Cheryl McNulty: Ah, I love it when she has a new painting. This is a charming creation, a painting called "Contemplation". I wonder what the Amish girl is thinking? I'm think she wants to be outside on a warm spring day but is stuck inside cleaning? Not sure. What do you think? Check out Cheryl's latest painting here!
Amish Chocolate Chip Chiffon Cake: I had to refresh my memory of what "chiffon" even meant. I hear the term a lot in Amish recipes, but I think it's less common than it used to be. The meaning, technically, is: made with beaten egg whites to give a light consistency. And the recipe does whip egg whites into a froth and it makes for a delicious looking cake. Click here for the full recipe!
Review of Beverly Lewis's The Stone Wall: Check out Amish-fiction author Deborah Torres's review of "The Stone Wall." Geez, now I am almost tempted to read The Stone Wall. Regulars here know that I am ambivalent regarding Amish fiction, but check out the review here, sounds like a fun book!
Katie Troyer: I have not heard how Pinecraft, Florida is faring this year with COVID...this is an Amish "snowbird settlement" in Florida that Katie Troyer blogs about. Amish people from up north come to escape the harsh winters for a couple of weeks under the warm Florida sun. The main way to get there, though, is via a crowded bus that shuttles Amish from Ohio and Indiana to Florida. I don't see many people in these photos (or any people) wearing masks and Pinecraft can get pretty packed. Check-out some photos here.
Bruce Stambaugh: Look at these Amish workhorses in the snow...this photo is from a previous year, .we haven't gotten much snow in Ohio this winter, but this picture gives me hope that it is possible. I do love a good snowstorm. Check out this wonderful photo here! And a bonus post: SIGH, who hasn't been forced onto Zoom at least once during the pandemic? Zoom has been nice in certain situations. My daughters were able to connect with their grandfather for Christmas via Zoom and that was really nice. Still, Zoom just isn't a replacement for in-person. Well, I didn't think it was, you read Bruce's post about it and it might make you rethink Zoom. He's thrown himself into Zoom with the typical zest and curiosity that he does with so many things. Click here to read about his Zoom experiences.