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There is always one bad seed that has to ruin it for others, and now all blogs will have the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) take effect on May 25, 2018.  That just means it is to protect your and my safety from places selling your names and e-mail addresses and any other information that particular site might collect.  It means that when you subscribe to my blog, I can’t then take your information and sell it for a profit to a third party company that will then spam you.  I would never do that – that’s just plain nuts.  There are just some crazy people in this world that like to make life more confusing and give us more headaches.

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So, that’s all the business stuff I need to post…now onto more important things like recipes, giveaways, and fun.






Tasty Tuesday – Potato Wedges

Happy Tasty Tuesday!  Today’s recipe, Potato Wedges, is another one I fixed as part of our Mother’s Day dinner.  The recipe comes from the same cookbook as last week, “Blessed Beyond Measure”.  These were easy to fix and complimented the meatloaf very well.


Here’s the recipe for you to try:

Potato Wedges, Dena, page 127, “Blessed Beyond Measure”

6 large potatoes, cut into wedges

4 Tbsp. flour

4 Tbsp. Parmesan cheese

1 tsp. seasoned salt

6 Tbsp. butter

Mix flour, Parmesan cheese and seasoned salt.  Coat potato wedges with mixture.  Melt butter on baking sheet.  Add potato wedges.  Bake at 375 degrees until golden brown.


These potatoes were absolutely delicious, and I’ll definitely fix them again.  And they are really easy to make which I liked, because I was busy putting everything else together for our dinner.


We all enjoyed them with our meal, and I’m pretty sure there were not any left.


So, if you need a side dish for an upcoming meal, I recommend fixing these.  You won’t be disappointed.

Have a great week!


Tasty Tuesday – Juicy Meatloaf

Happy Tasty Tuesday!  For Mother’s Day, I took a huge risk and fixed five new-to-me recipes out of Amish cookbooks.  I hoped everything would taste okay, and it sure did.  Not like the one year I fixed two new desserts, and they both were a bomb.  Mom still talks about that “horse” pie.  Ha!  Over the next few weeks, I’ll share those recipes with you.  First up was our main course – Juicy Meatloaf – taken from the Blessed Beyond Measure cookbook.  I have never baked a meatloaf in a 9×13 inch pan.  It’s always been in the shape of a loaf.  But I have had dinner at an Amish home where she baked it this way, and it was perfect.  And with it being in the 9×13 pan instead of a loaf, it bakes faster and more even.  You could bake this shaped as a loaf, but would need to bake it longer than the hour suggested since it’s two pounds of meat.


Here is the recipe if you’d like to try out a new meatloaf recipe:

Juicy Meatloaf, Amy, page 100, “Blessed Beyond Measure”

2 lb. hamburger

3/4 c. tomato juice

3/4 c. oatmeal

1/4 chopped onion

2 eggs, beaten

2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. pepper


4 Tbsp. ketchup

4 Tbsp. mustard

4 Tbsp. brown sugar

Combine all of the ingredients except the sauce ingredients thoroughly.  Pack firmly in a 9×13 inch pan.  Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees.  When meatloaf is partially baked, spread sauce on top and bake until done.


This meatloaf was very moist, and we all enjoyed it.  I used ground turkey instead of beef and added about 1 1/2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese to the mixture.  I also doubled up on the sauce since I had a little over two pounds of ground turkey in the mix.  I baked it for 30 minutes, then added the sauce on top, and then baked for another 30 minutes.


I will definitely be fixing this recipe again.  It was delicious.

Hope you have a super week.



Tasty Tuesday – Easy Chicken & Dumplings

Welcome to this week’s Tasty Tuesday blog post.  Last week, I had offered up a little blog giveaway, and before I share this week’s recipe, I’d like to post the winner of the goodies.

Congratulations to Sherry Kemp! 

You won the cookbook from the Dover Amish settlement and the cute towel.

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Please send me a private message with your mailing address, so I can get your prizes out to you.

