By Kevin Williams
It's time for our weekly whirl through the blogosphere in search of everything and anything Amish or Plain. We have visits with some old favorites today, but also some new ones. So a good mix. Let's get to it:
AMISH WOMAN HOLDING A PIE: I'm always excited to see what Amish images Rhode Island painter Cheryl McNulty will come up with. She just posted a partially finished work entitled "Amish woman holding a pie." It'll be fun to see what the final image looks like. Check out her work in progress here.
WEST VIRGINIA AMISH IN FLORIDA: There really are not many Amish settlements in West Virginia. There is a community near LeTart about an hour south of Parkersburg, and another near Bluefield. Both are pretty conservative communities so it is tough to tell from the photo where they are from exactly. Pinecraft blogger Katie Troyer caught some photos as they arrived. These, by the photos, appear to be pretty conservative Amish, but even the most conservative will travel to a place like Pinecraft if medicinal reasons are involved. Apparently there is some sort of nutrition/wellness/holistic health place in Sarasota that some Amish like to visit. Click here to see the photos
AMISH COUNTRY VISIT: This is a British Columbia blogger's account of her recent rendezvous with her siblings in northern Indiana's Amish Country. She has some great photos that are worth viewing. Makes me wistful for Shipshewana, it has been a few years since I have visited there. Click here to see this bloggers photos of her stay. And, Holy Cow, I grumble about the 4 hour drive to Shipshewana from where I live, but just mapped it from British Columbia to Shipshewana and came up with a 35 hour drive!
LOWVILLE, NEW YORK AMISH - Tom the Backroads Traveller always has fascinating glimpses of Update New York Americana including the occasional foray into Amish country. Lowville is outside one of my favorite "large small towns": Watertown, New York. I love the Utica-Syracuse-Watertown area of New York and a lot of Amish do too. The Amish populations in these areas have been steadily increasing. When you hear "New York" so often - if you aren't from around there - you just think of the sprawling city, but there is a whole other New York beyond the skyscrapers and Tom does a great job of capturing it. Click here for some glimpses of the Lowville Amish settlement.
PUMPKIN CHOCOLATE BROWNIES: Wow. Man. Holy Cow. I think I'll run out of descriptors to say how I feel about these: Pumpkin chocolate brownies. Do they look amazing or what??? Wow, wow, wow. Click here for the recipe for these autumn masterpieces.
MARY TROYER'S PUMPKIN BREAD: And check out this seasonal favorite....seems one can never have too much pumpkin bread this time of year. Click here for the recipe.
AMISH365 READER BLOG - GARDEN MINESTRONE AND EASY SQUASH BAKE: I've been trying to feature some blogs that already connect with Amish365.com This is a super one about life in Idaho. It's always fun to read about different places.....Little Homestead in Boise features recipes, food preservation, frugality tips, gardening and crafts....check out a post this week for an easy squash bake and a delicious-looking garden minestrone soup!