By Kevin Williams
First of all, a housekeeping note. If you shop at Amazon as just part of your regular routine, if you could shop using this link, I'd be so grateful. Amish365 gets a small commission every time you purchase anything from Amazon using that link, it's not much, but every bit adds up in this business. It is fun to see what people buy but, don't worry, I can't see WHO buys what. Amazon is super strict about privacy. Over the past week Amish365 readers have bought anything from curling irons to Chef Boyaredee pizza sauce. Ah, thank you to whoever ordered the Keuring coffeemaker
COBLENTZ CHOCOLATE COMPANY: This is Ohio Amish country's premiere chocolate company. They make a wonderful, creamy chocolate and they were my first venture into "cyberbusiness." Way, way, way, back in the year 2000, for a brief time, we teamed up to offer Amish Cook/Coblentz Chocolate baskets. I think we sold some, but online commerce was still in its infancy and we just couldn't make it work cost-effectively. Now, however, you can order some of their wonderful chocolate with a few clicks from Amazon.
PRAIRYERTH: Okay, not Amish-related, but this is one of my top-five favorite books. No, it's not gripping Dan Brown style fiction, some might even call it a bore. But, for me, ah, it's just magic. The author takes one county in Kansas and just mines it and mines it for all the interesting history, colorful characters, and poetic soul-searching that he can. Just a wonderfully rich and fulfilling journey. Click here to order your own copy.
AMISH DANDELION JELLY: Ah, dandelion season is about upon us. I try not to use terms like "best ever" and "all time favorite" because they smack of hyperbole, but, wow, I have tried dandelion jelly before and it is amazing. Good, good stuff and with spring upon us you might want to try it. This is a case where ordering it is worth the cost/time savings of going out yourself and gathering a bunch of Shoofly Pie by mail!dandelions. This is a good Amish country brand. Click here to order it and you'll be eating a peanut butter and dandelion jelly sandwich in no time!
SHOOFLY PIE BY MAIL: You know, if I ever have $36 to blow, I just might do this. I mean, to be able to try an authentic shoofly pie made in an Amish bakery in Lancaster County, well, I've done that before, I've had the real deal. But if you haven't and you don't think you'll ever get there, you might want to order a pie. You'll get an awesome wet-bottom shoofly pie. I like the wet bottom versions than the more crumbly kind served in Amish settlements to the west. Click here to enjoy!
HUH? And I thought I had seen it all. Introducing....Amish Baking For Weight Loss. Um, if this author has found a way to let me eat my shoofly pie and lose weight, she'll be my new hero. I'm not sure what this book's premise is and I'm not going to spend $4.99 to find out, but if someone else wants to, let us know. You can peek at some of the pages for free on Amazon and one of the first recipes that caught my eye was Amish Sugar Cakes. So, yeah. The Amish Sugar Cakes have 186 calories per serving. Amish White Bread has 168 calories per serving, so if the weight loss part is simply making you aware of what you are eating, maybe that is it. But if I am eating shoofly pie or sugar cakes, I don't think I want to know how many calories I am ingesting, otherwise, what is the point? Okay, rant over, you decide, click here to read more.