So to Honor Him … Bake an Amish Gift: Banana Bread

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“Our finest gifts we bring/Pa-rum-pa-pum-pum/To lay before the King…” The Little Drummer Boy When I was growing up, I stood in my church’s Living Nativity scene. Every year, for four nights up to and including Christmas Eve, I dressed up as any character needed. Since we stood in half-hour shifts, we needed two Josephs, two… Read More

Gingerbread and Holiday Cheer

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I can’t believe it’s almost Christmas! I know, I know, I say that every year. I think most of us do.  But this Christmas has a special event for me. Not a trip to see the Nutcracker, or Trans-Siberian Orchestra, it’s the release of my very first novella. And it’s a Christmas novella. Now, I… Read More

Eight Simple Strategies for a Healthier Holiday Season

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Eight Simple Strategies for a Healthier Holiday Season The Holiday season is here, and with it an avalanche of calories, fat, and sugar finds its way into the typical American diet. Amish or not we find ourselves tempted at every corner with holiday offerings of pies, cookies, candy, snack mixes, and other not-so-healthy foods that… Read More

Simple Baked Eggs

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I’ve noticed a new trend among some of my city-dwelling friends and acquaintances lately – they want to raise chickens in their back yard. I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s with the idea that the eggs and meat from these chickens are healthier. Or perhaps it’s a longing for a simpler way of life or… Read More

Freezer Tips: 7 Things You Never Thought About Freezing

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Freezer Tips I have this thing about waste. Definitely something I share with the Amish. These frugal people will save four green beans left over from one meal, stuff that most people would throw away. Though my parents never gave me the “starving people all over the world” speech, I still hate to throw food… Read More

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

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