By Kevin Williams
BLUEBERRY OR BLACKBERRY MUFFINS: This is a versatile recipe that can be used with blueberries, blackberries and, I'm guessing raspberries or maybe even strawberries. Check out this delicious Amish recipe from Patricia's Patchwork Quilt blog (SIGH, I have a love-hate relationship with muffins...they just are rare as good as I hope they'll be....my muffins are often dry and crumbly and I come away wishing I had just made a cake instead).
Summer blackberry crisp,
HOME JOYS: Man, part of me just does
But these muffins sound - and look - good. Check out the recipe here.
HOME JOYS: I almost don't like to go to Home Joys blog anymore because I just come away feeling such sadness for the family. But I do keep going, because 1) Gina, the Mennonite Mom who writes the blog, is handling her husband's brain cancer with such grace and 2) visiting the blog is a way to show a bit of support for the family, let's them know they are in your thoughts and prayers and that is important. But, wow, definitely a showcase of life's unfairness, such a nice family wrestling with such a malevolent malignancy. Click here to read the latest.
LESS IS MORE: I figured following up Home Joy's this week with Bruce Stambaugh's ode to minimalism was appropriate. Bruce writes a poignant piece this week about starting from scratch in a new community they've learned to do more with less, I think there are good lessons there for all of us. Click here to read Bruce's blog.
AMISH APPLESAUCE MAYONNAISE SNACK CAKE: Check out this delicious dessert, moist, amazing cake! Click here.
AMISH VEGETABLE SOUP: Homemade vegetable soup is one of those dishes that go well year-round, especially if you have access to freshly grown garden goodies. Check out this delicious looking soup from Katie's Kitchen!
BLOG SPIN - AMISH CINNAMON BREAD: Mmmmm, I "spun the wheel" and it landed on this and I'm glad it did! Click here for a photo that will get you salivating and a delicious recipe for a timeless classic: Amish cinnamon bread.