On reading and writing Amish fiction

I recently asked readers what they like most about reading Amish fiction. Here are a few of the answers: Amish fiction transports me to the simpler life that I wish I were living in with my family. The beautiful, rural settings always leave me with a sense of peace. I love their lifestyle, their faith, […]

Amish Roots, Part Two: Der Dutchman Heritage Festival at Plain City, Ohio

In last month’s post, I concentrated on the people at the Heritage Festival at Der Dutchman in Plain City, Ohio. For part two, I’ll highlight the crafts that were demonstrated on May 16. Pete Snellman patiently crafted brooms with this kicker-winder machine. His prowess at this dying art attracted quite a crowd. In my research […]

Skillet Strawberry Rhubarb Galette

A couple years ago, I received a cast-iron skillet as a gift. I had always wanted one but never went ahead and purchased one for myself. I should have done so sooner, because it has become one of my favorite pans in the kitchen. Here’s why: Non-stick surface Once a cast iron skillet is “seasoned” […]

State Fair Snacking: {Frozen} Chocolate Covered Banana Pretzel Bites

When I was a little girl growing up in Ohio, summertime always came with the promise of a trip to one of the state’s many country festivals and fairs. The crowning glory, of course, was The Ohio State Fair. The Ohio State Fair houses many memorable country traditions like the cake decorating contests, the Lumber […]

Hospitable Kitchen {Plus a Giveaway!}

Our kitchen remodel is finished! Back in April the demo began and in May I shared a little bit of how not having a kitchen impacted my world. (Here’s the link if you missed it!) Now that this project is over, it’s a little like childbirth, I’ve forgotten how hard it was. And also like […]

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