Tasty Tuesday – Cookbook Giveaway

Happy Tasty Tuesday!  Had a busy weekend, so I didn’t get a chance to try out any new recipes.  So that means a bonus for you – how about a giveaway for two cookbooks?  I need to clean out my prize vault, so I’ll hopefully have giveaways more frequently.

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For your chance to win a copy of “99 Favorite Amish Home Remedies” and “99 Favorite Amish Soups & Stews”, just leave a comment on this blog post telling me what you are most looking forward to eating this summer.  For me, it would be homegrown watermelon. and sweet corn  Nothing beats the sweetness of fresh watermelon and the yummy-ness of sweet corn.  And I’d have to add in zucchini bread too.  That’s something that is baked quite regularly at our house as long as Mother Nature isn’t baking us in her own oven.

I’ll randomly pick one winner from the comments and post that lucky person’s name in next week’s blog post, so make sure you leave your comment here on this post.  Good luck!



Tasty Tuesday – Cranberry Christmas Bread

Happy Tasty Tuesday!  Don’t let the title fool you – this bread can be baked all year long.  And we enjoy it all year long too.  There is just something about the orange and cranberry flavors that we love.  This week’s recipe for Cranberry Christmas Bread comes from the “Blessed Beyond Measure” cookbook.  So if you are like us and enjoy these flavors throughout the year, check out this week’s recipe and make yourself a batch.

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Cranberry Christmas Bread, Amy, page 64, “Blessed Beyond Measure”

1 c. sugar

2 Tbsp. butter

1 egg

2 c. flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. soda

1/2 tsp. salt

3/4 c. orange juice

1 c. dried cranberries

1/2 c. chopped pecans

Blend together first three ingredients.  Add remaining ingredients and mix well.  Pour into greased loaf pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes.  Makes 1 loaf.

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I didn’t add the pecans, and since I was using a smaller loaf pan, I was able to bake two loaves from this recipe.  It was very moist and delicious.  And yes, it would be perfect for around Christmastime to give to your neighbors as a sweet little gift.

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Have a great week.


Tasty Tuesday – Gork or Party Mix

Happy Tasty Tuesday!  This week’s recipe anyone can make – it’s super simple and a great snack mix.  It’s for Gork or Party Mix, and I found the recipe in the “Lanc. Co. Amish Cookbook”.  It reminds me of trail mix and was a great snack to take to the Thirty-One Bingo we attended on Sunday for our table to munch on.  Mom brought cheese and meat cubed up, so with that and this snack mix, we had our share of sweet and salty.


Gork or Party Mix, Mrs. Sadie Stoltzfus, page 313, “Lanc. Co. Amish Cookbook”

1 large jar salted peanuts (dry roasted)

1 box raisins

1 large pkg. M&M’s

Mix well and serve.  It’s delicious and no mess.


It made a large Tupperware bowl full, and it’s so easy to make.  And I love the no mess part too.  I brought the rest of it into work on Monday, and my boss is enjoying it.  I just love the sweet and salty mix of it.

It would be a nice snack mix to give to co-workers or teachers too in either a small jar, container, or baggy.

Hope you have a great week.


A Review of Amy Clipston’s “A Welcome at Our Door”

Happy Release Day to Amy Clipston on her final novel in her Amish Homestead series, “A Welcome at Our Door”.  I call this my story, since there is a Cindy as the main character.  Cindy has been in each novel in this series, and when I started reading book one, “A Place at Our Table” back in November of 2017 when it made its debut, I was so excited to find out all about my, oh I mean, Cindy Riehl’s journey.  I’ve never seen an Amish character or met an Amish person named Cindy, so I was very excited about this series.


A little bit about “A Welcome at Our Door”:

After a devastating loss, Cindy Riehl is still searching for peace. Will she find it in the community she calls home—or will love send her down a new path?

Over the last few years, Cindy Riehl—the youngest of the Riehl children—has watched her siblings find love and happiness in Lancaster County. But as her family has settled down and grown, Cindy has continued to grieve her mother, whose death left an enormous hole in her heart. Since that haunting day, Cindy has struggled to find peace and wonders if the community is the place for her—and if her faith in God will ever feel the same as it once did.

