How to Set Up a Lean Music Center? Use a TV Stand

March 24th, 2017

 
Anne’s new TV stand is solid cherry with chestnut stain. This model is the Mission 3053 – 53″ Flat Panel TV Stand, but with changing technology, we see plenty of different electronics setups using classic furniture in new styles. Anne finds the Mission perfect for her stereo system.
 
This Mission 3053 53'' TV Stand is being used not as a TV stand but as a sound system center with the homeowner's own floor model speakers on either side
 
Says Anne, “I just now sent you a picture of my stand… such a delight and perfect for my music room! The delivery men were excellent. And yes I am sure that my family will be enjoying it for many years. Cheers, Anne
 
New ideas are always welcome at Amish Furniture Factory.
 





This Oak Leg Table Will Keep a Dining Room Elegant for Decades

March 22nd, 2017

 
Here is Charlene’s Christy Legged Dining Table with Madison legs and a bevel edge.
 
Christy Legged Dining Table from Amish Furniture Factory
 
Built in oak with the Saddle stain, Charlene’s new table will stay elegant for a long time. And that’s important, because she was looking for a table she wouldn’t have to replace:
 
I love my beautiful table that I bought online from Amish Furniture Factory. I have had multiple dining sets that just don’t last and have ended up spending way too much. I knew the Amish have superior quality and workmanship so decided to order from them with confidence I would be purchasing a product to last generations. I loved the options of style, wood choice and stains that I could pick for my tastes and decor and Laura was readily available to answer any of my questions with patience and kindness and kept me informed of the status of my order. I would not hesitate to order anything else in the future if I have a need for more quality furniture.
 
Now Charlene has a solid wood dining table that is strong enough for her family.
 
Christy Legged Dining Table from Amish Furniture Factory with kids having a snack
 





The Best Amish YouTube Videos

March 19th, 2017

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When you think about watching YouTube videos, you may not immediately think about the Amish. Traditionally, the Amish shy away from digital technology. But with that stated, however, the there are many good Amish related videos on YouTube. If you’re looking to gain insight into the day to day life of Amish people, videos are a great place to start.

 

Just as YouTube is a source of learning and information on a range of topics, the same holds true for learning more about Amish life and Amish culture. No matter what aspect of Amish life you are interested in learning more about, the odds are excellent that YouTube stands as an unexpected source of information. In this article, we will take a closer look at some of the best Amish videos on YouTube. You’ll find that the diversity of these videos is surprising and impressive.

 

Barn Raising Videos

 

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Amish barn raising is somewhat legendary. The ability of the Amish to work together to quickly build a barn is an impressive feat. But have you ever seen one happen before your eyes?

 

In May 2014, the Amish raised a large barn in Ohio. Not only did the Amish complete the building of this barn in one day, but most impressively they built the barn in a shocking 10 hours. It is important to note that the barn they built was not a small barn, but was in fact, a large and impressive structure.

 

In the following YouTube video, you can 1600 pictures were taken and then assembled into a video showcasing the entire barn building process. Nobody builds a barn like the Amish and this video backs that assertion up! To date, this excellent video has over 3 million views and growing.

 

Facts You Don’t Know About the Amish

 

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There are lots of misconceptions about the Amish. There are, however, several good YouTube videos that clear up those misconceptions and even provide overlooked information.

 

This video from the YouTube channel Geobeats does an excellent job of outlining what the Amish do and do not believe. Best of all this short video packs a lot of information into just two short minutes. Here are some of the key facts that the Geobeats video points out.

 

7 Facts About the Amish Explained

 

-The Amish have their own language.

-Attending school beyond the 8th grade is rare.

-Beard growing doesn’t happen until after marriage.

-Amish brides make their own dresses.

-The public energy grid cannot be used.

-The Amish don’t believe in insurance.

-The Amish pay taxes, but don’t pay into the Social Security system. Instead, the Amish believe that it is the responsibility of the community to care for one another.

 

Another interesting video about the Amish comes from the YouTube channel TopTenz. This comprehensive video features a brief history of Amish culture. It covers the persecution of Amish in Europe as well as the difference between the Amish and the Mennonites.

