By Kevin Williams
Man, we have a delicious and interesting blogroll this week!
First, let's check in with Patricia at the Patchwork Quilt blog. The recipe this week is not an Amish one, it's her own creation, but who cares? It's delicious sounding! And, you know, I could see this particular recipe being popular with Amish cooks because it plays into the basics quite well.
PATRICIA'S PUMPKIN CINNAMON ROLL BISCUITS: Wow, oh wow, Patricia is always cooking or baking something interesting, and often with an Amish angle, but this recipe sounds amazing. Click here.
AMISH GIRL IN A PUMPKIN PATCH: Speaking of pumpkins, Cheryl McNyulty has finished her latest work, a painting of an Amish girl in a pumpkin patch. I love the painting. So serene. Now, I will say that I've been to an Amish farm at pumpkin harvesting time and it's hot, bruising work. Everyone chips in from the youngest to the oldest to get those pumpkins harvested. I could, however, imagine a young girl like this stealing away for a few minutes of pumpkin peace and that is what this painting conveys. Click here to see her latest!
BASIC BANANA BREAD - MENNONITE RECIPE: For those of you wanting a good, basic banana bread recipe this may well be it posted on Melodie Davis's "Finding Harmony" blog. The recipe comes from Mennonite Recipes from the Shenandoah Valley. Click here for this delicious basic banana bread recipe.
ROMAN APPLE CAKE FROM KALONA: Meemaw on the Meemaw Eats blog has a super looking apple cake recipe, with the recipe coming from the Kalona Historical Village Cookbook. That cookbook is a tattered treasure trove of recipes and stories of a village that has kept its Amish identity for generations. Check out the recipe here.
PINECRAFT STIRS - A LITTLE: Let's check in with Katie Troyer who blogs about Florida's lone Amish enclave. The "village" is generally pretty quiet from April through November. Then the snowbirds begin arriving. Some Amish have arrived in the past week or so on charter buses from the north to begin checking out their properties, making sure everything is in order, etc, and then they'll go back north and come back down again for the winter after Christmas. Click here to see some photos of a few of the early arrivers.
HOME JOYS: Let's check in this week with Mennonite blogger, Gina, who reminds us to treasure each day. Her husband has been stoically battling a brain tumor, but that hasn't stopped their family from living full, rich lives everyday. Click here to read more about this incredible family.