When a handsome and kind Englisher named Drew crosses Cindy’s path one surprising day, the two of them become fast and easy friends. Drew dreams of starting a family after some losses of his own, and before long, he and Cindy discover that their feelings for each other are romantic. As they spend more time together—often in secret—Cindy is drawn further and further away from the Amish community and the family she loves. In time, she is faced with a difficult choice that threatens to upend her world.

Will Cindy find contentment and love, and will she ever find restored comfort in God and her beloved community? In this final installment of the Amish Homestead series, we return to the charming town of Bird-in-Hand for a story of healing, family, and God’s perfect provision.

And here’s my review:

This entire Amish Homestead series by Amy Clipston has been awesome.  Amy’s writing is top notch, and you definitely feel like you are part of the Riehl family from the beginning of her first book to the end of “A Welcome at Our Door”.  The raw emotion I felt reading Cindy’s story – wow!  The way Amy told this story made me feel like I was in those pages as I turned each one.  There were times I could relate to Cindy in the decisions she made for herself, the losses she felt, and her joy in baking.  And in true Amy fashion, she took Cindy’s story full circle and captured my heart at the end of this story.  I always thought Amy’s Kauffman Bakery series was my favorite series written by her, but I have to say her Amish Homestead series rates right up there with it.  All the feels…just make sure you have tissues handy when you do read Cindy’s story.  You will need them.  Thanks Amy for making me Amish on your pages – well, at least that is how I felt.

So if you are looking for something new to read, grab a copy of Amy’s “A Welcome at our Door” that just came out today.



Review of “An Amish Reunion”

I had the privilege of reading “An Amish Reunion” for three of the authors, since I am on their street teams.  In this book, Amy Clipston, Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, and Kelly Irvin all have novellas relating to some type of reunion between their great characters.  You’ll laugh, cry, sign, and wonder while reading these four great stories.

An Amish Reunion: Four Stories by [Clipston, Amy, Wiseman, Beth, Fuller, Kathleen, Irvin, Kelly]

From bestselling authors in the Amish genre come four stories about reuniting with those you love.

Their True Home by Amy Clipston

When Marlene Bawell moved from Bird-in-Hand ten years ago, she was in the deepest of mourning for her mother. Now her family has moved back so her father can seek employment after being laid off. To help save money, Marlene works at the hardware store owned by Rudy Swarey’s father. She knew Rudy growing up and had a secret crush on him, though he never seemed to notice her. But just as a friendship between them begins to blossom, her life is once again turned upside down. Will Marlene ever have a chance to find her own true home?

A Reunion of Hearts by Beth Wiseman

Ruth and Gideon Beiler experienced one of life’s most tragic events. Unable to get past their grief, the couple abandoned their Amish faith and went in different directions, though neither could bear to formally dissolve the marriage. When their loved ones reach out to them to come home for a family reunion, Ruth has reason to believe that Gideon won’t be there. Gideon also thinks that Ruth has declined the invitation. Family and friends are rooting for them to reunite, but will it all be enough for Ruth and Gideon to get past their grief and recapture a time when they were in love and had a bright future ahead of them?

A Chance to Remember by Kathleen Fuller

Cevilla Schlabach, Birch Creek’s resident octogenarian matchmaker, is surprised when Richard, a man from her Englisch past, arrives in Birch Creek for a visit. While he and Cevilla take several walks down memory lane, they wonder what the future holds for them at this stage of life—friendship, or the possibility of something else?

