By Kevin Williams
We have a nice variety of reading this week in Blogroll.
HOME JOYS CHRISTMAS: Regulars here know that I am a big fan of the Home Joys blog written by a talented Mennonite homemaker, Gina. She posted a Christmas family photo and I just wanted to share it. They just seem like such a hard-working, wholesome family. I've often thought that had I chosen a Plain path in my life years ago, I probably would have joined a Plain Mennonite church because I just really am attracted to the...balance...the church offers, you aren't walled off from modernity like you are in an Amish church, yet you also get many of the trappings that make the Amish so endearing. Anyway, click here to see the wonderful family photo.
EDITOR'S PICK! MEEMAW'S HAM AND BEAN SOUP: Almost everyone has a bunch of ham or at least a ham bone sitting in their fridge now, leftover from Christmas. And, if you are like me, you're stomach is bulging from too many sweets. So that is why I thought this savory recipe using your ham leftovers would be a hit. For newbie here, Meemaw is based in SE Iowa near one of the largest Amish settlements in the state. Her recipes often reflect their style. (Although Meemaw has now decamped for warmer winter quarters in Florida...smart woman!)...anyway, click here for the ham and bean soup recipe!
KATIE TROYER: Check out the latest comings and goings in the Amish enclave of Pinecraft, Florida. Especially love the photos from the Pinecraft Christmas parade. Click here and scroll down.
FOR YOUR CHRISTMAS RECIPES NEXT YEAR:
DATE PUDDING: We've talked about this recipe before and while its roots may be Christmas, this dessert has actually gained currency among the Amish as a summer treat because it is so cool and refreshing. Check out the recipe here.
AMMONIA COOKIES? Ugh, I thought there was some sort of typo at first when I saw this ,but this is actually a fascinating post and recipe that has Mennonite origins. Man, they don't sound appealing, at least the ammonia part, but I bet they are good! So even if you don't plan to make these, this is a fascinating post! Click here to read.