Cheese Pies {for sharing!}

I’m privileged to live a short drive away from Holmes County, Ohio, where tourist flock to visit genuine Amish farms and businesses. There are also many Amish families living near my community in Lancaster, Ohio – not to be confused with Pennsylvania Dutch country in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Ohio’s Amish country includes the charming towns of […]

Tea Time & Guilt-free Buttermints!

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 […]

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

“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 […]

Gingerbread and Holiday Cheer

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 […]

Simple Baked Eggs

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 […]

Recipe Wrangling

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. […]

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