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I had my camera with me on this Winter evening outside of a restaurant in Lebanon county, so i thought id take a few pictures every 20 minutes or so of the same buggy as the sun was going down. The Amish couple who owned it were eating at the table next to me and had no idea I’m sure of my little experiment of sorts. I’ve been very conscious lately of trying to take more  sunset image’s because i really think some of them come out really beautiful, and i admire when i visit someone else’s web site who has these type of pictures on them. Those folks seem to specialize in these type of shots, so i wanted to do something at least different for myself and shoot this Amish buggy as night was casting over it. I liked the second to the  last image so much that ill be  placing  it on the right-side of Amish Stories this Monday. Richard
Dutch Oven Pot Roast with Black Night Barbecue Sauce recipe

1 (5 pound) round bone pot roast

2 teaspoons salt

2 tablespoons shortening

1/2 cup Black Night Barbecue Sauce

1/2 cup apple cider

8 carrots, pared, cut in 2-inch pieces

6 potatoes, peeled and quartered

2 onions, sliced

1 (10 ounce) package frozen okra or

1/2 pound fresh okra (optional)

Rub meat with salt. Melt shortening in Dutch oven; add meat and brown over medium heat, turning once. Reduce heat; pour over barbecue and cider. Cover and simmer on top of range or in 325 degrees oven 4 hours.

Add carrots, potatoes and onion 1 1/2 hours before end of cooking time. Add okra 15 minutes before end of cooking time.

Serves 6 to 8.

Black Night Barbecue Sauce

1 cup strong black coffee

1 1/2 cups Worcestershire sauce

1 cup ketchup

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter

1/4 cup lemon juice

2 tablespoons granulated sugar

1 tablespoon salt

2 teaspoons cayenne pepper

Combine ingredients. Simmer 30 minutes over low heat, stirring occasionally.
Recipe from

Serve with Dutch Oven Pot Roast.

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Id like to wish everyone a merry Christmas, and  i couldn’t leave Marilyn out so on behalf of her she also wishes all the folks happy holidays as well. Its been some year with a terrible economy and high unemployment , and its also the year that i started Amish Stories this past January. In fact i found myself going back to some of my very first post’s and now look in amazement how much i had to learn about blogging and posting , so I’ve learned  a lot  along the way i think. 

All image’s taken on December 2011 in  Lebanon and Lancaster counties.
 On December 10 Amish Stories had 100,000 hits so id like to thank all of its readers for taking valuable time out of your busy schedule to visit, and to post your comment’s. I’m not sure how the year 2012 will be, but all i can hope is for good health for all and that everyone will be in a good place in their lives for the new year. I know that these are just wishes from myself, but its these hopes and goals that help keep us all going in life for the next tomorrow’s. Richard
Lancaster county
Yes folks the small town movie theater still exists and is located at Annville in Lebanon county Pennsylvania.

Lebanon county’s Amish settlement

A song that many associate with the holidays done by the supreme’s in 1966, brings back many childhood memory’s for me so enjoy…….. Richard

Christmas Pecan Snowballs : 1 cup butter 4 Tbsp sugar 2 tsp vanilla 2 cups flour 2 cups pecans Cream butter, sugar and vanilla. Add pecans and flour. Roll into balls and flatten slightly. Refrigerate for 1/2 hour, then bake for 45 minutes At 300 degrees. While warm roll in powdered sugar. Both homemade recipe’s from Jean.

White Christmas Candy: 1 lb. white chocolate or almond bark 1 1/2 cups Rice Krispies 1/2 Cup Peanut Butter 1 1/2 cups Spanish peanuts Melt and blend white chocolate (or Almond bark) and peanut butter together. Add rest of ingredients. Drop by teaspoon onto wax paper. Store in covered container when cook and firm.

Lancaster county, all 6 pictures taken this December 17
Intercourse,Pa on a cold December day!
Amish buggy in a hurry going through town

Amish Stories will return on January 3, 2012

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Amish custom car

Friendship Cinnamon Bread

1 cup Amish Friendship Bread Starter

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup applesauce

1 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 eggs

1/2 cup milk

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 (5 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix

1 cup chopped walnuts

1/2 cup raisins

1/2 cup dates, pitted and chopped

Heat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Lightly grease two 9 x 5-inch loaf pans.

In a large bowl, stir together Amish Friendship Starter, oil, applesauce, sugar, vanilla extract, eggs and milk.

Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Stir into the starter mixture. Mix in the vanilla pudding mix. Fold in the chopped nuts, raisins and dates. Pour the batter evenly into the prepared pans. Bake for 60 minutes in the preheated oven, until a knife inserted comes out clean.

Cool for 10 minutes in pans before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Recipe from recipe goldmine. Richard from Amish Stories.

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