Candy Cane Whoopie Pies


Candy Cane Whoopie Pie 

1 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
2 cups powdered sugar
12 large candy canes, crushed

1. Preheat the oven to 350* F.

2. In a bowl, sift together flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

3. In a measuring cup, stir together 3/4 cup milk, and vanilla. Set aside.

4. Cream together the brown sugar and 1/4 cup of the butter. Add the egg and reduce speed to low. Add about 1/4 of the combined dry ingredients and 1/3 of milk mixture and beat together. Repeat until all ingredients have been thoroughly and a smooth batter forms.

5. Using a tablespoon (I use a small ice cream scoop), portion out batter, spaced about 2″ apart, on parchment-lined cookie sheets.

6. Bake for 11 min. Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool.


1. Whip together 1/2 cup of butter, until fluffy. Add mint extract and 2 tablespoons milk. With the mixer on low, gradually add powdered sugar. Beat until fluffy. Fold 1/4 cup crushed candy canes into the filling. Using level tablespoons, top half of the cookies with icing, then place another cookie on top to create a sandwich.

2. Spread the filling to the edges of each. Roll the edges of each whoopie pie in the remaining crushed candy canes, and serve. Dust lightly with powdered sugar if desired.


A Full Moon Thanksgiving


Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!! 🍗

Last night, Gary, Bonnie, Bruce and I looked on in amazement of how beautiful the moon was. Little did we know that at that time, the moon had reached it’s fullness (According to NASA it reached it’s peak at 5:44pm but will still be 98% full Thanksgiving evening). I’ve had a restless night and while taking the dogs out I noticed it again and couldn’t help but sit outside and just stare at it (yes, I know it was 3:30am but…) The combination of the breeze and the moon was somehow stirring my restlessness. I’ve always been interested but very illiterate as to the atmospheric workings that God has created. But knowing the wonderful God that we have, everything is intricately created for a purpose. It turns out that tonight’s full moon is the last full moon before the Winter Solstice and is seen as the final bit of light before the darkness of winter. It is also known as the “Mourning Moon” as well as “Snow Moon”, “Fog Moon” and “Moon of Storms”. Also known as a “beaver moon”, some Native American tribes also believe it shows that it is time to set hunting traps before swamps freeze over. A signal of change to come! Can you imagine living in a time where the moon & sun were your calendar? It’s noted in several cultures that for this moon it symbolizes a time to reflect on the year and make personal changes by letting go of the past. So with this moon, take note of things you don’t want in your life anymore and discard em.. can be as simple as a bad habit you have or more profound like the grief over a lost loved one. Think of these things one last time and resolve to move on. Let go. Coincidentally, this one falls on Thanksgiving so be quiet and reflect on the good things in your life. For me, the past couple of hours, I’ve imagined that big beautiful glowing rock in the sky illuminating the darkest moments of my past year, and shining its light on a brighter tomorrow. I know in my soul there are many changes to come! With God’s guiding hand, as the winter sets in, I will weather it not allowing darkness but light to rule my world. Although I miss my family terribly this holiday season, I trust that God has his arms around each of them providing them with a hedge of protection. That alone is much to be thankful for on this day.
The last full moon of the year happens on Christmas Day. How cool is that?

God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night; He made the stars also. God placed them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, and to govern the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness; and God saw that it was good. (Genesis 1: 16-18)

Lue’s Tapesty of Amish Country ~ Celebrating Thanksgiving


Lue’s Tapestry of Amish Country

weaving in bits and pieces of experience

and adventure in and around Amish Country

Celebrating Thanksgiving

Food, family, fellowship. Thanksgiving Day is fast approaching and is certainly a celebrated holiday among the Amish folks. The meals are usually very organized, the menu planned well in advance and those who are invited are usually asked to bring a dish along. Depending on the size of the family you will need 8-10 pies, so at least three ladies would be asked to bring pie along. The same is true for the other desserts, salad and vegetable. This leaves the hostess with only the hot food.

Come along for a Thanksgiving meal in any given Amish family in our community here in Amish Country, Ohio.

Smoked Turkey

This is usually ordered weeks ahead of time at the local butcher shop. Many years ago more of the Amish had their own smoke houses, but that practice has gone by the wayside and now they purchase their smoked turkey from the butcher if they want one. Some of them won’t get a smoked turkey, but will use a regular Butterball turkey. They are as popular as the smoked ones. Our family likes the smoked turkeys the best.

