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*I Like: Not Quite Amish Living

Three Maine towns have small Amish communities: Smyrna, Easton (Fort Fairfield) and Unity. Here they are cutting ice for refrigeration use in the Palmer Hill Farm Dairy in Thorndike, Maine.

STILL LIFE: Icemen at work | The Morning Sentinel, Waterville, ME

How to Preserve Fruits & Vegetables in Your Garden - Not Quite Amish Living

How to Preserve Fruits and Vegetables in your Garden | Mark

The heat makes me cranky, but knitting makes me calm.

Q with Tricia Goyer. Beyond Hope’s Valley is the third of a three-book series. Do you find it harder or easier to write a series? For me writing a series is easier. When I start a novel the hardest part of the book is the first ten chapters. I’m still trying to figure who the character is, what she wants and what’s stopping her. Chapter 1 is like a first date, and I’m just skimming the surface ....

I can’t tell you how worried I was when I sat down to write my Amish novels. I’d written many historical novels, but it’s different writing about contemporary people who are living a very unique lifestyle. Everyone has a concept of what it means to be Amish, but how true are our stereotypes? The more I met Amish friends and got to know their lifestyle and heart, I discovered stereotypes just scratch the surface.

The One Year Book of Amish Peace: Hearing God's Voice in the Simple Things: Coming September 2014!

My QR-key scarf pattern is featured on starting this month. I am sharing this pattern with the hope lots of loved ones will get wrapped in something special. I also am running a giveaway on my website so you can win the black and white yarn you’ll need to start your own QR-key scarf. Add some stash yarn, and you are well on your way to wrapping someone you love with warmth.

There are so many things about the Amish culture I adore and appreciate ... But then there’s glitter powder. Oh, yes. I love glitter powder and lotions. I love to sparkle and stand out a little in a crowd.

Lead Your Family Like Jesus: Powerful Parenting Principles from the Creator of Families

Even more important than our situation is our response to the situation.

  • Tina Hunt

    So, sitiuations and circumstances don't shape us, our responses/reactions do...hmmmmm.

“A mother is a gardener of God tending to the hearts of her children.” Amish proverb

Sweet Coffee | Guest Post by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Janet and I sat in the back of the barn with the grandmothers when the service began at 9 a.m. The service started with the congregation singing hymns very slowly in German. A male song leader began the first syllable of each line, and then the rest of the congregation joined in.

What can you do to minister to someone you know? I came up with five ideas, but I bet in the COMMENT section you can give us even more!

If you’ve vowed to lose weight or just eat healthier, here are a few substitutions to help you continue to eat your favorite Amish recipes and still keep your promises to yourself.

A baby means another corn husker, another cow-milker, but most of all, another God-fearing Amishman. The birth is always seen as a blessing of the Lord.

Simply Delicious. We can plan dinner into our schedule versus reacting to those hunger pains. We can place a yummy dish into the crock-pot before we leave for work. And we can start a garden containing herbs and a few vegetables—we can even start planning it now.

Great tips for quiet time! {When you feel you don't have any time.} @notquiteamish

Three Tips for Quiet Time | Guest Post by Christen Krumm

New Year, New Kitchen! Great organizing ideas! @notquiteamish