Archive for February, 2012


Mix all ingredients together. Add enough sour milk to make batter as thin as you wish. Fry in hot, oiled skillet. 1 egg

1 c. flour

2 tbsp. sugar

1 tsp. soda

1 tbsp. lard (or shortening)

1/4 tsp. baking powder

sour milk, as needed

This excellent collection of authentic Amish recipes will be a treasured addition to any cookbook collection. Includes Amish home remedies. 217 pages, 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, comb bound, illustrated.

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Pancake Syrup

Heat first 4 ingredients until sugar is dissolved, then add maple flavoring. Tastes like store-bought syrup. 3 c. brown sugar

1 c. white sugar

3 c. corn syrup

1½ c. water

1 T. maple flavoring

Here’s a chance to experience the wedding of Amish bride Miriam Miller. Relax and sip the drink served at her bridal table. Enjoy the hearty main dishes and mouthwatering desserts served to her 500 guests. Miriam shares glimpses into the wedding as she talks about the preparation and serving of food on her special day. The icing on the cake with Wooden Spoon Wedding Sampler cookbook is that Aden’s (Miriam’s husband) family members have opened their recipe boxes and shared over 350 of their family favorites! Laminated cover – Spiral bound – 240 pages. Again to order the book The wedding Sampler just go to

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Jean is old order Mennonite from New York State.Jean and her husband David and family live on a dairy farm, and travel their community using horse and buggy. She tells her story exclusively on Amish Stories.

Marilyn has asked me to include on this post a thank you to Jean and David and everyone else who had helped her during this stressful time of moving, and the real meaning of true friendship was realized during this time. So i write this for Marilyn with many thanks, and for myself its so nice to see people helping people and the old order Mennonites and the Amish all working together to help someone regardless if they are plain or not. Well done everyone and i think some of us could learn a thing or two about helping one another again, like we used to do. Richard 

Marilyn and I are both sorry about the delay in getting post’s to you. Marilyn was having trouble in her computer service plus she moved to another apartment. I kiddingly told here that she would never make as an old order Mennonite. She can’t give up her car or computer. She said I could put that in here. At our house we have what Michael says is Wi -Fi which means if we had a computer, which we don’t, we could get service without having to pay for it. Where Marilyn lives she must pay for it. Her computer works at our house. I don’t understand this, but Michael and Marilyn do.

We went to Marilyn’s apartment to help her pack and move to her new apartment. She hurt her back lifting a box so Martha’s parents drove us to her house. I had called our Amish/Mennonite Chiropractor and talked him into taking Marilyn as a patient. Martha’s parents drove us to the doctor who worked on her back. She and her dog spent the night at our house. The doctor did adjustments and advised hot compresses on her back which I put on.
The next day we went to the chiropractor and back to her apartment. We packed more. The night before she moved into her apartment and then  she stayed at our house over -night again. The day she moved David, my Mom, David’s Mom, myself and a other ladies I knew came over to help set up her kitchen and bedroom. We unpacked many of her boxe’s. She still has some boxe’s to unpack and the living room has to be set- up so we may be going there again. She spent two weeks unpacking boxes and has some more to do. We plan on going this coming Saturday when Michael, David and I can go. The men can move the furniture and us ladies can finish up the boxes. We must thank Martha for taking care of Susan and Baby David for us while all of this was going on.

Marilyn has tried to pay us, our driver, and more, but we do not accept money. I told her that she has repaid us in the many times when  she had driven us some place’s. She would do it again if we needed her. When the time comes that we need help she is here so when she needs help we are there. We don’t charge – she doesn’t charge.

I know some of you want some recipes. I will get them to Richard. The ones I have are Amish Friendship Bread, Rye Bread and there was another one-I don’t remember. It might have been a stew. If you will let me know in comments I will look it up.

Be With God,


Lazy Monday Cake: 1 cup dates- 1 tsp baking soda -1 1/4 cups water -1 cup sugar -3/4 cup shortening or butter -2 eggs- 1 1/2 cups flour -2 tsp cocoa -1/2 tsp salt- 1 cup chocolate chips- 1/2 cup sugar -1/2 cups nuts- Bring the dates, baking soda and water to boil. Remove from stove and cool. Mix sugar, shortening, eggs, flour, cocoa and salt. Combine with cooled date mixture. Top with chocolate chips, sugar and nuts. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes. Enjoy. Jean

 Sunset images from leekelleher-markmemories-Eriknielsen-glo k2006 from Flickr

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Lebanon county farm
I really love a stone farm house
Summer corn crop

Before the Bonnet: Amish Women’s Hats

Story re-published with permission from the Amish country News. Brad Igou writer.

