Situated in New York State’s North Country, the Amish community in St. Lawrence County supplies a rare treat in an out of the way place. Our first stop for the night was near Canton, at the Ostrander’s Sheep Skin B&B. Be sure to make your own reservations if you plan to visit the area. The … [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.
Before we get to your talent for writing, let's learn more about you as a person. What part of the country do you live in? I live in the Midwest—always have. We lived in Missouri, Michigan, and northern Arkansas. Tell us about your writing habits: how many hours a day do you devote to … Continue Reading
We hope you've been enjoying September's Amish Wisdom posts - we're featuring so many new releases this month, and there are even more coming next month - just in time for the holidays! What questions would you like to see our authors answer? You can help us craft future author interviews by … 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.
Hello, fellow bread makers—pros and novices, alike! I want to share a recipe for a basic loaf of bread with you. Using this recipe, you can make one loaf or six, depending on your requirements. Even better? It’s a great starter recipe just the way it’s written, but once you get the hang of … Continue Reading
This pie is one of my mother's well-loved recipes. She often made this without the rhubarb and served it with or without a pie crust. It is delightful and refreshing either way! If you find yourself wondering about various ingredients listed, please know that present-day Amish do go to the store; … 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!
Situated in New York State’s North Country, the Amish community in St. Lawrence County supplies a rare treat in an out of the way place. Our first stop for the night was near Canton, at the Ostrander’s Sheep Skin B&B. Be sure to make your own reservations if you plan to visit the area. The … Continue Reading
My favorite place to visit is a rural Amish community in Pennsylvania, outside of Shippensburg. I have close Amish friends there whom I stay with, and it’s a wonderful setting for novels. Not only is this a lovely way to verify specifics for my books concerning lingo, traditions, and challenges of … 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 Amish children learn to speak German? Is German spoken at home as the first language? ~Sharon Scott Amish children do not learn how to speak German. Pennsylvania Dutch is their first language, English their second, and beginning in second grade they are taught to read … Continue Reading
Q. I would like to know if Englishers can be involved in the "Circle Letters." I would love to join one! ~ Kim Savage Circle letters are written letters started within groups of people that have similar interests. The circle letters I am involved include: My parents and … 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.
When visiting Amish communities, I admire their bounteous gardens, usually situated near the home. Whatever the size of the household, the vegetable garden is essential; most of its harvest will be consumed fresh or canned for the upcoming winter. A flourish of colorful annuals may adorn … Continue Reading
Having written fictional series about Amish, Mennonites and Quakers I am sometimes asked about the differences between those who follow the lifestyle and faith of the Amish and those who are Quaker. Always wanting to consider the similarities in the diversity that makes up this world, let me start … Continue Reading