Mashed Potatoes

Delicious potatoes are carefully peeled, diced, boiled in salt water until fork tender. After the water has been drained off the potatoes the Amish cook will take her potato masher and will begin mashing the potatoes, adding butter, sour cream, cream cheese, warm milk, salt and pepper to taste. The potatoes will be a very creamy and lump free consistency when finished. Once in their serving dishes the mounds of creamy potatoes will get a generous douse of browned butter. It is oh so good.


Toasted homemade bread cubes are mixed with eggs, shredded chicken, chopped celery, carrots and potatoes, seasonings. Lastly milk and chicken broth are added to get the proper consistency. Some Amish cooks first fry their dressing and then continue to bake it until it is time to serve and other Amish cooks will pour the dressing into well-buttered baking pans and bake until done.


Pan drippings from the turkey, butter and flour turned into a rue and then chicken broth added until it is the correct consistency, seasoned with salt and pepper and you have the best gravy for your mashed potatoes and dressing.


Grown in the Amish cook’s garden, processed in her kitchen, stashed away in her freezer for meals such as this one.


Homemade bread or dinner rolls can be found all across the Amish Thanksgiving tables. Served with delicious butter and homemade jams and jellies. Our family purchases their bread or dinner rolls at a local bakery. None of us are avid bread bakers.


This can be any salad, a lettuce salad, a broccoli and cauliflower salad, or even a taco salad is very popular for meals like this. My husband’s family always has taco salad for as long as I can remember.

Apple Sauce

Home canned. From the Amish cook’s canning shelf to the table.


Very often jell-o is served at large dinners such as this one. Apple salad, or ribbon salad are two favorites. My mom likes to make triple orange salad for her dinners.


This varies, some Amish cooks like to serve mixtures of their canned fruit, but as the time progresses, they are more “fancy” with their fruit and will mix up fresh fruits with a sweet sauce they cook up to pour over it. The sauce is more like a glaze and made similar as pie filling, only it is clear in color. Frozen, mashed strawberries can also be a choice fruit dish.


Ho Ho cakes are very popular with their creamy marshmallow layer underneath a very thick layer of chocolate. They are so delicious and almost always every crumb is gone by end of day.


Date pudding, cracker pudding, Oreo pudding. All favorites at a meal such as this one.


Pumpkin and pecan pies are high up on the list. But if the crowd is huge you can add some apple pies and cream pies to the mix. Peanut butter cream is a favorite throughout Amish families.


Coffee and water


After the meal the men will retire to the living room and take up all the good seats (wink, wink) and the ladies will wash the dishes and clean up the kitchen. After the dishes are finished the ladies retire to the living room as well, or stay in the kitchen to continue their visiting.

If the crowd is pretty big then the younger folks and children will sit at the tables and start to play games. Some old favorites are Dutch Blitz, Sorry or Chutes and ladders.

Rook for the teenagers and adults. A newer game they play a lot is Settlers. This is not an extensive list of the games they play, every once in a while it seems like someone brings a new game along for folks to try.

The other activity that can happen on Thanksgiving Day is hunting. The men and their beagles will go rabbit hunting sometimes. Not all Amish folks do this, but some will. I didn’t grow up with that but my husband’s family did. Sometimes the nephews will still go rabbit hunting in the afternoon but as my husband and his brothers and in law brothers get older they seem to enjoy holding down the furniture better.

Now, this year in our family we are NOT having all these fixings. My side of the family all has plans with their other sides of the family. Even my parent’s got invited to someone’s house last minute. My husband and I plan to just be at home alone for the day and enjoy the quiet day. We will reflect on what Thanksgiving is really about in our quiet time. I’m not sure what I’m going to make for our lunch, but I know I’m not in the mood to make all the fixings just for the two of us.

Later in the day my family is to congregate at my parent’s house and we will have a simple supper together. My brother’s birthday is the day before Thanksgiving and so instead of pie we will have a Dairy Queen cake for dessert. Our family don’t eat desserts like some families do. We generally plan only one or two desserts.

The rest of the evening we will fill up with games. We have a few games that we enjoy playing. Rook is the most popular game but there are others too. Our grandson will be around and so he will get a ton of attention. And that is about it. Everyone is off on Friday and so we can all play games into the night, as late as we want.

Happy Thanksgiving to you!



