By Kevin Williams
Got some interesting items in our weekly whirl through the blogosphere in search of anything Plain. So buckle-up and let's get started!
HOME-BAKED BEANS: We visit Patricia's Patchwork again this week who shares with us an Amish recipe for home-baked beans. Yum, yum. The recipe has a mix of brown sugar, catsup, and bacon which meld together for a very flavorful recipe. Click here to read more and get the recipe!
HAITI AUCTION: The Plain churches are very much invested in Haiti. They like to go where no one else goes, they like to pick the most downtrodden populations to spread their good will and faith. And perhaps no Western Hemisphere population has endured more misery than Haiti. Year after year of military coups and grinding poverty have created a country that just can't seem to catch a break. So the Mennonites and some Amish have been very active for years in charitble work there. Tom the Backroads Traveler attended a Haiti benefit auction run by the Mennonites in New York. Reading his post is the next best thing to attending the auction....he posts some gorgeous quilt photos, baked goods pictures, scenes of Amish and Mennonites enjoying the day and the feeling of doing something for a good cause. Click here to read Tom's post!
CHOUTEAU, OKLAHOMA: Click here to read the a post on Amish Wisdom about the Amish of Chouteau. This is a pretty progressive community on par with the Amish of Partridge, Kansas. Tractors are used for transportation here about as often as buggies.
CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS BUTTER COOKIES: Okay, this isn't Amish...but the blogger mentions Amish butter in her post which got my antennae drawn to the blog...Still, the cookie sounds delightfully simple...just four ingredients..no leavening agent, just a crisp, light, buttery cookie....wow, why couldn't have my public school served such a snack when I was in school? We got the cafeteria lady with the hairnet opening industrial-sized cans of beans and thawed out mystery meat. SIGH. Click here for the recipe for Chicago Public Schools Butter Cookies!
TRUE CRIME: This is a story I wrote about a lot at the time and will write more about in the future and it always shocked me that it didn't generate more headlines. To me the story is significant because of what it illustrates about changing Amish culture, the arrival of smartphones (the Amish perpetrator was an avid smartphone user). Anyway, enough from me at the moment, I'll let Jim Fisher pick up the rest of the story here.