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Now for this week’s recipe…I had a few chicken breasts thawed and a can of biscuits in the frig, so I found this recipe that would use up both.  It’s for Easy Chicken and Dumplings.  And it was definitely easy to fix.  This recipe comes out of  “Amish Wedding Story & Cookbook”.

Easy Chicken and Dumplings, Mrs. Ferman Miller, page 144, “Amish Wedding Story & Cookbook”

8 chicken breasts

2 cans cream of chicken soup, undiluted

1 tube buttermilk biscuits

Place chicken close together in a pan and cover with soup.  Cover and bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees, then turn oven to 425 degrees.  Dip both sides of biscuits in gravy and put on top of chicken.  Return to oven.  Bake uncovered for 15 minutes.

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Hubby loves my momma’s from scratch chicken and dumplings, so I knew this recipe would not compare by a long shot.  And it did not.  Even though I used the lower sodium soup, it still was salty.  I cut the recipe in half since I only had four breasts thawed, but hubby complained of the saltiness.  I am not a chicken and dumplings fan at all, so this recipe didn’t do a thing for me.  I ate one small helping of this and enjoyed the canned string beans from my Amish friend more.  Definitely not a recipe I’d fix again.  There has to be something that could be substituted for the creamed soup that would be less salty – even maybe making your own creamed soup.

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Some people might like this recipe, but we did not.  Hey, one bad dish out of the 100’s I’ve fixed is a pretty good record I’d say.  Live and learn…

So Mom, if you are reading this, your son-in-law would really like your chicken and dumplings over this recipe any day.

This cookbook, as stated in its title, has lots of stories and recipes from Amish weddings.  And this little rhyme from page 94 gave me a chuckle…

Hey, diddle, diddle, I’m watching my middle,

I’m hoping to whittle it soon,

But eating’s so much fun,

I may not get it done,

Till my dish runs away with my spoon.

Hope you chuckled too.  Have a great week.




My Review of Amy Clipston’s “Room on the Porch Swing”

Amy Clipston’s second book in her Amish Homestead series, “Room on the Porch Swing” makes its debut on May 8, 2018.  Would be a perfect Mother’s Day or birthday gift for that reader in your life.  I received an early copy of this to review and loved it.  Isn’t this cover beautiful?  And Amy Clipston was lucky enough to score this swing for her own home.  How cool is that?

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Here’s a brief synopsis of the story:

When tragedy strikes, can two young Amish people find the hope that lies on the other side?

Laura Riehl is no stranger to heartache. Less than a year after her mother’s death, Laura finds herself burying another loved one: her best friend, Savilla, who has died after a brief and sudden illness. Laura feels heartbroken and alone, but her pain is nothing compared to that of Allen, the husband Savilla has left behind. He now faces a life so different from the one he imagined—plus a baby to care for on his own.

When Laura offers to help Allen with baby Mollie, he jumps at the opportunity until a permanent solution can be found. She’d do anything to lend a hand to Allen and to honor her best friend’s memory. Rudy, Laura’s boyfriend, is initially supportive of her plan, but the more time Laura spends with Allen, the more jealous and frustrated Rudy seems to become.

As Laura and Allen face hardships together, their friendship takes a surprising yet comforting turn—and she discovers an attraction she’s never felt with Rudy. Would falling for Allen betray the people she cares about most, or would denying those feelings betray her heart? This latest installment in the Amish Homestead series returns us to Lancaster County, home of the beloved Riehls, where a family’s strength—and advice from a new friend—may help Laura find God’s direction.

And here’s my review:

I loved this story by Amy Clipston.  I love the fact that the characters from the first book in the series, “A Place at Our Table”, all appear in this book and that their stories all continue.  And I absolutely love the fact that there is a “Cindy” in this series.  I’m Amish if only in a book.  Ha!  Heartache plays a major part in the plot, and I went through a few tissues while reading this story.  I wish I could have smacked Rudy upside his head – what a selfish, no good person.  But as usual in Amy’s stories, love prevails in the end, and we get that warm fuzzy feeling we all love to feel.

