If they don't use electricity, how can the Amish sometimes have water heaters, stoves and refrigerators in their homes?

First, the Amish use gas in many of these instances. Many appliances that they run on electricity can be converted to run on natural gas, propane or white gas.  It's not uncommon to have their washing machines hooked up to a gasoline engine to run it.  Also, some have windmills on their property which generate power. This is acceptable because it is self-reliance on a natural, Godly source of power as opposed to being connected to our power lines with their ...

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We still smile when we recall the question from a lady who called to make reservations.  It was in early May and she was making plans to come sometime later that year.

 "Can you tell me what week you think will have the best weather between now and October?" she innocently asked.

The question caught me totally by surprise.  Finally I replied, "Well, in Ohio there is a saying; "if you don't like the weather, wait an hour as a change will likely be coming"."

While it may not be that unpredictable, there are seasons in ...

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Makes 4 dozen.


1 cup sugar
1/3 cup shortening
2 eggs
1 to 2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup pumpkin, steamed, drained, and mashed
2-1/2 cups flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped nuts


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease cookie sheets. Cream sugar and shortening, beat in eggs and vanilla, and stir in pumpkin. Sift dry ingredients and stir into pumpkin mixture. Add raisins and nuts. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto greased cookie sheet. Bake about 15 minutes.


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