By Kevin Williams
Okay, time for our weekly whirl into the blogosphere in search of all things Amish or otherwise Plain. Have a delicious selection this week so without further delay, let's jump in!
I have a late-life love affair with coconut. I don't think I ever ate it growing up, nor did I much into my 20s and 30s. My parents didn't like coconut, therefore I didn't like coconut (see, my daughter will have no such issue...because I - unfortunately - like EVERYTHING! <arrggh>) I think I really discovered coconut when Rachel started buying these coconut-covered marshmallows. Yum. Yum. Yum. Then I tried a Mounds bar and, wow, I could eat those until my belly cries uncle. And then I graduated to coconut cakes and cookies....Mmmmmmm...and that is where we begin today:
AMISH COCONUT CAKE: Patricia delivers a knock-out punch this week with an Amish coconut cake recipe and some delicious-looking photos. Wow! Click here to sample this amazing recipe.
AMISH SCENES: Okay, this is the blog of an Indian (not Native Am, but east Indian) writer who is exploring the USA and she stumbled into Highland County, Ohio. That is a place I have been to often and I'll be there again soon so some of these photos may be of places familiar to Amish365 readers. The blog post is OK (she interchanges Amish and Mennonites a lot), but the photos are superb! Click here to read her post and sample some beautiful photos of Highland County's Amish country.
EASY PUMPKIN NO-BAKE COOKIES: Okay, this is not an Amish blog or recipe but it is one of my favorite food blogs and the recipe is well within the Amish baking tradition of simple and seasonal. So click here for this amazing sounding (and looking) recipe!
SUMMER IN PINECRAFT: I've been to Florida's only Amish settlement in the dead of summer before and it's very relaxing. Quiet. No one there. But still enough of a Plain presence to make it a special place. Check out Katie Troyer's Pinecraft blog for a scene of Pinecraft still in its summer slumber.
AMISH IN WISCONSIN: This is a great website with some really fun, insightful photos about Amish life and events in Wisconsin. Check it out here.
SPEAK SOFTLY: Boy, I agree with this post. Canada's Plain Marie posts about the Amish and Mennonite tradition and cultural custom of speaking softly. I'm not sure I've ever heard an Amish person yell. I may hear Amish kids at recess squealing, but that is about it. The world is just so full of noise anyway and yelling at one another rarely solves anything. Volume isn't the key, substance is. Click here to read Plain Marie's post.