Hello! Time for our weekly whirl through the blogosphere in search of anything Plain to read. And, wow, slim pickin's this week. Last week was slim pickin's, but this week was even more sparse. Still, I managed to scrounge up a few posts that I think are worth a read.
MERRY MENNONITE'S CHRISTMAS SHORTBREAD: You'll want to take a look at this easy - and delicious-sounding/looking recipe from the Merry Mennonite. Looks like a perfect holiday treat. By the way, what is the Merry Mennonite? (sorry for being repetitive, but Merry Mennonite is just fun to say/write, one of those phrases that just sort of roll off your tongue). Anyway, we've discussed before that the Mennonite church has a far wide "spectrum" within its ranks. Whereas all Amish are Plain, not all Mennonites are, the Merry Mennonite's blog is from the more progressive part of the church. But they are all linked by a wholesome spirituality and embracing of pacifism.
HEALTHY BUCKEYES: Briana Thomas is a 19-year-old Mennonite writer who is from a more conservative Mennonite church, but not horse and buggy conservative. Anyway, you'll want to check out her blog this week for information about her new ebook and, get this, a recipe for "healthy" homemade buckeyes. Yum!
NEW IN PINECRAFT: Our Marketplace member and a great general roving videographer, Ernest Bontrager updates us all on what is new this winter in Florida's Amish enclave (there's not a ton new, which is nice, since I like Pinecraft as is, but there are a few items to take note of). Click here for a 3 minute video tour of Pinecraft 2015 with Ernest.
AMISH TRAVEL QUESTIONS: Sheesh, these people obviously haven't read The Williams Guide to Amish Country!🙂 This is a travel forum and someone recently posed a question about visiting Amish country. The poster starts out asking: "Am I allowed to bring my rental car into Amish country? Do they allow cameras for pictures?
Will they understand what cameras are?" Sheesh, the poster acts as if he/she is visiting another country and that the Amish are total simpletons. Sheesh. Well, fun to see all the others giving their replies. I guess it's easy to forget that the Amish remain a mystery to many. I think most of us on Amish365.com understand at least the basics when it comes to Amish culture, but some do not. Click here for the full exchange.
PENNSYLVANIA DUTCH EGG NOG: For those of you who like your egg nog with a little "kick" to it but don't want to spend a bunch of time making it, a Pennsylvania distillery has a pre-made version out just in time for the holidays. Click here to read a review of it and find out where you can buy this holiday drijnk.