Okay, it is Saturday which means it is time to travel the blogosphere and see what is being written about the Plain people. Got some interesting stuff today, so sit back, relax, and explore with me!
1) NEBRASKA AMISH: I often remark that the Swartzentruber Amish are the most conservative of all the Amish. But there's another even more conservative group called the Nebraska Amish (who live primarily in Pennsylvania). The, group has its ultra-conservative origins in Nebraska, hence their name, but they haven't lived in the Cornhusker State in over 100 years. This is one of the few Plain groups that I have no experience with, but I hope to visit some next year. Should be fascinating. In the meantime, Tom on his Backroads Traveler blog caught up with a new group of Nebraskas who have settled in New York. Click here for some superb photographs that are respectful and insightful.
2) BARN-RAISINGS: Barn-raisings capture the imagination of the media and the public, but they don't happen as often as one is led to believe. In older, established communities they are especially rare since there already generally plenty of barns. But Bruce Stambaugh caught up with some barn-raisers and shared some great photos.
3) PRETZELS: Watch out Auntie Anne, here comes Ben! This is a relatively new pretzel twist (ha, pun) or should I say craze that has taken root in northern Indiana. An Amish man was involved in the company's founding and they really do push the Amish angle, from the "buggy bites" to the bearded man logo. I'm sure other Amish might be uncomfortable with such marketing, but the pretzels sound tasty. Anyone out there tried them?
4) VEGAN AMISH CINNAMON PEAR BREAD: Um....not sure what to make of this recipe....it's not that the Amish never eat vegan, sometimes they do (rarely, though)...but I am scratching my head at what makes this recipe "Amish". Click here to check it out.