By Kevin Williams
I love this week's Weekly Blogroll because there is a little something in it for everyone this week.
KATIE TROYER: I love Katie Troyer's dispatches from Pinecraft, the Amish "snowbird enclave" in Florida. Especially this time of year, her posts reflect the teeming activity here, the Amish who come to relax and refresh. Every time I go to her blog it makes me want to go back to Pinecraft (I've been several times). But this post is especially poignant because she's correct, there is this "intergenerationalness" about Pinecraft which keeps people coming back and keeps continuity in the community. Older ones pass on, and then those who were once visiting grandchildren are now being visited by their grandchildren and so on and on...click here to read this week's post.
BRUCE STAMBAUGH: And speaking of the passage of time and tradition...Another amazing entry from the "Bard of Amish Country"...Bruce Stambaugh is a superb writer who spent 30 years living, writing, educating, marketing, and mentoring in Ohio's Amish Country. He now lives in Harrisonburg, Virginia, which has a sizable Mennonite presence. Long-timers here know that I struggle all the time with mistakes I've made, my future, my present and just how I ultimately want to spend the rest of my time on this earth, how ever much God gives me. Well, Bruce Stambaugh, who has about 25 years on me, provides a really inspiration template for how I'd love to approach my own life when I am 70. Read his celebration of age, opportunity, and wisdom here.
ANNA IN THE ORCHARD: Check out this beautiful Amish-themed pillow from my favorite artist of Amish images, Cheryl McNulty, check it out here!
AMISH OATMEAL COOKIES: Check out Patricia's oatmeal cookie adventure and a great Amish recipe here!
NAOMI GLICK'S TATER TOT CASSEROLE: Check out this superb and filling entree from the Charm City Ramblings blog. Click here for the recipe!
ORGANIZING YOUR FOOD LIFE: Mennonite writer, Gina, offers some great advice for just "getting organized" in the pantry and kitchen, i.e., in terms of menu planning, etc. For instance, she says - correctly: "Write a weekly plan. If I know that we will have macaroni and cheese every Thursday, the work feels half done." I need to implement her advice in our household! Click here.
EGGS BENEDICT CASSEROLE WITH A SAUSAGE TWIST: You may have to file this one away for Christmas morning. Wow, sounds amazing! Meemaw blogs from the Kalona, Iowa community, home of the state's largest and oldest Amish settlement. So I enjoy checking in with her from time to time.