By Kevin Williams
Hello! For newbies, "Weekly Blogroll" is our once a week whirl through the blogosphere in search of everything and anything "Plain" whether it be about the Amish, Mennonites, Hutterites, Brethren or whatever. Of course I have my favorite blogs I visit but I also like to showcase new ones. This week we have a variety of delicious recipes and stories to showcase. Enjoy!
AMISH WISDOM: Many Amish have a very keen sense of humor and business owners will often display that wit with little signs. Backroads Traveler Tom compiled a selection of signs he's seen in Amish businesses here. Of course not all signs in Amish businesses are witty, some take on a more serious edge. An Amish bulk food store in Indiana has a huge sign above their register of those who have paid for goods with bad checks. I have mixed feelings about such "social shaming." On one hand, yes, the person should pay their bill and they are in the wrong and my guess - and my hope - is that putting up a name on the sign is a last resort, that a name goes up there only after all avenues are exhausted. I'm not defending absconders, but I do know that there probably are times when a person gets clobbered by unexpected circumstances, or, heck, there might be a bank error or something. Rare, but it does happen.
ALMOND CRANBERRY TEA RING: Home Joys is a superb blog run by a talented Mennonite mom and writer. I always enjoy it when she shares a recipe because I get to share it with you. This sounds like a deliciously addictive recipe! Click here to see the recipe and the ring!
AMISH TRUSTY APPLE DESSERT: Thank you to Patricia at the Patchwork Quilt blog for recreating one of our recipes from Amish Cooks Across America. Click here to see the recipe for Trusty Apple Dessert, a creation I got from the Lyndonville, New York community of New Order Amish.
SCENES FROM PINECRAFT: For newbies here, Pinecraft, Florida is a tiny subdivision of Sarasota on the state's west coast. In this small "village", Amish "snowbirds" arrive each winter to wait out the harsh weather and get a few gulps of warm, west Florida sun. The Amish have been coming here since the 1920s when they were lured to the area by celery farms. The celery farms are long gone but the Amish stuck around. Katie Troyer blogs about the happenings in Florida and I love, love, love these scenes she shot recently. Life is definitely more laid back and less rule-ridden for the Amish in Pinecraft than their home communities up north.
DOUBLE TREAT COOKIES: Double (and triple) treat cookies are an Amish tradition, so I was happy to see the Charm City blog showcase a recipe for these super cookies. Click here for the recipe.