Your latest series, Neighbors of Lancaster County, features a military family who moves next door to an Amish family? What led you to explore the juxtaposition of the two cultures? I blame the whole thing on my husband! He joined the National Guard way back in 1985 and then soon transferred to … [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.
Your latest series, Neighbors of Lancaster County, features a military family who moves next door to an Amish family? What led you to explore the juxtaposition of the two cultures? I blame the whole thing on my husband! He joined the National Guard way back in 1985 and then soon transferred to … Continue Reading
If you missed any posts on the blog this week, here's what to get caught up on: On Monday's Book Nook, Vannetta Chapman shared about her new release, Joshua's Mission, and MDS. What small gifts can I give to Amish children? Find out from our Amish Scribe on Ask the Amish. Martha Bolton … Continue Reading
FROM THE COOK’S CORNER: Amazing, tried and true recipes from Plain (and nearly-Plain) kitchens. The next time you’re looking for something wonderful to try, check out Cook’s Corner! Deliciousness is just a click away.
“Can she bake a cherry pie, Billy Boy, Billy Boy? Can she bake a cherry pie, Charming Billy?” Traditional American Folk Song I do not have the Pie Gift, which is daunting since I married into a family with generations of excellent pie makers. The Pie Gift, as I see it, is having a knack with pie … Continue Reading
My husband’s family—who has both Mennonite and Amish background compared to my Mennonite and Brethren background—always sets one day aside every fall to make applesauce to last through the year (or not quite that long, since we put applesauce on everything from pizza to soup!). Some people can … 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!
With the year winding to an end, we want to spend time reflecting on some of our highlights from 2015. Throughout the rest of December, we'll be sharing your favorite posts of the year. Stay tuned! * * * I'm a Kansas girl, born and bred among the waving fields of golden wheat and wide open … Continue Reading
With the year winding to an end, we want to spend time reflecting on some of our highlights from 2015. Throughout the rest of December, we'll be sharing your favorite posts of the year. Stay tuned! * * * After spending many church services and wonderful times with the Bishop and his wife at their … 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.
We live near an Amish family with children -- what are we allowed to give the kids? Can we give them children's books? ~Paula Carter Again this varies by community. Good, wholesome books are usually always welcome, as well as puzzles, crayons, paints, and other craft-type supplies, however you … Continue Reading
How often do the Amish bathe? And do they still bathe in the kitchen, taking turns? ~Sally Davison This depends on the community. Most will bathe every day, in a bathtub, in a bathroom with hot running water. What do you want to ask the Amish? Ask our Amish scribe here. Sign up here to … 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.
One activity you can do while visiting Amish country is to share a meal with an Amish family in their own home. There are several ways to arrange this. You can do it through a buggy ride service (brochures for a dinner with the Amish are readily available with booking information), or you might be … Continue Reading
"No one is strong enough to bear his burdens alone." Amish proverb People need people. Everyone needs a community. Isn't that what is behind the exploding success of social networks such as Facebook and Twitter? People seeking people. We have a longing to be needed and to belong to something bigger … Continue Reading