This is our weekly romp through the blogosphere to read about anything Plain that might have been posted. I have several goodies to share.
BRETHREN BLOG: This is a really neat blog that I was recently told about. The blog is written by a German Baptist Brethren writer. Our Plain Kansas columnist is Old German Baptist Brethren, but remember the church has divided into an Old Conference and New Conference. Rosanna Bauman is Old Conference while this writer, Kendra Stamy, would appear to be New Conference. Kendra’s blog is a fun potpourri of tips for natural and simple living, DIY projects, recipes, etc. She’s also very open about her faith. She wrote a thoughtful, insightful essay about why she wears the head-covering that is ubiquitous in the Brethren (and Amish, for that matter) church. It’s interesting and refreshing to hear from someone who really considers their customs as opposed to just “doing things the way they’ve always been done” for the sake of doing them.
AMISH PEANUT BUTTER PIE: If you are looking to try something besides pumpkin pie on your Thanksgiving table, peanut butter pies sell swiftly in Amish bakeries this time of year. But you can make your own with this wonderful recipe. It looks really good in the photo, lots of creamy filling! And, attention Cincinnatians! If you can’t make your own peanut butter pie, go buy one at The Home Place in Georgetown…this Mennonite bakery has about the best peanut butter pies around!
AMISH HAIR PINS? Who knew? I know next to nothing about this topic but with a young daughter I guess I’m going to have to learn. Aster has just enough hair now to put into a fun-looking sort of half-ponytail but when Rachel does it it looks cute, everytime I try to do it she looks like she stuck her finger in a socket. So I’m going to have to learn some basic hair putting up techniques. But Amish hair-pins? Come to think of it, I may have seen these once years ago (I don’t see many Amish women without their kapps, but have on occasion and I think I do remember seeing some long pins like these) Anyway, interesting post about Amish hair pins.
MEXICAN MENNONITES: This is a neat blog that I hope to return to often. This a blog about Mexican Mennonites. I’ve written before that visiting a Mennonite colony in Mexico is on my “bucket list.” I first became acquainted with Mexican Mennonites while, ironically, in Canada. Alymer, Ontario has a large population of Mennonites who have moved back to Canada. There are a lot of family ties between Canadian and Mexican Mennonites, so there is a lot of travel to an from. The blog has recipes, stories, cultural insights..the navigation is a little funky, but just go to the site and explore, it’s quite insightful!