Okay, time to buckle up, step into the blogmobile, and see what has been said in cyberspace about anything Plain over the past week. Some interesting articles and musings, so let's dive right in:
AMISH AND ISRAEL: This is at least the third "apology tour" that a group of "Amish" from the USA have made to Israel over the past several years. I'm all for apologies and righting past wrongs but I've never been clear on exactly what the Amish are apologizing for? It's not like they have a rich, intertwined history with the Jewish faith. An article from the Times of Israel seems to put it all into better focus, I guess these Amish are more apologizing for what they didn't do than what they did. Check out some of the neat singing tracks on that link too which includes music that is a mish-mash of traditional Amish and evangelical harmonies.
AMISH GIRL AND FORCED CHEMO: This is a story we've been following here for several weeks and the Media County, Ohio paper published a reasonably balanced update here. This is a difficult story with compelling arguments on all sides, but now it has become a very politicized story so I'm just going to monitor this and see what happens in the weeks ahead. Let's keep 10-year-old Sarah Hershberger's health in our prayers.
AMISH PUMPKIN CINNAMON ROLLS: On a lighter note (unless you are eating these, in which case I should say "on a heavier note"), WOW, oh wow....talk about a marriage of all the greatest flavors: pumpkin cinnamon rolls with caramel icing. I ran across this recipe from a blogger who says the formulation's origins are Amish, which I can believe. I've never seen a mash up of all these flavors, but they would be ones embraced in Amish culinary culture. Click here to see this amazing recipe and some photos.
AMISH SUGAR COOKIES/PRESBYTERIAN SUGAR COOKIES: Hmmmm, you don't see much marketing done with other religions as you do the Amish. Amish furniture or Amish baked goods are always being highlighted in store circulars or in ads. Presbyterian baked goods, not so much:) Ran across this blog and a writer shares some sugar cookie recipes from her family's history, one recipe is from her Amish heritage, the other form her Presbyterian side. Click here for the recipes.