It's been awhile since I've done a weekly blogroll. The Blogroll article doesn't really do a lot for this website in terms of ad dollars or SEO performance, but I still enjoy it anyway so I am going to keep doing them from time to time. Sometimes one has to ignore the "blog gods" and just serve up content and that is what I'll do with Blogroll. So, let's check in with some of our friends:
CHERYL MCNULTY ARTWORK: Cheryl McNulty is a Rhode Island-based artist who does some superb work with paintings and renderings of Amish subjects, usually with Lancaster County leanings. I love her newest of an Amish boy and his calf and the one she has started of a contemplative-looking Amish girl. Click here to see both of these masterpieces!
HOMEMADE BLACKBERRY COBBLER: Man, I love a good, fruit-filled cobbler. As Patricia points out, however, not all cobblers are alike. And while I think of this as more of a summer creation, the holidays are so full of decadent desserts that there is a lane open for one like this. Here is what Patricia says:
Cobblers are one of my favorite desserts, but one thing I have learned in my many years of cooking and also traveling and eating them in restaurants, cobblers are not the same to everyone. I grew up in the south and cobblers to me were abundant with liquid. Wayne also grew up in the south but he likes his cobblers what I call "dry"/with more dough. That has caused some problems for us when I want to make one. Who will I make the cobbler for today?
HOME JOYS: I always enjoy checking in with Gina, a young Mennonite mom and writer, who shares her life with readers via book reviews, recipes, and family stories. This week she reviews an Amish fiction book which sounds a bit grittier and realistic than some. Here is an excerpt of her review:
A Time to Keep Silence is the story of Monica Mast, an older single who started a job in a new community since she had to quit teaching school. The past stalks her as she tries to find her place in a new church. She soon encounters Justin Reinford who is struggling with his own disappointments from people's expectations.
KATIE TROYER: I love checking with with Katie who blogs from Pinecraft, Florida's only Amish settlement. At first I was alarmed that Katie put her house up for sale, but it appears she is staying in Pinecraft, just moving in with her brother, so I look forward to still hearing from Katie. Take a look - and read about - her tiny house here. That is a tiny house! I am not sure I could live in a place like that or not, in some ways, though, it seems like it would be very cozy and Pinecraft is so charming and friendly and Katie is so well-liked that the whole community is her house.
MEEMAW'S CAKE MIX CHOCOLATE CHIP BARS: Meemaw blogs from the Amish settlement near Kalona, Iowa. And, wow, take a look at her 4-ingredient cake mix chocolate chip bar recipe, sounds super! Click here.