By Kevin Williams
In the recent survey I put out there for readers to answer as to what were their favorite features on Amish365, "Weekly Blogroll" came in last. Perhaps part of the problem is that I tend to gravitate towards the same blogs each week. Now, some, become favorites, like old friends, but if I keep featuring the same ones week after week I just think it might get stale and ignore some of the other work out there about the Amish. So I thought I'd "shake it up" a bit this week and feature some different ones.
AMISH PANCAKE RECIPE: This recipe is from "Candy's Farmhouse Pantry," I do agree with her, you can make your own awesome pancakes quickly without the boxed mix. Click here for the recipe.
THE BUDGET: I've been doing this so long that I sometimes just assume that everyone knows what certain Amish customs and traditions are, like, The Budget. The newspaper is not Amish-owned per se, but it's become their vehicle for communicating across the miles. It''ll be interesting to see what happens to The Budget over the decades ahead. Electronic communication has decimated the rest of the newspaper industry and the Amish are gradually become more "wired", with texting and emailing and even Facebook pages. If that trend holds, that may spell tough times for The Budget, but I think that is probably still a decade or so away. Click here to read LaVonne' Debois's ode to The Budget.
THE AMISH AND BREAKFAST: Get the view of breakfast from someone who was raised in a big Amish-Mennonite family. I generally find that my experience of Amish breakfasts meshes with the writers. Click here to read more.
PECAN TASSIE BARS: This recipe comes from Amish kitchens in southeast Minnesota, sounds really good: a pecan pie in small bites, and maybe not quite as rich. Yum. Click here for the recipe
AMISH SANDWICH BREAD: Ah, sandwiches. While I am a sandwich connoisseur I am not a sandwich snob. Depends on my mood. A couple of slices of soft Wonder Bread can be just satisfying, in my opinion, as the healthiest multigrain bread. But, admittedly, nothing beats a good homemade bread and the Amish have sandwich bread down-pat. Give this recipe a try!
AMISH SNOW DAYS: This is a surprising to some, and it was to me when I first delved into the topic. You'd think Amish schools wouldn't have "snow days." I once saw an Amish kid heading to school in New York on a pair skis, so determined he was to get to class after a heavy snow. And after all, no school buses to worry about or parents fishtailing in their cars. Still, extreme cold and white-out snow isn't safe for anyone so Amish schools do close when the weather is really bad. I know of one Amish one-room school that simply does whatever the local public school system decides to do. How does the word get out? Well, the Amish have their ways. You can read more here.