Tasty Tuesday ~ Pot Pie

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Well, last week’s soft chocolate chip cookies were a hit at work. One of the guys admitted to eating over two dozen just himself, because they were so good. Fortunately, he didn’t eat all two dozen in one sitting. Can you imagine that belly ache? But it was nice to hear that they were that delicious. At least by his standards. J

This week’s recipe again comes from the cookbook, Weavertown School Kitchen Collections. I told you there were a lot of recipes I wanted to try out. I thought this one would be perfect for Thanksgiving week, because you can substitute all of that leftover turkey for the chicken. This was really quick to whip up and tasted really good. The crust made by the Bisquick, milk, and eggs was delicious too.

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Easy Chicken Pot Pie, Saraetta Shirk

Weavertown School Kitchen Collections, page 126

1 2/3 c. frozen mixed vegetables, thawed

1 c. cut-up cooked chicken

1 can cream of chicken soup

1 c. Bisquick

1/2 c. milk

2 eggs

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix vegetables, chicken and soup in ungreased 9” pie plate. Stir remaining ingredients until blended and pour over mixture in pie plate. Bake 30 minutes or until golden brown. Serves 5 people.

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One of the reasons this recipe got picked was because I had chicken thawing and wanted to fix something different with it. This cookbook was sitting on the counter, so I started looking through the chicken recipes. It was chilly outside and hubby wasn’t feeling well, so I thought this was the perfect comfort food. It hit the spot. And like I said above, it would be perfect to use up that leftover Tom the turkey.

If you’d like to purchase a copy of this cookbook, you can contact the school to purchase a copy. Their information is:

Weavertown Mennonite School

73 Orchard Road

Bird-in-Hand, PA 17505


You can also find it in any of the local Amish tourist stops – Bird-in-Hand Bake Shop, Gordonville Book Store, etc., if you are local to the area.

I’ll have at least one more recipe to share from this book next week. This time, we’ll be making muffins.

I hope you and your family have a truly blessed Thanksgiving! And for those who venture out on Black Friday to shop with the masses, please be careful.

Blessings… Cindy

Lue’s Tapestry of Amish Country ~Helping The Amish Leave The Church


Lue’s Tapestry of Amish Country

weaving in bits and pieces of experience

and adventure in and around Amish Country

November was dubbed “writing month” by me a couple weeks ago. I warned everyone who is near me that I’m not “doing” Thanksgiving at our house this year because I don’t want the pressure of cleaning my house and getting ready for it because I want to write. I hope to have much of my manuscript finished by the end of December. It is just a goal, but one must have a goal to move forward with anything in life, correct?

Along with the pressure I’m putting on myself to get this manuscript finished I find myself with a bit of a mental block when it comes to other writing projects. This one in particular because I want it to be “Amish-y” and sometimes I’m just at a loss. I posted a little something on Facebook for ideas from some of my readers there and a few of them were forthcoming with ideas and that is where the idea of this article sparked from.

Karen asked if I would ever help an Amish person (young or old) leave the Amish Faith.

This is a very good question but has a layered answer and I will try my best to convey to you in words what my heart feels about this subject.

As many of you know who are my faithful readers and friends I am former Amish and have been shunned by them and yet I don’t hold anything against them. “They know not what they do,” has been a kind of motto I’ve lived by since early on.

After my husband and I decided to leave the Amish I experienced a period of bitterness and anger toward the Amish because I felt that they were ridiculous cutting us off the way they did. We lost everyone we were close to. Family and friends alike.

The shunning left us cold and lost on many levels. It did what it was supposed to do to make us feel alone and got us to thinking about a lot of things. The motive behind shunning a person for leaving the Amish is to help them see the error of their ways and to return, shunning did not make us want to return into what at that time we would have considered to be “the hornet’s nest.” Who wants to be treated like an outcast and only accepted if one abides by all the rules? Who wants to be watched for every little move they make and be told the sleeves on your daughter’s dress for church are too short? Who wants to be nitpicked at every move one makes?

The Amish shun because that is how they always have done things. It isn’t because that is what it says to do in the Bible. When we had asked them which scriptures they were using to justify shunning us they recited 1 Corinthians 5: 11 and said, “that is the verse we are using to shun you with.” My husband and I reread that scripture until we had it etched in our memories. We didn’t understand, we weren’t sexually immoral, we weren’t greedy, we went down the line and examined ourselves and couldn’t find one point in that scripture the Amish church could really hold us on. When we asked them about it the deacon of the church just shrugged his shoulders and said, “That is how we have always done it.”