Most people probably assume that Amish women have “always” worn bonnets. In fact, the bonnet is relatively new in terms of over 300 years of Amish history. In Europe there was much work for the women in the fields, and women wore flat straw hats in the German Palatinate.

Dr. Alfred L. Shoemaker claims that the Amish bonnet of today is really “an adaptation of the Quaker bonnet, which was introduced into Pennsylvania from England around 1800. Before then the flat hat was worn—straw in summer and felt in winter.”

The first “Amish information” on bonnets we could find was in 1847, when an Amish girl had to make a confession in church for wearing a bonnet, after which she had to “put it away.” So what did Amish women wear before the bonnet?

A Lancaster County Amishman known as “Mechanicsburg Johnnie” left us some interesting history in his many writings. He states that “when my mother was young, she wore a beaver hat. They were woolen, they had wide brims, and just a small head. They also wore straw hats the same size. They tied the brim down on the side with strings.”

A 59-year old woman from Ohio wrote about her visit with an Old Order Amish woman. The older woman told her of these hats being worn to church, and that the women used to make their hair up in a bun on the top of their head. The bun fit into the small part of the hat.

There is still one group of Old Order Amish who do not allow women to wear bonnets. These Amish are known as “Nebraska Amish” or “White Topper Amish,” due to the color of their buggies. They live in the Big Valley of Mifflin County, Pennsylvania.

The fact that Amish women wore hats to about the middle 1800’s, and that bonnets were forbidden in the Amish church, is so unknown by most Amish that it is rather hard to get much information.

The following words come from Amish in Ohio…

“My grandmother was born in 1858. At that time all women wore hats, Amish and non-Amish. But styles changed and non-Amish started to wear bonnets. These were made more like the sunbonnets.”

An Amish woman in Ohio wrote the following…

“Mother used to tell me that she and her sisters used to wear straw hats to go to church and so on. Mother said that their hats were rather tattered and torn. It was the time when some were beginning to wear bonnets. So her mother decided that since their hats were so worn looking, she would make the three little girls bonnets. It was on a Saturday. She was putting the finishing touches to them when their dad came in and she had them all three lying on the sewing machine. He asked her, ‘What are you doing, Mom?’ She said, ‘Well, the little girls’ hats are not very good anymore. I thought I would make them bonnets since we are going to a district that is new to us.’ He just up and said, ‘If you just want to dreib hochmut (promote pride) going to another church district, I can take care of that.’ He disposed of all three of them. He looked at bonnets as being worldly. Mother was born in 1883, and I was eleven when her mother died. So this would have been between 1883 and 1894.”

Also from Amish in Ohio…

“My mother was born in 1896. My grandmother was born about 1850. She told my mother that Amish women wore wide brimmed hats with a scarf or length of cloth tied over top of the head and under the chin, bringing the sides down over the ears. Women’s bonnets were so colorful and elaborate and fancy that it was easy to understand why they were banned among the Amish women. Simple hats were more appropriate for Plain women. I understand my mother to say that women wore these hats to church. On dusty roads they could draw the cloth down over the face.”

The following was obtained from Holmes County, Ohio Amish…

“My grandmother was born in 1858. Her mother died when grandmother was a baby. Then her grandparents raised her. In 1869, when grandmother was eleven years old, her grandparents planned to go away on a Saturday evening, and grandmother was also going along. Her grandfather hitched up the horse. When she and her grandmother went out to go, he looked up at his wife and said, ‘Where did you get that bonnet?’ She said, ‘Her hat is not fit anymore to go away.’ He said, ‘We are not going away with that bonnet.’ They did not go. She told me she cried all evening. The bonnet was forbidden. They were stylish and were just starting to be used by the Amish women in that area.”

Perhaps in time, the fact that Amish women have not always worn bonnets will be something lost to history. Today we have only these few memories to tell us about what Amish women wore “before the bonnet.”

