Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Amish Humor of the Day

                                                     AN AMISH GUY GETS AN IDEA

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Amish Humor for the Day-

We'll be featuring some Amish humor for a couple weeks. Of course, no offense is intended toward the Amish. It's all in fun.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Link to Amish Christmas Traditions

Check out the post on Amish Country News about what the Amish do for Christmas.
We can incorporate some of these traditions with our own. :)

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Link to Authentic Amish Cookie Demo

You all remember, Lue Shelter, who shared an Amish Thanksgiving with us? Well, her Amish mom is baking up some delicious cream wafer cookies. See the recipe and how it's done. And check back on Lue's blog for more interesting Amish recipes to come.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Similar but Different Part 2

              (Crown Heights info: photographer Binyomin Lifshitz’s picture used for the NYposts article 2009)
The similarities in appearances among the men are striking with their wide rimmed hats and beards. The women of both cultures and religions wear head coverings, long sleeves and do not ever wear pants.  However, that is where the similarities end. 
The Amish men shave above the lips. Jewish bearded men do not.
The Amish women do not use buttons and zippers. The Jewish women do.
Amish women never cut their hair. Jewish women can, although their head is covered with a wig or other head covering.
The Amish do not use electricity.  The Jews do. 
While both Amish and Jews often do match making for marriages. Amish never divorce. Jews do, under certain circumstances.
The Amish do not have dietary restrictions. The Jews abide by Kosher dietary laws.
Most Amish live off the land as farmers. Jews do not.
The Amish believe in Jesus Christ as the main part of their belief system. The Jews do not.
There are many other differences, but these are the main ones. Similar or different...both follow a simple lifestyle, have long held traditions, and spend their lives trying to live a righteous good life.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Similar but Different

I live among the Orthodox Jewish people. I have spent time traveling among the Amish in upstate, NY. On the surface, there seem to be many similarities between the two.
In the above photo, one man is Amish. The other is Orthodox Jewish. Both lead simple lives that they interpret through the Bible. Both belong to communities where modesty in dress is prevalent. Both have large families. The men wear similar black felt hats (except in summer, the Amish wear straw ones.). 
Those are some of the similarities that come to my attention. What are the differences? Feel free to comment.  More tomorrow...

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Whoopie Pies in Brooklyn!

I was pleasantly surprised to see Whoopie Pies on the bakery table at Stop-N-Shop supermarket in Brooklyn, NY yesterday. $4.99 for four of them. 
If you want to make your own quick version, just use tops of regular and/or small muffins or cupcakes for the sandwich and use vanilla frosting for the cream. (Save the remaining muffins or cupcakes for snacks or top with some of the frosting as shown, and enjoy.)
Here is a pic of my quick version...
                                              (Photos by author)

Friday, December 5, 2014

Authentic Amish Coffee Soup with Bert Shelter

A couple weeks back, Lue Shelter was a guest on this blog  sharing what an Amish Thanksgiving is like.
Today, you can see her husband, Bert, who loves coffee soup, prepare the old time Amish favorite...step by step.

Here is the link:

(Just copy and paste the URL on the address bar of your web browser.)

Proverb for Friday