Their rules ran like a well-oiled machine and there was no budging in our favor. Even if the deacon and the minister might have agreed with us, their loyalties lie with the church. A few seasons came and went, we grew in our relationship with Christ, and we found purpose and knew who we were again.

We purposed to live our lives freely and become an example to those around us. Not just the Amish, but to everyone. We wanted to live in such a way that folks saw a difference in our lives and might ask us about it. There were Amish folks in our lives who we knew were miserable and we would have liked to invite them to leave, but we knew those kinds of things could blow up in our face. The Amish tell what they know and if someone isn’t happy with you they will spread that around like wildfire. We didn’t want to be the folks who were the talk of the town and who folks were told to keep away from because of their “new belief.” We wanted to live a “salty” life and let folks be drawn to us.

It happens from time to time that someone will ask us something about why we left and we know they are questioning where they are. We answer their questions and let them lead in the conversation. Interestingly, we have helped several folks leave the Amish along the way, but only because we were asked to help them. We never started the conversation. There have been times when we have helped someone get their driver’s license which is always crazy and fun at the same time. You try to drive down roads where no Amish folks live so they aren’t found out until the person(s) leaving want it to be out. There is also the scary part of “what if we have an accident,” while they are learning to drive and then “everybody” will find out right away. A bit of an adventure to say the least.

We are always joyful when someone finds their way into a lifestyle of more freedom and less rules. I tell folks who are leaving, “There are less rules, but the responsibility is deeper, because now you HAVE to know where you stand with God. You have to come up with convictions and stand for things alone sometimes. For example; I don’t drink alcohol, why? Because I’ve been convicted of not being inebriated, not even a touch. There is no bishop telling you what the rules are, you live in freedom, but with much more responsibility.”

To kind of sum up my answer for Karen: Yes, we will help folks leave the Amish, but only after they have already purposed in their hearts it is time for them to go. The cost is high for leaving and so the person leaving needs to figure it out for themselves and not feel swayed by us. We went through the whole process of second guessing our own decision and we know if we have any way swayed them for leaving, the moment they start to second guess themselves, and they will, they will start to throw blame our way. It is better for the person leaving to know in their heart why they are leaving and so for that reason we don’t try to talk anyone into it.

I do believe some of the Amish folks are finding their way to God and are experiencing the new birth. I would love to have a chat with a few of them one day and find out how they resolve the issues of having their bishop make the rules for them. Not in a confrontational way, but just because I enjoy knowing how other folks think things through.

So that is my answer. I felt like I needed to share with you some of our experience with being shunned so you could hopefully understand why we don’t “campaign” to get our family and friends to leave. We are always happy and excited to help them get out once they have made that decision.

Do you ever stop and think what freedom looks like for you? Spiritually? If you’ve not been raised in an environment where life is dictated by a few certain folks you probably can’t fully appreciate what you just read, but I know there are many folks out there who have grown up in a church setting, even though not Amish, but they have felt the same sort of things I described here. I write about the Amish because that is what I know, it has been my experience, therefore I share. I love the Amish, I do not write these things to put them down, it is my experience with them and that is what I share.

Next week’s article…all about how the Amish and our family celebrate Thanksgiving.


Tasty Tuesday ~ Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Well, I was itching to get into the kitchen this week and bake. Hubby is now sick with this creeping crud, so I wanted to warm up the kitchen and make him feel better with a cookie. He is my cookie monster during the Christmas baking season always stealing a hot cookie right off the tray or the cooling rack. I knew he wasn’t feeling well when he didn’t even emerge out of the bedroom enticed by the smell. He did eat one cookie though to be my guinea pig and said it was good.

This week’s recipe comes from the cookbook, Weavertown School Kitchen Collections. One thing I like about this cookbook is that it is spiral bound, and the pages go all the way around the spiral, so the book lays flat. It is also full of a vast array of recipes. Since I’ll be doing all of my cookie baking in a few weeks, I wanted to try out this new chocolate chip cookie recipe. It is for soft chocolate chip cookies. The recipe is on page 200.

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Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies, Jenelle Weaver

Weavertown School Kitchen Collections, page 200

1 1/2 c. butter, partially melted

1 1/2 c. margarine, partially melted

3/4 c. sugar

2 1/2 c. brown sugar

1 Tbsp. vanilla

6 eggs

1 1/2 c. instant vanilla pudding

1 1/2 tsp. soda

1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. salt

8-9 c. flour

3 c. chocolate chips

Cream together butter, margarine, and sugars. Add remaining ingredients, stirring in chocolate chips last. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-14 minutes or until tops have a hint of color. Yield: 12 dozen.

