Just over ten years ago, a disturbed man entered a one-room Amish schoolhouse in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania and held ten young girls hostage for more than an hour. The stand-off ended in tragedy when he killed five of the girls before taking his own life. The eyes of the nation were fixed on 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.
The story behind Her Secret One of my favorite things to do is develop a new series. I love collaborating with my editor, spending time on research, and doing a lot of dreaming about plots, themes, and characters. Since I’m often asked how a series gets developed, I thought I’d share a little bit … Continue Reading
Exodus 16:11-18, 31 I grew up having bean soup on winter evenings. I had difficulty swallowing it, but had little choice, as it was the main dish. Mom cooked navy beans, added milk, and when it was hot she crumbled bread into the soup. The result? Soggy bread. Even the browned butter she drizzled … 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.
This is a new recipe we discovered. If you like York Peppermint Patties, you’ll love these. While not featured in my book, The Amish Wanderer, this is a recipe Bethany would’ve made. Peppermint Patties 3 ¾ cups powdered sugar 3 T butter (not oleo) softened 2 or 3 t. peppermint … Continue Reading
Read about Melodie's recipe-testing experience in Part 1, Deciphering Amish Recipes! Ruth’s Chocolate No-Egg Cake (in Gather Round the Amish Table Treasured Recipes and Stories from Plain Communities, Herald Press, 2015) Makes 2 – 9 x13 cakes or 1 – 11 x 15 cake In a big bowl, mix: 4 … 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.
What are some gifts that the Amish give to each other? —Sara C There are no guidelines to the gifts the Amish give each other. Wedding gifts include anything that would be useful to start up a home. Gifts courting couples give each other spans a wide variety of things. Common choices the … Continue Reading
Do the Old Order Amish accept insurance money after an accident involving one of their buggies and a truck or car? If so, how would they go about it? Would they file a claim? Also, do they file income taxes? —Helen C Amish people do not carry insurance. If there is a need that they can’t cover on … 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.
Just over ten years ago, a disturbed man entered a one-room Amish schoolhouse in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania and held ten young girls hostage for more than an hour. The stand-off ended in tragedy when he killed five of the girls before taking his own life. The eyes of the nation were fixed on that … Continue Reading
History Fact #20 One Amish boy came to America in an unusual way. When Lewis Riehl was eight years old, he was sent down to the Rotterdam wharf by his mother with a basket of cookies to sell, as they were poor people. A man by the name of Kurtz persuaded him to get on board a vessel ready … Continue Reading