I highly recommend this story.  You don’t have to read the first book in the series, but I think you should, so you get a better feel of the Riehl family and learn more about who’s who.  I can’t wait for the next book in Amy’s Amish Homestead series.  And a little bird told me there will be a book all about me in this series, oh I mean Cindy Riehl, too.  Now that is something to look forward to.  Woot woot!

So if you haven’t already, pre-order your copy, so it can either get downloaded to your E-reader on May 8 or be shipped out to you.

You are gonna love this series…


Tasty Tuesday – Blog Giveaway

Happy Tasty Tuesday!  Since I spent this past weekend up in Amish Country, I didn’t have a chance to bake anything to share on my blog this week.  So, since I was lacking in the recipe sharing department, I figured I’d dive into my prize vault and offer up a blog giveaway this week.

This week’s prize is a cookbook I picked up in Dover, DE at an Amish owned rubber stamp store and a cute towel I picked up in PA during one of our many jaunts up there.  The saying gave me quite the chuckle, so I had to get one for my hubby too.

blog prize-1I love cookbooks from the different Amish settlements.  Granted, they sometimes have similar recipes in them, but I do enjoy the little quips and stories that most Amish cookbooks have inside.

Here’s a close up of the cookbook in case you’d like to find your own copy…

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For your chance to win this little prize pack, just leave a comment telling me what Amish settlement you’d like to visit.  There are so many settlements spread out across the country.  I’d pick Pinecraft, FL in the winter months and Indiana.

I’ll post the winner next week.  Good luck!


My Review of “An Amish Heirloom” by Amy Clipston, Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, & Kelly Irvin

Today, I am sharing my review of “An Amish Heirloom” – four novellas each having a special heirloom that plays a part in each story.  The novellas are written by Amy Clipston, Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, and Kelly Irvin.

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Here’s a little blurb about each story:

A Legacy of Love by Amy Clipston

Local volunteer fire fighter Leon King agrees to repair his ex-girlfriend Susie Bontrager’s grandparents’ antique rocking chairs for her future home with her fiance and is forced to acknowledge that his feelings for her have not quite gone away. As Susie spends time with Leon, she begins to recognize she is marrying the wrong man for all the wrong reasons.

The Cedar Chest by Beth Wiseman

Decades after inheriting her great grandmother’s cedar chest, Emma Fisher decides to pry it open only to discover a beautiful love story in the form of letters between her great grandparents. But as Emma immerses herself in their story, family secrets are revealed, and she must decide whether to share them to preserve family history or honor her great grandparents’ decision to leave them hidden.

The Treasured Book by Kathleen Fuller

For the past two years, Shane Broyles has felt God leading him to join the Amish. He’s staying with his friends Noah and Ivy Schlabach in Birch Creek, OH, where he is reunited with Lucy Fisher, an old friend of Noah’s family. Shane and Lucy have never revealed their feelings for each other, but when they stumble upon an antique Bible at a flea market, they feel drawn to each other and to the mystery of the contents found within.

The Midwife’s Dream by Kelly Irvin

Iris Beachy serves as a midwife in her district where she longs for a family of her own. When her friend’s brother Mahon Kurtz seeks her help in delivering the baby of two young teenagers who have sought refuge in their town, they begin to see each other in a different light. Unprepared for parenthood, the young couple leave their baby girl behind in an antique crib quilt resembling the one destined for Iris when she becomes a mother. Mahon and Iris come together to take care of the baby as they try to find her parents, and they begin to see new possibilities for their future.

My review of this book:

I loved each story and how each heirloom played a part in each novella where the characters learned about previous generations from these heirlooms.  From a pair of rocking chairs to a cedar chest to an antique Bible to an antique crib quilt, we see the special bonds that characters make over these items.  You see how God works in the lives of these characters and how the bonds of family and friendship prevail.

And I have to say my favorite part of this book came from Kathleen Fuller’s “The Treasured Book”, because she brought dear Cevilla back as a character.  And she’s sure a character, a meddling one with a big heart.  So fun to read about her again.

If you want a fun read about some awesome characters, grab a copy of “An Amish Heirloom”.  With it being four noveallas, it is an easy read.  You won’t be disappointed.