Re-published with permission from the Amish Country news. www.Amishcountrynews.comRichard from Amish Stories. Bonnet images from goldberg-shes not there-cindy47452-calc-tufa-eric parker all from flickr.
Amish Meatloaf recipe

1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef

1 beaten egg

1/2 teaspoon sage

1/2 cup Pet milk

About 2 cups Ritz crackers, crushed

1/4 cup onion

1/2 cup Swiss cheese, shredded (plus some extra)

Salt and pepper

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

Mix all ingredients well; pat into an oval loaf in a baking dish. Put the extra shredded Swiss cheese over top of loaf. Bake for 1 hour. This meatloaf freezes well.
Amish Noodles recipe

3 eggs

About 2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

Beat 3 eggs until frothy. Add flour and stir until of dough texture. Knead until smooth. Turn into floured cutting board. Roll dough, turning often until thin. Let noodle dough dry for 45 minutes. Turn dough and dry 1/2 hour.

Cut into noodles size. Drop into boiling beef or chicken stock, reduce heat and cook at rolling boil about 20 minutes. Season to taste.
Cinnamon Bread recipe

1 cup sourdough starter

1 cup vegetable oil

1 cup granulated sugar

4 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 (3 ounce) box instant vanilla pudding mix

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 cup chopped pecans

1 cup peeled, cored and chopped apple

1 cup raisins

Heat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease three 9 x 5-inch loaf pans.

Place the starter in a bowl. Stir in oil, sugar, eggs and vanilla extract and mix well.

Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, instant pudding and cinnamon. Add the flour mixture to the starter mixture and beat by hand. Add the pecans, raisins and apples and mix well. Pour batter into the prepared pans. Yields 3 loaves. All recipes from

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Hamburger-Corn -Noodle Casserole

Mix all ingredients and put in casserole. Bake at 350° F until noodles are done. Very tasty!

Serves 8

1½ lb. ground beef

1 medium onion

1½ teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1½ cups corn
1 can cream of mushroom soup

1 can cream of chicken soup

1 cup sour cream

2 cups dry noodles

All the favorites of the Belle Center Amish Community. Over 600 of today’s family favorites, and even some from Grandma’s kitchen. All the usual sections are here. But what makes Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread special is the appetizers, large quantity recipes (for weddings, reunions, and other special occasions) and the children’s recipe section. The tips, hints, and quotes section is filled with everyday kitchen secrets. Laminated cover – Spiral bound – 263 pages. To order this book please go to Top image from Ilamont of flickr.

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A neat as a pin Amish home in Lebanon county that sells baked goods
Corn field with one of the many hills that we have in Lebanon county
Lancaster County Corn Pudding

1 15 oz can Cope’s Heat and Serve Corn

3 eggs, separated

¾ cup milk

1 Tbsp flour

¼ cup sugar

2 Tbsp butter

Salt & Pepper to taste
<Mix flour, sugar, corn and egg yolks. Add salt and pepper to taste. Melt butter and add to mixture along with milk. Beat egg whites and fold into mixture. Place baking dish in pan of water. Bake in buttered oven dish for one hour in moderate oven.

Corn Chowder

1 cup diced potatoes

1 cup water

1 cup milk

1 ½ cups cooked dried corn

3 strips of bacon

1 medium sized onion, chopped

1 Tbsp flour

2 Tbsp parsley, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
Cut 3 strips of bacon into 1/8” pieces. Fry bacon and remove from pan. Saute one medium sized chopped onion in the remaining fat. Add flour. Mix flour, onions, and fat until thoroughly combined. Add remaining ingredients except parsley. Salt and pepper to taste. Simmer all. Recipes from www.farmstandfoods.comRichard from Amish Stories

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The Amish in Florida 
  From the Amish country news.
While you may know that the Amish are found in about 20 states, it may surprise you to learn that there are Amish in Florida. However, the existence of the Amish community there is unlike any other. As with many other Americans, some of the Amish have made Florida their temporary home during the winter months.

 On Florida’s west coast is the city of Sarasota. Every year it hosts several million visitors from all over the United States and beyond. They come to enjoy “the whitest beaches on earth.” But the city is also known for its cultural activities, and the Ringling Museums with their collections of art and circus memorabilia. In fact, a large number of circus people make Sarasota their winter home, too.

