Time to get caught up after the long holiday weekend. Today it's weekend blogroll and there is some stuff you won't want to miss so let's get right to it!
AMISH POTATO SALAD: I guess we all need to regroup for the next big picnic weekend coming up, the Fourth of July holiday. So if you're searching for that perfect picnic potato salad recipe, this Amish-style one is something to consider. If you've never made your own homemade potato salad before, the Sweet Pea's Kitchen blog holds your hand through the process and makes it seem easy. So I think anyone could follow her instructions. As far as Amish potato salads go, I've not tasted one with this formulation before...I tend to get bogged down in heavy mustard-based Pennsylvania Amish formulations, this one lo0ks more Midwestern with a blend of mustard and other goodies. Click here for the recipe!
AMISH SECRET HANDMADE WOOD POLISH: I've been seeing this stuff at Walgreens lately in their "As Seen on TV" section. Honestly, most Amish homemakers I know are just either going to polish their furniture by spritzing white vinegar on it or some of the less ecologically conscious ones will just whip out a can of cheap Pledge knock-off. The manufacturer touts the product as a panacea for old, scuffed -up wood: Introducing Amish Secret, an innovation in wood polish developed to honor the Amish heritage of fine craftsmanship. Amish Secret is handmade right here in the USA to help bring your wood back to life! Forget oily sprays and other cleaners, Amish Secret cleans layers of built up wax, revealing a fresh lasting shine, without leaving a sticky, oily residue. The secret is Amish Secret's formula crafted using age-old practices. It cleans and protects in one easy step, providing a beautiful shine!
WNEP TV in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania tested the product recently. In a short video, watch what their testing found.....it's a fun, short video worth a watch! As an aside, I think I want to live in Scranton if their newscast is so devoid of news that they have air-time to devote to testing furniture polish!:)
MENNONITE AUCTION IN BELIZE: A lot of the Mennonite and Amish benefit auctions have the same familiar feel (and that's not a bad thing). I can imagine stumbling into one in a place as exotic as Belize must feel like a pure comfort food slice of home to find whoopie pies among the plantains and bananas of Latin America. Check out this blog entry because if you're like me you'll probably never make it there first-hand, so this blog entry gives a good feel for a south-of-the-border auction.
AMISH NIGHT LIFE: Visitors to Holmes County, Ohio can learn a lot about my preferences for places to visit and activities in the Williams Guide to Amish Country. One of the places featured in the guide is the Inn at Honey Run, a wonderful refuge amid the sometimes din and noise of Holmes County (I know, that seems ironic that a place people go to escape the city crowds becomes the very thing people are trying to escape because so many come). The Inn at Honey Run has always been one of my favorite destinations in Holmes County as it gives a quite, comfortable "base" from which to explore the area but without the hubdub . The Inn has a blog post this week about activities to partake in at night in the area after most of the Amish-owned businesses are closed (my advice: head over to Mount Hope and leisurely sample the amazing food there, top it off with their dessert and then head back to your hotel/cabin, etc and crash). So if you are looking for a bit more fun in the evening in Holmes than my "eat and crash" recommendation, check this out.