It is Tuesday which means it is time for my weekly romp through the blogosphere to discover all things Amish, Mennonite, Etc and I have to admit it was slim pickin's this time. Compiling weekly blogroll takes a lot longer than you'd think. I sift through dozens and dozens and perhaps hundreds of posts to go through each week and then distill them down to the best 4 or 5 to share with you. And there just wasn't much this week, but I think I still came away with some yummy and/or interesting reads for you. First stop:
Amish Pumpkin P:ancakes: pumpkin pancakes are an Amish favorite in the fall and although we are leaving pumpkin season behind if you need a way to use that last can of Libby's, this is a great way!
Amish roofer: this is kind of a humorous article about a farmstead in Maryland that hired an Amish roofer - one lone Amish roofer - to reroof a barn. Typically, I see a crew of at least 5 or 6 Amish men working on a roof. Never just one. But as a commenter on the blog said accurately: "Amazing how sometimes one guy can do the work of 15 dingbats." And this Amish guy seemed to effortlessly do the worker. The blogger had a lot of questions about the "cherry picking" of technology. I've written before on this site that the Amish are not averse to technology, they just cherry pick it ways that fits their lifestyle. Some outsiders cluck at the thought of the Amish using a cell phone or solar power: “isn’t that the same as electricity?” some will sniff. No, to them, it is not. Being “on the grid” is more the issue with the Amish than the electricity itself. Being on the grid means you can have TV, internet, radio, etc, all items that clash with the Amish lifestyle (although some Amish do use the internet on the sly or even not on the sly), solar power, along with battery power, allows one to “cherry pick” their electricity. Cell phones are divisive issue in the Amish church, with some Amish opposed to them, while others allowing them.
Starter-Free Amish Cinnamon Bread: Ahhhh thank you Pig and Dac (the name of the blog that posted it), an Amish cinnamon bread recipe that doesn't call for sourdough starter! Now THAT is a recipe you want to try. Check out the Pig and Dac blog for pictures and then you have to click over to another for the actual recipe, but it's worth jumping through the hoops to get there!
The Mennonite Story: A new heritage center in St. Jacob's, Ontario Canada lays out the Mennonite story and dispels public misconceptions. Definitely sounds like it is worth a visit if you are in the area!
Banana Pudding Bonus: Okay, this isn't Amish or Mennonite or even Plain, but since the pickin's were so slim this week, I'll share a banana pudding recipe I found when compiling this week's blogroll (she does have a section of Amish recipes on her site). Banana pudding IS a favorite among the Amish (and this editor!) and this recipe looks tasty, so check it out!