuits, gravy, cheese and anything else from the morning meal that you can pile on.  Then there are the traditional supper haystacks, some of them take a Mexican flair.  But this is a new variation on the haystack that an Amish woman sent me recently: a salad haystack.  Perfect for spring, although I'm just not sure about the mayonnaise mixed with pickle juice. 5.0 from 1 reviews Haystack Salad Print Ingredients Torn lettuce Shredded cabbage Chopped celery Chopped green pepper Minced onion Grated carrot Mayonnaise, mixed with pickle juice and sugar to taste Grated colby cheese Instructions Layer lettuce, cabbage, celery, green pepper, onion and carrot. Spread top with mayonnaise mixed with pickle juice and sugar. Then sprinkle with cheese 3.2.1275   Read More…

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