Within the city limits of Sarasota is a neighborhood known as Pinecraft. Narrow streets and small houses in a grid layout mark this as the area’s “Amish community.” In truth, the area is made up of Amish, Mennonites, and others, but it is those members of the Plain Sects, in their traditional clothing, that catch the eye.
The Amish and Mennonites here come from many different states, so you see a great deal of variety in the styles of Plain clothing and prayer coverings. Even an expert might have difficulty in distinguishing the people from various Amish and Mennonite communities.
Yoders is located right in the heart of Pinecraft, and my favorite place to eat
You will see familiar Amish names on many of the mailboxes. One house had a wooden sign over its door indicating the occupants were from Ronks, Pennsylvania, right here in Lancaster County. And it is not just the older people who may be seen in Florida, but some families and groups of teenagers as well.
Many people gather at the park or local post office, the entire exterior wall of which consists of post office boxes for the many residents. Sundays, since the houses are much too small for church services, you’ll see people attending the “Mennonite Tourist Church.”

Most people stay pretty close to home. They do, of course, use public transportation, but within their neighborhood they often get around on large-wheel “tricycles.” These have a box on the back to transport items. I saw one lady pedaling down the street with a card table behind her.
In the Pinecraft neighborhood, there is a Farmers Market on Saturdays. During the week you’ll also see some “roadside stands,” similar to what you see here in Lancaster, except that oranges and grapefruits are common items for sale.

If you visit Sarasota’s Visitor Information Center, you will surely notice brochures for the five “Amish restaurants.” They are Der Dutchman, Dutch Haus, Dutch Oven, Sugar & Spice, and Yoder’s. A sixth restaurant, Miller’s Dutch Kitchen, in nearby Bradenton, also advertises “Amish cooking.” While these restaurants may not be owned by the Amish, you will see Amish and Mennonites working and sometimes eating there.

Several of the restaurants offer special menu items on certain days of the week, such as chicken and dumplings, or liver and onions. Some have received awards from various local reader polls, such as “best meal under $10.”

The proprietors of Yoder’s Restaurant even have a newsletter. A story told of a misprint in one of their advertisements, promoting a special Wednesday “bib meatloaf” dinner. Obviously, the employee had mis-typed “bib” for “big.” When asked about her mistake, she replied, “We serve bibs with that meal. That’s our sloppy meatloaf.”
Many Sarasota residents order pies from these restaurants for Thanksgiving and Christmas. In addition to Florida’s popular key lime pie, they also make a variety of fruit and crème pies, such as apple, strawberry, rhubarb, and even shoofly. So, on your next trip to Florida, if you get a craving for some good old shoofly pie, you can always head for Sarasota. But don’t expect to see any horse-and-buggies going down the road!  
 Re-published with permission from The Amish country News. Richard from Amish Stories.

Images as they appear in order from Kat,Richard Elzey, and Jordan Mcrae, Ferret and Nwtransplant all of Flickr.

Layers of Love Chocolate Brownies recipe

A finalist in the 2000 Share The Very Best Recipe Contest, this recipe was entered by Alma Carey of Sarasota, FL.
Preparation Time: 10 mins
Cooking Time: 30 mins
Cooling Time: 15 mins cooling

Servings: 16 brownies

3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Baking Cocoa
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, cut in pieces
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3 large eggs, divided
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup chopped pecans
3/4 cup NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Premier White Morsels
1/2 cup caramel ice cream topping
3/4 cup NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels

PREHEAT oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 8-inch-square baking pan.

COMBINE flour, cocoa and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add 2 eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla extract; mix well. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Reserve 3/4 cup batter. Spread remaining batter into prepared baking pan. Sprinkle nuts and white morsels over batter. Drizzle caramel topping over top. Beat remaining egg and reserved batter in same large bowl until light in color. Stir in semi-sweet morsels. Spread evenly over caramel topping.

BAKE for 30 to 35 minutes or until center is set. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into squares. Recipe published with permission from Recipe goldmine.

