By Kevin Williams
Okay, the holiday week won't stop our weekly whirl through the blogosphere in search of anything and everything Amish! Sit back, buckle up, and enjoy some delicious and interesting posts this week!
SNOWBIRDS: I caught a glimpse of the Pioneer Trails bus last week when driving on I-71 in Cincinnati. It was heading north as I was going south. Basically this time of year if you are on the interstate in Ohio you might catch a glimpse of this big brown bus that serves as the "Amish lifeline" to Florida. Katie Troyer does a superb job of chronicling Amish life in Pinecraft, here is one of her most recent posts.
AMISH BASIC BAKED OATMEAL: Oatmeal is very underrated, in my opinion. Patricia over at the Patchwork Quilt blog prepared a recipe from the progressive Amish settlement of Greenville, PA. Very basic, but very nourishing, recipe. Check it out here.
BRUCE STAMBAUGH: Another uplifting gem from Bruce Stambaugh from his perch in Ohio's Amish Country. Man, I can relate to many of the moods and emotions he so articulately expresses. Add to the wonderful writing his Amish Country backdrop and it's a thought-provoking blog. Check out this super column (wow, did I just call it a column? Geez, I am dating myself and stuck in the past...of course, a column is something from newspapers, named literally after the "columns" paginators divided the pages into...of course that has no bearing on space online...sheesh, times change) anyway click here.
AMISH EGG NOG: Egg nog is something I've only gradually learned to appreciate as an adult. I never liked it as a kid (although my brother guzzled it), but I think that is because I generally only drank mass-produced store brands. But homemade egg nog is a totally different beast and quite delicious. Click here for an easy Amish recipe from Tastes of Lizzy T's!
BEAUTIFUL PHOTO: This is a photo captured in NE Ohio's Amish Country. Gorgeous photo of a buggy by a stone church. It is never said exactly where, maybe one of our readers will recognize where? Click here to see the picture. This is a photography blog and you'll have to scroll down through some goobledygook to see the photo, but it is worth it!
AMISH IN WISCONSIN: These are some super photos taken in the Cashton, Wisconsin settlement. I've not been there but would like to go sometime. About 10 years ago that was one of the most rapidly growing Amish communities in the country. From what I understand, it is a very conservative Amish area. I've heard about some customs and traditions there that I have not heard of elsewhere, like having to seek the bishop's approval before beginning a courtship. Not sure if that is true or not, but if it is, that is an outlier and not the norm. Click here for these amazing phtos!