Rumschpringe is a time where Amish boys and girls leave their Amish community to explore the world at the age of 16. They are considered adults. Most teens return. Those who do not are excommunicated from their family, friends and Amish people.
The journey for these teens during this time can be difficult in a world offering modern conveniences, technology and worldly views.

What is your opinion of this?

Mr. Dobbs is a Pastor and Author. He took is little daughter to dinner. She said, "You talk about God talking to you. How can I hear him talk to me?"

He said, "Remember when you said the new little girl in your second grade class this year was sad because she didn't have any friends, and you decided you were going to be her friend? Who told you to do that?"

"So that's Him!"

This story made my day and warmed my heart. I hope it does yours.

Amish Breakfast Casserole by Annie

1 pound sliced bacon, diced

1 medium sweet onion, chopped

6 eggs, lightly beaten

4 cups frozen shredded hash brown potatoes, thawed

2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

1 1/2 cups small curd cottage cheese

1 1/4 cups shredded Swiss cheese


In a large skillet, cook bacon and onion until bacon is crisp; drain. In a bowl, combine the remaining ingredients; stir in bacon mixture. Transfer to a greased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees F for 35-40 minutes or until set and bubbly. Let stand for 10 minutes before cutting.

Yummy! Give this a try!

President Eisenhower’s Favorite Cake by Dora Burkholder

½ cup butter
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 cup sour milk
2 ½ cups sifted flour
1 tsp soda
1 tsp baking powder (rounded)
2/3 cup cocoa dissolved in ½ cup boiling water
¼ tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
Sift flour, soda, baking powder, and salt; cream the shortening slowly, beat in sugar, add egg yolks and vanilla. Add cocoa, then add flour mixture alternately with the milk. Fold in stiffly beaten egg whites. Pour into two greased layer cake tins. Bake 25 minutes in 375° oven.

The Amish are a plain people and believe having dolls with faces are like graven images as talked about in the Bible in Deuteronomy. They don't have mirrors hanging in the homes, and spend very little time looking at one.

They don't want their children to become prideful and identify with faces on the dolls. These toys are made of simple cloth Amish clothes and have no buttons or frills. They don't want their children to identify or want to be like their dolls in any way. They are simply a toy.

I read a story about an Amish child who went with her father to buy a tool from a non Amish man. The Amish child and non Amish daughter of the farmer talked. The Amish child showed the other child her doll. When she got up to leave, she dropped her doll. The other child grabbed a marker in the barn and drew a face on the doll, and then ran after her new friend and handed it to her. She thought she had done her new Amish friend a favor. The Amish child burst into tears and ripped the head off her doll. She could no longer play with it. The other child burst into tears, because she didn't understand why. Ten years later, the two met again. They communicated, and then the non Amish girl understood. A long time to wait, but she

Authors from Southwest Florida Romance Writers Group wrote entertaining and delightful short stories and published them in "From Florida with Love".

Escape your life for a little bit and enjoy these stories full of romance, fun, laughter and serious moments too. You'll enjoy the variety of stories and find them a quick read. Available on Amazon.com and very affordable.

Their stories had to take place in Florida, and mention a sunset, flamingo and beach. You'll find out how they cleverly mastered incorporating this information in their stories. The will surprise you!

Many of the Amish recipes created are a part of their folklore. No Shrove Tuesday would be complete without raised doughnuts called 'fastnachts.'

The Amish eat dandelions because they recognize the benefits of dandelion

The History of Amish Cooking and Amish Food Recipes Amish cooking was truly an art requiring much intuitive knowledge, for Amish recipes contained measurements such as 'flour to stiffen,' 'butter the size of a walnut,' and 'large as an apple.'

