This is our time when we explore the blogosphere in search of everything and anything Plain over the past week. And, sheesh, I thought the past few weeks had been thin in material, this past week was completely bare bones. That's okay, though, the Amish are a private people in general, so it's probably a good thing the blogosphere is quiet:) We'll rely on Holmes County writer Bruce Stambaugh for our "heavy lifting" this week.
SUDDEN DEATH: This post moved me because it sort of plays into my own "mid-life anxieties" I'm experiencing about a lot of things right now. I think being a first-time father there's just a lot I'm trying to sort through and re-prioritize in life, etc. When young people pass away suddenly it might merit an article in a newspaper or a splash of publicity somewhere, but most of us just go rather quietly ....this man sounds like just a good, decent (Amish) family man that passed away without warning way too soon. Seems so unfair.... Bruce Stambaugh does a superb job of describing how the Amish come together after a death. And the way in which they do come together provides a ray of light to hang on to. Click here to read more in Bruce's post "Sadden Fills a Beautiful, Peaceful Valley."
FARM ANGLES: On a lighter note, Bruce captures a "jumble of buildings" that is your typical Amish farm all cloaked in snow. But is it really a jumble? In reading Bruce's words and studying the picture, there really is some beauty and probably some functionality to it all. Click here to see.
PB&J MILKSHAKE: Checking in with young Mennonite blogger, Brian Thomas, this week...she shares her recipe for a homemade (and healthy) recipe for a PB&J shake. I should turn my attention to her blog regularly if I want to take off some pounds, her recipes tug at the sweet tooth without packing in a ton of calories. Click here to salivate!
BARBECUED MEATLOAF: Amish fiction writer, Amy Clipston, shares this delicious recipe that ties into one of her fiction works (but the recipe is all non-fiction delish!:). Click here to enjoy!
AMISH HASH BROWNS: Saw this recipe on Allrecipes.com, the poster says it was given to her by an Amish neighbor. Leave it to an Amish cook to take some as delicious as hash browns and make them even better!:) I bet these are GOOD! Click here for the recipe..