By Kevin Williams
Welcome to our first "weekly blogroll" of 2016! The pickins were kind of slim this week in our every Tuesday whirl through the blogosphere for everything and anything Plain.
BLACK DRAWING SALVE: I'm a little skeptical on this one. "Natural remedies" and the Amish are often two items mentioned together. But, in my experience, an Amish person is just as like to pop some Tylenol or sip some Pepto as anyone else. Yes, there are some Amish who have espoused very natural, plant-based medicinal ways, but there are non-Amish people who do that too. I guess what I'm saying is that I just don't see it as a huge part of their culture. Anyway, I saw a post this week with a "recipe" for a salve that "draws out" poisons, toxins, infections, etc. Try at your own risk. I'm not saying it doesn't work, maybe it does, I just would take this with a healthy dose of skepticism. Click here for the salve recipe.
AMISH ORANGE JUICE CAKE: Patricia is at it again, she made a wonderful Amish recipe this week for this cake. I saw this in a Mennonite bakery about 20 years ago and have regretted not trying it ever since, because I never saw it again...until now....I wish I could reach into the screen and try it! Check out Patricia's site for the recipe and step-by-step instructions!
AMISH HORSES IN WINTER: Enjoy these gorgeous, serene scenes from the Amish countryside in, I believe, Iowa.....Click here to enjoy.
AMISH ACRES: Not the most descriptive post in the world, but a quick read about Amish Acres in Indiana if you are thinking about visiting.
PINECRAFT MINI-PARADE: Check out this fun post from Ernie Bontrager depicting, well, just what it says a "mini-parade" through this tiny Amish enclave in Florida. A few bewildered or bemused Amish are watching it (and one or two maybe riding in it), a fun video to watch! Click here.
MUD SALE SCHEDULE: "Mud Sales" are a spring tradition in Lancaster County, PA and other nearby parts of Pennsylvania. These spring auctions don't seem to have caught on in other Amish areas, at least not the name....auctions and benefit suppers are more the norm elsewhere, and they tend to be held during more temperate times of year elsewhere, but both types of events capture the same spirit of fellowship and fun. Click here to see Amish America's schedule.
SHARON LAVY: Our Plain Kansas columnist, Rosanna Bauman, is a Brethren writer, but there are others out there. If you're just looking for a fun site to explore, Sharon Lavy is a Brethren author in Ohio, check out here site here.