MY AMISH SLEEPOVER? First, I am not saying this post is untrue. That's not my style. I give everyone the benefit of the doubt. On the other hand as someone who has studied Amish culture for 25 years if I spot something that makes me go "hmmmmm" then I should point it out. There is a blog posting on "Barrywardmusic.com" about a woman who goes to Kansas to stay at an Amish-run Bed & Breakfast (while such establishments do exist, Amish in the hospitality business are pretty rare). The place where this occurs is supposedly Yoder, Kansas as "Grandfather's House Bed and Breakfast." I have been to Yoder and one of the best night's sleep I've ever had was at the Sunflower Inn, a converted Amish carriage house and farmhouse. It is run, though, by non-Amish. A couple of things about the post really struck me: the Amish hostess saying "we don't believe in coffee or tea"......Wow....that is just something I have never, ever heard of. Coffee and tea are staples of most Amish gatherings. So either this blogger heard incorrectly, or this particular family chooses to abstain from caffeinated products. Possible. But I've not run into that. And then the whole exchange during the buggy ride of the teenage girl describing her struggle with choosing to be Amish or not complete with a tear rolling down her cheek. That just seems so implausible that an Amish teen would open up that much, that quickly. Is it possible? Yes. Likely? No. And the whole exchange is just loaded with things I've never heard of: "Amish young men being allowed a "two week" period to go explore the outside world. Two week is not very long, often an Amish young person explores for years before finally committing to the faith but this usually extends to girls and boys. I could go about this post but these are some of the most glaring things that jumped out at me. Not to mention, I couldn't find a single mention online anywhere of "Grandfather's House B & B" in Yoder, Kansas. Can any of our readers let us know if you've heard of this place?
AMISH O'HENRY BARS: These are a classic and popular treat in Amish settlements, now it can be popular in yours!:) Click here for the recipe from Patricia's Patchwork!
COUNTRY STYLE PORK CHOP SKILLET DINNER: From "Mennonite Girls Can Cook", here is a hearty-stick-to-your ribs classic comfort food dish!. Click here to enjoy!
AMISH COUNTRY VISIT: Okay, this is just a rather routine post from someone sharing about their visit to Amish country near Cincinnati Ohio. Mainly worth visiting for the photos and descriptions of one of my favorite Amish country B & B's Murphin Ridge Inn. Unlike in our first posting above, I HAVE heard of Murphin Ridge and it is absolutely worth a visit! Click here for this person's blogpost.
CONSERVATIVE MENNONITE HYMN SINGING: Check out a fun post from talented young Mennonite blogger, Briana Thomas, depicting some of her church singing. Beautiful harmony, some fun outtakes, gives you an enjoyable look into a style of singing that is still very much alive in these more conservative churches. Click here to enjoy!