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Well, needless to say, I did not want 12 dozen cookies, so I divided the recipe into thirds. I got about four dozen cookies by doing that. Just enough for us at home and for the guys at my office. They definitely were different than my normal Tollhouse recipe I normally fix. They are soft, and they tasted really good. Just different from my chocolate chip recipe I fix at Christmas – not as thin and crispy like those normally are. Would I fix these again? Yes! They have a nice flavor, and the recipe makes a lot of cookies. Perfect for Christmas gift giving! I usually make 12-15 different kinds of cookies at Christmas and package them up for our neighbors and co-workers, so they just might find these cookies in their tin this year.

How many of you do a lot of cookie baking for the holidays? What is your favorite cookie to make? I don’t really have a favorite. I like trying out all different kinds.

If you’d like to purchase a copy of this cookbook, I purchased my copy at the Good’s Store in Lancaster County. I have also seen it available at Gordonville Book Store, Bird-in-Hand Bake Shop, and Bird-in-Hand Family Restaurant. For those not local, you can contact the school to purchase a copy.

Weavertown Mennonite School

73 Orchard Road

Bird-in-Hand, PA 17505


For any cookbook lovers in your family, I think this would make a nice gift for the holidays.

Have a great week!

Blessings… Cindy

Lue’s Tapestry of Amish Country ~ Farmhouse Frocks

Lue’s Tapestry of Amish Country

weaving in bits and pieces of experience

and adventure in and around Amish Country


Good morning friends of “Lue’s Tapestry of Amish Country.” Today we have a real treat, an interview from a special lady in our community, Lena Schlabach. She is strong, inspiring and a hard worker. She is very busy and I was tickled to have a few minutes of her time so I could introduce all of you to her and her wonderful store.


Lena, thank you for stopping by and chatting a bit about your business – Farmhouse Frocks. I’ve known you through the blog world for several years, following along on all your adventures back when you were starting out with Lena’s Amish Granola. It has been interesting to watch you transition down a different avenue and start your own clothing line recently and I just know the readers here at “Lue’s Tapestry of Amish Country” would enjoy getting to know a bit more about you and your product. So, let’s dig in and allow the readers to get better acquainted with you.

Lue: Tell us a little bit about yourself, what is your background?

Lena: I was raised Amish in southern Ohio. When I was twelve years old my family moved back to this community. (Ohio’s Amish Country) At a young age I knew I didn’t want to stay Amish. I knew, however, I’d want to stay close to my family which I loved. When I turned eighteen I started living a more modern lifestyle and was blessed to keep my relationships with my family.

I met my husband, Allen, at the young age of sixteen and he was also raised Amish, so we made the transition together.  When we were in our early twenties we got married. This past summer we celebrated our twenty second anniversary together.

Lue: That is amazing you were able to maintain a wonderful relationship with your family and congratulations on twenty two years of wedded bliss! Tell us a little bit more about your family.

Lena: Allen and I are blessed with three beautiful healthy children. Felicia is twenty years old and is the sales manager at the Farmhouse Frocks studio. She loves children and has a passion for missions. She has a deep spirit. Quinton is sixteen years old, and a smart kid with his grades. He LOVES duck hunting with his daddy. He has a hilarious dry sense of humor that has us in stitches laughing on a daily basis. And last but not least is Sydni who is thirteen years old and wise beyond her years. She loves the Lord and cares for the underdogs.

She also happens to be on our sales force at the shows we do. Allen, my husband, is an artist and has much patience with the crazy life I create for us. He works for my family’s business as well.

Lue: Lena, I’ve met your daughters and they are real gems, they are a chip off the old block, so personable and sweet, just like their mama. I love how your family works and plays together. Tell us a little bit about your business and how Farmhouse Frocks got started.


Lena:  It’s hard to believe we have only been in business a little over a year. So much has happened in one year’s time. It started by me wanting a pretty white vintage dress similar to what my friend was wearing at a Fête picnic. Like the snap of a finger I had started a clothing line catering to plus size women. I soon realized I didn’t want to exclude anyone and now we create and sell clothes for all sizes. After 9 months in business we opened a studio and we now have 28 Amish women sewing for us. Wow! We are so blessed!  Did it all come easy? No, but has it been worth it! YES! I was at wits end many times with the challenges I faced with our rapid growth we have experienced. When you run a business on a cash basis and no bank loans you have no choice but to have more “faith than fear.” The Lord has bailed us out more times than I could ever repay him. When I stand in our studio and look at all our inventory I’m humbled that it’s all paid for by him.

