Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Another Amish NY Discovery-

  I recently came across what seems like a wonderful store in the Amish area of Palatine Bridge, NY - Montgomery County.
The Amish Country Commons located at: 6143 ST HWY 5, Palatine Bridge, New York 13428

Amish Country Commons is a must-see destination to any tourist - or resident - traveling the Mohawk Valley. Two miles off exit 29 (NYS Thruway), Amish Country Commons is home to an eclectic mix of crafts, delicacies, services and friendly conversation.
A well established, treasured relationship with the local Amish community enables the Commons to provide spectacular and unique insight into the traditions and creations of Amish culture.
Come discover the rich culture, spectacular views and fresh air at Amish Country Commons!

Facebook Page:

   I believe it closes after Christmas until April.  I plan to pay a visit there this spring. Can't wait!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Time for Some Amish Humor-

 Of course, no offense is meant by any of these photos or expressions. Just for
some smiles...

And now for a few humorous expressions. (See if you know what is being said.)

"The ginger-ale is all,  but the soda is yet." 

"You are all the time such a bodderation."

"Ma and Pa are on the table and Johnny has et himself already."

"I ain't got feet wet, I have on my gums."

"Jackey, you go now and throw the horse over the fence some hay."
"Perhaps we get a gust."
(Below is an adaptation of the original...)
On the phone, a local man understood that the sheriff wanted two thousand pigs for the county farm. 
Later, after going to many farms, he called the sheriff back. 
"I could only bargain for 120 pigs. Sorry, I couldn't get the two thousand pigs."
"Man," the sheriff shouted, "I wanted two sows and pigs."

Taken from: Quaint Idioms and Expressions of The Pa. Dutch. by A. Monroe Aurand, Jr.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Amish Novels Still Hot-

     I have a number of friends that enjoy reading Amish fiction.Why? They all have different reasons, but one common thread in all of them is that they like reading about the simplicity of the lifestyle; a lifestyle that is far removed from our technological hectic lives. Some also say they love reading about the delicious home cooked Amish food mentioned in those novels. A few of the authors include the tasty recipes of the foods featured in their stories.
    Following is an article I wrote a while back on the topic, which includes my reasons for enjoying Amish fiction too. I also write Amish novels and love the research involved, especially visiting an Amish area in upstate, NY. I've been to Lancaster County in Pa also. And never will I forget the meals. Here is the link to the article:
And if you love reading Amish novels and you might also enjoy visiting, The Whoopie Pie Book Club web site:  http://whoopiepieplace.com/2014tour/   Ironically, I've never had a whoopie pie, and although I do not normally eat sugar, I just have to try one soon.
They look yummy, don't they? 

   Currently, I am reading a story by Amish author, Sarah Price. Pastures of Faith.
If you are a fan of Amish fiction, what Amish novel are you reading?