Monday, March 30, 2015

Amish Easter-

Easter coming up so this seems fitting...

"In the community where I grew up the Easter holidays officially started on Thursday evening before Good Friday when we would have an extra big meal for supper and then a little snack yet before we went to bed. Extra care was given to make sure the house was in order.

On Friday morning we would get up, do what ever chores that needed to be done. Cows and other animals have this way of needing to be cared for no matter what else is going on. After chores were done we would wash up and then sit in the living room since Good Friday was a day of fasting it was more sober and solemn than a normal Sunday. We would read the Bible and the prayers in the little black prayer book and the German, Rules of a Godly Life book. There was no playing and any talking was done in hushed tones.

It was always a relief once the day was over. The next day always seemed to carry some of the previous days solemness with it as we hurried to do all the regular Saturday cleaning and preparing lots of food for the next two days so we wouldn't have to cook much.

Easter Sundays we would treat like any other Sunday except Mom would make soft boiled eggs for breakfast. Thankfully that was a once a year occurrence! If it was our church Sunday we would go to church. Otherwise we would stay at home and read, play games, write letters, and things along that line.

Easter Monday we again couldn't work it was a day treated much the same as any in-between Sunday and by now we were all tired of having to sit around doing nothing."

Friday, March 20, 2015

Amish Spring Recipes

Happy Spring!

Here are some wonderful spring recipes by Lovina Eicher on this first day of spring! Keep them on hand for when these fresh ingredients come into season.


2 egg whites
1 c. sugar
2 c. crushed fresh strawberries
1 c. whipping cream
Beat together egg whites, berries and sugar for 10 minutes in a large bowl. Make sure the bowl is very large because the mixture will triple in size. Whip cream and fold into mixture. Stir until well-blended. Pour into molds or pan and freeze and least 6 hours. Cut into squares and serve. Delicious!

3/4 pound fresh asparagus cut and trimmed into 1 1/2-inch pieces
3 plum-sized tomatoes, halved and sliced
3/4 cup chopped red onions
1/2 cup balsamic vinaigrette dressing
Place asparagus in a steamer basket. Place in a saucepan over 1 inch of water. Bring to a boil and then cover and steam for 5 to 7 minutes or until crisp tender. Drain and immediately place asparagus in ice water. Drain and pat dry. In a large bowl combine the asparagus, tomatoes and onions. Drizzle with vinaigrette and gently toss to coat. Serve using a slotted spoon.
1 1/2 cups rhubarb, fresh diced
2 tablespoons flour
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup cream
Preheat oven to 350. In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients except rhubarb. Put rhubarb in unbaked 9” pie shell and pour mixture over the rhubarb. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes to an hour or until set.

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

More Laughs-

                                                "Looks like the work of an Amish gang."

Monday, March 9, 2015

Same and Similar Amish Words-

Some Amish words are said the same way as Englisch words, and others sound very much the same. 
For instance: 'Fish' is said 'Fish.'
'Fall' is said as 'Faul.'  
'Cook' is said as 'Kokk.'
'Good' is said as 'Goot.'
'Pen' is said as 'Pen.'
'Pool' is said as 'Pool.'
'Shoe' is said as 'Shoe.'
'Toys' is said as 'Toys.'
'Dollar' is said as 'dolla.'

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Ho Ho Cake Recipe-

Recipe from LeeAnn Miller, owner of the Miller Haus Bed & Breakfast in Millersburg, and friend of Walnut Creek Cheese.
LeeAnn’s warning: “this is such a popular Amish Country recipe, you may find yourself buying a horse and buggy and turning off your electric!”
Ho-Ho Cake

  • 1/2 c. shortening
  • 1 c. white sugar
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 c. boiling water
  • 1/2 c. cocoa
  • 2 t. soda
  • 2 t. baking powder
  • 2 c. flour
Mix first 5 ingredients together until well combined. Add cocoa and soda to boiling water, stir together and set aside. Combine baking powder and flour and slowly add to creamed mixture. Stir in cocoa mixture to cake batter. Batter will be thin. Bake at 350 in greased half sheet for 22-24 minutes or in a greased 13×9 for 38-40 minutes.

Ho-Ho Filling
  • 1 1/4 c. milk
  • 6 T. all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 c. margarine
  • 1 c. shortening
  • 1 c. sugar
Over medium heat cook 1-1/4 c. milk with 6 T. all-purpose flour until really thick, stirring constantly. Be patient this takes a few minutes. Chill. Beat 1/2 c. margarine, 1 cup shortening and 1 c. sugar. Add to the chilled milk mixture and spread on cooled cake. Set aside.
Chocolate Frosting
  • 1/2 c. softened butter
  • 4 c. powdered sugar
  • 1/2 c. half & half
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2/3 c. cocoa (i like to use dark cocoa)
Beat together 1 c. powdered sugar, cocoa, butter, 2 Tablespoon half & half and vanilla until creamy. Gradually beat in remaining powdered sugar and half & half until smooth. Spread on top of cake and fluffy filling.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Amish NY in Winter-

Even though winter will soon fade into spring...upstate, NY has a later seasonal change.Might want to check out the snowy landscape before going to see the new growth of green.