Enjoy your visit to Amish country, but be sure to follow the 'golden rule' and treat the Amish and their property the way that you would wish to be treated. This statement from a Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Visitor's Bureau brochure sums it up well: "While you talk and mingle with the Amish, please remember that they are not actors or spectacles, but ordinary people who choose a different way of life."

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There is something surreal about an early morning fog in the valleys of southeast Ohio.  Hill tops look like tiny islands surrounded by mysterious white fluff.  As the sun slowly burns off the low-lying haze, one notices small clusters of Amish homes nestled within the edges of woodlands & harvested fields. Dairymen, already finished with their early morning milking, have given leave to the cows who now slowly choose a place in the pasture to enjoy another fall day. A breeze blows through the low-lands & chases off the final wisps of any lingering haze.  A new beauty emerges for ...

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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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