Many of these Amish recipes have been made more exact and standardized providing us with a regional cookery we can all enjoy. Amish Recipes for Soups Soups are a traditional part of Amish cooking and the Pennsylvania Dutch housewife can apparently make soup recipes out of anything. If she has only milk and flour she can still make rivel soup. However, most of their soups are sturdier dishes, hearty enough to serve as the major portion of the evening meal. One of the favorite summer soups in the Pennsylvania Dutch country is Chicken Corn Soup. Few Sunday School picnic suppers would be considered complete without gallons of this hearty soup.
Amish Recipes for Christmas The Christmas season is one of the busiest times in the Pennsylvania Dutch kitchen, where the cookbooks are thrown open and Amish recipes start flying. For weeks before Christmas the house is filled with the smell of almond cookies, anise cookies, sandtarts, Belsnickle Christmas cookies, walnut kisses, pfeffernusse, and other traditional cookies. Not just a few of one kind but dozens and dozens of many kinds of cookies must be made. There must be plenty for the enjoyment of the family and many holiday visitors.

1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 cups buttermilk or 2 cups milk plus 2 tablespoons vinegar or lemon juice
4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda

Cinnamon/sugar mixture:
2/3 cups sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon

Cream together butter, 2 cups of sugar, and eggs. Add milk, flour, and baking soda. Put 1/2 of batter (or a little less) into greased loaf pans (1/4 in each pan). Mix in separate bowl the 2/3 c sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle 3/4 of cinnamon mixture on top of the 1/2 batter in each pan. Add remaining batter to pans; sprinkle with last of cinnamon topping. Swirl with a knife. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 min. or until toothpick tester come clean.
Cool in pan for 20 minutes before removing from pan. from Paula Luer

One box of Jello Instant Vanilla Pudding
One container of Cool Whip
1/4 cup of milk (use one or two percent real milk)
1 can pineapple tidbits
1 can mandarin oranges
1/2 bag of colored mini marshmellows

Pour Jello Instant Vanilla Pudding powder into a bowl
Add 1/4 cup of milk to create a semi-thick paste
Add Cool Whip (empty container)
Stir above three ingredients together

Add fruit and mini marshmellows

Pour into 8 or 9 inch dish
Freeze and takeout 1/2 hour before you are ready to serve it.
Double recipe for more

I'm pleased to feature Cynthia Toney, Author on my blog today. Cynthia T. Toney

author of Bird Face

Website:  http://www.cynthiattoney.com 

Blog:  http://birdfacewendy.wordpress.com/

Facebook Author Page:  https://www.facebook.com/birdfacewendy?ref=hl

                                          Twitter:  @CynthiaTToney

 What is the story of Bird Face?

 Anonymous sticky-notes, a scheming bully, and a ruined summer send almost-fourteen-year-old Wendy down a trail of secrets and self-discovery.

 At the end of eighth grade, Wendy Robichaud doesn't care one bit about being popular like her good-looking classmates Tookie and the Sticks—until Brainiac bully John-Monster schemes against her, and someone leaves anonymous sticky-note messages all over school. Even her best friend, Jennifer, is hiding something and pulling away. But the Spring Program, abandoned puppies, and high school track team tryouts don’t leave much time to play detective. When secrets and failed dreams kick off the summer, will Jennifer still be around to support her or will Wendy learn to survive on her own?

Why did you write Bird Face?

There were some common issues among tweens and teens that I wanted to address, but I knew I had to write an entertaining story to entice kids to read about them. I wanted to delicately address the more serious issues by using humor and offering hope or real solutions. When you’re a preteen or teen with family or personal problems, life seems hopeless. It’s hard for kids sometimes to imagine a better future. I wanted readers to see the main character go through some relatable situations, deal with them, and come out okay—even triumphant—in the end.

Where did inspiration for the plot, subplots, and characters come from?

As an adult, I experienced and witnessed a great deal of emotional suffering among kids.  Kids sometimes grow up without knowing how precious and powerful they are, shy kids need to be taught skills for making friends, and girls think their looks define who they are. A bully may not fit the stereotype of years past -- that of the hulking male who shoves his way through life. It can be anyone, including someone like my bully character who is verbally bullied at home and turns the same toward his classmates.

How long did it take you to write this book?

It took more than a decade because I stopped a couple of times for long periods—years at a time--due to job changes and moving. At one point, I lost my computer files, but my husband recovered an old version of the manuscript on a disc he had. I advise other writers never to give up your dream of completing your book and getting it published.

Thank you, Cynthia.

Please visit her website and buy her book for the teen or friend who has a teen who would enjoy this great book!