 

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The various differences between these two groups of people is covered quickly, but with a good level of detail. Information about Rumspringa and Amish music is covered as well. In this video, one interesting fact that is explained is that the Amish don’t play musical instruments. Other little known aspects of Amish culture are also covered, for example, children play with faceless dolls. Another little-known aspect of Amish culture, the fact that they don’t pose for pictures, as this goes against their religion.

 

Also covered is the fact that the Amish don’t embrace many forms of technology as they fear that it will lead to assimilation. Health aspects of being Amish is discussed at length including the genetic problems the Amish face as well as the fact that the Amish have lower levels of cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Overall, this video from TopTenz is both informative and respectful.

 

If you have ever wondered why Amish men wear beards instead of moustaches, then you’ll love Today I Found Out’s, “Why Do Amish Men Wear Beards But Not Moustaches?” Many facts about why the Amish wear beards is covered in this comprehensive video.

 

Amish Treats Made Easy, Thanks to YouTube

 

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If you’ve been reading our blog, then you know that one topic we love to cover is Amish cooking. For those interested in learning more about Amish recipes, YouTube has much to offer.

 

At the top of many people’s list of great dishes is the whoopie pie. It’s a dessert that is seldom found outside Amish communities. This famous pie is made simple with this informative Amish whoopie pie cooking guide. This great video features an easy how-to for a chocolate whoopie pie.

 

As you discover from this video, making this treat uses a fairly simple recipe that is also fairly diverse, as there are many different kinds of whoopie pies including red velvet.

 

In How to Make Amish White Bread, you can learn how to make famous Amish white bread. Much like the chocolate whoopie pie recipe, making Amish white bread is fairly simple. Amish cooking typically relies on using fresh and tasty ingredients. Both of these recipes showcase just how amazing Amish food can be.

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People who visit Amish country consistently walk away with a deep appreciation for Amish cooking. Try these two easy recipes at home, and you’ll see firsthand why so many love Amish cooking!

 

Ultimately, YouTube is a shockingly good source of information about every aspect of Amish culture. Whether you want to know more about the history and roots of the Amish or what daily Amish life is like, YouTube content creators have created countless videos on the subject. In this way, YouTube stands as a useful tool to increase understanding and awareness regarding the Amish and their way of life.

 

So sit back, grab a cup of coffee and enjoy some of these Amish videos. You’ll have a little fun and learn something at the same time. And in the process, you’ll definitely learn how to make a pretty tasty whoopie pie.





New Dining Chairs for a Classic Country Dining Room

March 9th, 2017

 
Ruth and William finished up their bright, classic dining room with Baytown Dining Chairs. These chairs are quarter-sawn white oak with Autumn Leaf stain.
 
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Says Ruth, “We couldn’t be happier with our new chairs! I just sent you a picture of them from my phone. We are so happy with everything about them. The workmanship is beyond what we expected.
 
Thank you again,
 
Ruth

 





The 5 Best Amish Cookbooks

February 18th, 2017

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If you are familiar with Amish cooking, then you already know that it is really something special that should be treasured. Amish cooking isn’t about blending a wide range of ingredients. Instead it focuses on utilizing a small number of ingredients and blending them with harmonious results. Add to that the fact that Amish cooking also focuses on using the freshest ingredients and the end result is something uniquely yummy.

 

Fall in Love with Amish Food

 

 

Many who experience real Amish cooking for the first time fall in love. In fact, this kind of cooking and preparation is so loved that there is a real demand for Amish cookbooks.

 

It is one thing to read about great tasting Amish food and quite another to make your own Amish delights. While there are many on the market, some are obviously going to be better than others. Let’s take a look at the 5 of today’s very best Amish cookbooks. In making our selections, we looked for Amish cookbooks that were not just authentic, but also feature recipes that are easy to make and understand. Plus, if you’re not living in an Amish community, it is important that the foods are practical to make. You probably don’t have all day to pick berries or wait for dough to rise.

 

The fusion of elegant simplicity and fresh, hearty ingredients combine to create a unique dining experience. Armed with an Amish cookbook of your own, you’ll be able to repeat these classics whenever you like.

