By Kevin Williams
Okay, time for our weekly whirl through the blogosphere to examine anything and everything Amish or Plain. So buckle up and enjoy the ride, we've got five fun posts today!
HOMEMADE FUNNEL CAKES: This is a Pennsylvania Dutch staple, not necessarily an Amish one, although the two are closely connected. I think this is something you
see occasionally in Amish kitchens in Pennsylvania. Not so much farther west. But with summer festival season almost upon us and their ubiquitous funnel cakes, I thought it'd be fun to share this blog post about how to make your own at home! Click here for the recipe and technique.
FIVE FAVORITE AMISH FOODS: Erik Wesner weighs in with a topic near and dear to readers of Amish365.com: food. He picks his five favorite foods from Amish country. I agree with some of his picks, others maybe not. You'll have to click this link to see his list, mine? My list, hmmmm:
Peanut Butter Pie
Amish church spread
Thing is, not all Amish are great cooks, I've had lousy versions of all of the above, but I've also enjoy Heavenly versions. So, buyer beware. But when you hit upon a good one, you're in food nirvana!:) So, did I miss anything that should be on that food list?
LANCASTER BEAUTY: I never really get tired of looking at beautiful photos of Lancaster County's countryside and the Amish scenes. A blogger posts pictures of her day thrift/junk/antique shopping in the county and shares some gorgeous photos of the area with us. Click here to enjoy!
AMISH QUILT PHOTO: I kind of just skimmed through this lady's blog post....I don't know what she is celebrating the 50th anniversary of and while Quaker Steak and Lube is a fun restaurant I think, nestled in the cradle of Amish country, I would have picked someplace different to eat:)...anyway, the reason I am highlight her blog post isn't to critique her trip but to share her photos of a beautiful Amish quilt from Sylvia Petersheim's quilt shop in Lancaster County. Gorgeous craftsmanship! Click here to see the photo.
OUR SIMPLE LIFE: I've always found there to be some grass-is-always greener irony in the fact that so many (definitely not all, but a good percentage) Amish seem to always be angling to become "less separate" from the world while many non-Amish are trying to find ways to do the exact opposite. Seems few people are happy where they are. But I do think there may be value in each side's efforts, that maybe in the middle lies a happy medium of appreciating simplicity, embracing simplicity, but also appreciating and embracing new technologies and advancements. It's finding that sweet spot, that balance, that seems so elusive to most. Click here, though, to read what I think is a very compelling blog post offering advice on how to slow down and simplify (simply turning off the TV, as the writer suggests, is an amazing way to just cut the noise level down and think).