It's the weekend again, which means it is time to fire up the engine of the blogmobile and start exploring anything and everything Plain in cyberspace. And this week we come up with some good stuff, so let's take a spin!
SWARTZENTRUBER AMISH: The Swartzentrubers are among the most conservative Amish of all (except for perhaps the "Nebraska Amish"). Their numbers (because of large families) are really growing, with settlements now throughout rural New York State, Ohio, Tennessee, Minnesota, Michigan, Indiana, and Kentucky. Tom the Backroads Traveler visits a Swartz settlement near Pulaski, New York. I always love Tom's photographic work because it is very respectful yet still quite documentary. The New York countryside appears very lush, but he captures the Swartzentruber trappings well: selling baskets and very no-frills homes. Click here to enjoy Tom's visit to the Swartzentrubers.
MENNONITES IN BELIZE: For reasons that have never been clear to me, the Amish have not had any luck establishing a presence in Latin America. The same cannot be said for the Beachy Amish Mennonites and the Mennonites who have a growing footprint south of the border. My guess is that those churches are just a smidge more centralized and open to new ideas that makes such a cultural leap possible. The one major Amish attempt to establish a foothold in Central America ended in the 1970s because of doctrinal disagreements and disputes over traditions vs. changes. This is one of the best pieces I have read about the Mennonites in Belize. There are very progressive Mennonites and very conservative horse and buggy Mennonites. This author visits both and shares some superb photography.
PUMPKIN CREAM SANDWICHES: Oh, c'mon, they're whoopie pies, aren't they?:) Any regular reader here knows I've never met a whoopie pie I didn't like and these sound amazing....so if you've got some pumpkin handy, give these a try!
SEYMOUR, MISSOURI: This is one of the largest Amish settlements I've never been to. It sprawls across rural Webster County and maintains very close ties to the Berne, Indiana Amish community, which means it is very conservative and Swiss. Open buggies are the norm here. A blogger passed through there this week and shared some wonderful photos that give a sampling of the settlement.
HOMEMADE HOT CHOCOLATE: Forget the prepackage store stuff, check out Merissa's Little House Living Blog this week for a quick, easy recipe on how you can make your own cocoa bliss!