Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Blue Doors-

We noticed many blue doors on homes (and the school house seen in the first photo) in the Palatine, NY area in Montgomery County. The reason given is 'tradition.'  Some say it is a POW WOW superstition passed down by the PA Dutch to ward off evil entering the house. Others say it is part of their particular rules.  Whatever the reason, I learned that the Byler Amish in Wilmington, PA, also adhere to the same practice. It seems these NY Amish are a sister group of the Wilmington sect.

Hard to see, but the frame of the screen door on the left is light blue on this home.                                         

 (Please note that the face of this little guy has been smudged to be respectful of the Amish rule of no pictures. Note the blue door.)

Photos by Sylvia Hasenkopf

Monday, September 29, 2014

Barefoot? Yep!

Photos by Sylvia Hasenkopf
Montgomery County, NY
In the Amish novels I've read, the children and women characters go barefoot during the warmer months. Well, as we drove by the one room school house, it was apparently lunch time or a recess, and all the children were indeed barefoot. Note that even the young teacher in the top pic is barefoot. (Her face has been smudged to respect their wishes of not appearing in photos.)

Sunday, September 28, 2014

A Church Wagon?

                                                   Photo by Sylvia Hasenkopf
   Another 'discovery' while driving around the Palatine area....I'm trying to figure out what this larger wagon (the white one) is used for. Probably to transport something.
Being Sunday today, I'm wondering...could it be a church wagon? It looks a bit small for that, unless the district has only a few families. And why would it have windows if just for transport of benches? Hmmmm.
   But since we're on this subject, here is a bit more discovered info...the Amish have 'church' in their homes. Every two weeks services are held in the house of a different family where all the church members of that district gather. Thus the reason for needing benches.
   Much preparation goes into cleaning the home or the barn (if large enough they hold church in the barn) and also in having simple foods ready to serve at the common meal that follows. Usually peanut butter spread, cheese, hearty bread, and pickled beets, or even a soup (in winter.) Foods that can be served quickly to a large group and also be economically practical.
   Church wagons are used to transport the backless benches used for sitting during the service, and also used as make-shift tables for the common meal.
                                                  Some benches fold, for easy transport.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Brown/Yellow Buggies-

                                                     (Photo taken by Sylvia Hasenkopf)  
In the Montgomery area of upstate New York, we saw many light brown colored buggies in the Palatine section, rather than the typical black buggies found in PA.  I am told that the color designates the particular sect of the Amish.
NOTE:  It seems that these brownish buggy tops are considered 'yellow' by the Byler Amish who are originally from Wilmington, PA.  An interesting Amish 'discovery' for certain!  More to come as the research unveils other tid-bits...

Friday, September 26, 2014

Visit to NY Amish Area-

My friend and I spent the whole day yesterday  in Amish country in the Palatine section.
Keep a look out for more photos of the various areas visited in the Montgomery Amish settlement.


                         My friend, Sylvia, making nice to a horse at a hitching post next to The Price Chopper supermarket, while taking a photo.

Got wonderful corn...12 ears for $3.00 which is 25 cents each. I told the Amish woman she needs to charge more for her corn. A couple there gave her an extra dollar.  The Amish woman called back to them saying that they overpaid.  The couple told her it was intentional. She just smiled.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Amish Necklaces

The pendants are a bit expensive, but so lovely.
This is my favorite...

There are lots more to choose from at::  http://www.zazzle.com/amish+necklaces

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Real Amish Made Soap-

If ever visiting Lancaster County, PA.  This is the place to go for some wonderful handmade soaps, made on an Amish farm by the Fisher family.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Amish Notecards-

These look great!

Go to: http://www.cafepress.com/+amish+note_cards

Lots more designs available.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Amish Reduced Novels-


The above site at: Christianbook.com has a selection of reduced Amish novels. Scroll down to the bottom of their page to view them. They range from $4.79 to .99 cents.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Amish Pie at Your Door-


  Too busy to bake an Amish pie recipe? Just go to: http://www.amishpie.com/catalog/pies-1-1.html
The Amish Pie Co. has lots of pies to choose from, a variety of Apple and even pumpkin, perfect as we enter into the autumn season. And they are made by an Amish baker.
  Another good Amish discovery for sure and for certain!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Apple Pandowdy

It's that time of year when apples are most popular at the farm stands and supermarkets. Here is a tasty PA Dutch apple recipe that's easy to make with ready-to-use biscuit dough.
No one know for certain the exact origin of Apple Pandowdy, but it appears to date as far back as Colonial times. Sometimes it was made in a pan on the stove top.
The following recipe is courtesy of, The Amish Homestead Cookbook.