 

#1 Gather Around the Amish Table: Treasured Recipes and Stories from Plain Communities by Lucy Leid

 

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While “Around the Amish Table: Treasured Recipes and Stories from Plain Communities” by Lucy Leid may have the word “plain” in the title there is nothing plain about how these recipes taste. Quite to the contrary, the classic Amish recipes featured in “Around the Amish Table” are sure to brighten up any meal.

 

Whether you are looking for whoopie pie, pecan roll, cocoa cupcake recipes or a whole range of other food options you’ll want to check this impressive and diverse book out. The recipes in this book come from both Amish and Mennonite kitchens and experienced cooks. We also liked the helpful notes on the ingredients and terms that are being used in the recipes. If you don’t yet know what things like “occident flour” or “clear jell” are yet, this resource will lend you a helping hand.

 

Part of what makes this cookbook unique and something of a standout among Amish cookbooks is that it includes true stories as well as well as beautiful photos of Amish farms and foods, helping to make Around the Amish World feel like more than just another cookbook.

 

#2 -The Amish Cook’s Family Favorite Recipes by Lovina Eicher

 

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“The Amish Cook’s Family Favorite Recipes” by Lovina Eicher stuffs a lot of goodness into its pages. Featuring over 300 recipes, this recipe book is about helping you create, craft and enjoy a surprisingly wide variety of very authentic Amish food. This book focuses on helping you create big and hearty meals, such as Corn Casserole and impressive desserts such as the mouth awakening Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls or the ridiculously tasty Maple Drop Cookies.

 

Part of what makes The Amish Cook’s Family Favorite Recipes a true winner is that it the flavors the recipes produce is sure to wow friends and family alike. If you are looking for a cookbook that “pops” you’ll want to consider this strong entry into the Amish cookbook competition from Lovina Eicher. And if you like Eicher’s recipes, you’ll find she has several other great Amish cookbooks including “Amish Cooks Across America.”

 

#3-The Amish Canning Cookbook: Plain and Simple Living at Its Homemade Best by Georgia Varozza

 

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“The Amish Canning Cookbook: Plain and Simple Living at Its Homemade Best” by Georgia Varozza is a must have Amish cookbook if you’re planning to do any canning in the near future. It’s perfect not only for beginners, but also for the seasoned canner. Georgia Varozza is well known in the Amish cookbook world having penned not just this selection, but also “The Homestyle Amish Kitchen Cookbook.”

 

“The Amish Canning Cookbook” offers something special for our list of the top 5 Amish cookbooks. In addition to being a wonderful cookbook, The Amish Canning Cookbook, dives into the increasingly lost art of canning. You will get a basic, easy to understand and follow exploration of canning and what is needed to get started on your own. She also goes over some of the health benefits of canning, which include avoiding BPA and avoiding preservatives. In addition to canning basics there are, not too surprisingly, many recipes for everything from soups and sauces to canned fruit and vegetables and more.

 

 

#4-The Amish Cook: Recollections and Recipes from an Old Order Amish Family by Elizabeth Coblentz and Kevin Williams

 

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“The Amish Cook: Recollections and Recipes from an Old Order Amish Family” by Elizabeth Coblentz and Kevin Williams may not feature as many recipes as some of the other books on our 5 best Amish cookbooks list, but it is still a fascinating and worthwhile addition to our list due to its diversity. In addition to the 75 recipes in this book, there are also everything from gardening tips to Amish stories and tips and facts regarding Amish life. You will also enjoy this book’s beautiful and vibrant photos.

 

#5-Cooking from Quilt Country: Hearty Recipes from Amish and Mennonite Kitchens by Marcia Adams

 

 

“Cooking from Quilt Country: Hearty Recipes from Amish and Mennonite Kitchens” by Marcia Adams features a full 200 recipes. It was originally published in 1988, and it certainly holds up quite well today.

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The recipes in this book are known for being easy to make, while offering a wide variety of types of foods. Simple ingredients, such as flour and butter, are used to create some pretty amazing and tasty creations. In short, this is one of the best books out there to learn more about Amish cooking and is a must for beginners.

 

Together these 5 Amish cookbooks represent a comprehensive look at Amish recipes and cultures. Any of these selections will help you discover some winning, easy to make recipes. Plus, you can do it from the comfort of your own home without having to travel to Lancaster or another region where Amish people are prevalent. You, your family and your friends will all enjoy what these well thought out books have to offer!





