Tuesday, March 30, 2010

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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Redeeming Love

Resting in Jesus's arms...

Prayers for the Esh family and truck driver's family. This song sung by the Esh family http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEfHSXZJX_E is even more precious today. It was written by son Amos after son Johnny (23) was killed in accident in 2006. May God comfort those the surviving of their ten children: Elmer, Benuel, Betty, Verna, and Amos. May John ♥ Sadie, Leroy ♥ Naomi and baby, Rose, Anna Lynn, Rachel ♥ Joel Gingerich, and Ashley Kramer find rest in Jesus.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Ahhhhh Spring!

Ahhhhh..... these little guys are starting to peak their little heads through the soil to soak up the sunshine.

Amish moving day?

I found this photo of Amish moving day. I am not sure where this was taken but I found it very interesting. Now that's real horsepower pulling that wagon!

I Wish I Had A Big Red Umbrella

I wish I had a big red umbrella that would keep all the rain out of your life. I would hold it over your head and the drops would splash, splash and you would never even feel them.
But I don't have a big red umbrella...so I'll walk through the rain with you.
God doesn't intend for us to go through our storms alone. We all need our "foul weather friends" who will venture out into the weather with us.
There are two questions we must answer to not only survive but thrive through life's storms;
Who will walk through the rain with us? And will we let them?
Friends love through all kinds of weather. Proverbs 17:17 MSG

Monday, March 22, 2010

Amish Wedding Feast Minus Bride And Groom

Only a bride and groom were missing Saturday from a wedding feast prepared by Old Order Amish couples to benefit fire company. Here's the recipe for an Amish wedding feast in Paradise:Roast chicken with filling and gravy, mashed potatoes, creamed celery, cole slaw, roll, applesauce, fruit salad, doughnut, apple or cherry pie, ice cream, lemonade.Plus gravy and butter. As much as you can eat. No-frills farm food served with red paper napkins and smiles all around."To me this is real food, not like so much of what you get in a restaurant," said George Book, who attended the Paradise-Leaman Place Fire Company "Authentic Amish Wedding Dinner" Saturday evening."This is more like home cooking," agreed his wife, Nancy.The Books live on Belmont Road, about two miles from the fire station. They each ate their $12 worth of dinner sitting in the banquet hall next to an engine room cleared for cooking. Others took enormous bags of takeout home with them.The volunteer firefighters began serving what seems to be Lancaster County's only Amish-dinner fundraiser two years ago. It draws many area residents, some tourists and a few people in between.Ken Stalter and his family drove over from Phoenixville, Chester County. They wanted to compare the Paradise meal to the wedding dinner served at the Honey Brook Fire Hall."Everything is really good," said Stalter, "except for the creamed celery."Not everyone shares Stalter's taste in celery."People do eat the creamed celery," exclaimed Chris Beiler, an Amish firefighter who organizes the fund-raiser each year. "It takes a lot of celery. I mean a lot of celery. It takes a heck of a lot of celery."As well as 40 roasting chickens, 300 pounds of potatoes, 44 heads of cabbage, etc., etc.All produced by a couple dozen Old Order Amish couples, dressed in bright-colored dresses and shirts and black everything else, cranking out the chicken casserole and mashing the potatoes in the vacated engine room."The married couples do the serving at weddings," Beiler explained, "so that's the way we do it here."Amish make up more than half of the company's active firefighters, so finding church members to volunteer for fundraisers is not difficult.And they are happy to discuss the tradition of Amish wedding feasts with visitors.Amish weddings in Lancaster County begin in late October and, with a break for winter weather, continue through March. Serving and eating the wedding dinner is an essential part of the celebration."Eating in the fire hall is a way to experience the culture," explained Stacy Herman, the fire company's treasurer."Without getting married," added Beiler.Among Saturday's diners were a number of people who have left the church."A lot of former Amish come. They want to stay in touch with their roots," Beiler said.But that's not why most people eat this food. Three bags of takeout in hand, Paradise resident Ann Eshleman succinctly explained why the fund-raiser is so popular."I don't have to cook and it's a good meal and the money goes to the fire company," she said."My wife will eat anything to get out of the kitchen," joked Floyd Thompson, who included the Paradise Fire Hall in an unusual weekend itinerary.Thompson drove from Unionville, Chester County, to take out food at Paradise and then went on to the Caernarvon Fire Hall for a sit-down turkey dinner. He's saving the Paradise food for Sunday supper.Nevin and Ruth Hershey, who live half a mile from the fire hall on Oak Hill Drive, attended the event because their grandson, Neal, is a Paradise firefighter.Also, they really like the food."We've been at some Amish weddings," Hershey said. "This is just as good, if not better. I ate my share of it."For diners who did not "eat themselves full," Ada Ruth Beiler, Chris Beiler's granddaughter, was selling homemade chocolate Easter eggs for 50 cents each.Those who could wedge one in beside the doughnut, pie and ice cream said they were delicious.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

What a testimony!

I found this facinating documentary from BBC on You Tube. This family struggles to decide to remain Amish or follow their pursuit of deeper faith in God. This is part 1 of 6 short clips.

St. Patrick's Day History

St. Patrick converted the Irish to Christianity, but there's quite a bit most people don't know about Ireland's patron saint.

Monday, March 15, 2010

No Compromise!

There should be no compromising when it comes to God's purpose!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Grrr.... this movie is ridiculous!

Look at these pictures from the upcoming movie called Amish Grace set to air on March 28th on Lifetime. I have been to an Amish worship service and church lunch twice in my life. I have NEVER seen flowers on the table. Plus there wouldn't be wash hanging out on the line. Nor do these outfits fit the style of Lancaster county! Ugh.... sigh....... Plus, the church scene in the barn is a little disturbing too. Most Amish meet in a "company shed" or if they do meet in a barn, it would be swept up without straw on the floor. This film is making a lot of people hot under the collar.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Vinegar Pie!

I tried out this recipe for vinegar pie from The Amish Cook's Baking book! It calls for a "Pat A Pan" crust which is super simple! This pie can fool you! It tastes just like a creamy lemon pie or even a hint of pineapple. Funny thing is there is absolutely no lemon in the ingredients. This pie recipe was created out of necessity in the depression when there was a shortages on fresh fruit (lemons). May I suggest you purchasing this book because you will absolutely be thrilled with the way it is written! You can buy the book from Amazon or AmishCookOnline.

Here is the pie recipe:
Pat A Pan Crust
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 tbsp. cold milk
Place the flour, sugar, and salt in a 9in pie plate and mix with your fingers until evenly blended. In a measuring cup, combine the oil milk and beat until creamy. Pour all at once over the flour mixture. Mix with a fork until the flour mixture is completely moistened. Pat the dough with your fingers, first at the sides of the plate and then across the bottom. Flute the edges.

Vineger Pie
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
3 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350. In a large bowl, blend the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes, stirring vigorously with a fork. Add the vinegar, eggs, and vanilla. Whisk vigorously for 1 full minute, until the mixture is creamy and smooth. Pour into the unbaked pie crust. Bake until butter knife inserted in the center comes out clean. About 45 minutes. The pie will be golden brown. Cool on wire rack until firm. Refrigerate.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Keep your face to the sunshine...

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow- Helen Keller

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Amish Grace Movie- A touchy subject.......

"Amish Grace" will be broadcast at 8 p.m. Sunday, March 28, on the Lifetime Movie Network

Monday, March 1, 2010