My family’s all-time favorite homemade bread is Oatmeal Bread as we first discovered it in the best-selling More-with-Less Cookbook by Doris Janzen Longacre (Herald Press). My pages in that cookbook are tattered and splotched from years of use, but now I have a new and cleaner place to follow that … [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.
When people ask me about the Amish one of the questions ends up being about the Amish reality shows on TV. Are they real? Do I watch them? And although I do my best not to answer about their validity, I have to admit that I do watch them. Yep. That’s my dirty little secret. Amish reality … Continue Reading
Yikes! Is summer zooming by for you, too?! Even though the season is passing quickly, we are enjoying featuring new authors and books on Amish Wisdom each week. If you missed any posts this past week, here's some weekend reading for you! For Monday's Book Nook, we read an excerpt from Adina … 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.
My family’s all-time favorite homemade bread is Oatmeal Bread as we first discovered it in the best-selling More-with-Less Cookbook by Doris Janzen Longacre (Herald Press). My pages in that cookbook are tattered and splotched from years of use, but now I have a new and cleaner place to follow that … Continue Reading
A whoopie pie is a sandwichy-treat that toggles the culinary line between a cookie and a cake. It has other names: moon pies, black-and-whites, gobs and bobs. And it’s all the rage in the dessert world. Whoopie Pies have been an East Coast phenomenon for generations. Historians believe that the … 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’ve lived most of my life in Missouri, so I’ve set all of my Amish books there—and because I do my research on the Amish in Jamesport, I’ve modeled my fictional towns after that wonderful little city. Old Order Amish, Mennonites, and German River Brethren live along the dirt roads, their homes and … Continue Reading
If you’ve never heard of Bird in Hand, Pennsylvania, you may want to make it your next vacation destination. Located in the Lancaster, Pennsylvania area, this quaint community, nestled in Amish country, has plenty to do and see. Train enthusiasts will enjoy visiting the historic Strasburg … 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.
The Amish folks don’t get to pick and choose which principles they integrate into their daily lives. The Ordnung (the unwritten rules of the Amish) doesn’t give them that option. They are expected to practice all areas of their faith to the best of their ability. But what can we—their Englisch … Continue Reading
Q: Do Amish ever become artists? If they do paint, are they allowed to display their arts in their homes? Why or why not? ~ Michelle Labiss There are some very talented artists among the Amish. Whether or not they will display any of their art in their homes depends on the rules of the … 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.
In Balm of Gilead, the third book in my Healing Grace series, Henry Byler, one of the main characters, struggles with a lucrative offer to appear on a reality show. I based the fictional show, Shunning Amish, loosely on several popular “Amish reality shows” such as Amish Mafia, Breaking Amish, and … Continue Reading
John Yoder helps manage a Facebook community with over 8,000 members dedicated to learning about and discussing the Amish way of life. Here, he addresses some of the most common questions about the Amish. Q: What is the biggest misconception about the Amish? This will vary, depending on whom … Continue Reading