Solid Oak Nightstand Graces a Comfortable Bedroom

February 8th, 2017

 
The Royal Mission 1 Drawer Slat Night Stand from Amish Furniture Factory
 
David and Angela have a new nightstand. Their Royal Mission 1-Drawer Slat Nightstand is oak with Old World Mission stain and a custom height. For David, it was a solid choice.
 
The Amish Furniture Factory exceeded my expectations: the night stand was a perfect match to my existing bedroom furniture. Wood/finish samples provided by mail made the selection process very easy. The nightstand is made of solid wood and the craftsmanship is excellent. Customer service was outstanding as well; I had no problem making special design requests for the height and shipping dates. If we ever need another piece of furniture, it will be purchased from Amish Furniture Factory.
 
David

 
Remember, you can always call us to customize your furniture order.
 





How Do the Amish Approach Healthcare?

January 21st, 2017

 

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The Amish have definitive views on healthcare. In the eyes of the Amish people, God is the ultimate healer. As a result of this view, many Amish do not opt for modern healthcare practices.

 

In addition, it is common for the Amish to be uncomfortable with and actively avoid settings where technology is a key component. The Amish view of modern healthcare has many implications. At the top of the list of those implications is the fact that the Amish are more willing and more likely to suffer with medical issues.

 

The idea of “routine” test and medical treatments are not viewed by the Amish as being routine in any way. Let’s take a more in-depth look at how the Amish approach different aspects of medical care and health.

 

The Amish and Insurance

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One major factor in the Amish approach to healthcare is that that Amish frequently don’t have insurance. The reason for this is that insurance would make them rely less on their community, which is an important cornerstone concept in the Amish world. Further, they have been exempt from Obamacare.

 

In Amish culture, when someone becomes seriously ill, the appropriate route is for community funds to be used to help that person. The church will often pay expenses and bills during bouts of serious illness.

 

The idea is that the individual can rely on the Amish community in the time of need. This value is key when it comes to understand the Amish people’s view on healthcare. However, insurance and the way that the modern healthcare system functions are counter to this approach and philosophy.

 

Many of what those outside of the Amish world would consider “basic healthcare” simply does not exist in the Amish world. Some of the most striking differences include the following: the Amish do not use birth control, use no special prenatal care and typically opt for no vaccines. Again, the core concept is that God is the ultimate healer and guider of health outcomes. In short, humans should not use technology to intervene in God’s plan for their health outcome.disease-292571_960_720

 

The Amish, Technology and Emergency Medical Care

 

All of this is not to state that the Amish do not take steps to alter the course of health outcomes, as they do take often take steps in many cases. It is only that those steps typically do not directly use technology. Some of the healthcare steps that the Amish are willing to accept include vitamins, chiropractic, homeopathy and reflexology. In fact, some Amish even run health food stores in their communities.

 

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The dedication to the principle that modern healthcare should be avoided usually runs deep in Amish culture. A prime example of this is that fact that often the Amish elderly and the sick will often even refuse emergency medical care. Additionally, many Amish will often seek unorthodox medical treatments outside of the country.

 

Being Amish in the Era of Obamacare

 

As stated above, the requirements and regulations of Obamacare do not apply to the Amish people, Mennonites or Hutterites. As a result, the Amish, Mennonites and Hutterites do not have to pay the Obamacare penalty for not having insurance; this is also true for some members of Native American tribes.

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The reason behind this goes back to a 1965 when Congress allowed the Amish, Mennonites and other religions to opt out of Social Security, Medicaid and other government benefits. Often, those falling into these designated groups have benefits cards indicating that they are a member of one of these communities, as this helps hospitals keep track of various important detail in emergency situations.

 

The Amish Tend to Be Healthy

 

While it is true that the Amish forego what most people would consider modern healthcare, there is a big plus. In general, the Amish are rather healthy. In general, they have less need for healthcare than the “typical American.”

 

Many researchers are studying the overall Amish approach to health and have found many reasons for why the Amish tend to be healthy. Since the Amish are outside working on farms, they are getting more exercise than the non-Amish on a daily basis. Medical science has clearly proven a link between exercise and overall positive health, and the Amish usually get a good deal of exercise working the land.