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From the web site: Todayifoundout for Amish Stories

Today I found out Al Capone’s brother was a police officer who at one point was also a prohibition enforcement officer.
James Vincenzo Capone, born in 1892, was 7 years old when his infamous brother Al was born. Growing up in Brooklyn, he felt the city life didn’t suit him and decided to head out west. As such, he left the family at the age of 16 to join the circus in 1908.  Losing touch with his family, he traveled throughout the Midwest going by the name “Richard Hart”, choosing to keep people from knowing about his Italian heritage. Instead, he preferred people to think he was Mexican or Native American.
During this early period in his life, he became fascinated with guns and would spend countless hours shooting at bottles and cans, soon becoming an expert marksman. After World War I, he told people he had developed this skill serving in the infantry in France. He also said that he rose to the rank of Lieutenant and received the “sharpshooters” medal from General John J Pershing. However, later in his life, this military service was called into question by local Legionaries who asked for proof of his claims. Being unable to provide any record of actually being a serviceman, his military history is thought to have been made up.
He eventually settled in Homer, Nebraska, where he soon became Homer’s town marshal for two years followed by one year as a state sheriff. It was then that he chose to seek out more excitement by becoming a prohibition enforcement officer. This was quite ironical given the fact that his brother, Al, was at the same time rising in fame as a gangster in Chicago, particularly known for illegal smuggling of liqueur.

Mr. Hart lead countless raids that ended in numerous arrests and convictions. He soon became famous for his methods in which he used disguises to enter towns undercover to bust local bootleggers. Due to his pair of pearl-handled pistols and his ability as a marksman, the papers began calling him “Two Gun Hart” after several sensational arrests. As his fame grew, he was hired by the U.S. Indian Service where he soon developed a reputation of brutality among the natives. In one incident, he killed a local Native American in a fight. After his arrest, it came to light that the Native American was a bootlegger, so all charges were dropped. Two Gun did not escape the crime Scot free, though.  The murdered Native’s family, seeking retribution, attempted to kill Hart. They were not successful, but did manage to take one of his eyes.


After several more incidents, Two Gun’s reputation was tarnished and he ended up almost blind and broke. Unable to handle his bills and facing the prospect of being penniless, Hart chose to reach out to his wealthy brother in Chicago. Initially refusing to tell his wife and children where he was going, Hart went to Chicago returning with a new suit and a roll of $100 dollar bills. Finally, after one trip in which he went to visit his mother, he revealed to his wife that his brother was Al Capone.


In 1946, near the end of Al Capone’s life, Hart allowed his son Harry to go with him to a Capone family cabin. There he was able to meet his famous uncle. Capone, who at the time was suffering from complications of syphilis, had been released from his incarceration in Alcatraz and did not have much of his memory in-tact. Less than a year later, Al would die, on January 25, 1947.
In 1952, Richard Hart died of a heart attack at his home in Homer Nebraska with his wife and son at his side. Attaining fame as a law man fighting the same criminals his brother Al called peers.


Bonus Factoids:

  • Arguably the most heinous crime attributed to Al Capone was the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. On February 14, 1929, 7 members of the “Bugs” Moran mob were lined up against a garage and shot to death by rivals pretending to be police. While Al was in Florida at the time, it was generally thought he was behind the incident.
  • Two Gun Hart had a bit of his brother Al in him. Although it was never proven, when accepting the position as town marshal, he was given keys to all of the businesses in the town in case he needed to get into them during his nightly patrols. During this time, several businesses routinely found that certain items in their stores would go missing.
  • Hart was a body-guard for the 30th President of the United States, Calvin Coolidge, during the summer of 1927. Interestingly, Al Capone’s bullet-proof Cadillac, that was eventually seized by the U.S. Treasury, was used by the government as 32nd President, Franklin Roosevelt’s, limousine.
  • Scarface was the most well-known nickname of Al Capone. The scars were given to him during a fight in which he insulted a mobster Frank Gallulcio’s sister telling her, “Honey, you have a nice ass and I mean that as a compliment.” Capone’s closest friends called him “Snorky”.
  • Before Al Capone was transferred to Alcatraz, he was at the U.S. Penitentiary in Atlanta Georgia. He was said to live like a king because he always had more socks, bed sheets and underwear then the other prisoners. This was made possible because he had a hollowed out the handle of his tennis racket and had hidden several thousand dollars in it with which he could purchase the bounty.
Chicago Hot Dogs recipe

All-beef hot dogs

Green sweet bell pepper, diced

Yellow onions, diced


Sweet pickle relish

Dill pickle chips

Cucumbers, sliced thin

Iceberg lettuce, shredded

Tomatoes, diced

Hot peppers (pepperoncini)

Celery salt

Steam hot dogs and put condiments on table. NEVER USE CATSUP! Celery salt is a MUST!

Serve on poppy seed buns, if they are available. Recipe from www.

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