Thursday, October 30, 2014

Amish Church Butter

Amish often serve what they call 'church butter' at the common meal following house church. It's sweet and tasty on thick slices of bread.
You can get some online:
Or you can make your own.  Just take a jar or creamy peanut butter, one cup of marshmallow creme, 1/3 cup molasses and mix all together.  If you don't like molasses use light corn syrup instead.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Amish Coffee Soup

When my Italian relatives stayed over they poured a cup of coffee for breakfast, added milk and sugar and then added several tablespoons of raw oatmeal into it. I since tried it and it's not bad with the instant kind of oatmeal.
Instead of oatmeal, the Amish add pieces of bread or crackers and call it coffee soup!
Tradition tells us that such recipes originally derived during the Depression when eggs, meats and the like were scarce. The Amish made due with a minimal of ingredients. This is one such recipe. 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Amish Proverb-

The only time to look down on someone is when you're bending over to help
   -Amish Proverb-

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Little Dutch Boys-

The Pennsylvania Dutch maintained numerous religious affiliations, with the greatest number being Lutheran or Reformed, but many Anabaptists as well. The Anabaptist religions promoted a simple lifestyle and their adherents were known as Plain people or Plain Dutch, as opposed to the Fancy Dutch who tended to assimilate more easily into the American mainstream.(from: Wikipedia)
The Dutch influence can be seen in the haircut of these Amish boys we stopped to watch as they played in the school yard of a one room school house in the Palatine, NY. area.
                                                          (photo by Sylvia Hasenkopf)

Friday, October 24, 2014


"It's better to forgive and forget
than to resent and remember."
   -Amish Proverb 
( Taken from: Breaking Amish Oct. 23rd TLC)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Next Episode 10pm Tonight-

Breaking Amish Out With the Old TV-14, CC Miriam starts focusing on her dreams, Matt’s marriage takes a drastic turn, and Bates gets blind-sided by his girlfriend back home. Sick of not fitting in, the group decides to ditch their Amish clothes and go English...but one of them goes missing?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Vanilla Ice Goes Amish Interview-

Read interview at the following site:

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

What Do You See?

                                                   (photo by Sylvia Hasenkopf)
So glad my friend got this photo while we drove behind these folks. It shows us many things....
The colors worn by this Old Order sect of the Amish. Most likely, Byler Amish. (Note the woman is wearing a brown bonnet rather than the more common black color.)
Steel wheels, not wood, and no rubber.
A red plastic reflector on each side of the buggy.
A small storage area in back of this open buggy, often referred to as a cart.
And it appears that the young boy is standing in the cart with his mom's arm on his shoulders. 
Looks like these folks just got themselves some new crates and a small ladder to take home.
(Montgomery County, NY)

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Vanilla Ice Goes Amish-

Tonight on DYI...

Oct. 18th DYI  ·  October 18, 2014 -10:30 PM e/p  - 1:30 AM e/p  (Check you local listing.)
John sends Vanilla Ice and Albert to help out Mose, an Amish friend whose poor health keeps him from renovating the exterior of his hundred year old home. To thank Rob for the makeover, Mose invites him for breakfast and an Amish delicacy called coffee soup.

Vanilla Ice returns to Ohio to help his Amish ninjas design and build a year-round hunting cabin. Back at John's farm, Rob's chores include an early morning pig stall-cleaning and a showdown with a Billy goat. The episode ends when John challenges Rob to another shootout for a chance to win his buggy back.

Amish Products from Upstate NY - Online Shopping

Pickens Genreal Store is located in Heuvelton, NY in St. Lawrence County, 90 minutes from Canada. Truly in the north country. But no need to drive there if not nearby. Check out their wonderful products at the following site:
They sell food, crafts, Amish straw hats, toys, quilts, natural remedies and more. All items can be ordered online.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Two Different Worlds

                                           (photo by Sylvia Hasenkopf)
 These photos say much about the two different worlds of the Amish and the Englisch.
(photo by author)
                                          (photo by author)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

You Know You're in Old Order Amish Country When...

There are no wires going to the utility poles

(photo by author)

The properties have a buggy instead of a car or truck parked on the land...and lots of fire wood. 

(photo by Sylvia Hasenkopf)

There are only manual tools around.

                                                (photo by Sylvia Hasenkopf)

Your car seems to be the only car on the road.

                                                                   (photo by author)

There's lots of this kind of scenery while driving along...
                                         (photo by Peter Maran)

Red barns give way to unpainted ones.

(photo by author)

You see out houses, clothes drying on lines, and no colorful decor around. This photo says it all...

(Photo by author)
All photos taken in Montgomery County, NY

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Buggies Give Us the Right of Way-

                                         (Photo by Sylvia Hasenkopf)

                                          (Photo by author)
 In Montgomery County, NY, each buggy I found myself driving behind, would move over to the right to let us pass. The ironic part was that I wanted to stay behind them to observe more closely, not go by the buggy. So, my friend and I passed them, then turned around and followed from a further distance. Yes, we were gawking 'Englischers' taking these photos...and learning.

Monday, October 13, 2014

No Photos Please-

When we were in the Amish area of upstate, NY in Palatine, it was easy to zoom in with a cell phone camera and get shots that ordinarily would seem bold and brazen.
The children seemed curious and did not turn away when they saw us. Still, I smudge out their faces to adhere to their rule of not being in photos.                       