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In addition, studies have shown that exposure to the microbes in the soil have positive health benefits. Those benefits include everything from boosting mood to reducing the incidents of asthma and other health issues such as reduced incidents of allergies.

 

In fact, the Amish are being studied in an attempt to determine why they suffer from lower incidences of allergies than the non-Amish. Currently, the leading theory is that they are exposed to a wider array of bacteria from their proximity to the soil and farm animals.

 

Amish people also tend to have a healthier diet than the non-Amish, as they are eating lots of fresh, locally grown foods rather than consuming a diet full of fast food and preservatives.

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So while the Amish are shying away from modern medical care, the good news is that they do have a lot of positive factors working in their favor.

 

How Will the Amish Handle the Medical Revolution Now Upon Us?

 

Ultimately, the Amish approach to health isn’t a one-dimensional approach. Like so much about the Amish, the Amish approach to medicine and health is a multifaceted one with many variables and considerations.

 

In general, the Amish tend to be a healthy group of people. In fact, their labor intensive lifestyle means that they are often more fit and durable than their non-Amish counterparts. It is difficult to determine if the Amish will embrace modern healthcare in the future.

 

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New and incredible healthcare advancements such as organ cloning and even longevity treatments are moving out of the realm of science fiction and squarely into science fact. Gene therapies, stem cell treatments, nanomedicine and other medical wonders are becoming reality with shocking speed. Refusing these potentially wondrous medical breakthroughs could present a real challenge for the Amish in the next twenty to thirty years.

 

 





5 Best Amish Restaurants

December 25th, 2016

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The Amish love food and it shows. The love of Amish food is about more than the foods that they actually prepare. When exploring the savory delights of the Amish world, it is important to take a step back and look at the whole picture and not just the process of preparation.

 

Amish food isn’t just about following steps and recipes. The delicious results of Amish cooking is, in part, the result of a concrete strategy, one built around cultivating the best ingredients. In Amish cooking there is an emphasis on using fresh ingredients.

 

 

People who try Amish food for the first time are often quite surprised by the vitality and richness of the food. One of the reasons for this fact is that for people used to eating processed foods and fast food are not accustomed to eating genuinely fresh food.  Most fast food and processed food is largely devoid of nutrition, and this leaves the body craving more food in a quest to get the nutrition it needs.

 

Amish food, with its emphasis on healthy, fresh and real ingredients, provides the body with a meal that leaves diners feeling full and satisfied. The end result is a true, and memorable, food experience.

 

Let’s take a closer look at 5 of the best Amish restaurants and what it is that makes these restaurants such great examples of Amish cuisine.

 

1. Dienner’s Country Restaurant, Great Buffets and More

 

diennersDiscussing Amish food and Amish restaurants usually leads to Lancaster County, a hub for all things Amish. A standout Lancaster County, Amish restaurant with an excellent reputation is Dienner’s Country Restaurant. Well-known and well-loved, Dienner’s Country Restaurant is seen as a go-to spot in Lancaster Country for Amish dinning.

 

The Yelp reviews for this popular spot are consistently good. Part of what makes Dienner’s such a favorite and worth your time is its large buffet. Dienner’s serves breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets that are reasonably prices ranging from about $11 to $13 dollars and includes everything from such stables as eggs, bacon and sausage to biscutis, girts and pastries for breakfast. The lunch menu consists for an array of chicken and fish dishes, vegetable platters and more. For dinner, the menu features burgers, fish and chicken dishes such as rotisserie chicken and a surprising array of side dishes such as mashed potatoes, onion rings and more.

 

Again, like all Amish cooking, the Dienner’s approach is to provide dinners with simple and rich food. Learn more about Dienner’s Country Restaurant by visiting their website by clicking here.

 

2. Boyd and Wurthmann

 

boyd-and-wurthmann-logo-2013Boyd & Wurthmann began as a grocery story in the 1930s, but from that beginning has expanded to include a Amish style restaurant providing breakfast, lunch and dinner. Located in Berlin, Ohio, Boyd & Wurthmann use employ real Amish cooks to ensure authentic Amish cuisine.

