This is our weekly round-up of all things Plain and there are some interesting reads this week, so enjoy!
AMISH CHURCH BUILDINGS: Most visitors to this website know that the Old Order Amish worship in their homes instead of church buildings. Well, most of the time anyway. There are exceptions to every rule. The Old Order Amish community in Unity, Maine does have a formal church building.
And the Amish settlement in Pinecraft does have a building set aside for Old Order worship. The Old Order Amish in Oakland, Maryland have a church building on their own on Mason School Road. That is kind of a quirky community. Author Suzanne Woods Fisher wrote about another Old Order church (meetinghouse is the preferred term) settlement, this one in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, that uses a meetinghouse.
I love her descriptions and the photos of this weathered, old Amish church are just fascinating. So for a great glimpse into something very rare: an Old Order Amish church building, click here.
AMISH CHOCOLATE COVERED CHERRIES: Okay, not quite sure what makes these cherries "Amish", but, hey, it's a slow week. And they look good. If you like cherries. Click here for this recipe for Amish chocolate-covered cherries.
BANANA BUGGIES: Tom the Backroads Traveler has a fascinating series of photos this week from a visit to a "Byler" Amish community in New York. New York State is home to a variety of Amish settlements, including "Byler" Amish, which are distinguished by their "yellow-topped buggies." Some have taken to calling them "banana buggies." Click here for some neat photos and journey through rural New York State.
AMISH CAKE TESTER? I can't say that I've ever seen this in an Amish kitchen. Honestly, I think most Amish women just use a butter knife to test their cakes for done-ness.