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Maybe you'd like to be Amish...but not quite. You want more peace in your life, in your home, in your family, and in your heart. You want to try a new recipe and pick up a needle and thread. You want to learn to simplify and care for God's green earth (and teach your children to do the same).
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We're on that same journey. You're not alone in your quest. We'll be opening our hearts and homes, too. I believe that together we can find inspiration in all things Amish (and a few that are "not quite Amish") and enjoy their simple lifestyle in ways that are quite unique to our own lives.

Recipe Wrangling

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It used to be that we cooks would keep recipes together in a neat little box, plastic or wood, and have our favorites ready to go at a moment’s notice. I remember the box my mother kept handy—that, and a copy of her red-and-white checkered, spiral-bound copy of the Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook…. Read More

Ways I Fuel My Creativity

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Ways I Fuel My Creativity I’m an author of a lot of books and a lot of blogs— 40+ and 3,000+ respectfully! I write a lot. I plot a lot, but one of my biggest weaknesses is in taking time to consider how to fuel my soul. There’s a lot outbound and if I’m not careful I get… Read More

Chasing the Blues

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Autumn is my favorite season. I love cuddling up in warm clothes. I like the heavy stew of flavors that the harvest brings. But I also know there are times when this season can be depressing. Do the Amish get depressed? Of course they do! We are all prone to the blues sometimes. I am… Read More

Thrift Store Bargains

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I love to recycle. In fact, I recycle everything I can—cardboard boxes, newspapers, bottles, plastics, and cans. I guess it’s a good thing that the recycle container from my city holds sixty-five gallons of my empties. But I want to talk about a different kind of recycling—thrift store shopping. To me this is the ultimate… Read More

God’s Love & Faithfulness in the Courtships of Lancaster County

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As I’m preparing for the release (October 21) of Becoming Bea, my fourth book in the Courtships of Lancaster County, I’ve been looking back at responses to the other books in the series. This is what one reader had to say about Courting Cate, the first in the series: Hi Leslie, Just wanted to commend… Read More

Distracted by the Details | Hospitality vs Entertaining

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The scripture about Mary and Martha in Luke 10:38-42 has always troubled me. It goes like this: “Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his… Read More

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