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One of Boyd & Wurthmann’s specialties is homemade pies. In fact, they have anywhere between 15 to 20 different types of pies ready to go! If you have a sweet tooth, then you’ll find that Boyd & Wurthmann’s is a true treat year round. For breakfast, diners can expect everything from eggs, omelets and hot cakes and more. On the lunch and dinner menus pork chops, country fried steak and homemade chicken noodle soup are all on the menu.

 

You won’t forget what Boyd & Wurthmann has to offer. Click here to learn more about this this Berlin, Ohio legend.

 

3. Mrs. Yoder’s Kitchen

 

mrs-yoders-amish-restaurantLike Boyd & Wurthmann, Mrs. Yoder’s Kitchen is also located in Ohio. Located in Mt. Hope, Mrs. Yoder’s Kitchen is what Amish food is all about. Founder Gloria Yoder, who actually grew up in Mt. Hope, fell in love with Amish cooking. The approach is centered on providing guests with traditional Amish meals, but there are also other options as well. Egg and chicken dishes are popular on the menu.

 

The Mrs. Yoder’s Kitchen website even features recipes for pumpkin pie and more.

 

4. Hometown Kitchen

 

logoHometown Kitchen, whose motto is “The Restaurant with Amish Cooks!” like Dienner’s Country Restaurant, is also located in Lancaster County. As their motto indicates, dinners can expect lots of tasty traditional Amish recipes.

 

Hometown Kitchen’s offerings range from homemade chicken pot pies to roast beef dinners, homemade breads and even an assortment of traditional Amish desserts such whoopie pies and shoofly pies. Located in Quarryville, Pennsylvania, Hometown Kitchen is a great example of Pennsylvania Dutch cooking and includes some real surprises such as chicken cordon bleu, which is a Monday special.unknown

 

Click here to learn more about Hometown Kitchen.

 

 

5. Lititz Family Cupboard Restaurant & Buffet

 

lititzLocated in Lititz, Pennsylvania, Lititz Family Cupboard Restaurant & Buffet is a unique Amish food offering. The restaurant’s goal is to offer authentic Pennsylvania Dutch cuisine and a variety of made-from-scratch dishes. The diverse menu is great for those who want to experience Amish cuisine while having other food options available as well. The breakfast menu features omelets, pancakes, French toast, Belgium waffles and more.

 

Learn more about Lititz Family Cupboard Restaurant & Buffet by clicking here.

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Amish Cuisine Might Just Change Your Approach to Food, Health and Nutrition

 

The blend of great recipes and the best, freshest ingredients helps Amish food stand out. It is no accident that many people who try Amish food ultimately make changes in their approach to food and begin incorporating fresher ingredients into their cooking and their diet.

The five restaurants featured in this article are, in fact, only a small slice of what Amish cuisine has to offer. Amish cuisine is diverse, but dinners can always expect a hearty meal that is both nutrition and flavor packed.

 

 





What Can the Amish Teach Us About Allergy Remediation?

November 21st, 2016

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For those who suffer from allergies, an average day can seem like anything but, well, average. Regardless of the source of allergies, suffering can be quite pronounced. Finding relief of any kind can be highly elusive. There are many theories behind why the immune system responds and creates allergies.

 

Medical science is working on improving how we treat allergies, and a safe way to largely eliminate the symptoms of allergies may someday be possible. However, for now, those of us who suffer from allergies are sadly stuck. Research into the world of allergies has taken scientists in some unexpected directions. One of the directions researchers are exploring is why allergy rates are generally so low among the Amish.

 

Focusing in on Amish Communities in Indiana

 

amish-people-1036328_960_720Amish culture and society is built around a different set of approaches and principles. Summed up another way, the Amish do things differently, and researchers have discovered that this fact has some substantial implications for allergies. Studies have been conducted examining children raised in rural Indiana. The reason for these studies is that these children suffer from lower levels of allergies and asthma.

 

Surprisingly, Amish children in Indiana are practically allergy free; this cannot be a coincidence. Researchers, logically so, were left wondering, “Exactly what is going on here?”