Lue: Your story is just amazing and we will talk a little bit about your “more faith than fear” motto in a little bit. Tell us more about your seamstresses, you have Amish and Mennonite seamstresses working for you, correct?
Lena: All my seamstress are precious to me. I pray before I hire them. I have a set of requirements when a lady calls inquiring about a possible seamstress position. 1. Do you have a surger sewing machine? 2. How much time in your day do you have to sew? 3. What area do you live in? 4. Do you like to sew?

Most of my seamstresses are in the Holmesville and Sugarcreek areas so I don’t have to do so much driving to do. One seamstress will only sew one or two patterns. Did I mention how much I love my seamstress and the relationships I’ve built with each one of them? They love looking at my pictures of women wearing what they have sewed. We pray, cry and laugh together. They are fast and neat and it makes my job so much easier.

Lue: Oh how wonderful! It sounds like a match made in heaven for both you and the seamstresses. It sounds like you are very organized with your process which is a wonderful gift to have. Speaking of gifts, you like to empower women, why? Along with that question, how do you empower women?

Lena: I think one of the reasons I’m so passionate about this is my whole life growing up I was overweight and felt like my voice wasn’t heard and I was over looked a lot because of it. Now the Lord has given me opportunities that has empowered me to be able to make an impact on how women feel about themselves, not only through my clothing line but also through the social media classes I teach at our Studio 65 Workshops.

Lue: I know your heart is in whatever you do. I’ve been to a couple of your classes and I like that they are inexpensive and a person like me who doesn’t have a job can still afford to come and gain insight into social media avenues like Instagram. I just need to put to work what I learned from you! You are such a positive person and loving to all who you rub shoulders with. What motivates you?

Lena: Pictures, People, Goals, Instagram, Happiness

Lue: Anyone following you on social media, or who knows you in person can pick out a few of these factors in your life pretty quickly. What is one thing you would like folks to know about you?

Lena: Hmmm, I feel I wear my heart on my sleeve and share freely with all. Probably that if this little Amish girl can go places with her 8th grade education then you can too. I also love coffee, Instagram and wine. One of my favorite things to do is meet new people.

Lue: I know your motto is “more faith than fear” and it has been so inspiring for me that I have basically adopted it as my motto. I hope you don’t mind. You have been incredibly inspiring to me, watching you step out in faith and growing this business in a hurry. What does “more faith than fear” mean to you?

Lena: It’s amazing what happens when you kick the fear of failing to the curb. It’s changed my life. So what if I fail, I’ll try something else. Fear of man is a piggy back to that. Something happened to me a couple years ago that tested me on being so worried about what people think about me. It was life changing. Another thing that I do is ask myself “are you going to be happy with this choice tomorrow morning?” The answer usually is in black and white. Fear is Satan’s favorite tool to use against us. Once you recognize it, he has no power.

Lue: Like I said before, you inspire me and it is nice knowing you found courage to kick fear to the curb after having some life experiences and growing from them. How can folks connect with you and see all the wonderful products your Amish and Mennonite seamstresses make for you?

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Lena: We are on Facebook:


We are located in historic downtown Millersburg Ohio at 65 West Jackson Street.

Our studio hours are Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10-5.

We also do the Country Living Magazine shows in Columbus, Atlanta and Nashville.

Lue: This has been so interesting and I should share with the readers that a few weeks back I spent the day behind the scenes at your studio helping you and your daughters with a very big project you had going on. I was impressed with all that you had going on and how you seemed to be able to take it all in stride. You are a blessing and wonderful example to many of us ladies in the community and around the world. Your social media following is telling of that. Thank you for allowing my readers to step inside your world and see how your life purpose is helping not only ladies to be able to dress fashionably but also employ ladies and boost the economy that way. Thank you Lena, for being a real person and for caring for others. I just love you so much and cherish your friendship.

Lena: Thank you Lue for believing in me!!!

Lue: You are welcome, but I am the one who needs to thank YOU for all the wonderful things I’ve been able to learn from you. Truly inspirational on many levels. Bless you sweet sister.

I will close this article by encouraging YOU, the reader, to stop by Farmhouse Frocks and check them out if you are ever in the area. It is such a unique store, the way they have it put together is truly art in itself and then the clothing adds to the ambiance and the décor and products mesh together and make going there and experience.




