An Amish Male Tells Why Amish Believe The Way They Do

There are many questions about the Amish Culture and even more answers.  While the questions are only natural, some of the answers are less than correct and others downright misleading.  Some are well meant, some make the Amish look better than they are and some worse.  Some authors of books have done a fairly thorough research and others have done a good job of whipping up some exciting details.  Having said that, here is my perspective on why there are Amish and why they live as they do.

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Makin' Whoopie... Pies that is

Whoopie Pies (a traditional Amish recipe)

Chocolate Whoopie Pies an Amish TreatWhoopie Pies are a most loved traditional Amish treat. Made like a sandwich with two generously sized soft cake-like chocolate cookies and a fluffy vanilla cream filling they are the ultimate nostalgic comfort food.

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Recipe for Amish Peanut Butter Spread


  • 2 1/2 cups of Brown Sugar
  • 2 cups of Sugar
  • 2/3 cups of Karo Syrup
  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 1/2 lbs. of peanut butter
  • 7 ounces of marshmallow creme


  1. Pour Brown Sugar, Sugar, Karo Syrup and water together in saucepan.
  2. Boil the ingredients for a few minutes then cool.
  3. Add the peanut butter and marshmallow creme.
  4. Stir well.
  5. Cover and keep at room temperature.
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What are the Amish doing in March?

Amishman riding a buckboard wagonThis year, March has been mild and so everyone is enjoying the warm weather. The Amish are out in their “convertibles” which are actually open buckboard-style wagons that let them enjoy the warm breezes. The picture to the left shows a familiar site in the SW part of Cattaraugus Co. looking up Seager Hill Rd.

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Recipe for Amish Hats, a tasty snack


  • 12 Ritz crackers
  • Peanut Butter
  • Chocolate Bar (optional)
  • 12 large Marshmallows


  1. Spread a bit of peanut butter on each cracker
  2. Put a square of chocolate on top of peanut butter
  3. Top with a marshmallow
  4. Place on cookie sheet
  5. Broil for 1 minute until marchmallows are golden brown

Hope you enjoy and comment below with alterations to the recipe that you find to be really good.

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What are the Amish doing in February?

The fields are frozen and you will find the Amish out in the fields with their manure wagons, spreading manure and in some areas, spreading loads of corn husks on the fields. Corn husks are spread by hand using a pitch fork. The load of husks is taken out of the field by a wagon with wooden sled runners. Actually, the same sleds they used to haul ice squares last month.

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Barn Quilt Project

Please read this article that recently ran in the Randolph Register re: our exciting additon to the Amish Trail.

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Grand Opening celebration of the 'So Soft Gift Shop'

Girls and Alpacas looking at each other

Mager Mountain Alpacas of Little Valley, NY is excited to announce the Grand Opening celebration of their new store building this weekend! Owners Paul and Sue Mager have teamed up with Crouse Construction of Steamburg to erect the new building for the ‘So Soft Gift Shop’, which will open its doors this Friday from 4-8pm, and Saturday-Sunday from 10am-6pm.

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