 

Comparisons to the Swiss

 

The evidence is impressive and intriguing. According to 2012 Reuters article, a mere 5% of Amish children suffer from asthma. A study compared Amish children with Swiss farm children and Swiss children living in urban settings. The results were startling. While the Amish children had a 5% incidence of asthma, the Swiss farm children percentage was 6.8% and the Swiss urban children rate of asthma was significantly higher at 11.2%.

 

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Looking at these numbers, it seemed safe to conclude that some factors, such as growing up on a farm, was playing a role in halting the development of asthma. The results were similarly impressive, as the Amish children had allergies about 7% of the time, whereas the farm-raised Swiss children had allergies 25% of the time. Urban dwelling Swiss children suffered from allergies 44% of the time.

 

The Microbe Link

 

While no one is yet sure as to the source of these profound statistical differences. Many believe that the answer may have to do with exposure to microbes. By comparison to life in urban centers, life on farms is full of exposure to a greater number of microbes. After all, children on farms come into contact with cows, drink raw milk, are around various kinds of animals and animal feces, and the list goes on and on. Simply stated, farm life is dramatically different from city life, especially where microbe exposure is concerned.

 

milkScientists and researchers are also considering that there could be genetic differences at play here as well. In particular, researchers are looking into whether or not the smaller gene pool of the Amish is playing a role. A new study in The New England Journal of Medicine compared the Amish of Indiana with Hutterites living in the Midwest, who also have German ancestry.

 

Examining the Hutterite Communities 

 

Importantly, the Hutterites tend to keep their animals miles away from where they live. By contrast, the Amish keep their cows and other animals close to their houses. In Hutterite communities, only adult men work with cows. Whereas Amish children work with cows from a young age and even play nearby. The study found that the Hutterite children have about the same levels of allergies as the typical American child.

 

While this is not conclusive proof, it does strongly support the notion that the elevated level of microbe exposure that the Amish enjoy may indeed be reducing overall allergy levels.

 

How Does this Apply to You?

 

dirtParents of children suffering from allergies may want to consider the ramifications of these findings. For example, spending more time outdoors, particularly in parks and other natural surroundings, looks to be a surefire winner. Not only does spending more time outdoors boost vitamin D levels, but it also can serve to boost microbe exposure and, in the process, potentially decrease childhood allergies.

 

Encouraging children to spend more time in healthy dirt is likely a very good step in the right direction. Of course, the optimal word here is “healthy” dirt. Having children play in your backyard, forests or the dirt in parks (that are known to be low in pesticides) is likely safe and healthy.

 

Just keep in mind that the dirt in many urban settings may be contaminated with heavy metals, such as lead from industrial pollution, and even car exhaust left over from from when gasoline contained lead.

 

Getting Back to the Natural World

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While living next to cows might not be that practical, there are many other steps that can be taken to take advantage of potentially beneficial microbes. Four thousands of years ago, our ancestors weren’t just spending time outdoors, but were in fact, were living outdoors.

 

Around 10,000 years ago our ancestors began the process of farming and raising livestock and the human relationship with dogs appears to go back at least 40,000 years.

 

For millennia, humans have lived in close proximity with both animals and natural. It is only in the past century that the bulk of humans have shifted away from this microbe rich existence to one that is far cleaner for a lack of a better term. However, in the end, this new found level of cleanliness may not be as beneficial as we once believed. Returning to the soil and getting some dirt under our fingernails may be even more beneficial than we ever suspected!





Traditional Furniture Meets Flowery Country in California Dining Room Design

October 22nd, 2016

 
Kate went traditional with her dining room, and chose an Imperial Single Pedestal Dining Table in cherry with Sealy stain. Here she shows it with one leaf in a flowery decor scheme.
 
Cherry Imperial Single Pedestal Dining Table from Amish Furniture Factory with flowered, fully-upholstered chairs
 
Without leaves, the table is round. The pedestal curves inward, keeping clear of her luxurious upholstered dining chairs. Kate is thrilled to fit the hardwood table into her design:
 
Just wanted to let you know, I just received my new table and it is just beautiful! So pleased with the workmanship and it’s just amazing. It was worth the wait and I can’t wait to order my next piece! Thank you so much, Kate Wagner
 
It’s just as worth the wait to see where these tables end up.