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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.

Mail Some Love

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Yesterday was Valentine’s Day. Now it’s too late to send out your “I love yous.” That’s silly, of course not! Today—right now— is the perfect time to remember someone. Greeting cards of love can go out any and every day of the year. I enjoy surprising others with a note of snail mail. (I’ve written… Read More

The Amish and the Military | Sneak Peak at ‘Amish Promises’

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The Amish believe in non-resistance—not only do they believe in not participating in wars, but they also believe in turning the other cheek in day-to-day conflicts. Several years ago I came up with the idea of placing a modern American military family next door to an Amish family in Lancaster County. What would happen when… Read More

American Pie: Shoo Fly for Valentine’s Day

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“Can she bake a cherry pie, Billy Boy, Billy Boy? Can she bake a cherry pie, Charming Billy?” Traditional American Folk Song I do not have the Pie Gift, which is daunting since I married into a family with generations of excellent pie makers. The Pie Gift, as I see it, is having a knack… Read More

Amish Church Meal

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As an author of Amish romance, I talk often in my books about the meal after church. It’s well known that the Amish have a three-hour church service, then they have a meal that lasts well into the afternoon. But I never thought a great deal about what goes into one of these meals. Recently… Read More

Oats: What’s The Difference?

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If you have ever made hot cereal for breakfast, it’s likely you’ve made a bowl of oatmeal. Cooked oats are a filling, nutritious breakfast. But if you wander through the breakfast aisle in any grocery store, you’ll find numerous choices when it comes to oatmeal: steel-cut oats, Scottish oats, old-fashioned oats, quick oats, instant oatmeal,… Read More

Tea Time & Guilt-free Buttermints!

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My daughters and I have been having tea time every other Wednesday for several months. It’s the most lovely time where we study one or several things such as art study, music study, read aloud book (currently Nim’s Island!), discuss tea etiquette, or just chatting like ladies. There’s just something so special about this: and… Read More

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