I am excited to roll-out The Williams Guide to Amish Country! You can buy the guide directly from Amazon.com and you’ll start to see it appear in stores too. I have spent the past 20 years exploring Amish, Mennonite, and Brethren communities almost from coast to coast. So why not put all that travel info into one handy guide? If I am in Yoder, Kansas, for instance, I know where I would go for the best lodging. If I am in northern Indiana I know where I would go for the most decadent Amish-made ooey, gooey cinnamon rolls. If I am in Rexford, Montana I know where to go to score a sumptuous Amish-made meal. If I am visiting the Amish communities in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania I know what little roadside stand I’d visit for the best produce. This is The Williams Guide for a reason, it is a reflection of MY research and experiences over the years. The book doesn’t claim to be a guide covering every single Amish settlement in the USA, but it is a guide of some of my favorite places, people, and activities in Amish country so you can experience them too. The book is heavily weighted towards authentic Amish experiences, generally not covering the mega-restaurants and heavily-touristed shops. What you WILL find in the book are chronicles of my favorite Amish settlements, listings of road-side stands, Amish suppers, Amish auctions, bake sales and activities. Also some Mennonite and Brethren communities are chronicled. The book is organized by state so you can easily find the community you are interested in reading about. Click here to buy the guide directly from Amazon. Enjoy!
ETHRIDGE, TENNESSEEE: I have been to this Amish settlement, but it’s a very difficult one to “get to know”. This is an ultra-conservative Swartzentruber Amish community, so they are a bit more insular and reticent around outsiders. I do have an Ethridge entry in The Williams Guide to Amish Country. Anyway, a blogger this week gives more insight into Ethridge with some nice photos and information. Click here to read.
CAPTION: Mahlon is one of two teachers that teach in his school. This is a photo of Mahlon’s co-teacher’s buggy parked outside the school.
By Mahlon Miller
As a writer myself, grading essays and English lessons are among my favorite parts of teaching. This week I thought I’d share some essays from my fourth and fifth graders. Continue reading
It’s Friday which means time to explore YouTube and some of the fun video clips that people have posted pertaining to Amish and Mennonite life. There are some neat items this week. Continue reading
This is a quintessentially Canadian creation that the Amish in Ontario have adopted as their own. Doesn’t this look tasty? This is a recipe from an Amish woman in the town of Aylmer.
HOMEMADE BUTTER TARTS
4 large eggs
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 cups dark corn syrup
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon white vinegar
10 tablespoons butter, softened
2 cups raisins, walnuts, or coconut
Preheat the oven to 350°F.Roll out the pastry dough on a lightly floured surface to form a 12-inch diameter circle about 1 /8 inch thick. Use glass to cut out rounds and put into muffin tins. Cut off an excess overhang.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the brown sugar, eggs, corn syrup, vanilla, vinegar, and butter until the mixture is creamy and thoroughly mixed.
Spoon the optional ingredients into the bottom of the unfilled crusts. Pour the combined mixture into the pastry crusts until three-quarters full. Bake until the crusts are golden and the filling is firm