Lots of neat stuff to check out today, so clear your schedule for the next little bit so you can indulge in all of this good reading and sampling some tasty recipes!
AMISH BLUE-RIBBON DILL PICKLES: Sigh, the other day I posted a recipe for dill pickles only some you noticed there was no dill in the recipe. That's because I accidentally posted a recipe for "refrigerator pickles" instead.:( So let's start over on the dill pickle recipe and check out this easy, delicious-sounding one that the Flower Patch Farm Girl posted. As she says, if canning intimidates you (and it does me), then this is easy, easy! Click here for the recipe. Homemade pickles are a summer staple in Amish kitchen this time of year as plump cukes fill gardens.
AMISH DRIVING LESSON: I had to scratch my head at this one....a photographer spots an "Amish driving lesson?" Or something else? Never heard of training with a fake horse....Click here to check out the photo and short story.
SOUTHERNER COMES TO SHIPSHEWANA: I live just north of Cincinnati and it is rather striking the dividing line between North and South that exists. In the span of 90 minutes Yankee country of cornfields and bike-lanes transforms into a bucolic Southern land of tobacco barns and sweet tea. There really are distinct differences between these two areas of the country, hardly enough to slug out another Civil War, but still striking. Anyway, read this fun account of a woman who had never been farther northern than Virginia coming to Shipshewana.
BUGGY CROSSING SIGNS? This is just an interesting article about local county officials debating about whether to do put "buggy crossing" signs up in the county for their new "Amish colonies". This is a county in rural central Minnesota. The Amish do not live in "colonies" like the Hutterites do, so they sort of have their terminology mangled. I'm not sure why anyone in the county government would vote against putting up the signs. They do help alert me to maybe slow down and be more alert if I find myself in an unfamiliar area. What about you? Click here to read more.