Interview with Kelly Irvin, author of Upon a Spring Breeze Before we get to your talent for writing, let's learn more about you as a person. What stage of life are you in? (Married? Single? Children? Grandchildren?) My husband and I are the proud grandparents of two toddlers, who are two and … [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.
Interview with Kelly Irvin, author of Upon a Spring Breeze Before we get to your talent for writing, let's learn more about you as a person. What stage of life are you in? (Married? Single? Children? Grandchildren?) My husband and I are the proud grandparents of two toddlers, who are two and … Continue Reading
I learned to cook from my mother at a young age. I liked to sit and watch her mix bread dough. She had a hand-cranked bread mixer, and we would turn it for her sometimes. If she made pie dough, she would give us a small piece to roll out. We would have lots of fun trying to roll out a crust. … 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.
Amish Magic Cobbler ½ cup butter ¾ cup milk 2 cups sugar, divided 1 cup flour 1 ½ t. baking powder 2 cups fresh fruit (peaches, apples, blueberries, blackberries, etc.) Preheat oven to 350. In 8x11 inch pan, melt butter. In mixing bowel, combine milk, 1 cup sugar, flour and baking powder. … Continue Reading
Back in the day (my sons love to use that phrase), newspapers used to run recipe columns in their feature section — usually on Wednesday. When we lived in northern Indiana, the Goshen News had "Aunt Emma". She would collect recipes, print a selection, and then ask for people to send in recipes for … 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 our highlights from 2016. Here’s another reader-favorite post! It’s strange how trips go. Sometimes every detail is planned out and other times, you have time to simply explore. My last trip to Pennsylvania fit firmly into … Continue Reading
During Thanksgiving week, my husband and I drove to Colorado to research the Amish communities there before I begin work on the eighth book in my Whinburg Township Amish series, The Highest Mountain. Let me tell you about the second part of our journey to learn about this wonderful community. … 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.
Long Hair Care With Amish women rarely ever cutting their hair, I was wondering (as I have long hair myself) what do the women and girls do, with their long hair in preparation for bedtime? How do they wear it? Do they wear nightcaps? —Beverly B Most leave them in the bun they had all day, and … Continue Reading
Beginning Friendship In general is it frowned upon for "Englischers" to strike up conversation or try to befriend an Amish person? This would not be in an Amish business setting for example. —Susan F Amish are people, just like anyone else. It’s fine to strike up a conversation with them just … 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.
A Gift From God It was still dark outside when Daddy came into our bedroom early one Saturday morning. He gently shook us to wake us up and helped us get dressed. Packed a few clothes in a small suitcase and then hurried us out through the chilly night air to where Jim was patiently … Continue Reading
Hard Work and Birthdays That first summer was very busy. After the old house was torn down and cleared away they moved our little trailer onto their property to live in until they got a house built. Daddy was always looking for work to add to their meager income, and since they had moved … Continue Reading