Apple Pandowdy
4 tart apples
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 cup molasses
2 tablespoons butter
Biscuit dough as directed
Pare and slice apples and arrange on a well greased shallow baking dish. Sprinkle with the cinnamon, drizzle over molasses and dot with the butter. Cover with biscuit dough that has been rolled to about 1/2 inch thickness. Cut gashes in dough to allow steam to escape. Bake in moderate oven about 375 degrees for 30 minutes. Serve hot with cream flavored with nutmeg.

Check for other upcoming apple recipes.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

New Breaking Amish Show Tonight-

10:01 PM  on TLC
61 min.

Breaking Amish - Season Three in Brooklyn, NY

Road Not Taken

A group of five young Amish men and woman have decided to make a move that will change their lives forever, risking everything and everyone they've ever known, But the group finds out early, chasing their wildest dreams may be easier said, than done.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Quick & Easy Whoopies

                                                   (Photo by author)

The Amish might say: "tsk, tsk" to this version of Whoopie Pies, but they're quick and easy when in a hurry,  if unexpected visitors or little ones drop by, or you're just in the mood for a Whoopie Pie and are too tired to make them from scratch.
Keep some frosting on hand and have some mini muffins or plain mini cupcakes in the freezer and you can make these any time the urge strikes.

Recipe:  Take twelve mini muffins or cupcakes of choice (Choc, chip muffins were used in this recipe.) And one 14-ounce can of vanilla frosting.(You'll probably only use half the can. Save the rest in the fridge for next time.)
Slice the tops off of all the muffins/cupcakes and spread approximately 1 1/2 teaspoons of the frosting onto six of the flat side of the muffin tops. Then cover each one with the remaining tops.
Place a dollop of frosting on top of the remaining bottoms of each muffin or cupcake (Using a pastry tip makes it look nicer) and arrange them along with the mini Whoopies on a doily lined plate.  Makes a nice presentation. See above photo.
                                                   (Photo by author)

If you just want a nice big Whoopie Pie of your own, take two regular size muffins or plain cupcakes, slice off the tops, spread frosting on the inside of one top, cover with the other and take a big bite! Save the bottoms for dessert. Slice them and top with a dollop of leftover frosting, as shown in the following photo.
                                            Muffin/Cupcake Whoopie Possibilities (Photo by author)

Note:  Yesterday the recipe for Whoopie Cookies called for some marshmallow creme mixed with the frosting. It works well with soft flat cookies, but the consistency makes it difficult for the tops of  muffins/cupcakes to stay in place. They tend to slide off.  If you really prefer that combo, use a toothpick to keep the tops from slipping.
Also note that the large muffinWhoopie Pie is difficult to stand on its own, so simply slice off a bit of the roundness on the end that will sit on the plate.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Cookie Whoopies-

These are sooo easy and a nice alternative to baking the real thing when a quick urge for a whoopie pie strikes, or for an unplanned coffee and tea get-together.

Cookie Whoopies

Favorite soft cookies 
Favorite store-bought cake frosting
Marshmallow creme

For each Cookie Whoopie, mix equal parts of icing with marshmallow creme. (About a heaping tablespoon of each - depending on the size of the cookies.)
Spread on the flat side of one cookie. Top with another cookie, flat side facing filling.
You can make different color fillings depending on the frosting you use. the choices are endless with all the kinds of great cookies and frosting now available.
I'm thinking of some soft pumpkin cookies with vanilla filling for this time of year.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Bi-Weekly Amish Book Finds-

We have two Kindle freebies this week...
An Unforgivable Secret 
(Amish Secrets - Book 1)
 by J.E.B. Spredemann

The Choice
(Lancaster County Secrets Book 1)
 by Suzanne Woods

New Item-

Saw this on a shelf of our local drugstore chain...Walgreen's...nowhere near Amish country. So, there's a little bit of Amish everywhere it seems.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Bi-Weekly Amish Book Recommendation-

We'll be doing an Amish book recommendation about twice a week on the blog now. We will begin with the lowest priced e-books.

Today's book is: Amish Faith - Rebekah's Book (Amish College 1) by Kristina Ludwig
Available through Amazon.com for .99