Tasty Tuesday ~ Tips & Household Hints

Tasty Tuesday

With Cindy Linthicum

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

Happy November! I think I am finally over the hump and on my way to feeling better. I can’t wait to get back into the kitchen and start cooking & baking. I’m sure my hubby can’t wait for that either. While sick, I got a chance to look through a brand new Amish cookbook, Weavertown School Kitchen Collections. There are lots and lots of pages of wonderful recipes, information about the school (Weavertown Mennonite School located in Bird-in-Hand, PA), tips & household hints, and drawings from the children. This cookbook contains 323 pages of pure goodness.

I figured with the baking season quickly approaching for the holidays, I would share some tips and household hints that I found interesting in this cookbook. Some that could help you get out of a pinch if need be with some substitutions and such.



Tips & Household Hints – Weavertown School Kitchen Collections – pages 301 thru 305

(I am including just a handful of the items on the pages mentioned)

Measurements for the Kitchen

Pinch or dash = less than 1/8 teaspoon

3 tsp. = 1 Tablespoon

4 Tbsp. = 1/4 cup

5 1/3 Tbsp. = 1/3 cup

8 Tbsp. = 1/2 cup

10 2/3 Tbsp. = 2/3 cup

12 Tbsp. = 3/4 cup

16 Tbsp. = 1 cup

1 cup = 1/2 pint

2 cups = 1 pint

2 pints = 4 cups = 1 quart

4 quarts liquid = 1 gallon

16 oz. = 1 lb.

*I find these measurements very handy when I divide a recipe in half or thirds. Some of the Amish recipes can make a huge batch of something, so this little cheat sheet helps with dividing the ingredients up.


Bread: 1 slice = 3/4 cup soft crumbs

7 graham cracker squares = 1/2 cup finely crushed

12 buttery round crackers = 1/2 cup finely crushed

14 saltine crackers = 1/2 cup finely crushed

Food Equivalents

Macaroni = 1 cup (3 1/2 oz.) uncooked = 2 1/2 cups cooked

Noodles = 3 cups (4 oz.) uncooked = 4 cups cooked

Popcorn = 1/3-1/2 cup unpopped = 8 cups popped

Long grain rice = 1 cup uncooked = 3 cups cooked

Quick cooking rice = 1 cup uncooked = 2 cups cooked

Spaghetti = 8 oz. uncooked = 4 cups cooked

Emergency Substitutes

If you don’t have:                                          Use:

1 cup heavy cream                                         1/3 cup butter or margarine and 2/3 cup milk

1 square baking chocolate                            3 Tbsp. cocoa and 1 Tbsp. margarine

2 cups tomato sauce                                      3/4 cup tomato paste plus 1 cup water


Tips & Household Hints

~Tired of having your pasta or rice cooking out over the pan? Try adding a teaspoon of butter to it.

~Use clear gel instead of flour to make a clear gravy.

~If baking with 2 or more foil pans in oven at the same time, increase baking time by 15-30 minutes per pan depending on how full they are. A great tip for large groups.

~For a quick low fat topping for muffins, sprinkle the tops with Grape Nuts cereal before baking.

~For chewy cookies: Use half baking powder and half baking soda. Chilling dough before baking can help. Use more brown sugar than white. Take them out of the oven almost before they seem done and leave them finish baking on the cookie sheet for a minute. Also very important is to NOT over mix your dough or grease your baking sheets.

~Baking cookies: Use air bake sheets, do not grease unless instructed to. Bake 1 sheet at a time on center rack of oven. Remove when tops are just starting to brown or just before they are done baking. Let set on hot pan for half the time it was in the oven. Remove cookies and cool on wire racks, so they cool fast and don’t overbake. I found that makes the best moist cookie! Also do not put cookie dough on a hot pan, make sure pan is cool or only slightly warm.

I hope you find some of these items listed above helpful. I figured there will be lots of cookie baking coming up, so the last couple tips might help you in that department.



I already have a couple recipes marked to make for future Tasty Tuesday posts. This is really a nice cookbook.

I purchased my copy at the Good’s Store in Lancaster County. I have also seen it available at Gordonville Book Store, Bird-in-Hand Bake Shop, and Bird-in-Hand Family Restaurant. For those not local, you can contact the school to purchase a copy.

Weavertown Mennonite School

73 Orchard Road

Bird-in-Hand, PA 17505


This would make a great Christmas gift for that baker in your life or a nice addition to your own collection.

