By Kevin Williams
Buckle yourself in for our weekly whirl (a day late) through the blogosphere in search of everything and anything Plain. Have some fun stuff this week, so enjoy!
RUNNING THE AMISH: Even if you aren't a runner and find running boring, read this anyway. This post combines two of my loves: running and the Wheat Ridge Amish community in Adams County, Ohio. Regulars here know that I have run for decades but recent knee trouble forced me out of running, but I'm feeling good again and trying to ramp back up. Ugh, it is tough. My knee is fine now, but my cardio endurance is totally shot. So I can't even imagine running the steep hills of Adams County, Ohio and these ladies are doing it like it's a Sunday walk in the park. But what I love about this post is how it describes the participation of the Amish in this decidedly un-Amish event. Events like this really can build wonderful bridges between the Amish and non. Click here to read a really great post with fantastic photos!
CHOCOLATE CHEER-UP COOKIES: Who doesn't want chocolate? And who doesn't want to cheer up? Well, these two questions and answers combine to make a wonderfully decadent Amish recipe cookie which Patrica's Patchwork whipped up this week. Check it out here!
INSIDE AN AMISH SCHOOL: I've been writing about Amish culture for almost 25 years, but it wasn't until about 7 or 8 years ago that I first stepped inside an Amish school. I've been in several since then. I guess I always sort of looked at them as "private zones", but the reality is that many Amish are happy to show outsiders the inside of their school, taking great pride in their orderliness and layout. This post on gypsyroadtrip.com is outstanding in its respect and thoroughness while still giving a great glimpse inside.
BLUE DOOR: Interesting post and photo by Ohio blogger Bruce Stambaugh who lives and blogs in beautiful, rural Holmes County, Ohio. The blue door is also common in the Conewango Valley of New York, where the Amish are not Swartzentruber but are very conservative. So I think that color must be embraced by the most conservative elements of the church. Click here for Bruce's photo.
AMISH HOT MAPLE BACON DRESSING: Blogger Brianne shares this traditional Amish dressing recipe with her own twists. You like bacon? Check out this flavorful and delicious-looking recipe!