By Kevin Williams
We have a lot of fun posts today on Blogroll so let's get right to it!
SARASOTA SUMMER: Regulars here know that I used to live in Oxford, Ohio when I was in my 20s. Oxford was, and is, a quintessential small college town that essentially had two seasons: winter and summer. Winter was when the students filled the city and Oxford teemed with energy. It also meant waiting for tables at restaurants, no parking spots uptown, and just a lot of general noise. But when summer came....ahhhhhhh, there were outdoor concerts, plenty of parking, no waits for tables, it was just magnificent and some of the most pleasant days of my life. Summers flew too fast in Oxford, but I savored five of them. And that is kind of what Pinecraft, Florida reminds me of....the Amish pack the tiny enclave during winter before clearing out out for the summer. What does this mean? For those left behind, it means enjoying a leisurely cone at Big Olaf's ice cream store, no line at Yoder's, plenty of parking....Katie Yoder blogs from Sarasota, take a glimpse here at some of her summer posts!
KAISER ROLLS: Ah, I have fond memories of sandwiches on soft kaiser rolls growing up! Gina, a talent young Mennonite Mom and writer who writes the Home Joys blog, posted a recipe for them today. She's managed to keep the home joys going despite her husband's battle with brain cancer. Everyone should keep Gina, Ed, and family in their prayers. So, if you want the recipe for this amazing roll, click here.
AN AMISH BARN-RAISING: I really like the way Tom captured this barn-raising in still photos chronologically but saving the "before" photo until the end, it really gives you a sense of what the Amish men were doing, which was an old-fashioned barn-raising. The whole barn was basically built in a day and looks like dozens of Amish men were bused in for the occasion. Barn-raisings are not as common as you might think among the Amish so actually getting to attend one is a real treat. Check out Tom's photos here!
MY AMISH INDIANA - HORSING AROUND - This is a great post that sort dissects Amish "lingo" in ads when they are trying to sell a horse. For instance, a strong selling point for a horse (if you are an Amish buyer)is having one that is "traffic safe", i.e, not spooked by semis or loud cars. Check out the whole run-down here.
BLOG SPIN: We spun the wheel and he's what came up!
AMISH SOUR CREAM DROP COOKIES - Wow, these sound good. Click here for the recipe!
AMISH SUMMER SAVORY TOMATO PIE: Now this blog post is from 2008! You don't find a whole lot of posts that old that Google searches unearth, so that is interesting in itself. Anyway, check out the great recipe here!