The Amish do not believe in posing for photos because it is considered a sign of vanity and pride.
Photo by Sylvia Hasenkopf                                                               Photo by author.

Go to the following site for an interesting article that provides much more info on this topic:

Sunday, October 12, 2014

How the Old Order Amish Sell-

In Montgomery County, NY there are no Amish shops and markets as there are in Lancaster County. This area in Palatine isn't a tourist mecca. One has to drive around the country roads looking for signs that point the way to where items can be purchased (usually on the seller's property.) Farm produce, jams, jellies, and baked goods are sold from covered stands. The Amish person selling isn't always at the stand, but they'll hear a car pull up and come on out to a potential customer.

(Photos by author)

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Curtains and Such-

While in the Palatine area of NY, we noticed that the Amish homes and the school house, had the same kind of curtains. White and draped over to one side.
Each sect of the Amish seem to have their own variations. Therefore, the Amish in Lancaster County might have green shades or green blinds rather than white plain curtains.
If there are Amish in your state, please feel free to share the kind of curtains or shades used in their community.

Thursday, October 9, 2014


Another episode of Breaking Amish tonight on TLC. 10p.m./9p.m.central

Something Wrong with This Pic-

It almost looks as if my image is a Photoshop implant onto this Montgomery County farm scene. Obviously, I am not a common part of the landscape in the Amish area of Palatine, NY. To any 'plain' person there I stick out like a sore thumb. Except for maybe the blue and grey of my clothing. The colors...yes. The jeans, sneakers, short uncovered hair...not so much!

 This choice of clothing is more fitting for the area. 
(Face smudged to respect the Amish rule of not being in photos.)
                                                        (Photos by Sylvia Hansenkopf)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Reading Another Good Amish Novel-

Can't put this one down. Very informative about Amish beginnings in our country too.
Accidentally Amish by Olivia Newport.

Available at

 Escape the helter-skelter of the modern culture and join software creator Annie Friesen, hiding at the home of an Amishman. With her high-tech career in jeopardy, Annie runs from fast-paced Colorado Springs—and straight into the hospitality of San Luis Valley’s Amish community. There she meets cabinetmaker Rufus Beiler, and the more time she spends with him, the more attracted she becomes. When Annie finds she shares a common ancestor with Rufus, she feels both cultures colliding within her. But is her love for Rufus strong enough for her to give up the only life she’s ever known?

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Casino Protest in Western NY

                                                (Non-Amish as well as Amish opposition.)

To read the latest issue regarding a proposed casino in Tyre, NY among the Amish, go to the following article that was printed in the NY Times...

(Proposed spot of Casino)

Monday, October 6, 2014

Amish Wash Day-

I remember back-in-the day when everyone hung their clothes out on the clothesline that was in the backyards. Our family included. In winter, we hung the clothes on a line stretched across the warm basement. No one I knew had a clothes dryer...yet.
We were in no hurry for the clothes to dry, and ironing a few wrinkles out of air-dried shirts and slacks, etc. was just part of life. Still is with the Amish.

Seeing the laundry of the Amish in the Palatine area of NY, hanging in the breeze to dry, brought back fond memories.
 (Photo by author)
                                           (Photo by Sylvia Hasenkopf)

Sunday, October 5, 2014

NY Amish Landscape

Photos by Sylvia Hasenkopf-

 When we got onto this road in the Palatine area of Montgomery County, we knew we were in Amish country. Very few homes have wires going from their property to the poles on the road (no electric) and it is quiet...sooo quiet, except for the occasional clip-clop of a buggy passing by. We saw horse droppings along the roads (as in 2nd pic)...and silly as it sounds, that became a good indicator for us as to which roads the Amish traverse. Just follow the horse droppings!
  Have a peaceful Sunday.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Hat Stays Put...

We came upon an Amish young man helping a woman load hay that she'd purchased from his farm, into her car.
Look Closely - do you see the black under the hat by his ear? Looks like a band or gripping holder sewn in to keep his hat firmly in place. Hmm...
(Face smudged out to respect Amish not wanting to appear in photos.) Taken by Sylvia Hasenkopf
Montgomery County, NY

Friday, October 3, 2014

Pumpkins in NY Amish Area-

                                         Taken in Palatine, NY by Sylvia Hasenkopf

This was the backdrop at the farm stand we visited. Now, that's a lot of pumpkins! This Amish farm family must make plenty of great pies and pumpkin goodies with those. 
Following is a good Amish pumpkin bar recipe found on the Amish Workshop web site.  For more of their great Amish recipes and to order products, visit:

Amish Pumpkin Bars

So very moist with a frosting that is wonderfully delicious and creamy but not too sweet. Easy to make and enough for a large group.

  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 c. sugar
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 c. oil
  • 2 c. pumpkin
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 c. flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder

Beat eggs in large bowl, then stir in sugar and oil. Add baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and mix well. Mix in pumpkin. Add flour and stir until well mixed. Pour into a greased and floured 11x15 jelly roll pan (cookie sheet with sides). Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes. (Middle is slow to finish baking so use toothpick to test doneness.) Let cool, then cover top with frosting and cut into bars.
  • 3 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 tbsp. milk
  • 1/3 c. butter, softened
  • 2 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
Cream butter and cream cheese until smooth. Add powdered sugar, milk and vanilla. Stir together well.

Thursday, October 2, 2014