Archive for March, 2011

Watched a preview of this BBC produced series “Amish leaving paradise”, and i thought that it would be of interest to some of the readers on Amish stories. To be honest I’ve never been a very big fan of these Amish reality shows because most have tended to exploit those who were on them. This one looks to be better made, and made to a higher level than most. So I’m not endorsing or necessary agreeing with the film makers on ” leaving Amish paradise”, i will let the readers draw their own conclusions.Please let me know what your thoughts are after watching these 4, was it well done, or have you had enough of these. Richard from Amish stories.

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With the news of Pennsylvania’s proposed budget cuts in tourism by governor Tom Corbett, i found myself thinking about the time i started going to Lancaster in the late 1960s as a small child. And like most states Pennsylvania is not unique in having revenue issues, so tough choices will be made with most not being particularly popular with state residents. This promotion video was made in the 1960s, and brings back some memories for me, for what i remember anyway since i was so young. The motel with the red trim and small hex signs is the best western of intercourse,pa.That motel (clip 15:10 in the video), is the first place that my family stayed on our very first trip to Lancaster in 1967. Its also on the same street that the movie “Witness” was filmed, the part of the movie where Harrison ford gets a little ice cream on his nose by those trouble makers. And for me, i got a kick from seeing a few places on this video because I’ve posted a few pictures of them in the present time. I’ve seen very early advertisements of Lancaster from as early as the 1940s , so tourism was emerging way before the movie “Witness”. So enjoy the trip back to the 1960s, and share your memories of your early trips to Lancaster,Pa. Richard from Amish stories.(image credits Fixed gear ,Donald Harris, Kintair all from flickrs))

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( Pennsifaanisch Deitschn means “Pennsylvania Dutch” in Penn dutch speak)……….. Im seeing more and more Amish who tow things behind their buggies like the first picture. This buggy was in Lancaster and moving pretty fast , and I barely had any time pulling my camera out to snap away at it. The last two pictures were taken in a popular farmers market that’s a favorite with tourists in the Bird-in-hand area, can you guess where it is?. Traffic was not too bad, but there are signs that the tourist season is about to begin as local motels and some restaurants start opening-up again for the season. I’ve received a few e-mails asking me about a particular motel where the folks couldn’t get a hold of anyone, so please keep in mind that some of your favorite places to stay do close for the winter. Id say Lancaster and most likely other Amish settlements who cater to tourist really have two sides to them, with the dead of winter for the locals, and the spring and summer months geared towards the tourist trade. So while us locals might shake our heads as we try to get home from work, only to be slowed down by tourist buses, local businesses welcome them with warm smiles and open arms. And in the end these lets say minor distractions help our local economy thrive and help keep all of our taxes in check. So that’s what I try to think about when I drive these roads during tourist season, it may not help get me home faster, but it sure beats paying higher taxes. Ill try to remember that thought the next time I’m behind a bus from New York city. Richard from Amish stories.

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Farmer’s Delight

Press mixed ground beef in casserole dish and bake 1 hour. Put mashed potatoes on top of meat loaf. Add any gravy and top with Velveeta cheese. Put back in oven to melt cheese.

From mouth-watering Amish-style main dishes to kitchen dream desserts, this on has it all. Over 600 from-scratch recipes that please the appetite and are easy on the food budget. You’ll get a whole section on canning and food preparation. The Amish, long known for their originality in the kitchen, share their favorites with you. This 275 page spiral bound cookbook has over 600 recipes .
Cooking with the Horse & Buggy People.To order this book please visit our freinds at http://www.Amishshop.com. Richard from Amish stories.

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