By Kevin Williams
Okay, we have an interesting mix of topics to explore today.
AMISH DRIVING MINI-VANS: Sheesh, this either represents a seismic shift in Amish ideology or it is sloppy reporting by NPR. The article is about how Amish life is changing. And, yes, it is. There are modern encroachments from all sides. But the piece at least implies that the Amish around Rosebush, Michigan are now driving and using power tools. The part about "power tools" really is nothing new. Many Amish have been using power tools and electric for business for quite some time. Driving, though, is different. I do know of one "split off" Amish settlement that allows one person in each church to drive. In that way, self-sufficiency and interaction with outsiders is less, not more. The Hutterites employ a similar strategy, they allow several people in each colony to drive, that way they are not dependent on outsiders transporting them. Anyway, back to the article....it mentions a "Noah Yoder" who grew up Amish but it never says whether he is now. I actually doubt he is. If he is a member of the church and is driving that could be the very first flicker of a major change coming to the Amish. Click here to read the NPR piece. What do you think?
HONEY BUN CAKE: Patricia isn't the only one doing some baking, I made some Amish Molasses Brownies with Aster the other night. I'll be sharing that recipe later this week. Yum. But honey bun cake? That seems to take decadence to a new level. Check out Patricia's Patchwork's honey bun cake here.
AMISH WATERCOLOR: One of my favorite artists of Amish imagery has a new one in the works, I was hoping she'd have one soon. And this one looks like it'll be a beautiful image. I can't wait to see the final image. But click here to see what Cheryl McNulty has sketched out.
BARN BEAUTY: There is something quite beautiful about Amish barns in the winter and Tom the Backroads Traveler has captured some serene scenes this week. Check out these beautiful barn photos here.
AMISH BAKED OATMEAL: Now this looks like a recipe I'd like to try: Amish baked oatmeal. So instead of a bowl of gruel-like stuff, you get a hearty bar. Now I can go for that! Click here to check out this delicious recipe!