For me, it wouldn’t be Christmas without cookies. I’ve often baked more than 150 dozen in a single season and made tubs of candy besides! I give them to family and friends, or take pretty trays of them to holiday events, because a lot of folks are just too busy to bake these days. My agent and … [Continue reading]
FROM THE BOOK NOOK: Wanting an Amish novel that will make you laugh? Cry? Or both? Look no further. Here’s where you’ll find the newest releases to hit the bookshelves.
Did you miss anything this week on Amish Wisdom? We had a full week, hearing the tender story that helped shape Rosalind Lauer's new book, A Simple Charity, and going shopping with Jo Ann Brown in Lancaster, PA. Jennifer Beckstrand gave us a fascinating insider's look at an Amish wedding and … Continue Reading
“I've been pondering Fanny and her feelings for Zed.” Violet is talking about my story proposal for A Simple Charity, my new novel from Ballantine Books. She has read my outline and is offering feedback. I lean in, eager to hang on every word from my friend, mentor and consultant on all things … Continue Reading
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For me, it wouldn’t be Christmas without cookies. I’ve often baked more than 150 dozen in a single season and made tubs of candy besides! I give them to family and friends, or take pretty trays of them to holiday events, because a lot of folks are just too busy to bake these days. My agent and … Continue Reading
I grew up hearing that my grandfather’s family came to Oregon on a wagon train from Pennsylvania Dutch country. As a child, I assumed my grandpa’s family was Dutch, but later learned that actually meant German—with possibly some Amish roots too. When I was a girl, my mother (a single working mom) … Continue Reading
FROM TRAVELER’S TIPS: Planning a trip to Amish country? Or maybe you just got back from one. This is the place to share your pix, tips, suggestions, things to do…or to skip!
I am not a shopper! You won’t find me at the mall any day of the week. But after living in nearby Chester County, Pennsylvania, when I think of visiting Lancaster County, my mind (and taste buds) focus on shopping for delicious treats. That’s why when we were asked for ideas for our Amish Seasons … Continue Reading
At first glance, the name Plain City seems to give away the secret: Amish live here. Actually, the name of the town refers to the terrain, which is flat—a plain. Perhaps the Plain people chose to settle here partially because of the name. Certainly there were fewer hills for horse-drawn buggies to … Continue Reading
FROM ASK THE AMISH: Ever wondered what it’s really like to be Amish? Ask away! Our Amish scribe will return questions to me each week.
Q. I have never seen undergarments hanging on an Amish clothesline. Is there a reason for this? If so, how do they dry their undergarments? ~ Linda Wilson No one - whether they're Amish or not - wants to wave their underwear in front of the whole neighborhood. Amish women have ways of … Continue Reading
Q. Do the Amish cook three meals a day every day of the week? With all the housework to do, do you find time to do fun things with friends like crafts? ~ Carolyn Bolton Yes, we cook three meals a day, every day. Summer months are usually too busy with all the food preservation to do any … Continue Reading
FROM BEYOND THE BONNETS: Q&A with Authors, Conversations about the Anabaptists, thoughts about community, ideas about how to bring the best of the Amish into your life.
My Amish romances are set in beautiful Wisconsin Amish country. I met Joyce Natzke the last time I went to Wisconsin for research. Joyce and her husband Ken have several Amish friends, and Ken conducts tours of the Amish sites in the area. This is Joyce’s account of the wedding of Leora, her Amish … Continue Reading
My oldest daughter, Hana, is in her last year of nursing school and is currently taking her OB course, affectionately referred to as “Mama-Baby.” I’ve always been fascinated with midwifery so I love when her studies come up in conversation. Hana was born at home, delivered by my husband and me 22 … Continue Reading