Single sons of farmers

Until I spent time interviewing and studying the lives of farmer, both Amish and English, it hadn’t occurred to me the responsibility of being the only son in the family. Most men who own family businesses hope their sons enjoy … Continue reading

Free Recipe Friday – Amish Bread

Amish White Bread Recipe Ingredients: 2 cups warm water (110 degrees) 2/3 cup white sugar 1 1/2 tablespoons active dry yeast 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 1/4 cup vegetable oil 6 cups bread flour Directions: 1 In a large bowl, dissolve … Continue reading

Did you know???

The first American Amish settlements were begun in Berks County, Pennsylvania, in the 1730’s.  In 1737, a ship called the Charming Nancy sailed to America with 21 Amish families on board.  More Amish followed in the years to come, and … Continue reading

Cinnamon Rolls…ohhhh yes!

Since “Free Recipe Friday” came and went so quickly for us here last week, we just realized we didn’t post our traditional Friday recipe!  So we are here this morning to redeem ourselves. Church Cinnamon Rolls (from The Homestyle Amish … Continue reading


  My brother-in-law was raised in an Amish home in Holmes County, Ohio. He and my sister-in-law spent most of their adult married lives in Florida, but a few years ago they moved back to that area. What a treat … Continue reading

what our Amish friends fear

In my research on another subject a writer called the Amish technophobes and I paused to consider this. The word was used derogatorily and, as a writer of Amish fiction, I felt a bit defensive. A technophobe is someone with … Continue reading

Where Amish women go to give birth

Misinformation abounds regarding where Old Order Amish women can give birth. In Holmes and Wayne Counties in Ohio, where most of my stories are set, Amish women decide for themselves where to deliver their babies. Some choose the local hospital … Continue reading

History versus Contemporary

It was an interesting project to tackle: how to portray Amish people in the late 1800’s. I mean, at that time nobody had cars or telephones or any of today’s technology that sets today’s Amish believers apart from the rest … Continue reading

Free Recipe Friday!

Amish Corn Pie 1 pastry for a double-crust pie 3 cups fresh corn 1 1/2 cup raw potatoes, diced 3 hard boiled eggs, diced salt and pepper to taste 2 tablespoons flour milk Line a casserole or deep pie pan … Continue reading

The “Ordnung”

Passed along through an oral tradition, the Ordnung by necessity changes and evolves with every new issue that arises and every new technology that presents itself for consideration.  When deciding whether something should be allowed, church leaders focus on key … Continue reading