By Kevin Williams
AMISH CHERRY COFFEECAKE: I am not really a cherry fan, but if I am going to eat cherry, having it baked into a coffeecake is how I would enjoy it the most. I still think I'd prefer a blueberry or apple cake over cherry coffeecake, but an Amish cherry coffeecake? Well, you can't really go wrong with one and Patricia has made this amazing-looking cherry coffeecake straight out of an authentic Jamesport, Missouri Amish cookbook. Looks amazing and I bet smells amazing. Coffeecakes, for whatever reason, always just put off the most incredible smell. Click here for this recipe!
LANCASTER COUNTY AMISH HAM LOAF: This recipe comes from the classic Lancaster County Amish cookbook, of which I have my own copy. So I was excited to see this recipe replicated and with Easter coming up, this would be perfect for the menu. Click here.
WHO ARE THE AMISH-MENNONITES? "Amish-Mennonite" is a term I've run across frequently over the years and there is a lot of confusion about it, even among the Amish and Mennonites there is confusion. Erik Wesner takes a stab at sorting it out on his website, click here for a good read.
AMISH EXODUS: March in Pinecraft, Florida's Amish snowbird enclave, means one thing: head home. About this time of year it's like the drain plug being pulled out of a bathtub. Soon, Pinecraft will become a much quieter place which also has a charm of its own. Click here to see Katie Troyer capture the exodus.
HOME JOYS - UPDATE ON ED: We've been following Gina's gracious journey as she cares for her husband Ed who has an aggressive brain cancer. Gina is a talented Mennonite blogger and I just feel for her and her family. It all seems so random and unfair and you wonder why something like this happens to such a seemingly great guy while other not so great ones live to ripe old ages. Anyway, Ed's cancer is progressing and his treatment options are limited. Click here to read Gina's latest update, keep them in your prayers.
LADY MARY CRAWLEY: I thought after the gloomy news about Ed, I'd end with something cheerier. I was a huge fan of the PBS show Downton Abbey and I can't wait until the movie comes out. Cheryl McNulty often does Amish-themed paintings, but she decided to do a painting of Lady Mary Crawley who is played by Michelle Dockery. Wow, take a look at how it turned out here!