Have a great week!

Blessings…  Cindy

Front Porch Friday ~ In The Kitchen With Chris

Happy Friday!

Good Morning Everyone! It’s a beautiful day here. This time last year it was a little cool but not today… expected to be near 90*


This morning, we aren’t on the Front Porch. We’re in the kitchen with Chris Meyer of Memories By Chris. Can you smell the deliciousness in the air? Chris is not only a terrific cook but she can take a photo of any dish that I cook and make it look as though it was a perfect delicious dish (which I can assure you isn’t always the case). I’ve gained 10 lbs sometimes just looking at the photos that she has taken. A former restaurant owner in Sarasota, Florida, she now resides in my home state of Kentucky. Chris and I met a couple of years ago and instantly became friends.  I consider myself the lucky one in this friendship :)  In her spare time (which is a joke because she has none) she has taken the photos for a couple of my Kitchen Collection cookbooks as well as followed me on a couple of Whoopie Pie Pam events.  Some of her works are featured in some popular cookbooks and magazines. When not photographing food, Chris is a true horse lover and has shot some exquisite equestrian photos.  I could go on and on about Chris and her fabulous photos but I’ll just give you the link to her website and let your browse on your own.

For this morning, we want to share with you a recipe for Yummy Biscuits.  Not just any biscuit…  Yummy-Kentucky-Style-Comfort-Gather-In-The-Kitchen-Biscuits.  Ya’ll gonna love them :-)







To see more of Chris’s photos go to Memories By Chris




Lue’s Tapestry of Amish Country – Name Game

Lue’s Tapestry of Amish Country

weaving in bits and pieces of experience

and adventure in and around Amish Country

Name Game

 “Yah-Kob Choes Livvy’s Ape.”

That is my dad’s “row” in Pennsylvania Dutch.

Whatever does all that mean?

Some of you confused?

Let me explain.

So, the Amish folks reuse a lot of the same names. Not only are there seemingly only a handful of last names, but there are also the popular first names to contend with as well.

There are probably about a dozen Abe Millers in the Amish community and that becomes a problem when one is trying to figure out who someone is talking about. Incidentally, my dad’s name is Abe Miller and when he was younger he actually looked like Abe Lincoln. You are welcome…that was a bit of trivia I just needed to throw in there for you.

The Amish have found ways to define who everyone is. They use the father’s name and sometimes the father’s father and so forth. In my dad’s case and all his brothers he is “Yah-Kob Choes Livvy’s Ape.” Translation. Jacob, Joe’s, Levi’s, Abe. My brother is Jacob, Joe’s, Levi’s, Abe’s, Merle. My uncles are Jacob, Joes, Levi’s, (Jonas) (Joe) (Levi) (Dan) (Raymond) (Ivan) (Aden) (Roy) (Wayne)

Does that make sense?

What about the ladies? Well, it is about the same thing, but a little different. Generally only the dad’s name is used and then the daughter’s name. My mom is ‘Andy Mashta Susie.” Translation – Andy Mast’s Susie. Her sisters are Andy Mashta (Arie) (Sara) (Esther) (Katie) (Beina) (Edna).

So what if you are married and you are a lady. There is another kind of rule for that. My mom is now called “Ape Susie.” Translation – “Abe Susie.”

In my husband’s family there are three Atlees. A brother Atlee and two sisters are married to Atlees. If we are talking about going to Atlee’s house how does anyone know which Atlee are we talking about? This is what we say, “We are going to Mae Atlee’s house.” Or Esther Atlee or Alma Atlee. You just place the wife’s name in front of the husband’s name and there you have it, now everyone knows who we are talking about.

When one is out and about and you strike up a conversation with a stranger one of the first things we want to know is, “who are you?” Usually at the front end of the conversation we play the name game, “who is your daddy?” Just kidding! One will ask, “Vas is deah roy-y?” Translation – “What is your row.” Then you tell them, I’m “Abe Miller’s Lue” or “Bert Lue” if they know Bert then I would say his name. Otherwise I would use my dad’s name to tell them who I am and sometimes I have to give them my dad’s row of names and then there is a knowing nod and an “Oh ya” following with something like this, “He is a preacher in Ray Mast’s church? Or “He has a brother Joe?” “I know Joe, have known him for a long time.” And the conversation ensues from there.

I would love it if folks commented and told us what your own “row” is. What is your brother’s row or your husband’s row of names? I think it is pretty interesting myself.

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