By Kevin Williams
This is our final blogroll of 2015 and it’s got some interesting stuff in it, so sit back and enjoy!
AMISH COUNTRY POST: Okay, I’ll admit, this post had me scratching my head. At first I thought it was written by someone living abroad visiting Amish country. It just sort of had that tone to it. His references to “Amish districts” (no such thing), etc just had that feel to it. But doing a little digging, it seems like he is from the US…but it just is oddly written. Oh well, I’ll share it any way . Click here.
MOM’S BUFFET TABLE: The author of the Plain and Fancy blog describes the contents of her departed Mennonite mother’s buffet table. She found some things you’d expect to find and a few surprises. Check it out here.
TIPS FOR FRUGAL LIVING FROM THE AMISH: Since a new year is almost upon us and it’s a time for clean slates and striving for self-improvement I thought it’d be a good time to review some tips for just living a a simpler, thriftier life. So check out Graceful Little Honey Bee’s post exploring some of the traits of frugality and thrift that are Amish mainstays, tips we would all do well to adopt. Click here to read.
NEW YEAR’S EVE PUNCH: This sounds like a delicious way to end the year and start the new one. Mennonite Girls Can Cook share a tasty-sounding (and looking) New Year’s Punch recipe. Check out the recipe here.
Hutterites are the third, often overlooked, branch of Anabaptist, along with the Amish and Mennonites. The Hutterites evolved into a communal culture. Today there are hundreds of Hutterite colonies sprinkled across the Plains in the USA and Canada. Like the Amish, they are a fairly insular group. Some Hutterite colonies are much more progressive and open while others are not. I have never been to a Hutterite colony before, but one of these days I will! I’ve always had a tough time picturing in my head how a Hutterite colony is set up logistically. An Australian travel writer recently visited a US Hutterite colony and has a wonderful dispatch with some great photos, the photos really show the colony. This particular one appears to have a central green space surrounded by the various living quarters of the colony. I think being Australian probably helped the writer get access. The Amish and Hutterites are often interested in meeting people from other countries. The post is short, but informative with some super photos, so click here to enjoy!
HUTT-WRITER? Okay, this is surprising…this appears to be a blog from a Hutterite. It isn’t surprising in the technology sense. Unlike the Amish, the Hutteritres have been pretty forward- thinking in their adoption of technology….but they do tend to remain an insular culture, so it is surprising, but neat, to see a Hutterite writer (and she has a book to boot!)….so check out this interesting blog post about Christmas Eve at the Hutterite colony!