Monday, June 21, 2010

Win a Handmade Miniature Amish Quilt Rack


When shopping in Pinecraft at Miller’s Dutch Haus Furniture recently, I came across this irresistible quilt rack. The miniature quilt is hand-stitched. The tag reads Handmade by The Miller Family in Holmes County, Ohio. I like it so much, I’ll probably go back and purchase another for myself, but this one was bought to give away. The doll was gift from my daughter, and the books on the shelf – some of my favorites! For your chance to win the quilt rack, just leave a comment on to be entered to win. I’ll announce the winner on Friday.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Sherry Gore on Amish Wisdom

Longing for simplicity? Overwhelmed by demands? Tune in to “Amish Wisdom” to explore ways to slow down, de-clutter, find peace, and live a simpler life. You don’t have to “go Amish” to incorporate principles of the Plain People into your life. There's much to learn from them: simple living, everyday joys, and greater value on family, community and church.

Share an hour with Suzanne and give yourself over to a world that prizes old ways, where time slows down. Where people are more important than things, where nature is revered, where holding on is more important than letting go, where humility and peace of mind are treasured. Give yourself to an Amish moment.

Join Suzanne Woods Fisher, bestselling author of Amish fiction and non-fiction, as she interviews fascinating guests who can teach us to simplify our busy lives. So pour a cup of coffee, settle into your favorite chair, and tune into "Amish Wisdom." Thursdays, 4-5pm CST.

Listen Thursday May 27 as Suzanne woods Fisher and I talk about my new book Taste of Pinecraft...Glimpses of Sarasota, Florida's Amish Culture and Kitchens.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Buttermilk Biscuits

photo by Jennifer Davick

Today is National Buttermilk Biscuit Day! Feather-light, Baking powder, and Drop biscuits are just a few favorites I've made for my family. I included Barbara Yoder's heavenly Angel Biscuits and rolled and cut Mile-high Biscuits in Taste of Pinecraft. - I love to eat biscuits slathered with real butter and beekeepers honey - How do you like yours?

Thursday, May 13, 2010

National Apple Pie Day


Apple Pie without cheese is like a kiss without a squeeze."
It's National Apple Pie Day! How do you like your Apple Pie? Leave a comment HERE AND on my BLOG at to be entered in a drawing for a FREE copy of Taste of Pinecraft, where you'll find a great recipe for Sarah Joy Beiler's Dutch Apple Pie.

For another chance at winning a FREE copy of Taste of Pinecraft check out where author Barbara Cameron is having a contest. Just scroll down till you find Barbara's blog with my book cover photo of the glorious pink grapefruit and palm tree. Leave a comment and you're automatically entered to win!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Amish Henry


Most every day Amish Henry can be seen riding his bike through Pinecraft in the winter season. Often he has his worn-out green utility wagon following right behind carrying tools for his handyman business. If you're lucky, you might catch a glimpse of Henry riding with an enormous cast iron kettle in the wagon. If you do, follow him. Where to? The Pinecraft Park, of course!

With a covered pavillion set in the heart of the village, the Pinecraft Park has long been the perfect venue for many fund raisers held each winter. These fund raising suppers aim to help out folks in need, or generate funds for ministries such as Gator Wilderness Camp for Boys, and Gospel Express.

Even though Pinecraft is a virtual ghost town this time of year, we're having Cowboy Stew tonight. Henry and Sarah are bringing supper to our place. Mrs. Henry is at home busy baking dessert; a Black Raspberry Pie made with hand-picked plump, juicy berries from their farm in Indiana. Henry has the stew bubbling.

You can read about Amish Henry in my book, Taste of Pinecraft...Glimpses of Sarasota Florida's Amish Culture and Kitchens, but you won't find the recipe for Cowboy Stew - it's a secret - something you can only experience in Pinecraft!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Mother's Day Contest

It's a given - mom's love cookbooks, especially one filled with stories. I'll be giving away a FREE copy of Taste of Pinecraft. Leave a comment on the Taste of Pinecraft fan page remarking the first Mother's Day gift you can remember getting or giving. The winner will be announced Monday, and the book will ship in time for Mother's Day, May 9th. Taste of Pinecraft

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Win a FREE signed copy of Taste of Pinecraft

Don't miss out on your chance to enter to win a FREE copy of "Taste of Pinecraft." Go to and check out the fan page for "Taste of Pinecraft"

Just leave a comment telling your favorite dish made with plump, delicious, blueberries - it's National Blueberry Pie day! The winner will be announced today - it may be you!