Over the past several years I've explored Amish and Mennonite settlements from Maine to Montana and a gazillion places in between. With our first baby on the way in September I won't be able to make such ambitious explorations as much over the year ahead (I'm sure there will be some!), so I thought I'd turn my attention to my own backyard by visiting as many Plain settlements as I can within a 100 mile radius of my hometown. See the green area in the map. I can leave before lunch and easily be home by supper time and a learn a lot in the process. And the journeys are manageable enough I can take Rachel and baby with me if they care to go. Rachel made the observation that unless someone happens to live in my hometown (or nearby Cincinnati-Dayton) why would they care what is within 100 miles from my backyard? Um..fair question. But hopefully this series will shed like on the richness and diversity within the Plain community. So stay tuned tomorrow for my first stop of what I hope will be a weekly or bi-weekly series. But here's a preview: can anyone guess where I might have gone by this photo?
Time to make the creme horns. And these just aren't any creme horns, these are shells stuffed with a homemade, scratch-made filling. YUH-UM!