The leaves are changing, there's a chill in the air, and Amish fiction and nonfiction books are on the horizon. In case you missed any of our posts, be sure to scroll back through the site to get caught up and enter the giveaways you find. Here's the recap: On Monday's Book Nook, we learned … [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.
The leaves are changing, there's a chill in the air, and Amish fiction and nonfiction books are on the horizon. In case you missed any of our posts, be sure to scroll back through the site to get caught up and enter the giveaways you find. Here's the recap: On Monday's Book Nook, we learned … Continue Reading
What are your favorite hobbies when you’re not writing? I love to read mysteries and suspense. I’ve read every one of Sue Grafton’s A-Z mystery series. (We’re up to X) With a full-time job and my writing, I don’t get to do nearly enough reading for pleasure. I’m a big fan of sappy chick-flick … 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 am a strong believer in the notion that breakfast is the most important meal of the day (emphases on most). I was in search of a recipe to conjure up for my post and I just so happened to come upon this one in my inbox; baked oatmeal. It is super easy and simple. Double score! This recipe was sent … Continue Reading
When apple season returns, I begin to crave a good old homemade, warm apple pie. When my husband, Stuart, and I were just engaged, he talked me into making five apple pies for the annual hog butchering held at his dad’s house, who was a widower. Hog butchering—and a big feast to go with it—is still … 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!
Let’s face it. If you love reading about the Amish, then you most likely love looking at pictures of them. We all know that the Amish don’t like to have their picture taken. I’ve heard the reasoning for this part of their Ordnung, that it’s vain and they consider photographs to be a graven image. … Continue Reading
Welcome to Plain City, Ohio, setting for my “Plain City Peace” series and home of the Biggest Little Festival in Ohio, the Shekinah Festival and Auction. This year marked the 36th annual celebration held at the Shekinah Christian School, and I’ve meant to attend for at least 15 of those … 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.
I have a question about shunning. I've read that someone can get shunned in the Amish community if they do something against the Amish beliefs. My question is how does that work? I know that the Amish are very forgiving people, so how can someone be shunned if the Amish forgive … Continue Reading
The Amish are beautiful quilt makers. Do they use a certain size needle and hold their needle a certain way to make the tiny stitches that they make when quilting? I don’t have quilting frames and I’m quilting a king size quilt on large embroidering hoops. ~Ernestine … 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 mother, Mary Christner Borntrager, grew up in the Amish faith, yearning to read books. Her parents were strict in many ways, especially her mother. But I remember my grandfather being more liberal about some things. He kept up with the world around them, even politics. And he encouraged his … Continue Reading
I remember once, when I was in my twenties, that my dad moonlighted after his regular job for about two months—much to my mother’s dismay and varied protests. But, it turned out that my father had remembered something looming that my mother had not—their wedding anniversary. So, he coaxed mom into … Continue Reading