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 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.
If you missed any of our posts from the previous week on Amish Wisdom - don't worry - you can get caught up this weekend! Take the time to hear the story behind Shelley Shepard Gray's new book and travel to Plain City, Ohio with Stephanie Reed. If you're curious about how the Amish find the time for … Continue Reading
I guess I should start out by admitting that I’m a fan of old musicals. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Gigi, Singing in the Rain, White Christmas? I’ve seen them all more times than I can count! I love the sweet story lines, the happy endings, the whole … 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.
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
Sherry Gore is editor-in-chief of Cooking & Such magazine, the author of Simply Delicious Amish Cooking, Me, Myself and Pie, and a weekly scribe for the national edition of the Amish newspaper, The Budget, established in 1890. The National Geographic Channel featured Sherry prominently … 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!
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
I’ve recently returned from Oktoberfest in Amana, Iowa—my sixth Oktoberfest! The seven villages known as Amana, South Amana, High Amana, Middle Amana, East Amana, West Amana, and Homestead comprise the Amana Colonies and have provided the setting for six of my books. Needless to say, I’ve spent a … 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. 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
Q. I'm curious about hanging laundry on the clothing line outside in the colder months of the year. Would you please explain a bit how Amish women deal with getting the clothes dry after they are frozen stiff, or is there a technique they use to keep them from freezing? ~ Angela Oehlert … 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 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
Recently, I had the privilege of visiting an Amish special school. The special school was located on the property of a typical one-room schoolhouse, but it was dedicated to children who need extra help with reading and math. I was stunned by how modern and beautiful the trailer that housed the … Continue Reading