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Guest post by Sherry Gore

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Today we have a special guest blog by the wonderful Sherry Gore. If you haven’t checked out Sherry’s book yet, I hope this post will convince you that you should. Also, Zondervan has kindly offered to give away a copy of Sherry’s cookbook. Leave a comment below telling us your fav Amish food, or just saying hello to Sherry – and I’ll draw a winner within the week. ~V

Behind the Scenes of an Amish Cooking Video Shoot

By Sherry Gore

Hi friends. I’m Sherry Gore, and here’s a little peek “behind-the-scenes” about the making of a few cooking videos my publisher is posting online in Continue reading

Gardening the Amish Way

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amish garden 2Amish Life and Gardening, part 2

Pick up one of my books, and you’re bound to find a gardening scene. Why? Because every time I’ve been to Amish country, I’ve seen folks gardening. Doesn’t matter whether it’s spring, summer or fall, families are out working in their gardens.

Last week I shared with you gardening tips from some of my readers. Here’s the other half. And even if you don’t garden, maybe you can pass these along to someone who does.

My garden tip is 1 tbsp epsom salts in a gal.of water to put on tomatoes for a magnesium boost. Very tasty tomatoes! ~Maria

Don’t throw away your leaves, pile them up, add nitrogen fertilizer to increase rate of composting, and keep them turned.  Next Spring  you will have beginnings of some great soil amendment. ~Denise

When planting plants that like acidic soil add used coffee grounds in the hole before putting in plant. Also can be added every year. ~Linnea

I do not garden, other than mostly Hostas.  But my husband just made a small raised wooden garden for our 3 year old granddaughter.~Lois

When I plant tuber begonias,  I will plant them still in the pot.  Therefore,  in the fall before the frost,  I can just lift the pot out of the ground and place it in a cool place in the basement.  It will be dormant for the winter months,  but by the time it is to replant,  it should be growing again.  And,  it is a great plant because it blooms all summer. ~Kristin

I have a small garden these days but even still, I will forget what I plant where.  So when at the dr. office, I will ask for 2 or 3 tongue depressors or at the hardware store, I ask for 2 or 3 paint stir sticks.  Then I can write on them with a permanent marker what is planted in a certain row or spot, especially if there is more than one variety. For additional protection against rain, will wrap with plastic wrap, then tape/glue. When starting plants in the spring or for use in pots for herbs, will use popsicle sticks.~Diane

To keep dirt out of your fingernails run your fingernail along a bar of soap. This also works when you are wearing gloves. ~Janet

Wonderful! I’ve started my patio garden, and I’m going to try some of these things. Thank you to everyone who wrote in. We have newsletter contests every month, so if you’re not signed up use the button on the top right of this page. Also if you have some tips you’d like to add to this list, feel free to leave a comment.



How Does Your Garden Grow

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amish garden 1Amish Life and How Your Garden Grows

If you’ve been to Amish country, you’ve noticed the gardens. They’re works of art. And they’re practical. Lots of homegrown veggies. A lot of beautiful flowers. All combined into something that to me resembles a quilt!

In my last newsletter I asked readers for gardening tips, and I thought I’d share a few of those with you. We’ll do half this week and half next week. I hope you’ll be inspired to start your own garden, even if it’s a few pots in a windowsill.

My gardening tip?   Check out The Bayou Gardener forum and website!   The forum has gardeners from all over the world, sharing all kinds of gardening tips, and more. There’s also forums for  keeping animals, homesteading skills, recipes, canning, and everything!  The people are great and super helpful! ~Nancy

Start your seeds in cardboard egg cartons.  They don’t cost anything and they’ll decompose when you plant them in your garden 🙂  A green tip for your wallet and the environment. ~Connie

Love fresh vegetables. Find a south facing window that you can use during the winter months. Collect the small containers that come in take out food with salad dressing or other products, cut up yogurt containers, or cut up your egg cartons. Collect all the glass jars you can find and place dirt in the container you choose. Put a couple of seeds into the container and lightly water. Place into the cap of the jar and put the jar into the cap. Tighten the jar and place into the window.  ~Megann

To keep the deer out of our garden, I string up old CD’s.  They turn and sparkle at the slightest breeze and help keep the deer out! ~Carol

Gardening tip – Don’t plant your garden too early because you don’t want your young and tender plants to die with another frost or cold weather. ~Susan

In your potted plants indoors and out, put some small pebbles in the bottom of the pot to absorb any excess water.  That way you will not get root rot.  This has worked for me always.  ~Jean

Put banana peels in the soil around rose bushes and it helps them bloom better. ~Ann

There’s some great tips here! Thank you to everyone who wrote in, and I’ll share some more next week. If you have some tips you’d like to add to this list, feel free to leave a comment.



Easter and Amish Hymns

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copyright, istock photo, Studio-Annika

Amish Hymns and Easter Celebrations

I thought I’d share with you a hymn from an Amish hymnal I picked up while in Wisconsin. It’s not like the hymnals at my church. It’s a little stapled together 50 page thing. The cover says, “Ninety-eight Selection Songs, Addition to Church and Sunday School Hymnals.”

The Amish don’t have instruments in their church service, but they do sing! I was surprised to find so many hymns I Continue reading


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Amish garden

Amish garden

All Things Amish – Pebble Creek Community

The most frequent responses I hear to A Promise for Miriam and A Home for Lydia are similar to this – “I like how the community stepped in to help each other and it is the story of families embracing each other. It is very well written and the story easily flows.” ~Kathleen.

So how can we have this sort of community? Is it even still possible? I believe Continue reading