Tasty Tuesday ~ Wacky Cake

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Tasty Tuesday

With Cindy Linthicum

Introducing you to some interesting cookbooks, recipes, etc. found while rambling through Amish country

Welcome to the last Tuesday of March…another month has flown by.

This week’s recipe fits me to a tee. Wacky Cake! My life has been wacky these past few months to say the least. And the company I work for is celebrating its 15th anniversary on Wednesday, so I figured a wacky cake for a wacky crew.

I can remember my mom making this cake for many years. It’s a delicious chocolate cake – very moist, and I guess it’s called wacky since it contains vinegar. Yep, you read that right – there are two tablespoons of vinegar included in the batter, but you can’t taste it at all.

This week’s recipe comes from the Apple Pie and Apron Strings Coo...

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Carolyn’s Corner ~ A Faith Of Her Own

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A Faith of Her Own

by Kathleen Fuller

41VWILOqhHL._UY250_Anna Mae, has grown up with her friends Jeremiah and his brother Amos. They have promised to always be there for each other, however as life goes, Jeremiah decided to pursue his dream of becoming a Vet. He left his Amish community and lived with the local vet and worked as an apprentice until leaving for school to make his dream come true. Just when Jeremiah has finished school, Dr. Miller has had an accident and has ask Jeremiah to return to Middlefield and help him until he recovers. This is the first time Jeremiah has returned since leaving four years prior.

Anna Mae had been there for Amos, who is mentally challenged...

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Tasty Tuesday ~ Chewy Cocoa Brownies

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Tasty Tuesday

With Cindy Linthicum

Introducing you to some interesting cookbooks, recipes, etc. found while rambling through Amish country

Welcome to the first Tuesday in spring. Yay! On our first day of spring, we got a couple inches of snow, but fortunately the weekend warmed up a bit, so it disappeared right quick. Sure hope winter is finished for the season. I am ready to see some color in our flower gardens. The crocuses are blooming and daffodils and tulips are popping through the dirt. Hubby planted seeds for broccoli, carrots, kale (yuck!), spinach (double yuck!), and brussel sprouts (triple yuck!).

This week’s recipe comes from the Apple Pie and Apron Strings Cookbook. It includes recipes from every corner of Amish America...

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Tasty Tuesday ~ No Bake Chocolate Cookies

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Tasty Tuesday

With Cindy Linthicum

Introducing you to some interesting cookbooks, recipes, etc. found while rambling through Amish country

This week’s recipe again comes from Wanda E. Brunstetter’s Amish Friends Christmas Cookbook. On page 116, I found a recipe for No Bake Chocolate Cookies. They sounded easy enough to make, and I had all the ingredients within reach to whip up a batch.

Here’s the recipe for you to give them a try…

No Bake Chocolate Cookies – Wanda E. Brunstetter’s Amish Friends Christmas Cookbook, Page 116

(By Vonda Yoder, Middlebury, IN)

2 cups sugar

1/2 cup milk

1/4 teaspoon salt

4 teaspoons cocoa

1/2 cup margarine

1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter

1 teaspoon vanilla

3 cups oats

In a medium saucepan, mix sugar, milk, salt, cocoa, and margarine, and cook ...

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Happy St Patrick’s Day!

An Irish Blessing for you today

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May the road rise to meet you,

may the wind be ever at your back.

May the sun shine warm upon your face,

and the rains fall soft upon your fields.

And until we meet again,

may God hold you in the palm of his hand

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Here are some interesting facts that I found interesting that I wanted to share with you…

~ Patrick’s “real” name was Maewyn Succat, or in Latin, Magonus Succetus,” He took on the name Patrick when he became a priest.

~ Approximately 13 million pints of Guinness will be consumed worldwide on St. Patrick’s Day (according to WalletHub)

~ The phrase “drowning the shamrock” is rooted in a tradition in which a shamrock worn on the lapel for St. Patrick’s Day was tossed in the last drink of the evening.

~ The shamrock was...

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Tasty Tuesday ~ Peanut Butter Fudge

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Tasty Tuesday

With Cindy Linthicum

Introducing you to some interesting cookbooks, recipes, etc found while rambling through Amish country.

Welcome to My first Tasty Tuesday of March! Where did the first two months of 2015 go?

This week’s recipe comes from Wanda E. Brunstetter’s Amish Friends Christmas Cookbook. My husband gave me this for my birthday back in October, and this is my first time making something out of it. And even with Christmas in the title, these recipes can be used year round. I have found a few I can’t wait to try.

I wanted to make something that I could gift to our dedicated UPS and FedEx drivers at work. This winter has been crazy, and these two guys don’t miss a beat with our deliveries.

I decided to make a batch of Peanut Butter Fudge found on page 57.

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Carolyn’s Corner ~ Butterfly Palace

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Butterfly Palace

Colleen Coble

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Lily Donaldson finds herself alone in Austin, Texas in 1904. She is still mourning the suspicious death of her father from four years ago, the desertion of her fiancé and then the recent death of her mother. Lily has moved to Austin to take a position of kitchen maid with the wealthy Marshall family working in Butterfly Palace. Lily’s duties quickly expand to being the personal maid for the Donaldson’s very spoiled niece. If nothing else Lily’s many duties is distracting her from her personal tragedies.

While serving at a dinner party for the Donaldson’s, Lily comes face to face with her former fiancé. Andy is now living in Austin going by a different name...

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The Promise of Palm Grove ~ Review

FB_IMG_1425208399883Good Morning and Happy SONday!   I spent a little time last evening reading. Ok, to be honest, it was one of those “can’t go to sleep till I finish a book” late nights. “The Promise of Palm Grove” was the book that convinced me to give up my much needed beauty sleep.  And this morning I am glad I did.

I never pass up a Shelly Shepard Gray book and the fact that this one was based in Pinecraft (Sarasota) Florida, the winter vacation spot for Amish & Mennonite made it even more intriguing to me.  I live close to there and since I am new to the area and have been exploring the beauty of it all, it was exciting to read a story that includes many of the places I have visited.

This book drew me in quickly at the rescue of a cat in a tree and held my attention all the way through...

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Tasty Tuesday ~ Chicken Casserole

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Tasty Tuesday

With Cindy Linthicum

Introducing you to some interesting cookbooks, recipes, etc found while rambling through Amish country.

Welcome to this week’s Tasty Tuesday recipe. I have another main dish this week out of the Cooking with the Fishers cookbook – “Chicken Casserole” – one that I have actually been served in an Amish home and have fixed myself on several occasions. It’s a great comfort food casserole for the cold winter evenings, and it is also easy to prepare with staples found in your kitchen.

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Here’s the recipe for the Fisher’s Chicken Casserole found on page 43:

 2 lbs. (1 quart) cooked chicken (or turkey)

1 can cream of chicken soup

1 cup sour cream

1 stick butter

1 1/2 cups crushed Ritz crackers

Cut the meat into bite-size pieces...

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Carolyn’s Corner ~ Judith’s Place

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Judith’s Place

Diane Craver

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Judith’s Place is the second book in Diane Craver’s “Dreams of Plain Daughters” series.

Judith dreams of what her life would have been like had she been born English instead of Amish. She dreams of a higher education. The normal Amish eighth grade education just isn’t enough to satisfy her desire to learn.

Because of Judith’s desire to learn, she puts off joining the Amish faith. She wants to study and pass her GED test before she joins the church, because once she joins she would not be allowed to further her education or she would be shunned. Judith is currently the school teacher for the lower grades of the local Amish school...

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