Happy Saturday to one and all! Time to buckle up and jump into the blogmobile to explore the blogosphere for our Saturday exploration of all things Plain. Lots to talk about today, so enjoy!
FORCED CHEMO: We've been following the case of an Amish pre-teen girl in Ohio who is, with her parents blessing, wanting to discontinue chemotherapy for an aggressive form of cancer she has. The courts have been ping-ponging on this with an appeals court now ruling this week at Akron Children's Hospital can force the girl to receive treatment. Boy, this is such a tough case. I really hate to see parental rights being usurped by the courts....but I also hate to see a girl die unnecessarily....glad I am not the judge who has to sort through all this! Click here to read the latest.
DUGGARS AIMING FOR 20? Okay, so this has nothing to do with the Amish, but the Duggar family, stars of TLC's hit show 19 Kids and Counting, always pique my interest because I know so many Amish families that are large. Still, the Duggar family dwarfs most Amish families I know, many of which have 6, 8 or even 10 children. But 20?? What do you think? Should the Duggars by trying for 20? Click here to read Michelle Duggar's latest thoughts on this.
AMISH SUGAR COOKIES: Sugar cookies are a staple in Amish kitchens and there are many favorite recipes out there. I found this one on a blog this week. Not quite sure what makes it "Amish" per se....I especially scratched my head at the Eggland Best Eggs. The vast majority of Amish cooks would just go outside to their hen house and pluck a few fresh eggs...anyway, you can check out the recipe yourself here.
VISIT TO AN AMISH QUILT SHOP: A blogger shares her experience visiting an Amish quilt shop near the settlement of Harmony in Minnesota. This Amish community is an ultra-conservative Swartzentruber settlement. Parts of this woman's blog post rubbed me the wrong way (I'm not even sure why), but there is some good descriptive writing and super photos (maybe it was her rationalization of facial photos in touristy areas that did jibe with me) illustrating the Swartzentruber lifestyle. Notice the buggies with no orange safety triangle on the back, that is a classic attribute of the Swartzentrubers. I also love the picture of the house, once again, classic. Click here for this interesting blog post.