Mended Hearts by Kelly Irvin

At eighteen Hannah Kauffman made a terrible mistake. Her parents and members of her Jamesport Amish community say they’ve forgiven her. But she feels their eyes following her everywhere she goes with eighteen-month-old Evie. Thaddeus, Evie’s father, escaped this fate by running away from Jamesport. Now that Thaddeus is gone, Hannah’s old friend Phillip is stepping up to be by her side. He has waited patiently for Hannah to realize just how much he cares for her. But when Thaddeus returns after two years, Hannah can’t deny the love she feels for him. Does the fact that Phillip has waited patiently for her all this time mean that she owes him something? Can she trust either one of them? Can she trust herself? She has repented and been forgiven by the One who is most important—her heavenly Father. But is she willing to risk making more mistakes by opening herself up to love?

My review:

Four of my favorite authors with four novellas in An Amish Reunion make for a great book.  All four stories are perfectly written and make you feel so much emotion like you are in the pages with the characters.  One of my favorite things about reading novellas is that the authors a lot of times bring characters back from previous books they have written, and they didn’t disappoint in this book either.  Great to catch up with Rudy, Cevilla, and Hannah.  You’ll love reading these stories and seeing how coming together for a reunion can change your life.

If you get a chance to pick up a copy of “An Amish Reunion”, please do.  You’ll love the stories each author has written.


Tasty Tuesday – Meat Loaf or Meat Balls

Welcome to this week’s Tasty Tuesday.  Last night’s dinner consisted of this meat loaf found in the “Tasty Traditions – Huber Family Favorites” cookbook.  I have reviewed a few different meat loaf recipes here on my blog, and I have to say this has to be one of the best we’ve tried.  It was super moist and delicious.


Here’s the recipe if you’d like to make either a meat loaf or meat balls as part of your dinner…

Meat Loaf or Meat Balls, Julianne H. Huber, page 91, “Tasty Traditions – Huber Family Favorites”

1 1/2 lb. ground beef

1 c. uncooked oatmeal

2 eggs

1 c. milk

1/4 c. ketchup

1 3/4 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. pepper

1 1/2 tsp. mustard

2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

Mix all ingredients and shape into a loaf or balls.  Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or more.  (I do another portion of ketchup, salt, pepper, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce.  Add 1 cup water; pour over meat balls.)  Squirt ketchup over loaf 10 minutes before done.

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The only item I changed was I used ground turkey instead of beef.  And using the non-stick aluminum foil in the dish makes clean up a breeze.  No scrubbing with a SOS pad to get the dish clean.

Next week’s recipe will be for the yummy cranberry orange bread that accompanied the meat loaf.

Have a great last day of April.  Hard to believe that May starts tomorrow.



Tasty Tuesday – Snickerdoodles

Happy Tasty Tuesday!  Today’s recipe is for a yummy cookie – Snickerdoodles.  It’s my hubby’s favorite cookie, and we have one place in Amish Country that if we stop there, we get a pack of these.  And we even call the place the snickerdoodle place, since most of the time we can’t remember its real name.

This week’s recipe comes from the “Recipes of the Hearts and Homes from the Amish and Mennonites of Wisconsin”.  This is a large spiral bound cookbook with 567 pages which is home to lots and lots of recipes.  I grabbed my copy from Springville Foods in Lancaster County.


Here’s the recipe if you have some cookie monsters in your house that are bugging you for some cookies.

Snickerdoodles, Mrs. Jonas (Emma) Miller, Fennimore, page 261, “Recipes of the Hearts and Homes from the Amish and Mennonites of Wisconsin”

3 3/4 c. flour

1/2 t. baking soda

1/2 t. cream of tartar

1 c. butter

2 c. sugar

2 eggs

1/4 c. milk

1 t. vanilla

Sift dry ingredients.  Beat butter 30 seconds.  Add sugar, beat till fluffy.  Add eggs, milk, and vanilla.  Beat well.  Add dry ingredients, beating till well combined.  Form dough into 1 inch balls.

Sugar Mixture

3 T. sugar and 1 t. cinnamon

Roll balls of dough in cinnamon sugar mixture.  Place 2 inches apart on cookie sheet.  Flatten slightly with bottom of drinking glass.  Bake at 350 degrees till lightly browned.


These were absolutely delicious.  Don’t you want to make yourself a batch and eat a few warm ones out of the oven with a glass of milk?

Have a great second day of April!